Friday, April 6, 2018

Bead Peeps 4th Annual Swap N Hop Reveal

Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
I am participating in Bead Peeps Swap'n Hop. Bead Peeps is a Facebook group made up of jewelry designers and it is administered by the very kind and talented Linda Anderson. Linda does a wonderful job organizing this and setting the reveal date. I am thrilled to be paired with Hope Smitherman. I feel like I know Hope really well. I read her blog Crafty Hope regularly and we have cross paths on other blogs and Facebook. Hope has an Etsy shop and I do too.

When I looked at the focals that Hope sent me, I knew right away that I was going to use the handmade chartreuse pendant is by Gaea. I love the vibrant color and design. I added to the art bead by combining it with a work bead by Grubbi that I adore.

Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
I created a long chartreuse necklace by using some brass beads and jump rings. I then used some bright yellow crystals that Hope sent combined with dreamy Czech glass beads that I had on hand. They are combined in a rosary style chain and I ended the necklace with an antique brass chain leaf clasp that Hope sent me.  I think this will make a great Mother's Day, graduation, or spring birthday gift.  It is available in my shop HERE.  

Long Royal Blue Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Long Royal Blue Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I also selected Hope's lovely repurposed vintage tin teardrop focal. It is perfect for a long floral teardrop necklace for the spring. I created a tassel of beads to surround her blue floral teardrop focal. The blue and green beads are green Swarovski crystals, blue glass beads, and some Czech glass beads. They are suspended from antique brass rings. I used blue beads to create a rosary chain and ended the necklace with an antique brass chain with a lobster clasp. The vast majority of the beads that are used in the tassel and chain are ones that Hope sent to me.  This floral necklace is for purchase HERE.

Tassel like beads combined with tin teardrop by BayMoonDesign
Tassel like beads combined with tin teardrop by BayMoonDesign

It was a real treat to have color picked out by Hope to compliment her necklace. It made creating the necklace go a lot easier.

Earrings with Tree Wing Studio beads by BayMoonDesign
Earrings  by BayMoonDesign with Tree Wing Studio beads
I love making earrings so I couldn't resist using a set of polymer clay beads by Tree Wing Studio.  The brown textured beads have specks of red, blue and yellow. I combined brass and gold metals with yellow Czech glass beads, cream colored beads with the artisan polymer clay beads. These modern casual earrings hang about 1.5 inches below the brass ear wires and are light and comfortable to wear.  They are for sale HERE.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy seeing what others in this swap made.

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson (You Are Here)
Inge von Roos

Kari  Asbury
Nadine Edris

Kathy Lindemer (here)
Hope Smitherman

Marde Lowe
Christina Hickman

Terry Jeanette Carter

Catherine La Vite
Joanne Bell       

Rosantia Petkova
Bonnie  Robbins

Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed       

Karin King
Jenny Kyrlach

Erika Price
Sarah  Reid

Divya N            
Lori Schneider

Robin Showstack
Nicole Rennell

Fay  Wolfenden
Shai Williams   

andrea frank
Cheri Reed       

Seed Beaders
Deborah Apodaca

Penny Houghton
Paulina Russell         Http://

Heather Canepa
Tina Hemr       

Michelle Marson

REbecca White  
Laura Bosch

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake


  1. I'm so not awake yet, so when I started scrolling and saw the Gaea pendant, I thought, "Hey, I have one of those." I don't...I sent it to you! I love the way you combined this with the other art bead for a bigger statement. And, simply adding a little creaminess to it without a lot of fuss was a perfect compliment. The tin necklace is SO FUN! I'm sure the fringe gives it a little weight that the tin piece itself doesn't really have. And, just using the blue on the chain (rather than working in other colors) is a great idea. It leaves the focal to be the focal-piece. And, those earrings. I love the little touches you added. They seem to allow the other colors in the beads to shine though. I really enjoyed being your partner. I hope I challenged you just enough to make it fun. Have fun hopping!!

  2. I see a very interesting color gradation in the chatreuse necklace that I would have never considered before.

  3. LOVE your style! Everything looks so light weight and airy....Perfect for the Spring and summer!

  4. Hi Kathy, You have a great design sense. The blue necklace is my favorite.

  5. Beautiful designs! I love them all but the earrings are my favorite...something about the color and bead combination just really grabs my attention.

    1. I appreciate your comments about the earrings.

  6. I love the chartreuse necklace and the AWESOME EARRINGS! Great job!

  7. What beautiful designs! I adore that first necklace which is saying something considering that I can't stand yellow or its cousins. And that second necklace is so fun! I can see wearing it to hang out with friends at the market or to work.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and you wonderful comments.

  8. I love the message in the first necklace and the serene colors to show it off! The bright colors of the second are such a treat, it's irresistible! The polymer clay beads you used in the earring are amazing!

    1. I am pretty fond of those necklaces too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Funky fun colors and designs, perfect for summer!

  10. Love the chartreuse necklace. Perfect for summer. Well done

  11. Loved both the Beautiful necklaces, the chartreuse geometric as well as the blue floral one. And the earrings are cute too.

  12. OHMYWORD! That blue necklace is positively DROOLWORTHY! I like the Grubbi piece, too.....but I'll be dreaming of that blue piece for a looong time. =) GREAT work!