I love blog hops! There is no way around that and while I have been doing a lot of jewelry challenges this year, I haven't ran across as many hops to join as I would have liked. A long drawn out way to say that I was jumping for joy when Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures decided to host a hop. (And I am crossing my fingers that she goes back to hops rather then the Facebook Challenges.)
This hop was all about charms as I am sure that you have guessed by the name. Lisa sent us out some beautiful beads, some charms and a silver bracelet to attach it all too. All very pretty but as I sat looking at all the beadiness it occurred to me that while I enjoy charms, I don't tend to use them on bracelets. That thought was like a bolt of lightening (or like I gave myself permission to think outside the box) and the ideas started coming.
I made several pairs of earrings which is my favorite way to use charms.
With these, I was able to show off the beautiful beads that I received.
And all the wonderful charms which has a wonderful spring feeling with the all the flowers and birds.
All of the earrings will be donated to Ears To You. I have a bunch that I need to get all bagged up and off to them by the end of the year.
I think what originally stumped me about the charms was this wonderful focal bar that I couldn't figure out how to put into a bracelet. It sure makes a delightful necklace though.
Now as this is a hop, there are several designers to jump around too. Grab a mug of tea and prepare for the eye candy. It's a great way to start off your weekend.
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et CoquelicotCandida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks