Friday, July 19, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop is here!!!

Ok, its here! The awesome Bead Hoarders Blog Hop by Lori Anderson. I am so glad I am involved in these blog hops now.  Not only have I met some wonderful jewelry artists, but I feel like my creativity has been challenged and I am getting more confident in my designs.

 I've working hard over the past 2 days trying to figure out what I was going to make with my stash of beads.  I tried to do some crochet with one of the mixes and that flopped.  I'm glad it did though because I went back to my original idea and did the kumihimo technique and I liked the end results.  So, below is the first necklace I made.  Wish I had enough of these beads to make a bracelet..but that's ok. Maybe I can put together a pair of earrings..I think I have enough to do that...hmmm

 After finished up with the kumihimo, I had 8 long strands of string left over and I liked how they had a little twist in the string.  So I decided not to cut them but to use them as part of the design.  I put the little black beads on the strand and at first was going to mix them in all around and that didn't look right.  So I wound up doing one twist around and wire wrapped them to the ends.  Well, I first made loops on the ends...then did the wire wrap.  I found some left over strips of black suede and did a little macrame until I used it up and tied that off. Did a little hunting on making a clasp and found one in a digital magazine I have and made one similar to that.  Fits rather nicely.

The second necklace, I have had these beautiful beads forever.

I started out using some silk thread and didn't like it.  So I wound up using some annealed steel wire.  The lower half of the necklace is rather stiff because of the wire but it lays really nice on the neck area.  I am going to work on some earrings to match.  

Today (Friday) I made another necklace.  I made the clay beads a looooong time ago and I finally put them together in this necklace.  I will admit that the pendent is something I put together this week and I have not had it very long.  But I think all the beads tied in very well.

Please visit all those who participated to see their amazing creations...

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales (ME)
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


  1. Beautiful pieces. I especially love the second one.

    1. Wow..I can even reply now...this is exciting LOL. Thank you soooo much...

  2. Beautiful pieces!

  3. Let me be the first one? to comment :-) works! And I love the necklaces you made, both of them! You used very nice techniques with great results!

    1. Thank you sooo much Dini. You almost made it to be the first one to comment..hehehe

  4. Absolutely lovely! I love all three.

  5. Hey mom just testing the commenting.

    1. Thanks Ry for the test...look, I can reply now I did something right...hehehe XOXO

  6. Christina, your pieces are always so beautiful and innovative. I always learn something by peeking at your blog and your Flickr photos! I am inspired by your creativity.

    1. Donetta, that means so much to me, I really appreciate your compliment very much. I have only been making jewelry for about 4, maybe 5 yrs and my style has changed so much since then. I always felt a little lost, but I think I am finally finding my own style.. Hugs...

  7. Gorgeous pieces, love how you incorporated the string as part of your necklace.

    1. Thanks Dolores, I hated the thought of wasting the string, so why not use them right? LOL...

  8. i love what you came up with. they are all so gorgeous!!

  9. I love your designs, Christine... you have a lot of creativity and original style!

    1. Thanks a bunch Monique, I have been a painter for many years so I think that helps me when putting my designs together. I always tell my friends that I just cant do something simple.. And really, I cant. LOL

  10. All lovely necklaces. I particularly like the first one. Clever to use the "leftover" string.

    1. Thank you Ann. Its funny how things turn out sometimes, because I almost cut those off...but I just couldnt do it...hehehehe

  11. Can't decide between the pieces which is my favorite, so just saying ~ FANTASTIC!

  12. Thank you sooo much Marlene! I really enjoyed this hop!

  13. What beautiful pieces you made! I love all of them, but the first one is my favorite, with all the interesting design elements you worked into it - fabulous job! :)

    1. Thanks so much Molly.. I think it is probably my favorite too. It took the longest to make that's for sure! :-)

  14. Beautiful, esp the green necklace.

    1. Thank you Julee. I always love how the ceramic beads look with the multiple colors and little spots on them...but I am not a bead artist..not yet..LOL so I tried making the beads my way with some clay.. they turned out ok, but I didnt know what I was going to do with they sat for a long time..and then..when this challenge came up, I knew I had to do something with those beads...funny how things work!

  15. I've never seen kumihimo done with beads this big ! What a look ! What stones are the blue and brown ones on the second necklace, if you remember ?

    1. Thanks so much Audrey... I cant remember the name of the stones, I need to make a trip to the bead store and pick up some more..I will email you when I get the name of them... :-)

  16. Beautiful designs, I love what you did! I really like the kumi rope and the way you used the ends - that is a great idea.

    1. Thanks Kim... I didnt think I would like the big beads but I really like this necklace. I love the feel and weight of it.. I normally use the smaller beads.

  17. Kumihimo and I are still learning how to be friends, so I'm impressed by the bracelet. I love the organic feel of the other two pieces! Nicely done- Christie

    1. Thanks Charis, love your name by the way... It took me about 2 bracelets to get the feel of the kumihimo...I love me its relaxing. I think Im going to start mixing more of the natural beads instead of crystals.

  18. Wow! Is all I can say. I love them all but the green one is my favorite. You have a wonderful design eye.

  19. Wow! Such beautiful creations!

  20. All three of your necklaces turned out so marvelous! I really like that first one though. The Kumihimo and the suede and the cool clasp all come together for a really special necklace!

    1. You should see it in person! I am working on another one with a different color scheme...more on that one later... THANKS Hope!

  21. Very striking pieces! I love the bold green of the last necklace.

  22. Christina your designs are all beautiful. The green one is my favorite.

  23. The green necklace jumped out to me...very pretty. Your other two necklaces are equally lovely!

    1. Thanks Klassy your name... :-)

  24. Gorgeous necklaces, the green one is stunning!

    1. Thanks so much Kepi. I had a little jewelry party this past weekend and I couldnt part with it just cold feet and didnt even put it up to sell..LOL

  25. What lovely pieces! The green one just took my breath away. I am extremely impressed by everything that you made--wonderful work!

  26. Lovely pieces! I really love the organic, earthy style of them, suits the beads very nicely.