Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Bead Table Blog Hop

Several weeks ago I signed up for Lisa Lodge's Blog Hop over at A Grateful Artist - Pine Ridge Treasures. Lisa sent us a bead soup from her table, and she wanted us to try to use what we had already sitting on our own tables. Beads on my table? ALWAYS! And lots of them.

My first project was a memory wire bracelet. I've been wanting to try working with this wire, and could not believe how easily this 'beads up.' I pulled out a big mix of blues I had and just started string my blues with Lisa's and added in all the cute little charms she included in my bead soup. The fun part of this bracelet is that it jingles (just a little) as Lisa had a few little bells in my stash.

Then I ended up going to a girlfriend's birthday party, and I needed to quickly pull together a little gift. She loves wine, and I thought a perfect thing to make her would be a set of 'wine jewelry' so your guests can tell the difference between their glasses. I wanted them to be fun colors (and of course each one needs to be a different color) so I pulled out my daughter's crazy wood beads and matched them up with some of the bling beads from my soup. This is an easy set to whip up, and I always get lots of compliments from people with requests to make another set for them!

I did set aside a pretty little cluster of turquoise beads from my soup. I do love turquoise. I decided to make a little boho pair. I added one of my lotus charms at the end of the cluster. It fits well with my Southwestern Zen series. Might have to make this one again.

Now for my last piece, I can only show you a peek. I was simultaneously working on several blog hops and as I was working on one for Time to Stitch, I saw the pretty crystals in my bead soup and pulled them in to make some fringe. You'll have to come back next week to see the full reveal! Thank you Lisa for a fun mix of beads to play with!

Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Mary Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers (YOU ARE HERE)
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories


Kashmira Patel said...

Love the wine charms!!!

Juniper Goods said...

How fun! I like the memory wire bracelet and the wine glass charms. Very creative :) this bead hop sounds fun, what is it exactly? D you send bead soup out to someone as well?

Can't wait to see what the fring is for!


Marlene Cupo said...

Those wine charms must have been a big hit at the party, so cute! Now you know blue is my favorite color and love the "jingle" bracelet you made with them.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What fun to mix the bead soup with your supplies! And what great items you came up with...Love those earrings!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
All of your pieces are so pretty and fun looking. I love pieces that jingle the sound makes me happy. The wine glass bling is always a great idea when you have several people drinking wine. The earrings are very pretty and a nice design. I can not wait to see what you did for the ATTS2 challenge I just know it is going to be awesome, you never disapoint.

Duni said...

That wrap bracelet is so beautiful, Cynthia! Great job! I love the little sun charm and the bells. Fun!
Ooh, those wine glass charms (is that what you call them?) are such a pretty gift! How lovely of your daughter to lend you a few of her beads :)
I love turquoise too - the earrings are a unique design. Must be fun working with so many variations of beads!

Wendy said...

such beautiful makes, I love those earrings!

Shel said...

Wow - you really went to town - love the turquoise earrings and those wine charms! And the memory wire bracelet is super cute. I love it (blues are my fav's!!) and I bet it looks fabulous on, too!! The fact that it jingles is icing on the cake if you ask me!

Young at Heart said...

very a bit of turquoise myself!! said...

Love your creations, especially those wine charms! Love the bright colors and different combination -especially those rainbow beads!

Caron Michelle said...

Love reading about the blog hop, there is nothing better than a challenge to get the creative juices flowing! Love your designs, look forward to the reveal!

Tanya said...

Those are all awesome. I love that the wine charms so so bright and fun -- just right for a party. I am especially taken with your earrings. They are lovely.

I absolutely cannot wait to see what you did for the Time to Stitch Challenge. The teaser pic is awesome!

Molly Alexander said...

I love your designs! What a great idea to make the wine charms for your friend - I might have to 'borrow' that idea for my next get-together! I can't wait to see what the finished last piece looks like!

:) Molly

Ginger Bishop said...

Sorry I'm late to the party Cynthia. The links took me to the Bead Soup posts for a few blogs and I moved down the list thinking I'd been directed to your home page. But I am so glad I found your Bead Table post. I love the wire glass charms. Are those earring bases or do they need to be made in a bigger size? Can't wait to come back to see what's happening on the other end of that fringe. Well Done on all your pieces. I do enjoy your work.

Christine Altmiller said...

you are a tease ;-) cannot wait to see the rest of that last piece!
You made some great pieces here...the memorywire bracelet is a great combo of blues and dangles. The turquoise earrings are fantastic! and the wine glass charms are so fun to make, give, use. i have made several by request and i never tire of doing it. Wine Jewelry~two great loves that go great together!

Introverted Art said...

Omg, the senility prayer was freaking hilarious!!!!!!!

LPFashionPhilosophy said...

We love this!

ox from NYC


Shirley said...

The wine charms are very cute, and I love those turquoise earrings!
I'm in the Time to stitch as well, so I'll look forward to seeing the rest of this piece!!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Cynthia - I love the blue memory wire bracelet! The wine charms were a super fun gift as well. Sorry I messed up your link! I just posted your blog homepage link to the bead groups on Facebook, so hopefully that will get you some traffic, and maybe a few new followers as well. :-) Thanks for participating in the hop!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Those wine charms are great. Loving the fringe-y bits. And memory wire soes bead up well. Nice job!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Everything is fabulous! I have not tried memory wire myself does look quick and easy which would be a treat. I love the ease of wearing that style! The wine glass charms are so fun! I used to make them when I did jewelry parties and the ladies would go crazy for them, especially for gifts! They are perfect for giving to a hostess. The way you clustered those turquoise beads is very cool!

BeadedTail said...

Everything looks lovely! I really like your memory wire bracelet!

Anna said...

What creative fun!


These hops you jewellers have always look like so much fun! I love that bracelet -- the colours and trinkets make it something a mermaid would wear :)

kimmykats said...

Cynthia, love the wine markers! Something to keep in mind for my sister....the blue dangle earrings are a favorite too. Great job of playing with the table!!

Peanutlayne said...

Okay, do you sell these bracelets because they are awesome! My girls would freak over them! You are awesome!!!

Marcela Gmd said...

I love those earrings in turquoise!!!
Besos, Marcela♥

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