Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Today is reveal day for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop...

When I first heard about the Hop, I was anxious to join in.  I have lots of beads but can't really say that I hoard beads...well I do have a few that are special..not because of their monetary value but because they were given to me by my close friend, Ginny.  You would have thought that Ginny and I would have been unlikely to become best friends.  But I believe things happen for a reason-and that Ginny and I were suppose to be in a class at the same time and find that we are kindred spirits and have so many things in common. Anyway that was over 2 1/2 years ago and I am so thankful for her friendship.

These were some of the beads Ginny shared with me....they were from a vintage necklace and I just hadn't figured out how I wanted to use them until now.

Although I only used two of the beads in this necklace, I think they do the necklace proud and show themselves off to their best advantage.  The wire bead and leaf focal was inspired by the resined leaves of Shannon LeVart in the Winter 2010 Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.

Although these aren't beads, they are links from a vintage necklace that I have been saving for what...I don't know...maybe a rainy day, which we have had a lot of recently.  Each link has a definite curve.  I don't know what they are made of-I've looked up how to tell plastic, celluloid and Bakelite apart and still don't know what they are.

I used one of Ginny's beads and two of the links to create this bracelet. I liked it so much that I planned to keep it if it didn't sell.  You guessed it-it sold and I missed out.

Lori Anderson did it again!  A great idea was born with her Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.

Hope you check out what everyone else made...
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
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
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
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
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
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


  1. Very nice work. I love the necklace, have not had the patience to do anything that complex in weeks (since the heat wave hit!) The bracelet links are probably ivory or bone. I have some myself that I picked up at a yard sale.

    1. Thanks for the information about the links-have you used yours yet?

  2. Gorgeous pieces of jewelry, love the bone/bakelite pieces that you used in the bracelet.

    1. Thanks, Dolores-you are always so kind with your comments.

  3. Your pieces are gorgeous. Have a great weekend.

  4. Nice work! I especially love the bracelet.

  5. Beautiful pieces and I love the story of why you chose the beads.

  6. Oh, so very creative you are!!! Love the necklace and the bracelet is just magical!

    Laren :)

    1. Thanks, Laren-It was magical to me too

  7. Gorgeous creations! I truly adore how you've pulled everything together into that necklace - the little dangles add the perfect touch on the sides of the 'strap'. :) :)

  8. I really love those links in the bracelet - they are perfect for it. The necklace is beautiful.

    1. Thanks. I was so happy that the necklace went to a very good friend.

  9. Wonderful bracelet! The vintage links really make it.

  10. I like the necklace but I love the bracelet! It's like they were meant to be together :) Perfect.

    1. Thank you-I agree-when I tried the bead with the links, it was like they they belonged together.

  11. I was thinking bracelet, before I scrolled and indeed what a lovely bracelet. I'm sure the new owner will love wearing it and the upside, more $ for more beads :)

  12. Wonderful designs, Linda, it's especially nice that you were able to include your special beads in TWO very different but equally beautiful pieces.

    1. Thank you-I was with my friend, Ginny today and she gave me something else to challenge me.

  13. Both pieces are so lovely...and it's as if the focal bead and the vintage links were made for each other!

  14. Such elegant pieces ! The colors are nice and soothing, too :)

  15. How lovely! I think you showcased your beads beautifully--both pieces are simply gorgeous. :)

  16. Happy and sad for you that that bracelet sold, but it's no wonder. Just as pretty as the necklace.

    1. Thank you and happy you visited my blog

  17. A beautiful and elegant set♥ did you create. I learned that lesson too :-( to keep for myself what I really like! Great pieces, both of them... Have a nice summer.

    1. Wish I had learned the lesson sooner-Thank you

  18. What lovely treasures you're hoarding! ;)
    Both of your pieces are really great. I especially like how you were able to use those unusual links in the bracelet. It gives the bracelet so much unique-ness and personality. I hope it went to a good home at least!

  19. Linda your necklace is very beautiful. I also like your bracelet.

  20. Beautiful pieces. Really lovely colour choices. You did Ginny's beads proud. (Sorry if multiple copies of my comments appear, my fingers seem determined to press the wrong things today).

    1. Thanks, Ginny was pleased with the way I used them.

  21. Love the necklace! You did such a great job with the colours and for fashioning that wire leaf - beautiful!

    1. Thanks for you kind comments-I liked the leaf too.

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  23. Your creations are beautiful. I love your creative use of all the salvaged bits and pieces. It's like they were all meant to be together!

    1. Thanks, Betsy. I love to reuse items and was so happy with the way the bracelet turned out.

  24. Your pieces are absolutely lovely!

  25. Beautiful designs! I love the story of friendship and the little bits of inspiration and salvaged items you brought together to create...very special.

    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments-