Aug 2, 2014

Summer Carnival Blog Hop

I do have to say that I just love the blog hops that are put on by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures.  Lisa always sends out a dragon's (or cat's) hoard worth of goodies.

I recieved some cultured sea glass in different colors of blues and some Chinese crystal all from ZNetShows.  I will admit that this wasn't the best picture to show off my hoard but I forgot to get one before I started to play.  And this way, you get to admire my studio gargoyle.

I made up two different necklace that I can see myself wearing while wandering through a summer carnival.  Bright enough to catch one's attention and sturdy enough to survive the rides.  And those rides were an important part of the equation.  I remember losing a favorite necklace when it was broken at a fair. 

This first necklace is plenty sturdy but is light and airy when worn.  Multiple strands of Irish Waxed Linen were knotted together along with sea glass and chinese crystal.  The focal is pewter and is removable.

This next necklace is a bit of a quandary.  I really wanted to use the pale yellow 'teeth' but looking at the picture, I am just not happy with the color.  It doesn't play nicely with the darker yellow.  What do you think?  Should this one go into the reknot pile or am I just being too critical?

Now comes the best part.  Grab yourself a mug of tea, make yourself comfortable and check out all the eye candy ahead.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
 Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations 
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals


  1. I love your necklaces and your carnival philosophy - bright and sturdy, the perfect combination. I like the lighter yellow teeth. The shape is great in the necklace and the color is like a reverse pop - a light color contrast rather than a bright pop.

  2. Love how you've used those blue sea glass heishi, I always struggle with those!

  3. I love the design and colors in the first necklace. You did an outstanding job with it.

  4. I love the look of the dagger beads with that design, but you're right.. the darker yellow does kinda pull your eye away from them... I actually thought the daggers were a pale green >.< lol I love the knotted one though. Wish my fingers would cooperate with my brain and learn how to do those types, but so far, no luck.. my knots never look remotely like they're supposed to.
    I had to go back and look at that first picture when you mentioned your gargoyle... still took me a minute to clue in you meant the cat >.< lol Maybe I should have another coffee before attempting to get anything done today ;) you'll have to poke at me next time Lisa has sign ups for one of her hops, I need to get back in to joining the odd one!

  5. Love your protector of the beads maybe waiting to see a stray one he can chase around. Lol I love the first necklace, it does look so airy.

  6. Hi Shai, The first necklace is beautiful. The knotted waxed linen with the turquoise heishi and clear crystals look wonderful with the silver flower focal. I agree that the yellow tusks kind of fade with the darker yellow beads. I do like blue and yellow together but I think that all lighter yellow would look better.

  7. Strong, sturdy linen looks great in your first necklace. The focal is summery and elegant.

  8. I love both your necklaces, they are totally different and so carnival like. I like how you played with linen and multistrand in the first and how you used the different shapes in the second.

  9. Shaiha - I love your first necklace! The waxed linen looks really nice. One of these days I'll "get the hang of" linen. I like the design of the second necklace. I do think that the light yellow gets lost. It would look great without the daggers, or maybe with orange daggers. Thanks for being in the hop!

  10. I love your first necklace, the focal on that one is beautiful. I like the second one too, but the yellow tusks do look washed out to me.

  11. I love having my helpers give opinion on my designs. 2 unique designs in your necklaces.

  12. Me too! the 1st necklace just a whole big gigantic bunch!!!

    Ugh..the dreaded re-do pile..I've got one right now, too. I love those pale daggers with the bright wonderful blues that Lisa, fabulous color, those are definitely perfect together. A pale yellow bead is a great ideas or perhaps a cool tonal pale blue?

  13. Love your "gargoyle" - so cute! The blue wax linen is fabulous & I love the fact that the focal is removable! Then it can't be lost on a "ride". :)

    Me personally - I really like the yellow "teeth" or daggers but I think they are lost in the necklace. They need to be with lighter color beads or warmer tones. But that's just my opinion :)


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