Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seasons Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I love reading all the blog posts when Lisa Lodge hosts a challenge, so I was super excited to get to participate in this one! This one is to celebrate either a 'season' of the year; or a 'season' of your life. I live at the beach, so as soon as I saw my packet of beads, I knew what my 'season' would be...summer at the beach!!! Now, I did forget to take a pic before I got started, so the bead soup has some of my own mixed in as well.  Just look at this gorgeous pile o' beads!

I just fell in love with that rich mix of color. It reminds me so much of the sand at low tide, with bits of seashells scattered throughout the sand., and the foam of the ocean washing it smooth, tumbling the shells around.
My first piece is a Nancy Dale pattern, called Color Play. Nancy is an incredibly talented artist, and I knew her Color Play would work perfectly with this bead mix.

 Just look at that mix of color!

 Those beautiful lampwork beads are such stars in this necklace, and yet allow the other beads to shine as well.

 I love those blue lined triangle beads!

This is one of the techniques Nancy explains in her pattern.

 I had some yummy tigereye discs and Picasso pearls that were begging to be included!

 Here is one of the royal blue glass beads captured in a cage of size 11 seeds.

 This bracelet held several surprises for me. My original intent was to use the blue lined triangles with the royal blue glass beads, but they didn't want to play nice with each other.

So, instead I got to use some brand new beads, a lovely AB druk from The Beading Room.

The chevron chain is one I've been wanting to try for a while, so this was a great opportunity to see it perform.

 I love my little CRAW curved toggle, it works great with the gentle curves in the pattern.

There were several beads I didn't manage to use from the soup Lisa sent to me, but I was pretty happy with what I had made. I was wrapping up my post, and cleaning up my work space, and then.....those blue glass beads just started whispering to me.........ever have that happen?
Well, here is what they said! 

Quite a different take on the color scheme, huh?

Have you ever seen that flourescent seaweed? Really wild colors, just washing up in the surf. That was totally what I thought of when this piece was finished. Not my normal colors at all, but it is so very bright and happy!

This bracelet definitely makes me giggle, and I'm glad I listened to those beads!
Please check out the rest of the group, that's where I'm heading!
Thanks Lisa, for a wonderful challenge!    Blessings, Shirley

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs

Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes

Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads

Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Lennis Carrier, Windbent

Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space

Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days


  1. Those are just amazing pieces. I love Nancy's patterns and have seen her color play pattern, but you have got me chomping at the bit to try it. I love how your necklace turned out.

    The two bracelets are lovely as well and I love the totally different color schemes.

  2. Gorgeous Shirley, just love them!

  3. Whoa, that is one spectacular Color Play!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! Thanks so much for the shout out, your jewelry is so fantastic it completely takes the cake, lady!! Love the soup and the makes, your bracelets are beautiful!!!!

  4. Beautiful pieces , Shirley! I am just wowed by the bracelets! Love the design, love the colors. Awesome job. Thanks for participating in the hop!

  5. I love the mix of colors in that necklace. You also did a great job of photographing the different sections of the necklace to show all the wonderful and playful elements you added in.

  6. Big wow! The weaving gives such wonderful density and dimension to the itty bitty beads. Love what you did!

  7. Once again, Shirley, I'm in total awe! I can't believe what people do with seed beads! For me, I use them as spacers occasionally! LOL. Just beautiful - I love what you made!

  8. GORGEOUS!! I am simply impressed with your creativity!! :) Excellent job!

  9. The color play piece is stunning. I envy those who work with seed beads!

  10. Your colorplay necklace would be fantastic in any season! And I love that you chose those muted but luxurious tones with the blue-lined triangles. Gorgeous bracelet!

  11. Wow, I love how you made all these colors play nice together !

  12. Gorgeous pieces, your beading is just awesome.

  13. Beautiful pieces!! Your pieces are all so different and completely beachy!!

  14. What great pieces. As always your beadwork just amazes me. I don't have the patience for that. And I love the pops of color in that last bracelet. Too fun.

  15. Shirley, this was such a fun post to read! I love the stories that abound on these blog hop events - and yours is as pretty as they come. Love all your pieces - you used Lisa's kit in such wonderful and rich ways! But that last bracelet is just something else :) I'll have to look for that seaweed when we get to the beach next time!

  16. Shirley, Shirley, Shirley! What beautiful "Summer at the Beach" jewelry!

    Firstly, please allow me to give a big thank you for sharing the name of the pattern and artist -Nancy Dale's Color Play - and with links! I appreciate it so much, and am very impressed you credited your source. (I do wish more did so :) Very special of you.

    I have some of the triangle beads from Lisa, but have yet to create with them. They are fabulous! I love them in your cool colorplay necklace and chevron bracelet with AB druks.

    The jewelry you created is gorgeous! Beautifully beaded, with expert coordination of gems, lampwork, Czech and seed beads! Your bracelet is elegant; your necklace summery yet sophisticated.

    I love your story of the blue beads! If I were blue beads, I'd want to become that amazing, chic bracelet too, lol. It's awesome! I love the colorway, and love getting to enjoy another fabulous beaded treasure!

    Thanks for a great post and wonderful jewelry, Shirley. I love visiting your blog. I always feel happy here, am inspired, and appreciate your jewelry art greatly.


  17. As I hop around, I noticed a theme of blues. You did a great job using all of the beads in the kit. My favorite is the rope/necklace. It is just gorgeous.

  18. Shirley, your seed bead work is fabulous as always! Love the long rope!


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