Sunday, August 11, 2013

Happy Blogoversary :: Pepita Handmade

Happy one year Blogoversary Alenka! In June Alenka let us know that she was coming up on her one year blog anniversary and asked if anyone wanted to join in on a hop to celebrate. The theme is focused around using her handmade components of course!

But if I back up just a little, back to April, Alenka was hosting a give away on her blog. I was one of three winners and I got the 'surprise' package. It was a bead soup of her handmade clay components including beads, headpins, a cabachon and a toggle. Cute stuff! So when I saw Alenka's post to celebrate her anniversary I thought ... "well, I already have a bead soup from her sitting right here on my bead table, so why not just use this and join in?"  And so I did.


Let's get to it then. First up were the beads which I turned into a stacked and wrapped cuff. Beaded on memory wire and then ladder stitched together. I just keep finding more, and more ways to use that ladder stitch! I kinda love how this one turned out.

Next up I pulled out these lovely flower pieces. I used bead embroidery on a fabric swatch. I've been reading about Native American beadwork this summer, and well I sort of have that on my mind. This almost has the look of a beaded breastplate. I think that might be a style that stays in my repertoire! 

Then there was the heart cabachon. I beaded the backside (in peyote) and then attached it to the cabachon with reinforcement stinging along the cross-hatched pattern. I wanted to keep this whimsical, so I added some colored suede and ribbon and then included the toggle Alenka sent as well.

One last little piece. I just love these headpins! This translucent green just shouts spring to me. I didn't want to overwhelm or lose the feel of the headpins, so I just added some simple Chinese crystals (from Znetshows) in an opaque green to accent the leaf pattern. A pair of my own earwires, and there you have it ... sweet, simple and fun. 

Be sure to check out Alenka's blog today as she will be giving away 2 of the items I've created above. And then hop on over to everyone else's blog to check out all the other creations:
Our host: Alenka Obid
Ginger Bishop                      Sue Kennedy 
BeckyPancake                      Debi (Kepi) Rasmussen
Evelyn Shelby                       Dini Bruinsma
Monique Urquhart                Jo-Ann Woolverton
Penny May                         Carolyn Lawson
Ana Cravidao                      Dolores Raml
Cynthia Machata (You Are Here)

21 comments:

LisaS said...

Very pretty pieces you made with the soup! ..just enjoying the tour;)

Pepita said...

Hi Cynthia,
I like very much all of your pieces, but the orange bracelet is my favorite, as you already know!
Thanks again for participating in my blogoversary celebration and for your generosity!!! Hope to see you in the next challenge, whatever it will be ;-)
Alenka

Jo-Ann said...

Wow, what a great collection of designs using Alenka's components. My favourites are the heart and the earrings.

Dini Bruinsma said...

Beautiful pieces did you design and create! How amazing to work with so many of Alenka's components... Everything is so well balanced and ♥neat. I love the bead embroidery,it's very sweet.

Becky Pancake said...

Excellent designs Cynthia. The green earrings are my favorite. It's great that you are giving away two of your pieces. Thanx.

CraftyHope said...

All of your pieces are so cool. However, those leaf earrings are my favorite. Alenka's stuff is so neat and you really did an awesome job showing it off!!

Dolores Raml said...

Wow, you created some awesome pieces. I love what you did with the heart, that extra beading really adds to its beauty. Thank you so much for sharing with two lucky winners.

Memories for Life said...

Those leaf headpins are so cool! And I love your flower cuff!
Happy Blogoversary to Alenka :)

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What a great idea to incorporate these winnings into the blog hop event, Cynthia! And then keep the excitement going with ANOTHER giveaway! As always, I am fascinated seeing you take those tiny seed beads and create wonderful works of art. Beautiful pieces!

Caron Michelle said...

Whoa! These are gorgeous designs. What fabulous components to work with.

ACBeads said...

I love all of your creations. I definitly can't pick one favourite. It was very clever using ladder stitch to connect memory wire. I'm now following your blog. Have a nice week. Ana

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
All of your pieces are beautiful! I really like what you did with the heart cab, very pretty.
Therese

Magic Love Crow said...

Very pretty!! All of them!

Kepi said...

Wow you were busy, gorgeous pieces all.

Alice said...

Lovely pieces! I especially like the green earrings. Now I'm off to see the other blogs.

Duni said...

Cynthia, you have created such fun pieces with the "bead soup" you received! I simply love the heart pendant :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

As always you have done a beautiful job! I love the colors in the pieces from Alenka. Fabulous! The heart necklace is so unique. I am loving what you did with the flower pieces and the fabric!!!

anafiassa said...

What lovely pieces! I can't even pick a favorite--they are all delightful! :)

Claudia Aguilar said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate a blogoversary! The pieces you created are beautiful as always.

Nelly May said...

Oh the heart necklace made me gasp a little, I love the way you've followed the lines with little seedies, such a gorgeous contemporary piece. You've really made beautiful things with Alenka's components.

Ginger Bishop said...

I received the necklace today. That was quick. It is so much more amazing up close. The beading is a great complement to the focal and the clasp is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your winnings with us.

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