Friday, May 23, 2014

Waxed Linen Blog Hop

I have always loved fiber arts and anything with vibrant colors. In fact, I started making jewelry because I wanted to crochet some earrings. While making them, I realized how intimidating threads actually are to work with...other than with needlework and embroidery. I just was not comfortable finishing them, kept feeling everything will open up and fall apart. I did make jewelry with it in spite of my fear, but never got comfortable with it. I bought books and read all about it, I read tutorials and saw other people do it, yet, I could not trust that my work won't fall apart. Until the bead cruise...when I met Erin Siegel and took a class with her. She made it all look so easy. While I am still not as skillful as I would like to be with it, my fear is definitely gone.

Another friend I met on the cruise, Suburban Girl - Diana Ptaszynski. She was helping Erin with her class and fell in love with waxed linen as well...and thus happened this blog hop! She asked who else wanted in on all the waxy, lineny fun, 42 folks rsvp'ed for the party, and here we are :-)

My first entry is this pair of earrings.

Simple earrings that go with this necklace. I made it before I signed up for the hop, so they are not officially part of the reveal, but here it is for the sake of completeness..

I took the necklace me on the cruise to get some input from Erin about the closure. I had made this necklace for a friend who has a young baby, and he likes to yank all the pretty colorful things she wears. I needed to make it baby proof. And Erin did show me how to reinforce it. But I don't have a picture :(

Moving on...I made a knotted necklace to match a pair of earrings a friend bought from me. The earrings were purple and yellow, and I found the perfect lavender cord in my stash to make the necklace with. I made it, and added a loop like Erin had taught me. But I am not a good student. And I am also a very stingy economical person. I hate wasting materials, and ended up cutting less cord than I needed for the loop. Ended up with this super ugly loop while trying to add more cord to what I already had. Don't even ask what I did. It was so wrong!

But I trudged along and finished the necklace. Only to see that it was too long. I wanted to make a choker and what I ended up with was just not right. So I tried opening the knots. Yes, I know, laugh away. I didn't even manage to open a single one. I had used up all the beads I had, so I had to cut each bead out of my work (all the while the miser in me cringing about the wasted cord!). I did it all over again, and this time made a different loop. Just strung some small seed beads instead of doing the half-hitch knot. Here's the final product..

I really like this necklace for two reasons:
1) I had wanted to make a color-blocked piece for the longest time, and this is just a perfect example.
2) I hate the luscious colors of the cord sometimes get lost in a design. It can be seen very nicely in the yellow section, so that goal also achieved :)

And then I had this cord lying around. It had come with a gorgeous marble pendant which I made a fitting necklace for (that's for another challenge, so can't show it here). And I had the pendant all wrapped and lying around for a while too. So I put the two together and made this:

The pendant is from Southern Gals Designs. It is a gorgeous pendant, lots of details and colors in there. I should say it "was" a gorgeous pendant. I wore it today on my trip to New Mexico. I admired it my entire flight. And somewhere between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, my worst fears were realized. The knot opened up, and the pendant fell off. I didn't even realize it! Am so so sad about it. The necklace looked fantastic.

Oh well...

There's more...the best one!

Diana, Erin and I visited our friend Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf when our ship anchored in Florida. Barbara gave each one of us a little box of beads which came in a cute little bag, which was tied shut with a handmade wood pendant, which was strung around cord. Her stepfather cut them for her from different hardwoods from his wood pile in Pennsylvania, and Barbara wood-burned them. So its a  very special pendant!

I used a thicker cord for this...added African bone and brass beads, seed beads and my favorite part: little brass bells! Yes, they jingle! A friend has already claimed this necklace and I will be making matching earrings as soon as I get home from New Mexico.

A big thanks to Diana for hosting this party! I know its a lot of work and its much appreciated :)

Here are the other participants:

Diana Ptaszynski  <-- The Gracious Hostess

Kelly Morgan
Jayne Capps

Friday, May 9, 2014

The 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party! Party Time!!!

Annnd....its reveal time!!

First off...a HUGE thanks to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting this hop in spite of all the health issues she has been having in the past few months. Thanks, hugs, and lots of love, Lori!

This is the third time I am participating in this blog hop, and it keeps getting better every time!
For those of you new here...Lori pairs up partners, and we exchange bead soups. The soup must contain at least one focal and one clasp, and we need to use them both in our creations in some way or another.

My partner this time around is the super talented Miss Kari Asbury..
Here's a recap of what she sent me:

Kari sent me two clasps and whoolllllleeeeeeeeeeeeee lot of focals! I knew right away that I was going to use the peacock focal. And of course the wonderful key clasp.

I went to the bead cruise right after I got these beads, and took them see the Bahamas, you know ;)

I worked on the pieces a bit over there...and used some of the door prizes and goodies I got on the cruise for my creations. Here's me in a mini pajama party in my cabin with Diana (Suburban Girl Beads), Erin (she's behind the camera) and Terri :-)

This is what I made at the pajama party...I used one of the ribbons Kari sent me. Paired it with a house bead by Heather Powers.
I know...this is too simple...hang gets better ;-)

And then we had a costume contest, where I was runner up...I won a big bag of beads! And then we had door prizes...where I won some beads from Ema Kilroy :-) (EmaKDesigns) And I learned some hammering techniques...And I used them all to come up with this:

I used one of the clasps that Kari sent. And the little spacer beads are part of Ema's door prize.
(Hang gets better...)

I hammered a bail for it...and used Ema's beads again in the rings that hold it all together.
The chocolate pearls (they are a dark brown..the color is not showing up right here :( ) are from my win from the costume party.

And here it is in all its glory :-)

Yeah, I know ya love it ;-) Am bummed about the chocolate pearls not showing up properly :(

Moving on...
The clasp had me stumped for a while. I had suggestions of making a bracelet out of it, but it looked too big on my wrist. And in my world, everyone is my size, and likes what I like. So..that idea didn't work.

I had taken a knotting class with Erin Siegel on the cruise, and not sure how, but I ended up deciding to make a knotted necklace with it. I used wood and metal beads (some of the metal ones are leftovers from her class) to maintain the rustic feel of the pendant (yes, we shall now call it a pendant, not a clasp)

So here it is:

I could not quite remember what Erin had said about how much length of cord I need to use (some formula based on what the end length is to be) and fell short of cord, so will have to rework this a bit. I will not say what's wrong with this, if you can find it...shhhh...don't tell ;-)

Here's a few more pictures of the necklace, I was just having fun with photos :)

Not sure why this is showing upside down, I tried fixing it, but it won't budge. Oh well

So that's what I have so far! Thanks so much Kari! I know I am going to have so much more fun with the rest of the things you sent me!

And now you (who are not Kari), go on over to her blog to see what she's been upto:
Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Designs (blog / etsy)
In case you would like some of these tiles for yourself, here's the link to Kari's component store: Asbury Avenue Designs.

And here's who else is partying with me!
Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 
Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         
Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  
Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             
Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                
Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     
Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              
Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel   <- You are here ->
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                
Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  
Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               
Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    
Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                
Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    
Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  
Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            
Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           
Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         
Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  
Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 
Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              
Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd