Saturday, August 2, 2014

GO Green for Choosy Chicks and Gastroparesis!

Choosy Chicks..... we love chicklets....especially ones from SUEBEADS!  Check it OUT!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in another challenge called "Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets " and we were all sent a GORGEOUS chicklet bead hand crafted by Sue Kennedy of  SueBeads. I was sent the adorable and lovely earthy green color (the GORGEOUS bead in the middle).  It's made of glass and has an adorable little flower imprinted on both sides.

I'm not a huge fan of green, but was quite excited to see how I rose to the challenge, yet again (I really DO have favorite colors, I promise!). =)  I made this sweet little bracelet with Sue's little bead in the center and I found some incredibly beautiful Unicorne beads that matched nearly exactly!  I was SO EXCITED to be able to use those Unicorne beads because sometimes it's tough to use handcrafted beads, when I'm making pieces for resale, because they can be tough price points - BUT since I'm keeping this gem for ME, MYSELF AND I - I went big! =)  I also used some precious blue pearls and some sagey green bumpy pearls.

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One other detail worth noting - I used copper accents.  Typically, I use silvers but the silvers just made the piece so..... pale...and it felt like all the details in the beads were copper it was!  I LOVE it!  I'm proud of this little piece and so glad it's MINE MINE MINE!

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One other thing worth noting: Green is the color of choice for Gastroparesis awareness.  I have suffered with gastroparesis for 11 years, after a botched gall bladder surgery. It causes me to feel nausea and pain 24/7 and causes chronic vomiting (imagine the flu -  Gastroparesis is the reason that I'm disabled and have been able to pursue making jewelry in the last several years.  While this season of life has been devastating, it's been something I would NEVER choose,  but am thankful that in the horridness of has come from these ashes.  So, I'm THANKFUL for the green and a beautiful way to display my support on "Go Green for Gastroparesis Fridays".

THANK YOU, Toltec Jewels and SueBeads - SUCH an INCREDIBLE opportunity and chance to stretch myself - AGAIN! =)


Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
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Toltec Jewels                                 


Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                                

Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                      

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick                                  

Nan Smith                                      

Blanca Medina                               

Shai Williams                                  

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                    

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                                

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers                                

Jayne Capps                                  

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding                         

Linda Landig                                 

Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                    

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                                

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              

Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka                                

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              

Jasvanti Patel                              


  1. I really love the colors you used in your bracelet! it really show off the Chicklet!!! Great Job! have a Blessed Day!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I had never heard of gastroparesis before! It sounds miserable... I'm so sorry you have to live with it.
    Your bracelet is very pretty, and I'm glad you can find something to focus on that gives you joy.

  3. I love it! I'm a big fan of greens though. You did a beautiful job. I'm so sorry to hear of your health issues but what a pretty way to bring awareness...also wonderful to hear I'm not the only one who packs personal jewelry with tons of art bead goodness...and for the same reason! ;)

  4. Your piece is absolutely beautiful! I love how you brought the colors together and still allowed your chicklet shine. My sister has gastroparesis as a result of a botched surgery as well so I totally understand your pain. I hope that making jewelry brings you a little bit of comfort. Please take care of yourself.

  5. Your bracelet is beautiful. I love the green with the blue and copper. Chronic illness sucks. I'm glad you can still see the positive. Enjoy your bracelet!

  6. somehow Sue manages to make even a color that should be ugly , beautiful. And yet again, someone is able to coordinate the bead with other components and , like most everyone else, wants to keep that creation with the chicklet for herself I also notice a theme of chronic illness among many jewelry designers. Somehow, chronic disease give us the space to reconsider our lives and do something a bit more creative,

  7. I love your color combinations. Well done!

  8. Lovely piece! I would keep that one for myself also. ;)

  9. That is so pretty and I am loving that you went with the copper!

  10. You chose just the right colors to accent your bead. I love the earthy sage green with blues. The bracelet is beautiful and I am glad to hear it will be a special treat for yourself. You deserve it.

  11. Copper was the perfect choice to give your bracelet a deep richness .... the color combination of the beads are wonderful! You'll enjoy wearing this beauty!

  12. Great job with the chicklet. Your bracelet came out beautiful and I hope it makes you smile! ~~T

  13. Beautiful bracelet Linda, the color of your chicklet is perfect for your worthy cause and the other beads are so perfect...very lovely!

  14. Lovely bracelet and I think the copper was the perfect accent.

  15. I love the colors you used together. I understand about chronic illness and am glad you are well enough to share your designs with us.

  16. Great color combinations. That bracelet has something special, maybe it was 'meant to be' (-: for your cause...

  17. Just love the bracelet and I love how it relates to your disability. It always amazes me how many of us were brought to designing jewelry because of a disability. Mine was fibro and until I was blessed with it, I didn't think that I had a creative bone in my body.

  18. Beautiful! I love the colors....My husband has gastroparesis too from diabetes....We control it pretty well with his diet and meds...I will pray for you that you will get your stuff from DC AND find a good godly man....

  19. I love your bracelet, the colors goes so well together. I am glad that beading helps you.

  20. What a great way to show off the green - it's an awesome bracelet.

  21. Stunning bracelet, Linda. I love how you brought the green and blue together by using those beads with both colours in them. Brilliant.

  22. Fabulous looking bracelet! What a great color and bead combinations! Yummy! Glad you decided to keep this one for yourself. We all need to do that sometimes! Best wishes! ~Sharyl

  23. Like you, green is not my all time favorite color, however I think you did a wonderful design that incorporates complementary colors that give it a 'wow' factor! :) That is so cool...not everyone can do that...beautiful work. :)

  24. You designed such a lovely bracelet! I do like the color combo-blues and greens! The copper was a great idea! I am glad that you have chosen to keep this! I would have too and thank you for the information about gastroparesis. I hope each day gets better!

  25. Oh Linda, Gastroparesis sounds intense! You are a hero! Your courage and YOUR BEAUTY is an inspiration to us all... and I love your bracelet, especially knowing you made it for yourself. The Unicorne beads and SueBead chicklet look so gorgeous together -- the pearls are upscale and fine! A beautiful work of art for a beautiful lady!

    love to you my friend. I'm so proud of you! And honored we are friends,

  26. Those glass beads are beautiful! I love the colors of that royal purple and olive. Beautiful.

  27. Hi Linda, the dark blue beads that you chose accent the green chicklet wonderfully. Great design.

  28. Linda, you did a great job with the color combinations to highlight your chicklet. I totally sympathize with you. Thank you for all your bravery & courage to speak out & to overcome!