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Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop Reveal

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwest. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the Halloween,  All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. That’s the basics.

Sugar Skulls and marigolds are central to the theme and along with painted faces and decorations, those elements make their way into jewelry. It’s time to reveal what we made for the Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry blog hop! sponsored by Suburban Girl Studio.

I’ve got cuffs! Lots of etched cuffs with sugar skulls, marigolds and bright colors.

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All of the above were etched and colored by me. Colors are from Color Me This metal patinas.

In addition to the etched versions, I have some amazing glass sugar skulls from Torch by Night Lampwork. One is ring size and the other is cuff size. Both are on interchangeable Sirius System findings from McDuck Creations.

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I hope you’ll visit all the blogs in this hop! Lots of creative minds have come together. You can find them here:

Diana Ptaszynski  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com

Staci Smith  http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/

Kathleen Breeding  http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

Sue Kennedy  http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Dianne Miller  http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

Lisa Liddy  http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Linda Landig  http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com

Laura Medeiros  http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone  http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Lynn Jobber  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk

Michelle McCarthy  http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Karen Totten  http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.com

Jayne Capps  https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor  http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Joan Miller  http://metalmudandsand.blogspot.com/

Melissa Meman  http://melissameman.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger  http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Kari Asbury  http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Inge von Roos  http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com

Stephanie LaRosa  http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com

Lola Surwillo  http://www.beadlolabead.com

Jennifer Cameron  http://glassaddictions.com/blog

Diane Hawkey  http://dianehawkey.blogspot.com

Kristi Harrison  http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com

Nicole Valentine Rimmer  http://www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Tanya Goodwin  http://www.Pixiloo.blogspot.com

Shai Williams  http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Sandra McGriff  http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling  http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Marie Covert  http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com

Lisa Stukel  http://www.carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com

Laurie Vyselaar  http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com

Sherri Stokey  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com

Pam Traub  http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com

Lori Dorrington  http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com

Kristen Stevens  http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Eleanor Burian-Mohr  http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com

Sally Russick  http://thestudiosublime.com

Dawn M. Gallop  http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com

Christine Damm   http://storiestheytell.blogspot.com

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7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal is Here!

It’s finally here! Seems like the time flew by but I managed to get both my creation and my post done while it was still daylight! Here’s a refresher of what my partner, Mallory Hoffman, sent me:

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I thought her Bacon and Egg beads were so cute that I kept the theme going. I used mixed metals: brass wire, copper and brass jump rings, brass chain and lots of dangles. I’ve been making Cork Pendant necklaces for a few months and kept looking for a cork that had a chicken or something “fowl” on it. I ended up finding this one from Rex Goliath Pinot Noir that says “Free Range” on it… a stretch perhaps, but it works for me. BS1 Here’s the close-up shot of my pendant with Mallory’s focals, a cute, tiny crocheted chicken, and various other brass and copper dangles and baubles. I made some of Mallory’s other glass beads into “egg” dangles, too. BS2 Here’s the full shot showing the silk ribbon for the necklace hanging off the toggle that Mallory sent me. I like using toggles this way in front and it makes the pendant detachable, too.

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I hope you’ll check out Mallory’s blog, “For the Love of Beads,” to see what she made with the beads I sent her. And then settle in to check out a couple hundred other participants! You can find the links here at Lori Anderson’s blog. And there will be two more BSBP reveals coming in the next few weeks!

PS. The cute crocheted chicken is by Cori Ruszkowski…check out her work here.


Reveal Time: Mismatched Earring Swap

I met Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio) online and then at BeadFest in Philadelphia this summer. She’s fun, talented, creative, fun, crazy, but did I mention she’s a lot of fun? She hosted a mismatched earring swap among a couple dozen other creative souls and I thought I’d play, too.

The premise was to create a pair of unmatched earrings, that coordinated, but weren’t your typical matching set. Easy, right? Not so much…Fun challenge though and I hope to do it again both in my own designs and it another challenge.

I was paired with Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Design and she sent me some great earrings! Colorful and textural, and mismatched! You can see what I sent Kari at her blog, but here’s a photo of the earrings I received.

