Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Bead Table Blog hop

Welcome!!!  This is....

So what is this all about?  Well if this is your first stop I will tell you if not please skip this paragraph!  My sweet friend Lisa formally of Pine Ridge Treasures (thanks a lot blogger) and now of A Grateful Artist thought it would be fun to take stuff from her bead table (which with the amount of participants must be the size of one of those seat 100 guest type tables) and make pretty little packages (yeah they were not little either) for us to purchase (I know I don't get that opportunity very much) for a small fee (which totally explains why I did get to join) and put them with things on our bead table (mine is only 11" by 18" so you know I need all the beads I can get my hands on) and without purchasing anything new (Whew good thing too because it was just after Beadfest so you know I was funds challenged)  Here is what she sent me!

Oh look at all the goodies.  Well I did have several projects that all ready needed completion so they had to wait for a bit.  (That comes from the fact that I am currently on 2 official design teams, a blog team, and well I can't really pass up a challenge so I have 3 of those in the Que already)  I really like the combination of Pinks, purples and greys but I had yet another challenge to overcome.  The beads were not talking to me.  None of them.  It was like they were giving me the silent treatment.  What to do.  Well the only thing I could was to go with my current mood.  I just was feeling well kinda grey.  I do love all the variations of grey and the ceramic ones in this package were just catching my eye every time I looked at them.  And the feel of the glaze was soft and strong.  Then it clicked.  They wanted to be their own piece.  All grey showing the beauty out of the darkness of my mood.  

I present Grey Skies....

I need to get a minute to ask Lisa where she got these.  It is like having a soft worry stone around my neck and I totally love wearing it.  Thank you Lisa this is exactly what I needed.  Oh and by the way I want to know how interested anyone is in a little freebie?  I was going have a freebie tutorial on this chain ready for you but for some reason the camera and computer are not chatty with each other.  Let me know if you like the chain and want to know how.  It is a spiral with twins and really super super easy.

Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Have fun hoppin


  1. I love the piece and can't wait to see your tutorial on the chain. Have a great day hopefully you'll find a little silver lining in your grey days son.

  2. I love the chain and I want to know how!!! This piece is so pretty Kristen - and thanks for making me lol when you wrote "they were giving me the silent treatment." I think we've all been there, but you put it into words perfectly!

  3. Hi Kristen,
    Beautiful necklace love the gray tones in it. Like Ginger said, I too hope you find a silver lining soon. Yes please, I want to know how you made this beautiful spiral, so I can make one too.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous necklace Kristen. The spiral chain is amazing, love how you blended the different tones of grey.

  5. You know, this necklace doesn't say grey and gloomy to me, it says 'you can wear me with anything!!!'
    I just love it, and yes, I do want the tutorial!!

  6. Yes please! love this piece, and would love to try that chain! really beautiful!

  7. what a beautiful necklace, I love the spiral technique you've used!

  8. You created a lovely piece. If you get the tutorial together, I would love it.

  9. The necklace is perfect for a gray day like we have here today. I love tutorials, so please let us know if you write it up! P.S.: I'd love to see what you could do with the purple beads, too - it's one of my favorite colors.

  10. I love grey and this is so beautiful. I bet is feels lucsious on, too! I really am in awe of everyone who uses sead beads in their designs (well, other than to just string them like I do!) because their color combos come out so perfect,....this is one pretty necklace!

  11. Kristen, that is just spectacular. I love the colors and your chain is amazing!

  12. Hi there! I always love coming over to your blog to see what amazing pieces you have designed, and today is no exception. What a beautiful necklace! I'm a big fan of grey (I'm actually wearing it right now in fact!), and this necklace would look perfect with my blouse (hint hint - lol!). Awesome job, my friend!

    :) Molly

  13. I love the greys and would love to see your tutorial :) I am definately going to hop to a few more participants and see what is going on - what fun!

    Bead Soup Mix

  14. Let us all know when you get the camera and computer chatting again.That grey piece is lovely and such nice tones.Love and hugs Tanya

  15. Kristen - I left you a comment yesterday, but it does not seem to be showing up, so I'll leave another one. Your necklace is very pretty! I really love the seed bead pattern, and would be happy to win it. Maybe it will give me the courage to start using those little tiny beads - lol. I got the porcelain beads at Fire Mountain Gems online. Thanks for being in the hop!

  16. I love monochromatic pieces and think your gray on grays necklace is fantastic.
    Yes I'd be very interested in a tutorial on a spiral stitch using twins - to be honest these beads interest me but I've never used them before. This would give me a perfect excuse (er reason) to purchase some. :)


  17. thank you all so much for the comments and the intrest! Now I have a new computer and as soon as I figure out all the new stuff I will be creating that tutorial for you all!!!! You ROCK!!!!

  18. Lovely piece and the chain with twins is very intriguing!

  19. I love this necklace and would really like to know how to do it, I just got some twin beads. The greys really are pretty.

  20. Beautiful necklace!! When everything starts chatting again, I would love to know how you made the chain!


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