Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friday’s Hunt With Eden Hills - 07/22/16

Eden Hills

Well it is Friday again, time for Friday's Hunt with Eden Hills. Seems like the days are flying by. Before we know it the year will be over....

Anyway, this weeks prompts are Starts with D, Weeks Favorite, and Summer or Winter.

For starts with D, I am continuing to try and find pictures from our vacation trip to California in June. My hope is to get all the letters...

DUNES - White Sands Missile Range - NM

Not sure where this was taken, but the DOG was in the back of the truck in the shade watching the horses. I thought it was funny.

DOLPHINS - at a rest stop in Alabama

Water Tower in DEPORT Tx

DOWNTOWN coming into Pensacola, FL

My favorite for the week is a picture of my daughter and SIL on their wedding day in Jan. We just recently got the professional pictures.

AND since I live in Florida, and it is Summer here, well it's summer most of the year, I have a collage of some of the flowers in my yard that are growing.

For more great shots, hop over to Teresa's at Eden Hills and see what she and the rest of us posted.

And as always, til next time...keep on snapping!



Pine Ridge Treasures' Sunny Day Blog Hop July 23rd, 2016

Time for the Sunny Day Blog Hop with Lisa Lodge at A Grateful Artist. For this challenge she sent out a bead kit with cultured seaglass and czech glass in shades of blue, yellow and green.  Blue for the sky, yellow for the sun and green for the grass and leaves.  Participants were instructed to make beady creations using their kit beads, and other items in their bead stash (if they so chose). This is what I received. 

There were so many possibilities, it was hard to choose. Since I had not worked with Peanut Seed Beads or Farfelle Beads I went looking for patterns to get ideas. The one I chose for an idea was the Jolie Band from Around The Beading Table. I didn't have the beads required, but I like the way it looked so this is what I created.

It is a bracelet with matching earrings. The Blue glass and the green bubble looking beads were from the kit, the black half moon beads and the opaque green beads are from my stash. This really wasn't a pattern for peanut beads, but I like the way it came out. Almost looks like green bubbles between the blue glass beads. 

From there I was really drawn to  the blue circles and the yellow squares. This is what I designed with them. The little green sea glass beads hanging on the yellow are from the kit also. The goldtone squares on top of the yellow were from my stash and in fact are part of toggle sets. I just really liked the way they looked.

For my final project where I used most of the rest of the beads and some from my stash I created after seeing a necklace similar in style. I made it so that it can slip over the head and also put a lobster claw finding on one side in case you wanted to undo it. I put two fish charms over the lobster claw so you really can't see it. 

Each separate component on the first two rows were strung on wire and connected by a 3 link section of tiny chain. The yellow, light green, orange in the first two rows are from the kit. The rest from my stash. The crystal glass beads and the blue glass beads on the third and fourth row are from the kit. They were joined with just jump rings. Here is where the fish charms are. And if you look closely, the four loop connector I used to hang all the strands on is the other part of the toggle set that I used in the earrings I showed earlier. 

Here is the pair of earrings I made to go with the necklace.  In it you can see the clear crystal beads from the kit better. The yellow glass beads and the circular yellow sea glass beads were from my stash. 

So there you have it. I still have more beads and more idea's.  For more great ideas and designs go check out Lisa's Blog

Til next time...keep on beading!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Friday's Hunt 07/16/2016 with Eden Hills

Eden Hills

It's hard to believe that another week has passed since our last look at Friday's Hunt with Eden Hills. This week Teresa has tasked us with the letter C, weeks favorite, and unique perspective.

For me the letter C this weeks stands for CALIFORNIA. That is where we went on vacation in June to see my daughter and SIL. The pictures are random from California. The one of the Coffee Shop is where we ate the morning we left. As you can see, it is named CLAYTONS! And the bottom one is a sign we passed where you could get off to go to Caliexico, Mexico. It was interesting to be that close to another country.

For Unique Perspective, I used two pictures I took of my son, Nicholas, on top of a rock that we passed as we were on I-8, leaving California. The first one is without a zoom, the second one is with the zoom. The perspective is how close I got to him and didn't move!

Then my favorite for the week, is my dog, Penelope. She is getting on in years and she was sitting at my feet while I was working and I noticed how GRAY she was getting. She doesn't like having her picture taken though.

For more great shots and stories, hop over to Eden Hills and check out the links to the other participants. And until next week....

