Thursday, August 30, 2012

Phantom Blog Hop and "Think Of Me"

Some time back I thought I'd like to host a blog hop.  Several ladies urged me to give it a shot and I thought, I could probably do this.  Then I listened to the music from Phantom of the Opera again and, shortly thereafter, a Blog Hop was born.  And I found out that Lori Anderson from Pretty Things just makes it look easy.  It's not.  There are things I have now learned the hard way.
Moving on.

I chose the Phantom Of The Opera because my dad took me to see it for my 24th birthday (no, I will not be telling you how long ago that was!) and my mom and I fell in love with Davis Gaines, the actor playing the Phantom at that time.  My rules for the hop were simple: choose a song from the play/opera and create a piece of jewelry representing it, tell us why and no using JUST the rose or mask.  I'll be the first to admit, I almost got my butt kicked by my own blog hop! I had a great idea, it just didn't want to pan out.  So, I tried something else.  LUCKILY! this time it worked.  I chose the 1st song Christine sings, "Think Of Me."  For some reason, the sweetness of that song, and the fact that it's where we first meet Raul, just sticks with me. I also loved the colors in her costume and wanted to use those as I created my idea of an asymmetrical necklace.

Honestly, I love just about all the songs in this play/opera, so my real challenge was choosing just one song.  I actually have plans to try creating pieces for other songs at a later time.  Until then, here's my piece, "Think of Me":

Think Of Me

I used green German glass, pink
cat's-eye heart and red glass... glass tubes, pink
painted glass, and more
green German glass beads

The focal bead is Italian glass I found
on Etsy at Debbie's store, Bead
Hoarder's Stash
You'll also notice one of the dangles
is a red flower... closest I came to
the red rose from the play

And a pair of earrings to round it all out. I can
make earrings without a necklace but I can't
seem to make a necklace without earrings! :)

And there you have it.  Please, hop on over and see what the other ladies have made for the Phantom Hop.

Pam - (You Are Here)
Amanda -
Andra –
Dana Lang -
Shelley Graham Turner -
SueBeads -
Lp’S Jewelry -
Sonya -
Kelli Jacobson -
Therese Frank -

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pet.... Poodle?

Okay, I have found my newest obsession! I was reading MSN the other night and they had a story about a new critter found down in South America called the Venezuelan (get this!) Poodle Moth!  I think it's adorable and I want one for my very own!  Please!  I would love it and pet it and call it George!

Seriously! How can you NOT love and be inspired by this little guy!  It looks like he has a fur coat! I'm in awe!  I wish I were better with my Poly-Clay because I would be trying to make a little look-alike focal from this! Can't you just imagine? Being able to make jewelry look like these li'l fellas (or some of the cuter bugs out there?)

Have you found any (creepy) cute and/or unusual bugs you'd be inspired by? Share. Especially if you have a FB page. Feel free to post your FB page link in the comments if you have a pic to share of a creepy/cute bug that you find inspiring in some way.

p.s., you can read the article here:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Phantom Quick Check - Testing, Testing; 1, 2, 3... (is this thing on?)

Okay, okay. (blog/avatar name... remember?)

So, quick "sound check" for the names/blogs I have of those participating who contacted me.  Please double check that I have:
a) your correct blog or site (i.e., the one you're planning to use for the reveal)
b) your name (spelling, etc.... I'm not perfect, just ask Saner Sister!)

If I've missed you (I tried to save everyone who emailed me.... did I mention the "not perfect" thing?) pleasepleasepleeeeeeease contact me ASAP so I can correct this list and add you.  If I have something wrong (i.e., your name, spelling, link) contact me ASAP so I correct this list.  As soon as I've received and made any correction, I will email this list to all of you (provided you have already provided me with an email addy) for you to publish on your blogs for the reveal.  Or, should I say, "The Reveal!"

SO looking forward to Friday and seeing what all of you created!

Lp’S Jewelry -
Dreaming... I NEED your name! -

Just Few Things... and Another Blog Hop!

First... I need to correct a couple of impressions.... that beautiful girl modeling my Summer Rose necklace in the BSBP reveal isn't me.  It's a (very) young lady in my church who, along with her two older sisters, agreed to model some of my jewelry for me (post is here). I am nowhere NEAR this cute! (and I'm 44... bleh!)

