Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop 2014

I am joining Lori Anderson at Pretty Things for the Bead Hoarders blog hop.  This is the second year we've done it, and I was really excited when she announced that she would be doing it again. 
We are supposed to make something with some of our special beads that we've been hoarding.  Lori said it was ok to use something you'd made in the past with special beads.  That was perfect because not long ago I made a couple of necklaces with Earthenwood Studio focal beads that I'd been saving for 3 years.  I bought them from her at Bead and Button.  Nothing that I had looked right for them and I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do with them. They were some of my favorite beads though, and I wanted to do them justice. Then I received some beautiful agates from Lisa at A Grateful Artist.  As soon as I saw the agates, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I ended up making two necklaces with them, one for a Facebook challenge that she hosted in her group, and a second one that I finished right after the first one. I didn't put that one up on the group because the deadline was past once I finished it.  Here is the one I made for the challenge:
 And here is a close up shot of that beautiful focal.  I love it.

I also made a lariat, which was a first for me, I don't usually like them.  It was the only way I could think of to show both the bird and the wing off together.

Close up of the bird and wing:

And a shot of both of them together.  
 I really love those agates.  they look good enough to eat!  I love how they matched my hoarded beads so perfectly.  And I also had waxed linen cord that went perfectly with everything that I'd been waiting to use for a while.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Please see what all the other bead hoarders were able to create with their treasures!

Lori Anderson  (Hostess)

Audrey Belanger
Jenny Kyrlach
Kathy Lindemer
Lori Schneider
Dee Elgie
Dolores Raml
Rebecca Ednie Http://
Lili Krist
Marybeth Rich
Hannah Rosner
Nicole Prince
Deana Hager
Jackie Ryan
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Mowse Doyle
Evelyn Shelby
Lisa Johnson
Terri Gauthier
Patti Pruhs
Shai Williams
Andrea Glick
K Hutchinson
Marci Brooks
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Jasvanti Patel
Laurie Vyselaar
Lisa Knappenberger
Mary Lindell
Niky Sayers
Sandra McGriff
Patricia Handschuh
Erin Prais-Hintz
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kathleen Breeding
Monique Urquhart
Jackie Locantore
Sheryl Stephens
Becky Pancake
Mona Arnott
Michelle Escano
Denise McCabe
Carolyn Lawson
Sheila Prose
Kim Dworak    ----->You are here
Iveth Caruso
Deborah Apodaca
Elizabeth Bunn
Janine Lucas
Kari Asbury
Inge von Roos
Divya N
Debbie Rasmussen
Klaudete Koon
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp
Ginger Bishop
Kelly Schermerhorn
Mischelle Andrade 
Sue Kelly
Rachel Mallis!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClelland
Mary K McGraw
Tania Spivey
Stephanie Perry
Mitzie Crider
Nicole Rennell
Nicole Valentine
Karen Mitchell
Tammy Adams
Patty Miller
Blanca Medina
Stephanie Haussler
Roxanne Mendoza
Claire Fabian
Bridget Torres
Donetta Farrington
Lee Koopman
Deb Fortin
Susan Walls
Cece Cormier
Heather Otto
Lizzie Clarke
Elizabeth Hodges
Fay Wolfenden
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Nan Smith
Jayne Capps
Robin Kae Reed                            
Melissa Trudinger                         


  1. You created two fabulous necklaces. Sometimes a focal has to be hoarded until just the right beads come along. These were worth the wait.

  2. LOVE Earthenwood pieces. Melanie is a friend and fellow Michigander, like ME! Great pieces!

  3. nice, earthy colors - they really go well with your design style!

  4. Wow, that focal IS gorgeous - and what you made with it even moreso !

  5. Beautiful and brilliant designs! Love the color palates too.

  6. Beautiful necklaces, Kim! I love how the agates look with the waxed linen cord.

  7. Both necklaces are beautiful. I love the designs and colors.

  8. What great timing! Both necklaces are delightful. I like the lariat and that was a smart choice for the beads. The agate necklace with the heart focal is splendid. Having saved the beads for just the right opportunity I am sure you will enjoy wearing both of them.

  9. Oh, those gorgeous agates! You did such a great job and used so many lovely hoarded beads!

  10. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work with us. Is that micromacrame? Its gorgeous.

  11. Hi Kim, kudos to you on your first lariat. Good job with both of your designs.

  12. Very nice necklaces, and the agates were the perfect choice. Lovely designs

  13. These are both beautiful! Lovely colors and focals. I also love your knotting work.

  14. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. I also have some Earthenwood that I have been hoarding. In fact, I almost used one of the focals for this hop.

    Both of your designs are gorgeous but I am partial to your first necklace. That focal and those agates could have been made for each other.

  15. The earthenware and the macrame go so well together.