Sunday, December 14, 2014

The "Whoops!" Challenge Reveal



Have you ever ordered something online (or, gasp, horror, from late night tv shopping channels), only to discover, when you rip open the package with wild enthusiasm, that it's not quite what you had envisioned? 

Kind of what I imagine online dating might be like...

Cynthia Machata, the glorious woman behind the creations at Antiquity Travelers, had one of those "whoops!" moments when she ordered some glass pearls from ZNet.com.  When she expected to get some dainty grey beads, she ended up with some bodacious, bold 16mm beauties.  And a conundrum as to how to use them.



So she invited some friends to figure out what to do with these big balls. What does one do with Big Balls? (Now there's a sentence I never imagined I'd write!!) They brought to mind several ideas, which I had to pare down to be able to accomplish them amid the complete lack of free time that my new job leaves.  But I hope I've turned "Whoops!" into "Wow!"

First up, Big Balls become Beach Balls, when you add some equally bodaciously-sized shell beads.


These are wonderfully light beads, with the clasp in front for added fun. It may not be completely visible in the photo, but there's a lovely grey swirl throughout the shell beads that the pearls pick up beautifully. While I may be a beadweaver, I also apparently enjoy rocking some big beads, since these 20mm shell beads came from my stash...

Then, as anyone who came of age in the late 70s might do, I thought of Disco Balls!  So I added some woven beaded beads (made with crystals I had previously gotten from ZNet.com) to channel the glam.  


The sparkle is fairly subdued, balancing the size and subtle glow of the glass pearls, on a delicate sterling chain.  I don't go to the disco anymore, but work often calls for me to be in evening dress, so this necklace is probably going to get worn A LOT.


Thanks a million to Cynthia for the chance to play with these, and for the push to get back to beading and blogging. Go see what wonderful things these other folks have created with these Big Balls -- I know they'll make them from "Whoops" to "Wow!"


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Wooden Wheel, A 60's Hit, and A Life Change


"What goes up, must come down.
Spinnin' wheel, got to go round.
Talk about your troubles, it's a crying sin
Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin' wheel spin...."

Some times life feels like you're strapped to a wheel that's turning in directions that you have little or no control over. All you can do is hang on for dear life and try to make sure that the wheel carries you along, rather than spinning you off or, even worse, runs you right over as it goes down the ro

For over a year. that's been me. I was between jobs, and the search for a new position was extraordinarily frustrating, taking regular smacks at my self-esteem and confidence. I tried hard not to let it affect how I acted in daily life, but it did affect the enthusiasm with which I tackled things like my beading, blogging, and general online friendship maintenance.

"You got no money, you got no home,
Spinning wheel, all alone,
Talking 'bout your troubles and you never learn,
Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin' wheel turn"

But I recently got a job.  A dream job. I am thrilled! The only hitch is that it will require my husband and me to live a commuter marriage for a couple of years until he retires.  But the new job is in Chicago, which is one of those places we always thought would be a fabulous place to retire to. So I finally feel like I've gotten a little more control over the wheel of life, but in the meantime, I've had to find an apartment, figure out what needs to move up with me, and do all the things that come with relocating.

In fact, as you read this, I will be in my new apartment, hopefully directing the movers on where to put all the boxes of beads I packed!

"Did you find the directing sign
On the straight and narrow highway
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you all the colors that are real"

When Janet invited me to be one of a group of people to create something with some little wooden wagon wheels she had found, I was happy to have the challenge.  My first thought was that it was perfect for a color wheel. And that's about as far as it went for a couple of months. But it's amazing how motivating it can be to have to pack all of your beads up for moving -- I sat right down and figured out how to turn my wagon wheel into a color wheel, first painting the wheel black and then using flat circular peyote stitch that I anchored to the spokes with whipstitch now and then.



It's not a masterpiece, by any means, but it is a talisman for me -- just like there are infinite shades of colors, there are infinite possibilities in life. Sometimes it just takes the wheel a little longer than you would like to slow down enough, in the words of Blood Sweat and Tears, to show you "all the colors that are real."
"Someone's waiting just for you.
Spinnin' wheel, spinning true,
Drop all your troubles by the riverside,
Catch a painted pony on the spinning wheel ride"

So, a little more melodramatic than most of my posts, but I'm hoping that this wheel helps me turn the corner (see what I did there?) into being more active on my blog, more regular in reading your posts, and altogether more like myself! (Oh, and credit to Blood Sweat and Tears, whose song I've shamelessly used here.)

Here are the others turning wheels into something fantastic -- go visit and enjoy!

Beadsong Jewelry:  http://www.beadsong.blogspot.com/
Crafty Hope:  http://www.craftyhope.com/
Honey from the Bee: http://www.honeyfromthebee.com
Therese's Treasures:  http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/   

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Anchors Aweigh - The Reveal

The lovely and wonderfully talented Rita of Toltec Jewels came up with a great opportunity to showcase the talents of artist Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, challenging a group of us to create jewelry based on her adorable anchor beads.  Cute, cute, cute!

(Caution - bad nautical themed puns may follow.  I apologize in advance.)

Several ideas came, and mercifully sank into the depths of oblivion before they could catch wind and sail too far. But then freeform peyote came to my rescue and gave me a way to add the flavor of waves and water, with lots of oceanic shades of blue ranging from deepest blue to the white/blue of sea froth.


It occurred to me today that the earrings are a good metaphor for the past three months. Lots of things in my life have kind of been at loose ends, drifting as if at sea (if you want to torture the comparison.) With uncertainty on lots of fronts, life has been a bit freeform, turning in unexpected directions and certainly not symmetrical or predictable.

As soon as I finished the earrings, one of major uncertainties in my life was resolved. So I'm going to look at these earrings as a talisman for smoother sailing and calmer seas ahead.


Thanks to Rita for setting up a fun challenge, and thanks to Diana for her artistry, which was a great source of inspiration.  Please sit right back and take a (three hour?!?) cruise through the rest of the creations made by the other participants.  Bon voyage!

