Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop!

For the first time EVER, I forgot about a blog hop.  I'm speechless...with dismay.  I wish I had a handy reason for my lapse, but I don't. 

In an effort to present SOMETHING...anything, really...I'm going to show you a few things I've made recently, using some of my favorite old (although not hoarded) beads, as well as some new beads from various sources: Jeannie Dukic, Znetshows, and possibly a BSBP partner or two from the recent past.

 
I made this bead-wrapped key into a not-so-long necklace, using a strand of the metallic seed beads I used to wrap the top of the key.  To add a bit of pizazz, I added links made from faceted stone beads.
 
 
I call this the "Ice Princess" bracelet...I had a special request for a bracelet using "ice cube" (dichroic glass) beads.  I've used these beads before and now I remember how much I liked them.  Which then leads me to the question we all face: why do I have so MUCH stash, and why do I continue to purchase beads...every time I look into my meticulously organized bead boxes I find something that truly is new to me! 
 
And honestly, here's what I've really been doing, rather than working with beads and wire...
 
Winter Fairy Artist Trading Card
 
Blue and Silver Artist Trading Card
 
"Sender's Choice" Artist Trading Card
 
It seems that I can either work with paper, or with beads, but not both.  Or maybe my attention span is getting shorter as my age gets longer.  Either way, I am really embarrassed that I forgot...please forgive me, Lori!
 
Here's the list of the real participants...please stop by and let them know how special they are!
Lori Andersonwww.PrettyThingsBlog.com  (Hostess)


Audrey Belanger


esperianterra.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlachhttp://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemerhttp://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneiderhttp://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Dee Elgiehttp://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Dolores Ramlhttp://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Rebecca EdnieHttp://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com
Lili Kristhttp://emjestudio.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Richhttp://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Hannah Rosnerhttp://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com/blog/
Nicole Princehttp://healingbeading.blogspot.com/
Deana Hagerhttp://justdeesarts.blogspot.com/
Jackie Ryanhttp://kydojewellery.blogspot.co.uk/
Elsie Deliz-Fonsecahttp://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doylehttp://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelbyhttp://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com
Lisa Johnsonhttp://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com/
Terri Gauthierhttp://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Patti Pruhshttp://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com
Shai Williamshttp://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Andrea Glickhttp://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
K Hutchinsonhttps://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
Marci Brookshttps://thatnothingbewasted.wordpress.com/
Jo-Ann Woolvertonitsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Jasvanti PatelJewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Laurie VyselaarLefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Lisa KnappenbergerLIRaysaDesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Lindellmarylindell.com
Niky Sayerssilverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Sandra McGriffskyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Patricia Handschuhthecolorofdreams.blogspot.com
Erin Prais-Hintztreasures-found.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrowwillowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breedingwww.99bobotw.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhartwww.ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Jackie Locantorewww.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStar
Sheryl Stephenswww.babblebead.blogspot.com
Becky Pancakewww.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Mona Arnottwww.bijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.ca
Michelle Escanowww.cabbycraft.com
Denise McCabewww.cabewoman.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawsonwww.carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Sheila Prosewww.catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Kim Dworakwww.cianciblue.blogspot.com
Iveth Carusowww.CreativeAtelier.net/blog
Deborah Apodacawww.deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Bunnwww.elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Janine Lucaswww.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Kari Asburywww.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Inge von Rooswww.ingetraud.wordpress.com
Divya Nwww.jewelsofsayuri.com
Debbie Rasmussenwww.kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
KJwww.kjsbeadaciousbeads.blogspot.com/
Klaudete Koonwww.klaudetekoon.blogspot.com
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erpwww.kruseartllc.com
Ginger Bishopwww.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Kelly Schermerhornwww.meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com
Mischelle Andradewww.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com 
Sue Kellywww.midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com
Rachel Malliswww.mintmonarch.com/#!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClellandwww.mistheword12.com
Mary K McGrawwww.mkaymac.blogspot.com
Tania Spiveywww.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com
Stephanie Perrywww.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com
Mitzie Criderwww.NeedfulLuxuries.Blogspot.com
Nicole RennellWww.nicolerennell.com/blog
Nicole Valentinewww.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchellwww.overthemoon-design.com
Tammy Adamswww.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Patty Millerwww.pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com
Blanca Medinawww.peru-medesigns.com
Stephanie Hausslerwww.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Roxanne Mendozawww.roxidesigns.blogspot.com
Claire Fabianwww.saraccino.blogspot.com
Bridget Torreswww.shears58.net
Donetta Farringtonwww.simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com  (You are here!)
Lee Koopmanwww.stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Deb Fortinwww.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Susan WallsWww.susansartcircus.com/blog
Cece Cormierwww.thebeadingyogini.com
Heather Ottowww.thecrafthopper.com
Lizzie Clarkewww.theneedtobead.blogspot.co.uk
Elizabeth Hodgeswww.thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfendenwww.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Kelly Hosford Pattersonwww.TravelingSideShow.blogspot.com
Nan Smithwww.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Jayne Cappswww.mamasgototdoodle.blogspot.com
Robin Kae Reed                                      http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                   https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/

 
 

36 comments:

  1. And this just proves one always needs back-up, Donetta LOL. Nice save! I am not a big lover of keys but I think that one looks SUPER with the little beads woven on :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Monique! It was a horrible feeling to realize that my mind is far from a mighty fortress...I couldn't bear to let Lori down completely!

