Saturday 2 May 2015

The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2015
Hey Everyone, 
If you've been wondering where I've been lately, well this is what I've been doing!
I've been creating and creating some more. 

I signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop run by the lovely Linda at From the Bead Board. Basically a whole bunch of us signed up and were then partnered off. We sent our partners, beads, focals and clasps, the challenge being that we have to create from the items sent to us. We can use some of our own stash too as long as we use the focal and clasp sent to us. 

This year my partner is the awesome Janice from The Jewelry Room
Look what she sent to me! So many treasures!

Lets get straight into the reveal...

How gorgeous is this focal? Janice handmade it herself! 
I have to admit this is the piece I left till last. I wanted to do the focal justice and spent a lot of time making and remaking this necklace. I'm really happy with the overall look.

I am absolutely blown away by this awesome clasp. Again handmade by Janice. I love how she was inspired by New Zealand.  She also made the copper connectors in this piece.

This bracelet with matching earrings were made with all the crystals in my package. I think the bracelet may be my favourite, just because of it's delicateness.

I teamed these blue/green beads with a bronze round from my stash. I love how these beads look like the ripples on a lake.

I have quite a few of these wrapped washers left over and plan to make a bracelet  to match.
I like the simple but striking style of 3 spheres together. The circle of Life.

I used the river pearls and teamed them up with earthy tones and an inspirational quote, to give a feeling of peace and calm.

I just love these blingy blue glass beads and couldn't resist making earrings with them.
 I used these brilliant handmade connectors with the blue beads, they have such a magical feel about them. 

 The second pair I made into hoops, they are really fun and would look great for a night out on the town.

 I am so inspired by all Janice's handmade items and I just love her connectors. These ones are my favourites, so I decided to make a very plain bracelet with them. I've worn it a few times already!

 Janice knows how much I love anything to do with the beach and these blue starfish are just beautiful. I decided to include them in a beachy charm bracelet. So cool!

I hope you all enjoyed my creations.

Don't forget to pop across to see my partner Janice's creations at The Jewelry Room. To follow all the other blogs taking part in the Swap and Hop - head on over to Linda's blog for the full list at From the Bead Board.

Take Care everyone, thanks for visiting.