Friday, October 12, 2012

My Bead Table Blog Hop

Oh wow! Is it October 13th already??? I had signed up for this blog hop by Lisa of A Grateful Artist - Pine Ridge Treasures a long long long time ago. When I received the beads, I was super excited and a bit bummed that the reveal was not until October 13th. So the packets were put away, "safely". We all know what THAT means. It means I got them out only a week before the hop, in a panic!

And turns out I have another reveal today, for the History Blog Hop as well. And when did I get to working on that? Yup...last week!

Turns out I thought I had the Mismatched Earring Swap reveal today as well. Luckily, since it was a swap, I had to finish it much before the reveal day. It was photographed and all. And as luck would have it, I realized that the reveal for the one challenge that I was sort of prepared for...is NOT today, its on the 16th :-) Oh well! I did manage to make something for both of today's reveal, with some not-so-satisfactory photos. Hubby's reaction when he saw the photos: don't add the photos, just write about the pieces and let the readers use their imagination! Now I can't ask you to stretch your imagination THAT much! So here goes.

So for this hop, Lisa sent a pack of beads from her bead table to the participants, and the challenge was to make something using only beads from our stash. No buying new stuff! Which was easy for me. I never buy new stuff for challenges. The difference here though was...that most of the beads she sent were "filler" kinds, whereas in other challenges, I was given focals to work around. So it was not AS easy as I thought it would be. I managed though :-) Sadly, I don't have pics of all the beads Lisa sent me. But I will tell you which ones are hers...

The first thing I made, was actually for the Bead Soup Blog Hop. I used some of the beads in this bracelet:


You see those cute, round, dotted beads at the end of the strands? Those are from this bead selection.

Next up, I made this necklace:

and these earrings

All the glass beads in this set are from Lisa's collection.

Next, I made these earrings...the beads are all from Lisa. I LOVE this pair!




And finally, we have this pair of earrings. The teal bead is from Lisa. Am really very happy with this one too!


Oh wait, I think I have one more, unfinished necklace, that I am not sure whether I like enough to finish! Would like some honest opinions! The leaf and the blue beads are from Lisa.


Apologies for a very "wordless" kind of post (quite opposite of what the hubby had suggested), but I gotta move on to write up my post for the History Hop!

Seeya...sooon!

Oh! And here are the other participants :-) Seeya!

Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Kashmira Patel, Sadafulee .. always in bloom! <== You are here!
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories


39 comments:

  1. How lovely! Exotic, unusual colours and shapes :)

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  2. I love your design style Kashmira! These all turned out very cool. I especially Love that first bracelet. Sounds like we both work out best under pressure. I made all of my pieces a week before the reveal as well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I made all these in two mornings...except the first bracelet. That was part of another blog hop. Its been my favorite for quite some time now!

      Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment :)

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  3. WOW you've been busy girl! I remember that bracelet and how much I loved it from the bead soup hop - gorgeous and rustic! I really love how you used that filigree ... did you do anything to the metal? I love the finish on it. That last pair of earrings - love the spirograph thingy .. where did you find those? they are awesome! Well done!! great use of all those beads!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, that bracelet is one of my absolute favorites right now!

      Didn't do anything with the filigree...that's how it had come. Will send you the info where I got the spirals.

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  4. Hi Kashmira,
    All your pieces are beautiful. As for the unfinished necklace, which I think it is a very pretty start, I would just put a chain and clasp on the rest and call it done.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese! That is what I was thinking of doing as well. I was wondering if there are too many of the white crystals in there, maybe I should remove a few?

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  5. Wow, Kashmira - You did great! Three hops on one day - whew! I like all you pieces, including the unfinished one. Especially the earrings with the white "disco balls" on the ends. Thanks so much for participating!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Wish I could have made a few more things :((

      I do love those disco ball earrings myself. I saw a few different colored ones in other folks work. Where did you get them? They're cool!

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    2. I got the disco balls online, but I can't remember where (there goes my old memory again). If I remember I'll let you know. :-)

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  6. You did do a good job on your soup, and I can relate to the 'eek, I signed up for too many challenges' feeling! I like the beginnings of the necklace, I'd love to see where you go from here.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I am still in that 'eek' mode...two more posts due on Tuesday :((

      I was thinking of using chain to finish it off, but now I am seeing a few other options in my mind. after seeing all the comments, I think I will finish it for sure :)

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  7. I thinkyou did a great job, the first two pieces are so unusual! I love the blue necklace you're working on, keep going!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I had fun with the first necklace...all the while in panic mode, lol.
      Am encouraged to finish the blue one after all the +ve comments, yours included :) So thank you for that!

