Monday, July 29, 2013

Welcome to the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal. . . . .

I would like to welcome you to my reveal of a brand spankin' new Blog Hop. This is another great idea that Lori Anderson, well known for her international Bead Soup Blog Hop, has come up with. This time we don't swap anything with someone across the country or on the other side of the world. We are to look into our own "hoard"! It's the very First Bead Hoarders Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my creation. I will post the list and links at the bottom so you can visit the other 160 + participants as well.

First of all, I wasn't so sure about using the word "hoard". I used to associate it with someone who kept everything, but nothing too bad, just having their home pretty cluttered up. Newspapers to the ceiling. Detergents, TP, bars of soap, etc. piled in basements and attics. Canned goods, pet foods, soda, food staples, still in bags, piled in kitchens and dining rooms, clothing strewn everywhere imaginable........those kinds of things. Of course now, with the shows on tv, hoarding seems like a bad word, lol. I've seen some nasty things found in some of those places! So, I had to go look into it.

Hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use. Ok, I can see the meaning of that.
Hoard - a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver. Hmmmm......sounding familiar!
Collector - a person who collects something in particular, professionally or as a hobby. Yes sir, sounding a little more classy.
Collect - to accumulate, to gather together things of specific interest or value. I collect jewelry making components. So in my quick research(and opinion), they seem to be the same! It's NOT a nasty word nor a bad habit. I'm thinking I'm more of a jewelry connoisseur!

          Here is the hoard I started with:

The five focals are just so beautiful. The picture doesn't show them off so much. The set of 5 had the price tag still on them of $42.00. I know where I bought them and they definitely don't do coupons. I also know I had to have bought them at a slightly reduced price. And they only have sales like 2 times a year and not usually on artesian items. No wonder I hoarded them! I didn't use the gray/blue ceramic beads. Just couldn't make them work. I added black, red and ivory seed beads as well as many jump rings. Here is my creation. It is shown here as a triple strand necklace.

Well, I popped that coral and black strand out without really thinking much. Then I used all the coral I had so had to put that aside to see what else was going to happen for the top of it. I also knew what was going to happen with the red marble style ceramic beads and the repurposed black bead chain. I set about cutting apart the chain being careful not to loose to much and wire wrapped it in with the beads. That is ultimately the chain that determined the length of this whole project. Then the "work" began! Doing three strands of seed beads in no particular fashion then meeting them to go through the glass over and over wasn't bad. Doing it on a curve, so they would lay at the right spot on the above black bead chain, was an issue though....... Happy when that was done!

This is not my normal plan of attack. I'm not really sure I really ever have a plan of attack anymore. I keep trying so many new things. Not sure if it's for the challenge, to keep things fresh, or I just don't know where I want to go from here. Here is the kicker.....what I wanted to do, worked for me! This necklace can be MANY necklaces. There are lobsters on the ends of each strand. They can all be separate. I was really afraid it would look to tacky. I've also added the extra, double circle lengths of chain from my very 1st hoard picture, to two of the strands for length and style. The strands can also be interchanged on the main closure to create another combination if desired as you can see below in the upper right hand corner.

There's one more little idea that has also come to light since the pictures have been taken. My daughter Mandie, who has been calling me a bead/gemstone collector for years, saw them another way. Oh, and by the way, she also agreed that this was the best kind of challenge for me, a hoarders challenge..... Anyhow, I've done bracelet wraps as well so she asked if they would work as wraps. Huh, what a great idea and YES they certainly do with those lobsters already in place. Especially since I have the extra pieces of chain to add length for necklaces. Now that I have many new necklaces and bracelets to wear I better go see if I have anything to wear with them, LOL!

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs, Lisa
FB Daisy Meadow Studio

We all welcome you to take a break every so often,
with some ice tea in hand,
& come see what we've made. 

Click on the link behind each designers name:
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden

10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog



Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm Hurrying Up. . . . .

Excitement is in the air and I know so many of you have been out hopping over the weekend. Sadly, I missed the deadline for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop. I've beaten myself up trying to finish everything in time. Just ask anyone that has been around me lately! All those grandiose designs in my head don't always work the way I want them to. One strand was torn apart so many times due to a gauging issue on my part. Then there was the obstacle with trying something way out of my usual style and comfort zone. I sure hope the saying "all good things take time" will be appropriate at the end point. I love the beads I picked and I hope you will enjoy them, too. I have the beginning pictures of course and my piece is nearly done. I have to run to pick up 2-triple hole bars at my local shop yet, take the final pictures and finish that blog. I will figure out the blogger picture posting by the end of the week as that is the part that messes with me the most! Please check back to see what I came up with and let me know what you think about it. I would really appreciate your thoughts and tips.

It's been silly, crazy here the last few weeks. My apologies to any visitors, guests, overnight guests, relatives, crazy relatives, etc.....that I may have __________(fill in blank)! Apologies also to all the blog hoppers out there as well, that came looking, but found nothing. I realized that my option in those last few days of stressing & being alone in the studio vs making memories with friends & family, I just had to take the latter. All is quiet on the home front now, even the hubs had to go out of town.

It's just the beads, Ollie the cat and me! YAY!

