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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Reveal Day - Into the Forest Blog Hop

Back in the summer when the snow, ice and cold of winter seemed so far away, I signed up for the Into the Forest blog hop hosted by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. 20 artisans have each received from Lisa a kits with a variety of materials such as Czech glass, clay, lampwork, art beads/pendants, and seed beads.We have until today to make something inspired by the forest.

Late in the summer my kit arrived in the mail. I got a clay pendant by Shaterra, green fire-polished crystals, orange leaves and some silver-lined seed beads.
Into the Forest Kit
I of course put them on my beading table and for most of the fall these beads were just sat there. I found some additional fall coloured crystals that I added to the kit.

As winter arrived here in Weston I knew that I should get working of this project. I decided to use some wonderful copper discs and small rondelles.
Finished necklace

Detail of pendant
Take some time to hop around and see what amazing creations my fellow artisans have to share with us.
Our hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Kay Mallery,TBD
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

Thanks to Lisa for once again challenging me work outside my comfort zone.

Happy Beading!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Poppy Vase - revised

Over the holiday season I decided to work on a variation of the Poppy Vase from Julia Pretl's website.  I did the original version back in early 2013. It was a gift for my friend Nora, as she started her new job.

Original version

Having completed an inventory of my delica I decided to do a vase with purple flowers. I also changed the background colour to a pale lavendar and the olive green in the leaf to a silver-lined lawn green.

Base of vase

Leaves almost done

Leaves done

Start of flowers

Flowers done and ready to start hem

Completed Vase
During the working of the hem in the original I broke two needles and many beads.  I was lucky that I only broke two beads early in this project.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative new year!