Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Oh, this was so much fun!  I pirated my own Bead Stash and challenged myself to come up with something I'd never tried before.

Here's what I started with:
Just a basic outline on felt and some funky felted cocoons.  Or are they bubbles?  I found them here.  I just love the funky shape and colors.  I attached each cocoon with thread and beads, trimming some of the beads to different sizes and shapes.  I wanted the piece to feel really organic and off-beat.

I also had a stash of sequins that I hadn't used yet, so I broke out that box and added it to the mix.  Anchoring the sequins with crystals and/or black seed beads in colors that matched the cocoons, I'm really happy with the blend of texture and color.

What do you think?
A little bit of flash, a sweep of felt.
Lots of fun.

I added some funky, chunky czech glass beads on the neck strap and dropped the three remaining cocoons from the bottom for a bit of movement.

Not too bad, I think.  I enjoyed working with the sequins, and look forward to playing with them again.  Once I got through the doubtful phase (you know, that point where you think "This sucks eggs and I'll never make a pretty piece of jewelry again."), I got really excited about the cocoons.  And the piece is so lightweight, it's hardly noticeable when you have it on.

I don't know about y'all, but I'm going to keep playing with my bead stash.  There's fun stuff in there!

If you want to check out the rest of the Bead Hoarders Bloggers, here's the list.  Get started!  And, a big thanks to Lori Anderson, for dreaming this fun beady adventure up!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


  1. I love your creation, all the colours and "bubbles" just made me smile! The organic look is really great :)

  2. I love that piece, it is so fun and happy! Those bubbles are so pretty!

  3. This piece is so fun and colorful. Sequins and cocoons, what could be better!

  4. Fun and colorful! Very pretty ... well done! :-D

  5. So colorful and unique - love it! :)

  6. Completely spontaneous and staggeringly cheerful!! I love how you went right over the top with it!!

  7. Skylar, what an awesome, original, amazing necklace! This makes me very happy.

    Do you mind if I add a photo of this piece to my Reader Gallery? It would fit in so nicely. :)

  8. I love the little felted cups - I found something similar in glass made by Tanya McGuire you can see them here: - Awesome work!

  9. Skylar your necklace is an awesome show stopper. It's wonderfully unique and creative.

  10. My eye was first drawn to the coccons and how uniquely you used them. THEN I took a closer look at the rest of the collar and was totally blown away. Now ever did you have the patience to sew on all those sequins??? WOW

  11. I really love how colorful this piece is. beautiful.

  12. wow - so bright and well done! looks like a lot of work, but worth it.

  13. How colorful and unique! I think it's spectacular! :)

  14. What a fun piece! Its adorable!!!

  15. I had no idea what those were based on the first picture. What you did with them is fantastic!! I love it!!

  16. What a wonderful little wearable work of art!

  17. Whoa you make wonderful Beauty! Such wonderful talented dedication I'm so very impressed! I also looked at your Etsy. That fairy necklace you sold whoa isn't that something else. Your work is beyond wonderful! I cannot say enough how Impressed here. ox

  18. It's great, it's very special!!! I've never seen something like this♥ before... Have a great ☼ Summer with this beautiful piece of jewellery ☼

  19. Oh I love it to bits! Just looking at it brings a smile. What a wonderful talent you have.

  20. OMG, this is amazing, Skylar... I've never worked with cocoons, but now I am definitely going to check them out!

  21. Now that was a lot of work...very cool! I know a kindergarten school teacher who would love that! Love those bright colors...

  22. Okay, now that is so cute! Loving those cocoons!!!!

  23. That's a really unique, fun and creative piece! Bet you'll get loads of comments from people when you wear it too!

  24. What an interesting piece!! Very creative and so colorful. The cocoon bubbles are so interesting,I could stare at them all day. Nice work!

  25. The cocoons are GENIUS! I love the way you shaped and grouped them, and then paired them with the sequins. What a fabulous piece!

  26. I love your use of the color and texture. It came together beautifully. It's quite festive!!

  27. Very cool! so different, textural and wonderful.

  28. This is totally cool Skylar. I want to play with it:)

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