Saturday, December 5, 2015

Charmed I'm Sure Blog Hop

Hi!  Today I am joining up with Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures for the Charmed I'm sure hop.  We all ordered a kit and here is what I received.  As always, Lisa was very generous with the kit:

I really need another bead board.  It didn't really hit me until I looked at the picture.  I loved all of the bird charms.  All I could think of when I looked at these beads were earrings.  
Must. Make. Earrings.
And so I did:

Thank you for stopping by, please take a look at what the other participants created with their kits!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015

1st Annual Danse Macabre Blog Hop

Happy October!  I love this season, it gives us so many things to celebrate.  Halloween, the way the trees put on their beautiful colors, the fresh crisp scent in the air, apples, pumpkins, I could go on and on.  Today I am joining up for the Danse Macabre Blog Hop hosted by Strega Jewellry.

Danse Macabre is the dance of death.  We all end up dancing with death sooner or later.  We are celebrating life, by laughing at death and the fear of things that go bump in the night. Our task was to pick a theme and make something with it.

I picked Sugar Skulls.  I love them and the tradition behind them.  They are works of art and they always make me smile.  If you are not familiar with them, this is a good resource.  I love the belief that our ancestors come back and visit us and the idea of a time set aside specifically to honor them.  I had a sugar skull made by Andrew Thornton that I have been saving, and I knew I needed to make a bright chunky necklace with it.

Here is a close up of the sugar skull, isnt' he beautiful?

I am sorry about the bad pictures,  My good camera is not working so I had to take them with my phone.  

I am at a bead retreat right now and one of the things we were supposed to bring if we wanted was a coloring book.  I found one with Sugar Skulls last week when I went to Barnes and Noble.  

Isn't it awesome?  I can't wait to get going on some of these pictures!  

Thanks for stopping by, please take a look at what the other participants did!

Lee Koopman                           Strega Jewellry
Sam Waghorn                           Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes
Mowse Doyle                              Mouse Made This
Lori Blanchard                            Alainn Jewelry
Robin Showstack                        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Amy Jorgensen                           Hoarders Corner
Nan Smith                                    Wired Nan
Tammy Adams                             Paisley Lizard
Catherine King                              Catherine’s Musings
Michelle McCarthy                         Firefly Designs Studio
Betony Maiden                             Beadwenches Blog
Becca White                                  Morgana Fey Creations
You are here ------> Kim Dworak    Cianci Blue
Tami Norris                                   Tamis Creative Spot
Inge Von Roos                               Inge’s Blog
Terry Jeanette Carter                    Tapping Flamingo
Deb Fortin                                       Mhoti Studio
Melissa Trudinger                           Bead Recipes

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My Favorite Things Blog Hop

Today I am joining up with Lisa from Pine Ridge Treasures for her My Favorite Things blog hop.  She sent us a wonderful collection of beads, all of her favorites, and I can't wait to see what everyone made.  

I of course forgot to take a picture of everything before I started.  I received a lovely mix of rose quartz, crystals and pearls.  I also received these beautiful beads, but I have no idea what they are. 

 They are pink and grey and just sparkle.  The pictures don't do them justice. I have 2 of them left, I think they want to be a bracelet.

I hurt my neck and shoulder 2 weeks ago and it's been very hard to sit and make any jewelry.  I did manage to finish one piece, but I still have so many ideas floating around in my head for the rest of the kit. I can't wait until it is better and I can make some more pieces.

Here is the necklace I made.  I wrapped the focal with black steel wire.  I was going to do a tassel at the bottom, but I really think I like it the way it is.

And another view

Thanks for joining me, please take a look at the other participant's blogs to see what they created with their kits!

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue  <-------- You are here!

Jacqui Kipfer, Seven Oaks Jewellery

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera 

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings 

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design 

Carolyn Lawson,  Carolyn's Creations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jewelry and Memories

Do you have any jewelry that brings back memories when you wear it?  I think we can all think of something that we love to wear, not only because it's beautiful but also because of the wonderful memories it invokes when we see it and wear it.  For me, it is this necklace:

My husband bought me the beads.  He spent hours online looking for them.  He knew how much I love druzy focals, and my favorite color is blue.  They were an I love you gift, not for any specific occasion, and that makes them even more special to me.  Every time I look at this I think of him,  how wonderful he is and how happy he makes me.  

Recently, I was introduced to a website called Invaluable.  They are an auction site, with lots of jewelry:  vintage, costume, fine jewelry, and loose beads as well if you prefer to make your own pieces.  It only took a few minutes for me to find pieces I love and I encourage you to go and take a look.  Here are a few of the pieces I found:

This gorgeous Miriam Haskell piece is in their vintage section. I just love it.

I love this bracelet. the colors are gorgeous. 

This one is very simple and elegant.  

I could definitely do something wonderful with this cab.

And these amethysts are lovely.

I would love to hear the story behind your favorite piece of jewelry!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beach Blog Hop

I am joining up with Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures for a blog hop once again, this time the theme is Beach.  

