Spring Bead Challenge Reveal


OK, now I can show you my entries to Crystal’s Bead Challenge. No more sneak peeks. I entered two designs. A copper butterfly necklace set and a blue beaded necklace.

Crystal posted the results today on her blog, Beadhappilyeverafter. There’s some real talent out there. Such pretty jewelry!!

My inspiration came from beads and bead caps I found at Crystal’s Etsy Shop. (You can see what inspired each entrant here in this photo I borrowed from her blog. :D )

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First, let me tell you about my butterfly set.

I gathered what I thought I would use to create my necklace. A bit of this and a bit of that. After experimenting for a couple of hours, trying different colors of beads, I ended up not using all that you see here in the photo.

From this.

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To this.

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Supplies used in addition to Crystal’s bead caps:

  • antique copper butterflies
  • banded agate round beads
  • antique copper star spacers
  • antique copper curved tubes
  • antique copper hammered clasps
  • copper ribbed rondelles (for bracelet)
  • seed beads, size 6/0 (for bracelet)
  • stringing wire

My second entry, a blue necklace, was last minute. I hadn’t planned to make it. But since my beading tools were already out on my craft table, I said, what the heck, “Let’s make something else.” I had been wanting to make something with these two-holed blue beads, just hadn’t decided what. After sorting through my supplies and putting “anything with blue” in a bowl, I got started.

From this…

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To this.

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Supplies used in addition to Crystal’s 2-holed blue beads:

  • an assortment of blue beads
  • seed beads, size 8/0 and 11/0
  • toggle clasp with Swarovski sapphire crystals
  • stringing wire

I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. My creative juices were overflowing. I was relaxed and let my fingers do what my mind saw.

Oh, BTW, guess whose name was picked by Random Generator for 1st Prize? ME!!!
Look at all these beady goodies I won.

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Aren’t they beautiful? Beady Eyecandy!! Can’t wait to get them. I already have ideas. Thanks so much, Crystal.

Also, thank you for hosting your 3rd Bead Challenge. All of the designs are really pretty. I am looking forward to your next challenge.


Go here to see all Bead Challenge entries and the prize winners.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=19092

Here is the link to Crystal’s Etsy Shop. She has wonderful products. Check it out!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappilyeverafter

Pillowcases and Another Sneak Peek


How’s your weekend going?

Mine has been busy, busy, busy. In addition to the usual stuff (cleaning, watching TV, family stuff, etc), I managed to find time to do a second entry for Crystal’s bead challenge at Beadhappilyeverafter. http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18920

Here’s the Sneak Peek…

I can tell you that it is a necklace. Light blue is a color I usually bypass. But I like it. Will try to use it more in the future.

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Now that my challenge entries have been submitted, it is back to sewing.

For the next day or two I will work on these.

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Pillowcases. I will tell you more about them later. Who they are for and why I am making them. I think those fabrics will make up cute.

What crafting are you doing? Have a great weekend (what’s left of it). :D

Crystal’s Bead Challenge Reveal: My Kissing Hearts Necklace


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I am so glad I gave myself plenty of time to experiment with these pretty red hearts and white tubes. Got them at Crystal’s bead shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappilyeverafter. The plan was to spend about two days making a bracelet. The design which was in my head was a charm bracelet with dangling hearts.

But after starting, a different idea popped up.

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And another.

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And another.

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Even necklace ideas floated passed my eyes.

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If the hearts could talk, I bet they would have said, “enough already!! Pick ONE design and stick to it!!” LOL!! Thank goodness stringing wire is cheap.

This is what I ended up submitting. Kissing Hearts. It makes my heart go all skippy just looking at it. I love it!!

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I had fun working on Crystal’s challenge. Go check out the other entries from all of the participants. Very pretty. Looking at them gave me a couple of ideas. I love looking at handcrafted jewelry.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18634

Thanks, Crystal, for hosting your 2nd bead challenge. Can’t wait for the next one.

SMILE: Bead Soup Beads Sent and Received


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Oh Wow!! Did I tell you how excited I am about participating in the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party? I was thrilled to find out my name had been picked by the Random Generator. This would be my first time entering and my fingers and toes had been crossed for several days. So when Lori Anderson, the host, e-mailed that I had been selected, my creative brain went on crack overload.