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  8. For one week of work - I would say you did well :)
    I love all your pieces - and... you'll probably think I'm nuts... but I love the last one the best. Maybe it's the colouring in the elements (you know how crazy I am for blue), maybe it's the style - I would finish it and wear it too!

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    1. Oh..this is all 2 days of panic, lol :)

      And I do believe its the blue that is drawing you, will finish it for sure, have gotten some good encouraging comments about it :)

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  9. I got some of the purple polka dot beads too. Love seeing how some one else used them.

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  10. Beautiful job with the lucite leaf. And that was a great use of those blackberry beads.

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    1. Thank you! I guess I will finish the lucite necklace after all :) And thanks for giving me the name of the beads, they are so cute!

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  11. Wow - you created a whole bunch of fun things! And beautiful, too! I think my favorite pieces are the necklace (there's just something so pretty about it!!) and those long, chain earrings with the beads at the bottom - LOVE those! I cannot wear earrings like this because I have such an awfully short neck, so of course those types are always my favorite! - Figuures, huh?! Great designs all of them!!

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    1. Hey Shel, I think you are drawn to the necklace because of the filigree...because it reminds you of the door-knockers you saw in Italy :P

      And I totally "get" why you like long earrings when you can't really wear them. I am like that with big hoop earrings. My face is so small, that if I wear big hoops, it looks like I have three faces, lol!

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  12. Those are all wonderful and your pictures are awesome. If those are not satisfactory, I think your "good" pictures will blow me away. :) I have to say, I really adore all of the earrings you made. The butterfly ones, in particular, are gorgeous.

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    1. lol, Tanya. I agree with the hubby...but just a little bit. Because they are all a teensy bit out of focus, and the colors are not "true". I do like to hear his opinion, which is almost always very critical, because it helps me get better. But don't tell him that, lol :)

      I am with you about the earrings, I love them too! Too bad, I only had two coils, I can't make more any time soon.

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  13. Always love your creations, and tell hubby your pictures are a pleasure to look at in no uncertain term! LOL Love ya

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    1. Oh Marlene, you like me too much, so you like it all :) About the pictures, he is a "little bit" right, because they are all a teensy bit out of focus, and the colors are not "true". But they are definitely not an eye-sore like he said, lol :)

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  14. I think you did a beautiful job using Lisa's beads. My personal favorite is the set you made to go with your 'History' hop with the antiqued brass, hot pink beads and bright blue fringe. All of your designs are so unique, and I love your creativity!

    :) Molly

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    1. Thank you, Molly. This is such a sweet comment :)

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  15. Ok you probably don't want to hear this, but the blue leaf necklace is my favorite. The matching necklace and earrings would be next, but I really like where the leaf necklace is going. As always all your pieces are lovely. I can see a great improvement in your work since I first discovered you earlier this year as well. You are really growing your skills, and expanding your style.

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    1. Thank you, Ginger! I had no idea you were following me since then :) Yeah, I have learned so much in the last few months, thanks to the ladies over on the FB groups.

      And thanks for encouraging me to finish the blue necklace, I will definitely do that now!

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  16. The pictures speak by themselves.Lovely pieces and so interesting to see how others used pieces I had the same.Love and hugs Tanya

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Which ones did you get that were similar?

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  17. Very nice jewelry. I like it all and especially like the earrings.

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    1. Thank you, Inge! I love the earrings the most too :)

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  18. Wow two hops in one day...and I thought I had a bunch going on...I do like where the blue necklace is going. Great job getting all of this done, I know how we all "put things away to keep them safe"...lol
    Sonya

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    1. lol, Sonya! Am glad I didn't put it away in too safe a place ;)

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  19. Your pieces are lovely! I love your finished necklace, so see where the unfinished one takes you - I bet it'll turn out great, too! Love your earrings and your bracelet is so cool!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I do love that bracelet...a LOT!
      Hoping to finish off the necklace some time soon...

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