Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Swap N Hop!

Well, another April - and another Swap N Hop!
First - a HUGE shoutout to my girl, Kari Asbury for her help, this year.  Y'all should really be sure to thank her, as well. =)

Now....for my partner!
This year, I had Inge Van Roos and I was one SPOILED girl!  Holy CANOLI!  Inge makes her own lampwork beads and absolutely OVERWHELMED me with not 1....not 2...but 3! different color schemes.  Blue/greens (YES! She made that bead with the goldfish!!!), rainbow beads and my FAVORITE the pink/purple family.  Y'all - I could HARDLY choose which palate to go with!  I've got some big plans for the rainbows.... but for Hop purposes - I wanted to go with pinks/purples.

Click to enlarge and see the details in all these beads! Dang girl!!

If you've followed my challenge adventures, you know that I LOVE to give myself an extra challenge within a challenge.  This year, I decided that I wanted to make a piece that could be worn at least 2 different ways.

In addition, I've noticed a real trend in jewelry with using curves.... be it a false collar with chain or using seed beads to create swags... I REALLY wanted to incorporate this somehow into my own piece. we are!

Y'all - I picked through all the beads that she sent and pulled all the ones that I LOVED out *y'all LOOK at the details on these beads!* and put them on the strand with the wavy tubes.  It was tres-importante to keep the lampwork beads the focus.  The chain was there to enhance the lampworks.

As for the challenge within a challenge - I made this piece such that I can wear it short OR I can wear it long.  By using the round links, as connectors, it makes sense to see them in the long version.  I can wear whichever strand I'd like in the front.  I kinda love it!  Ok - I REALLY love it!

Click to enlarge and see these CRAZY COOL beads!
Another cool shot

AND.... I also put together another set with her pinks and purples.  This one is pretty and classic.  I used Swarovski pearls and added in a GORG pendant.  *** The story of the pendant is that I created it at the Twin Cities Bead Bazaar, during "Coffee with Candie".  We had the chance to play with the new pearl Vintaj patina paints. EEK! I REALLY loved how this pendant came out.  A few weeks later, I ordered the paints for myself and used them to paint the dangles on the earrings that you see, as well.  

THANK YOU, Inge!  I can't WAIT to see what you've made!

Tell me what YOU think....

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson (You Are Here)
Inge von Roos

Kari  Asbury
Nadine Edris

Kathy Lindemer
Hope Smitherman

Marde Lowe
Christina Hickman

Terry Jeanette Carter

Catherine La Vite
Joanne Bell       

Rosantia Petkova
Bonnie Robbins

Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed       

Karin King
Jenny Kyrlach

Erika Price
Sarah Reid

Divya N            
Lori Schneider

Robin Showstack
Nicole Rennell

Fay Wolfenden
Shai Williams   

andrea frank
Cheri Reed       

Seed Beaders
Deborah Apodaca

Penny Houghton
Paulina Russell         Http://

Heather Canepa
Tina Hemr       

Michelle Marson

REbecca White  
Laura Bosch

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

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  1. First of all, thank you so much for making it all happen. Love you muchly!

    And I must say : Whoa! Those beads are AMAZING!

    The curly tubes work wonderfully with them. All the silver sparkles perfectly offset those glorious beads,

    Beautiful makes Linda.

    (PJ from ForgottenTrack)

  2. Fantastic job! I love the necklaces. I’m glad you liked my beads. Thanks a lot for hosting this fun Hop!

  3. I love jewelry that can be worn different ways! You did a really nice job on that necklace that can be worn long or short. Thank you for all the hard work you did for this hop. I love doing these! :)

  4. You did get some yummies in the swap! And what you did with them - NICE! The color palette is so sweet, almost like candy. The pastels are ideal for spring. Making a necklace that can be worn multiple ways is a wonderful idea too. It makes it so versatile. Thank you for another full challenge and adventure. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

  5. Thank you Linda for hosting this fun hop. Your idea to be able to wear the necklace multiple ways is wonderful. You made great use of the beautiful beads that Inge created.I really like the second set. I wish I could have taken Candies class but I was working at the show.

  6. LOVE, LOVE LOVE everything! I had Inge as a swap partner for previously and her beads are just to die for and you totally did them justice! I can't wait to see what you do with the others!

  7. Thank you for another fantastic Swap! Oh how I love those patina paint pieces 😍

  8. Love the pink and purple beads. Its difficult to find beautiful beads in those colours so you have done justice to them. Also making a longer necklace to wear as a double strand choker makes sense as you to style a beautiful in different ways.

  9. Linda, thanks for hosting the swap! I've had such a blast participating. I love the necklace you made that can be worn short or long. Thanks for reminding me about that design option. Great pieces!!

  10. Again thank you for hosting the Hop. You did a wonderful job. I love the color scheme you chose. Kudos for using the curves. Love that one.

  11. Linda-Thank you for all of your time and effort you put into this swap and hop. It is appreciated. Making a necklace that can be worn multiple ways is a wonderful design that I is so smart. Your color palette is really pretty. Well done!

  12. WOW! She sent a tons of lampwork beads! I love how you transitioned into another color on the necklaces. And your pendant turned out great!

  13. Talk about some gorgeous bead! And I love you really highlighted their uniqueness with both necklaces. I just adore the second one with the patina focal.

  14. Some gorgeous beads in equally gorgeous designs! Love the ingenious two-in-one necklace. The altered focal is amazing!

  15. Linda, we love the sweet colors on your design! SO sweet and yummy. <3

  16. Love the fab colours. Those earrings are great..Great job Linda !