Featured & Honored Artist:           Diana Ptaszynski
Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads
Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                  Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends
Bobbie Rafferty                        Beadsong Jewelry (you're here!)
Chris Eisenberg                        Wanderware
Heather Richter                        Desert Jewelry Designs
Michelle McCarthy                  Firefly Design Studio
Kathy Lindemer                       Bay Moon Design
Dini Bruinsma                          Angaza by Changes
Cynthia Machata                      Antiquity Travelers
Kathleen Breeding                    99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Linda Younkman                      Lindy's Designs
Robin Reed                               Artistry HCBD
Marla Gibson                            Spice Box Designs
Gina Hockett                             Freestyle Elements
Renetha Stanziano                     Lamplight Crafts
Marianne Baxter                        Simply Seablime Jewelry        
Christina Miles                          Wings N Scales
Marybeth Rich                          A Few Words from Within the Pines
Shai Williams                           Shaiha's Ramblings
Cheri Reed                                Creative Designs by Cheri
Monique Urquhart                     A Half-Baked Notion
Jennifer Reno                            Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Shirley Moore                           Beads and Bread
Tammy Adams                          Paisley Lizard
Melissa Trudinger                      Bead Recipes
Jill Bradley                                 JillyBeads

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Adventures In Patinas

Do you work with patinas on your metals?  I make all of my clasps from sterling, gold filled, and copper wire, but I've never really explored putting a patina on them. 


Then I read a really cool tip from Rena Klingenberg on how to oxidize metals using hard boiled eggs. And I decided to play.

I started out with shiny copper wire, and boiled up a couple of eggs. When the eggs were ready, I put a coil of wire, a copper clasp, and the eggs into a zip lock bag, and smooshed (a highly technical term) the eggs, shell and all, into a big gooey mess.


Then I waited about 20 minutes.  And this is what I got!



I need to polish them up a bit, but this is what they looked like straight out of the bag. I was so excited about the possibilities, I threw some more wire and a toggle in the bag, wanting to see what happened if I left it over night.

Sadly, when I opened the ziplock the first time, I must have let out enough of the sulfur gas to make further oxidation impossible. So after an overnight egg bath, this is all that happened.


Lessons learned? First, if you're going to do this, pull together all the metal you want to oxide to do in one batch, because the magic doesn't happen with leftovers.  Second, my husband is a wonderful, patient man who's gotten used enough to my weirdness that instead of calling the folks from the loony bin, he just said, "why is there a bag of smashed eggs and wire on the kitchen counter?" as though it were a normal thing.

I've also read about using a salt/vinegar mix to patinate copper, too. That may be the next mad scientist experiment!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Freight Trains, Gas Leaks, Wearing Tablecloths -- Must Be Show Season!

Egads. I have been out of the loop on blogging recently (family stuff that's kept me far away from the computer, but that's beside the point). The upshot is that I did two shows last month that generated plenty of stories, but I have been remiss in sharing them here.

The first show was in the downtown of a small town east of Louisville. It was my first time doing this show, and I had heard good things from artist friends. Most of the show was set up in the park, but I was on the street next to the park. We really were in the heart of the town, and every few hours, a freight train would rumble through, half a block from my booth.
Yep, that's the 12:07 freight  from Louisville...

Running concurrently with the art show, and just a block away, was the town's colonial heritage days celebration. There were numerous people in colonial costume walking around to publicize the event, and even a few stilt walkers and giant puppets.  Gotta say, I think the stilt walker was cute, but the giant puppets were vaguely terrifying -- I imagine they provided traumas that many children in attendance that day will be dealing with in therapy sessions when they grow up.



What the colonial heritage people didn't warn us about were the colonial cannons, which were shot off several times a day, at unexpected moments and on no apparent schedule. Dear lord, they were loud, and boy howdy, did they startle the bejeebus out of people walking down the street!  But every time they shot off, I thought, "another story for the blog, people.  It's another story for the blog!"

Saturday's weather was hot. HOT. So did I check the weather forecast for Sunday? Of course not. I dressed for hot weather.  (You know where this is going, right?)  Yep, it was 50 degrees and cloudy all day. I was wearing shorts and sleeveless blouse. Thank goodness I had a table cover that I'd used for a Christmas show among my setup stuff, so I spent the day wrapped in a red tablecloth. I may have looked ridiculous, but I was warm! (And no, there is no photographic evidence of my poor fashion choice.)

Solid Table Cloths
Imagine this in Christmas red. That was my wrap all day Sunday. Classy, huh?

The next weekend (after carefully checking out the weather forecast for both days!), I did a lovely small show just north of town. When I went to set up on Friday, there was a distinct aroma of natural gas in the show area. Turns out that the guys who were setting up the music tent accidentally hit an underground gas pipe when they were hammering in the anchor spikes, and the utility guys were scrambling all over the place to fix it.

Fortunately, the leak was fixed, the show went off without a hitch, and it was a beautiful weekend. I'd been playing with my booth setup for a while, and this was what happened:


If you do shows, you know that the perfect booth is a constantly moving target, but I was pleased with this. A few tweaks on the to-do list, but not bad.

No real "oh my gosh" moments from this show (other than being relieved that there was no way anyone could blame me for the gassy smell), but there were two things that saved my life.  First was the fabulous food truck down the street, where I found this delicious ham, chevre, and red pepper aoli crepe (yes, from a food truck, and every bit as tasty as it sounds!!). 


Second was my little fan, which kept the air moving around inside my tent just enough to keep me from melting when the sun was high and the breeze was low.  Sometimes it's the littlest things that make the biggest difference!


No more shows for a month, so I have a great excuse to hole up in the bead room and make stuff!  Have you been to any great art shows this summer?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Creative Spark Summer 2014 Reveal

My beads for the Summer Days and Nights ZNet Shows design challenge. Aren't they yummy?
I am so thrilled to be on the design team for ZNet Shows! They have the most delicious cultured sea glass, crystals, and other fun things that are perfect to create your own gorgeous creations.

