But, as usual Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog arranged a solution...and really, what's better than a blog party? Somehow I missed last year but....Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!! has arrived!!!
Click the image above for the list of over 100 hoarders...I mean participants!
I instantly knew which of my hoards (yes PLURAL...don't judge we all have our vices) I wanted to use. Last Christmas I got lucky and was paired up with the lovely Donna Millard for a Christmas Swap. I mean, come on...just look at her work, and even luckier that she sent BEADS!!!!
I have saved Donna's beads for a year!!! I always knew I wanted to create something for myself to remind me of her, and to be honest she reminds me a lot of my mom too...double win!! My silly self has never had a "great" idea. Beautiful beads scare the daylights out of me!! Rust? Not a problem!! Big honking gemstones? Sign me up!! Dinner plate? Completely doable! Amazing lampwork beads?? OMG...I have zero idea what to do with them!!! Nothing like a challenge to kick your butt in to gear!!
Here's what I came up with. Perfect winter-ish colors. Donna's birds and accent lampwork beads, my own polymer clay bead cap, and rondelles, luxurious tassel, wooden bead chain, faceted red crackle Agate, wood slices and a few odds and ends. See the little owl bead in lower right picture? He's next on my list!
**PLEASE EXCUSE MY PICTURES!! Honestly, I wasn't drunk when I took them! They were taken at 10 p.m. last night with my phone, but I PROMISE I will repost updated ones this morning!!
Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my pitiful attempts at photography!! ;)