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            http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Heather Otto                     http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Mischelle Fanucchi   
            http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo                   http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams                http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Shelly Graham Turner          http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/
Shelly Joyce                         http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka
                    http://clay-space.com/blog/
Pam Sears                        http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Margareta Saari                  http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.com/
Marita Suominen                 http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Lisa Posthumus                   https://www.facebook.com/lisa.posthumusharper
Jeannie Dukic                     
http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Cheri Reed                          http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean                        http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Duffy Blevins                       http://bubbasjewels1.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy                   http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu                           http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Sonya Ann Stille                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/
Audrey Allen                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrapped-Up-In-Magic/145456948869148
Kashmira Patel                   http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer                 http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Kris Mattingly                    https://www.facebook.com/kris.h.mattingly
Lennis Carrier                    http://www.windbent.net/
Shannon Hicks                   http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel                        
http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Karin Slaton                       http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                    http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Valeria G. Rome               
http://fancysphynxdesigns.blogspot.com/
Lo                                     http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com/
Zoe Marcin                       http://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/
Carolyn
Lawson                http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Kimberly Booth                 http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey                    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com
Tanya McGuire                  http://www.tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/ 
Debbie Rasmussen             http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Christine Stonefield             http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartani                http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff                  http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Renetha
Stanziano              http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby                     http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Colene Waltermire              https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts
Lee Nova                          
https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts


And the hop participant list for the Solar Flare Blog Hop:
Our lovely host on this one:  http://usupplies.blogspot.co.uk/
Gloria Allen:http://innovativedreamsjewelry.blogspot.com
Shawn Marie Millshttp://shawnmariedesignsatbentwire.blogspot.com/
Karin Kinghttp://maverickbeads.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Pam "The Crazier Sister Blog: http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/?m=1 
Kelly Hosford Pattersonhttp://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Delia Marsellos-Traisterwww.phoenixmagyk.com
Dana Langhttp://tumblestonehandmakery.blogspot.ca
Mischelle Fanucchi: http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Jessica Murrayhttp://whimsicalweavings.blogspot.com/
Cynthia Abnerhttp://createdtreasures.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jackahttp://clay-space.com/blog
Shannon Hicks: http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Zoe Marcinhttp://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Sirevaaghttp://godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com/ 
Miranda C. Ackerleyhttp://mirandack.com
Paula Winchester Hiselhttp://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Alenka Obidhttp://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com/   

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 http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florian http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftus http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewels http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joyce http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier http://www.windbent.net
Marla Gibson http://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmann www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orr http://www.orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille  http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie  http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Lori Jean Poppe http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods) http://skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com