Several times each year, we are challenged to create pieces from ZNet pieces that are sent to us, sight unseen. This time, the challenge was to create daytime casual looks AND dressier night time looks, both featuring the cultured sea glass.  Here's the link to Creative Spark, the online magazine of all of the designers' creations.  But if you're interested in the thought process (yes, there actually was one!) behind my pieces, read on.

I know the selections were sent at random, but I would almost think some good elf was sitting on the shelf when the packets were doled out, because I am an incurable sucker for this spectacular shade of teal/ocean blue, and the soft lavender reminds me of the inside of a seashell that you might find on a sunset stroll down the beach. I opened the package and made very happy sounds. "Squee" was likely uttered.

I wanted my designs to relate to each other somehow, and decided that the necklaces would involve chain, and the earrings would have some movement.


The cultured sea glass shapes are strung on leather, with ZNet Show chain leftover from another design challenge. I made the toggle from one of the dumbbell shaped beads, which inspired the bracelet:


You can see more clearly here how I used the dumbbell as a toggle.  Even though it's drilled end-to-end, the shape allowed me to tie the leather securely around the middle for a lasting connector. Now if only my torso was shaped like this bead...ah well!


The adorable starfish beads screamed to be the focus of the earrings, and the lentils dangling from the leather provided the casual, swinging mood I was looking for. These got worn the day they were made. Like I said, I am a completely sucker for this color.

Now for the dressier pieces.  First up, the necklace, again with cultured sea glass and chain, this time sterling silver chain from my own stash.


This shade of blue is a little lighter, a little more subtle, and a perfect foil for the delicate purple. I can see this necklace being worn to a romantic picnic on the beachfront or to a candlelit dinner overlooking a beautiful mountain vista (two of my favorite summer destinations -- not that I'm channeling my own vacation wishes here or anything...)

For the bracelet, I used the lovely lavender barrels in a matte finish. This was my opportunity to try making a chain, so what you see is completely fabricated from 18-gauge sterling wire. It is really slinky and sensuous on the arm.


Finally, the earrings.  They're pretty simple, but since there's a fair amount going on with the necklace, I thought simple would be good.  Plus, both beads are suspended from the same headpin, so they swing gently and independently as you move.


 Thanks to ZNet for the opportunity to create with such lovely materials. And thanks to Hope Smitherman for editing Creative Spark and for so kindly nudging each of us to remember the deadlines. Please go check out the online zine, and check out the individual blogs of each of the design team, where they'll give you a more in depth peek into their creative process.  Here they are:

Amy Severino
BobbieRafferty (you're here!)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Breaking From Tradition - Some Previously Revealed, And Something New

I want a tutu.  And some kick ass boots like these girls.
That beady superhero, Cynthia Machata, sent a group of her friends some really cool howlite spikes and said, "Go forth, and play!"  

These were bold gemstones. Large, double holed, and gently squared off.  Below is a pair of the black spikes, although I got a mix of black and white spikes. 


They were far too funky to make something safe and predictable. So I pulled out my funky alter ego (currently taking suggestions as to what my alter ego's name should be...) and went at it. 

I revealed the first thing I made a while back.  If you want to read the whole post, here's the link, but here are a couple of pictures:





This necklace went to a gallery, where the owner asked that question: "Do you have earrings to go with this?"  Well, no, but give me 24 hours, and I whipped up some options (along with the blog post about it):





The gallery took the black pair.  The white pair has been among my inventory at my recent art shows, where people have thought they look like chickens, faces, and Madonna's 1980's bra.  The imagination of art show patrons never ceases to amaze me!

Anyway, that left me with two black spikes.  I thought about doing a quick peyote bezel around them to make earrings, but instead decided to join them with a square stitch belt.


It's a deceptively simple pendant that could go on a leather strand (appropriate for its punky nature), a black cable wire, or a beadwoven necklace (tubular herringbone, perhaps?) Deceptively simple because those suckers got a little squirrely and squirmy when I was trying to weave them together and weave the thread through the holes to keep everything firmly anchored.  Anyway, I love the illusion that I've embellished a larger double-pointed bead, rather than creating it from two separate spikes.

A million thanks, and a million and one hugs to Cynthia for the inspirational fun!  Wanna see who else played along, and what they created?  Here's the list!

Therese (Therese's Treasures) http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Bobbie (Beadsong Jewelry) http://beadsong.blogspot.com/
Christine (One Kiss Creations) http://onekisscreations.blogspot.com/
Janet (Honey from the Bee) http://www.honeyfromthebee.com/
Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Triple The Fun - A Time To Stitch Challenge Reveal


Therese and Christine have done it again! This time, a challenge to take a basic bracelet pattern and switch it up for three variations, changing base color, bead size, etc.

I took my jumping off point from one of the pieces I made for the latest Bead Soup Challenge, specifically the lower section of the neck strand of this necklace:


Essentially, it's a herringbone with twin beads, embellished on the side with Czech bricks and triangle beads. Although I doubt I invented it, it was a stitch I developed during the BSBP process, and I was really happy to have an excuse to explore it some more.

Thing is, I didn't have any more bricks (kind of a tila chopped in half) in my stash. (Note to self #1, put bricks on the beady shopping list).  So I chose to use tilas, thinking the translation would be easy.

Not so.  The size was just off enough to make it weird.  Some things I tried were way of in proportion and just flopped around like a beached fish.  Others were just ugly.  So, in the spirit of challenge, I punted (friends, this is the closest I will ever, EVER get to performing a football-related action, aside from those associated with being a rabid spectator).

Here's variation number one: herringbone center with twin beads, edged with tilas and daggers.  I love it.



Variation number two, this time with the tilas turned 90 degrees from the first bracelet, and with drops added, mainly because I didn't have enough of those fabulous red polka dot daggers to do the whole length. (Note to self #2: add sexy red polka dot daggers to beady shopping list, too).  I love this one, too, although it's a little more cha-cha flashy than the first.  It would be perfect to wear to an Alabama football game...



