Category Archives: Fibers

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:


Some Eye Candy…

I figured it was about time that I added a picture of some of my work (though you can always go to my website!) This is a Fall necklace using some of the wonderful fibers I got a few weeks ago in Tucson from I-Bead. I used the “knotting/braiding method” that Amy showed me and the focal point of the necklace is this gorgeous bead from Lori Greenberg. She gave it to me at the bead shows last February and I’ve been trying to come up with a design that does it justice. I hope she approves!

fiber necklace

I’m excited to create some more fiber and lampwork focal necklaces…you should see some of the gorgeous beads I have!