20 July 2013

Yeah, I'm a hoarder....

A bead hoarder! :)  The awesome and lovely Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog is hosting a Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop!  See, she hosts the Bead Soup Blog Party every year, and we all send our partners gorgeous beadies, but what about the fabulous beads that never see the light of day because they're just too ...  pretty?  Fabulous? Special? MINE?!?!  Yeah, that's what this blog hop is all about!

Alright, so the premise here is to use your own stash.  Don't go buy new goodies, use what you have.  You have no idea how hard that is.  lol!  Well, I embraced the challenge. Sort of....  I took kind of a broadish view of "Bead" here.  But I did stick to the "hoarder" part!  So, here goes!!

Alright, so I started by remaking a bracelet I started last year.  I wanted to use my fabulous Magic beads from Lampwork Beads by Linda, but the cuff blank I made was too big for my wrist.  So, I took it apart, salvaged the beads, and started fresh.  Here's the finished cuff:

I've had these beads for at least a year...  Aren't they gorgeous? :)

Now, the original cuff blank, that I made last year?  Yeah, used that too:

This elephant focal is from Amy of Flamekeeper Beads, and I know I bought that in 2012.  And there's 2 more lentil beads from Lampwork Beads by Linda, and a bunch of fun colorful Czech glass and Swarkies from my favorite bead shop, Sparkle Spot Beads.

Next, I wanted to make earrings.  Specifically, I wanted to make frog earrings, since my name means frog (in Latin and Spanish).  And of course, I have frog beadies!  So, that's where these came from:

The frog cap is from Amy of Flamekeeper, while the fabulous flowers are all from Heather of Blissful Garden Beads. I love a good mismatched earring! :)

And I wanted more earrings, but remember how I said I stretched the definition of "bead"? Yeah, well, I kinda hoard tutorials, too.  So, I dug out a fun little wire wrapping tutorial from Nicole Hanna Jewelry ("Fun and Funky Earrings: Mini tutorial") and made a few pairs of those:

Not only did I hoard the beads in these, I hoarded the wire, too.  lol!

I had a few more bracelet ideas strike while I was working on the more time consuming pieces above, so I dug out some more fabulous beads:

Lampwork beads by Flamekeeper, and netted pearl section by me!

Lampwork rounds by Linda, and the sand dollar is by Radiant Mind

And there's that stretchy definition of "bead" again...  I made the "fuzzy" beads out of Wooly Wire I've been hoarding for at least 6 months...  lol!  You can find the wire from Starry Road Studio, and the tutorial for the spiral beads from Art Jewelry Elements.

And finally, I was REALLY wanting to finish the key chain idea I had in February...  So, I did:

All the frame and the spiral were hand formed by me, then I used Swarkies, Czech glass, and one last lampie from Linda to finish this off.  The frame is brass, and the wrapping wire is a lovely metallic green.  I LOVE this piece!

So there you have it...  Since the sign ups for this blog hop back on June 20th, I have been a designing fool!  :)  And I have to say, I really love everything I made!  I'm actually happy with all of it!  I knew I'd bought all those beads for a reason!  lol!

Alright, now you need to go check out everyone else's little hoarding problems! :)  You can find the blog list on Lori's blog here, and here below:

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
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
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
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
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
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
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee 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


  1. Oh, my, you've been busy! Your wire-work is so beautiful, I love everything you made... and I like that you finished a few of your projects (I need to get into that next :) )

  2. Wow I'm jealous of those lampworks in your bracelets, great design too. The skull is my favourite, it looks amazing.

  3. Great pieces! I love your fuzzy beads and that sweet little sand dollar.

  4. Wow you have really done a lot with your hoard. My favorite piece is the key chain, I love it.

  5. Wonderful cuff bracelets! You've been busy!

  6. Love all of your works! Expecially I love the way you used your frog beads in your earrings (also in italian ana means frog! )

  7. WOW! Love the bracelets and earrings! Mixed matched are so fun. And, I must say, you have excellent taste in lampwork!

