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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!

45 comments:

  1. Your colors work really well together. Well done!

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  2. I love the colors in your kit - you made a beautiful necklace!

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    1. Thanks, not my usual colour palette.

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  3. So pretty! I like the vibrant colors. I too let my beads sit and found myself scrambling to get pieces made in time.

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    1. I did better on this hop that the last. I had this prepped a week before.

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  4. Lovely piece. I too waited far too long. The ideas were mostly there, I just didn't get to it.

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    1. Thanks, my original idea was to treat the pendant as a cabochon. But I couldn't get it to work.

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  5. Love how you paired the colors and beads together- very pretty :) Christie

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    1. Thanks, copper has become almost a neutral for me.

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  6. Awesome work...I love the colors...very bright and cheerful, especially at this time of year...

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    1. Yes, I was longing for fall to return during the ice and snow of winter so far in Toronto.

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  7. So warm and inviting. Reminds me of spring. You put it together wonderfully!

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    1. Thanks, I was think more fall. But the green is very vibrant and fresh.

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  8. I always amazed at how fast these "far-off" dates arrive, Jo-Ann :) Though the two main colours seem quite contrasting on their own, I love how you have strung them for an elegant design which flows beautifully!

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    1. I know, at least this time I was not working on it the night before.

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  9. Love the colors of your beautiful necklace. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, they were a challenge but fun.

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  10. I just love the pendant and your necklace did such a great job of playing with the colors and shapes within it.

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    1. I loved the shape and curve of the orange leaves.

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  11. Your necklace is beautiful: your added elements gave it just the touch for a lovely design!

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  12. Sweet use of colours, the choice of the added beads is great! A beautiful design, a 'oneness' says my Dutch dictionary (-:

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    1. Thanks, I love the word "oneness" as a description.

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  13. I am in love with the beads you received, and adding copper to the mix was genius - it compliments your design perfectly! I would wear this necklace all the time - beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, the bright copper was a great find in the stash.

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  14. The colors work beautifully on that necklace. Nice job!

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  15. Your necklace is quite magnificent, I love the colors.

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    1. Thanks, it is great to use colour that are not my usuals.

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  16. You did a great job with your bead kit. Lovely design.

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  17. A lovely piece that really complements that beautiful pendant!

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    1. I wanted it to be the star of the design.

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  18. So pretty, Jo-Ann! I love that Shaterra pendant, and you made it shine in this necklace! Love the copper too. Thanks for being in the hop!

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Thanks for challenging me with colour and design.

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  19. You brought the Shaterra pendant to life! I love the colorway, and the copper discs are simply beautiful among the Czech leaves and crystal rondelles. Lovely Forest necklace!

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    1. Thanks, I love to meet the challenge of these blog hops.

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  20. I love the colors in your piece and the way you beaded it all together. To me it really shows the changing colors in the forest all the time.

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    1. Thanks, it was great to have both the orange and the green in the original kit from Lisa.

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  21. Jo-Ann, this is Beautiful!! Your addition of the brown crystals and the copper spacers turned a stack of beads into a beautiful creation. Your spacing is perfect. I really like it. :)

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    1. Thanks, it took some auditioning to get it just right.

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  22. p.s. I meant to mention that I Love the Shaterra pendant. Amazing work!

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    1. I am growing to like it more and more.

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  23. Your piece, peace has perfect harmony.

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