Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Reveals!!

Welcome back!  It's that time again - my favorite time of the's almost like Christmas!  Except YOU get the gifts! =)

This year, we added 2 twists..... 1.  We added the use of Instagram.  This is important for SO many reasons....but I'll leave it at this, IMHO, Instagram is the future.  2.  We added a challenge that, if you wanted to, design a piece (or pieces) using the same beads that you SENT as well as received.  I'm excited to see who decided to add the extra challenge and how they compare to what their partner made.  (Probably one of my most favoritest things on the planet.... seeing what designers do with the same ingredients and how different they come out)

This year, my partner was the incredible - the amazing - the outstanding - Christina Marie Hickman of  I've had an awesome time getting to know her, laughing together, exploring our love of glass birds and learning new things from her.  It's been GREAT to have her! 

She blessed me with this INCREDIBLE group of goodies. Aren't they LUSCIOUS? It included Russian Amazonite, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, Humblebeads clay birds, beautiful Vintaj copper goodies, a gorgeous clasp and beautiful silk.   I LOVE this color palate and am finding that Russian Amazonite is something that I need to buy some more of. =)

SO....without further's what I made

With brave wings she flies
I started with a necklace.... and if you've followed my journey on hops, you'll know that I like to challenge myself to either try a new technique or come up with some innovation.... I've made the front part of the necklace detachable and become a bracelet, I've experimented with wire wrapping, I used Czech glass for the first time.... and this year.... I added a bird to the clasps twig toggle bar.  I wire wrapped it on there and I LOVE that the bird is sitting on the twig, but what's more awesome is that the toggle doesn't come apart easily - as is sometimes the risk with a large clasp and one that doesn't have something heavy to hold it down.  Problem solved!  Hooray! (And it looks awesome, too!)

As I played around, I also made this ADORABLE bracelet.  I used her birdie, a variety of the beads that she sent, the silk and some sweet peanut beads.  I've never used peanut beads in this way before, so I'm excited that they worked, looked awesome and that I even realized they'd be cool together. =)

And finally - I made this sweet, little earrings.  I used some Alexandrite (the color changes from light purple to light blue depending on the light), lampwork ruffles, and many of the beads that Christina sent.  I added a few Czech beads, but otherwise, mostly the goodies she sent.  I LOVE them!

ANNNNNND I did make a twist piece.  I decided that I wanted to try my hand at using the fox pendant.  I don't use orange a whole lot, but I LOVE that little pendant.  So, this piece features the SummerWindArts fox pendant, acrylic ombre orange beads, UnkamenSupplies copper twisted rings, BeadyLittleBunny clay roses and bird, Humblebeads clay squirrel and some glorious copper chain.  I've never put together this kind of piece before - one that really is thematic, in terms of being a woodland animal piece.  But it's cute, right!?  Can't wait to wear it!

SO that's what I've made.  I hope you enjoyed my pieces - I'd love to hear what you think and PLEASE check out my friends below, who worked very hard to make gorgeous pieces, as well. 



Linda Anderson - Hostess - 

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson  (You are HERE)
Christina Hickman

Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindmer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker

Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips

Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury

Shai Williams
Betony Maiden

Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 

Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis

Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell

Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez

Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson

Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden

Karin King

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Krafty Max

Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop

Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano

Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris

Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

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  1. Delightful pieces Linda! I love them all! Thank you for being our hostess...I always look forward to the Swap N Hop and this year is no exception. Can't wait to see what everyone else creates!

  2. I love how you used the bird with the clasp so that it looks like a bird's nest. The fox necklace looks great with the yummy orange beads. Thank you Linda for hosting this hop. I am looking forward to seeing everybody's work

  3. Wonderful pieces Linda. Love the birds nest clasp necklace and pretty bracelet. The fox necklace works really well, the focal really is adorable.
    Thank you for hosting now I'm off hopping.

  4. I adore the fox necklace. The design, the colors, I love it all!
    Thanks you for all of the work that you did to make this blog hop possible. You are the best!

  5. Thank you so much for all of the work that you put into hosting this hop. It's always so much fun.

    Being a big fan of orange AND foxes I am utterly, utterly in love with Mr Foxy necklace. It's an absolute beauty. And such beautiful touches on your swap pieces - the birdy nested in the class is genius. Sigh! Such gorgeousness!

  6. Oh, you made some beauties for sure!! That necklace SCREAMS spring! It had a lot to do with the colors you were sent, but your use of them is awesome. The number of techniques included in that one necklace is inspiring. As well, the fox necklace is absolutely adorable. I don't wear much orange myself, but would have to with that!
    Thanks for all your hard work on the hop. I hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  7. Thank you for doing the blog hop. It was lots of fun.
    I like your pieces a lot. My favorite is the bracelet. It looks like something I would wear a lot.

  8. Amazonite is a favorite of mine so I love your set. The bird on the clasp is very creative. Kudos to you for using something new. I'm not an orange person either but your fox is adorable. Thank you for hosting this fun hop.

  9. Love your pieces, Linda! The Fox necklace looks like a sunny day in the forest ( I need one of those squirrels ), the Ruffle earrings are fun and totally you, the asymetrical necklace with the birdie is clever and fun and Omg that multistrand bracelet! I really enjoyed being partnered up with you 😊

  10. Lovely pieces.

  11. The challenge to give your best is what I like most about the swaps! For me, the necklace to bracelet convertible piece is just about that - not only did you try a new technique but also came up with a unique piece of jewelry and made a clasp look like a focal! Of, course, I love all the pieces - they are bold, asymmetrical and will never go unnoticed!

  12. What a lovely set. The fox stole my heart though. Thank you for putting this together for us. I look forward to it all year.

  13. I love the vibrant colors. The orange is LOVELY.

  14. As always your creations are wonderful!! I love them all, but that first necklace is very unique and FUN!! I would LOVE to wear that!! :) THank you again for hosting this amazing SWAP...we get to meet new people, be inspired to create and add to our dreams with everyone elses creations!! THANK YOU!!! Can't wait for next year!! ~KM

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  16. Your jewelry designs are constantly evolving!
    All of your Swap n Hop Jewelry is unified by color & style.
    Just 😍 the Fox "Twist" Necklaces too!❤️
    Thank You So Much for Having this Fun Swap n Hop!

  17. Lovely work! Even though you said you don't work with orange much, I love what you did with the fox pendant.

  18. Very pretty pieces. Thanks for hosting such a fun exchange and hop!

  19. Everything you created is just so cute! That necklace with the bird toggle is absolute perfection. You're the best Linda, thanks for hosting yet another fab Swap N' Hop. *hugs*

  20. I LOVE that bird twisted on the clasp! It looks so perfect!

  21. The bird on the clasp is adorable, the colors are beautiful and the fox is sweet