Jan 11, 2014

Into the Forest Blog Hop

I love to start the year of right with a blog hop.  And Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures hold the best hops.  One of the things that I really like about her hops is that Lisa sends us beads and gives us the theme.  Usually this sets my muse free to go nuts.  Note that I said usually.  Lisa sent us a hoard of beads and I do try to use up as many beads as I can.  But my muse went on vacation once I made the bracelet above.  So I am not empty handed.  I just don't have as goodies as I normally have to show off.

I think it might have to do with the fact that I haven't had a chance to go play in the woods for quite a while.  It's not that I don't have the time (though I don't) but more the fact that I don't want to go without my hubby.  He is the one that really loves the woods so I would feel guilty heading out on my own. And with his medical issues wandering through the woods just isn't possible.

It really does look like mixed metals in this bracelet. But it's all copper.  I just had some antiqued  patterned brass chain that I thought would be perfect for one of the strands.  The other strand consists of beads that I got from Lisa that are wirewrapped with a bright copper.  Personally I really like the different colors of the same metal.

Not everyone's muse was vacation though so be sure to take a look at what these wonderful designers came up.  What great eye candy to look at while you are drinking that first cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer).

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Kay Mallery,TBD
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs


  1. Your bracelet is so beautiful and elegant!! I think my muse went on vacation, too - I love my kit, but could only get one piece made.

  2. I think your bracelet is lovely- wouldn't change a thing. The mixed colors of copper just add a little whimsy and artistry to it! Christie

  3. I love copper and it works so well in this bracelet. I haven't done a design like this before with 2 stands one of which is a chain, but I am going to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Lovely piece, so earthy! Great job. Thanks for posting!

  5. Oh! Don't you just hate it when your muse goes on vacation.....but how lovely! I hope you get the opportunity to walk in the woods. I just had the opportunity to see your woods outside of Seattle while visiting my son.

  6. Your bracelet is beautiful! You choose some great beads from the soup. I hope you and your hubby are able to take at least a small walk in the forest soon :-)

  7. I love this elegant design, Shai... so neat that the "mixed metal" look is achieved with the different finishes of one metal :)

    Hope you're able to take that forest walk very soon!

  8. Love your double stranded bracelet, so many pretty elements to it.

  9. Such a beautiful design - the colors look perfect with the copper, and the design is so wearable!

  10. A lovely bracelet. I'm loving all the woodsy colors and especially that focal. When we go on vacation we always try to find a forest along the way to explore. It's a great reminder of God's gifts to us. I hope you and your hubby can enjoy a short walk in the forest soon.

  11. Mix metal look is fab! I love it!

  12. That is some cool chain, and it looks great with the lampwork bead. Nice job.

  13. Pretty bracelet, I like the copper with your kit.

  14. I love chunky bracelets...this one is so pretty. I personally like the mix of metals and beads... and the sound they make...hehehe

  15. Lovely bracelet. I hope the health of your hubby will improve soon so you can both walk in the woods together!

  16. Muse or no muse visible :-) Shaiha, it's an elegant and feminine bracelet imo. I think your muse WAS there, but incognito!!! Best wishes for the 2 of you...

  17. Oh, I love the mix of old and new coppers, and that focal bead is just lovely!

  18. Shaiha - This is an awesome bracelet design! I love the 2 strand look with one strand a chain. Hope you and your husband can do a forest walk in the future. Thanks for being in the hop!

  19. Oh, Shaiha - I would be grateful to my muse, this is such a beautiful piece! sometime less is more, better to have one truly special design than 10 common ones :) I love your 'mixed' metals feel ~ and I hope your hubby will feel better soon, so you can enjoy the forest walks together!

  20. I always enjoy all your work, and your bracelet -- with the gorgeous focal, two-tones of copper, rich colorway and textures of beads -- is awesome, awesome, awesome! My muse was on vacation too -- until the day before the hop! I got ideas, though & I'm thinking... oh, I'd like these ideas to sparkle on for the next Grateful artist hop :) You're muse deserved a vacation & time to put her feet up with pride after sparking your beautiful bracelet! Bravo! Love it, Shaiha!

  21. Shaiha, I really like what you did with this and love the two tones of copper! That focal green bead is lovely and you put it to excellent use! I would say your muse was VERY well occupied! :-)

  22. This is such a pretty bracelet. Evokes all the different colors and textures you can find in the woods/forest.

  23. Copper is my favorite to work with. I love the combination of the 2 tones along with the pretties to complete your bracelet.


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