Variation #3 is the most buttoned down, but it's still blingy with the silver twins -- this time a herringbone with twins, tilas, and narrow daggers. While I fabricated the clasps on all three, this is the only one that I made a beaded toggle clasp for.  I wore this one at an art show today, and I can testify that it feels slinky and grand.



All three together, progressing in order of creation from bottom to top:


Thanks, Therese and Christine, for pushing my creativity once again!  Here's the list of everyone participating.

Hosts:

Participants
Bobbie  (you are here)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Clouds, Chills, and Jingly Men -- The Show Season Begins!

If you're looking for the BSBP8 reveal, go here!

This past weekend was my first show of the season. It was the first time I'd done this show, but I'd heard it was a nice one, so I was excited.

I was by myself, so to get my tent up I had to use the "crawl under the frame and push up from the center" technique. Quite effective, actually, unless you're like me and forget to plant your feet firmly on the slick grass.  Yep, I promptly fell right on my butt. But I was under the tent, so no one could see me blush (though they may have heard me laughing at myself).

I was happy to have the tent up and weighted down quickly, though, because all of a sudden the skies turned dark, and the 30% chance of rain became a 100% certainty.

Thankfully, there was no lightning with this storm, because I was
in a metal-framed tent underneath a very tall tree. 
Saturday dawned rain-free and chilly. Silly me, I believed the forecast and left the extra jacket at home. Thank goodness I'm still carrying an extra few pounds of fat insulation, so I was okay, but I did drive the whole way home with the car heater blasting at full force!

My new table covers worked well, but I forgot the curtain rods, so no drapes - oops!
And there's always one oddity at every show. This one didn't have swarms of locusts or torrential storms. This one had jingly men. A group of six men, dressed in what looked like English folk costumes, gathered on the lawn in front of my tent and did an odd combination of dance and whacking at each other with sticks, all while wearing big ol' bands of jingle bells strapped to their knees. While I admire the commitment and bravery it may have taken, I must admit I was relieved that their performance was brief.

Curious? Here they are!


As for the show itself, it was as nice as advertised.  Terrific volunteers supporting the artists, an indoor bathroom for the artists (seriously, that one thing sold me on going back to this show!), and some wonderful art. A couple of weekends off, and I'm on to my next two shows.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time For Soup!

Aaah, soup! There's nothing quite as comforting or delicious. Or, if it's Bead Soup, more fun to make jewelry with...And when you have a partner who's incredibly generous, you can have a full smorgasbord of soup -- eleven courses, with leftovers!

** Giveaway alert (okay, blatant ploy for comments and followers) -- read all the way to the 
bottom of this post, and you can find out how to get one of these courses for your very own!**

My lovely partner, Rita of Toltec Jewels, spoiled me rotten with gorgeous artisan beads and gemstones. Yes, I hit the jackpot, and I realize how lucky I am. Just to remind you, here is the soup I got.



Yes, I fell over in a full-on swoon.

Some pieces came together immediately, as I was opening the packages.  Others revealed themselves more slowly. But since I know you have another 499 blogs to look at as part of BSBP8, let's get to the goodies, shall we?


This, one, I must say, is my favorite of the bunch. Rita was great to include a cabochon, since she knows I do a lot of beadweaving. This beautiful cab from BeadFreaky was the perfect centerpiece, and I surrounded her with blue freshwater pearls, and an embellished herringbone rope of the twins, rollos, and brick beads Rita had sent.


The other piece that has some beadweaving in it also uses a focal with a dramatic backstory -- as Rita was wrapping this lovely lampwork cylinder from Maryse, the bead took a spectacular swan dive to Rita's floor and broke in half. Maryse made another in the same colorway and sent it directly from her shop in Europe (extra kisses to her!). There are all kinds of lovely shades of pink in the focal, and I tried to highlight them with the garnets in the tassel, the rose quartz and garnet in the spiral rope on the shorter strand, the beautiful freshwater pearls in the longer strand, and the truly lovely sterling/garnet two-strand clasp.


Back to the blue soup -- this time with a necklace that practically built itself as it came out of the package. The lovely ceramic nest focal from Blu Mudd was a natural match with the fantastic organic feeling ceramic blue/brown beads and leaf from Thea Elements. Added to that are blue flower buttons, blue Czech whirligigs (they remind me of the seed pods that are dropping like helicopters from the maple trees all over my neighborhood), a patinaed toggle clasp, and a cute little frog that hopped out of my stash, all on a macrame woven waxed linen cord.


Another pink necklace, this time with a focal that Rita ordered and sent as a backup for the broken Maryse focal. This one reminded me of a rosy sunset, and I was happy to pick up those colors with the extra fun purple Czech glass mushrooms that nestle together so beautifully, other pink Czech glass, a very special brass bird from Leslie Watt, and a clasp that Rita made herself with a lampwork bead from SueBeads. The asymmetry allowed me to show off all of the gorgeousness at once.


This piece of spring features another lampwork cylinder from Maryse, suspended on a lampwork leaf headpin. The necklace picks up the gorgeous spring shades of blue in the blue topaz, variegated quartz, and blue freshwater pearls, with pops from pewter discs and freshwater stick pearls.


And now for some glitz! Look at these spectacular, sparkletacular Slovakian glass faceted six-sided beauties! I paired them with garnet leaves, crystal, Czech glass, Swarovski elements bead caps, and a luxurious vermeil clasp with crystals. It truly is so sparkly, you may need to wear shades.  Here's a closeup of the clasp and the bead caps -- they are too pretty not to see clearly.


These beautiful freshwater pearls look like the deep blue I imagine the Aegean Sea to be.  What better beads to pair them with than the rich, lustrous 24k gold dipped Naas ceramics? The recycled sari silk was from my stash, where it had been waiting for a beautiful oceanic setting to come along.


More sari silk here, this time with a Czech glass, pewter discs, and a focal with crystal in pewter. Using fiber in my work is something I don't necessarily feel comfortable with, but I think this turned out pretty well.  I did give it a test wearing one day, so I can attest that it's very comfortable!


