There wasn’t enough going on this month, so I jumped in and decided to join Lori Anderson’s 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.

Here’s what Lori wrote about it…

If you would like to finally pull out those beads you’ve been hoarding as too precious, or too pricey. or just too special to work with, NOW IS THE TIME!
What do you have to do?
Have beads you want to work with but haven’t for some reason.
Make something!
Post it on your blog on December 6th.

Seriously, this is an awesome idea.  No need to buy beads.  And blog hops are just too much fun.  The idea behind them is that a bunch of people all post on the same day and you “hop” between blogs and leave notes for them.  And they do the same for you.  And its fun!

So… here’s what I picked.  Center – a sand dollar I’d been hoarding.  It had been a gift from someone and I had been saving it for something really special.  Offset drilled freshwater pearls.  15/0 aqua AB seed beads.  White gold matte 11/0 seed beads.  silver 4mm firepolish.  light green AB two-hole Starman Beads triangles.  6/0 clear aqua lined seed beads.  8/0 pearl finish seed beads.

So, I got going on some basic bead embroidery.  The idea was that I wanted to combine the sand dollar with a sea star shape, but still go easy on the bead embroidery.  I got all the way through the embroidery and added a piece of ultrasuede onto the back and… DISASTER!  I put my finger right through the sand dollar.

Figures, right?

What followed was a whole fit of swearing.  I thought about just gluing a big rivoli in there and trying to patch it up with epoxy.  What I refused to consider was scrapping it and starting over, especially with a whole new palette.  Most of you who are reading this know that I generally cover mistakes with a lot of fringe, but this was falling apart as I looked at it.  I had no idea that sand dollars were so  fragile!  I should really have fixed the whole thing with resin before I started.

I thought maybe a coin would work instead, but I didn’t have one big enough.  I had an antique brooch from my grandmother that had a broken baking, but it was completely the wrong color and I wasn’t really ready to give that up into a for-sale piece yet.  So, I went rummaging through a few boxes of “stuff” that i hadn’t really looked at since I’d moved.  And you’ll never believe what I found – a metal brass cabochon Art Nouveau face that I purchase years ago from Diane Hyde and had never gotten around to using.  i’d been hoarding it so well, I’d forgotten about ti.

And guess what – it was the perfect shape and size.  I only had to remove one row to fit it in!  Ready to see it?  This is after the row was removed, the cabochon glued in place, and then the row reworked.  I added a few rows of embellishment around it…

Talk about a happy accident!  Its better than the original plan.

Here are a few photos of the finished pendant.  It is available for purchase upon request.  Just email me at  The piece is $85 plus shipping.  It includes the 18″ light blue ribbon necklace with extension chain.

Below is the list of participants – stop by and see what they’ve made using their stash.  Leave a message for them!  They’ll appreciate it!
Lori Anderson  (Hostess)
Audrey Belanger
Jenny Kyrlach
Kathy Lindemer
Lori Schneider
Dee Elgie
Dolores Raml
Rebecca Ednie Http://
Lili Krist
Marybeth Rich
Hannah Rosner
Nicole Prince
Deana Hager
Jackie Ryan
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Mowse Doyle
Evelyn Shelby
Lisa Johnson
Terri Gauthier
Patti Pruhs
Shai Williams
Andrea Glick
K Hutchinson
Marci Brooks
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Jasvanti Patel
Laurie Vyselaar
Lisa Knappenberger
Mary Lindell
Niky Sayers
Sandra McGriff
Patricia Handschuh
Erin Prais-Hintz
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kathleen Breeding
Monique Urquhart
Jackie Locantore
Sheryl Stephens
Becky Pancake
Mona Arnott
Michelle Escano
Denise McCabe
Carolyn Lawson
Sheila Prose
Kim Dworak
Iveth Caruso
Deborah Apodaca
Elizabeth Bunn
Janine Lucas
Kari Asbury
Inge von Roos
Divya N
Debbie Rasmussen
Klaudete Koon
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp
Ginger Bishop
Kelly Schermerhorn
Mischelle Andrade 
Sue Kelly
Rachel Mallis!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClelland
Mary K McGraw
Tania Spivey
Stephanie Perry
Mitzie Crider
Nicole Rennell
Nicole Valentine
Karen Mitchell
Tammy Adams
Patty Miller
Blanca Medina
Stephanie Haussler
Roxanne Mendoza
Claire Fabian
Bridget Torres
Donetta Farrington
Lee Koopman
Deb Fortin
Susan Walls
Cece Cormier
Heather Otto
Lizzie Clarke
Elizabeth Hodges
Fay Wolfenden
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Nan Smith
Jayne Capps
Robin Kae Reed                             

Melissa Trudinger