I have two reveals today. If you are looking for the Haberdashery Blog Hop Reveal, please click HERE.
Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures sponsors some wonderful, fun blog hops, and here is another one! The Summer Carnival Blog Hop.
We each purchase a kit and then make treasures using as many of the beads as we can. My kit contained a variety of cultured sea glass and tiara crystals primarily in blue and orange.
I thought the large blue crystals would be one of the things that would present the biggest challenge to me. Maybe that’s why I used them first; I had been thinking a lot about how to use them. I decided to knot them on some waxed linen in a casual yet pretty design. I envisioned wearing this with a summer dress while walking along the pier at night. I really tried to stick to the Summer Carnival theme with my designs. I was originally going to make it very long so it wouldn’t need a clasp. However, as I was working I spied a pretty blue floral connector by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio and decided to use it as a clasp. I also used a lighter blue bead of undetermined material that I really like and a vintage glass flower.
The other beads I thought would be especially challenging were the two holed orange beads. I often struggle with multi-holed beads, but it turns out I really enjoyed working with these. I tried making a necklace, but I was worried it wouldn’t lay right, so I ended up making a bracelet. I strung it on Stretch Magic, which I haven’t used much in years. But I felt the design really worked on this stringing material. I think it turned out very cute! I love the smaller colorful beads with the orange – one of my favorite bead colors.
I realized recently that I rarely make earrings for challenges. I think it is probably because due to sensitivity, I no longer wear them. However, I love giving away earrings, and with a plethora of beads such as in a challenge kit, there are many earrings designs one can put together. Here are a couple pair I made for this challenge.
Then I wanted to work with the blue and white free form sea glass beads. I love this shape, and I’ve admired a design by Ali on the Lima Beads website using these beads for some time. I made a necklace inspired by her Glass Pebbles Necklace.
I have more design ideas and certainly more beads, but not more time. I really enjoyed this challenge. I’m pleased with my designs and think they fit the theme of Summer Carnival. Thank you once again, Lisa Lodge for another great blog hop! Please visit the links below to see what others got in their kits and what carnival creations they were inspired to make.