Another beautiful pendant with crystals, this time in a lovely blue that matched faceted bicones that Rita had included in her copious soup mix.  Ooh, elegant sparkle!

And finally, some earrings.  First, enameled rings with carved amethysts underneath.  Then, enameled flowers from Sue Beads, lampwork headpins from Southern Girl Designs, and Bali sterling beads.  I was a little worried about the patina on the headpin metal, but I kind of like the mix of rustic and shiny.



Phew! You made it! If you look back at the photos of the soup, you'll see that there's still plenty leftover for me to continue to work with.  I can't wait to get back into it...after I visit the other participants in the BSBP8 for abundant inspiration.  Thank you, Lori, for hosting this fabulous party, especially this year.  And thank you, thank you, thank you, Rita, for being such a fantastic partner and fun new friend!

Here's the payoff for reading this far -- if you leave a comment, you'll get a chance to win your choice of the two pairs of earrings from this challenge.  If you become a new follower of my blog AND leave me a comment, you'll get an additional chance to win. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Here are the rest of the fabulous participants in the hop -- see you there!

Lori Anderson, Hostess     www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

Tina Bosh                                  http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
Kristina Hahn Eleniak                 www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kari Asbury                               www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kris Binsfield                             www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com
Cheryl Gangle                            www.RockCandyJewelryDesign.blogspot.com
Amber Dawn                             www.InventiveSoul.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton                     http://adornedonadelaide.weebly.com/
Kayla Potega                              http://teejewelry.blogspot.com/
Becky Pancake                           www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Debbie Rogers                             http://debbiestreasuresandgems.wordpress.com/
Jenny Kyrlach                             www.anafiassa.blogspot.com
Genea Crivello-Knable                 www.geneabeads.blogspot.com
Deborah Read                             www.deborahreadcom.blogspot.com
Julianna Cannon                          http://julsbeads.blogspot.com/
Lisa Liddy                                  www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Debbie Rasmussen                      www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
Iveth Caruso                               www.creativeatelier.net/blog
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Corrie Williams                           http://thecedarbeader.blogspot.com.au

Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Miranda Ackerley                       http://blog.mirandack.com/
Andra Weber                             www.andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen                      http://www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com/
Penny Houghton                         www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Tania Hagen                               http://pelimadesign.blogspot.co.nz/
Robin Reed                                www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar                           www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Rachel Baron                              www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com
Erin Guest                                   www.renlish.com

Emma Todd                                            www.apolymerpenchant.com
Kelly Schermerhorn                            http://meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com/
Dana Hickey                                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com
Rebecca Ednie                                       http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com
Marybeth Rich                                       http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Sherri Levinton                                      www.cuttergazette.blogspot.com
RaMona Woolson                                www.jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton                             www.Itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Audrey Belanger                                  http://esperianterra.blogspot.ca/
Candida Castleberry                            http://spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano                              https://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Chenault                                  www.carolynchenault.wordpress.com
Toltec  Jewels                                        www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Diana Welte                                            http://lilyweeds.blogspot.com
Jean A. Wells                                          www.jeanawells.blogspot.com
Bev Breisinger                                       http://countryfrogcreations.blogspot.com/
Autumn Adams                                     www.autumndawns.blogspot.com
DiYana Alcalde                                       www.agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino                                    www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Karen Mitchell                                       www.overthemoon-design.com

Regina Santerre                                    http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
Dhea Powers                                         http://javabead.blogspot.com/
Jayne Capps                                           https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Keri Lee Sereika                                    www.pinklemonade.typepad.com
Melissa Trudinger                                www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                              http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Steck                                          www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                     http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson                                     http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

Maybeline Tay                                       http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/
Jackie Locantore                                   http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
D'Arsie Manzella                                   http://thisherenowmamacita.blogspot.com
Jacqueline Marchant                          http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/
Lori Bergmann                                       www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com
Beccy Peterson                                     www.yanasmom.blogspot.com
Katie Nielson-Nunez                           www.Vikingcraft.blogspot.com
Heidi Kingman                                       http://heidikingman.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick                                           http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Rose Johnson                                        http://swtrosethorn.blogspot.com/

Nicole Demore                                      http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/
Marti Conrad                                          http://marticsclay.blogspot.com
Marianna Boylan                                  www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com
Mitzie Crider                                          www.needfulluxuries.com
Christa Murphy                            www.adventuresofwonbeadywoman.blogspot.com
Alisa Siceloff                                           www.armoredmermaid.blogspot.com
Maria Rios                                               http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com/
Tracy Martin                                           www.nutkittensjewelry.blogspot.com
Nan Emmett                                           www.spiritrattles.blogspot.com

Ali McCarthy                                           www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer LaVite                                      www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml                                          www.craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Valerie Kravette                                   http://gettingabeadon.blogspot.com
Bobbie Rafferty                                    www.beadsong.blogspot.com (you're here!)
Kathleen Breeding                               http://99bobotw.blogspot.com
Kristi Brokaw                                          www.Kristibrokawdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Suver                                                http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/
Natalie Moten                                       http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/
Jami Shipp                                     http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com/

Diana Shiraishi                                       www.JasmineTeaDesigns.blogspot.com
Heather Otto                                         http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp                    www.kruseartllc.com
Lisa Knappenberger                            www.liraysadesigns.blogspot.com
Charlene Jacka                                      http://clay-space.com/blog
Patty Miller                                             http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com/
Sandi James                                            www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com
Marianne Hurley                                  www.Readsandbeads.wordpress.com
Cris Peacock                                           http://crispart.blogspot.com/
Andrea Rivers                                        http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com/