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    1. Oh, Fay...thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!

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  3. I just noticed that the Ice Princess bracelet goes quite nicely with the Winter Fairy ATC. I love the key necklace with the seed beads wrapped around the top as well :)

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    1. Maybe I should make little pendant-sized artworks, and use them in my jewelry...you've given me food for thought!

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  4. Beautiful creations - jewelry and artist cards! Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Mimi, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a lovely comment!

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  5. Hi! I love your Ice Princess bracelet, the perfect name for it! Would be good in the UK today - it's getting cold!! Nice work :-)

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    1. I believe our climate in the Pacific Northwest is very similar to that in the UK...we have already experienced snow, lots of rain, and even some freezing rain! No wonder my "Ice Princess" pieces are popular!

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  6. I adore the key necklace and the tiny beads makes it so special. Also this is the first time I have heard of an Artist Trading Card - what do you use them for?

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    1. Thank you so much, Divya! ATCs are created strictly for trading with others...there are websites devoted to them. We will be given a theme and will create from 1 - 3 ATCs, and trade with other artists. I confess that I love making and trading them!

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  7. I think many creative people like to play with different mediums and change focus at times. Paper is lovely to play with, and I really like your designs. They remind me of the very sentimental cards of years ago. Your jewelry is lovely too. I see nostalgia in all of your pieces - jewelry and paper.

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    1. Without every trying, and certainly without thinking about it, I seem to have developed a "signature" style...I'm not sure that's a good thing, but it is what it is! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kelly!

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  8. I like the wrapped key- you made it your own. I also like your links. Links designed for a necklace make it all the more special. I am LOL at your delima about working with beads or working with paper. We all, each and every one of us, want more hours in the day. All the pieces- beads and paper are just lovely. If you had not forgotten I would probably have missed your paper skills. Good catch.

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    1. You are exceptionally sweet and generous to the forgetful one! Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

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  9. The wrapped key was wonderful along with those ice cube beads, which I've never seed before. Your artwork shines, its a shame you feel you only have one thing in you, think insstead limitlessness, yes, I'm doing Artist Way.I like how you say your beads are meticulously arranged, would that I could say the same thing

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    1. This is the nicest thing to hear...thank you so much for making me see this perspective, Sheila. You've made me smile!

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  10. The key necklace is awesome and the ice princess bracelet is stunning. The tags are beautiful too!

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    1. Thank you so much! My craft room is my favorite room in the entire house!

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  11. Hi! Glad you showed us these pieces! I love how you added beads to the key and the colors used are the perfect setting for the key in this necklace.

    I also like the ice princess bracelet. I think I would wear it all summer as well! Lovely work on both pieces!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, Roxanne! I tend to get into a groove with either beads or paper (or stitchery)...and that's all I can think of for a few days. Tunnel vision...

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  12. You crazy girl. He hee! I love the ice princess bracelet. I've been trying to figure out what to do with a Swarovski snow flake and now you've given me some ideas. The last ATC is fabulous. What swap was it for?

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    1. I know, right? I hope my lapse isn't a sign of things to come! The ballerina ATC...it was for a Vintage Café swap called "Free Theme". And I am always drawn to the beauty of ballet...the gorgeousness of the Degas ballerinas...and I have so many "background" images on my Pinterest board (this background image is a "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" sheet music with the beautiful white roses). The music didn't work with the ballet theme...but those roses!

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  13. Your post was very fun, so don't worry! I loved seeing the bead wrapped key. And your art cards are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Your bead wrapped key is lovely. And you are multi-talented. Lovely cards

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  15. Hi Donetta, We all make mistakes. Please don't feel bad about it. You showed a couple of lovely creations. I really like your key design. Your cards are very beautiful andnostalgic looking. Great job.

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  16. Both pieces are beautiful. Well done!

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  17. I ADORE Keys!!! This one is really beautiful too!!! I also love chunky so I love you bracelet too!!! Have a Blessed Day!

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  18. Great job. I love working with vintage keys...I am always amazed at how they each take on a personality of their own. Thanks for sharing and I will be watching and following your blog for more designs...<3

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  19. Don't feel bad, I can't keep up with anything anymore!

    Love the key, and the ATCs are great! <3

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    1. Sylvia, thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comment! I also love ATCs!

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  21. All of the ATC's are awesome...only one loaded as I read the post and when I went back to reread..there's 3 !!

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