I had an idea on what to send my Bead Soup Partner but still slowly went through my jewelry stash anyway. I had a fun few days putting it all together going… ahhh, hmmm, what if, maybe. I couldn’t show you until now. Had to wait for her to receive my goodies. They were delivered today.

This is what I sent. I am calling my assortment of beads SMILE. Because it makes me smile.

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There’s Jasper, Agate, ceramic and glass beads. As well as Antique Copper. Hope she likes. Can’t wait to see what she creates.


AND NOW ON TO THE BEST PART…..

This is what my Bead Soup Partner sent me. Just gorgeous!!

There’s Picture Jasper, Fire Agate, Porcelain/Ceramic, Sari Silk and the prettiest clasp I have ever seen.

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So many ideas. One minute necklaces are prancing before my eyes. And then a playful cuff bracelet keeps making an appearance. I am sketching ideas as fast as they pop up. Hopefully one idea jumps front and center in the next week. I am anxious to get started. I will let the beautiful Melinda Orr clasp guide me.

My Bead Soup Partner is Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures. Go. Check. Her. Out. She does beautiful work. She makes a great partner. Love her color palette. Right up my alley!!

Bookmark my blog or better yet go over to my right Sidebar and sign up to receive my blog via e-mail. You don’t want to miss the reveal of both. What I made. And what she made. Can’t wait. So excited!!


Go here for more details and to see the list of participants.

http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/

Recycle # 3: Thread Spool Fabric Necklace

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The moment I decided to switch to all cotton thread and fondled the spools in the craft store, I knew immediately what I would do with the empty yellow spools. I couldn’t wait for one to get emptied.

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Before long, I had 3 of them, then 4, then 7. I guess I was sewing faster than I realized. I started to collect them up in a plastic bag for when I had a couple hours to play around with a design.

I wanted to use all scraps. Since I had a HUGE pile of them in all different colors, shapes and sizes that I bought off of eBay.

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BUT I miscalculated the width and the strip did not completely cover the spool. So, I will use my “mistake” for something else.

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Starting over, I decided to use one of my pretty batik squares I recently bought.


Here’s what you need to make this necklace.

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  • empty thread spool
  • 5″ by 5″ fabric square
  • batting (a small piece)
  • tiny elastic cord
  • button (I ended up using a larger one)
  • hanging cord
  • needle and thread
  • scissors/rotary cutter

Here’s the process in photos.

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I didn’t take a photo of me sewing on the button. :D

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I love how this turned out and already have the fabric squares lined up to make more in the future. I have lots of the satiny hanging cords. They came in a package of 10. All different colors.


This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. If you make this necklace, please link back to my blog post. Thanks!!

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Still Hot Where You Are?

Autumn is only a few miles away. It will be here before you know it. Until then, think dark colors to cool you off.

Here’s my latest. Using black, bronze, carnelian and topaz. With a hint of summer. Ivory, black and white.

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There’s a bit of everything in this set.

  • gemstones: carnelian (red agate), banded agate
  • wood
  • glass: rondelles, faceted, round
  • seed beads 8/0
  • pony beads
  • leatherlook black beads
  • metal accent beads

Different beading techniques: Stringing, memory wire, beadwork (peyote tubes)

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Some beads are probably older than you. Have had the ivory wood beads since my early macrame days back in the 80’s. Leftover from making Christmas wreaths. The round black faceted glass beads are from my “just learning to bead” stage from four years ago. The newest beads are the topaz glass rondelles.

Can you believe, with all the beads I have accumulated, I can still pick up each one and remember where it was purchased. And most times, I can pinpoint the timeframe when bought.

I can tell you where each item in this set came from. Munro Crafts, JoAnn’s, Michaels, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Etsy (destash). Probably the same places you shop.

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Have you started your fall projects yet?

Two More Spiral Necklaces and a Button Bundle

Busy, busy, busy. That’s been me for the last 2 weeks.

