Friday, February 25, 2022

 Pine Ridge Treasures: It's a Blog Hop!

I can't believe how I have been neglecting both blogging (it's so 2015) and jewelry making of late. but Lisa Lodge of Pine Ride Treasures sent out the call, and I said, heck, why not? 

I got the Blue set of beads, and here is what I came up with. I had months, but of course left it all to the last minute. 

My work space... yes cardboard. I've been trying tp get a handle on my work space for literally years, and it seems to be shrinking. 

Earrings and a necklace ... phots taken on my phone. My newish camera and my computer are not talking so I have to put up with phone photos. 

Here is a lit of the participants...go see what they have done!

Pine Ridge Treasures Bead Treasure Blog Hop

Participant Link List for the February 26th, 2022 hop:

Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Heather Canepa, Desert Jewelry Designs

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Marde Lowe, FanciMar Designs

Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads

Renee Edbrooke – Cianci Blue (sharing a post with Kim Dworak)

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Happy Beads Blog Hop! 2020

 Has it been Two Years? 

Pine Ridge Treasures is sponsoring a new Happy Beads Blog Hop. And I am saddling up and taking part. A number of things have gotten in the way of making jewelry, and keeping up this blog. But here we are starting off again. 

Lisa Lodge has sent out new collections of beads to inspire, and cheer us all up,  and I am finally retired from my job after 37 years, so away we go.....

I chose beads in the purple/ violet color family. Yum! And look, there's some coordinating waxed linen thread!

When this assortment arrived, I immediately noticed a few big round beads and said: "Earrings'!" And, that's what they turned out to be. 

I don't consider these completely finished, as I need to glue and trim the connection to the wire. 

But after the first earrings, the necklace and bracelet were sure to follow.

 And another pair of earrings. Hope you enjoy!

So there you have it! I'm back to making jewelry!  

Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak Cianci Blue

Heather Canepa, Desert Jewelry Designs

---- >Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry (you are here)

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Kari Asbury, Design Challenges

Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures

Linda Anderson, From the Beadboard of...

Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs

Ellen Newcombe Gravante, TBD

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pine Ridge Treasures: A Summer Romance

Where Has the Time Gone? 

I am again participating in a Summer Blog Hop with Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. And the last time I wrote in this blog was...over a year ago, participating in the summer blog hop last July.  

My jewelry-making has become less prolific, and I've not been taking many good photographs, and blogs in general are becoming overwhelmed by other forms of social media, but none of these are really important, since I have received this summer's batch of lovely beads from Lisa. 

Our theme this time is Summer Romance. What better theme for jewelry than the swing-y light colorful pinks of summer. 

On the first day of my stay-cation vacation, My daughter Sara and I made our way to Skylands Botanical Gardens, in our neighboring Garden State of New Jersey. 

It was a great source of inspiration.

I was impressed by the abundance of phlox flowers blooming in the perennial garden. So many pinks!

Here are the beads we were given. Not the greatest picture, so the finished work will be a big surprise. Also, a few beads are missing, because I made a few earrings early. And, I may have lost a few down the couch. Oops!

I decided to make earrings. I love earrings. 

Swans and crystals with a touch of faux beach glass and pearls.

Aren't these sweet? Look at those little flowers!

One pair inspired by those phlox flowers, the other a variation of the one above. 
 The big flowers use some lucite flowers from my stash, plus delicate crystals. All the rest are from my Pine Ridge selections. 
And because I could not leave it at earrings:

A necklace made with the addition of some pink chips and a glass focal from my stash. And some of the pearls are left over from other Pine Ridge collections. 

Just a fun memory wire bracelet!

Have fun hopping!

Our fellow bloggers:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak and Renee Edbrooke, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry  <<----- you are here.
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kari Asbury, Design Challenges

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pine Ridge Treasures - Pearls, Fabulous Pearls

Elegance in Lilac and Gray

Blog Hops are not as numerous as they used to be among jewelry artists, but I still love them.We all get so busy, but sometimes we need to stop and concentrate on one item, or group of items. My latest Blog Hop is again sponsored by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. And it's all about pearls. I chose a set featuring the color lilac. 

