Saturday, January 11, 2014

Into The Forest - For Real! Blog Hop

Hi all and welcome to my Into The Forest Blog Hop.  Our challenge hostess, Lisa Lodge of  Pine Ridge Treasure, sent us beads back in the fall of last  year for the blog hop today...gave us PLENTY of time to think of a theme...I can't tell you how many times I have changed my theme...but...I did finally come up with one.

In my stash of beads I had green czech glass, seed beads and yellow turquoise large nuggets.

I had almost forgot to take pictures of the beads. So here is what I received.

I had so many ideas but I settled on a kind of autumn in the forest theme.  I added some orange, brownish/tan, brown, and white beads. I decided on a three stand necklace with a bracelet and earrings. 

 The design I got from Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques book by Lana May & Her Friends.

The pattern is called The Harmony of Three by Albina Manning and Geri Cook. Geri Cook is the one that actually did the necklace pattern. In the pattern though they just did a pass through of the focal, but I want to "add" because that is the way I am, so I "added" some leaves and branches with "flowers" at the end of the focal. It took me a while to get the spiral going...but I love it. I can see so many different ways to use it. and it was fast to do once you got the hang of it.

The bracelet is just one on memory wire and the earrings are the swirl pattern with leaves at the bottom.  

The closure is a simple three prong end piece on each side built for three stands and a lobster claw closure on one end. 

I had a blast doing this and the metamorphosis my ideas and designs went through. Below is the links to the other participants. Please do hop over and check them out.  We have such talented people!

AND...coming up in the spring we will have another challenge/blog by stay tuned!  

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
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs


  1. Love your designs, Veralynne... the three strand necklace is so elegant, and it is great to have a matching set for special days, isn't it?

    1. Thank you...yes, I love having sets that match, saves time in the mornings.

  2. Love the use of the focal and the colors are just lovely. Very nice Veralynne

  3. What a great set! It's one that I could see reaching for often.

    1. Thank you....I can see wearing this quite often.

  4. You made a gorgeous set, your necklace is so awesome with all the layers.

  5. You made a beautiful set! I love your mix of colors - perfect for the Forest theme!

  6. You did such a pretty job with this, Vera! I love the spiral on the necklace, and the earrings are so unique. Congrats on taking a great pattern and making it your own- Christie

  7. The spiral on the necklace is wonderful! Well done!

  8. Wow - beautiful job with these designs! The colors are lovely, and the beadwork is stunning!

  9. Beautiful pieces. I love the gorgeous fall colors and your beadwork is fabulous!

  10. The use of the orange beads makes you design pop!

  11. Oooh - this is a set I would wear all the time, Veralynne! Adding the orange beads really made the design pop. I especially love the multistrand necklace. Thanks for being in the hop!

  12. What a lovely set! Multi-strand necklaces are my favorite. I would definitely wear them together, but I'd also wear each separately. The spiral on the necklace came out great.

  13. Great colors and textures. Looks like those three strands balance well -- always a challenge!

  14. Wow...very nice job! Love the spiral design, looks a little like vines to me...great color mix too..Beautiful!

  15. You did a very nice job with the beads you received. Great colors as well as textures.

  16. Lovely colours, and the spiral texture works really well with the theme.

  17. Great colour combination, so vivid!
    The earrings are my favourite! The orange accents are very well chosen!

  18. A beautiful set, Vera - it reminds me of a walk through the forest early morning, with the light filtered by the leaves.

  19. Lovely autumn jewelry ensemble, Vera! You created so much gorgeousness. Wow, a three strand necklace, spiral beadwork bracelet, and earrings -- love the combination of gems, crystals, and beadwork. Love the colorway too! I can see that you had a blast creating -- your jewelry really feels happy to look at -- full of joy & beauty!

  20. This is such a pretty group. I love all the color you have in the pieces and the way you pictured the forest and color in it.

  21. Green! I see the spring colors of the forest in your designs. A perfect ensemble.

  22. Beautiful! I love the colour scheme, I like multi stranded necklaces but for some reason have never made one!