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7th Bead Soup Blog Hop...Soup's Arrived!

 
So the fun begins! I borrowed Lori's header to start off my post since it included the reveal dates for the hop...also here's a link to Lori's blog showing all the participants...500 I believe was the final number! Thanks so much Lori for all your hard work on this so far!
 
My partner, Inge, was schedule to leave on a trip just as partners were being revealed but she sent my soup on her way out of country. I hope she is having a wonderful trip! I held her soup and will priority mail it a few days before she is due back...I knew it wouldn't arrive before she left and didn't want it 'misplaced' by the post office while she was away. Now on to her amazing generosity!
 
 
The focal...so many to choose from...I love all the flowers and dots, so hippie! The red and white one on the right reminds me of peppermint candies so I'm stashing that one for a christmas project! lol
 
 

Here is the clasp and an assorment of glass beads...everything coordinates great with all the focals!
 
 
and...yes there's more!
 
 
 
 
So much delicious beady goodness! Other then the strands of glass, crystal and a few rose quartz nuggets, all the beads I received are beautiful lampwork made by my partner, Inge. You can visit her blog here to find out more about her and her wonderful beads.
 
This is what I'll be sending to Inge...you'll have to wait until she shares to see all the details! I hope she enjoys her soup as much as I am enjoying mine! :) Stay tuned there's lots more fun coming soon!
 
 


Free Bead Challenge Reveal...

At the beginning of November Lesley Watt of Thea Too posted a giveaway for a free bead. She also included the opportunity for additional participants to pay shipping only and receive a free bead. It could be any of the beads pictured above or one of several others. Of course I am unable to pass up any opportunities to challenge myself these days so I of course signed up and was delighted to be selected to participate. I sent my payment for shipping and waited for my bead to arrive. My wonderful bead arrived...while I was sick, preparing for a show and trying to finish my 7000 bracelets donation. Completely out of character for me, I set the bead aside and told myself to wait...there's plenty of creating time, don't push. My show ended December 2...the next day I realized I had just over a week and nothing created...not even a hint of design idea!
At that point I began rummaging my stash. As you can see the bead I received is very colorful which was perfect for me...it is a bit larger than I usually work with but I decided it would be great with just a few beads in just the right coordinating colors. After looking at silver, copper and brass I decided on brass since it gave the orange a warm tone.
A couple of bead dangles along the chain and a tassel under the bead gives the necklace movement while keeping the design simple. I am really pleased with the way it all came together.
Thanks so much to Lesley for offering this bead challenge. Be sure to visit the other participants below and check out all their great creations too!Lesley Watt - www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.comCory Tompkins - http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/Rebecca Anderson - http://songbeads.blogspot.co.uk/Marie Cramp - http://skyejewels.blogspot.co.uk/Claire Braunbarth - http://smittenbeads.blogspot.co.uk/Heidi Post - http://expostfactojewelry.blogspot.co.uk/Tiffany Smith - http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.co.uk/Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson - http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.co.uk/Ailsa Cordner - http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/Linda Landig - http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/Caroline Dewison - http://blueberribeads.co.uk/Renetha - http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.co.ukKari Asbury - http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.co.uk/
Katherine Gale - http://terrabeadworks.blogspot.co.uk/

New Creations...

I've been working on lots of new projects the last few days...hoping to have a shop update this weekend. During my show I wrapped alot of beads to prepare them for designs in the works. I've always found it's a great way to get things done and grab the attention of passers by and shoppers, excellent way to start a conversation!
This is one of my favorites...I am really starting to get the hang of working with sari silk. It adds a really beautiful element to my designs.
This is one of my favorites...I am really starting to get the hand of working with sari silk. It adds a really beautiful element to my designs.
 
And earrings... now I just have to get some listings done...and I have so many more designs planned out and in the works...  So I'm off for now to work on my growing to do list. I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak of things to come!

7000 Bracelets of Hope...Reveal Time!

A picture of the first bracelet I donated...I missed the blog hop last time but so moved by the sentiment I created and sent a bracelet on my own. This time I was so excited when I saw Sue's post that I just knew I had to participate!
 
