Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

Too early for the Holiday Festivities to begin you ask?  I think not.  This is just the beginning of what has always been one of my favorite times of year. Fall, the changing colors of leaves and holidays that take place in the fall.  

Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo invited fellow jewelry makers to join in the fun of a holiday bling blog hop.  The rules were simply just sign up and Shelley and Marlene would match you up with a partner.  Once you knew who your partner was, you were to contact your partner and find out a little bit about their likes and dislikes, and whether or not you wanted to swap ornaments or jewelry or both.  

My partner is Shirley Jones Moore of Beads and Bread Blog.  Shirley and I contacted each other and found out what our favorite colors were and what types of things we liked.  We decided that we would do an ornament.  I love ornaments and this was definitely right up my alley. 

Shirley's favorite colors for her tree are blue and silver.  I decided to try my hand at something different.  I am not a seed beader so that really wasn't going to work for me.  I also don't do a ton of work in metal.  I decided that I wanted to use fiber in my ornament and I started looking on the internet for inspiration.  I found it in an article in one of my favorite beading magazines.  

I  took the inspiration for a necklace that was in the magazine and converted into an ornament.  I combined multiple shades of blue and ivory fiber strips with some silver chain and charms.  The bead cap for this ornament started out as a natural brass Vintaj piece that I turned into silver by using one of their new patinas.  I loved how it turned out and I hoped that Shirley would too.  I also included just for fun a holiday pin that I made using a kilt pin and Swarovski crystal charms.    

I had been on vacation the week before the deadline so I had to have everything ready to go before my trip.  I managed to get everything packaged up and out one day past the deadline.  Whew...

I received Shirley's package a few days later and was happy to discover two of her seed bead snowflake ornaments inside that I can use either as ornament or as holiday earrings.  How clever.

Here is what I sent to Shirley

And what I received from Shirley

Thanks to Shelley Turner and Marlene Cupo for a fun event.  Now to get you into the holiday spirit, check out these other blogs to see what fantastic Bling they each have made and received.

Michelle Fanucchi
 Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank 
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache 
Ginger Bishop
Lo/  Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda --> Me  
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​ (my partner)
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks


  1. Linda - your piece is SPECTACULAR!!! Ad I also adore those ruby red pieces from Shirley!!!

  2. I would enjoy either of these as there are in two of my favourite colours.

  3. Linda I love the mixed media of your piece! Stunning and sooo creative! Want to make me one? Ha! And Shirley's piece is wonderful to! Great job both of you!

  4. I absolutely adore my pieces! I think I need to put my tree up early, just so I can hang my ornament! :) Thank you for being such a great partner!

  5. Hi Linda,
    Wonderful pieces you made and sent to Shirley I love the fiber one to me it looks like an angel with a long and flowing dress the earrings are so cute. I love the ruby red beaded ones Shirley made for you too.

  6. Wow, Linda, you two made beautiful interpretations of the Holiday season! I have been amazed at every stop on the blog hop by the inventiveness of our participants... and you and Shirley are no exception! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas in the company of those you love, Linda.

  7. You two make a lovely swap pair. Both are so holidaytacular! I love them.

  8. What a great idea using fiber in your ornament. Its so pretty but I AM partial to blues! It will look great on Shirley's personal Christmas tree. The charm pin is beautiful and I am know Shirley is loving it too.
    Thank you for participating in our blog hop and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xxoOh! ~ Shelley

    1. Linda, I just love the eclectic look of your ornament. I think it would look just as great on MY tree (hint, hint). Enjoy those delicious snowflakes. Thank you for being in our HBBH!

  9. I love both yours and Shirley's items! Love the fabric on the ornament that you made, and love the red snowflakes that you received. I am very partial to snowflakes! Great job!

  10. I love the ornament you sent. The pin is super cute too. I am curious what you are going to do with your gift.

  11. What lovely swap pieces ... and I love the little bead snowman stack on the pin - very inventive =)

  12. wow.. I am in love with the ornament you made for Shirley.. the blue and silver is gorgeous.

  13. Great ornaments! Talented ladies!

  14. Now to me your ornament is perfect! It is something that I can use to decorate all year around.

  15. Your ornament is so special and unique -- I like what Therese said, it reminds me of an angel's gown! the fibers, chain and charms are beautiful! And I adore the trees and angels too!

    Shirley's beadwork is exquisite. Rich, holiday red -- how pretty. Love that they can be either earrings or ornaments!

    What a festive, talented gift exchange!
    Happy Holidays,

  16. Linda, your ornament is truly unique - I love the teaxture and colouring! Beautiful. And the pin - oh, my, so festive!

    Shirley's beadwork is amazing - I love her ornaments; such a clever idea to be used both as jewelry or ornaments!


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