Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Bead Hoarders Edition! Blog Party Reveal!

Lori Anderson always hosts the BEST parties. I do believe this one is no different. She is hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party, Hoarder's Edition.
I was paired with the fabulous Rochelle of A Creative Chelle. 

She sent me some gorgeous beads. I am IN LOVE with this OWL!! 

I created an amazing necklace using Malachite chips, amethyst chips, and aquamarine chips. Combined with those lucsious lampwork beads. I showcased the owl as a pendat. The jade flowers nestle between the 3 strands of chips. 

Back story on this necklace: My mother passed away from breast cancer in 2013. She was my best friend. I inherited her 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier - Bella the spoiled dog. I had the dog for 3 years. On Thursday 3/23/17, my mother's dog was attacked by a neighbor's large dogs. She passed away on Friday 3/25/17, after the Vet tried to save her. 

Now, normally, I eat my feelings. Ice cream. Chips. Something. Anything. I decided I would not do that with this situation. I took to my bead room, and created. This. The necklace has a name - Bella.

I continue to grieve the loss of my companion and best friend. And the loss of the last living connection to my mother.  My mother and her companion are now together in the afterlife. 

Here is it...

Be sure you visit my partner and the rest of the party participants!


 had such an amazing time participating in another edition of the Bead Soup Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the other participants blogs!

Thank you for stopping by!

Lori Anderson :: Hostess

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's Time for the Bead Soup Blog Hop PARTY!!!

I love the Bead Soup Blog Hop Party for several reasons.

1. I am challenged to go outside of my box.
2. I meet and make new friends.
3. It's like Christmas when swapping with my partner. 
4. I enjoy seeing others' talents and creativity. 

I hope you will join in or just blog hop and see all the gorgeous crafts!

For more information see the link below. 

Bead Soup Blog Hop Party Information

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Feeling Creative

I got up this morning feeling creative. I wandered to the bead room and immediately grabbed this Lucky Mom enameled focal. I thought I was making a bracelet. Turns out I was making an ankle bracelet! 

What do you think?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beautiful Custom Jewelry

Here are some pictures of my designs this week. The necklace was an original design by me. It sold the minute I listed it. 

The bracelet was a custom ordered piece from a friend. She wanted something to celebrate a friend's birthday. And her life. 

Special Order

Recently, a friend approached me to design a custom bracelet and earrings for her mother. My friend provided me with some information including her mother's favorite color/s, likes, dislikes, and and spiritual beliefs.

Here's what I designed. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pretty in Pink

I've continued with the color block theme with this piece. I used iridescent hot pink rondelles and solid hot pink rondelles, combined with candy jade gemstone beads. It hangs 20 inches long. I just love how it pops!

This might become my new favorite! For now!!

What do you think?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

I'm back!

I've created my new favorite piece of jewelry!

This is a 3-stranded necklace created with genuine Aquamarine and dyed Quartz. 

I used the color block method. This necklace also has a pair of matching earrings. 

As with all my jewelry- it's for sale! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm a Winner!!

In April, I entered a drawing on Silver Parrot's blog. I enter many drawings. I don't expect to win. When I do, it's a pleasant surprise. Here is the write-up on the winning: 4th Winner.

Silver Parrot also has 2 etsy shops:
Silver Parrot Fine Artisan Jewelry

This winning was a HUGE surprise!

I might take up bead stitching!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Sad Mother's Day...

Today is Mother's Day. A day to celebrate. At least for most of us. However, this year I joined the ranks of the motherless daughters. My mother passed away on November 2, 2013. My mom was my best friend. My cheerleader. My confidante. My mom. I miss her every single day.

To be a Mom is an honor. I wish more mothers realized this. God loans us his children. He entrusts us to raise them right and honor Him by doing so. I failed miserably at this as a young mother. My mom - succeeded!

My mom was a stay-at-home mom most of my life. She spent summers teaching me and my brothers arts and crafts and writing for fun. We played in the back yard and gardened.