First, I had to take a time out for hubby’s family reunion which was two weekends ago. Friday through Sunday. Of course, the Queen Procrastinator that I am, I had lots to still do on the days leading up to it. So, hard as it was to neglect my beads, no crafting got done.

I had been working on the lavender spiral necklace I told you about. And was just about finished when I felt the urge to rip it apart. Something just wasn’t right. I liked it when I started. I hated it when I was near the end. I think it was the color. Too much lavender.

Here’s the old one. The one I took apart.

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Here’s the 2nd version. I am happy with this one.

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Using the dark plum (almost black) iridescent core beads also as spiral beads balanced the lavender color. And I added a separate strand of black Swarovski crystals. Large rondelles and smaller round crystals. With lavender seed beads as a filler.

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Both necklaces measure 54″. Over the head style for the spiral rope and a silver clasp on the crystal strand.

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I created this “Button Bundle” to gather all the strands together. Button can be worn anyplace on the necklace. I took photos of the button at the bottom and on the side.

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To make the Button Bundle, I strung 8/0 seed beads in the back and through the button holes. And sewed them to a silver magnet.

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Easy on, easy off. Move it wherever you want. Cool, huh!! Just one of the many ideas floating around inside my head. It probably works best with huge buttons. To hide the magnet.


I also made this lime and plum spiral necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads. Core beads are plum. And lucky me!! I had round glass plum beads which matched perfectly with the plum seed beads. So I made a separate strand with the glass beads.

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Both strands measure 46″. Over the head style for the spiral necklace and a silver clasp for the strand of plum glass beads.

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You would think I’d be tired of the spiral stitch about now. Nope. Not. I am going to make up more. As soon as I decide which color will be the core and which colors will be the spiral.

Pink Hot Butterfly, My New Watchface Necklace

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Whew!! All done.

Took 3 days on and off to make two necklaces with watchfaces and metal butterflies. I am only showing you this one, Pink Hot, since I need to retake the photos on the other one.

I started off with this silver metal butterfly. I wanted it to be the focal point. I added one of my recycled watchfaces in black. Then I weaved through the butterfly a ball and chain to hang the brass bell. Used gold plated chain links, oval shaped. To balance the left side, I added a couple of black 11/0 seedbead loops and dangled 2 tiny keys.

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For the peyote tubes, I made two of each color. Gunmetal gray, hot pink and black. Used 8/0 Dyna-mites from Fire Mountain Gem and Beads. (14 seedbeads across/9 rows) The tubes slide over the chain. Can be grouped together or spaced further apart.

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I will probably list this necklace at Etsy. Here are my Etsy-ready photos.

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Necklace measures 22″.


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Original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please do not copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.

I Have A Lot To Show You… So Go Get Some Snacks

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First off. Here is another beaded collar/cowl I made from the royal blue Bead Soup mix. Believe it or not, there’s still a bit left. And after making that huge bracelet and ring. Now here are matching necklace and earrings to add to the set. And I found a better name. Royal Nights. Ha!! Isn’t that better? Royal for the predominate color. Nights since you wouldn’t be all glammed up before 5pm.

Oh… I forgot to tell you about the earrings. I spent one whole day learning how to make Winged Beads. Yep, I am still teaching myself techniques from that same book. Mastering Beadwork, by Carol Huber Cypher. Pages 198-200. Using brick stitch and a picot edging. Of course, I changed it up and put my own spin to it.

And you know how excited I get when learning something new. I went kind of crazy. First I made the royal blue ones. Then peach.

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Then made a peach necklace with a couple of the Winged Beads. And the neat thing. They are reversible. Can wear them with the peach side showing or the ivory side. Cool, huh? I am calling the set Peach Ice.

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Steampunk? No, I haven’t forgotten about it. I am leading up to it with all this extra learning. I’ll get there. In fact, I have a bunch of stuff already lined up. I showed you some of it. Here’s something you haven’t seen.

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And chain links. Don’t know why I had to buy these coiled ones in every color the store had. It isn’t finished. Just my model modeling it.

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I retook photos of my One-Eyed Steampunk earrings. I think these are better.

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Well, I think that’s it. I think I am all caught up.