Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ZNet | 7000 Bracelets for Hope

I just love the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project.  It is a campaign aimed at raising awareness that there are "an estimated 7,000 different chronic, life-threatening and fatal rare diseases and disorders affecting approximately 30 million Americans and millions more globally."  

I know personally of at least two people, one who has already passed, and another who continues to suffer, from a rare diseases.  I am proud to support this campaign.   “There are millions of children and families battling rare diseases that do not have foundations to support their awareness efforts or the funding required to propel research forward to fuel new drug development,...The 7,000 Bracelets for Hope™ campaign is a way to let rare disease families know they are not forgotten." 

I've sent a few bracelets in the past, and this time I've teamed up with ZNet to create more!  ZNet has sponsored the blue beads for this drive for designers to create bracelets to send into the Global Genes Project for use with the 7000 Bracelets for Hope campaign.

 ZNet, who I love working with, totally hooked me up with these round 8mm blue beads:

The reason I selected these particular strands, is because I thought it would be perfect to utilize Kristen Stevens' gorgeous Pop Up Pearls bracelet pattern to create some bracelets to send in.  (And heck, I just know Kristen will be happy to know that her pattern is being used for this great cause!)

I worked up a few units in a few different color schemes....and will definitely revisit these...

The set of colors I settled on this weekend however, were all blues!  Here's how it turned out:

I am just getting started.  I can create a lot of bracelets with this stash!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Therese's Treasures Birthday Challenge 2 • Reveal!

It's that time of year again - Therese's birthday!!! Whoop whoop - RAISE THE ROOF!
To review, last year Therese of Therese's Treasures, surprised a group of us bloggers with some gorgeous Golem cabs with coordinating beads.  Her wish was for us to create something with them and reveal our creation on her birthday

This year - she surprised us even further by sending us cabs that she created herself! She learned glass fusing this past year and created a whole bunch of gorgeous cabs.

Here are all the fused glass cabs she created!

I am humbled by Therese's generosity and so pleased to be included in her challenge again. 

I was delighted to receive my package from Therese.  Right away I knew I wanted to bezel this pretty piece.  I pulled some pale transparent green seed beads that matched the middle stripe perfectly and used a silvery thread to create a RAW bezel.

 I was surprised at how thick this cab actually was! But after several RAW rows, the bezel fit nice & snug over the cab.

The cab turned out very uniform, so for the necklace I really wanted to reflect the asymmetry in the cab with the straps of the necklace.  So I did a partial cellini spiral with all the colors of the cab: pink, seafoam green, pale green, and silver.  The rest was done light green pearls.

 I rummaged through my clasp drawer and was delighted to see this toggle.  I thought it was really redolent of the bezel!

It was a pleasure to be part of this challenge again.  I enjoyed the process so very much, and the final result.

Yesterday at the last minute I decided to make some earrings to match.  Earlier this week, I treated myself to Cynthia Newcomer Daniel's Seed Bead Earrings Tiny Treasures Tutorial.  I admit this was a rush job on the earrings(trying to get them done before the sun went down!), but even still I'm pretty happy with them and I can't wait to make more of them.  They work up so fast!! More on them later when I make a few more pairs!

Here is a list of the other participants and friends! I can't wait to see what everyone else made!
Therese and Crystie

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Crystal Crazy & Creative Spark Glossi

Well here's a new and improved update - I've actually been beading since my last post!

Therese, of Therese's Treasures, kindly included me in her upcoming birthday challenge and I've been working up a piece that includes a beautiful piece of fused glass she created!

I'm enjoying the creative process with this glass focal and am looking forward to revealing it mid-month!

In the quick & easy department: I put on a pretty lime green shirt yesterday and realized I didn't really have any earrings that matched it well.  So I had one of those "how fun is it that I can whip up a pair of earrings to go with my shirt" moments! 

Circular peyote - so simple, and versatile!

At this point as I finish up the piece for Therese's challenge, I've already got a few things on deck.

These are going to be used in a project from the Art of Beadwork book I would like to try! 

I went positively crazy ordering crystals from Znet Shows the other day! 

How scrumptious are these Tiaria crystals!?!?!?I'm gearing up for the snowflakes I want to make this year for the holidays.   Last year I did a bunch of snowflakes from Sandra D Halpenny's patterns.   Her instructions are fantastic and although I didn't get to all of them, I did go on a bit of a pattern shopping spree last year and got several other patterns that I can't wait to try this year. Although those larger nuggets...well, I have some plans for those too....

Finally - I can't believe I forgot to talk this up earlier this fall, but I contributed to Znet Shows' new digital magazine called "Creative Spark".  It's put together by Hope Smitherman of Crafty Hope and I would highly recommend checking it out.  There's a ton of great inspiration in there.  And it's so great to see all the creations from Znet's Rings & Bling challenge! 

 Here's the link: http://glossi.com/CreativeSpark/42915-fall-2013-creative-spark