My mom taught me the value of family and togetherness. She taught me perseverance and unconditional love. She taught me how to make lemonade out of lemons. My mom taught me how to make biscuits and gravy from scratch - which seems to be a lost art. She taught me how to make fried chicken and how to cut up a whole fryer. Mom taught me the value of holidays and homemade gifts - made with love.

Mom taught me how to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. She raised 5 children and never complained. Even when it seemed we had nothing. She made me feel rich! She sewed our school clothes to save money. I always had beautiful clothes. She made my last wedding dress.

My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in June 2011. The cancer had metastasized to her lungs and her liver and her lymph nodes.  The doctor instructed to get her affairs in order. She would be lucky to live to see Christmas. She looked the doctor square in his face and said, "Doc, I will celebrate my 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 4, 2013. You can bet I will live to see that day!" AND SHE DID!

My mom survived 3 rounds of chemo. She was sick often. But never complained. She was in the hospital frequently. But still laughed about life. She smiled and asked the nurses to keep her window opened so she could see the sun. She loved the outdoors and loved her animals.

I had the honor of caring for my mom in her last few weeks on earth, in my home, in hospice. We laughed and cried together. I fed her and bathed her. I got up in the wee hours of the mornings when she was scared, lonely or hungry. I never complained. I did it all in love. I owed her that. I owed God that.

On this Motherless Mother's Day, I can gratefully say, I am honored to have had such an incredible Mother!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop #8 Reveal Day!!

Guess what day it is!?!?

"Hey Mike, is it Hump Day?" 

"No Silly!! It's BSBH Reveal Day!!" 

"Oh Em Gee!!"

What is a Bead Soup Blog Hop

It is a party hosted by the FABULOUS Lori Anderson

She pairs jewelry designers with other jewelry designers. We send each other a quality package of beads, a focal, and a clasp. We make one or more pieces of jewelry with those beads, incorporating beads from our own stash as needed. The focal and clasp that were sent MUST be used. We post our creation on the designated reveal day, and then we try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs.

This party has become such a popular event that Lori wrote a book about it. 
You can find this book at Hobby Lobby or other book stores.

You can find my previous BSBH designs and entries here:
(You can also check out my previous partners. Just click on their names). 

Bead Soup Blog Hop #7 - This was my 2nd Bead Soup to participate. Loretta Carstensen was my partner. She sent some gorgeous organic beads in luscious colors and great floral focal. 

Bead Soup Blog Hop #6 -This was my first ever Bead Soup Blog Hop. I was so honored to be accepted as a participant. I had a great partner who loves CATS! She sent me a feline focal and I loved it!! Eleanor Burian-Mohr was my partner. 

This Bead Soup Blog Hop, I met a new partner. Donetta Farrington of Simply Gorgeous. We exchanged emails. Donetta has a wonderful since of humor and is creative in her jewelry designs as well. She shared her struggles with her car having to have a new motor. Which is COSTLY!!! Donetta discovered my favorite color is purple and sent me a purple soup!

I forgot to take pictures of the bead soup when it arrived. I was so excited when I opened the package and saw all the purple!! And the STUNNING BUTTERFLY!  Here is the letter she sent with my soup:

I began playing with the beads. Grouping, connecting. Then I looked through my own stash of purple to see what I could add to the mix. I discovered some forgotten headpins that I brought out to play!

The first design began to fall in place. I made my own chain with the swirled headpins. However, I soon realized the clasp that Donetta sent would not "fit" this design. 

I also struggled with which focal to use. Thanks Donetta for sending me 3 focals! CHOICES!!! UGH!!

I really LOVE this butterfly. But I did not like the way it worked with the beads. I put it away for another day. 

Here is the final piece with the other focal: 

Then it was time to work with the clasp and the "Inspire" charm/focal. 

I decided to keep it simple and incorporate the vintage strand of purple glass beads, add a strand of purple leather, add the clasp, and VOILA! The PERFECT purple bracelet!! I will keep this one for myself. (I have lots of purple clothing - believe it or not)

There you have it. My Bead Soup Blog Hop #8 entry. Please hop on over to Lori's Anderson's blog, Bead Soup Blog Hop # 8 - list of participants, and check out as many other blogs as you can. 

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment below!!!