Saturday, 20 July 2013

Bead hoarders blog hop reveal

Welcome to the hop for those of us you get wonderful little beauties to create with and then lock them up for years since they are too precious.  What a flawed statement that is!  Thank goodness for Lori Anderson and her inspiration to get us all to own up to our unreasonable behaviour and get these gorgeous beads into creations and on to bodies to be seen!  I’ve got all sorts of wonderful things housed in my equally wonderful Hamilton cabinet, I promise it isn’t full.

My first plan was to use these stunning lampwork hollows (on the right in picture below) from Wandering Spirit.  I can remember Aja was listing new beads and I asked if she had any blue tones coming up. She sent over a picture and I declared MINE! That was 2009.  This is a case of my design exceeding my skill level.  I have visions of some scrolls of hammered wire, but it seems just a bit out of reach.  I’m keeping them on my worktable for when it all slots into place.

Last August I shared some hoarded beads even as a way to get me to make something with them, and still they sat.  If you thought 2009 was bad, then perhaps I shouldn’t mention those Humblebeads are from 2007! The Marsha Neal Studio pendant is from 2011.  Can you tell I have a thing for blue and brown together?

On to what I made and pictures in daylight!

First up I was determined to use that gorgeous blue Acanthus leaf, William Morris inspired polymer lentil.  I can remember Heather talking on her blog about using William Morris as inspiration in some red tone beads first and then stalking her blog and shop when she said there would be blue coming.  I love William Morris.

acanthus bracelet

Here is the wrap bracelet I ultimately came up with.  At first it was going to have all sorts of dangles and it just didn’t feel right so I took it back to simple wire wrapping it with big loops either side and then wrapping on these smoky quartz flat brios, a little swarovski, and one lonely teeny pearl.  I wrapped them in such a way that there is just a gentle sweep, so fitting with the beauty of this bead.  I added a fairy silk from Marsha Neal Studio and it is a perfect fit and so me.  I immediately thought, why didn’t I do this years ago?!

acanthus close

Next up I had a pile of dangles from those earring pair beads and the stunning pendant so I got to work on a necklace.

morris floral necklace

More silk from Marsha, ebony wood beads, more smoky quartz, some pearls, a little antique agate and then the final touch – a button from Sheppard Handmade, tied on with waxed linen.  It’s a bit odd the way the silk loops back around, but I felt like the resulting negative space was a little Morris-esque.  I’m letting it soak in a while, see if this configuration is really wearable.

morris close copy

For the clasp I found this Vintaj piece (while searching for another) and opted to use a stick pearl with it.  Thankfully it was just the right size and this feels nice and secure. 

morris clasp

At this point I was feeling pretty good for creating two pieces the night before the hop and not panicking about how my original plan was well and truly out the window (I didn’t need to confess that I could have made this be the plan all along)!  Then I decided to go for broke and make earrings with the last pair of dangles I had at the ready.  I was going to just hang them on ear wires and be done, but I heard a little call from the Cabinet.

It was Claire!

Ok not really.  But there was an awesome pair of hearts from Claire Maunsell of Stillpointworks hidden in there that needed to come out.  I had picked them up from Claire in person and recall her asking what I was going to do with them – I more than likely confessed I planned to hoard them.

claire earrings

I am far too impatient to take pictures of earrings hanging, they never seem to stop moving!

earrings close


Three pieces, I can hardly believe it!  I am also surprised that I am not showing you anything I made to go along with these lovelies.  Perhaps that was what was right all along, keeping my own polymer out and letting the work of these four ladies do the real talking.

As I was taking the pictures I was thinking about this hoarding, and how I hoped I wouldn’t offend anyone with this casual usage of the term.  You see I come by my collecting of gorgeous handmade things honestly.  That cabinet, my “Chiffonier” that you see was made for me by my dad when I was in my teens.  It’s pine but with a white wash pickling stain that stops it going orangey.  Since the stain is sold in gallons, like paint, I ended up with this cabinet, a side table and a buffet.  Which was a lot of furniture to add to my childhood bedroom, but in my house now looks wonderful.  Dad hoards good looking wood.  Mum is a sewer and embroiderer so her stash of fabric and whatnot will rival anyone's. 
general hoard

Perhaps we shouldn’t get into my pottery stash, as I notice two pieces in the photo.  No, let’s get back to bead hoarding.

I’ve replenished!

new hoard

I couldn’t resist this stunning lost girl bead from SoulSilver, blue and paisley, I’m simply powerless.  However I did have a little plan in mind that something special would be needed for those polymer beads top right.  They were made by my daughter Averleigh, about six months ago.  She is three, so I cut the holes but that’s it.  The pendant at the bottom I had made after she was born and I tought a big silver loop of sorts at the bottom of the girl – charm collector style -  may be the way to go.  I’ll let that idea sit a few years.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey.  Thank you Lori, for finding new ways for me to stretch my skills and get some jewelry made!  I hope you will hop around and see all the amazing treasures that everyone will be unearthing today!
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams,
Lena's Beady Blog


  1. Love them all, Emma... well I think ANY colour looks great with brown! I should just go ahead and steal your parents, next to beads I love fabric and wood best LOL. And I'm almost as jealous of that cabinet, girl...

