Sunday 8 April 2018

The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2018

Oh my gosh you guys, I cant believe I haven't blogged in a year! My life is crazy busy with work and basketball and family, but I haven't forgotten you all. What better way to be back than with the 2018 Bead Peeps Swap 'n Hop.

This year my awesome partner is Robin from Willow Dragon.
Robin and I have know each other for years through our blogs and in the beading circles and we finally got to work together!
Robin sent me the most gorgeous package and I couldn't wait to get started. So much beady goodness and of course my favourite colours. 
She also sent me some beach glass - I will officially love her forever! I haven't created anything with it yet because I'm still just happy to stare lovingly at the pieces for now.

I made several pieces and I still have quite a bit left to work with.
First up is the only necklace in the collection - I used the sari silk and the beautiful sand dollar pendant. I kept it as simple as possible because the colours just spoke for themselves.

The chain Robin included was perfect for a cluster bracelet, I used all the blue beads from the soup and added a few from my own stash. I just love the clasp and "memories" charm. By the way - I made my son model the bracelet so I could see how it fit - cute right?

I always include at least 1 pair of earrings in my creations. I used my own curved components to make a simple, clean design. They reminded me of bluebells in the way they hung.

My absolute favourite piece! The beads just reminded me of pebbles and I loved the colours. I used up all the freshwater pearl beads too and added some turquoise beads to match the "pebble" beads. I'm so happy with how it turned out. 

Robin sent me an awesome selection of blingly beads that I decided to use all at once. I used my own silver components to add to the sparkle.
The beads seemed to change colour when the light caught them - they reminded me of lights reflected on a dark road after a rain storm.

I had so much fun creating and I promise I wont be away for so long again.

Let me know which piece is your favourite! 

For a bit of fun, have a look at my 20152016 and 2017 hops too.
Thanks for stopping by,

Take care everyone