That's right... It's time for the Bead Hoarder Blog Hop reveal! Yay!
Personally, I took it as an impetus to tackle my stash and bring some beauties to light. Specifically, for this hop, I tackled two different components. And, in my regular modus operandi, for each component I have made a set: a necklace, a matching pair of earrings, and a hairstick.
Apparently, that's just what I do. *grin*
Set 1: Dinosaurs!
First up, are these darling little dinosaur beads.
|Awww, look at the little apatosaurus!|
Why I Was Holding Onto Them
I bought these beads back in 2009 on a trip to a lovely bead store called Beadazzled. Now, Beadazzled was the very first specialty bead store I had ever been to (I think I was in elementary school?), and so it's rather special. It's also located in my hometown--where I don't live anymore--so visits are few and far between.
But, in 2009, I was in town visiting my parents for Christmas, and went there with my Mum. (I blogged about it here and here.) I had just started making jewelry again after a hiatus, so it was fun to gleefully flit about amongst all the shinies.
|Me picking through the beads... Heaven!|
Now, about the beads. They are hand-carved bone... and, as such, they were expensive.
Yet, the price was not why I was holding onto them. Instead, I was holding onto them because they reminded me of a lovely time spent with my Mum, and I wanted to make something perfect with them.
...And that fear of not being perfect made me just keep them in a cute little container, until a few weeks ago.
What I Made
So! Now with the back-story out of the way, here is what I actually made with those beads! I used some copper chain, czech glass beads, and some serpentine rounds (which I also purchased at the same time as the dinos). I actually re-did the necklace twice, because I didn't like how it originally turned out--but the end results make me happy.
They aren't perfect (each piece has a little flaw that you can't see but I know they're there), but that hardly matters. It's happy that they are finally out of the box; I can wear my memories and smile.
After all, it's hard not to smile when looking at these little guys. :)
Set 2: Sand Dollars
The second component that I tackled weren't exactly beads, per se... Instead, they were these beautiful and delicate sand dollars.
|Yep, these are the real thing... So dainty and fragile!|
These sand dollars were a gift from one of my sisters-in-law... She bought them while on her honeymoon (also, I believe, in 2009).
Honestly, I just thought it was so sweet of her to think of me! I certainly wasn't expecting a present, and I thought it was really special.
|It's a tree! Sure, it looks like just any old tree, but this was actually|
taken when they were having their wedding photos done.
So, it's relevant! A relevant tree! :)
Again, I was holding onto them for sentimental reasons--I wanted the jewelry design to be "good enough" for something so thoughtful.
(And, on a sidenote, I also admit to being a little scared of breaking them. They are so incredibly fragile, and I didn't want to mess them up!)
Again, I wanted it to be perfect.
...Sensing a theme?
What I Made
Now, I should mention that I actually did break a sand dollar while doing this... It just completely crumbled while I was working on the hairstick. Sadness!
But, I realize that if I hadn't even tried, I would have never come up with these beautiful designs. And--using dainty lightweight chain, purple frosted glass, and water-like clear glass--I think that these designs do justice to the sand dollars themselves.
So, there you go!
Those are the pieces that I made for this Bead Hoarders Blog Hop--six in total, and using two special components that are no longer in my stash! Hurray!
I realized three things about myself while doing this. Granted, they were all things that I already knew, but they came into sharper focus.
1. I am more likely to hoard something based on sentimentality rather than price.
2. My perfectionism sometimes prevents me from trying.
3. ...I have a lot of beads.
And, because of all of those things, I'm going to try to do this again! There are more beads that I want to tackle and make into pretty things... And I will be sure to post them here when I do!
And, since this is a blog hop, my post wouldn't be complete without this... Feel free to visit all these lovely talented people, and see what they've made!
The List of Participants!
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. Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7. Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8. Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
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
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 - You are here!
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
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
(You may notice that there are a few numbers missing from that list... Some people, unfortunately, had life get in the way and respectfully asked to be removed. Best of luck to them and all that they are going through!)
And, phew, that really is the end!
Here's an internet high-five for getting this far!
Thank you so, so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Just to make sure that I'm not giving people the wrong impression, my Mum is very much alive and well!
I just miss her, because we live in different states and I don't get to see her as much. But! We're visiting my parents again this Christmas... and there might be more Beadazzled in my future. ;)