Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Holiday Ornament Exchange

Again this year Sally Russick hosted a Holiday Ornament Exchange. Each person was paired with another and made an ornament and "exchanged" them.

This year Sally was my partner. So since she is one of the people I follow for seed beading I wanted to jump...or step out of the I downloaded a pattern off the web from ThreadABead on Etsy.

This is what I made Sally.

My art beads that you can see through the "window" in the top piece I purchased from Sandra Walton Art. On the bottom I hung a charm saying 2014 that I purchased from Overstock Findings.

Here is the stunning seed bead star Sally sent me.  The pictures don't do it justice. It has an ethereal look to it hanging in front of the lights.  She has two super cute red balls with silver mirror looking dots strung to the top of the star with gold ribbon to hang the ornament from the tree with. I love it and it looks super on my tree. 

Thanks again to Sally for hosting this event. I can't wait to see what everyone else has done. Below is a list of the participants.

Merry Christmas to everyone, and may you have a wonderful and safe New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jasper and Glass Pearl Challenge

Today is the revel day for the Jasper and Glass Pearl Challenge hosted by Lisa Lodge.  I fell in love with the beads I got. They were brown veined with gray. I know I took pictures of them when I got them...but I can't find that them. So I will show you what I made.

I had a blast doing this challenge and went through numerous designs before settling on this one.  In addition to the Jasper and pearls I use dark silver glass seed beads and gray glass pearl beads. The necklace is strung on silver tone wire with antique gold caps and closure. I didn't want anything to shiney in the back to take away from the warm gold tones.The pendant in the front are the heart jasper beads with the glass pearls and glass seed beads strung on silver tone head pins and attached to a small piece of chain that I put around the main rosette bead. 

The earrings are strung on silver tone head pins and attached to a pierced ear post piece. 

I hope you enjoyed my piece. For more great pieces go to the Pine Ridge Treasure Group on facebook.  See ya there!.