Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important (reveal) date...

A Very Merry Unbirthday Party!

Please accept my humble apology for being so very late to this party.  Circumstances of my life last week made my brain mush and the party slipped my mind.  But enough about that, that's for a later post, let's get on with the PARTY!
Just what the heck is a Very Merry Unbirthday?  Well, it's a swap and hop to celebrate your birthday even if your birthday isn't in the month that we d the swap.  Make sense?  So you send your partner jewelry in her birthstone colors and she does the same.  There you have it, fun UN birthday gifts for all!
I am a November birthday girl and so my birthstone is topaz.  I remember as a child how much I disliked my yellow birthstone, lol.  Then somewhere in my twenties blue topaz became an acceptable alternative to the traditional yellow and I no longer hated my birthstone.  As I have aged I have learned to like the yellow topaz almost as much as the blue. 
My partner for this swap was the talented and very generous Renetha of Lamplight Crafts. Renetha sent me this very lovely package.  I wish I would have thought to include a card for her in the package I sent (next time I will remember to do this).  Thank you so very much for these thoughtful gifts Renetha :).
The gift bag contained these lovely little packages...
And inside those were these TWO very yummy pairs of earrings...
Don't you just love this fall colored bling?  These are have citrine drops, ruby gemstone rondelles, and those mirrory 24k gold fumed lampwork beads.
Pretty sure I will be wearing these blue blingies all through spring and summer!  This pair features blue topaz drops, light blue lampwork beads by Studio Jules and silver plated findings.  By the way, I have to mention I really like these earring cards too.
Thanks also to Shelley and Marlene for putting this all together.  And, if you weren't already aware Shelley also heads up a noble cause, JillysBeadPosse  on facebook, head on over there to see what it's all about.
Oh, and don't forget to visit the other participants in the hop if you haven't already! 
 Ali McCarthy  You are here
Alicia Marinache
Joana Perez Stribel

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hopped It!

Whew, I don't know how Lori manages to assemble this whole project, manage the people, hop all over and participate!  But we are oh so thankful that she does, because it has been a blast so far.

 I was a part of the second reveal and just finished up hopping through all the participants of this round.   Soooo much inspiration and creativity out there.  Found more people's work to admire and more blogs to follow.  A special thank you to those of you who posted the links list on your blog, made my hopping easier :).  And an even bigger, warm and heartfelt thank you to all those who left lovely comments on my reveal post and also to those who have started following me now.  I hope to start replying to those kind comments tomorrow.

I wish I could have commented on everyone's blogs, but I found myself running out of things to say and didn't want my comments to sound canned.  Please don't be offended if I haven't left a comment, my brain just got overwhelmed by designs and couldn't find anymore words. 

I started the hop on Saturday morning while I rode my stationary bike and walked the treadmill.  Amazing how long you can exercise when you are distracted by something more fun and interesting!  I will have to blog a bit about my trying to get in shape sometime in the future.  I continued hopping yesterday until Blogger wouldn't let me anyway, I was beginning to think I broke Blogger, it wouldn't let me back in.  And so I finished up throughout the day today and tonite.  I would have finished sooner, but we had a sunny, breezy, 70 degree day today so I had to spend some time outside with my hands in the dirt starting to clean up my gardens.  Oooo and my daffodils finally started blooming yesterday, I should have taken some pics of those today.  Hopefully there are still some blooming when the sun shines again, it's supposed to rain the next couple of days so we shall see.

One more reveal date to go next week for the BSBP.  I'm so hyped from all the hopping I think I will stay up and bead a bit.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

I'm so excited and honored to have been a part to the 7th Bead Soup Blop Party.  Huge hugs and thanks to our very organized, patient and kind hostess Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  You can read more about the BSBP on Lori's blog, see the link above.  This is a gigantic event to organize with over 500 participants from I don't even know how many countries.  That's is why there were three seperate reveal dates, so you would have time to visit all the fab participants.

Also a great big thank you to my swap partner April Grinaway of the Brooklyn Bead Goddess.  April sent a huge helping of yummy soup for me to work with.  She a is fanastic lampworker and sent me many of her awesome handcrafted beads.  I hope I have done at least some of them justice.  Be sure to visit Brooklyn Bead Goddess to see what she made with what I sent her.

A reminder of the spectacualr soup I got from April.
I know everyone has a ton of blogs they want to visit this weekend so I will try to keep the rest of my post light on text and heavy on pics.
The first piece incorporates the copper focal that April sent and many of her beads, along with some copper tubes I enameled in purple and added some dots of glass to.
Here is the first piece modeled by my daughter.  Aren't those hematite cones cool?
The second piece looks a little square when laid out but because parts of it are strung on SoftFlex it lies nicely around the wrist.  Great lampwork beads by Brooklyn Bead Goddess and also the clasp she sent.
Modeled again by my daughter.  LOVE that yellow bead, note the trapped air bubbles in the purple.
See, it's really not square like it looks on the table, lol.
A simple pair of earrings to go with the necklace and bracelet, or just about anything else really. 
This last piece is a bit of a "fail".  It didn't turn out as I intended or envisioned but after reworking it twice I set it aside as is.  After lots of rethinking on the concept of it's construction, I think I may have actually figured it out.  When I get it right I will post new pics of it here.  Here it is as it sits now.
The "circles" on the sides are not hanging in a nice circular shape as I had planned.  I think I may have a solution figured out though.  I really like this concept, so I'm not giving up on it yet :).  I love these beads by April and I vow to do them justice.  Everytime I look at or play with these beads I keep asking myself  "why don't I own any yellow beads except these?", they are really stunning.
Hope you rested up last night.  There is a long list of fun below, so grab a cuppa someting and get hopping :).
Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari

Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Facebook Participants

D’Arsie Manzella
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier
Robin Showstack
Melanie Lemen Swope
Beccy Peterson
Kelli Nelson
Chris Schlicht
Shelley Cole-Kuduk