January 11, 2014

Into the Forest Blog Hop Reveal!

Update: Shaiha Williams is the giveaway winner!  Congratulations, Shaiha! 

Welcome to the "Into the Forest Blog Hop"! I can't wait to see what these talented ladies made!  Just a quick overview: each participant was sent a bead kit with  "Forest Inspired" beads and/or pendants. Participants were instructed to use these components in conjunction with other beads on their bead table (but not to purchase new beads). 

What did I make for the hop? I would like to share a necklace that I call "Amazon Rainforest".  The dark green mountain jade rounds reminded me of lush greenery in the rainforest, and the clear beads reminded me of raindrops. 

Of course there is a giveaway!  Just leave one comment on this post (by midnight EST on January 18th, 2014) to be entered. Tell me what is your favorite style of jewelry to create, and why.  If you would consider joining my blog as well, I would be pleased as punch (not required to enter the giveaway, of course).  What is the prize? A beautiful selection of jewelry making goodies from my stash! I will draw a name on January 19th, 2014.  Please make sure I have some way to reach you.

Now, please check out all of the jewelry awesomeness created by the participants:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs


  1. So elegant, Lisa... wonderful to see the rainforest was a source of inspiration for you as well!

  2. Anonymous1/11/2014

    As usual, it was a challenge!!! Thanks again for a fun kit Lisa!

  3. I love the dark jade with the clear beads. Your necklace is stunning?

  4. Just getting started - awesome way to start the day! (BusCarol@aol.com)

  5. Great hop, Lisa! I haven't had time to leave comments yet, but a quick peek at everyone's posts shows a wide range of techniques and some really fun pieces.

  6. Oh, there is nothing more than to have a peak through others stashes! When I am visting friends who also create (whatever!) I just want to have a look at their treasures. ^^ My favorite kind of jewelery that I make are earrings. This may be due to the fact that I am mostly only wearing earrings. Working in a research lab taught me not to wear rings, bracelets or necklaces. Mostly because I had to put them off and forgot them quite often :( My style is a little bit tribal, I am loving organic textures and patterns and sometimes just to be a little bit weird or odd. I am not sure whether this counts as a style but it definitely is a describtion what I am drawn to :)


  7. Lisa, your necklace is beautiful - Amazon Rainforest is the perfect name for it!! Thank you for hosting another fun challenge - I always enjoy your hops!

  8. Beautiful necklace Lisa. So classy. Thanks so much for being the wonderful hostess that you are. :)

  9. Thanks for another great hop- love the symmetry of this. Christie

  10. Great hop and I love your rain forest necklace...I can so see the rain drops.

  11. Beautiful multi-strand - love the colours!
    Thanks for yet another wonderful challenge ~ as usual I had the fun of my life :)
    As for the style of jewelry: for me it's wire or metal-based; I am not sure I figured out my style yet: organic, not following any rules, and whatever pleases me at the moment. :) I need someone to define it for me!

  12. Beautiful necklace. Perfect deep, rich green. Thank you for organizing a fun hop.

  13. Well Lisa, I can't let this go by. Lovely necklace and I love the name. My favorite style of beading is Bead Embroidery. I feel like a painter with a wonderful palette of colors to complete my canvas. Don't get me wrong, I can string and make components, but bead embroidery is my chosen form.

    Catherine in a wet South Florida

  14. My favorite style is bohemian. Must be because of the decade I was in college. No matter my age, I still love the style!

    Your necklace is beautiful and now I'm going to look at all the links. Fun!

  15. What a gorgeous necklace! I just love the blend of the deep green with the clear and silver. So in love.

    My favorite thing to make have to be necklaces. I think it is because I don't have to stress as much if it will fit so I can just let my muse go wild.

  16. A perfectly chosen name, Rainforest. Peaceful and inspiring... a lovely combination with the blog button too (-:

  17. What a beautiful necklace Lisa - the colors are so striking, and the style would be beautiful at a formal event. Thanks so much for being such a gracious host! :)

  18. I didn't get a chance to sign up for this blog hop but hope I will get a chance to join in the future. I like to design jewelry with a modern twist.

  19. Another delightful blog hop, Lisa. Thanks so much!

  20. Lush and elegant -- so very lovely!

  21. Oh Lisa, it's beautiful!! I love the pattern-- brilliant, rich, gorgeous stringing! I came soo close to stringing too this hop -- I love it! I think stringing is actually the most challenging of all jewelry designs because the artist must create with color & pattern & material -- not just a technique that comes across flashy but doesn't really demand serious art, you know? BRAVO! Thanks for hosting another great hop!

  22. Hi Lisa, thank you for hosting another fun blog hop.
    And what a lovely necklace.

  23. Thanks for a great hop lisa. You made a beautiful necklace

  24. What a pretty necklace. I love the darkness of the dark green jade. Really looks like a lush forest. And the clear remind me of the dew that might fall on the leaves of the forest. Very pretty. Right now, I'm really into learning to saw, rivet and solder so I'm trying to make focals/beads with those qualities and I seem to be drawn to making sets. I.E. Necklace, earrings and bracelet to match. Love a chance to win.

  25. Thank you Lisa for letting me participate on this hop.
    Your necklace is simple, yet elegant.
    My favorite is woven pieces, I like intricate pieces.
    My e-mail is jpatel@gwc.cccd.edu

  26. The necklace is so pleasing to the eye. . . .although there's a big contrast, it doesn't feel that way. It blends beautifully. Boy, picking a style for me is difficult. On one day, nothing but copper and peace signs will do; another day it could be a must for Swarovski crystals! lol If I had to narrow it down I would say contemporary tribal/ethnic/bohemian. :) Thanks Lisa for all you do!

  27. It's a lovely necklace Lisa I'm inspired to join in your next hop

  28. Love your necklace. Thanks for being such a great hostess.

    I like to string classic necklaces and matching earrings.


  29. Lisa, even though I didn't participate in the swap I really enjoyed visiting every blog. Viewing their interpretation of their visit to the forest. I even got chills viewing the winter forest pieces. I made the decision to make the effort and comment on as many as I could this evening. I even subscribed to almost all as well. I wanted to help support everyone who took the time, sleepless designing nights and racked brain moments. Thank you to each and everyone who participated. For the ones that have life interrupted, I look forward to your final designs. Thank you to Lisa as well. I'm already sketching what I will do for the Ocean hop, along with gathering, sorting and a few purchases along the way.

  30. Just wanted to say thank you for your kind message on my blog. Take care.. ~ Diane

  31. Your necklace is beautiful.