Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seasons Blog Hop -- Reveal!


In February, Lisa Lodge with Pine Ridge Treasure put out the word for a blog hop revolving around a "season".  Each participant (35 in all) received a package containing a combination of beads, a pendant, findings, and an art bead or two from Lisa's beading table. The idea was to create a piece of jewelry representing one of the four seasons of the year that had an impact on our life; i.e. college years, motherhood, first love, etc....  For me, the impact is present day ....

Spring Sprung For Me This Year

For the first time in several years, the rains came in our area during Spring. We have been in drought for quite a few years now.  The animals, plants, rivers, and lakes have all suffered! Many people's wells have gone dry. But this year, the rains came!!!!! Woohoo!!! We will not have to worry about our wells this year!

While we would have loved for the rain to come as gentle cleansing rains, it didn't. We had monsoons, high winds, hail, and tornadoes. However, the important thing is --- the rains came. So we aren't complaining. Everything was green during Spring and so far continues to be green. The burn ban we have been under for the past few years is OFF!  This year at 4th of July, we did not have to worry that anything will catch on fire or a stray cigarette thrown out someone's car window will cause one either.  

Therefore, when I received Lisa's package, it was exciting to find she had sent me ---- GREEN!!! It was so fitting for this past Spring & the color is perfect.  


And the finished products -------


 

 

 
Now it's time to go blog hopping
 
 
 
Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist
 
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs

Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes

Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads

Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams  ME

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs


Lennis Carrier, Windbent

Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space


Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days

39 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I love your design!! I'm a green girl, through-and-through, and I love how the warm and cool tones are bridged by silver and white in your design. Beautiful wirework. Your focal calls to mind a spring waterfall.

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    1. Thanks Karin! Green is also one of my favorite colors and I love working with wire! :)

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  2. Lovely pieces Karla! Happy you are not so dry!!!

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    1. Thank you Leah! We are very happy when it rains these days:)

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  3. Your clustered necklace is phenomenal! I love the swirly wire work on either side. Great statement piece. Christie

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    1. Thanks a bunch Christie! This was a fun piece to make! :)

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  4. Those are awesome spring designs. I love the different shades of green in the necklace.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I enjoyed this bead soup very much! :)

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  5. Wow! Both gorgeous! Love the silver links and the fish on the necklace, did you make those? The strong contrast in the sections really makes this design pop. Well done!!

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    1. Hi Shirley! Yep I made them. When I start working with the wire, it just sort of flows into things! This time it was a fish & "chips"?! :)

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  6. Such pretty greens. I really like your wire-wrapping. It lightens the necklace so well.

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  7. I love the focal that you created for the necklace. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! The focal was fun. I was trying out some new beading techniques & it sort of evolved :)

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  8. I love these creations! The greens are stunning and that wirework! I am speechless :)

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    1. Thanks a bunch Candida! I love the colors, too!

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  9. What great designs - I especially love the necklace!

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  10. I really like the beaded focal and that you incorporated the wire flowers and leaves for Spring.

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  11. Karla, so pleased the years of drought are over! What a relief. I had a well when first living in Orlando, and our entire home depended on it. What joy you and the animals and all the flowers and trees and even the blades of grass must all radiate! So glad you had a happy 4th, free of fear, and I truly hope you have many years of spring rain.

    Your gratitude makes your jewelry radiant! Love the movement of the charms in your earrings. The handcrafted dangles you created are pretty. Likewise, the charms in your necklace are cool too; the beaded link you made for the charms is very creative. Your lovely beaded focal is like a bouquet, and your wirework is gorgeous!

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    Rita

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    1. Thank you Rita! My muse went on vacation & it took me awhile to get this beading project going! I've been really interested in seed beading lately; among other things. So first I made a tube with the seed beads & then started "the garden". It was fun to do the bouquet & I learned a lot off it.

      Thanks for all the positive feedback! You are a real encouragement, especially considering all your experience! :)

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  12. Such a universally accepted colour of renewal, Karla... I just love the soup Lisa sent and the brilliant designs you created!

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  13. Wow, Karla - such pretty green pieces and such gorgeous wire work! That necklace is so beautiful! Really like the wire flowers as well. Thanks for participating in the hop!

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  14. Gorgeous! And I love the little fish, nice touch! Hope the drought stays over too.

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  15. You've done such lovely work ! Green is a color I am still slowly getting better at using. :)

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  16. I love your wire work and the rich focal is beautiful. Gorgeous pieces - glad to hear you finally got the rain this spring!

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    1. Thank a bunch Alicia, We got rain again today! It's such a lovely sound :) I really enjoy wire work!

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  17. Glad to hear that you got some much needed rain. Your necklace is gorgeous, I really love how you made your focal point of it with all the clustered beads and wonderful wire work.

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    1. Thank you Dolores, We got more rain today! Woohoo! We are in such a drought that we get so excited :) This was a fun "stash" to work with when my muse finally started working! :)

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  18. Your necklace is absolutely Gorgeous and your earrings are fun and swingy!!

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  19. Sounds like you got a lot more rain than we did. Everything here is getting pretty brown. Love the earrings, but I really like the wire work and the focal you made for the necklace. Very pretty. Can't tell for sure, is that coiled wire beads up by your clasp? Great necklace.

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    1. Thanks a bunch Kay! No, that's white beads that came in my bead stash. These beads required some thought to get my muse going! :)

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  20. The wire work is really lovely! Nice job!

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  21. I love all these pieces because green is my favorite color! Beautiful designs.

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    1. Thanks Renetha, Green is one of my favorite colors too. :)

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  22. Beautiful work!

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