Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter Sparkle Blog Hop 2014

I am fortunate to have a beading friend who was thoughtful enough to purchase a kit for the Winter Sparkle Blog Hop for me as a Christmas gift! ...Isn't that a good idea for the next time a friend of yours has a birthday...or you need to think of something for a Christmas gift for someone? :) This Blog Hop takes place on Saturday, the 22nd of February and our hostess is: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist.

As a result, I received some wonderful beads to create three different pieces of jewelery.
Here is a picture of the beads that I rec'd in my kit.

Because there was such a generous portion of beads to choose from, I was able to create not one, but three complete sets of necklaces with earrings! :)
Here are pictures of them.
One of the first pieces I created, this one became a wedding shower gift for a "Seahawks" bride! Didn't even realize until it was pointed out to me that I was using their colors. :)

Thought that the cute dolphin charm would make a good focal on this one...if my daughter ever sees it, she'll be hinting that it would make a good birthday gift! ...She loves dolphins!

close up

Second piece, added a blue, green ceramic bead as a focal for this one.

Third piece...had to get more creative with this one, as was running out of beads from the package given me. Used a vintage connector, bronze colored glass pearls and a large, faceted glass bead from my stash to finish this one. Thought it turned out rather well.
close up of focal

This is what I still have to work with for another piece if I want to! Was amazed at the amount of pieces I was able to create, using but a very few of my own... :)  

Here is the 'widget' picture and link to get to Lisa's blog:
Please visit these other blogs to see their creations
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Annette Rivers, Mama Owl's Mess
Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines
Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry
Karen Burg, KEB Designs
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti


  1. Ev - you did a fabulous job with your kit! I really love the large glass focal bead and vintage connector. Just the right touches for your pretty necklace! Nice set of jewelry. Thanks for being in the hop!

  2. Lovely pieces, the dolphin necklace is fantastic and the third piece is very classy. Thanks for posting.


  3. Great pieces, I think the dolphin necklace is my favorite. I love the colors, they make me think of the ocean.

  4. Ev all of your creations are pretty. The last one is my favorite.

  5. As soon as I saw those beads I thought--ocean. I smiled when I see the dolphin necklace.

  6. You created some really neat pieces with your kit.

  7. Lovely pieces, bringing some summer and sea to us !

  8. What beautiful jewelry to uplift us this winter! I love the way you used your wonderful kit gift -- such a neat idea to give beads :) What a nice friend. Love the vintage style necklace with pearls & the large sparkling focal you added! So pretty . And the dolphin! Adorable and the jewelry you created with it is lovely. (and no need to worry about posting "late" because as you can see, I take a week to hop! lol... it's the best I can do, though:)
    Happy Hopping and beading!

    P.S. I have you signed up for Color of Dreams blog hop, but can't seem to locate your email & snail mail info to send out your bead. Could you email me with it? Thank you :) my email: toltecjewels (at) aol (dot) com

  9. Gorgeous creation!
    I am your Partner for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party!
    Looking forward to be your Partner in Creation Crimes ;)
    Many Greetings