Andrew Thortons Water & Fire Challenge

When Andrew Thorton posted the challenge for the Water & Fire kits, I knew I wanted in. I received the Fire Kit and really had a lot of fun with it. My first set I used the neat pendant that Andrew created and really love the pretty oranges, reds and yellows that I put with it.




My second necklace I created the pendant out of stained glass to go with the bead chips. I also incorporated some of the waxed linen thread into this too for my dangle.

My third necklace was inspired by a video I watched this week so added a little copper with my beads.
My next set I used more of the clear beads and added some copper chain.

I was determined to use as much of the kit as I could so finished with a bunch of earrings.

Lastly is my box of leftovers, it’s really hard to use up a whole kit but I tried. Thanks Andrew and William for great kits and challenges.

Allegory Starling Wing Challenge

image image imageIts time for the Starling Wing Reveal. I was thinking it was a little later in the month but managed to get lots accomplished when I sat down to work on the kit.

Nugget beads are a real struggle for me so after I made a couple pairs of earrings I decided I was using the nuggets this time. I wired wrapped them and attached to each other as I went. I’m very happy with how my necklace turned out.


Thank you to Andrew and William for coming up with these challenges. Can’t wait to see how everyone else used the kit.

image image image image image image image imageI love making earrings and used something from all parts of the kit this time although still lots left.

Andrew Thorton Mystery Challenge Blog Hop


Bling Necklace

Bling necklaceI wanted a necklace with a little more bling and this is what I made. I really like how it turned out.

Bead Soup Blog Hop



imageimageimage Today is reveal day, I can’t wait to see what my partner Cris Peacock made with her soup along with what everyone else has made.  I really had a lot of fun with mine and had a few challenges along the way.  I got three pieces of jewelry that I really like and have beads left to make earrings but since I don’t wear them I decided to wait on that.

I first made the necklace using that neat little birdnest. I wouldn’t normally mix gold in my pieces but I decided to give it a try and love how it turned out.




Next I wanted to try a multilayered bracelet. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to get three pieces all the same length but eventually I got there.








I liked the look of the first bracelet so decided I would make another one but first I decided to patina my chain, then I had some little copper tubes that I had cut but I thought they needed a bit of color so I patinaed them  too. Since I made wired segments with my beads this one don’t  lay quite as good as the first one so I may have to redo it.

Be sure to check how Cris used her bead soup from me here:  and you can also check out her Etsy shop here:

I want to thank Lori for hosting the hop again this year and I want to also thank Cris for being my partner and sending me a beautiful soup to work with. Have fun hoping. Here s the link that will take you to the rest of the blogs:

Winter Sparkle Blog Hop


Lisa Lodge has organized another wonderful blog hop with winter sparkle in mind.  I love the sparkle idea but after the winter we’ve had I’m ready to put Winter behind.  The color beads I got were plumy purples which I love.  I added some crystal beads for a little more sparkle.  I challenged myself to use all of the beads to see how many pieces I could get and almost came close as I think there are only about 24 beads left.

Thanks Lisa for another wonderful hop, I always look forward to them.  For more info on Lisa’s hops check out her web site here and also for the list of the rest of the participants.

The first necklace I created kind of a layered look and also incorporated a little bit of bead weaving that I haven’t done before. I’m pleased with how it turned out.

The  second picture has a bracelet and the earrings I made by putting beads on the jump rings and then attaching them to chain.

The necklace in the third photo started out as earrings until I found out I was missing a spacer so then it became a necklace.  After I had it all made I found my bag of spacers back but I wasn’t going to take it apart.



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