Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog Hops!

So many blog little time!

Next Saturday, May 19, I am participating in Kristi Bowman's "Copper End Cap Blog Hop" .  I bought a pair of her handmade, copper end caps (photo below taken by Kristi Bowman).

I was so inspired by these caps that I made my entry for this challenge the day I received her package!  It is probably one of my most favorite pieces of jewelry I have ever made! Kristi makes some of the most beautiful copper and silver pieces imaginable! You can find her shop by clicking here.   I love the caps so much, I bought a second set!

The next challenge I joined was the Cocktail Hour Blog Party, hosted by Amy Taylor Freeland at Copper Diem.  She assigns a cocktail, you do a little research on the cocktail, and then you design a piece around that theme.  I was very excited when she assigned me my cocktail - a drink I did partake of long ago - and I am happy to say that I have completed by piece already!  The reveal date is May 26. 

The next challenge is the Art Bead Earring Hop, hosted by Diana Ptzszynski of Suburban Girls Studio.   Diana makes GORGEOUS beads from clay - stoneware, porcelain, raku - all little works of art!  I am particularly in love with anything starfish, and have made several bracelets and necklaces from her pieces!  You can visit her shop here.  I made this bracelet this morning with her beads that I recently received:

Back to the challenge - Diana picks 3 designers who will swap earrings made with Art Beads.  I was paired with two of the most awesome designers: Erin Prais-Hintz and Mary Harding. 

Erin - who writes a beautiful blog, Treasures Found,  not only makes the most inspiring and creative jewelry, but she is also the guru behind some gorgeous, handmade pendants and charms known as Simple Truths.  I recently purchased a "Happily Ever After" pendant, which I used to make a  necklace for my niece Rachel, who is getting married tomorrow!

Mary Harding is a ceramic bead artist and jewelry designer - her designs are incomparable!  I mean, just look at this toggle clasp (photo by Mary Harding)!!!

Her creations are awe-inspiring and contain so many elements within nature! The reveal date for the Art Bead Earring Hop is June 7.  I am quite nervous to trade earrings with these accomplished artisans and hope that my designs are up to their standards!

So that is what I have been up to lately.....thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!