Saturday, November 16, 2013

Two for One Reveal-Lampwork Blog Hop

Yeah, I did. I signed up for TWO hops, with reveals on the same day. I know, what was I thinking?
Obviously, my brain wasn't working at that moment.
You can go here to see what I created for Therese Franks' Birthday Challenge.

Y'all know Lisa Lodge's Blog Hops are always fun, right? Well, if you've never participated in one, you owe it to yourself to sign right up! She has a couple that are open right now, you can check them out on her blog.
I did sign up a lot later than everyone else on this one. I was really, really trying to resist....we see how well that worked, huh? Anyhoo....have you ever been a bit starstruck when you get beads in the mail?
Of course you have, what a dumb question. That is exactly how I feel every time I see JulsBeads. That woman has some serious mojo magic with lampwork. I was thrilled when I got my package from Lisa, and opened it to find these babies!  Beady Alert! Juls is having a MEGA Sale on her entire shop! You're welcome. 
 And you just need to take my word for it if you've never held any of her beads, the pics really, really don't do them justice.
The deep blues offset by the swirls of no-clouds-in-the-sky-blue are just....yeah. Let me just head off to Dictionary dot com and see if I can find a good adjective.

Nope. Couldn't find one. So, let's just carry on, shall we? Now, of course, I wanted these babies to be front and center, and I wen through several different ideas on my way to the solution. I made a sample piece of netted rope that picked up that deep blue perfectly, but it was feeling a bit too delicate for me, so it got tossed in the 'I'll do something with that later' pile.
This pattern is from  Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving. I've used it several times, I love how fast it works up, and looks so very different depending on the bead choices.

This is why I love this pattern. Depending on the beads used between the pearls, it has a totally different feel. I used some Czech crystal lined, that have an irregular profile, which translates to a more organic overall look.

Well, this one was to help you see the entire length. Not lovin' this pic so much, but hopefully it gives the idea...

 Those matte raku beads are mainly a dusty brown, but they have lovely hints of blue randomly popping up. The other 11's are a silver lined crystal, and a shiny topaz with black diamond inside color. The pearls on the rope are a deep blue, almost indigo. I really, really heart this necklace. It has a surprisingly vintage feel, and the soft, rather neutral colors mean I can wear it with a TON of stuff! Happy Me!!!!
As always, a HUGE Thank you to Lisa for a great Blog Hop!
Here is the list of participants, have fun!!! Blessings, Shirley

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread   ----------------------- You are Here
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles


  1. I *love* the combination of color and bead finishes...they are a fantastic addition to the textures and balance of your design. You make a bead even more beautiful.

  2. Those are gorgeous beads and you did them proud.

  3. I saw this last night and again this morning, Shirley! Thought what you had last night looked good, but it DOES look even better in this lighting! Love the beads and your brilliant design! Those tassels are terrific too! This would be one of those pieces I know I would wear all the time! (P.S. I got my first JulsBeads recently too, and they are just beautiful! I'd encourage others to hit that sale too!)

  4. Beautiful! Those colors together really pop!

  5. This is Gorgeous! Love the length/colors/ is alllll goooooood!

  6. Stunning! Beautiful beads! Grabbed some of Juls beads early this morning!

  7. Beadweaving was a brilliant way to set off those beads. Beadutiful!

  8. I love Juli's beads, and you sure did a great job with them, Shirley! Such a beautiful design, and in one of my favorite color palettes also! Thanks for the kind words about my blog hops - I appreciate it! Thanks for being in the hop.

  9. Wow really like the way you use the smaller beads to accentuate the lampwork beads. Great piece!.

  10. Beautiful! The lariat is so versatile too! Thanks for the heads up on Juls beads. I will have to check it out.

  11. Shirley, as usual your beadwork inspires me. What an awesome piece to showcase those great lampwork beads.

  12. Great colour work, Shirley! You definitely did those babies proud. I've never been a part of one of Lisa's hops, I'll have to check out what's available, thanks for the nudge!

  13. BEAUTIFUL piece!!! Love the colors & the design!

  14. Wow! Juls' beads are gorgeous! And your beadwork amazing!


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