Second, I'm going to be posting the list for this Friday's Phantom Blog Hop a little later today (I'm taking a really quick break at work to let y'all know this).  I'm trying to email this same list to all participants, but some of you haven't given me your email and your blog page doesn't have a "contact me" button... 0_o *  If this is you, please get your email to me ASAP so I can get the list to you, too.

Third, I have not even come near getting through all of the BSBP links from this last reveal. I'm sorry. I'm trying but it's just not possible for me to sit that still, that long, and not go insane. Not ADD or anything, just... Oh, look, squirrel!
What was I saying?

Anyway, I will get through them and I am attempting to leave a comment for everyone.

Have a great day, ladies!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal! Woo Hoo!

Yay! It's time for the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!! I don't mind admitting I was some nervous.  As a reminder, here's what my partner sent me:
Remember this lovely, huge rose?
 I was SO nervous about using this rose.  It was less the yellow (even tho' I don't use much yellow, normally) as much as how could I do this rose justice?

Summer Rose
 I chose to add holes so I could dangle a gorgeous dragonfly a dear friend had given me below the rose.  It just seemed to be what was called for.  Then, I had these glass beads that look like millefiore beads and I felt they echoed the rose. Then I used the long blue beads to tie it all together with earth and sky since I felt the lovely magnet clasp echoed the stars at night. 

View of it hanging long
One of my models to show it off

Summer Time Blues
Buttercup Drops

Double Flower

Summer Time Yellows

Summer Breeze
 Yes, I went a little crazy making earrings but my partner sent me so many lovely beads I just went nuts on the earrings. (and Summer!)
Hide-A-Key Lanyard
as a necklace
 As I said, there were so many beads from my partner I decided to use some in another challenge.  Using the cone above the dangle in a unique way. (read about it here)

Hide-A-Key Lanyard as a
name badge

Summer Fire Earrings
(used the little flower beads my
partner sent as accents)

Summer Rose earrings that go with
the Summer Rose necklace.

So! There's all the things I had fun making from my partner's lovely Soup Mix!  Please go have a peek at what others in this 3rd, and final, Reveal did with their mixes.

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner (You Are Here)
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin, Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick

Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Etsy Treasure Hunt Friday

'These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things....' by CrazyCreativeCorner

Items of Interest from some of my favorite Etsy Shops.

Magdalena necklace - Tribalis
Magdalena necklace
Steampunk Necklace Sightmares Eye - Lucretia Borgia in purple by Dr Brassy Steampunk - DrBrassysSteampunk
Steampunk Necklace Sigh...
Aladdin's Lamp Sari Silk and Lampwork Glass Earrings - KristiBowmanDesign
Aladdin's Lamp Sari...
The Oath-Ring of Jupiter...OOAK Handmade Sterling Silver and Gold alloy (Electrum) Large ring set with iolite and teardrop garnet cabochons - TheSilverCrucible
The Oath-Ring of Jupite...
Large Shallow Handmade Antique Blue Porcelain 4-DRAGONFLY Bowl - potterygal66
Large Shallow Handmade ...
Orange Witch Boot Shoe Halloween  Pendant - yolandasclay
Orange Witch Boot Shoe ...
Book Necklace (Rustic Flower Pendant) - michellemach
Book Necklace (Rustic F...
Floral Tides Clasp in Brass and Aluminum with Spiral Toggle - FREE SHIPPING USA - ORRTEC
Floral Tides Clasp in B...
9 Amber and Copper Green Lines and Dots Etched Lampwork Beads SRAf34 - ferrarioriginalbeads
9 Amber and Copper Gree...
Heart Necklace in Brass and Czech Glass - oscarcrow
Heart Necklace in Brass...
Lampwork Beads - SueBeads - Ribbed Round Beads - Wedgewood Blue Autumn Wonder Beads - Handmade Lampwork Beads - SRA M67 - suebeads
Lampwork Beads - SueBea...
Bohemian Style Wrap Shawl Green with Mix and Blue Ruffle - Adjusts One Size Fits Most - CherokeeDreams
Bohemian Style Wrap Sha...
Root Beer Porcelain Scarab Links - suburbangirlbeads
Root Beer Porcelain Sca...
CRADLED MOON, a celestial full moon night sky 5x5 print - LANDofLIV
CRADLED MOON, a celesti...
20 yards Silk Ribbon, Sari Ribbon, Silk Trim, 3 colors - RibbonsAndSilk
20 yards Silk Ribbon, S...
Hawaiian Flowers Glass Dangle Earrings - shaterra
Hawaiian Flowers Glass ...

Treasury tool by StylishHome.