Welcome To The Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop!

Welcome to the hop!  The fabulous Lori Anderson is hosting a terrific hop today, challenging us to use all those beads we've held onto for that 'special project' in...well...special projects!

Yesterday I posted photos of beads I've been hoarding, and today I want to share the pieces I've made with some of them:

The first piece I want to share features a gorgeous copper heart focal that I won from Kristi Bowman of Kristi Bowman Design:

This is definitely a different type of design for me, but I really love how it turned out!  I had planned on using a different focal for this necklace, but after I got the necklace base made, I decided that Kristi's heart was perfectly suited for it.  It kind of has a 'Game-of-Thrones-ish' feel to it.

The second piece I'd like to share is in a completely different style from the first, and is definitely more like my usual designs:

I absolutely loved this house focal when I found it in Cindy Kovar's shop, Captured Moments.  She has so many fantastic and unusual ceramic focals and findings, and I am a frequent shopper of hers.  The beads I used to compliment the focal are from Mary Cobble of Firebabies (another favorite shop) and Cheryl Harris of Cheryl's Art.  

The third piece I made features another heart (big surprise - lol!):

The small heart focal from Martha Eason at Menagerie Studio is one that I've been holding onto for a long time.  I absolutely love it, but it is smaller than most focals I use, and I wanted to find the perfect complimentary beads to go with it that wouldn't overpower it.  Mary Cobble of Firebabies to the rescue!  The copper-greenish/purplish finish on the small spacers were perfect, and look beautiful with Martha's focal.  The result is a lovely, almost dainty (at least for me) sweet necklace that could be worn by both mothers and daughters.

The fourth and final piece I want to share with you is one that I've had planned out for a very long time, but never actually put together:

It features two focal beads that I combined into one.  The bird focal is from Terri at beads2die4.  It looks like she has shut her shop down, so I am glad I picked my birdie up while she had them!  The nest focal is from Heather Powers at Humblebeads.  (If you haven't checked out her shop, you absolutely HAVE to!  Her polymer beads are to die for!)  I wanted to make sure the focal stayed front and center, but still wanted to add color and movement to the piece, so I opted for baby bell flower fringe and turquoise leather to finish off the necklace.

As always, thank you Lori Anderson for hosting this fun hop!

Take some time to visit these other bead hoarders to see what they have made with their own stash:

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4. Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5. Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6. Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7. Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8. Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9. Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10. Erin Guest, Renlish

11. Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13. Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14. Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15. Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16. Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17. Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18. Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
20. Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23. Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24. Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26. Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27. Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28. Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30. Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31. Robyn, Museiddity
32. Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33. Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36. Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37. Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38. Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39. Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40. Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41. Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42. Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43. Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45. Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46. Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
49. Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50. Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51. Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52. D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53. Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54. Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55. Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56. Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57. Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58. Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59. Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60. Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61. Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62. Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63. Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64. Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65. Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66. JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67. Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68. Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69. Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70. Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72. Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
75. Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76. Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77. Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78. Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80. Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82. Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83. Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84. Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85. Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86. Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87. Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88. Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89. Susan, Mistheword
90. MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91. Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92. Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94. Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95. Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
97. Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98. Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99. Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100. Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101. Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102. Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103. Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104. Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105. Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106. Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107. Lennis Carter, windbent
108. Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109. Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
110. Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111. Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112. Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113. Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114. Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115. Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116. Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117. Kim, Cianci Blue
118. Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119. Karen, Spokalulu
120. Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121. Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122. Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123. Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124. Amy Bright, LABweorc
125. Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126. Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127. Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128. Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129. Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130. Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131. LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132. Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133. Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134. Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135. Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136. Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138. Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
140. Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141. B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142. Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143. Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145. Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146. Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147. Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148. Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149. Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150. Sarah Small, By Salla

151. Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152. Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153. Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154. Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155. Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
157. Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158. Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159. Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs

161. Kris Lanae Binsfield, Cherish Designs
162. Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163. Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164. Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165. Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166. Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167. Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog
Anonymous said...

stunning they're all such beautiful designed pieces that show of the focals perfectly

JeannieK said...

WOW Molly you were a busy girl. I was so focused on beads I forgot to pull out my art beads and use them in this hop. UGH. Your beautiful designs using the art beads from other talented bead makers, will make their hearts sing. I know, I've had the pleasure.

Kathy said...

Love it - especially the bird necklace. There is another etsy designer that does pieces like that bird - not as detailed - when she posts they all sell immediately, so here is her facebook if you want to see some of her work:

Unknown said...

All so beautiful! My fav is the one with the ceramic blue ceramic house!

Kim said...

Stunning, they are all gorgeous. The last one is my favorite, I love that birdie and what you did with the flowers is PERFECT!

Gale said...

I'm pretty sure that bird is from Jade Scott...but my favorite is the one with the Menagerie piece. I, too, have some trouble with those smaller pieces, so you've inspired me to use mine. I'm also pleased to "meet" someone else who uses Mary's beads from Firebabies; hers was the first lampwork I ever used.