Gloria Allen                                             http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com/
Kandice Seeber                                     http://coloraddictionblog.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas                                           http://www.esfera.me/travel/
Sandy Richardson                                 www.SandyscoloringBox.blogspot.com
Hajer Waheed                                       www.mybeadedworld.wordpress.com
Cynthia Abner                                       http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com/
Peggy Johnson                                      http://charmbarn.blogspot.com/
Tina Holder                                             www.beadcomber.ca
Julie Bowen                                            http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com
Heather Richter                                    http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Sarah Strover                                         www.beaupepys.blogspot.com
Kimberly Idalski                                     www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Sandi Volpe                                            www.sandivolpe.com
Tandra Boyer                                         http://alittleinkalicious.blogspot.com/
Klaudete Koon                                      http://www.klaudetekoon.blogspot.com
Michaela Pabeschitz                           http://der-lamardebonita.blogspot.co.at/
Mea-B. Uebler                                      http://schmuck-der-gut-tut.blogspot.de
Mandi Effron                                          www.craft-o-licious.blogspot.com
Evelyn Shelby                                        http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Shai Williams                                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Natalie Davidson                                  http://www.northshoredays.com
Evelyn Duberry                                     www.Shebamakeda.com
Cindy Pack                                               http://CindyPack.blogspot.com
Eszter Czibulyas                                    http://bigyogyar.blogspot.com
Sylvia Lupberger                                   http://www.lusyls-kreativseite.blogspot.de/
Divya N                                                     www.jewelsofsayuri.com
JJ Jacobs                                                   www.comingabstractions.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina                                       www.peru-medesigns.com
Ginger Davis Allman                            http://thebluebottletree.com
Chris Eisenberg                                     http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic                 http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                                       www.marshalljodie.blogspot.com
Margareta Saari                                    http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.fi/
Menka Gupta                                        http://menkag.blogspot.com/
Dian Hierschel                                        www.mydias.de
Kashmira Patel                                      http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Christina Miles                                       http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/
Inge von Roos                                        www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
Sam Siegel                                               http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett                                          http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Linda Newnham                                   http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Enikö Fabian                                           www.perleni.blogspot.com
Dorota Żerańska                                   http://gdymamczas.blogspot.com
Shalini Austin                                         http://jewellery-by-shalini.blogspot.co.uk
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens                    www.glassbeadart.blogspot.com
Silke Groeber                                         http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt                                     www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson                              www.songbeads.blogspot.com
Niky Sayers                                             http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Stefanie Teufel                                     http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com

Rosantia Petkova                                 http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Alenka Obid                                            www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Jacqueline Keller                                  www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn                                        http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Jackie Ryan                                             http://kydojewellery.blogspot.co.uk/
Kumi Fisher                                             www.kumifisher.blogspot.com
Joan Williams                                         www.lilrubyjewelry.com
Stephanie Weiss                                   http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Elsbeth Fuchs                                         www.acrimbolda.blogspot.com
Johanna Nash                                        http://http://firephoenixcreations.blogspot.co.uk

Natascha Marty                                    http://www.sommerlicht.ch
Sarah Goode                                          www.pookledo.blogspot.com
Agata Grygiel                                         http://www.inaurem.pl/
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller                  www.jevebo-art.blogspot.com
Rebecca Sirevaag                                 www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Magdalena Sikora                                http://www.porannagazeta.blogspot.com/
Ana Krepel                                              http://catspajamas-dogstuxedos.blogspot.com/
Saskia Letta                                             www.puenktliundanton.blogspot.com
Beth Emery                                             www.storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Lizzie Clarke                                            www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com

Evie and Beth McCord                        http://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/
Marcia Dunne                                        www.thealternativefoundry.blogspot.co.uk
Agi Kiss                                                     http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Esterina Jagiella                                     http://ekleijar.blogspot.com/
Judith Johnston                                    http://www.judith-johnston.com/blog/
Jenny Vidberg                                       http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/
Klaudia Toth                                           http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu
Merja Sundström                                 http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Colleen Vinthagen                               http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog
Leah Curtis                                              http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk/

Giorgia Rossini                                       http://joyblonde.blogspot.it/
Sandra Wollberg                                   www.city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/‎
Annica Larsson                                      http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez                                        www.artincendi.com
Krafty Max                                              http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider                                        www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Mary Govaars                                        www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi            http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Maddison Langford                             www.maddy-moo.blogspot.com
Ginger Bishop                                        http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

Birgitta Lejonklou                                 www.lejonklou.blogspot.se
Lesley Watt                                             www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Doris Stumpf                                          www.glaszwerg.blogspot.com
Marjolein Trewavas                            http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Silvia Sernicola                                       http://pipa-the-latest.blogspot.it/
Roxanne Blanc                                       http://strikesmyfancy-2013.blogspot.com/
Wendy Chamberlain                           http://wendy-essentialbears.blogspot.co.uk/
Siobhán Keogh                                      www.vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie
Claire Fabian                                           www.saraccino.blogspot.com
Katrin Fenzke                                         http://perlhuehner-schokojunkie.blogspot.de/

Eva Wills                                                   http://quiltingpug.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer                                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Bridget Torres                                        www.shears58.net
Marina Passarella                                 http://annodarte2013.blogspot.it
Christina Hickman                                http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Tammie Everly                                       http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/
Ana Cravidao                                          http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki                                     www.vasdea.wordpress.com
Jennifer VanBenschoten                     http://www.vanbeads.blogspot.com

Solange Collin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Marina Kosović                                      http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/
Michelle Tucker                                    www.michelleannstudio.com
Sue Rennie                                             http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/
Claire Lockwood                                   www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Barb Solem                                             www.ViviMagooPresents.com
Caroline Dewison                                 http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Noemi Baena Roman                          http://blog.noemibaena.com/
Nancy Dale                                              www.nedbeads.blogspot.com
Marsela Schroth                                   www.marselita.de

Amy Severino                                        http://www.amybeads.blogspot.com/
Vonna Maslanka                                   http://justvonna.blogspot.com/
Andra Marasteanu                              http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha                                www.colorsofshae.blogspot.com
Amanda Wacasey                                www.Mandyinmystic.blogspot.com
Marcy Lamberson                                www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Lisa Johnson                                           http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com/
Gail Vanderster-Zwang                      www.Angelmoose.blogspot.com
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                           http://cecerelyyours.blogspot.com
Asri Wahyuningsih                               http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/

