Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Color of Dreams Beads Blog Hop Revel April 6th

I was pleased that I was able to join the other creative people in the Color of Dreams Beads Blog Hop. Here is the bead that was sent to me by Rita, our hostess, with Jewel School Friends.

Each participating artist was given an orphan/ooak bead created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique to design with.

I thought long and hard about what might inspire me to create a piece that would do justice to such a lovely bead! :)
I finally decided that my grandchildren would be the inspiration for my 'dream', as I looked forward to having grandchildren for a long time and have four of them now.
I focused on the wonder and awe, as well as, the delight children show in discovering what beautiful things the world has to offer. Their pride in the first dandelion shared with gramma, the wonder of 'bugs' that crawl across the ground, the pleasure of that first bite of ice cream, as well as many others, too numerous to recount here. All of these and more I've been privileged to take part in with at least one of each of them. So, Hailey (11), Derrick(10), Daysha(7) and Mason(7 months), this blog is for each of you! :) Gramma Evie is so glad to have each of you in her life!  It is a joy, each time I get to see each of them...  

Now, here is what I did with that lovely bead I showed you at the beginning of the blog...:)
the designing stage...

And the finished piece...which I thought turned out rather well. :)
And a second picture, as I had some difficulty with getting a really good one with a black background.

Amazing difference the background colors can make, isn't it? :)

Here is a list of the participants:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Happy Hopping!


  1. Dear Ev: OH SO PRETTY! great design! jean !

  2. What a nice dream! Your piece is great. And the last picture is perfect!

  3. Love your dedication to your grandchildren! They are such a joy. Your necklace is gorgeous. I see the four color groups corresponding to your four grandkids. And you are the special focal bead. Congrats!

  4. PS: I'm a new follower of your blog.

  5. Great design Ev, so colorful and bright. Using your Grandchildren as inspiration was a fun idea. They are a precious part of our lives. I wish mine lived closer. It is wonderful to see the wonder in their eyes.

  6. Very colorful, and perfect for the inspiration of grandchildren!

  7. Love the necklace! It has a great balance and is a wonderful reminder that seed beads can be used for more then weaving.

  8. Beautiful! I love how you accented the colors with the others beads. Excellent job, thanks for posting.

  9. The colour-blocking is a wonderful for this vivid and graphic bead inspiration. Very modern and striking design, Evelyn :)

  10. The four colors to represent your grandchildren works really well with your pillow bead. A necklace to cherish with more hopes and dreams for your family.

  11. Your use of color blocking is perfect for this.No grandchildren yet for me, but I hear they come highly recommended! It's a lovely piece. Christie

  12. I love what you did with your bead. Your use of colour and design sense are flawless. I'm a new follower.
    Another Gramma in waiting but my son is in no hurry!

  13. Very pretty necklace, great color combo, great design!

  14. Your design and color choices are wonderful. Well done!

  15. Lovely necklace. The black background makes it look like it is neon. Fun to read your blog.

  16. Eve, Your precious inspirations definitely paid off! Your necklace & earring set is so pretty. Also I love that it is very versatile! The different colored backgrounds definitely highlight that. You're right they change the whole look of the colors. Great job!!!!!

  17. Isn't it a blast to be a Grammy??? I love that you choose to think about those so special and close to your heart. Your design is fab, I love the colors, so bright and cheery! Great work, thanks for sharing.

  18. It's true. Children have so much awe and bring so much awe/joy into our lives, whether our children or grandchildren. I love your necklace. So much color and so much work with all those beads. I really like the 2nd background better as it shows off all the wonderful color in your necklace better.

  19. The greatest joy of my life too is being a grandma! I love my grandchildren too, all of whom have lived with me or within the same city, even just a block away for a while, until last year when my daughter & son & my two little granddaughters moved to Georgia :( How I miss them! I love your family heirloom jewelry, your grandmother's necklace. What a wonderful idea! It's so lovely, and I'm in awe of your technique. Very cool! How did you do that? I love the multi-strands within blocks of color! Brilliant and beautiful. What an inspiration you are, Ev! Your love and dedication -- ""Hailey (11), Derrick(10), Daysha(7) and Mason(7 months), this blog is for each of you! :) Gramma Evie" -- makes your necklace glow! Bravo! You made a star of the show! Thank you for sharing your dreams and your talents with us -- what a gift you've shared with our hop! xxoo Rita

  20. Love the necklace, great design and of course the colors are killer!!! I love being a Nana too!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  21. A beautiful set and so ♥sweet you dedicated it to your grandchildren!

  22. I love your piece, it is so colorful ! And such sweet thoughts attached to all this. Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

  23. Simply delightful! I love what you made with your bead--and I love that you dedicated it to your grandchildren. So special! (Sorry that I'm just now commenting--for some reason, I thought I already had!)