Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter Sparkle Blog Hop

Beads sent to me by Lisa Lodge for the challenge
The kit which was put together for the "Winter Sparkle" blog hop by Lisa Lodge arrived in late autumn so I had lots of time to use these beads.  The first thing I did was separate the beads into groups by their colors or types just for the heck of it.  I then used most of the pale green pearls and the round lime pieces as well as some of the seed beads in the bracelet below.  These beads worked really well with a ceramic that I just got from JeraLunaDesigns.

Sunburst Bracelet is available for purchase in my online store-- BayMoonDesign

This colorful sunburst bracelet has a handmade porcelain bar that sits on top of the wrist. This cuff style is all the rage. The handmade artisan cuff bracelet is made from porcelain clay and glazed in blue, pink, amber and green by JeraLunaDesigns. I added deep purple and green beads, glass pearls, and crystals to the 2 strands that are attached to the bar with green seed beads. I also used gold beads and clasp play on the yellow sun in the porcelain and to add warmth and sparkle. This cuff bracelet is inspired by the winter sun which puts a sparkle on all of the snow and ice that we have gotten this winter.

I used a couple of the pearls in a pair of earrings that are going to appear in Bead It Today magazine this spring so I can't show you the photo of them.  I will say that the charms that I used in the earrings came JeraLunaDesigns also and they are green.  I am very excited about the prospect of seeing these earrings in a beading magazine. 

Lots of Greens in the Keys

Green is a favorite color of mine.  I enjoys seeing all of the shades of green in the Keys.  These colors always provide inspiration.  The good news for me is that I still have lots of Lisa's green beads to use!  Lisa's soup of beads is always generous.  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

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog

Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations 

Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Annette Rivers, Mama Owl's Mess

Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry

Karen Burg, KEB Designs

Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti

I have a challenge going on also--Patina Blog Hop on Feb. 28.  Ten designers will be showing what they created with the same piece of metal and unlimited patina choices for it.  Please stop by and see what see what everyone came up with.


  1. Unexpected colors for a winter theme. But I love the dark purple & green together. It takes me to the winters in St. Louis between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A relaxing bracelet to see.

  2. I love the color combination in your bracelet --really lovely :-)

  3. I always love the play of purple and green as a colour combination. Look forward to seeing earrings in the magazine! Congrats!

  4. How exciting that you're going to be published! Congrats. Love the way you've used the beads to compliment that wonderful focal. Nice done! Christie

  5. Your bracelet looks like something I would really enjoy wearing with the perfect collaboration of focal and beads. Excellent work and bravo on your upcoming publication!!!

  6. Lovely color choice! The focal is amazing!

  7. That looks like a comfortable bracelet to wear. Always a challenge! The colors matching up to the focal are divine. Lovely job!

  8. I LOVE the bracelet you created!! The color combo is one of my favorites.

    By the way, thanks for visiting my blog recently and leaving a comment. I appreciate it very much.


  9. The color combination is great - very nice design.


  10. OOooohhhhh, that bracelet is so pretty! You did a really wonderful job with this challenge.

  11. Kathy - What a gorgeous bracelet! I love JeraLuna Designs, and that focal is amazing. Can't wait to see your earrings in Bead-it-Today. Thanks for being in the hop!

  12. I really love that bracelet, great color combination and the focal is so pretty.

  13. Loved how your colors came together so well...really like the focal bead!

  14. Great job on your bracelet Kathy. Congratulations on getting published.

  15. I like the dark and light color combo...great job!

  16. Gorgeous bracelet, congrats on getting published, will have to check that one in the magazine.

  17. Can't wait to see you in the magazine. The bracelet is beautiful.

  18. This is a gorgeous bracelet! Beautiful colors that make the focal stand out. I love it!