Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap-Blog Hop: Dreaming of the Aegean


Cindy over at sweet bead studio is hosting a button swap extravaganza this weekend with over 90 people participating. When I saw her post I knew that this was just the hop for me! I have a large jar full of buttons (left) that people have tossed my way through the years. I have one or two of each button, and while that isn't enough for sewing it is perfect for a beader.  
    I have to thank Cindy for paring me with Julia at beautifully whimsical who sent me jewel tone buttons, which I love. But ooooh, then I saw the gorgeous blue one. Julia had stacked the deck with this amazing button. I knew that I could not do my usual 'button clasp bracelet' with this baby. Oh no, this screamed ... put me up front. And so I did. Right up front in yet one more ribbon choker. 
   For those of you who saw my piece from last weekend (blog post below), you might think this is my thing. But these are the only two ribbon chokers I've ever made - I swear! Thing is; once I finished the piece I felt like it would be better hanging all the beads vertically and giving a little room to the necklace. But, I'll let you guys be the judge. Let me know what your vote is .... choker or vertical? 
   Recently I signed up for Pinterest just to check it out. My first couple of times on the site I was thinking ... really, so people 'pin' pictures sort of like on a bulletin board? How, um, boring. Yeah, well 4 months in and I'm addicted. 4,600+ pins later, completely addicted. I create mood boards for my beading inspiration. This piece was inspired from my Mediterranean board. I also decided to throw in a couple of quick wire-wrap earrings in that same gorgeous color. I couldn't help it with pictures of all that blue water around Santorini; it's just so very dreamy.
Now on to more button swap hopping:
(YOU ARE HERE) Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson
 Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata (YOU ARE HERE) 
 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

36 comments:

Alice said...

What a fabulous button! I love your inspiration photos and your piece certainly represents the colors and the Mediterranean vibe. And I vote choker!

Funny you should say that about Pinterest. I thought exactly the same thing when I started, but soon got hooked.

BahamaDawn said...

love the colors on your necklace! great piece!

Jeannie said...

The blue button is "dreamy." The design, the ribbon, so pretty. The earrings look great with necklace.

My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG!!! Bahaha I am laughing at your pinterest comment cause I said the same thing - how great could this be??? IT"S LIKE A NEW MAGAZINE EVERYDAY!!! WOOOOOT...ok back to regular programming...Gorgeous necklace! Happy Hopping!

Plami said...

I always love the pieces you create! Gorgeous!

XoXo
Plami

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Bonnie said...

I really like the ribbon, bead and button choker. Good job!

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

Beautiful blues! Love this swap.

Pretty Things said...

That's a gorgeous choker -- the size of the button is really perfect! Excellent job!

Creative Arty Facts said...

Beautiful blue pieces! I love the way you've posted pix of your inspiration - i really can see the connection!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love the piece as a choker! Very Santorini! Pinterest is amazing. I could browse pins for hours. It is full of inspiration for all aspects of life!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I love the choker that you made and the earrings are very pretty! I thought the same thing about Pinterest when my son asked me to follow him for Christmas ideas.....I'm an addict now too!

Hopemore Studio said...

I love the color blue, that button would have sung to my muse as well. I like it as a choker.
~Angie

In the Light of the Moon said...

I think the chocker is amazing!!...and it looks great on the neck!!Its lovely to see the photos of Santorini?Maybe? Beautiful inspiration!! I know what you mean about Pinterst..I'm hooked too..heehee!!Hugs,Cat

Shirley said...

I like the vertical look. What a beautiful necklace!

kristibasket said...

Wow, what beautiful beading! Something I am not talented in, but so admire. A work of art! :)

Firefly Visions said...

What a gorgeous button! I really like the choker look. And Pinterest is super addictive. I say things like - Oh I'm just going to look for 30 mins or so - next thing I know its been 4 hours lol.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Your chocker is beautiful! I love the gorgeous blue and silver button Julia sent to you. The blue colors you used compliment the button perfectly. The earrings are beautiful also.
Therese
PS: Please, could you send me an email so I can have your email address for my challenge, thank you.

jenna said...

Gorgeous color and design. I'm usually a fan of long necklaces, but I think I like this one choker-style the best.

Sandi Volpe said...

I love the choker, beatiful colors and the ribbon is perfect.

Holly said...

Oh, I love your choker! So very pretty - vibrant and yummy! (and yep, another Pin-fool here too...)

TesoriTrovati said...

Such a brilliant blue! Makes me long for the sea! Enjoy the day! Erin

kimmykats said...

I vote choker! I love your beadwork and oh boy do I love the color!! Pinterest....equals lost work time......but, there are so many ideas....

Julia said...

I'm so happy to see that you liked it!!! It's one of my favorite colors, too. Love the finished project, pardner!!! <3

Thank you again for the ones you sent my way. This won't be the last you've seen of your buttons, though, since I didn't get to do what I had originally planned to do with them. Oh well... it just gives me more time to perfect the design ;)

*~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

Charming Peggy said...

Choker! Both are nice but I like it as a choker best. Those blues are so pretty! I am still waiting for my invite to pintrest, it has been weeks! This has been a fun hop, my first hop actually and I can't wait to do it again next year!

KayzKreationz said...

What a pretty piece. I think it could be worn either way, but I do like the choker look.

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh YES! absolutely LOVE the buttons, and the blue was out of this world. I knew it the second I saw it! Thank you, thank you for picking it out and sending it my way!

re-maker said...

What a statement piece! I think I prefer it as a choker. It's much more dynamic.

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace is pretty cool! As far as choker or hanging, I think it works either way really. It's all up to the wearer I suppose.

Cindy said...

I absolutely love your button swap piece! And thank you for sharing the story behind it and your inspiration - found that so interesting (and have avoided Pinterest like the plague lately because I get sucked in!).... Your necklace is really stunning and I haven't seen anything else like it. I like how you show it when worn too because I like seeing the back- the way the bow is tied is such a sweet touch. Your beadwork is really amazing!

LoriF said...

Love the necklace...my vote's for vertical, and really, it has nothing to do with my big round face...really. :-)
LOL re Pinterest...I spend hours there!

Nice job on your button swap!

Designed by Vera said...

AWESOME. That is all I can think of to say. How beautiful. Breathtaking...I could go on...great job!!!!!!!!

Christine said...

Gorgeous blues - love your necklace! I like the option of wearing it either way.

SuzQ said...

Its funny how they talk to us isn't it? Great job on your necklace as well!! Love it.
sueH.

tappingflamingo said...

love those colors, and love your necklace. hmm which way I like it best, I think I like the choker look the best.

Shanti Johnson said...

Beauuuutiful color, design & post!! Luv ur choker! So sends me!!!! Very beautiful!

Pretty Affairs said...

Gorgeous!! and Santorini pics remind me of my holiday there... =) you have a new follower x

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