ChristineMurrow                                  www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Ament                                         http://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com/
Lilik Kristiani                                            http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Haussler                             www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Deb Fortin                                               www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Kelly Hosford Patterson                    www.travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Katy Heider                                             www.onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield                            www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Dagmar Liebisch                                    http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de
Sandra McGriff                                      http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca

Sheila Daniels                                         http://www.cheekymagpie.com
Rossana De Gaspari                             www.Rdegas.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins                                      Www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille                                             www.dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Judy Riggs                                                www.rigglettes.blogspot.com
Lora Bright                                               www.labweorc.wordpress.com
Tina Noonan                                           www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
Shawn Price                                            http://silkyshaven.blogspot.com
April Grinaway                                       http://brooklynbeadgoddess.blogspot.com
Cheryl Roe                                              www.beadroe.blogspot.com

Pam Hurst                                               http://pamhurst.blogspot.com
Shirley Moore                                        www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Emmanuelle Roué                               www.ashentara.blogspot.fr
Tammy Adams                                      http://paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Kristin Oppold                                        http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com
Catie Doman                                          http://drcatie.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman                               www.catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Cheryl Foiles                                           http://cherylsartisticendeavors.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Perry                                  www.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com
Barbara Fernald                                    www.BarbaraSFernald.com

Debi Dufrene                                         http://debideauxdesigns.blogspot.com/
Kathy Stemke                                        http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com/
Anne Betenson                                     www.crystalriverbeads.blogspot.com
Chris Haussler                                        http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Catherine King                                       www.Catherines-Musings.blogspot.com
Andria Poole                                          www.jewelleryartiste.blogspot.co.uk
Sherri Stokey                                         www.knotjustmacrame.com
Sharyl King                                              http://catchenthesun.wordpress.com
Donna Millard                                        http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/
Gayle Dyck                                              www.dragonflydreamweaver.wordpress.com

Gen Smith                                               http://www.gennysworld.blogspot.com
Deanna Cox                                            http://deannaaki.wordpress.com/
Beti Horvath                                           www.stringingfool.blogspot.com
Rose Rushbrooke                                 www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/
Arlene Dean                                           http://aglassbash.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrow                            www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Deborah Apodaca                                www.deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com
Veralynne Malone                               www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Stacy Alderson                                      http://iridalsattic.blogspot.co.uk
Eva Sherman                                          http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/


Cassi Paslick                                            http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com/
Cindy Boissonneault                              www.dziar.com
Linda Sadler                                            www.idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com
Louise Glazier                                        http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/
Susan McClelland                                 http://mistheword12.wordpress.com/
Kathrin Lembke                                    http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
SusanneStelljes                                    www.Pearlify.blogspot.com
Terry Jeanette Carter                            www.tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Susan Kelly                                              http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com

Kim Paige                                                 http://www.redtree-studio.com/blog/
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell                   www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson                                        http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Tracey Leeder                                        http://abeadifulmess.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Bunn                                      http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Allison Fitzpatrick                                 alspolkadotsandpaisley.blogspot.com
Tania Spivey                                           www.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com
Ilenia Ruzza                                             http://ile1974.blogspot.it/
Lauren Potts                                           www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Lynn Jobber                                            http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/

Lee Koopman                                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Carol Wilson                                           http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Woodford                            www.Elizabethcreates.blogspot.com
Deb McKinnis                                         www.willowbridgebeads.wordpress.com
Rochelle Brisson                                   http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Shari Replogle                                        www.playswithpaper.blogspot.com
Janeen Sorensen                                 www.wildvanilladesigns.com
Kat Barron Miller                                  http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com/
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/www.tooaquarius.com
Darlene Fortier                                      www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com

Leslie Schenkel                                      http://twistedchicken.wordpress.com/
Kym Hunter                                            http://kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com/
Leslie Wayment                                    http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
Beckie Robison                                      http://spiralfirestudios.blogspot.com
Hannah Trost                                         www.pzdesigns.blogspot.com
Kim Hutchinson                                     www.jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
Liz Engriser                                              www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Diah Anggreni                                        https://mymaniks.wordpress.com
Monique Urquhart                              http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Kim Williams                                           www.kimmwilliams.blogspot.com

Theresa Buchle                                     http://www.bead-mused.blogspot.com
Susan Bowie                                           http://susanbowie.wordpress.com
Pam DeBoer                                           http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Skylar Bre'z                                             http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/
Janet Loomis                                          www.anvilartifacts.blogspot.com
Tari Kahrs                                                 http://brush.typepad.com/my-blog/
Nancy Smith                                           www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Erin Grant                                                www.ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com
Barbara Mason                                      www.Adorninglyyours.com
Karin King                                                www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca

Mary K. McGraw                                  www.mkaymac.blogspot.com
Mandi Ainsworth                                 www.beadcircle.com
Jasvanti Patel                                         http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Donna Conklin                                       www.PrimaDonnaBeads.com
Karen Jones                                            http://offthetopcreations.blogspot.ca/
Lori Finney                                              www.lori-finney.blogspot.ca
Sheila Davis                                    http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/
Sabine Dittrich                                       www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Helen Simon                                           http://helensharvest.blogspot.com/

Nicole Valentine Rimmer                  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Marge Beebe                                         www.rockcreekcreations.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy                              Www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Chandra Merod                                    www.Junipergoods.blogspot.com
Nancy Olliver                                          http://nancyolliver.com/blog/
Alison Sachs                                            http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com/
Kay Mallery                                             www.kaymreflections.blogspot.com
Beth Petricoin                                        http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/
Marta Grabalowska                             http://galeriakota.blogspot.com/
Clare Etheridge                                     http://www.catseatdogs.com

Heather Marston                                 http://cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com
Ann Rishell                                              Http://mycriticaleye.com
Cece Cormier                                         http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/
Shannon German                                 www.Missficklemediacom.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Merrigan                           http://www.maryellenbeads.com
Cheryl Brown                                         www.dragonflybeads.ca
Mary Hicks                                     http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Judy Robinson                                       http://judyrobinsondesigns.com
Danielle Kelley                                       http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Cate van Alphen                                   http://fulgorine.wordpress.com/