Keep on snapping!!!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday's Hunt 07/08/16 With Eden Hills

Friday's Hunt  With Eden Hills

Well it is Friday again, and time for Friday's Hunt with Teresa from Eden Hills. This week we have: Starts with B, weeks fav, and patriotic.

For my Start with B pictures, I give you the BEACH! This the Coronado Beach in Coronado, CA. So now I can say I have had my feet in the Atlantic, the Gulf ( I live in FL) and now the Pacific!!!

My favorite for this week is me being silly as we were coming back from our vacation in CA. We stopped at the first rest stop after crossing the FL line and it had all kind of statues out side, this one just looked like it was begging for me to put my head in it!

And for Patriotic, I chose the picture I took of the flower arrangement I made for our church for July 3rd.

So there you have it, my offerings for this weeks Friday Hunt.  For more check out Teresa webpage at Eden Hills.

Til next time....keep snapping!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Friday's Hunt with Eden Hills

Eden Hills

Hello all. Again it is time for Friday's Hunt with Teresa from Eden Hills.

This week we are starting again with the letter A. which is great as we just returned from vacation driving from Florida to California and back. Our son was snapping pictures as I was driving and when we were in Arizona, there was a HUGE A on the side of the mountain:

Since we have been resting this week after two weeks of driving, I chose as my week's favorite a picture of my son while we were in Orlando for his college graduation. We were at the Downtown Library and these crocs were outside in a little park.  

For my macro - we did stop in California in the mountains around 4000 feet above sea level, and take some pictures. This one is of some really neat lichen on one of the rocks.

So here is my offering for this weeks Friday's Hunt. Hopefully I will be able to be faithful and stay with it every week. Til next Friday. 

Keep on Snapping!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 Pine Ridge Treasures' Black and White Blog Hop and Challenge

Hello and Welcome to Pine Ridge Treasures Black and White Blog Hop and Challenge. This event was put on by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. She is always coming up with awesome challenges for us to help stretch our brains.

I am late posting as we were on vacation and traveling back home. I had thought to post while traveling...but..that didn't happen. So without further ado....enjoy!

We started in Florida and drove to San Diego California to see our daughter and son in law, and to take my daughters cats to her. Plus I had never been that far west so we decided to drive it and enjoy the scenery.

This is what Lisa sent me: 

I know it says black and white, but we each got a color to use also. 

When we left to come back home on Tuesday, June 21, the first piece I took a picture of was on top of one of the mountains in the Coastal Ranges of California. We were up around 4000 feet.  I really liked the green lichen growth on the rock.     

I used the blue, white, silver and black I received and accented it with red bead and black seed beads.  When worn, the little seed bead dangles do hang down.

After crossing into Arizona, we stopped at a Yuma tourist stop to rest and look around. My bug eye earrings, as everyone calls them, made an appearance.

In the gift shop/museum I saw these art works and had to post, they are just awesome! 

I posted who the artist was so you could see who made them. I just loved the spark plug sheep!

Tuesday night, we stopped in Deming, NM to spend the night and a little tourist/train museum was there. This gigantic "bead" was outside so I had my son take a picture of me trying to take it. Didn't work....

While traveling on Hwy 70 going to Oklahoma, we passed the White Sands Proving Ground in Alamogordo, NM. I had wanted to get some pictures with my jewelry but it was so hot and we weren't allowed to get on the sand. But it was white! Apparently about 7 to 10 K years ago, it was a lake, and when it dried, it left the white sand. Almost looks like a beach!

In heading to OK to see my husbands brother, we had to pass back over the top of Tx. So I took the following pictures. The left side is Texas, and the right side is New Mexico. So with one shot, my necklace and matching earrings are in two separate states.


Once we reached my brother in laws in Ravia, OK on Thursday the 23rd, I took pictures of all of my pieces on this most awesome tree in his back yard! I wish I could have dug it up and brought home!

Here is the black white silver and blue necklace with both sets of earrings hanging on the tree.

Next is the black, white, silver and red necklace and it's earrings.


I also made an extra pair of earrings that would go with most of the necklaces, but my Aunt in Louisiana snagged them when we stopped there to visit on Sat.

And last, BUT not least, my bug eye earrings using the black pearl beads and the white disk beads I received.


Hopefully you have enjoyed my little trip and pictures of my jewelry. We started in Fl and drove to CA, then to OK, then back through LA, then to FL. 5400 miles and two weeks!