A brief background note in case you are not familiar with the campaign...This was the blog post from Sue asking us to join in this round for donations...Are you familiar with the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope campaign? Many of us bead makers and jewelry designers are. It's a bracelet program for people or families who suffer rare genetic diseases. Here's a bit of information directly from their donation page:"Cause bracelets have been available for breast cancer and heart disease but there has never been a unifying symbol, color or bracelet that represents the rare and genetic disease community. That’s why we started the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope™ campaign.Since launching the campaign in 2010, Global Genes has received thousands of unique blue themed bracelet designs made from everything from cut strips of recycled denim to vintage blue glass to turquoise stones. The creativity from our volunteers is truly inspiring!The number 7,000 represents the 7,000 different rare diseases that impact 1 in 10 people, 30 million Americans and 350 million globally. Each individual blue bracelet design we receive represents the uniqueness of one of the 7,000 rare diseases and many of our volunteers send in multiple copies of a single design.Our goal is to continue to collect unique bracelets made by jewelry designers, artists, crafters, church groups, girl scout troops and other volunteers and distribute them to our families fighting rare and genetic diseases. Adults receive handcrafted bracelets made by our jewelry designers while children receive love friendship bracelets filled with hope."I was just contacted by Lisa James (Manager of Community Development for Global Genes/Rare) and asked if I would host a blog hop, as they are in need of at least 40 bracelets right now! I said YES! While I'd love to get more than 40 participants, or 40 bracelets, let's just do our best to get close to that number!
40 bracelets...wouldn't it be wonderful if we could meet their current needs and a few extra... I began to look through my bead stashes, art beads...I discovered in my hoarding I actually had LOTS of blue artisan charms, links and beads. I decided from this stash I could easily create 20 bracelets so I set my time accordingly...with Thanksgiving and a show coming and my full time day job it would really just be about good time management. I can do that...then I got sick...
Really??? Sick now...I don't have time for this! So I found myself slowly moving ahead as I could but still feeling like this was so important and wanting to create as much as I could. Also, medicine head does nothing for the creative flow! So many beads were groped in this process while trying to formulate unique designs through a medicinal haze...BLAH!
I always try for this project to make adjustable bracelets...since we don't get measurements on our recipients...but I did discover one or two beautiful blue bracelets in my already made stock so I decided to include them even though they are not adjustable.
This blue fairy image from Calico Collage is one of my very favorites and I love the way this bracelet turned out. In the end I was very please with the selection of bracelets I sent and I hope the recipients are as delighted to wear and enjoy them as I was to create and share them.
When I got 6 bracelets done, considering all that was happening, I felt pretty sucessful. Granted this was not the 20 I was aiming for but sick, a show and holidays coming...and all the bracelets were very different in style so I was ready to call it well done and get my bracelets shipped. But wait...a little second wind, a break in medicine head to relieve my creative blahs...and that package of new Menagerie Studio charms in denim blue...maybe just a couple more creations before I seal the box!
TEN bracelets was the final count when the box closed and shipped on November 13! I was very happy with the results and hope that each recipient knows they were made with love, care and support for them and their families!and now a bunch of THANK YOU'S, including the artist beads or components used to create my designs: Sue Kennedy, our hostessGlobal Genes ProjectGaea CannadayBoHulley BeadsBeadFreakyPink BeachSea Shore GlassHavana BeadsMenagerie StudioAsbury Avenue Designs (my supply shop for the ephemera wood charms)I appologize for not having a list of the other blogs participating in this hop...I had to pre-schedule my post because I will be at America's Largest Christmas Bazaar in Portland, Oregon today and when I pre-scheduled the list wasn't available yet. If you visit Sue's blog by clicking the link above I am certain she will have a list of all participants. Also, I will not be able to hop today but I will get around to everyone in the next few days and get a look at what I'm sure will be wonderful bracelets since you are all such very talented ladies! Thanks so much for stopping by...I love to read all your comments.

Pay It Forward...Design 2

I've been busy, sick, preparing for shows and as always continuing to sign up for blog hops, challenges, etc, etc, etc...Needless to say I'm a bit late getting this post up but wanted to do a quick reveal on the second design I did for the Pay It Forward post from September. I am currently working on my third and final 'gift' which I hope to have on it's way by Thanksgiving...in the meantime here is my second design in the series which went to Zoe Marcin.
I read a blog post by Zoe a while back and she was talking steampunk designs. She was wishing there was more color to them. So when I received these colorful gears as an "extra" in one of my Mismatch Earring Swap packages...they seemed perfect...now what to do with them? In my email query she also mentioned liking mint green...enter Bubby & McGurk polka dots! Thanks to Karin Slaton for gifting me these wonderful gears! Check back after Thanksgiving for the 3 and final reveal.

MisMatch Monday...Halloween Style!

Many of you know Diana of Suburban Girl Studio (Beads, Jewelry) and of her love of mismatch earrings. In fact she guest posts on Art Jewelry Elements about her mismatch love.After participating in the mismatch swap and blog hop last week I also am hooked! Then I find that in her last Monday MisMatch post Diana threw out a new challenge to include Halloween...I LOVE Halloween! To see Diana's orignal post click on the link above...she posted some really beautiful fall inspired earrings using some of her awesome stone wear designs.But enough about all that! Let's have some reveal you say!
I am completely in love with my earrings! I decided I wanted to use one of the tiles I made from the latest Halloween images from Ella of Calico Collage. Similar tiles are available in my supply shop, Asbury Avenue Designs. Then I discovered the little pink skull bead from Gaea and the skeleton key image was perfect! The same day I saw Diana's post and started putting ideas together, my polymer rounds came in the mail from Martha of Menagerie Studio. I'm linking you to her webshop because these are a special order item and she provides detail on her wesite how to contact and order. She has lots of yummy colors! I had of course ordered purple...along with several other colors! They were perfect with the coloring in the tile and a wonderful shade of what I call witch purple...my favorite! I brought the designs together with darkened brass wire, chain and a filigree hoop from Fallen Angel Brass. The earwires are handmade by me from darkened brass wire.
I hope you enjoyed today's mismatch post...Stop by again soon!

