Saturday, April 11, 2015

Alenka's Birthday Butterfly Blog Hop

A Return to my Earring-Making Roots

When Alenka, of Pepita's Handmade suggested a Butterfly Blog-hop, in honor of her birthday, I hopped right on. I seem to need a challenge every once in a while to get my creative juices going.

And I knew I wanted to to make these simple but effective earrings. I have made this basic design before, and I always sold anything I didn't hoard for my self.

So here we are. So simple, fairly easy, but so pretty and spring-like. I started with making a little "body" for my craft-store purchased butterfly links. Hanging a coordinating bead dangle gives them a little swing. 

Peach and light green seed beads, with sweet matching green  dangles. 

Perching green butterflies on a "leaf."

Butterflies look pretty in pink. 

Purple-y  body colors are set off by amethyst glass drops that change color depending on the light.

I loved digging through my stash for the beads used in this project. I hope the other participants did too!

Here is a list of their blogs:

1. Alenka (Pepita) - hostess -->
2. Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) -->
3. Beti Horvath -->  <---You Are Here
6. Christine Altmiller -->
8. Dini Bruinsma -->
9. Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) -->
11. sheilaposter -->
16. Ana (ACBeads) -->
17. Jasvanti Patel -->
19. Nan Smith -->



  1. What a great idea to add to the body of the butterfly charms!

  2. Love love love your earrings! I too need to participate in hops to get the creative juices flowing and in your words hooped right on. Again beautiful earrings and great use of stash!

  3. I love all the different ways you have spiced up simple components for a beautiful variety of earrings, Beti :)

  4. They are so sweet and what a great idea to use tiny seed beads as the body!

  5. Beti, I love your simple but effective collection of earrings. The store-bought butterfly is beautiful in itself and you've added the right amount of colour and shape to make it more beautiful. Great job.

  6. what a simple idea used to great effect.I like the pink ones best

  7. Hi Beti,
    thank you very much for joining me in this blog hop!!!
    What a simple solution to make them much more important!! Well done!

  8. These are so pretty! The beads you added to the body and the movement of the dangles are just darling!

  9. Fun, versatile and pretty! great combo!! and so many :)

  10. I can see why those are popular. Sometimes the simple things are indeed the best. Love the variations you have given them.

  11. I can see why these sold. Lovely earrings.

  12. What a wonderful way to dress up those butterfly links!!! I love it!! Super spring-y!!!

  13. Sweet butterflies ♥ in lovely colours, Spring is in the Air :-)

  14. Wonderful ways to use your bead stash!!
    The earrings are lovely.