The hoop-style earrings are wrapped with FiberWire from Nellie Thomas of SpinCulture and YarnSweetYarn and carried in Karen Totten’s Etsy store. the cool green and teal coordinates great with these delicate ceramic beads from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth in a soft purple and deep blue. The colors pick up the tones in the fibers so nicely! The “mismatch” comes with the colors and I love how they coordinate. I’ll be wearing these a lot! Copper wire and chain ties the free-spirited look together.

Thanks, Kari! And thanks, Diana, for letting me play along!

Now take a stroll through the other participants blogs and see what kind of creativity everyone came up with:


Belonging is Good…

It’s a big Internet out there!

Lots to see and find and sometimes you get lost in it! Getting around these days for me means finding like-minded people, as well as those who challenge your creativity, and encourage your dreams.

I belong to several special interest groups on Facebook  and a couple of bead/jewelry forums and they each provide value, friendship and camaraderie, and links to some really good stuff!

One of them is Creative Bead Chat which has over 1000 members; all either jewelry designers, bead makers, component creators or just lovers of pretty accessories. All skill levels and experience make up the group and it’s a good way to learn about techniques, styles, colors, and new products. One of the fun things for me is when I can meet some of the members of my online groups in real life. That happened at Bead & Button in June and again at BeadFest in August.

Groups like CBC have people managing things behind the scenes and out front. Keeping the chaos in check, so to speak. At CBC that group includes these ladies. I met Marla James of Marla’s Mud and Melinda Orr (founder of CBC) of Melinda Orr Designs at bead shows. Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio and I sat at the same dinner one night and completely missed meeting each other…a fact we laughed about after the fact. Rounding out the admins are Keirsten Giles of Lune Designs and Marla Gibson of Spice Box Designs.

Keep up the good work, ladies! I’m off to ship some orders!


Bead Soup Time! Reveal #1

Good morning (or afternoon/evening!)

It’s time for the first reveal of Bead Soup Blog Party #6 hosted by Lori Anderson, Blogger Extraordinaire.

ETA: I forgot I was going to do a giveaway!!! Leave a comment and I’ll do a drawing for a free sample pack of my new Color Me This patinas (not yet released for sale, but very soon!). 6 popular custom blended colors in “try me” sizes.  Drawing to be held August 4th.

I was paired with Nancy Peterson and she sent  me this lovely mix of soup ingredients. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what she made with the ingredients I sent her.

From that I made a pendant with a silk ribbon necklace. Here’s a full shot of the necklace and pendant. I used the interesting ceramic spiral focal that Nancy sent and added dangles using the copper open weave beads, turquoise chips and black faceted beads. On top of that I used some 1.25″ etched, colorized disks that I made (from Metal Me This) and thought they coordinated well. Instead of hiding the cool key clasp that Nancy sent in the back, I used it as an extension to the focal pendant and wrapped the silk ribbon through it. I like the effect of a chunky pendant.

Here are some close ups of the pendant portion.

There are about 150 blogs to visit this round, so get some coffee, or a glass of wine and head over to Lori’s site where the links are all set up for you. Click away. I can’t wait to see all the Bead Soup goodness out there. And remember to come back two more times for the other reveals in this massive 400 person Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori will have all the details on her blog.

PS…here’s a teaser for what’s coming from me in the next week or so…”Color Me This”…my custom blended metal patinas in sample packs. More to come…


It’s a Virtual Craft Show! Day 2

DAY TWO Promises to be just as much fun as Day One.

 7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????

Visit Day Two by clicking here!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit these 10 new artisans’ shops and blogs, too.

Visit Lori’s page and follow the instructions to get points for entries into the drawing!

I’ve got a great sampler set of beadcaps in the drawing at her blog and I was in the Day One grouping.

In the meantime, you can save 20% in my Metal Me This Etsy store
with Etsy coupon VCS2011


It’s a Virtual Craft Show!

 7 Days, 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things.

Can you believe it????

Visit Day One by clicking here!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit all these artisans’ shops and blogs, too.

Visit Lori’s page and follow the instructions to get points for entries into the drawing!

I’ve got a great sampler set of beadcaps in the drawing at her blog.

In the meantime, you can save 20% in my Metal Me This Etsy store
with Etsy coupon VCS2011