Friday, November 13, 2015

Superstition Blog Hop

Today I am joining the Superstition Blog Hop.  I have been so excited for this hop!  Our hostess is Tammy Adams at Paisley Lizard. She made these beautiful black cat beads, and the first 13 people to sign up received a bead.  Are you wondering why I am so excited?  Well first, the beads have black cats on them, and then the hop is about superstitions. When I saw the reveal was on Friday, November 13th, (which is my birthday) - I had to sign up.  
 I was very lucky and was the last (13th) person to sign up.  Tammy was so nice and sent me extra beads since I was lucky number 13.  Here they are in the center, I haven't had a chance to make anything with them but I did pick out some beads to get started with.

I love the focal Tammy sent, it's beautiful and black cats have a special place in my heart.  I have been lucky enough to be owned by two of them Onyx, who is at the Rainbow Bridge and Ninja, who is 6.  Black cats are special, I love my other cats just as much but the black ones just seem to have more personality and a lot more attitude.  Here is Ninja, in the doggybox.  
He bosses the basset hounds around as much as they let him, and plays catch me if you can with them.  He loves the dogs.  He is a sweetheart and loves to lay on your lap and will even roll over for belly rubs (I think he learned that from the bassets).  Onyx was very special, I miss him every day.  He was an amazing jumper and could jump from the floor to the top of a door and run along the top of the door.  He was not afraid of anything and had more personality than any cat I've ever known.  Ninja looks just like him.  
I am really superstitious, but it's more of a sports thing for me.  I am a Cubs fan, and trust me we wrote the book on being superstitious.  We brought a goat in to remove the curse at Wrigley Field!  More than once!  When they were in the playoffs this year I couldn't get up during the games.  If I did, they lost, so I stayed put for the entire game.  My cousins didn't wash their Cubs shirt until they lost against the Mets.  (I would have done the same thing).  I don't know many sports fans that aren't superstitious.  Most people have a lucky shirt or shoes - something that they feel helps their team win the game.  Cubs fans just take that a little farther.  And we will win, next year.  
I should probably show you Tammy's bead and what I did with it.  Here it is, I asked for a cab, and I bezeled it with seed beads.  I was working on a beaded necklace, but there was no way I would have finished it in time for the hop, so I did a chain with some really pretty Czech beads.  
Here is the beaded necklace I am working on, I attached the chain with split rings so I can change them out when I'm done with the beaded necklace.  The pattern for this is from the book Beadweaving, beyond the basics by Kassie Shaw.  It's a great book.

I hope you like what I made, please take a look at what the other participants did with their beads, the link list is below.  Thank you Tammy for hosting a wonderful hop and for the lovely beads!!

Tammy Adams (Hostess)
Renee Hong
Betony Maiden
Coral Law
Lee Koopman
Jeanette Belmont
Shai Williams
Beth McCord
Robin Lynne Showstack
Lori Blanchard
Deb Fortin
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kim Dworak             <------- You are here
Divya N
Karin Grosset Grange
Mowse Doyle
Rebecca White
Shawneen Fagnani
Catherine King
Brook Bock
Kari Asbury
Nan Smith
Carolyn Lawson
Linda Anderson
Ann Schroeder
Melissa Trudinger
Kathy Lindemer


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, lucky lady. you must love those years when the 13th falls on a Friday. I love your beaded bezel, something I have never had the nerve to try to do. I've heard it's not hard, but I have yet to delve into THAT black hole of beadiness. I understand it's addictive. lol. I do like that beaded chain you added but understand that sometimes our first plan doesnt pan out it time and we have to do a remake of a piece. I hope we get to see the result of your changeout.

    1. Thank you Deb! This was my first time doing a bezel. It wasn't too bad, the hardest part was figuring out how to tuck in the edges. I will be sure to post a picture after I get the beaded necklace done. I just think it matches with the focal a little better than the chain does.

  2. Happy Birthday, Kim! My birthday is on the 13th as well (in the spring) and I've always felt the number 13 was lucky for me. I'm glad you shared a photo of your lucky black cat, Ninja. He sounds purrfect. And Onyx sounds like a very magical cat. Now, on the jewelry ...I love how the bezel sets off the cab. It's perfect. I know the necklace will be spectacular when you've completed the beaded neckline, but it's also quite fabulous with the beaded chain links. Maybe you could make it convertible to switch between them. Thanks so much for joining the hop, and I hope you have fun with your extra beads.

  3. Happy birthday! What a great way to use the black cat, I love the bead weaving too, it will look fabulous with your bezeled pendant.

  4. Your bezel is gorgeous. I love how you are making a beaded chain to put it on. I have several pieces bezeled and I have never gotten the beaded chains started or finished. I really think they deserve to have beaded chains. I hope you get yours finished!

  5. What a beautiful cat and a great necklace! I can't wait to see it when it's finished. Be sure to post it,

  6. Great necklace! I love the beaded frame; it's really perfect for the lucky cat bead! I like the chain you have with it, but I think when you add your beaded chain, it will look extra special.

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! I like the thought of changing out the chain for the beaded one. I would make them interchangeable! Please show us how it looks when you finish it! Good job!

  8. Love the beading around the polymer bead - I think it gives the bead more dimensions. Love the beaded chain you are creating - I think it will be perfect once it is completed!