Show Us Your Hooters! Artisan Whimsy Challenge

I am part of an awesome group called Artisan Whimsy and I have decided to enter this necklace in the Show Us Your Hooters Owl Challenge.
My necklace features a woodland owl ephemera tile made by me. Similar tiles are available in my supply shop Asbury Avenue Designs. Beautiful ceramic beads in shades of green, chocolate and cream from Gaea. And a beautiful lampwork bead from Bubby & McGurk.I hope you will stop by Artisan Whimsy, take a look around and join our fantastic group! Also, don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Hooters!This lovely OOAK Woodland Owls Necklace is available in my finished jewelry shop, along with many other wonderful designs! Stop by and have a look around, Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design.

Pay It Forward First Design Reveal...

You may remember at the beginning of September I had a Pay It Forward post. The idea was after I was one of 3 people to comment on Patti Vanderbloemen's post to receive a surprise, I would 'Pay It Forward' by offering the same opportunity on my blog. The only set rule was you have to mail out your surprises sometime in the next 365 days...at the beginning of October I mailed the first of my 3 creations to Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads.
If you visited my blog on Tuesday for the MisMatch Earring Swap reveal you probably recognize these beautiful metal disks. They were an extra goodie from Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This. I've paired them with some blue glass rings and kaleidescope lampwork headpins from Raida Disbrow of Havana Beads. I really love how these turned out and I hope Lisa is enjoying wearing them as much as I did making them. This design uses 2 of the 4 disks Lisa Liddy sent me...I'm hoarding the other 2 for now! :) Thanks again so much Lisa, for these goodies! They are fantastic and it was a wonderful inspiration for me on this design!

It's Reveal Time!

Mismatched earrings anyone? I must admit when I first saw Diana's invitation to participate in a mismatch earring swap I almost passed it by...I love all the designs I see (especially the ones she posts). I just wasn't sure it was for me...but then of course lately I have difficulty passing up any opportunity, especially one that challenges me. Of course once I decided to sign up a million ideas began but I had to wait for partners to be assigned so I could narrow down my design...then Diana teased me with "you'll be really happy with your partner, but I'm not telling until later"...MEANIE! In the end I was delighted with my pairing and when the opportunity came to take on a second partner for the swap...I said of course! Did I mention I have this problem with taking on too much sometimes...anyway...it all worked out great and my partners were fantastic!Now don't you wish I'd quit all the blah, blah, blah and get to the pictures already...My first partner was Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This ...very happy indeed! Here is what I received from Lisa...
Green beads are from Second Surf ...her beads always look so beautiful and vibrant it was wonderful to see them in person. Purple disks and copper ear wires are from Lisa's shop Metal Me This ...and she sent me extra disks so I could try them out in a design of my own! Check back soon to see what I designed with some of them...I'm hoarding the others for future design goodness!My second partner was Karin Slaton ...looks like she is in process of starting a shop but it's not up yet so I linked you to her lovely blog...be sure to stop by and check out all the beautiful designs she has posted through out her blog. Here is what I received from Karin...
 
So many wonderful things...where do I begin...elongated oval woven by Karin (from Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork). I am always in aww of bead weaving...I've tried it only to my frustration! Enamel leaves and lampwork bead (inside weaving) from Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads. A raku ceramic bead, pressed glass oval and sterling silver posts...love the shape of the posts it really accents the earring designs beautifully! Karin also included an extra goodie..enameled pink gears also from Sue Kennedy. I already have a design for them so look for a post soon to see what I did!I hope you enjoyed your stop here today and that I gave proper credit to all the wonderful artists who participated, whether it was through their beads or designs.Thank you to my to wonderful partners! It was great getting to know you both and having this opportunity to challenge myself in the mismatch earring world...I think I'll be creating a few pairs for an upcoming show...wish me luck with that!Please be sure to follow the links below to visit the other participants in this swap and enjoy more mismatch fun!
Lisa Liddy http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Kari Asbury http://www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com (you are here)
Mary Harding http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

Surprise! My Pay It Forward Gift Arrived!

You may remember at the beginning of September I had a Pay It Forward post. The idea was after I was one of 3 people to comment on Patti Vanderbloemen's post to receive a surprise, I would 'Pay It Forward' by offering the same  opportunity on my blog. The only set rule was you have to mail out your surprises sometime in the next 365 days...fortunately Patti did not make me wait!I gave a little information about myself...a few colors I like, wrist size, but otherwise I tried to leave it open to her creativity. I can't begin to tell you how great she did! Sizing is fantastic, colors...yum and beads from several of my favorite artists! As I work on my surprises to send I hope my recipents are as pleased as I am with their surprises! So I'll just quit babbling and say here it is...
Lampwork beads from Sue Kennedy, Glass Bead Art and Sheila Davis. Here's a link to Patti's shop so you can pay her a visit and a get a piece of her beautiful jewelry for yourself! Have a great evening!~Kari