Patricia Buchanan                                 www.braceletstoo.artfire.com
Billi R.S. Rothove                                   http://www.billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com
Laura Blanck                                           www.laurablanck.blogspot.com
Pam Traub                                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden                                     www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Kristi Harrison                                        http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com/
Karen Martinez                                     http://fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/
Sarah Singer                                           http://singingsongsofsixpence.blogspot.co.uk
Megan Tillery                                         http://cherryonion.wordpress.com/
Dana James                                            www.danasjewelrydesign.blogspot.com

Rachel Stewart                                      www.bluefinchjewelry.blogspot.com
Valerie Cook                                           www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Debra Gibson                                         http://debrasheart.blogspot.com/
Pat Haight                                                http://wigglebuttblog.blogspot.com/
Rachel Stanley                                       www.2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com
Sandra Pendragon                               www.SandraPendragon.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz                                            www.Anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de
Sharon Driscoll                                       www.sharondriscoll.blogspot.com
Lecia Woessner                                     https://www.copperroses.blogspot.com
Kitty Durmaj                                           www.perlesandlife.blogspot.com

Donetta Farrington                              http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Bonnie Coursolle                                  http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Laurie Wirth                                            www.mermaidtreasuresart.blogspot.com
Lori Callahan                                           www.Dancingwireandbeads/blogspot.com
B.R. Kuhlman                                         www.mixedmayhemstudios.com
Karin Grosset Grange                         http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Rebekah Payne                                     http://www.treewingsstudio.com/
Lori Bowring Michaud                         http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Patty Woodland                                    http://brokenteepee.com
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                          http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/
Susanna Lehto                                       www.othellehto.blogspot.fi
June Butt                                                 http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/
Melissa Muir                                          http://Design.kcjewelbox.com
Laney Mead                                           http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Tamera Norris                                        www.beadsinspireme.com
Andrea Trank                                         www.heavenlanecreations.com
Catharine Temaluru                            http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com

Marie Covert                                          http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Valerie Tilghman                                   www.Artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com
Jean Baldridge Yates                           http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Sierra Barrett                                         www.Giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Patricia Robitaille                                  http://www.banglesandbrew.blogspot.com/
Leanne Loftus                                        www.firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Sally Russick                                            http://thestudiosublime.com
Mallory Hoffman                                  http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Dini Bruinsma                                         www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Marde Lowe                                           www.fancimar.com

Hannah Annear                                     www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Patty Johnson                                        http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com/
Valerie Norton                                      www.hot-fused-glass.com
Ann Sherwood                                      http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Staci Smith                                              www.stacilouiseoriginals.com
Jen Purple                                               www.purplefishstudio.blogspot.com
Ruth Szapa                                              www.trulytrudi.blogspot.com
CJ Bauschka                                            www.Fool4Jewels.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                         www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Suz Hamel                                               http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/

Laura Guenther                                    www.Blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Elisabeth Auld                                        www.beadsforbusygals.com
Martha Aleo                                           www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Shiraz Biggie                                           www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Brendalee Astells                                    www.silverbee.ca
Heather d'Entremont                             http://frugalmacdougall.wordpress.com
Kelly Morgan                                          www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com
Lesley Lane                                             http://phoebedreamsjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/
Lori Blanchard                                        www.alainnjewelry.wordpress.com

Susan Kennedy                                     www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Rain Hannah                                           http://honeyandollie.com
Janice Warden Bergeron                   http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca/
Melissa Packer                                      www.melissascheapfrills.com
Jana Haverty                                          http://handlcreations.blogspot.com/
Cindy Ritchie                                          http://mooseriverglass.blogspot.com/
Marianne Baxter                                  www.simplyseablimejewelery.blogspot.com
Denise McCabe                                     www.cabewoman.blogspot.com
Sharon Palac                                           www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Cathy Buckley                                        www.cathybuckleycatsmeow.blogspot.com

Jennifer Van Horn                                http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Crystal Rector                                        Www.autumnskyadornments.com/blog
Susan Walls                                             http://susansartcircus.com/blog
Penny Neville                                        http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone                                                 http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Heather Davis                                        http://www.blissfulgardenbeads.com/blog
Michelle Escano                                    www.cabbycaft.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau                                            www.tlemake.blogspot.com
Janet Borzecki                                       www.jaybeejewelry.blogspot.com
Rhonda Hagerman                               http://mustardseedbeads.blogspot.com/

Katrina Taylor                                         www.iwannagoout.wordpress.com
Molly Alexander                                   http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Nicole Rennell                                       www.nicolerennell.com/blog
Chris McGilvery                                     www.mmmomentos.blogspot.com
Erin Prais-Hintz                                      http://treasures-found.blogspot.com
Dawn Williams                                       www.sadiejewelrydesign.blogspot.com
Kate Dufour                                            https://mixfolios.wordpress.com/
Robin Lynne Showstack                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Hodges                                  www.thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Cynthia Tucker                                      www.seaofglassbeads.blogspot.com

Adlinah Kamsir                                      http://dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.sg/
Stephanie Price                                     http://www.stephaniepricedesigns.wordpress.com
Carol Dillman                                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Christine Hansen                                  http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com/
Andrea Frank                                         http://andreajewelry.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman                                         www.beadtrilogy.com
Denise Petersen                                   www.reinventedobjects.blogspot.com
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom                 www.clubcreativestudio.com/blog
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia                http://crazy-notions.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson                        www.BeadphoriaBlog.com

Terri Gauthier                                        http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache                                   http://www.allprettythings.ca
Barbara Bechtel                                    http://secondsurf.com
Hannah Rosner                                     http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com
Keren von Hoeren                                www.creativeideen.de
Lea Avroch                                              http://lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com/
Maire Dodd                                            http://mairedodd.blogspot.com/