Friday, January 10, 2014

In the Forest Blog Hop Sponsored by Lisa Lodge

Lisa Lodge bead kit for In the Forest Blog
The kit for the "In the Forest Blog" arrived in early autumn so I had lots of time to use these beads.  The first thing I did was separate most of the aqua beads from the dark green just for the heck of it.  I then used most of the aqua beads in the first 3 pieces that I made.
Autumn leaves bracelet uses aqua crystal beads
I made this autumn leaves bracelet has a handmade polymer clay cuff by Humblebeads that sits on top of the wrist. This cuff style is all the rage. The handmade artisan cuff bracelet has brown and white button pearls and turquoise/aqua beads from Lisa are used. These are the colors that are found in the sketch of the leaves on the bracelet bar. I also used gold wire and gold beads to add sparkle. There is a brown jasper bead and a few crystals. I think that the aqua beads are perfect for this bracelet.

Dragonfly bracelet uses aqua beads

The rest of the aqua beads went into making this Dragonfly bracelet.  I liked the Autumn Leaves bracelet design so much that I used it again to make this cuff bracelet.  The handmade artisan cuff by Humblebeads is combined with brown and white button pearls and Lisa's aqua beads since these are the colors that are found in the sketch of the dragonfly on the bracelet bar. I also used gold wire and gold beads to add sparkle. There is an artisan smooth, round, ceramic purple bead as well as a jasper bead and a few crystals.

Aqua Heart Necklace features aqua czech leaves

For my 3rd piece I used all of the aqua Czech leaves.  The color matches this ceramic heart and I thought that the royal blue pearls would be a great color combination.

I still have lots of forest green beads and the 3 large oval beads to use!  Please visit the folks participating in this blog hop and leave some kind words.

Your 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
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
This blog hop came with great beads and lots of time.  Lisa is wonderful at putting kits together.  I look forward to her next blog hop in February 22 called Winter Sparkle.


  1. Your bracelets are scrumptious and I love the unusual colour combos, Kathy. The necklace is also elegant and fresh. Beautiful work!

  2. Your bracelets are beautiful and fun - the Humblebeads cuffs go perfectly with your kit! Your necklace is so pretty - aqua and royal blue look beautiful together!

  3. Lovely pieces. They all make me think of spring.

  4. Love the addition of the royal blue.

  5. Love how you used the beads to pair with Heather's components. The assymetry is lovely and they turned out so well! I also like the unusual color combo in the necklace set too- Christie

  6. Beautiful pieces...I love the dragon fly!

  7. The royal blue pearls are great with the leaves and heart focal. I also enjoyed seeing two versions of the autumn leaves bracelet design, I can't decide which one I like better.

  8. Wonderful! I just love the cuffs and the color selection.

  9. You created some really neat pieces. I especially love the dragonfly bracelet.

  10. Just love all the designs especially the dragonfly bracelet.

  11. Beautiful pieces - great use of the aqua beads, indeed! Heather's bracelet bars are just perfect with the rest of the mix: elegant and cheerful. Wonderful job!

  12. You made a lovely picture of a lovely♥ necklace! I like the fresh colours in all your designs, it's a bit like spring time(-:

  13. Beautiful pieces - I am a big fan of Humblebeads, and I love how you incorporated her clay cuffs into your designs. The necklace is such a fun and bold mix of colors - well done!

  14. Love the bracelet designs and color combo of the necklace. Great job!

  15. Loving the asymmetricality of the hearts necklace. Beautiful pieces.

  16. I don't know which one I like the most, they are all so lovely.
    Excellent color combination

  17. Love your bracelets. I'm a fan of humblebeads and you have made such great pieces with them.

  18. Love the bracelets, they are very pretty!

  19. Oh my gosh, Kathy, sitting on my bead table is a Humblebeads leaf (same colors too) bracelet bar too! I had it out for my bead mix. Great minds think alike, right ;) lol. Anyway, WOW! The aqua and dark green beads you received sure became treasures! I love the photo of your mix -- so pretty. And your Humblebeads bracelets are so so pretty! The aqua beads are simply gorgeous in the perfectly asymmetrical, very very cool designs. You used shape, size, color, texture just beautifully! Really nice. The touches of gold in the dragonfly make my heart happy (love gold & so many designers just don't use it ever, sadly) and make me want to wear that bracelet today! It is just beautiful, Kathy, and could be worn right along with fine jewelry, which I admit I wear & love. And last but not least -- the aqua & royal blue necklace is simply lovely! Those pearls are gorgeous, and next to the aqua ceramic & Czech, create a polished, very fine colorway that is simply wonderful! How cool would that be to wear with jeans? Or with a black dress & boots? I love color & your necklace celebrates color gracefully! Classic, yet very modern, chic and ultra cool collection of jewelry!

  20. Wow - Kathy! Such pretty bracelets and a nifty necklace! I love the pairing of Heather's components with your bead mix beads. Such a scrumptious mix of color and texture. Thanks for being in the hop!

  21. Thank you for taking time to give such a thoughtful response. It is appreciates.

  22. Kathy, I loved this from the eye-catching photo of your beads in the white bowl right to the very end! What beautiful jewelry you created! I'm always impressed by people who make bracelets--not my strength!

    1. I agree, Sharyl. I love bracelets as much as I do earrings but haven't mastered the art of making them. These are so pretty.

  23. What pretty pieces you made with your beads. I especially like the dragonfly bracelet and the colors you used to accent the focal. Very pretty.

  24. Kathy, all three pieces are lovely. I, too, love the photo of the beads in the white vessel. very pretty. And what a great idea to put the heart necklace in the shape of a heart. I've never seen that before. Very cool.

  25. All of your pieces are so PRETTY. My favorite is the dragonfly cuff. I just love the mix.