  8. Gosh, you have been busy. Love the little frogs. I have never heard of fuzzy wire before - will have to check it out. (oh,no ... not something else to hoard LOL)

  9. I love all of the pieces you've done, but the mismatched frogs are my favorite.

  10. Such a diversity in jewellery you've made. I admire that very much, and wow, did you have some lovely beads hoard up in your stash! Every piece turned out ♥beautifully. Have a great weekend!

  11. What a collection of wonderful creations!

  12. Whoa, Rana, you took the ball and ran with it, girl! There is so much to love... elephants... orange... wire... fluffy wire... more wire! Your designs are a treat for the eyes!

  13. Lovely work - I love your mismatched earrings!

  14. Your wirework is beautiful Rana.

  15. Great designs! I especially like the first cuff bracelet and your keychain! Love all the colors.

  16. I love that the key chain looks like a skull! I want one.

  17. Wow! You had so many great ideas. I'm smitten with that last bracelet with the wooly wire. It's fab. Oh, and I don't mind you stretching that definition, I hoard all kinds of bits that aren't technically beads too and just love seeing other jewelry artists work with alternate materials as well. Nice job.

  18. I had to laugh, I currently have 4 untried tutorials and I am at least two issues behind on Bead and Button and Bead Work! Love the Nichole Hanna earrings- she is fabulous as are her tutorials. I had just been thinking that I need another tutorial from her.

  19. wow! i love all of your creations. that keychain is phenomenal

  20. Ok...it looks like Lori really set you on fire! I love the pieces....all of them are so stylish and fun! Great job and post!

  21. Oh you have been very busy :)
    I really love the key chain and the earrings from the tut.
    Great job!!

  22. great works..! I really love the key chain... :}

  23. Fascinating! Love your wirework, you are very talented. Very cool keychain!

  24. The bracelets are so pretty. That was a lot of work

  25. Just awesome, you were working hard! I LOVE Sparkle Spot bead shop!! Its a shop I found a few years ago right near my sisters house. Whenever I go she always has the new stuff!

  26. Oh wow, so many beautiful pieces !

  27. Wow well I won't pick out anything in particular because everything you've made is so exciting! Vibrant and alive..your works so alive and I love it all!! Really Impressed.

  28. Good grief...you've been busy! I absolutely love your bracelets :) Good work on your wire wrapping.

  29. Oh, what fun! I love everything that you made--unique and vibrant and lovely. You did such a fantastic job tackling your stash... thank you so much for sharing! :)

  30. So many lovely pieces!

  31. I love that first cuff, so vibrant and yummy but your last piece is my fave - it reminds me of a sugar skull. Lovely wire wrapping. (I secretly hoard tutorials too!)

    1. That was the idea behind the keychain! I wanted to see if it would work. :) so, yay! It did! :)

  32. Holy moly! I'm just amazed at all the impressive "beads" and designs! I'm glad you stretched the definitions a bit because it really lead to some creative jewelry ideas! I don't know what to say except I'm so impressed that you produced so much and it's all so wonderful--I especially admire your cuffs and bracelets!

  33. What a wonderful collection -- I'm particularly partial to the frog earrings, really cute and I love that they don't match!

  34. That is some gorgeous work, I love it all and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Great job!

  35. I absolutely adore your frog and flower pieces! <3 them!

  36. Wow, you used some challenging beads.Not challenging in the "Oh my I can't believe I bought that" way, but the "Oh no, if I use this I won't have it any more," way.

  37. Yes you have been at it non-stop. What a great collection and beautiful bracelets.

  38. You wild designing woman! I love everything but I must say the key chain one is my favorite...so unique! I also love how you went a bit outside the box with your "beads". Really fun post :)

  39. Wow you are just the little energizer bunny/er froggy! LOL Wonderful designs Rana, love them all. Great mis-matched earrings! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  40. Awesome bracelet with the netted pearl design in pink! Love it!


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