Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bracelet Blog Hop!

Welcome to the blog hop for 7000 Bracelets of Hope, organized by the
fantabulous Lori Anderson. Thanks for visiting!

This beautiful lapis lazuli carved flower has been living in my bead collection for years. Seriously, years.

It's just been waiting for the right project to come along. What a wonderful reason to break it out of storage!

The focal itself was so gorgeous that I didn't want to distract from it. It needed to be the star of the show. So, here's the final version, called Midnight Flowers. I imagine a beautiful night blooming flower, unfurling against a background of deep azure sky dappled with stars.

There are 112 jewelry artists participating in this hop. Here's a list of everyone who's playing along, so grab a nice beverage, a little snack, and prop your feet up to enjoy a wealth of eye candy...

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3. Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4. Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9. Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11. Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12. Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13. Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14. Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15. Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16. Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20. Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
24. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
26. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
28. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
30. Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs

31. Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
33. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
34. Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde
35. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
36. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
37. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
38. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
39. CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations
40. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

41. Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
42. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
43. Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
45. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio
46. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47. Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48. Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49. Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50. Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53. Andrea Robinson, Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54. John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55. Breana Fry, Vault 31
56. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60. Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61. Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64. Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65. Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66. Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67. Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72. Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73. Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74. Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75. Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76. Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79. Sally Russick, WireWorked
80. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

81. KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82. Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love
84. Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy
85. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86. Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87. Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88. Deb Beechy, Beetique
89. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91. Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92. Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
93. Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94. Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96. Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97. Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98. Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry (You are here!)
99. Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100. Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores

101. Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets
102. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103. Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105. Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106. Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107. Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108. Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109. Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110. Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

111. Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112. Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.


Dee said...

stunning!! your beadwork is beautiful! wonderful design and lovely incorporation of elements and story telling of your piece!

Beetique said...

I just love this.

One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry said...

WOW! beautiful beadwork! i love how the bead was with you for years just waiting for this event.

KJ said...

I gasped! What wonderful work and what a great focal bead.

windrock studio said...


Stacey said...

great piece - love that focal!

stacilouise said...

Absolutley LOVELY!!!!! Someone will feel very special getting that bracelet!!!

CraftyHope said...

WOW! Just, wow!!

All the work you put into this piece will surely be the positive energy to fuel the recipient's spirit in this trying time.

Pretty Things said...

WOW. That's amazing!!!! I love the bead and the seed bead work is killer.

Thank you so much for participating!

SavonFeutré said...

Very beautiful, I love this!

Brandi said...

Oh, wow. Just wow. This is stunning! What a lovely gift of hope and love!

Eileen Bergen said...

Oh my, the hours and days you must have put into this gorgeous bracelet. Your bead weaving is beautiful.

This will surely bring smiles to the recipient.

Charlene said...

Stunning, I love how you kept the bead as the focal and framed it in such lovely bead weaving!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Gorgeous bracelet! I love the bead work and the focal is just stunning!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Gorgeous - the bead work is wonderful and I love the flower focal!

coffeeaddict said...

That focal is absolutely perfect for this beautiful bracelets. Another convincing proof that sometimes we have to wait for years until a perfect project comes along for that particular item gathering dust in our stash.

Judy said...

Just stunning! I adore that lapis bead and such a great use for it!

Kitty from Perles and Life said...

This has got "wow" factor going on! This bracelet will absolutely let the recipient know that there is hope and people who care.

Deci said...

That is beautiful!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Beautiful! Funny how something can hang around for a good long time and find its way into the perfect piece!

chocoholic said...

Bead strappy happy- love how you made this bracelet and it will look great with denim couture!!

Lutka And Co. said...

Oh what a beautiful bracelet. I'm glad the focal finally found a place - It will bring a smile to someone :-)

Boot ~C said...

I totally understand having a bead for years... beautiful piece

rosebud101 said...

Absolutely beautiful!

A Fly On The Wall said...

WOW - WOW - WOW! ...I'm so thrilled to be featured among all you talented Artisans!

Robyn Hawk

Francy said...

wow, beautiful!

Holly said...

Oh my, what gorgeous beadwork you've done! This bracelet is simply incredible!

Kim Stevens said...

It's beautiful! And I love your description of it . . . I am totally imagining the dappled stars.

Lupe Meter said...

What a beautiful bracelet! Love the focal bead and your design!

coming abstractions said...

Breathtaking bracelet -- your work is exquisite.

Anonymous said...

I love the design, very pretty!

Shyme said...

Absolutely beautiful bracelet!!

Mortira said...

A gorgeous bracelet! I love the way you used the focal - very creative and it looks so pretty.

susie said...

Such a beautiful bracelet friend! Thank you for sharing your creativity & hope for this very worthy cause!!

Anonymous said...

I'm making my way through all 112 participants of this blog hop. I've truly enjoyed all the blogs that joined in. Your bracelet is very pretty too. #48

Kate said...

That focal is gorgeous! You showcased it perfectly!!

Cory said...

Beautiful, beautiful, bead work...I love it all.

Shirley said...

What an awesome bracelet! Love the focal piece, and your design is just beautiful! This is going to be a thrilling package for the recipient to open!

Elisabeth said...

GORGEOUS! Really love it.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is really cool! Very inventive use of the focal bead.
Enjoy the day!

Marian Hertzog said...

Beautiful beadwork and design!

Bobbie said...

Thanks, everyone!!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

That focal is phenomenal, and so is the craftsmanship of the beadwork you surrounded it with! Lovely!

Rebekah said...

How neat! A pretty bead waiting years for just the right creation! Your bracelet is stunning and really shows off the flower!

Serena Trent said...

Wonderful job, I love how you beaded the pendant in the bracelet. It has the feel of a watch.

GraceC said...

Bobbi, what a nice piece, and really the most truly denim blue of all the pieces I saw. Well done.