Saturday, July 20, 2013

~ : { Bead Hoarders Blog Hop } : ~

Whew! I did it! I wasn't sure for a little while if I would make it. Between the tinglies, the numbness and the no clue what to do's. But I did DO it and right on time too. As I mentioned in my last blog post I went heavy on the pink, it felt right and since the metals market has finally come back to reality I broke out the gold. Boy did THAT feel good! Talk about hoarding!! Serendipity strikes again.

I decided to start with the Aventurine Donut as I had had an idea for it that I just had never brought to life. My inspiration however was long gone, and I have as yet to get all those little slips of sketches organized. It's terrible, I have sketch pads everywhere but instead I still use the corners of envelopes and post it notes to jot ideas down, go figure :) I just let myself play a little bit and I'm quite happy with the overall feel of the pinks and greens of the Aventurine and Rose Quartz paired with the gold.

Donuts and Curlicues

While I was playing with the Donut, this little guy popped into my head and I wired him up. Long enough to wrap around if what you desire is to let the aventurine drop dangle at your throat instead of gracing the nape of your neck. The sliding knot allows the length of the dangle itself to be adjustable as well.


Next up was that sweet strand of vintage faux pearls. Ideas galore running amok in my head with all the cup chain designs floating about. But I settled on this one. Again breaking out the gold and adding some glass pearls to the mix. I am soooo tempted to keep these for myself <3

Vintage Meets Modern

While I was playing with placement of pearls in the last pair of earrings these champagne pearls just kind of hopped on a head pin!


The key was last and I was starting to worry I wouldn't make the deadline for it. The idea just wouldn't make itself known beyond the fact it needed to be on the charm holder. That is until I remembered I had these long head pins and a vintage necklace with lots of silver beads. And then Finally an idea. Nothing fancy wire wise just loops but a sweet layered look none the less.

Keys Pearls and Angels

Thanks for taking a peek! Now, let's go peek at what everyone else did…..
The Rest of the Hop!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4. Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5. Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6. Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eye
s 7. Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8. Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9. Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10. Erin Guest, Renlish

11. Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13. Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14. Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15. Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16. Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17. Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18. Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20. Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23. Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24. Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26. Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27. Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28. Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30. Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31. Robyn, Museiddity
32. Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33. Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36. Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37. Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38. Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39. Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40. Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41. Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42. Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43. Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45. Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46. Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
48. Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49. Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50. Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51. Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52. D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53. Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54. Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55. Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56. Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57. Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58. Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59. Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60. Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61. Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62. Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63. Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64. Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65. Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66. JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67. Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68. Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69. Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70. Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
71. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72. Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74. Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75. Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76. Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
77. Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78. Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80. Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82. Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83. Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84. Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85. Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86. Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87. Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88. Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89. Susan, Mistheword
90. MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91. Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92. Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94. Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95. Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
97. Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98. Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99. Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100. Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101. Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102. Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103. Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104. Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105. Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106. Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios <----- You are HERE!
107. Lennis Carter, windbent
108. Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109. Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
110. Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111. Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112. Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113. Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114. Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115. Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116. Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117. Kim, Cianci Blue
118. Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119. Karen, Spokalulu
120. Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121. Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122. Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123. Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124. Amy Bright, LABweorc
125. Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126. Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127. Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128. Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129. Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130. Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131. LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132. Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133. Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134. Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135. Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136. Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138. Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139. Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140. Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141. B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142. Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143. Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145. Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146. Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147. Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148. Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149. Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150. Sarah Small, By Salla

151. Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152. Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153. Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154. Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155. Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156. Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157. Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158. Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159. Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160. Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161. Kris Lanae Binsfield, Cherish Designs
162. Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163. Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164. Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165. Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166. Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167. Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


  1. Beautiful! & won't it be nice to actually enjoy some of our treasures by wearing them ? Lol. Great job

  2. Stunning work, Dana. I admire every thing you do so much! I cannot even begin to express the moods your jewelry inspire in me! xox jean

    1. Thank you Jean!! Paige says it's Princess jewelry :) oXo

  3. Love the way you wire wrapped that donut! Beautiful work

  4. Some beautiful wire work. Really love the earrings

  5. Beautiful work! I especially like the wire work on that donut. Very unique;)

    1. Thank you Lisa! Congrats on Ambassadorship!

  6. Gorgeous! Love the wrapping :)

  7. Beautiful work Dana - I love your creative process! I am exactly the same way in that, when I'm working on one project, another totally separate one will pop into my head & I have to get that one done first - lol! The key & charm holder is lovely, and the 2nd necklace with the adjustable drop is my favorite - I just love the versatility of it! :)

    1. :D Thank you! It's really fun when the ideas just keep coming, you've got six projects going and it looks like the beads just exploded all over the desk and surrounding areas - Bliss! Until the numbers side of the brain wants to do something then it's chaos and needs to be put away lol So nice to know I'm not the only one who works that way!

