2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop hosted by Lori Anderson.

I had great intentions for putting together lots of jewelry designs using my hoarded stash, but ran into an energy crisis.

I’ve been dealing with some health issues for the past two years; macrocytic anemia and now a bout of gastritis.

I’m still not certain what’s going on and now have a long wait to get an appointment with a specialist.

Meanwhile fatigue is my close friend these days.

I try my best to work around it, conserve enough energy to keep pace with daily demands,

and give myself permission to rest when needed.

On the up side, I have been able to watch tons of movies on Netflix.

And, a chronic condition does indeed teach one a lesson about priorities and simplification.

So, I had this load of beads that i wanted to manipulate into something swell, yet they remain piled on my work desk.

bead hoarder 2014I did manage to make two simple designs and I really like how they turned out. Sweet and simple.

Turtle Hand macrame necklace by The Beading YoginiThis one is a belated birthday gift for someone special. It features an awesome focal by Birgitta Lejonklou

(Angel Whisperer at Etsy).

hammererd citrine necklace by The Beading YoginiAnd this necklace, a simple hammered silver hoop with a citrine gemstone focal bead and dangle.

Enjoy the rest of your hop, grab a favorite beverage and find your way to the link of participants at

Lori Anderson’s Pretty Things Blog.

 

ABS June 2014 Monthly Challenge

ABS June 2014 Monthly Challenge

 

june 2014 - Marianne North - Trees Laden with Parasites and Epiphytes in a Brazilian Garden-1

Trees Laden with Parasites and Epiphytes in a Brazilian Garden, 1873 Marianne North.

ABS June Close Up Macrame Butterfly Necklace by The Beading Yogini

June ABS Butterfly Macrame Necklace by The Beading Yogini

I found myself with a little time on my hands this week and I was inspired to participate in the Art Bead Scene June Monthly Challenge. I did a full year of the challenges in 2012 (you can read about that here), but haven’t participated in a long time. So, here’s the result of my effort for the challenge this month. I wanted to keep it simple and still be a stretch for me, so I decided to make an “macrame art bead” using the butterfly image for inspiration. I’ve recently been incorporating crystals into macrame designs and this design provided the perfect opportunity to include a small clear quartz crystal. Other than the knotting, I decided to keep the rest of the necklace unadorned except for a few small seed beads using the color palette provided by Brandi Hussey. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. You can see what other designers have created at the ABS flickr group.

 

 

Bead Soup Blog Party #8

Bead Soup Blog Party #8
Bead Soup Blog Party #8

Thanks for stopping by for the big reveal day of the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party.

So glad that I am able to participate in this epic blog party again.

As always, a shout out to Lori Anderson for organizing and hosting the party, and applause to all of the creative participants who provide endless hours of blog hopping entertainment.

I’ve been needing some design inspiration and I had a fabulous bead soup to work with courtesy of my partner, the talented Crystal Rector(Autumn Sky Adornments on Etsy)

This is what was sent to Crystal…

Bead Soup 2014 to Crystal

This is the loot I received to work with  …

The Goods Received BSBP8

First off, I was all over those little jade tube beads (yup, I have an eye for vintage beads.) I decided to pair them with those little yogi components because I can’t resist the chance to fiddle and put the jewel puzzle together. What do you think? A spirit trio of necklaces. They can be worn individually or one at a time. Decided to make a few earrings to go along for the ride.

 Spirit Trinity Necklaces by The Beading Yogini

spirit earrings trio bead BSBP8 by The Beading Yogini

The second design round produced a little necklace using that leopard jasper donut bead. I’d been wanting to try knotting this “Joan Babcock style” macrame necklace for some time. No time like the present. I used the color palette from the threads that my partner sent, but substituted waxed polyester cord. Love my waxed cord, it burns nice.

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Donut by The Beading Yogini

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Third Round produced a multi strand necklace using lots of those tiny little beads with the tiny little macrame cord and thousands of knots. It was a bugger to make, but came out well. I had fun making the little goddess pendant out of clay.

Goddess Necklace and Earrings by The Beading Yogini

Goddess1BSBP2014 by The Beading yogini

Perhaps my favorite creation is the fourth piece. A micro macrame bracelet utilizing that oh -so- cool bone peacock pendant. Really loving how this turned out.

Bone Peacock Micro Macrame Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Peacock bracelet 1 by The Beading Yogini

And I could not resist a little knotted necklace with the stone Buddha pendant from the soup.

Happy Buddha Knoted Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Last but not least, another necklace using one of the cut quartz stones and the little buddha heads (these are a favorite of mine too!)  from the soup mix. 

Union Necklace by The Beading Yogini Union Necklace Close Up By The Beading Yogini

 

Hop on over to Lori’s Bead Soup blog for the complete list of participants. Happy hopping.

Bead Soup Blog Party # 8 Partner Intro

Bead Soup Blog Party # 8 Partner Intro
Bead Soup Blog Party # 8 Partner Intro

BSBP# 8

I think Lori Anderson a.k.a. Pretty Things goes to a load of work to match up partners.

Thank you Lori and helpers for making this a really fun blog party.

My partner this round is the talented Crystal Rector a.k.a. Autumn Sky Adornments.

Do check out her beautiful on line site and her etsy store.

She happens to be an amazing henna artist, seed beader, hula hooper, mixed material artist, and all out lover of living a fun life.

I know she received her bead soup yesterday, so it’s safe to post the soup ingredients that I sent her way.

Cooking Bead Soup 2014 The Beading Yogini

Gathering the ingredients together. (Yup, my yogi self is much more comfortable sitting on the ground than a chair.)Bead Soup 2014 to Crystal

Feather Bead Soup 2014 to Crystal

Lots of stuff to play with. Ceramic focal pieces from Birgitta Lejonklou (AngelWhisperer on Etsy), lampwork glass focal mermaid bead by my friend Jessica (Wild About Beads in Tiverton, Rhode Island), some odd lampwork beads, macrame piece and a serged silk kimono ribbon by me, and tons of fun findings, some cord, twin beads  in the blue and purple color palette. Can’t wait to see what Crystal creates with this soup.