Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop - Reveal

Hurray!

It's reveal time for the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop! I've been working hard on my pieces, and I'm thrilled to be able to share them with everyone.


As a refresher, my wonderful partner is Colleen Foley (her blog is here). She completely spoiled me, because this is what she sent to me...




Handmade lampwork beads! A ceramic focal made by Suburban Girl Studios! Pearls! (Yes, she was the catalyst for my recent pearl obsession. *grin*) African trade beads, vintage lucite, sea urchin spines! 

...And I used all of it but the large vintage brass bead. 

I actually ended up making three sets for this reveal. Due to the nature of the pieces she sent me (beads in the colors of sand and tropical flowers, along with a sea shell pendant), I decided to go with a beachy/ocean/water type theme for each one.

So, without further ado, here are the pieces that I made!


Tropical Waters




This set is made with the pearls, the vintage moonglow lucite, the vintage sea urchin spines, and the awesome swirly lampwork beads. It makes me think of golden sands and tropical flowers and the sounds of the gently rolling ocean. 


Speaking of sounds--I love the sound that the sea urchin spines when they clink against each other. It's like a sea shell wind chime. I was very happy to come up with a necklace design that makes that sound when it's worn!



Alaskan Waters



This second set is cooler and more earthy... Instead of the tropics, it made me think of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest--where there is thick forest and pebbled shores. 


For this design, I used the Suburban Girl Studios focal that my partner sent me, and added some things from my own stash--spruce colored pearls paired with ceramic, glass, crystal, and copper. 

I have to say, I really love this color combination!




Pirate Waters




This last set was a whim, because I really wanted to use the African trade beads and the last of the pearls. 

And so, I thought of pirates and sunken treasure, and this set was born!


Strung on black leather, I also added some crystals and an Aztec-flavored glass focal to achieve the look of old treasure. (I had used the large vintage brass bead from my partner in the original version of this design as well, but it wasn't quite what I was going for).

I am really happy with this set--it has a wonderful weight to it, and looks positively opulent when worn. 


So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this blog hop!


Please stop by my partner's blog... As a refresher, this is what I sent to her, and I can't wait to see what she made with it!


And do check out the rest of these awesome artists who are participating in this blog hop... With so much talent in one place, there are sure to be some lovely creations!

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//:fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

LindaAndersonhttp://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
MaricaZammithttp://www.beadlovelies.com
LindaAndersonhttp://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
JessicaHocutthttps://faithfamilyandadventure.wordpress.com
KristinaHahn Eleniakhttp://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
DebbieJeffrieshttp://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/blog.com
RosantiaPetkovahttp://bairozan.blogspot.com/
ShaliniAustinhttp://jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/my-blog/
CatherineLa Vitehttp://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
AnnicaLarssonhttp://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/
LoriSchneiderhttp://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
DivyaNhttp://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
MowseDoylehttp://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
FayWolfendenhttp://torchfairy.blogspot.com
KathyLindemerhttp://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
ClaireFabianhttp://saraccino.blogspot.de/
JaniceWarden Bergeronhttp://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca
NatalieDavidsonhttp://www.northshoredays.com
DebFortinhttp://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Ingevon Rooshttp://ingetraud.wordpress.com
KarenMitchellhttp://overthemoon-design.com
RobinReedhttp://willowdragon.blogspot.com
MarieCoverthttp://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
AliciaMarinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
NanSmithhttp://www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
JohanaNunezhttp://artincendi.com
KellyHosford Pattersonhttp://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
LoriBlanchardhttp://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
Sue Kennedyhttp://suebeads.blogspot.com
ShaiWilliamshttp://shaihasramblings.com
NikySayershttp://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
MelissaTrudingerhttp://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
CandidaCastleberryhttp://www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
ErinGuesthttp://www.renlish.com
NicoleRennellhttp://nicolerennell.com/blog
IenTemaluruhttp://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
RobinShowstackhttp://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
SamWaghornhttp://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
MarianneBaxterhttp://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
ElsieDeliz-Fonsecahttp://ladelizchica.blogspot.com
ShaiWilliamshttp://shaihasramblings.com
LeeKoopmanhttp://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
JayneCappshttp://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
MartiConradhttp://marticsclay.blogspot.com
TinaBoshhttp://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
EleanorThomashttp://woolywireetc.blogspot.com
JeanneSteckhttp://www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com
GloriaAllenhttp://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
RachelMallishttp://www.mintmonarch.com/#!blog/c1jlz
AndreaGlickhttp://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
StephanieStamperhttp://skwds.blogspot.com
ChrisHausslerhttp://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
BetonyMaidenhttp://www.beadwenches.blogspot.com/
KariAsburyhttp://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog/

