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


  1. Cloud burst bracelet looks super fun and rain reflection is very cool. I love the names that you have come up for these pieces too

  2. Oh how your designs make me long for sunny beaches! I'm not sure I can choose a favorite. I love each of them and could think of so many ways and occasions to wear them.

  3. Such lovely blues in your reveal (love that!). That bracelet with all the blue beads is probably my favorite, but all of your designs are superb. Oh, and I got quite the chuckle out of your son modeling the bracelet. I'm sure he LOVED that! Ha!

  4. Ohhhh Natalie These are JUST AMAZING!!! I Love them all!!! I'm glad you had fun with them and I love the names you gave them!!! GREAT JOB!!! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER!!

  5. I love everything! ESPECIALLY the Pebble Beach!

  6. Hi Natalie, I really like your cloudburst design but I agree with you that Pebble Beach is the best. I am a sucker for any hue of blue but aqua is my favorite.

  7. What fun designs! I am with you on my favorite being the earrings though that last bracelet is a very close second.

  8. Indeed, the necklace is an eye-catcher without any addition. Love your bracelets, the crystal one with changing colors is my favorite!

  9. Love the Pebble Beach bracelet design!

  10. Pardon my drool.... just looking at (and fawning after) that pebble beach bracelet. Whoa.JUST.WOW.! OH! And the blue bracelet with all the shaggy bits is ADORABLE! And..I'm kinda obsessed with those earrings. I just love the movement of the little tubes. =) BEAUTIFUL pieces and GREAT job!


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