Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blogger and Non-Blogger Sea Garden Reveal

This months Blogger Non Blogger challenge is a Sea Garden and the Hostess is Esterina Mestoko Jagiella 
and this is the inspiration Photo. So I found the gorgeous shell focal that represented the Sea 
Love this Focal with the calm blues , teal and yellow from the sea. I used some 18 gauge wire for my bail and a few Neck chain links to repeat the wavy theme. 14 gauge for my clasp.

Then I needed to represent that coral with its deep red and some teal . The colors are so pretty together.
Necklace done I created a pair of Mismatched earrings.  I love earrings that are not matchy matchy but can be worn together in a set.

I hope you enjoyed stopping by

Thank you for coming to see my Art piece see you soon.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

LAMPWORK AND CLAY Blog Hop 2013 -The Reveal

Welcome to my blog and the Lamp work and Clay Blog Hop 2013.  Lisa lodge, A grateful Artist  Pulled this event together.  We were given a choice of Lamp work or Clay as our Venue and I chose Lamp Work.  These are the 8 Lamp work beads Lisa sent to me.
I took the two smallest beads and created a pair of earrings using Glass pearls, green seed beads, and gold seed beads:

The other beads were used as a focal point in this Pearl Necklace I created.

So Sorry I was late for our date. I hope you take time to visit everybody and enjoy the Hop.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs You Are Here
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Alice Craddick, Alice's Artisan Whimsy Blog

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Look What I Won

I entered a Give - a- way at Toltec Jewels and I Won!  Had no idea which prize I would win.  I received this focal with this pretty card.  You will have to return to see what I made.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


WELCOME to the History Blog Hop Reveal sponsored by Leah Curtis.  Thank you Leah for letting me partake.  The Challenge was to pick a period in History and design a piece.  I chose the Romantic Period 1837 to 1860. It was during this time that Gold was discovered and the social climates began to change.  Women began wearing more Jewelry than men, and lots of it. The Renaissance theme inspired Jewelry to suddenly have motifs from Flowers, branches, grapes and berries featured prominently in pieces. Jewelry from the early part of these years was completely handmade. Prior to 1854 Hallmarking at that time had only two standards. 18 and 22 karat.  Hallmarking ie. .925, 18k are the stampings on Jewelry used to protect the consumer. After 1854,  9k, 12k and 15k were legalized. I have never seen any of these.  My pieces are not Gold but Brass from . Her RGP Brass which as you may or may not know is 18k Russian Gold Plate and is beautiful. (shameful plug)
At the time Ladies fashion called for their hair to be parted down the middle and pinned up, therefor hiding the ears.  So earrings had to be long or big to compete and be seen. Of course mine are vintage inspired but mismatched pair. The second pair you can even wear two ways.

The Necklace of course had to be painted, they enameled, bejeweled and Presented.  Brass, Quartz and Pearls.
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. Please visit the other participants You will not be  disappointed

Leah Curtis - Indus Valley -
Laney Mead - Māori -
Becca - Art Nouveau -
Melissa - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Tracy Stillman - Native American -
Gerda - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Liz E - Native North American -
Ahowin - Māori (New Zealand)  - 
Jasvanti - Indus Valley -
Lizzie - Art Nouveau - 
Julia Hay - Merovingian -
Dini - Celtic -
Caroline - Art Nouveau - 
Charlie - Moche of Peru - 
Karin - China -
Niky Sayers - Rome - 
Marcia Dunne - Celctic and Mourning Jewelry -
anafiassa - Mesopotamia -
Kokopelli - Native American -
Christa - Native American -
Clair - Roman -
Susan Bowie - Native American -
Gloria Allen - English Romanticism -
Sheila Garrett - Early Russia -

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blogger Non-Blogger Kuala Lumpar Reveal