That's not even all of them... it's what is left over after I made my jewelry! I know. That's a lot of leftovers! 
 And here, without further ado, are my designs. 
Long necklace, pearls and crystals.

Pretty clasp on the necklace.

My favorites, bracelet and earrings.
I used a few things from my stash on these, but they were mainly spacers and seed beads used as spacers, and I think they worked really well. Oh, and the little pewter shells. Pearls and shells, right? Okay, they are not oyster shells, but they are super sweet, don't you think? And I alternated backs and fronts of the shells, so no matter how you put on the bracelet, it will always be "right." The earrings are simple, but echo both of the other pieces nicely. 

Ready to see some more? Here you go. Just click on the links.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pine Ride Treasures: Color Blog Hop!

A work in Progress~~~

I'm in a bit of a creative slump. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the fact that I was not able to participate in many craft shows last season. Maybe it's the general feeling of malaise many of us have felt since November 9th. 

I have been working on ideas for these beads, sent by Lisa Lodge as part of one of her challenges, the Color Blog Hop.

 Lisa's challenges work like this: You respond to her by purchasing one of a number of  packages of beads. I chose the "Red and White" selection. 

What I received, of course, was much more than that! The warm champagne colored beads and brass findings are perfect with the red and white theme.  

So here is what I have so far. I got slowed down by several things happening in my life, so nothing is actually complete....please forgive me!

So the top picture is obviously a necklace in progress, and the bottom picture is um, some mismatched dangles that I didn't finish because my pliers hand is still in recuperation mode (carpal tunnel release surgery, all good.) I actually thought they matched until I looked at the pictures. Oh well, they would have had to be re-done anyway. And that bit of wire with beads on it.... dunno, got nothing. Just playing with beads!

Let's see what the others have done!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry  <~~~~ You are here
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Marde Lowe, FanciMar Designs

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Necklace Therapy

Working with my wonderful prize!

Recently the Art Elements Blog hosted a giveaway, and I won, I won, I won!!

Here is the wonderful pendant created in ceramic by Kristie Roeder.

The colors are so vivid, it was hard to capture them with my little camera, indoors, at night. 

Here is the necklace I created with the pendant, using a bunch of glass beads from my stash. 

I didn't want to get too fancy. Had to let the pendant be the star!

Oh, no, a thief!

My cat Merry trying to steal the necklace. 

Thank you to the folks at Art Elements for sponsoring the giveaway . Here are the other designers!

Guest Designers:
Sarajo Wentling
Lola Surwillo
Beti Horvath
Kate Kemp
Art Elements Team
Susan Kennedy
Lesley Watt
Claire Fabian
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jen Cameron

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Exploring the French Countryside

Hopping with Pine Ridge Treasures


Another Blog Hop from Pine Ridge Treasures. This time, I went literal and did some research on just what the French countryside looks like. I had been expecting a different color way from the selection of beads in this hop. Turns out, these are colors that fit very well with the theme.

Here is what Lisa Lodge sent us: 

Here are some of the images of the French Countryside that appealed to me:

And the jewelry that was inspired by those pictures:

Do you love these blue doors and shutters? 

They were a real surprise to me. They seem to turn up everywhere.  (Can you tell I have never been to France? ) I found some square blue beads, and this metal piece, which I blackened with some metal patina. I combined them with the black beads, crystals and elaborate toggle clasp from Lisa's bead collection, and voilĂ ! I love the blue and black. Little bead earrings complete the look.

Next, my little wine grape pendant. 

I love the little silver leaves, and they go well with the little "grape" amethyst beads I found. And I knew I was saving that cork for something!

But wait, there's more......

My salute to lavender. I even included a little picture of my late season lavender bush blooming. Dreamy green beads from the collection, and some blue beads from my stash, combined with some silver wire and chain, give this set a light and airy look. 

And finally, the earrings that inspired a necklace. 

I was fooling around with some beads from the collection to make a pair of earrings, and liked them so much, I made a necklace to match. These are all beads from Lisa, and are a reflection of all my French Countryside pictures. 

I can't wait to see what the others have made!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love