Earlier this spring, I participated in my first Bead Soup Blog Hop, organized by Lori Anderson. It was lots of fun and I ended up with 2 new necklaces and a bracelet. So when Lori put out the word about the Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop, I jumped at the chance to participate. I would get the opportunity to use some of my own bead stash, and also check out the designs from a group of talented beaders.
In my enthusiasm about participating in another bead blog hop, I didn’t pay much attention to the reveal date. I knew it was July 20, but I didn’t think through what else I had on my plate in early July – replacing my boss at work (plus doing my own job); weekend house guests; and the adjustment to a summer schedule (end of school and driving M back and forth to camps). Add to the fact that I caught my husband’s cold and was under the weather for a better part of a week and as the reveal date approaches, I haven’t made a single piece. The irony is that I’ll be on holidays for the next 2 weeks, which will give me lots of time to dive into my stash and do some serious beading.
However, I did want to at least finish one project. I was rooting through one of my several bead boxes and came across an unopened package of memory wire. There were also a number of loose beads rolling around the bottom of the box. A peek into a few more boxes and containers turned up more loose beads.
Plus, I’ve got a box that only contains odds and ends.
By stringing the beads onto a generous length of memory wire, I had a snazzy new bracelet – the bottom-of-the-bead-box cuff.
I finished one end of the bracelet with a dragonfly charm and a wrapped dangle that I found in my box of strays -a leftover from a previous project.
The finished bracelet wraps around my wrist 5 times, which gives it a nice chunky look, without being very heavy. I don’t feel like my arm is weighted down when I’m wearing it.
My colour palette was fairly subdued – blues, pinks, purples with some metal and clear beads mixed in and the occasional shot of red or yellow. I used a variety of beads in different sizes and textures. I added crystals (for a little extra bling), a small felt bead and a couple of vintage moonglow lucite beads to the mix . Big bonus – it goes with just about everything in my summer wardrobe.
Despite the fact that I only managed to make one piece, I made a good dent in my stash. If I make a few more (and maybe get ahead on my Christmas list?), I’ll have made good progress in my on-going battle to organize my beading supplies.
I’m going to work on a few more pieces while I’m on holidays, in between hopping around to see what other designers have created from their personal supplies.