Bead Hoarders’ Blog Hop

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I’ve had this cross pendant for a long time, possibly a dozen years. It also has a pin backing, which is the only way I have worn it, but it seemed to me that it ought to be a pendant. I have plenty of blue beads to choose from and yet none of them seemed to work. The finish on the light colored portion is more iridescent than silver, but these tiny (11/0) silver-lined Vintage Venetian seed beads seemed to do the trick. I added a few accent beads in blue and clear/silver foil as well.

unfinished

unfinished

Confession time:  I did not get this necklace finished. What you see above is how far I’ve actually gotten — minus the beading and un-beading that I’ve done in trying to get a combination with which I’m satisfied.  Plenty of other people have perfectly lovely completed projects to see — go here to find the links to each of them.

This is a necklace and earrings set that I made 7 months ago. I had purchased the pendant with my SIL in mind and then hung onto it for more than a few years while I considered how to use it. I finally made a decision, made this set and gave it to her for Christmas last year.

This is a necklace and earrings set that I made 7 months ago. I had purchased the pendant with my SIL in mind and then hung onto it for more than a few years while I considered how to use it. I finally made a decision, created this set and gave it to her for Christmas last year.

When I signed up for the blog hop I wasn’t planning on a such a busy couple of weeks. We had 2 memorial services this week, which meant (work-wise) 2 more services needing bulletins besides the usual Sunday service — plus I attended both of those memorial services.  Today I came home from the church, gathered up the rest of the family, and headed out to the Garland Street Fair. We had benefit tickets to see “Oz, the Great and Powerful” (hello, James Franco!) and then we strolled down the yellow brick road before the shops closed up.

Also, I’ve been making these earrings which will soon be [edited] are now in my Etsy shop:

Inspired by a frog named Kermit: the rainbow connection

The Rainbow Connection

Inspired by a frog named Kermit (above and below)

It's not easy being green

It’s not easy being green

Red-dy for Peace and Love

Red-dy for Peace and Love

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I’m going to publish this and hope to get around to visit each of you before the end of the weekend.

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

Challenging

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I’m taking on a creative challenge — because apparently my creative side didn’t feel overwhelmed by the new job that is challenging the heck out of my logical side. 

Unlike other blog hops that I have seen, this one will not involve mailing a supply of beads to a previously unknown person and in return receiving a supply of beads from someone unknown to me. That would be more challenge than I am up for right now!

While I don’t consider myself a bead hoarder, I do have plenty of beads in my possession. Most of them are not interesting focal pieces (See the little fancy “purse” bead on the far right — isn’t it fabulous?) but I do need to use what I already own instead of shopping for new beads every week (Really, I’m only LOOKING!)(It’s a good thing that the Shipwreck Beads store is a full day’s drive away.)  month.

So…. in the next few weeks, in my “spare time”, I’ll be pawing through my stash and seeing what I might have set aside and forgotten about over the years — and I’ll make something (or some things) to share with you on July 20th.

More information can by found by clicking on the badge provided in this post or on the sidebar of my blog.

Wish me luck! I’ll need it…