Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Carnival Blog Hop

I am participating in the Summer Carnival Blog Hop hosted by Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures.  I love Lisa's hops, she always sends a ton of beads and this one was no exception.

I actually remembered to take a picture of the beads she sent before I started playing with them!  I was sent cultured seaglass, crystals and two pretty bird charms that for some reason are not in the picture.  The colors really make me think of summer.  And blue is my favorite color, I can never go wrong with blue. 

I really wanted to do something with the crystals first. Jill Wiseman has a bunch of youtube videos, and I love the way she explains things, she is so easy to understand.  I had wanted to try the flat spiral stitch, but to do it I needed a lot of crystals for the middle.  Since I now had a lot of crystals thanks to Lisa, I decided to try a necklace.  I think it came out really well.  A friend suggested I try my pictures on a black velvet background because it would make the beads stand out more.  She was right - I think it helped. 

 This used all but two of the yellow crystals I was sent (I saved those for earrings), and size 11 purple seed beads  and some 3mm purple bicones from my stash.   I used a Vintaj clasp and size 15 gold seed beads to connect the clasp.  Here is another picture, I tried turning the necklace so you could see the edges better.

It lays just beautifully and I love it.  Now I am trying to decide if I should do the same thing with the blue crystals or if I should try something else.  I will put up a part two post when I've finished with the other beads, I think the yellow cultured seaglass wants to be a bracelet.

Thanks Lisa as always for hosting the blog hop and thanks to everyone for stopping by to see what I've done.  Please take a look at what the other participants have come up with:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
 Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals


  1. Very pretty delicate necklace! Oh yes, make one out of blue! It will be just as pretty. :)

    1. I started my blue one last night, will post when it's completed :-)

  2. WOW! That is an awesome necklace, Kim - great job! Thanks for being in the hop!

  3. Your necklace is absolutely beautiful!! I love how the colors shine!

  4. So pretty! Wonderful beadwork. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Flat spiral is on my list of stitches to try. Your necklace looks great!

    1. Thanks Jo-Ann, it was really easy and after the first inch it went pretty fast.

  6. The light lavender beads really make the yellow crystals pop.

  7. Very cool design! Love Jill Wiseman, too! You just inspired me to try this and also to find Jill's videos!..I didn't know about them until now :) Thank you!