Sunday, April 6, 2014


The color of dreams blog hop is a challenge from Rita of Jewel School Friends.  50 Participants received a free bead (I love free) to create and discuss our dreams
This was the bead I received. These were the beads distributed
Color of Dreams Bead Bounty

At first I was disappointed with my bead.  I am a pink girl I love bright colors, a romantic at heart, I wanted flowers and butterflies, and then I realized the challenge. I realized that part of my dreams is to be able to meet challenges head on. Take the challenge and make the best of it.

I selected Turquoise and copper made dangles, I love movement. I created this Bracelet.  It didn't feel like my dream.  I like Vintage. One of my dreams is to create Vintage inspired Jewelry.

So I choose a Brass stamping from BSUE BOUTIQUES, I grabbed my Lumiere's from Bsue"s and colored it in happy colors from within the bead, (I am always challenged with browns and blacks) attached my pretty bead, copper findings, crystals and chain. Now this vintage inspiration feels like me. I love the inspiration the bead created within me, and gave me the ability to create this piece.

My Dream is too learn all that I can about creating Jewelry. But also to acknowledge that there are things I want to know but not necessarily be able to do. I dream of the perfect space in which to create, I have yet to accomplish that. I dream of having a customer following base as I venture into having my own website. A dream I hope to accomplish in the near future. I so need a pair of earrings for my Lovely Necklace

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it. Hop around there are 50 of us. Happy Sunday!

The Artists Sharing the Color of Dreams:

Honorary Guest and Featured Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:              The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:               The Color of Dreams
Hostess: Toltec Jewels   Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson            KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger           Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache           All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                 TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider              Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach              Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih          Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma               Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan               Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean
Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack
Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs  (please visit after Wednesday, April 9)
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets
Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano       Lamplight Crafts


  1. I loved your first design, Gloria, but I'm also happy you followed your dream and forged ahead to create again :) I actually like the modern "artsy" look of the bead you received, which is quite distinctly different from a lot of the others, isn't it? You have certainly been successful in melding that modern look with the vintage style you prefer... great job!

    1. Thank you Monique. I want to be able to accomplish that melding all the time. Lol right now its hit and miss.

  2. I agree with the bracelet but I ADORE the necklace. In fact, I'm a big fan of your style!! Keep dreaming. The best is yet to come.


    1. Thank you Kathy. I love this necklace, this one's mine.

  3. Gloria I liked the bracelet but the necklace you created is way better. It is beautiful. Good job meeting the challenge and working with something that was not your favorite to create a wonderful piece of jewelry.

  4. Can we swap places Gloria? lol I am so not a pink girl :-)

    I've been meaning to tackle this color for ages now. I think that I have only made one pink necklace and um I don't really like it lol Strangely enough, I do love seeing and admiring how other designers/artists use pink in their designs just don't like what I create with it lol

    I agree with the others - the necklace is gorgeous and I think that you integrated the bead into it perfectly.

    I wish you all the very best with your dreams - seems to me that you're already off to a great start :-)



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    2. Marcia I love pink and teal, and Purple, with other pinks Lol, I believe you will do great, I can't wait to see.

    3. Thanks for the encouragement Gloria - will post pics in the group when I conquer my fear of pink LOL

  5. You took the challenge and ran with it to success. Fabulous.

  6. I liked your bracelet but I am so glad you took it apart to redo. The necklace is flat out incredible and really showcases your style and talent.

    1. Thank you Shaiha, too many times I would never have re did a piece. I guess I am growing as an artist. Thanks for coming over to my place.

  7. I love them both!!!!! You'll have to get another bead and make the first one. I really took a shine to it.....Excellent work and thanks for posting.

  8. I love it! The first was pretty- the second is stunning. There's something to be said for staying true to your heart and your dreams, isn't there? Christie

  9. Both designs show how much of a design that you really are. I was overwhelmed by mine even though you were at first disappointed. I feel we each had some struggles along the way as we do in our dreams and how we choose the different paths that inspire us to work with new techniques and designs. Thank you for sharing your heart of dreams.

    1. Kathleen I see quite a few of us had some challenge even though the beads were gorgeous. I am glad I was not the only one.

  10. I love the necklace! You did a fabulous job coloring the flower and creating a stunning piece to add to the beauty of the bead. Great job!

    1. Thank you Nan and thank you for visiting!

  11. You were so right to follow your heart and your dreams, the necklace is drop dead gorgeous, great design.

  12. WOW!!! I L-O-V-E that necklace! STUNNING!! Gonna have to check those inks out and you may hear from me looking for some tips =) BEAUTIFUL!

    1. Linda I am learning all about coloring metals in B'sue Boutiques creative group on FB. You can do it!

  13. The necklace turned out great - what great creativity.

  14. Gloria, I love the way you made the beautiful bracelet but since it didn't feel like your dream, you started again & WOW! The necklace definitely fits your "dream"!! I love the inks. I'm going to check into those. The colors really work with your bead! :)

    1. Thank you for the support Kmorgan, you will absolutely love the Lumiere's

  15. Your bracelet is great! Very feminine and punk!

    1. Thank you Miranda, I wanna learn just a teeny tiny little punk, for the youngsters, lol

  16. Lovely pieces... They are both wonderful--although I, like you, prefer the necklace. I am very impressed how you embraced the challenge... Best of luck as you pursue your dream! :)

  17. I love how you kept going until it felt right to you. You ended up with a gorgeoys piece.

    1. Thank you Nelly, and thank you for hopping.

  18. I really like the bracelet, so much color and joy in it. But I like the way when it didn't really fit your dream/vision, you kept on and created a wonderful, vintage feel necklace. Both are very pretty and I know your dream will come true as both of these pieces are great.

  19. Gloria-I love how you incorporated the bead into the flower. Well done! It is a stunning necklace.

  20. I loved the bracelet. i love dangly bracelets. The necklace though is amazing!!! Love the patina and everything about it. it really shows the bead off very well!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  21. I love this ! I use a lot of lumiere, too :) Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

  22. Dear Gloria, I love the bracelet as well, but that necklace...♥♥♥ It's so beautiful, a very special creation! I can imagine it makes you happy! Follow your ♥heart, and your dreams will come true!

  23. Wow - I really liked the bracelet, but that necklace is stunning! And the earrings are a perfect match! Also looking forward to Sunday's reveal.....