You are here:
JennyKyrlachhttp://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
ColleenFoleyhttp://colleenfoleycreations.blogspot.com

MarybethRichhttp://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
MarcyLambersonhttp://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
DyanneEverett-Cantrellhttp://www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
GinnyLoneshttp://www.Skippingintotheunknown.blogspot.com
Maria RosaSharrowhttp://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
LorettaCarstensenhttp://designsbyloretta.blogspot.com
DoloresRamlhttp://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
MichelleMcCarthyhttp://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
LouiseMcCormick-Glazierhttp://jewelrytreasuresbylouise.blogspot.com/
HeatherRichterhttp://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
TammyAdamshttp://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
ShirleyMoorehttp://beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Seed Beaders
SusanneStelljeshttp://pearlify.blogspot.de
SheilaProstermanhttp://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
PallaviAsherhttp://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
JamiShipphttp://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com
PeggyKosierhttp://www.kosydesigns.blogspot.ca/
AndraWeberhttp://andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com
CatherineKinghttp://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
KraftyMaxhttp://kraftymax.com
SierraBarretthttp://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
LoisSherwoodhttp://thiznthat5454blog.wordpress.com
KatyHeiderhttp://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
RebeccaRobertson   (White)http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/
HeatherRichterhttp://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
BrandyCollierhttp://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
StephanieHausslerhttp://www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
LoriBlanchardhttp://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
KathleenBreedinghttp://99bobotw.blogspot.com
BeckyPancakehttp://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
RenethaStanzianohttp://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
TamiNorrishttps://jewelrybytami.wordpress.com/
GingerBishophttp://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/
PeggyJohnsonhttp://charmbarn.blogspot.com

17 comments:

  1. Yo ho ho, it's pirate waters for me! Love it! But Alaskan waters is also great. I like the way to stuck to a theme in this challenge.

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  2. what lovely purple beads you sent your partner. And, I couldn't tell what they were, are those brown and white swirls sea urchins spines or something else altogether

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    1. Thank you for your comment! The long brown and white tubes in the first set are the sea urchin spines--I used three for the necklace, and two for the earrings. Sorry if that was unclear! :)

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  3. I love your beach/ocean theme. Your pieces are gorgeous, and a wind chime necklace, how cool.

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  4. Very pretty colors and designs specially the pieces with the shell .

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  5. Wow! And Wow again! I really liked the first set and then saw the second. Love those colors but the third necklace stole my heart.

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  6. Alaskan waters is beautiful , oh heck each piece is beautiful and the names work really well with them.

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  7. All three sets are truly lovely, but the Alaskan waters are my favorite. Great designs.

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  8. Wow! I am blown away! I love the long earrings from the first set so much! I can imagine wearing them. I have long hair, so long earrings are my fav. The second set is gorgeous too! Those colors... wow! But that focal in the third set.... I stopped short at that. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Wonderful job!

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  9. Positively DROOLWORTHY! OH my GOODNESS!! Are you kidding?!?!!?!?!? SO FREAKIN' PRETTY! CAN I USE MORE CAPS?! =)

    No - really - each piece is just SPECTACULAR! Job done GREAT!

    Linda
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  10. Beautiful work the Alaskan Waterfall is so amazingly pretty.

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  11. I especially like the Alaskan Waters set. I love the colors and the focal. I have bought that focal several times so no wonder I am drawn to that set. Well done!

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  12. Beautiful collections! The second is my favorite being a PNW girl you really captured the feel of it!

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  13. As soon as I saw the first piece, it made me think of chimes :) The blue hues of the second set are gorgeous! The third is my favorite - what an inspirational combination of the pearls and crystals in the focal and the African trade beads!

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  14. oh my! Each piece just kept getting better as I scrolled down......I love that you went oceany theme with all of them.....I really can't pick a favorite because I love them ALL!

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  15. Wonderful designs!!! I like them all but I love the second set, the colors and the different textures and the movement in that set is amazing!!! Be Blessed!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! :)