  2. Lovely, lovely stuff, Emma! I particularly like the bracelet - and the earrings, come to that. And your house looks pretty nice too!! I'm quite jealous of all these cabinets!

  3. beautiful! I am also envious of your cabinet lol

  4. Gorgeous jewelry but love the earrings and the necklace the most. You're one lucky gal to have that wonderful storage cabinet for your beads etc.

  5. Beautiful--all of them!!! I too love brown and blue together or apart. As for photogaphing earrings I have yet to figure out how to do this, especially since round beads roll all over the table and the dangles have a life of their own, and as you said, hanging them requires patience until they stop moving.

    Your cabinet is wonderful and I love the little treasures you keep there.

  6. Oh what lovelies you created! I like them all, but that intriguing necklace has stolen my heart. There's so much interest and awesome bits in it. Wonderful.

  7. i love what you came up with. that first bracelet is amazing

  8. Adore your Claire earrings! And your hoarded stash! I must admit to being a little envious of your cabinets!

  9. I absolutely love your Claire earrings. I also love blue and brown together, I am powerless against them. Everything you made is gorgeous!

  10. Such a great post! I love all your furniture and each piece you made, your bracelet is lovely, the design of your necklace is amazing even the clasp is stunning and your earrings are supper sweet, the textures are fantastic and the touch of sparkle a great way to finish them, and the beads by your daughter are wonderful A designer in the making maybe? Thanks for sharing!

  11. OMG I have drawer envy. I lost my train of thought once I saw those cute little beads Averleigh made. It just hit me in the center of my heart. Oh yeah, the jewelry. I admire your work very much and these are all smashing. Love the smoky quartz in the bracelet and the that necklace- WOW! I love the interesting shape. Sounds like you come from very talented stock. Thanks for sharing those beautiful cabinets with us.

  12. Love the necklace! and I love the cabinet!

  13. Each one of those pieces is FANTASTIC! and I am envious of that storage chest. Wonderful work as always, thanks for sharing.

  14. Wonderful pieces!!! I especially love your wrap bracelet and the earrings - such a perfect pairing!!

  15. Your designs are so unique and inspiring. Love the cabinet!!

  16. Emma, I admire your self discipline to keep strictly to your stash and not add pc to your creations (I couldn't do it). Love the bracelet, and that furniture your dad made will be family heirlooms for years to come.

  17. Beautiful pieces, all of them. I love the story about your cabinet, what a treasure! Speaking of treasure--I just melted when I saw your daughters beads. Thanks for sharing♥

  18. nice designs - I love the lines in your necklace!

  19. First, that cabinet is amazing. If I didn't already have a Collectors Cabinet, I'd be searching one of those down.

    OH I love Aja beads and am still bitter about working this really awesome silver design, gently hammering the silver around this huge hollow of hers, and SMACK -- freaking shattered. Bad hammer, bad.

    Marsha Neal is the first ceramic artist I met and bought from, and I love Heather and Claire's beads. I have a feeling our stashed would get along quite well together! :-)

  20. Oh, my dear Emma - first of all, I had to use all my willpower to move from the first picture. That cabinet is absolutely amazing! I need to find myself one - it's now on top of my to-do list :)

    Your 'hoarded' beads are all delicious - and I just love everything you made with them! Yes, brown and blue is an amazing combination (and not one easy to pull off) - you made each of your art bead justice!

  21. Blue and brown is one of my favorite color combos ! That necklace and that bracelet I would wear and wear and wear ! (No that the earrings arn't lovely, I don't have pierced ears !)

  22. I love blue and brown together too-your designs are great-beautiful pieces.
    I'm in love with your cabinet-I've been looking for one for a long time.

  23. Absolutely gorgeous, I am in love with the heart earrings and your new additions are unreal, can't wait to see what you do. Great designs!

  24. Gorgeous very special jewellery with a real family story behind it. I love that! The Hamilton cabinet is so beautiful ♥ Love everything I see and read in this post :-)

  25. Emma your jewelry is beautiful.Your designs are very creative. Good job using some of your hoard.Your cabinet is fabulous.

  26. Your passion for blue shines through every piece and you really know how to pick complimentary colours. What a talented designer you are - very special pieces indeed.

  27. What beautiful beads! -and the jewelry you made is stunning.

  28. I know I'm a little late in commenting, but I just wanted to say that I love your pieces! The colors are simply lovely! (Also, I love your cabinet--what a wonderful way to store your beauties!)

  29. Love all your pieces! your color choices and styles fantastic. Now I'm off to check out SoulSilver...I think I need a lost girl to hoard! :)


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