Saturday, July 20, 2013

Clearing out the Beads!

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**Click on this link if you are looking for the AJE Earring Challenge Blog Hop**

Sooo... Lori Anderson had the idea to dig out and use "special" beads we having been hoarding or saving for just the right project. I knew I could go crazy with that. I have WAAAAY too many beads for someone who only started creating such a short time ago! So I had to narrow my search or end up doing nothing at all LOL.

I decided to focus on a single colour, namely the one I started buying up last year, after hearing about a special fundraiser. Sue Kennedy's 7000 Bracelets for Hope blog hop had lots of designers making blue bracelets, in support of people suffering from rare and genetic diseases. I figure it was high time to make up another batch!

I made a couple of designs using my Czech glass collection, adding some beautiful lampwork in a variety of blues from Cherie of happyskull, and a sweet sleeping bluebird in polymer clay by Rebekah of TreeWingsStudio.

I then sewed a denim cuff for displaying my collection of handmade porcelain by Nancy of Round Rabbit. My sewing machine was not impressed by deadlines, so I had time to make only one sample. Once finished, these elastisized cuffs will be going along for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope fundraiser. And I found another TreeWingsStudio bead, this cute mosaic horse. The fairy, bee and two elephant beads are Nancy's.

Front of cuff

Back of cuff

But I still have lots more blue beads in my box, so more bracelets will follow this summer. Thank you, Lori, for making me knuckle down and sort beads!

*Please remember: anyone can donate a bracelet to this worthy cause. You don't have to be a jewellery seller, just have a pair of willing hands and a giving heart! For more information, there is a button linking to this bracelet fundraiser over on the right.*

Now check out all these reformed hoarders:

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

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

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
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
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
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. Monique, the 7000 Bracelet cause is such a worthy one, and your fantastic designs, and so INVENTIVE, will surely find their way to a deserving soul. Great job!

  2. Such pretty blues! Love that bee ;)

  3. What a great idea to use a colour theme and how very thoughtful and kind to use the Blog Hop to make jewellery for others. I'm sure the recipients of your bracelets will love wearing what you made.

  4. beautiful designs and I love the bird and bee. The cause is such an amazing idea.

  5. How sweet of you to use this blog hop to make jewellery for such a worthy cause! Love what you've made so far, too! The cuffs are a really neat idea, and they're going to look great I think.

  6. What a wonderful idea to do the blog hop and combine it with 7000 bracelets for hope. I love what you made, and I really love your idea to do the denim cuffs. That is a great way to showcase those beads!

  7. OMG!I'm in love with your denim cuff! Really love this idea ^_^

  8. All so lovely!

  9. According to my children, unless I'm working on a special order, everything I make is blue or green! I love your pieces - so beautiful!

  10. Love the denim cuff! Can't wait to see what you do with the cute elephants shown in one of the pics. :)

  11. Glad you shared part of your blue stash with us. You have good taste!

  12. I love the blues! Love the upcycling of the denim cuff.

  13. Absolutely beautiful blues!

  14. How cool that you chose to donate to this project. I like your designs. The flowered porcelain beads are my favorite

  15. A great cause - and a great collection of beads! I just love that little horse!

  16. Wow , a great blue bead stash there! What a great cause to donate your lovely designs to.
    I am sure they will be appreciated. Lovely stuff :-)

  17. You have such a great stash of beads! I'm envious. I like the concept of 'reformed hoarder'. Do they really exist, I wonder? :)

  18. I really love how you made the cuff. The elephant buttons are soo adorable.

  19. I love the denim idea. I wish I had your stash. So cute.

  20. I have a hoard of Round Rabbit beads, two, including two of those blue bee beads! You did an awesome job, and I loved when I worked with the 7000 Bracelets cause, too.

    Thanks for participating!!!!

  21. What lovely pieces! And how cool to know that they are going to a good cause. I am impressed and inspired! (And also really enjoying that denim idea... How cool is that?!)

  22. I love the idea of a sewn cuff like that ! Too bad I can't sew ! Very creative and lovely !

  23. Wonderful - you combined such a worthy cause with Lori's beautiful idea! I love your bracelets - and I love that someone will wear them and feel better just to know they are not alone in their quest... thanks for sharing!

  24. Your bracelet is just perfect!

    and I love that horse. Thank you for sharing where it came from. Guess what I have more room for beads now!! ;)

  25. Love your necklaces! And a worthy cause as well.
    Bless you!!

  26. A great combination, the jewellery and the good cause, hats off! I love your beautiful and playful bracelets. The elephant buttons are so sweet :-)and that little birdie...

  27. I love those denim cuffs - what a great idea! Got me thinking that has.

  28. Who would'a thought...great way to recycle the fav jeans....great job! Thanks for sharing.

  29. The colors in the necklace are so playful. Love the birdie and the denim cuff rocks

  30. Beautiful design, love the blue!

  31. Wow! You are very talented. Love the cuff bracelets you made.

  32. your denim cuff is really so cool..! Loveee it..! :)

  33. I love that you thought of the 7000 Bracelets of Hope for this challenge. How admirable! As well, your addition of the elastic to the denim is such a cool way to make a cuff. I'll add it to my long list of reasons I wish I could sew! Nice job!

  34. Love the designs you made! Very very pretty. I didn't know about the 7000 bracelets of yope, but will go to the website in a minute. Thank you so much for sharing

  35. You have a great collection of beads .I love the denim cuff idea and also that you will help someone with your great creations.

  36. Thank you for sharing. Love your bracelets.

  37. Love the blues. Great idea for the denim.

  38. Absolutely beautiful!

    And I really like it that you are doing something special for 7000 Bracelets for Hope campaign. Really admire that! I am off to check out the campaign now.

  39. OOOoooo I LOVE that bluebird! ADORABLE! ALso, going to check out the bracelets - I have a rare disease and can offer some gorgeous blue bracelets =)

  40. YAY! I love your designs and I love that you are preparing to donate again to this great organization!


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