Once again my friend Dini Bruinsma is Hostess for the Blogger Non Blogger Challenge. Dini has chosen a photo taken in her travels to Kuala Lumpur. Before this Challenge I had never heard of Kuala Lumpar. I now know that it is the capital of Malaysia and the most populous city in Malaysia. I enjoy these challenges for the inspiration they give but also for the challenge.  I find myself amongst Artist who have been creative for years and feel blessed to know them. In these challenges I feel like they give you room to grow, to learn and take your creativity too areas you may not have known about nor knew you had the ability to accomplish.
I always approach a Photo challenge looking for color as inspiration.  Here I pulled out brown, which in itself is always a challenge for me as I like bright and pastels. After completing my Necklace my son has told me, "no mom that's bronze not brown.  See, everything is left up too interpretation and the eye of the beholder.  Now I can't wait to see how the other participants have interpreted the color.  Lol.  Secondly orange, and in my stash I had some orange Jasper beads.(Recently acquired from the Gem show) Yellow quartz and yellow Swarovski crystals. I see a Sliver of Green reflection (Agate) and Silver White Lights (Pearls).  I found this Lovely coin Focal that I thought represented a lot of this photo so well.
Every bead or Gem I used received special treatment.  I didn't want any of the little darlings to feel left out. They were either capped, wrapped or caged and attached to a Link chain that I also hand made myself thanks to the illustrious reading and learning from Lori Anderson.


Every Necklace should have accessories like earrings or Bracelet or both. Lol, I'm just sayin,

Earrings are caged beads and bracelet is embelished head pins made of Jasper, Agate,seed beads, Pearls and Swarovski Crystals. The chain at the back of the Necklace was forged by joining single and double jump rings together making link chain.  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking this Journey with me.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Very Merry UnBirthday Party

Hi Everybody, Welcome Today is the big reveal FINALY! For the Very Merry Un Birthday Party. Everyone was assigned a partner and you had to create a Birthday Birthstone piece.  My Partner is Dyanne Everett-Cantrell of DeeLiteful Jewelry Creations.  Dyanne is a September Baby who loves purple.  Her Birthstone is Saphire Blue, what to do what to do.  We decided to make Bracelets which is my one of my Favorite things to do.  I love Dangles so this is what I did and what I created. I Gathered my Blue
Then I started making my Dangles out of little hearts, pearls, beads and flowers.
Purple flowers, Purple Glass beads, I'm Feeling the spring now so I add some white glass Pearls, Lol, and WaLah a bracelet is born

Annnd I dangled some more to have this Fabulous Fun and Whimsical piece.

I hope Dyanne enjoyed it as much as I did Designing it. Dyanne is a bead Artist and made beads in one of my favorite colors Blue. I Received 2 Fabulous rows of them and finally got good pictures and see the cute Butterflies. 

Thanks for stopping by and please visit the other Participants
Ali McCarthy

Alicia Marinache

Anzia Parks

Audrey Belanger

Cheri Reed

Cheryl Dunham

Chris Eisenberg

Christine Schlicht

Cynthia Machata

D Lynne Bowland

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett

Ginger Bishop

Gloria Allen

Janeen Burlingame

Joana Perez Stribel

Lori Schneider

Mary Govaars

Mischelle Fanucchi

Paula Gaskill

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Sherry Baun

Shirley Moore

Sierra Barrett

Susan Bowie

Susie Harris

Mowse Doyle

Cindy Muse

Ellie Grossman

Marlene Cupo

Shelley Graham Turner

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Well this is the first time I have been in the BSBP. Meeting and friending Lori Anderson has been one of the Highlights of my life.  Finding all of you with your support, challenges and love is Amazing to say the least.  Thank you all for just being you.  Without further Adieu,  My partner is the fantastick CORY TOMPKINS of Tealwater Designs.  OMG was I blessed.  Here is the soup I sent Cory:
and here is the soup she sent me, we are both pink girls, Great minds thinketh alike!:
So the floral focal is created by Naomi Shaham very delicate is absolutely beautiful.  My Cory Collection consists of two pair of  Mismatched earrings. I used the green rondel beads to create my Cory Heart dangles. with Pink flowers, Swarovski crystals and a heart dangle. I then used the plum 5 mm glass beads paired with two beads in my stash made by Donna Millard with silver filled heart head pins and silver filled ear wires. 

Next I needed a Bracelet and Used  One of the Large Pink Gems, some more glass plum beads, a silver tulip bead that Cory sent. I added some Lampwork from Grace beads and Wa-Lah this beauty was created

  The beautiful toggle clasp on the Bracelet also from Cory soup.  Next the challenge with that beautiful Multi Clasp
I created this 3 strand  Piece Dela Resistance

I was so challenged, had so much fun. I am so excited to have been apart of BSBP7 and having you stop by.  Please visit my partner  Cory and all the other Participants.

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom