Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bead Peeps Bead Swap Reveal 2019!

About six weeks ago, I signed up for a bead swap and hop. Bead Peeps, Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Design organized the fun, and she paired me up with Cynthia O'Toole of Sparkles and Sweets.

Check out, in detail, all the things I sent Cynthia here...

and go here to see all the pretties, in detail, she sent me.

any who.....

The day has finally come! Today is the big reveal!!!
so....I'm going to just hop right into it...
First, I decided to make a bunch of earrings. Since I had so many beads and fun stuff, I knew they would make some pretties for your ears.

I really like how the links turned out as earrings!

Here are more links and beads. I added some howlite beads I already had on hand for a pop of color.

More of my own stash of howlite on these for added color.

Since coral is the color of the year, I decided to add some coral colored beads for a pop of color to these.

Love how the howlite enhances the amber color in these glass beads.

...and then the coral with the amber looks so summery fun!

How about a pair of mismatched summer earrings?

I think the earrings pair nicely with this necklace!

I love the boho hippie style, and this rose is prefect on the cream hemp cording and glass beads.

Some more boho hippie...

Normally, I don't wear crosses. I am Christian, but we like to reflect on the resurrection of the Savior, not His death.
That being said...I am part of a line dance group, and the ladies like to wear their crosses. This will be a perfect piece for me to wear when we perform.

One of the items I make quite frequently are the wax cord adjustable bracelets. I love how the crystal starfish looks with the blue and white cording.

Here is another one of my surfer style wax cord, adjustable bracelets.

Remember the really pretty stone I mentioned in an earlier post? I mentioned I would like to have kitchen counter tops like this. Well, this is what I made with it. I took some silver tone wire to make a pendant and hung it onto the coconut beads Cynthia sent. I had some sea foam green sea glass beads I added, along with some silver tone chain, and a fun toggle clasp I had in my stash. I really love the way this piece turned out. This is a very versatile piece, and I have a feeling I will be wearing this quite a bit.

In this bead swap challenge, there is a few side challenges..and their are prizes too!

One of the things we are challenged to do is to think outside the box.

This last piece is not jewelry for your body, but jewelry for our car!

Yes...a rearview mirror dangle, or charm, or hanger. Not really sure what you call them. But it is something for you to hang onto the rearview mirror of your car!

I love the little lovebirds that hang from this piece!

The other categories in the design challenge are
Best Design
Best of Color.

Well, there ya have it. Bead Peeps 2019 Bead Swap Challenge by TappingflamingoBling!

Now....go check out the other talented people in the swap!

Below, is a list of all the very talented designers. They first group are non seed beaders, and they second group are seed beaders.

Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Seed Beaders

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The 100 Day Project

Yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram, and saw that one of my friends was participating in a challenge. I am always up for a challenge, so I stopped and had a closer look.

#the100daychallenge is what it was. It started April 2...yesterday and goes until 10 July. As I investigated further, I remember my daughter did this a couple of years ago. She challenged herself to press into a handstand, and she did this while she was pregnant. Most everyday, you would see her post on facebook and instagram. She was able to accomplish her goal.

As I read up on the challenge, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I spoke with my daughter, who is a dance and yoga instructor, and the thought came to me to do something with yoga. 

The thing is, I really wanted to something that had some thought in it, and to me, yoga just didn't have enough of that. 

Several years ago, I started a facebook page called TLC for Body, Mind and Spirit. My initials are TLC, and the page is basically full of uplifting quotes and thoughts. I have decided to use this page as a platform. Each day, I will do something and post onto this page, and my tappingflamingobling Instagram. 

My first day, yesterday, was just a post that I am going to do this. Today, it is this blog. This challenge is not necessarily something you have to put a ton of time into...just 5 to 10 minutes a day, or more if you can. Some days I will do more than just the 5 to 10 minutes. 

I think it is important that we all take time for ourselves. But the time needs to be something meaningful. Not just sitting on one's duff. 

Besides coming up with an idea as what I will do for my project, yesterday I did go to dance. I practiced what we will be performing next week, and I also went to a dance class where I was able to help others learn a new dance. I also went to dulcimer practice. 

Dance and music are very important to our well being, and these two...dance and dulcimer are very much an enjoyment in my life.

If you would like to take this journey with me...#the100dayproject, click here for more information. I hope you go check out my TLC for Body, Mind and Spirit Facebook page too. If you decided to participate in the challenge, let me know how it goes. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

TappingflamingoBling is Trying to be More Green....

Like many of you, I care about our planet. There is a lot of waste in our society, and I try to do my part not to be so wasteful. 

One way I do this is reuse and repurpose. Not long ago, I blogged about how I recycle guitar strings into jewelry and ornaments. 

One other thing I like to do is reuse shipping packaging. Not only does it save me money as a business owner, but it also cuts down on the cost to you...and!!!! It helps the planet out.

So, if you order from TappingflamingoBling, there is a good chance that I reused something to wrap and/or send your piece off. I may have reused tissue paper, or a bow, or even the mailer. 

Do you recycle? What are some of the things you are doing to be more GREEN?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bead Peeps Bead Swap Partner

On my last post, I told you what I sent my Bead Peeps partner for the bead swap. In this post, I am going to share what my partner sent me!

Linda Anderson of Bead Peeps is the administrator of this event. Thank you, Linda for all the hard work you do. I can only imagine how much work goes into organizing something like this! 

There were a couple of rules to follow, the most important one was to send something that is an artisan piece. What is an artisan piece? Well, that is something that is handmade by someone, not manufactured.

Linda paired me up with Cynthia O'Toole of Sparkles and Sweets.
Let me just say....she sent me a TON of stuff!!!! I was a bit overwhelmed, to say the least, lol. 

So, here is everything

Now let me break this down...

Cynthia knew I love the ocean...

So, she sent me some things 

from the sea!

Then, there were the pendants....




...and then the beads!

oh...another pendant....5

and another....6

Some more glass beads...

There were a lot of glass pendants and beads!

We both like a little bling, so she sent me some...

Cynthia also sent me some links...

...and fancy clasps

...and some more links...

...and some split rings and bead caps!

I love bead caps!

And then, there was this piece. I love this piece! Not sure what I want to do with it, something very special. Funny thing is,  I sure would love to have my kitchen counter tops in this style and color. It kinda reminds me of specks of sea glass...

So, there you have it. Cynthia sent me a TON of stuff. Stay tuned to see what I do with it...