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Thursday, October 11, 2018

October 2018 Bead Swap Creations

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the items I received from my bead swap partner, Donna M. Hoblit of VeraDonna Treasures. 
Today....I want to show off my creations.

First a little reminder of the palette she sent....
and the incredible collection...

...ancient Roman glass,

one of three ceramic bracelet bars

...and one of my favorite things, this bead with waves on it! I decided to use the bracelet bar and wave bead together as a focal for this long necklace.

I used the Roman glass and some freshwater pearls I bought last May while in Puerto Rico. The spacer beads and chain are copper. I also used a hint of silver tone in this necklace by using a few tiny silver tone seed beads.

Here is the back of the bracelet bar.

I just love the way this piece turned out!

Then, of course, I had to make some matching earrings....

...again, using the Roman glass, freshwater peals, copper spacer beads, and silver tone seed beds and findings. I love to mix my metals in most all my pieces.

Thank you Donna for sharing these gorgeous beads.
Next time...I'll show you something else I made with what she sent. Purple will be the theme in that set. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekly Crafty Corner Links!

On BeadLove blog, Ann shares some of the jewelry she's made for the Artists for Animals auction. Sales will benefit animal charities. 

Tammy Powley, aka the Crafty Princess has been making Halloween dresses for her Dolls, and has posted a DIY video on how to make Trick or Treat bags to go with the dresses! 

Beading Arts had a very busy summer, but managed to work on some beautiful rope necklaces!

Terry Jeanette of the Tappingflamingo is taking part in another bead swap. She shows off the beads she received from her bead swap partner, and gives a sneak peak to one of the few pieces she made with them. Stay tuned for future blogs about more beauties she created with these lovelies.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Upcycle/Recycle Old Guitar Strings

Do you play a stringed instrument? How often do you change out your strings? What do you do with your old strings? Well....I'm here to tell you about a fun way to recycle your strings. 

Why not upcycle them into beautiful pieces you can wear? 

When I was a little girl...like about 10, I wanted to learn to play the guitar. My parents got me a guitar for Christmas, and I took a few lessons. My teacher wanted me to learn to read music, and I soon learned that I had a very difficult time with that. Sadly, due to frustration, I quit.

Fast forward 45 years.... A friend of mine invited me to her mountain dulcimer group. Reluctantly, I went, and boy, am I glad I did! Long story short...I was bitten by the bug. A few months after attending the group, I purchased my first dulcimer, and now...four years later, I still enjoy playing the mountain dulcimer!

With close to 30 people in our group in Kentucky, everyone was always changing out their strings. Soon, they were bringing me their old strings saying, "We know how crafty your are...I bet you could figure out something to do with these."

The first thing I thought of were bracelets. These are some of my first pieces.

Then I made earrings...

Christmas ornament....

and even keychains!

There are several companies now that are collecting old guitar strings and recycling them. They separate the metal and nylon strings. The metal strings are melted down and made into new metal alloys. The Nylon is recycled into industrial plastic appliances. This is all good, but to be honest, because of the process involved, this is not necessarily the best way to recycle.

The best way to recycle anything is to reuse it, and the second best way to to upcycle. Now since you really cannot reuse guitar strings, upcycling them is the best way! The brightly colored beads from the strings make great beads for jewelry, by the way....

If you are looking for a fun, unique way to save the planet by recycling, make something out of your old strings. If you are not crafty, or you don't have old instrument strings, and want to support the recycling of these metals....let me know. I can hook you up with a set of strings wrapped in a unique way....

TappingflamingoBling can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Youbube as Tappingflamingo. She also has a shop! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Oct 2018 Bead Swap

Several years ago, I was able to participate, for the first time, in a bead challenge called....BEAD SOUP. Lori Anderson is the creator of this fun idea. I have had the privilege of participating quite a few times now...and I enjoy each one.

Goodies from Donna Hobbit

So..,you might be wondering how this works. Well, after submitting your info...name, address, url to your blog, and whether or not you want to ship to another country or not, you are paired up with another jewelry designer.

lavender seaglass beads

The two of you then converse, and get to know each other a bit. Then the fun begins...you get to swap beads with each other. You send them some pretties, and you get pretties from your partner.

Ancient Roman Glass

After receiving your beads,  you create and blog about it.

ceramic bracelet bar

This swap is a bit different, though. Previously, we were to send particular items such as a focal and clasp. This time, we had four different color palettes to choose from. 

ceramic bracelet bar

My bead swap partner, Donna M. Hoblit of VeraDonna Treasures chose the beach palette....PERFECT!!!! 

 I love the colors, and unusual things she sent.

ceramic bracelet bar

I sent her the forest colors...

and will be blogging about that at a later date. I will try to remember to come back here and link to the blog when I get it written. I plan to wait awhile because I did a challenge within a challenge, so to speak. You see, I kept the same beads I sent her, and created something with them. She is going out of the country for a couple of weeks, and I want to give her time to get back and do her own creating before I post what I did. I think it will be interesting to see how different or how similar our individual creations will be with the same beads.

lampwork beads

But back to the beauties Donna sent me. Thank you, Donna! Everything is so lovely! Stay tune for the reveal, and my explanation of my creations next week....Yes, I already have them done, and I absolutely love them!

....ok....I can't stand it...here is a sneak peak....

Ancient Roman Glass and Freshwater Pearls using copper and silver tone spacer beads and findings....I love to mix my metals...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!!

When our four kids were young, we use to make chocolate chip cookies quite often. A lot of the times my husband would do the mixing, and I would do the cooking....

Here is the recipe we use...
1 C shortening
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 C all purpose flour
1, 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
2 C chocolate chips

I love using my big counter top mixer to cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. I then add the dry ingredients (little at a time) into creamed mixture and blend well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using my ice cream scoop to get nice rounded cookies, I place the dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Next, cook in a 375 degree oven and check after about 10 to 12 minutes. Let them stand on the cookie sheet for a minute, then transfer them to a cooling rack.

I like gooey cookies, my husband likes them crispy.

How do you like your cookies?


Nothing like a fresh warm cookie right out of the oven!

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Craft Corner

In this week's Craft Corner, we have dolls and beach represented! 

 Terry Jeanette of the Tappingflamingo, shows a colorful gemstone chip necklace, but it also has a fun pendant. Check out what she did with some sea glass a friend of her's brought back from a recent trip.

Etsy has made more changes to its selling guidelines, and Tammy (Crafty Princess) is attempting to catch up to all of this so her little doll shop doesn't get left in the SEO dust.

In this week's Beading Arts, we have a tutorial for a fun necklace she made for a young lady.

Well there you have it! This weeks links to some very talented artisans. Until next time...

Y'all have a wonderful week!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sea Glass Jewelry

I love to beachcomb, but sadly, I have never found any sea glass. My friend brought me some pretty pieces from a beach up in Massachusetts.

I took a couple of the pieces of glass, and wired them into a sailboat.

Then I added it to these colorful gemstone chips and beads.

I absolutely LOVE this necklace. What do you think?