Friday, July 19, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop 2013

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Here's what I narrowed it down to! I wanted to focus on my most favorite beads I haven't been able to part with...until now...Thanks Lori for the push and hosting this hop.

Step 1: Daring myself to part with my favorite and most expensive bead I own. ;)
The heart bead shown below was purchased for a good cause last year at

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When I was preparing to take the pic above I hit the heart bead on the wooden chest...and just about freaked out figuring I had broke it! It survived!

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Isn't it she pretty?

Now be kind, ;)
I would rather be creating earrings but I wanted a challenge and I wanted to use the heart bead. I also wanted to somehow tie in the grey toned vintage beads I've had for years.

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Different shades of purples, greys, and green.
I've had those purple beads for years too...I won't say how long!

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Another shot before the Cali sun set.

I really love how it turned out! The design flowed so well and I was done in 2 hours. For me that's an accomplishment...since I dread creating necklaces.

Step 2: Create another necklace!

What do you think?

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Now, this girl was stubborn. It took me 3 nights of tweaking until it was just right. You would think the simple design would have meant for a smooth and easy process...but infact it was just the opposite. I struggled with the black flower and the wooden girl pendant staying put. Finally, on the 3rd night everything came together just in the nick of time!

The black chain is vintage. The wooden girl pendant I won in a giveaway (many years ago) from Amber Dawn @

I'm glad to go through this process and let these beads have their day in the sun! Even if I do decide to part with them permanently. ;)

I hope you enjoyed your visit and continue to hop around and see what everyone else created.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs {YOU ARE HERE!}
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Roxanne is a published jewelry designer living in California. She creates in her studio surrounded by the people and things she loves. You can find her designs at elements...mixed media...
"roxi designs to bring a little sunshine to your day"


Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Lovely necklaces !
Im glad You finally got the second one together as that one is my favo :-) very unusual pendant indeed !!

Jeannie said...

Thank goodness you saved the gorgeous heart focal, and yes, "she" is pretty. I think the purples, grays and greens were the prefect choice.

Catherine King said...

Positively lovely! I know how hard it is to part with those special pieces.


Cheryl McCloud said...

The heart bead is beautiful!! And your design is perfect for it.

Kim said...

Beautiful designs, I love what you did. I have such a hard time using my artist beads!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Beautiful necklaces, Roxanne! I also have a question: who made the unusual wooden pendant? Intriguing!

Ilenia said...

Wow! That emerald glass heart is so lovely!
And your necklace is fantastic!

Karen M said...

I love what you did with your stash. What a great reveal for your pretty heart bead! Awesome work.

Ann Schroeder said...

You did your beads proud! Lovely necklaces you created. I'm glad that heart is out in the light of day because it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

JuLee said...

I am so glad that the heart did not break. It is beautiful worked up very nicely. Good job.

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Karin said...

Lovely work - you have great taste in beads, and I love what you've done with them.

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

Fabulous work! I love the wooden girl pendant piece.

Dini Bruinsma said...

Very beautiful and playful designs! And luckily the heart is still there! It became such a ♥happy necklace! Have a nice weekend!

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

Beautiful creations - what a wonderful heart to work with!

Becky Pancake said...

I love the heart necklace.

Janine said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely designs!!

Janine said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely designs!!

Beti Horvath said...

Well worth waiting for!

CraftyHope said...

Isn't it crazy how hard we try to put off creating with the beads we love the most? In the end, we know that they're going to look fabulous no matter what. Your creations are no exception. You highlighted your hoarded beauties perfectly.

Dolores Raml said...

Beautiful necklaces, you really did a great job using your heart pendant.

paula hisel said...

way cool necklaces :)

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful! I love the second one. It is amazing how sometimes the harder we try the more the beads resist Great post!

Mischelle said...

What gorgeous necklaces you created. I love love love the heart bead. Great job.

Kepi said...

I would have had a hard time parting with that heart too, both your necklaces are gorgeous!

Dry Gulch said...

Both pieces are wonderful, and yes, as for that heart, she is pretty!

Jasvanti Patel said...

I love the heart necklace. Sometimes it is really hard to let go of beads you love. I have the same problem!!

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

Lovely pieces ! I would have had an heart attack if I had ended up banging lampwork taking photos, oh mt god XD

Janet said...

What you have made is lovely! I can see that your pieces spoke to you!

Sharyl said...

Both of your necklaces are delightful creations made out of your special treasures! The heart is beautiful and I really enjoyed the 2nd one two!

anafiassa said...

Lovely work! I really like the two necklaces that you created... I think you did a great job showing off those two special focals! :)

lilisgems said...

Wonderful necklaces. The heart is so pretty and the wooden pendant quite unique.

Nelly May said...

I'm so glad that heart survived the bash! It works perfectly with all the other components. Lovely necklace indeed. And I'm glad you persisted with the luscious lady. Just beautiful.

Here Bead Dragons said...

Very sweet - so glad the heart stayed intact


beadrecipes said...

Two lovely necklaces. I think they both work really well! Love that heart focal!

Pixybug Designs said...

Very pretty! I too am a fan of Bella Beads!

WindDancerStudios said...

Those lampworked hearts are very hard to part with. I have one that has been .... in progress.... for quite some time now :) Kudos!

Marlene Cupo said...

Unique creations. Enjoyed them, especially the girl pendant. Have had the same problems getting a simple design to do what I want it to.

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Beautiful! The heart bead is fabulous and your design for it perfection :)

Robin Reed said...

Lovely necklaces! My favorite is the heart but they are both wonderful!!! Have a Blessed Day!

Shaiha said...

What great designs! I just love how you highlighted the heart in your first necklace.

Lori Anderson said...

I love the asymmetry of the heart necklace! I have a lot of heart beads, I've noticed! And I know what you mean about making the black flower stay put. Sometimes they won't stay right on picture day, but when you wear them they hang just right.

Thank you so much for participating, and I hope you'll come again!!!!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Your necklaces are beautiful! The wooden focal, flower and beads came together so well with your lovely vintage chain. And your heart lampwork bead looks fantastic in the necklace you created, as if it had always been meant to be so, and the ease was a reflection of its destiny today! :) Gorgeousness!