Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color - Blog Hop!

This 2nd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop, hosted by Erin of Treasures Found-Inspiration is Everywhere,  brings together 54 of us beader bloggers. Each one of us chose a color and then were given a color palette built around our main color choice. Erin took on a massive undertaking and worked with 12 of these color palettes, you have got to check out her gorgeous results. 

This is my color palette, a challenging Frosted Berry! 

The unique color palettes used in this challenge are created by Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds
Check out her blog for some great color inspiration.

And this is what I created... literally... cool, icy, beautiful frosted berries.

This challenge was meant for us to use the color palette and take inspiration from the color combinations, but I could not get beyond the image of frosted berries.

So there you have it 'Frosted Berries'!

We were allowed to use any kind of beads we wanted to and as I am partial to natural stones, that is what I used.  The bracelet is made with round red Coral berries, melon shaped Ocean Jasper beads, carved clear Crystal Quartz and sterling silver links and clasp.

Here is a list of the rest of the beaders, who took part in the challenge, please stop by to check out their creations!

18 Tari Kahrs ~ Orange ~ Citrus Tones
35 CJ Bauschka ~ Teal ~ Teal Air
41 Jenni Connolly ~ Gray ~ Paw Tones

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day Two of the Virtual Craft Show

More talented artisans, more giveaways and more great deals. If you have always wanted to buy beads or components or jewelry made by many of the talented bloggers that you visit, here is your chance. This is a wonderful opportunity to support them and buy something for yourself as well. I have been shopping, have you yet?
See the list of participants and giveaways at host Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sit Back and Enjoy the Virtual Craft Show

Have you checked out the first ever Virtual Craft Show hosted by Lori Anderson of the Bead Soup Party Fame? Some of our favorite artisans are opening their virtual doors with some great deals...
Check them out, and what better way to spend Small Business Saturday, than shopping at your favorite small business!

There are some great giveaways just for visiting and commenting.

Here are some of the artisans who are participating and offering some very nice deals.

Shop: Starseed Jewelry shop: 20 % off entire purchase  Code: STAR20 - Nov 26/Dec 3

Shop: Beads2Die4 supply shop:  15% off entire purchase Code: BEADS15 - Nov 26/Dec 3

Shop: 15% off purchase (excluding shipping) Code: TAKE15

Shop: free shipping with a code of emcfreeship on Etsy 

Shop: 20% discount for the seven days of this craft show -- use code blog20.

Shop: use code VCS10 for a 10% discount on all items throughout the 7 days of the Virtual Craft Show!

Shop: Use Etsy code VCS2011 and save 20% off any purchase

Shop: Use code Virtual Craft Show for free worldwide shipping during the duration of the Virtual Craft Show.


Shop: discount code for 15% off is16S43HShop: discount code for 15% off is043L72

Shop:  if you use code VCS10, you'll get 10% off, as well as free shipping

I will add more shops as I find them while blog hopping.
Enjoy your week!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beads from Human Ashes!

Have you heard?

In South Korea, with the increased cost of burial services and land for grave sites becoming scarce, the practice of cremation is being encouraged by the government. As more and more of it's citizens turn to cremating their deceased loved ones, they have found creative ways to keep the memories alive and venerate the remains. Making beads from the ashes! Read all about it...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 photo, Kim Il-nam, a retired high school principal, displays beads made from his father's ashes during an interview in Icheon, South Korea. Kim dug up his father's grave, cremated his bones and paid $870 to have the ashes transformed into gemlike beads. "Whenever I look at these beads, I consider them to be my father and I remember the good old days with him," Kim said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
What do you think? It's certainly prettier than ashes, and could be incorporated into mourning jewelry, in lockets and pendants. Wonder if this trend will catch on in other parts of the world?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Challange of Color Blog Hop

I am taking part in the 2nd Annual Challange of Color Blog Hop hosted by Erin of Treasures Found, who finds Inspiration Everywhere!
My challenge color is RED.
Stop by on the 30th of November to check out the results of the challenge.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day 11-11-11 - Thank you!

With Gratitude!

To my husband, to all our Veterans, and very specially to our beading Veterans, Thank you!

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