Monday, 29 October 2012

The not-so-revealing Octoberfest and Solar Flare Blog hops

A big HI to everyone hopping through my little blog from the Octoberfest and Solar Flare Blog Hops ... I'm so sorry I haven't posted my reveals yet - I seem to be having one of those weeks. I've been working on both pieces - I went polymer clay for both and just had to bake the pieces to finish - then suddenly one of my dogs fell ill and I had an unexpected visit to the vets at the beginning of the week (she's fine - it turned out to be the lesser of the two things that could have been wrong ... phew on that front) and I thought 'no worries, I can get the pieces baked up the next day' ... yup fat chance on that one! My poor old mother's been hugging the bog and I've had to play nurse and run errands (just don't tell her I said 'old' lol) but I still foolishly thought I could get them baked up today and only be a day late to the party .... well the oven that's been trying to kill me consistently for the past couple of years has finally decided to give up the ghost this morning, so I am now sans oven until the end of this week. On the upside I get a new oven that doesn't nearly blow up half the block every time I try to light it - still won't improve my cooking but at least I get to keep my eyebrows intact  ;)

So please be sure to stop by again on Sunday when I'll have both reveals posted up ... once again I'm so sorry for being late.

But here's the hop participant list for the Octoberfest Blog Hop:
Our lovely host:  Toltec Jewels  
Heather Otto           
Mischelle Fanucchi   
Marlene Cupo         
Shaiha Williams      
Shelly Graham Turner
Shelly Joyce               
Charlie Jacka
Pam Sears              
Margareta Saari        
Marita Suominen       
Lisa Posthumus         
Jeannie Dukic            
Cheri Reed                
Arlene Dean              
Duffy Blevins             
Susan Kennedy         
Dita Basu                 
Sonya Ann Stille       
Audrey Allen            
Kashmira Patel         
Kathy Lindemer       
Kris Mattingly          
Lennis Carrier          
Shannon Hicks         
Paula Hisel               
Karin Slaton             
Shirley Moore          
Alicia Marinache      
Valeria G. Rome      
Zoe Marcin             
Kimberly Booth       
Sherri Stokey          
Tanya McGuire         
Debbie Rasmussen   
Christine Stonefield   
Tanty Sri Hartani      
Sandra McGriff        
Evelyn Shelby           

Colene Waltermire    
Lee Nova                 

And the hop participant list for the Solar Flare Blog Hop:
Our lovely host on this one:
Gloria Allen:
Shawn Marie Mills
Karin King
Alicia Marinache
Pam "The Crazier Sister Blog: 
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Dana Lang
Mischelle Fanucchi:
Jessica Murray
Cynthia Abner
Charlie Jacka
Shannon Hicks:
Zoe Marcin
Rebecca Sirevaag 
Miranda C. Ackerley
Paula Winchester Hisel
Alenka Obid   

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop Swap Reveal

Hi everyone, here's my reveal for the Holiday Bling Blog Hop ... (sorry if it's a bit screwy, I haven't been feeling too well lol).

Well the idea was we were partnered up by our great hosts Marlene Cupo and Shelley Graham Turner and then we swapped something holiday themed. My partner was the very talented Dee Elgie.

I went off to the nearest shop that stocks beading supplies and to my horror couldn't seem to find anything holiday themed but then I came across some really beautiful silver filigree spacers with rhinestones that made me think of snowflakes - sadly the packaging said they were flowers ... pfft since when do we ever take any notice to what packaging tells us right, they kept saying they wanted to be snowflakes so who was I to argue  ;) 

 Back home I started working when disaster struck - I had a klutz moment when all co-ordination failed me and I jabbed myself in the eye, thankfully with a finger not the beading needle I was working with lol ... but it made it impossible to continue with working with the size 15's for the rest of the day. Happily by the next morning the eye was feeling much better and the design just seemed to make itself from then on out (don't you just love it when that happens) - I even conquered one of my feared beading stitches ... the St Petersberg  =D

I originally did a small section of spiral rope to make the bracelet sides but didn't feel it fit in with the idea so a quick flick through my beading books for inspiration and I came across the double St Petersberg and thought how perfect as it made me think of little icicles (I was going with a winter wonderland/snow theme).

I can't show you what Dee sent me as it hasn't arrived yet (I'll come back and update when it does) ... think my regular mailman must be on holiday as several things I've been waiting for haven't arrived yet. 

And here's the list of everyone else in the hop ... hope you have fun oogling the pretty things  ;)

Michelle Fanucchi
Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache
Ginger Bishop
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda Younkmann
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks