Growing up, we lived a bike ride away from East Point Lighthouse. It's located on a little inlet off the Deleware Bay in Heislerville, NJ and is an amazing place to visit.
The ocean has always been a special place for me to go...the smell of the salt in the air, the sound of the waves crashing along the beach...I love everything about it!
This blog hop has been put together by Lisa Lodge and there are about 20 of us participating. Lisa sent each of us a beautiful selection of beads, either "Sand" (tans, creams, oranges and browns) or "Sea" (blues, greens and purples).
As you can see, my selection of beads was inspired by the sea. Isn't this an amazing selection to work with?!?
(I have to admit, there are a few beads I didn't use in this challenge because they just didn't work in the designs I created, but I have some ideas I've been doodling that will showcase them perfectly!)
I love long earrings! (I have long hair and small, delicate earrings tend to get lost in it all.) I like creating earrings with a bit of sparkle and movement.
This wasn't the original design, however. I planned to make these earrings dangle with lots of these amazing triangle beads and some of the round blue and green beads. But when I put these on to start the design, I was struck by their simple beauty. So I left the design alone instead of trying to make it fit the image in my head.
Charm bracelets are a favorite of mine to create and I really love the sparkle of this one! I originally started with a silver chain, but the clasp Lisa sent looked so much better with the gunmetal chain. I used a combination of black head pins and dull silver head pins just because I didn't want it to become too dark.
The smallest beads on the bracelet are my favorite of the whole bunch. They are small triangle-shaped glass beads that have blue and green and yellow hues. They are so small and I wanted to create a piece where they were an important part of the design, not just an accent to the larger beads.
This necklace was actually the first piece I created. I wanted to make a longer length necklace than I usually do (it ended up being 30 inches!)
I love the milky round beads that were part of my "Sea." They compliment the bright blues and greens of the other beads.
This is my favorite creation of this challenge! I wire wrapped alternating clear and blue beads for the main part of the necklace. I added a silver toggle clasp that reminded me of the life preservers on boats and kept with the nautical theme.
I love the front section of the necklace! I took the long beads, the rest of those little triangle beads, some blue beads, two rondelles and a bunch of daisy spacers and strung them together. I tried wrapping them into sections but just didn't like the look.
Here is the list of the other people who are a part of this blog hop...I hope you are able to check out the amazing jewelry they created with their kits!
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Kim Booth, The Pink Martini Boutique
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Leah Tees, My Beady Littleeyes
Monique Urquhart, A Half Baked Notion
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Cindy Anderson Wilson, It's My Sea of Dreams
Suzi Campbell, Suzi Campbell Creations
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess