So the last few months have been kind of crazy. We have this whole big kerfuffle going on with (our now) old landlord. I’m not sure we’re quite done with him as we will likely have to sue but at least we’re not living there anymore! So we moved last Monday – it took us 19 hours between the time we picked up the Uhaul truck and when we dropped it off (at 5 am – yea that wasn’t a fun night, but thankfully I had asked for Tuesday off). The biggest upside of our new place is the garage – it’s HUGE (practically bigger then our house) so the majority of our stuff ended up out there so I can go through it at will and not have to trip over it in the house. The downside? I currently have no bead room – well I do but it’s not set up yet. The desk is in there but I still have to get my chair, my beads and everything else in. And then in a (hopefully) few months when part of the garage gets converted to my bead room I get to move it all out again!
So on to the swap reveal:
First – what is the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop? It’s an annual event (we’re in the 2nd year) where designers sign up, get a partner and then swap beads with that partner. They make a piece (or lots of pieces) of jewelry incorporating what they were sent, then do a blog post reveal, where you can hop around to ooh and aah at everything! This event is hosted by Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Design
If you follow my blog you’ll have seen my previous post about my partner Bobbie Rafferty, who was even nice enough to send me extra seed beads since she didn’t know the manufacturer/number!
I was out of character the last few months and did not wait until the last moment to start things – as soon as I unwrapped everything I was searching for ideas and inspiration – which was easy to do considering how much my partner sent me! Here’s a reminder of what I received:
In total I made 17 individual pieces, though some belong in sets, this is how it broke down:
As the number of my pieces increased so did my desire to use every type of bead that was sent to me, not necessarily ALL of them in terms of quantity, but as least use them all once. This became the ultimate goal. Last year I had 2 partners, and didn’t even come close to using every type that was sent to me and it left me feeling like I hadn’t done enough. So did I hit my goal?
Sadly no, the hollow jade squares I just couldn’t get to talk to me. I thought earrings first, or maybe the side of a focal on a bracelet. But just couldn’t make it work. I also didn’t use the Cinnabar fish focal, I’m saving that for later.
But here’s what I did make:
So I definitely feel accomplished! Hope you enjoyed looking, don’t forget to visit everyone else: