Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partner Intro/What I got

So I’ve been a little lax in writing my intro – sometimes doing everything from my phone gets a little tedious.  I’m hoping in the next few months to get a new laptop and change that – wouldn’t that be nice!

So for this 2nd Annual Swap I got paired up with an awesome artist named Bobbie Rafferty!  She’s the owner and designer at Beadsong Jewelry – here’s her facebook page, and her blog.  As I perused her blog and facebook I noticed how our style was kind of similar.  Both of us enjoy exploring color, and different techniques – beadweaving, bead embroidery and some metal work.  And both of us are mainly self-taught.  Here is some of her beautiful work:

I was lucky enough to chat with Bobbie the night we got paired up and had a nice long chat(though like it usually goes we talked little about beads and more about life in general).  I learned she recently moved to Chicago for a job of a lifetime – fundraising for the Chicago Symphony – how cool does that sound? Though I’m sure it’s a lot of work.    Her one thing she’s never tried is the new(ish) neon beads ***evil laugh***…… So here’s what I sent her:


I’m really happy with my selections – the focal is a stone/clay creation by Sculpted Windows. All the seed beads I basically had but took a trip to my bead store to get the shaped beads.


…..and my one thing is brown.  So it really came as no surprise that I opened my package and found LOTS of brown – but it’s all gorgeous!  I’ve decided to call it bronze, otherwise I’ll get a brain-block and won’t be able to think of any designs!

So here’s what Bobbie sent me:

12794941_993266440763744_2576642171046204023_o12801441_993266690763719_5034797860497986704_n(1)12803023_993292854094436_9222422893044790916_n(1)12798978_993292910761097_3775493151702098443_n(1)She sent me 2 options for a focal and 2 clasps, an awesome selection of seed beads as well as czech glass, moonstone, mother-of-pearl, bugles, long magatamas and 2 types of carved bone.  The options are almost endless!


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