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

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2017/01/instructions-for-bead-soup-blog-party.html
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-

https://barbarasfernald.com/

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 –

http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/.

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.
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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

A newly released beading tutorial, now in my Etsy shop! Odd count peyote stitch and two-hole triangle beads! https://www.etsy.com/listing/505354192/newly-released-bead-tutorial-spiky?

I finished another beading tutorial that was badly in need of an update!  https://www.etsy.com/listing/52824577/just-updated-wisteria-ndebeleherringbone

One of my favorite patterns, but oh brother!  It needed a facelift.  I’m super happy with it now.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/60808400/just-updated-bead-pattern-japanese

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So, I haven’t blogged in a really long time about my Etsy Team, the Etsy Beadweavers.  I’ve been a member for…  well… a LONG time.  I’ve actually been on Etsy since March 2008!

You can check out the Etsy Beadweaver’s Blog and see their challenges and challenge winners here: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/

Once a month, the Etsy Beadweavers have a challenge – its not a huge committment sicne you only have to take part in one per year, but I like to hit more of them, even if they are little pieces.

Just in time!  I got a little piece done for the Etsy BeadWeavers Team Greenery Challenge!  https://www.etsy.com/listing/502013716/ebwc-bead-embroidered-ruffle-cuff

 

Hopefully I’ll be able to make it up to my beading partners for the Bead Hoarder’s Edition of Lori Anderson’s Blog Hop by posting loads about both of my partners and how wonderful their work is…

Recapping, I was a little slow getting everything out to them, but they were both really sweet and understanding about it.

 

Anyhow, my second partner for the swap is

Liz Engriser –  http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/

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.

Again, a beautifully packaged little gift…  Plus a handmade clasp she found at a show and some wonderful beachy things…

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And when I opened it up?  A handpainted Alphonse Mucha focal bead.  What Liz had NO IDEA about was that he is one of my all time favorite painters.  I already know what I’m going to do with the piece, but I’ll probably go ahead and hoard the finished product then.

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There was also some chocolate, but it last like 3 seconds.  Apparently I have no problems hoarding chocolate.  Thanks Liz!

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

I’ve decided to take part in another one of Lori Anderson’s Most Excellent Blog Hops – and this one is right up my alley – its all for bead hoarders!

Well, I have to say that I was a little bit slow on the ball here.  Everything is back on track now, but the deadline was the day after Shawn and I returned home from the Club Bead Retreat at Club Med (Florida) and I promptly got the creeping crud.  Which reminds me that I still have to tell you about the Retreat…  Another time.

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 – https://barbarasfernald.com/

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?  I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them yet…

First of all they were beautifully packaged, which is something to this day I’m no good at doing…

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.

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