Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Blog and Swap

3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop
3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

I am happy to say I am part of the 3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop which is hosted by Linda Anderson  of CherryOnTopDesign.  Our directions for this event are to send our partner something he or she will love and will brightening his or her day as well as offer a challenge. 

We didn't have much time to mail our beads to our partner. I spent some time poking around on the Internet to learn a little about my partner--Linda Raggo as possible.

Linda Raggo

Linda lives in Auburn, Georgia.  I found that Linda is exclusively on Facebook. She told me that she has had much better luck there than Etsy or Amazon Handmade and better than her local shows.   She is a seller in the LBA Designers Galleria Showcase group.  I had the opportunity to watch her sell there one weekend.  As far as I could tell, she sold everything she listed.  Her photos of her jewelry were really well done.  Her jewelry is beautiful.  She uses Swarovski crystal accents, sterling silver and lots of handmade ceramic and lamp work by well known artisans.

Stash of beads that Raggo sent to BayMoonDesign

Leafy agate necklace by BayMoonDesign
This yellow, moss green, and brown agate necklace has the three creamy leaf shaped ceramics that Linda sent to me. I  added light brown jasper and moss green and brown agate to them. This earthy statement necklace is 18 inches around. I made the brass clasp which reminds me of the sun. The yellow, brown and green colors are perfect for the nature lover.

Leafy Agate Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Leafy Agate Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I think this woodsy necklace would make a special Mother's Day necklace or handmade artisan gift for someone special.  It is available in my shop.

Floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
Floral earrings by BayMoonDesign

These red floral lampwork earrings are so romantic and pretty! I used the floral lampwork beads that Linda sent.  The glass beads are white with red flowers that have tiny blue centers. I added blue swarovski crystals to highlight the blue in this red jewelry. I hand forged the sterling silver ear wires.

Rainbow colored necklace by BayMoonDesign
Rainbow colored necklace by BayMoonDesign
This rainbow colored casual necklace is a multicolored necklace with upcycled vintage tin beads and the stunning large, royal blue glass beads that Linda sent me.  I attached them with soft pale pink leather. I made an adjustable necklace which can be worn short or long. 

navy blue floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
navy blue floral earrings by BayMoonDesign
I used the irredescent blue floral beads in these earrings.  The floral lamp work is a pretty navy blue. The earrings have hand forged sterling silver ear wires that I made especially for this jewelry. I added a couple of crystals to the ear wires for some sparkle.

Part of this challenge involved sending our partner some beads that we created with. I sent Linda the pink ceramic focal. I am anxious to see if she used it and how. Below is the pink crystal necklace that I made with it.

Pink Crystal Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Pink Crystal Necklace by BayMoonDesign

This rosy red necklace has a pale pink ceramic focal surrounded by stunning pink crystals. There are rosy red pearls and silk ribbon attached. The crystal necklace has a pretty floral silver clasp.

Ocean wave necklace by BayMoonDesign
Ocean wave necklace by BayMoonDesign

The other bead that I sent to Linda is the ocean wave bead in the necklace above.  I used the artisan 24 mm. in diameter ocean wave lamp work bead by glass bead maker Carole Hughes. The peach colored seashell swirl opaque glass and transparent glass reminds me of an ocean wave. I added a copper coral connector to the top and copper coral branch to the bottom of the lamp work. I combined copper spacers, carnelian red beads, cream beads, and blue gray chips. I also added tiny blue gray seed beads to add color and sparkle. I made the circular copper clasp with the intent of adding more copper with a similar design to the piece.

I am anxious to see if Linda used these beads and what she did with them.

I still have lots of beads that Linda sent left to use. Thank you Linda Raggo for the generous supply of beads and Linda Anderson for organizing this.  Please grab  your favorite beverage and enjoy seeing what everyone has created.  Leave a comment or two!

Linda Anderson - Hostess - 
Beaders and partners 
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer  (here)
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter  http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.comAgnes Heidler
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone


  1. OMGoodness! What a wonderful group of pieces you made! My favorite is the pink piece.... it's glorious! Beautiful work!

  2. Hi Kathy,You chose a wonderful mix of beads to accent the creamy leaf shaped ceramics. The lampworked flower earrings are bright and beautiful. The upcycled vintage tin necklace is both colorful and playful.Good job using the pink ceramic focal. Copper was the perfect accent to the ocean waves pendant. It is my favorite of your pieces. Great job using your swap beads.

  3. Oh Kathy, what pretties you created! I love those red and blue earrings. They totally made me smile. And, your rainbow necklace. First off, I love anything with rainbow in the name. But, the necklace really is beautiful You were able to work in some of the beads you received perfectly with ones from your own stash. It's fab!!

  4. What a great selection to work with. I'm usually not a naughty person (see what I did there?) but I love the colorful knotty necklace!

  5. You made a lot of great pieces. Cry creative and pretty.

  6. Such wonderful designs! By far and away my favourite is the rainbow necklace. Just stunning,

  7. Very pretty pieces. I really love those floral earrings, that little pop of blue makes them sort of retro looking. I also really like the looks of your handmade ear wires!

  8. Beautiful! The first necklace is especially stunning!

  9. Love the woodsy necklace, and the metallic flower earrings are so cute!

  10. All your pieces are luscious and with a variety of textures and details like the sun clasp that make each one unique! My favorite is the modern vibe of the Rainbow necklace!

  11. I love rainbow finish so the rainbow necklace is my favourite of the lot

  12. You made a lot of really interesting pieces! They all have really distinct vibes!

  13. I love the tactile look of all of these pieces!