Just to recap… I’m taking place in the Pretty Things: Blog Hop – Bead Hoarder’s edition.  You can read all about it here

and then check out the whole list of participants here http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2017/03/welcome-to-bead-soup-blog-party-bead.html 

I had two partners, so drop on by their blogs and you’ll see what I sent to them!  Read on for links and to see what I made with the beauties they sent to me!

Anyhow, my first partner out of two (this is kind of random but her beads arrived first so I’m going to talk about them and her first) is Barbara S Fernald-


Barbara does incredible silver clay beads.  Be sure to read her blog and then check out her lovely gallery of work (https://barbarasfernald.com/gallery/)

Ready to see what she sent?  And then JUST LOOK at these lovelies…  I can just see why she hoarded the lampwork – and then she included some of her own pieces!  I’m so spoiled.

I think my finished set of earrings is pretty obvious in terms of design but after a bunch of drawings, I just had to go with it – it was just too elegant.  The drawing of the design gets a little busy, though I adore the finished set…

My second partner for the swap was  Liz Engriser –


Liz does incredibly beautiful and textured bead embroidery. Make sure you go ahead and read her blog and look at all of her process and finished piece photos.

As a reminder, here’s the lovely hoard she sent to me:  A handpainted Alphonse Mucha focal bead, pearls, crystals, an incredible handmade clasp, shells and an XFiles-worthy alien head bead.  There was also some chocolate, but it lasted 3 seconds.
So…  I decided to hoard the heck out of the clasp and used the pearls, crystals and Mucha bead.  Apparently I like fringe – you knew that already, right?


Want to read more about the blog hop?  Here’s my intro…http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-2017-bead-soup-blog-party-hoarders.html