Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blue Fantasy Blog Hop

Once again, I am joining up with Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures for a blog hop.  This one is called the Blue Fantasy Blog Hop and since blue is my favorite color I was really happy to join her. 

Here are the beads Lisa sent:

Can you say Heaven?  I was thrilled to say the least.  Just look at all of that blue.  And the paw print bead - you can't get more perfect for me than that.  Lisa is always very generous with her kits.  There were a ton of beads.  And I also have a ton of blue beads, so I had no shortage of ideas for them.  I ended up with 4 necklaces and a pair of earrings.  I still have beads left but I'm not sure what I want to do with them just yet.  Lets start the pictures, hope you have some time and something to drink!

The ceramic paw print was first. I paired it with some sea glass that I'd gotten from Lisa previously, and I some Czech crystals I had.  From the kit I used the spacers, the pretty silver links and some of the round beads.  

Here is the back, I used some really pretty blue peanut beads here.


And a detail shot of the front
 Here is a full shot of the necklace. 
The paw print is from Firefly Design Studio 

For the next piece, I went into my stash and found a Goddess focal that I'd gotten from Glass Onion before they closed.  I've been trying to decide what to do with it.  I used some sari silk, also from Glass Onion and some beautiful Larimar Blue Crazy Lace Agates that I had recently gotten from Lima Beads.  From the kit I used the spaces and the teal crystals.  



I had a lampwork bead that I'd also been saving for a while, trying to come up with something that did it justice.  I used a lot of the beads from the kit in this one, and some white chain that I had.
Here is the back:
 The focal is double sided and will turn on the headpin so either side can be seen. 
 Here is my favorite side:

 I almost added some blue rounds to the ends of the chain but my husband said stop, so I listened to him.  I think he was right.  Here is a full shot of the necklace.
 

Next up is a polymer clay focal that I had gotten from Barbara Bechtel.  It is just gorgeous.  I used some gold colored spacers and gold chain, the crazy lace agates from Lima Beads again and from the kit I used more of the teal crystals.  I had it done with sari silk instead of the chain, but I took it apart because it didn't hang right.  Here is a close up of the focal so you can see how beautiful it is:
 And the whole thing.  The back is a simple lobster claw clasp with a chain so it's adjustable.
 Finally, here are the earrings I did.  I had the birds from Lisa in a previous hop.  
Thanks for staying with me for this long post, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I came up with.  Please take a look at what the other participants did with their beads:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue  ----------------->>>>>> You are here
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Raissa de Guzman, Abloro
Jill Bradley, Jilly Beads


32 comments:

  1. Wow! Quite a collection. Loving the sari goddess necklace especially.

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    1. Thank you, I have been saving her for a while and I'm glad I finally found something that fit!

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    1. Thank you Holly, I just couldn't stop. All of that gorgeous blue :-)

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  3. What a collection of amazing pieces! I particularly love the one with the chain tassel.

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    1. Thank you Karin! I am really happy with the way that one turned out. I'm so glad I had that white chain.

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  4. Kim your designs are all lovely. My favorite is the paw print focal.

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    1. Thanks Becky, I love that one too.

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  5. Lovely designs. Your Pawprint focal is so precious. I also love your bird earrings. Love the nature of your pieces.

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  6. Beautiful designs! Lovely necklace

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  7. Beautiful designs! I am just in love with that goddess necklace. It's so serene and like she is coming from the sea.

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    1. She does look like she's coming up from the sea now that you say that. Thank you so much!

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  8. Woo Hoo! That is an awesome collection of jewelry goodness. My favorite is the paw print focal necklace. Also love the earrings. Thanks for being in the hop!

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    1. Thank you Lisa for picking out the perfect kit for me :-)

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  9. I love the dangles necklace! But..MY Favorite is the necklace with the Paws charm!!! I am a huge animal-lover..with beads coming in at a 'close second'!

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    1. Thank you Carol, and I am the same way. I have three Basset Hounds and the paw print was perfect for me.

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  10. Such stunning creations, and each so different. Love LOVE what you did with the seed beads.

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    1. Thank you! It seemed like a good way to finish off that necklace.

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  11. Love that I am not the only one with stash of blue focal beads to use for this challenge. My fav is the third necklace, like the use of chain for a fringe.

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    1. Jo-Ann, my blue bead drawer is so full I made myself stop buying blue beads. I was so glad to be able to use them. Everything just clicked perfectly in my head this time.

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  12. Nice Show! I had to scroll up and down and up and down at least 6 times to enjoy each of your different creations! I want to go look again just thinking about them! I'm envious of the Blue Goddess necklace...I don't own a goddess...but, if I did I'd love to string her up in a similar way! The paw print on your first necklace really shouts "I love my doggie!" If you don't own a dog...you should get one so you can take him for a walk and wear your necklace...people would be envious...of your necklace of course!

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    1. LOL Jill, I will be sure to wear that the next time I take my bassets for a walk!

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  13. I love the necklace with the double sided focal. Well done!

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  14. All of your pieces are wonderful. I love that paw print, but each piece is so unique.

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    1. Thank you Ann, I love the paw print myself.

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  15. Gorgeous work! I love the paw print! Great use of the beads!

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  16. I love blue as well! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was so lucky to get such great weather in Wisconsin and Schaumberg. Barb

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