Friday, July 04, 2014

ZNETSHOW “Summer Days & Nights”..Magazine reveral

Another bundle of pure beachy joy by Znetshows was sent to me along with many other designers to see what we could come up with for the "Summer Days & Night" challenge.  I will tell you this, you will be quite excited to see all the creations in this magazine. We were also asked what our "PERFECT SUMMER" would be like...  Well, you see how I write a NOVEL sized blurp.    So believe me when I say...mine was a bit wordy and really there was no room for it in the I am going to tell you what my perfect summer is to me here on my blog.....lots more room to write and probably bore you to death!!LOL

"My idea of a perfect summer would be sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand and enjoying the cool breeze on a hot day. Of course I would have a hat on and some sunscreen slathered all over my body and a huge pair of sunglasses on.  I would be sitting next to my hubby while he reads. Then also, I would have to have my handy dandy camera with me so I can take millions of pictures only to pick out 10 of my favorite ones later. As for night time, sitting at an outside restaurant eating my favorite fish and chips and having a nice glass of wine or ice cold beer with my hubby...yea, he has to tag along just about everywhere I go, he can be fun!"

Now for the more exciting part of this post...the Magazine.. 
 You can find me on page 74-76.

 To see all the participants visit Znetshows Blog

So, with all the yummy beads, here are some pictures which are not posted in the magazine.. Remember this picture below, this is what I started out with.

This is what I made for my evening wear...its beautiful.  I am quite happy with the finished piece

 See the yummy Swarovski ravolis?

 I bought these great pewter beads at Beads On Main when they had their big sale, its so pretty and is double sided

 And the fun beaded rope..  I watched a quick video on You Tube and got to work..once I got started it was pretty easy to make...but is a very loose stitch so I put the sari silk in the middle for added strength and stability of the beads.

I added a metal filigree backing to the Swarovski rivoli which gave the beads better support and it made it so much prettier I think.

This red design was just an added piece I had to do.  I made the polymer beads, was lots of fun to see this piece fall into place.  I had no idea what I was going to do with all the red hour glass sea glass beads other than the dangle part.  

 I made the dangle part first and beaded a loop on the top not really knowing what I was going to attach it to.

 I made the large beads first...which I think turned out really well..Then I had all this scrap clay I didnt want to waste, so I ended up making the ring you see here.  Little by little this piece came together and I am in love with it!

 I had this clasp for another creation I was going to make, but then decided it looked really good on this necklace...

 Here are the beads, they are quite big for me, but I am getting used to the larger beads.

This is my day time piece.  Now this one, I am going to keep.  It is amazing and very summery and beachy.  I had these beads sitting on my table for some time...not knowing what I was going to do and the deadline was getting closer and closer.....and closer.

It fits me perfectly..LOL

Here is a close up of the starfish pendent I made with polymer clay

 I actually made the bracelet first.  I love this bracelet too...all the dangly beads...

I kept the cording ends long so I could keep them as part of the design element...

Love this clasp...its rather large, but look how fun it is...and its easy to handle for those with larger fingers

I just love this color combination. Sunny, beachy and bold...

I thought the earrings would look best with the same dangling strands of cord with all the same beads tied on.  

And for a fun pair of earrings for my almost final piece.

I have a perfect top that will go well with these earrings..

This is my final piece.  I made these last but did not put them in the challenge.  I had run out of time.  

Now for the real fun part!  Yup, I am going to do a "GIVE AWAY" with this pair of earrings. I have never done one before and have seen lots of other designers do this and I have actually participated in a few.  If you are interested in my GIVE AWAY, please make sure you leave a comment.  Once I get my rules squared away, I will send you a little message and post it on my blog.

Thanks sooooo much for stopping by and checking out the new magazine!


Blog Hop Participants:

ChristinaMiles <-----me----->


  1. I just love all the detail you put into each and every one of your pieces! Your polymer clay beads and that ring are so cool! (Oh, and the starfish too!) I think your use of the cultured sea glass to compliment your fantastic skills works so well together. And, I love that we can get so much detail from you that we didn't get in the magazine. Thanks for sharing a little more about the designs and a few added shots! Beautiful as always :)

  2. All of your pieces are great! There is so much going on in each one. I love the beads you made! I feel like I am getting so many ideas from this hop. I'm always impressed with beautiful beadwork like in your first necklace. I love seeing the little barbell beads on their sides. Love the red with leather. I really wanted to comment because it's all beautiful, but no need to enter me in the drawing. The earrings are beautiful, but I can no longer wear earrings. Someone will be quite happy to have them!

  3. Your designs and work are exquisite. I am partial to the red necklace because it is so funky and different and I could definitely see wearing that. You used the barbells in such a creative way as well. Great work like always.

  4. As a fellow seed beader - gotta say your pieces just moved up to the top of my LOVE list! But I do adore that bright summery set that you chose to keep, too. I'm having a hard time deciding which of my pieces I'm willing to let go of myself! So much fun!

  5. Your pieces are gorgeous. I love all the details and numerous mixed techniques. Beaded dangle bracelet my fav.

  6. What great designs! I just love your attention to detail and what delightful detail it all was.

  7. I especially love your aqua and gold set. The colors are gorgeous and it reminds me of the beach. I also really like the red earrings. They are a great design. Everything you made is wonderful.

  8. Wow Chris~ You made so many pieces. Great Boho style- that first piece is over the top!

  9. I love each and every pair of earrings you designed! However, the red designs really stand out for me...beautiful work.

  10. Your work is beautiful and so detailed. That beaded rope is amazing and such a great backdrop for the focal. Each piece is so different and full of inspiration! Christie

  11. Everything is so beautiful! Love the starfish you made and all of the earrings are great. The bracelet with the light blue and the same color earrings are my favorite things

  12. Nice work! I like your beachy daytime pieces the best. The necklace looks fun and I love the little cord dangles you incorporated into the bracelet and the earrings.

  13. I love so many of these pieces. Wow. I'd love to win your earrings! They are fabulous!

  14. Wowser! Christina, you are a rock star! So many beautiful and intricately designed are such an asset to Znetshows!

  15. Hi Christina, The pink and purple look lovely together. I really like the focal that you made with your polymer clay and the seed beads wrapped around the red hour glass beads. Yellow is a color I seldom use but your paring it with the aqua is great. Thanx for a chance to win your beautiful earrings.

  16. Wow what a collection of beautiful sea glass beauties! I cannot take my eyes off those cherry red hour glass beads! really stunning design

  17. Oh my, Chris! Your designs are all so amazing and the details you put into each of them is completely divine. Your bead work always blows me away and the different techniques in each piece - I love them all!