  8. Gorgeous designs, especially the long earrings!

    1. Thank you so much! They've got great swing to them too!

  9. they are all great but i adore that key necklace.

  10. Maggie thanks for visiting my blog .I am in love with your wire wrapped pearl earrings beautiful work.

  11. Sometimes, what we are actually hoarding are the ideas, not the materials. :-) The beads are just sitting around waiting to become pieces once we make up our minds and let go. :-) The pieces are gorgeous, Miss Dana!

    1. Thank you Ma'am!! Hoarding ideas... something to think about isn't it? Probably more truth in that than we realize too.

  12. Each piece is stunning!
    And your writing - inspiring.
    I love the way you embellished the aventurine donut!

  13. Each piece is lovely and unique!

  14. Fantastic wire work on the donut, but by far, my favorite are those earrings. Can see why you are planning on keeping them for yourself.

  15. Your wire work is so sublime! That donut is full of grace!


  16. Lovely wire work and each piece is amazing. I can't decide which is my favorite, I just love them all.

  17. Each of your pieces is entirely gorgeous and oh, so romantic-looking. I'm inn love with that first piece though. It's unique and regal somehow. Wonderful job with your hoarded beads!!

  18. Great designs, Dana!! LOVE the wire work on the "donut" in the first piece.. very delicate looking and gorgeous! And I especially love the piece with the keys! :)

  19. Oh wow, you sure got down to it! Great work, I am especially partial to the earrings with the faux pearls, you should definitely keep on a hoarding them :)

    1. IT's tempting! It really really is!! Thank you Emma!

  20. Absolutely beautiful wire work, Dana! Each piece is gorgeous, I would hoard all of them :)

    1. Thank you Alicia! ooh that's a tempting thought!

  21. Total respect for your wire work. Your pieces are beautiful but that last necklace? Stunning!

  22. I wouldn't have thought of using aventurine and rose quartz but it's a lovely combination :)

    1. Thank you Sarah! I've had pink and green on the brain for most of the year lol

  23. All your pieces are lovely. It's hard to choose a favourite!

  24. WOW! Amazing wire work. LOVE both those earrings! Don't blame you for wanting to keep them :-)

    1. Thank you Shalini :) I still have several feet of pearls left I may make another pair just for me.

  25. All so beautiful!
    My fav is the wirewrap gemstone necklace!

  26. Wow, everything is so beautiful! I simply cannot pick a favorite... You are very talented!

  27. I love your wire work! They are all beautiful.

  28. Your wire-wrapping is exquisite and that key, oh, THAT KEY ! So lovely !

  29. Beautiful unique jewelry and your wire work is superb. I just love that pendant.

  30. Very, very beautiful pieces, I think I like the key on the chains best. Cool use of the wire wrapping on the donut. Donut pieces are always sort of intimidating (for me). I also love the aventurine and pink quartz colors together. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

    1. Thank you Louise!
      It was a bit of a challenge for me too, you're definitely not alone there :)

  31. All those little details, so beautiful... That you are going to keep that first pair of earrings, I can completely understand :-)have fun with it!

  32. Wow, the pendant is beautiful! Great work!

  33. Dana your wirework is wonderful. The first two designs are awesome.

  34. Awesome pieces! You were on quite a roll it seems! I cannot pick a favorite.

    1. Thank you Marci :) I'm actually pretty amazed at how much I was able to finish too. I still have one tingly finger but at least I'm not dropping things anymore lol

  35. Stunning. I was really taken with your adventurine donut with its elegant scrolls, gorgeous, until I saw the vintage pearl earrings with the dusky pink crystals dangling. Drool!

  36. The Vintage meets Modern earrings are absolutely beautiful... what wonderful work you do! The earrings are my favorite!!!!!!

  37. The wire wrapping on the donut is beautiful and I love that you took it one step further by incorporating something into the hole as well. Definitely gold was the way to go in that and the earrings. Love them! Nothing better than pink, gold and ivory for richness!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa! It's a color combo I've been needing to play with all year :)

  38. I love your wire wrapping, very pretty :)

  39. Thank you Gerda! And for making me feel better about not having finished hopping yet either, so nice to know I'm not the only one :D

  40. Wonderful designs! You should absolutely keep those beautiful earrings for yourself! ;)

    1. I don't know how I missed your comment! Thank you!
      I did keep them for myself and have not worn them once - sad isn't it?