Thanks for understanding and don't forget to check back, too!
I'll also make sure to post on the group FB site as usual when its finished!
Hugs, Lisa

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup #7: 3rd Reveal Group

First, I would like to welcome you to my first time participating in a Bead Soup Blog Party Hop. I am also one of the new trial run Facebook participants. It just so happens that I now have gotten a blog up and running to participate in more blog hops. I hope I can keep up with you seasoned bloggers! Second, I must invest in a camera that can handle what I want it to do. Frustration was getting the best of me after having so much fun with creating with my Bead Soup. I've done my best to try to describe what's going on but great pictures would have been better. Less typing for me anyway! After many hours of  loading and previewing this blog I was fighting the tears but I am sure it is all in the aggravation of not knowing what I am supposed to be doing to make this an easy process. And of course the pictures......again. Thanks for taking the time to visit. I really did have a blast and am ready to get my blog hop on!

I knew where I wanted to start right from the beginning. My partner, Erin Honeycutt, had sent some of the white freshwater pearls that were left from when she made her wedding jewelry 10 years ago. From my stash, I pulled some tiny green colored freshwater pearls to complement. Now what? There were some clear cut glass or crystal beads in the soup so I went with the clear, natural and green, Peridot chips. Then I saw the sweetest single little Hematite bead in the soup and knew I had many various shapes and sizes that I could add. There, I had the beads ready, just wanted to see what clasps I had yet and then I would be able to start some designing. Looking through all my little snap boxes wasn't too bad as I am pretty organized. I just hadn't seen them for awhile. Ohhhh, ahhhh, I love dragonfly's! There was a dragonfly toggle and some tiny dragonfly beads to add to the bracelet to tie it all together. I used beading wire and crimp tubes to connect everything. I must admit that crimps scare me sometimes. I just don't trust them as much as wire wraps. The bracelet is a combo of one link going into three with three embellished paddles hanging near the toggle.

The Green Dragonfly

Now that I've gotten my feet wet, I had best get moving on more pieces! I was so happy with my first Bead Soup Jewelry piece that I ever made that I needed to snap back to reality fast. You see, I hadn't used the focal or the closure sent in my soup mix yet. That is a must in the rules. Well, at least when I sorted the beads for the bracelet, I had grouped the rest of the beads to where I wanted them. One of the challenges for me with the soup was that I wasn't used to working with very small beads. You can see I pretty much got over that with the Green Dragonfly bracelet. Where you have small beads, you have equally small holes...... Now, that was a challenge! The darker oval shaped beads are a amethyst color and vary in sizes. I paired them with smokey gray crystals to pull the gray tones from the toggle. Here comes another first, wire wrapping with copper. I'm a silver girl, but I keep my granddaughter in copper. I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I used just a little. The white beads I used in this were parts from a broken necklace. If I have this right it was one of a two strand necklace, given to Erin and made by her best friend. She still wears the other strand often. I'm so glad to have her as a part of my new bracelet, too. Then I just ended up adding some brassy pewter beads for length and did all my wire wrapping and curly q's. The toggle needed to blend in with all of that a little bit more so I went fishing again for some thinner copper wire and just added it for continuity. Another one done and I am feeling a sense of accomplishment!

Copper Dangles Bracelet
Goodness, I am having fun! Now on to the wonderful focal Erin has created just for me. I wish you could all see it in person. The pebble she picked up in Lake Erie and drilled herself has tiny little sprinkles of shiny in it. It sparkles when the light hits it, so more silver seemed appropriate. Erin had incorporated garnet and amber with it and wrapped it with sterling wire as well. What a wonderful choice! From her soup, I had five amber color beads, one lone white bead and four red glass beads left from the broken, best friend necklace, that will look great in there. I laid things out on my board and started the task of filling in the spaces while trying to keep the soup pieces towards the front of the necklace. Let me just make one thing perfectly clear. I am glad I am a bead hoarder! Whew, that felt good to confess...... It really is convenient to just go shopping in your own studio. So I pulled out the SS wire, SS jump rings, and pewter beads. Then I added some golden amber discs, dark amber roundels and two really dark coral beads. I didn't really have a "plan" but I knew what feeling I was going for. The start was to make the focal drop down a little more. After that I added the long beads to branch it out similar to a Y necklace. The soup mix beads came next to stay close to the front. I made some chainmaille knots and linked them together for a little dimension. I decided to do a couple sections with beading wire, amber discs, spacers, seed beads and crimps. Then I did a couple more sections using the amber roundels the same way, mainly because I wanted some interest up in the length. I linked them together with the wire wrapped coral and pewter. To finish the length off, I just did simple jump rings in a two-one-two pattern to a simple lobster clasp. And Ta-Da, done!

Erin's Erie Escape

I had planned on a pair of earrings to use the paper beads that Erin and her kids made out of old National Geographic Magazines. Unfortunately, I need to find the perfect beads to go with them. I may NEED to go shopping!!!!!

Now please go visit my partner Erin Honeycutt to see what she's created with her Bead Soup!

Here's the list of participants & links to this 3rd part of the Reveal of BSBPH #7

Agi Kiss
Amanda Tibbetts
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christine Hansen
Cindy Cima
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Danielle Kelley
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis
Heather Otto
Ildiko Jarai

Inge von Roos
Jackie Locantore
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica KlaarenHttp://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Judith Johnston
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin von
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Kristina Hahn
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Lena Adams
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Lisa Boucher
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Mischelle Fanucchi

Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood

Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rossana De Gaspari
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman