Welcome to the 2016 Bead Peeps Swap 'n Hop Reveals!!!
Hello Lovelies! Life has been absolutely crazy here at Hippie Chick central but as always I've managed to sign up for several design challenges, I've commited to a bunch of custom work and I am right in the thick of preparing for my participation in the #blogher2016 event via The Artisan Group...so it's never a dull moment! Today is all about the #BeadPeepsSwap and the big reveal...so lets get to it!
The picture is above shows the goodies my partner and I swapped. I sent her everything on the left and she sent me everything on the right. Johana is a truly fantastic artist! If you are not already following her work you really, really should. You can check her out on Facebook here. Or visit her etsy shop here. I promise you will not be disappointed.
I fiddled around for several weeks before settling on any designs but once I decided everything came together very quickly. I am absolutely in love with this mermaid pendant, handcrafted and enameled by Johana. It's a very large piece so I felt like it didn't really need much to create the perfect necklace. I used some large rose quartz chips, white fresh water pearls, and oxidized copper chain from my stash. The purple faceted czech beads were included in my swap package. As many of you know my daughter is a huge supporter of my jewelry making...she has claimed this piece for her own collection. She has also received several compliments the couple of times she has already worn it!
I also whipped up this fantastic bracelet! Yes...that's right...I said my bracelet is fantastic! I love it! I used the same bead styles from the mermaid necklace...they just go so great with the color palette Johana used for my goodies. I may keep this bracelet for myself...I don't wear a lot of bracelets but I really like this one so I think I might need to change that!
As for the rest of my goodies...they are safely in my stash waiting for just the right idea to spark my creativity. I always keep at least a few goodies from every design challenge for future projects...plus I'm a bead collector as many of you know and I needed to add a few of Johana's beads to my collection!
As always thank you for taking the time to visit and check out my designs. I love reading your comments so please leave a comment if you are so inspired. Also, I hope you will take some time to check out at least a few of the other participants and see what great designs they've created! ~Kari