Sep 7, 2014

Anchors Aweigh Blog Hop

I think that I can honestly say that I am addicted to the blog hops that are hosted by Rita of Jewel School Friends.  She sends us out beautiful artisan beads and we get to design around them.  This time around it was a pair of charms from Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio.  

I have always loved Diana's beads and charms, and this time was no exception.  I knew that I didn't want to use them the typical way in a bracelet so I tried a few different ways to come up with a way to use them as a focal.  I finally settled on a charm necklace.

Now while I am very happy with the charm necklace idea, I am not satisfied with this necklace so I will be redoing it.  I wanted to make a chain to hang it from but I needed to redo my studio so I could even get to the area where I have my metal.  Thankfully that is done now, I just don't have time to make up the chain before the hop.  So stay tuned and I will be showing this necklace off again once it is reborn.

Now are you ready to visit a few other blogs and check out some real eye candy?  I know that I certainly am with my cup of tea and a couple of my dogs curled up in my lap.  

Featured & Honored Artist:        Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        

Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads


  1. I love this necklace, Shai!! I especially love the charm that says "live your dreams". Goes perfect with the "Anchors Aweigh" theme--signifying to me, a journey---with a dream. Great job! Gina H

  2. Very bold design with lots of lovely details, Shai :) The set of charms is especially attractive :)

  3. The necklace design is so wonderful I can't imagine it getting better. But I look forward to seeing your re-do soon. The charm necklace idea was a great way to go with the anchors, and I love how you added the second charm to the back.

  4. That deep blue looks wonderful with your anchor beads! love the depth of color in your necklace! just beautiful

  5. I think your necklace is very pretty, but I understand about redoing it. I often finish something and then remake it. Even though the first effort is perfectly nice, it doesn't match the idea in my head. So I'm looking forward to seeing your reborn necklace!

  6. Noooo! Don't redo it! It is perfect as is! Just lovely!

  7. Redo...redon't! I love it! The components all come together in such a nice nautical way. I love the circle holding the "charms" because it looks like a life ring. I also love the chunky chain you've used as it represents something that you would tie the anchor to. Why don't you send this one to me and then you make a brand new necklace cause I just love it!

  8. I really like your necklace and I just know I am going to like it even more once its re-born..LOL Love the rich blue colors...the fun clasp and the chain all mix well together. :-)

  9. Love the idea of a charm necklace! I totally get wanting to rework something when it doesn't match what's in your head. I do hope you keep the elements you've used, they look great!

  10. Love how you incorporated the charms in your necklace. The clasp looks great with this

  11. Lots of 'water' in those blue colours Shai... ☼ it's a pretty charm necklace! The metal charms are nice too, especially live your dream...

  12. I love the colors you used and I think the idea of a charm necklace is very creative. I think you did a great job.

  13. I certainly don't think it needs to be remade, I think it is wonderful!!! Just Love it! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  14. Remarkable piece! Love the colors, the charms, and the anchor!

  15. You're going to redo this piece?!?! I think it's lovely as is!

  16. We are our own worst critics. I'm happy with my earrings, yet the original idea that I had went into a panic attack. I hope to see many of the beads and components in your next design.


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