Our kits had beautiful cultured seaglass, crystals and beach themed findings.  I was so eager to start, I forgot to take a picture of everything before I started.  I ended up with two bracelets and a pair of earrings.  I tried some different things with the pictures, please let me know what you think and if they are better than my previous posts.

 I just loved the little dolphin charm that came in my kit.  He is adorable.

The pink crystals make me think of a sunset over the water.  The focal reminded me of a tide pool.

My sister loves turtles.  I think she is going to have a new pair of earrings.

Thank you Lisa for hosting and being so generous with the kits! 

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made.  Please go and look at what the other participants did:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue ----------> You are here
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Blog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Rosee Floss Hanemaayer, Silver Penny Artisans
Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
MaryAnne Kelly Hobbs-Fernie - TBD
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Kelly Fletcher – TBD
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Diana Chavis - TBD

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Waters Blog Hop

Today I am doing the Summer Waters blog hop with Lisa from Pine Ridge Treasures.  

A lot of times, I get the kits from Lisa and wonder if she has a little camera in my bead room.  She always sends me beads that match perfectly with a focal I've been saving.  The owl is a Marti Conrad piece that I was saving , the rest are the beads Lisa sent:

I ended up with 2 necklaces, a bracelet and 3 pairs of earrings.  Be warned this post is picture heavy.

Here is the necklace that I did with Marti's owl.  I added moonstone nuggets from my stash, the rest of the beads were from the kit.

A close up of the focal, isn't he adorable?  I just love Marti's work:

I had little owl charms that I did earrings with.  I need to redo the wire, I was messing around to see if I could come up with something different, and I like these.

Here is the other necklace, I love the blues in this one - they worked so well with the pearls.

Here is a close up of the back:

I liked this combo so much, I did a bracelet too:

Another view:

And some earrings:

And finally the last pair of earrings.  I am so bummed, one of them broke while we were taking pictures.  I thought I'd include them anyway, hopefully I can find another little fishy.

Thanks for visiting my blog, please take a look at what the other participants did with their beads:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue   <--------You are here

Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra

Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads

Shaiha Williams, Shaihas Ramblings

Rosee Chara Hanemaayer,  Silver Penny Artisans

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Art of Awareness Blog Hop

Today I'm joining Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and Heather Millican of Swoondimples for the Art of Awareness blog hop.  Heather is a polymer clay artist and has a line of word beads that she calls beans.  For this blog hop, she commissioned a special awareness ribbon stamp to use on one side, with a word on the other.  She made custom beads for each of the participants.  I asked her for a bead with the ALS colors (navy blue and white) and the word love.  Then our assignment was to create a piece of jewelry with our bead and post it May 16th on our blogs, with as much about the story behind our cause as we were able to share. 

I chose ALS as my cause because my Uncle has it.  If you aren't sure what it is, would like to learn more, or to donate, click here

My Uncle is a brilliant engineer.  He was my Dad's best friend, they grew up together.  When I was little, I had to take this horrible liquid medicine.  He was the only one that could get me to take it without screaming.  He had books, my God, the books.  I used to go and just stand in front of the bookcase and stare at them.  Being a voracious reader runs in my family, and I remember how happy I was when he said I could read the Hardy Boys Mysteries.  There are so many things I could say, but those are the things I remember first when I think about him. I cannot even imagine what my Aunt and cousins are going through right now. 

Here is the bead Heather made for me:

And the other side.  I love the ribbon with the heart.

Here is the bracelet I made with it.  

The white rounds are cultured seaglass, and those are my favorite blue crystals.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  It's simple and says the most important thing.  

I want to thank Lori and Heather for all the hard work they have both done on this hop.  Please take a look at what the other participants did.  

Hug your family tonight, and tell them that you love them.  Every day you get with them is a gift that should be treasured. 

Millican (hostess) (bead artist)
Candida Castleberry
mischelle andrade
Paige Maxim
Laurie  Vyselaar
Marybeth Rich
Alice Peterson
Kim Dworak
Audrey BĂ©langer
Karen mitchell
Joan Williams
Jean Wells
Ann Schroeder
Gail Accinelli
Tania Spivey
Mallory  Hoffman
Mary K McGraw
Shai Williams
Beth Emery
Catie Doman
Lorelei Eurto Http://
Lee Koopman
Tammy Adams
Katie Nelson
Patty Miller
Chris Eisenberg
Cassi Paslick
Charlee Griffith
Kelli Nelson
Catherine King
Melissa Trudinger
susan Bowie
Jennifer Justman
Cassi Paslick
K Hutchinson
Veralynne Malone
Evie and Beth McCord
Mihaela Georgescu
Rebecca Anderso
Charlene  jacka
Kim Stevens
Susan McClelland
Sally Russick
Gina Hockett
Mona Arnott
Sandi Volpe
Andrea Glick
Janine Lucas
Lori Bowring Michaud
Christie Murrow
B.R. Kuhlman
Lupe Meter
Lucy Bejarano
Stephanie Perry
Elisabeth Auld
Carolyn Lawson
Heather Powers
Katie Hacker
Kepi Rasmussen 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Elizabeth Hodges