CraftyHope said...

Every one of your pieces is just. . .wow! I absolutely love that last one. You rocked this challenge and your stash is awesome.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful! I love the first heart necklace and the birdie...oh, and the little heart too! Nice color combos :)

NEDbeads said...

Oh how wonderful is your birdie necklace!! Of course, I love them all, but the little flowers and that fun bird, they just go together sooooooo well!

WindDancerStudios said...

I can see why you were hoarding these! Wonderful pieces!

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

I really love your first piece. Breaking out of the usual mode is a fantastic thing in this case!

Cassi said...

All of your pieces are beautiful, but I do really love that house focal and the necklace you created for it :-)

Anonymous said...

All of your pieces are different yet equally gorgeous - wow!

LisaS said...

Beautiful necklaces Molly, you really have a good eye for combination and colot. Love connectors you made for that first necklace. So unusual. And the little bird necklace with all the dangles is my favorite!

Unknown said...

i love them all but i think the last one is my favorite :)

Anonymous said...

They are all unique and wonderful!

Chrissy said...

I am in LOVE with the necklace with the beautiful bird! The beads dangle soooo nicely. Your other designs are so creative and beautiful too..

Mimi said...

Wonderful creations - what delightful focals!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful collection of pieces and each one does so much honor to the creator of the focal. Fantastic job!

Becky Pancake said...

All of your pieces are very unique and creative. Great job Molly.

Heather Otto said...

I love them all! The little bird necklace though is just too sweet!

Marjorie Savill Linthwaite said...

Molly, I am in awe of your craft and my favourite piece would have to be the heart. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Chelle said...

amazing designs.

Catherine King said...

I just adore necklace #4.... They are all just lovely.


Dry Gulch said...

What beautiful designs! Love the hearts, and the birdie necklace is wonderful!

Unknown said...

nicely done! The little bird is my favorite.

Unknown said...

I love them all, but the bird is making me very happy! Beautiful wire work!

Lori Anderson said...

I love everything (big surprise, LOL!) The first one I think is my favorite because you mentioned Game of Thrones (I'm not lucky enough to have seen it but have read all the books), and that last piece made me smile because I have that bird focal in my book, but in red, and it looks TOTALLY unlike this bird. The pastel versus the red and yellow I had -- really cool how different she makes things! And I love your fringe (I love making wire wraps, what's wrong with me?)

Thank you SO MUCH for participating!

anafiassa said...

Everything is absolutely beautiful! I am incredibly impressed... You are very talented! :)

Unknown said...

What lovely pieces ! I love the bird the best :)

Unknown said...

I am crazy about houses so my fav is the house necklace. I've got to get one of those beads. They are all great designs!!

Unknown said...

Oh my I love your bird necklace! Sooo very very lovely! You make beauty Molly :-)

Here Bead Dragons said...

All such beautiful pieces


Nelly May said...

You have such a talent for colour. That second necklace with it's shimmery purples just oozes sensuality. Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Great designs! You've used each focal in the EXACT way it should have been used - perfect design!

Empty nester at last said...

As with the rest...Great Job. I truly love the last one...I love how you matched the colors....Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous set of necklaces! I especially love that bird necklace at the end (did you know you can get the bird bezels here and there on Etsy and elsewhere?)

Angel Whisperer said...

All are STUNNING !!
Love the colors and medias used :-)

Kepi said...

Beautiful designs, the bird necklace is awesome!!!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

All your pieces are wonderful..! great work..! :)
I love your awesome stash... *drooling

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Lovely designs in such a variety of styles, Molly... I agree it is a shame Terri no longer sells, her bird pendants were divine!

Gaea said...

Beautiful designs! I can see why you hoarded those pieces! They are magic!

esferajewelry said...

Love your hoarded stash and you made absolutely good use of them. Love all the designs but the purple one with the house pendant is my favorite.

Miri Agassi said...

All your pieces are beautiful. Well done.

Anonymous said...

What great beads you have in your stash!

Both focal beads are gorgeous and I am particularly loving the beads from Mary Cobble. I'll go and have a look at her shop!


Linda A. said...

Birds, Birds everywhere! I love the birds! =)

Klassy Joolz said...

All of your designs are just wonderful! Love the Bird, too. Sorry to see that the Etsy shop has closed.

Smiles, Pam

Kari Asbury said...

All so beautiful, it's hard to choose a favorite!

Shai Williams said...

I just love them all but I have to admit that the second necklace just keeps drawing me back. And purple isn't even my color.