Bead Hoarders Bog Hop Reveal

The anticipation is over, it's time for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop hosted by Lori Anderson of the Pretty Things blog.

I think bead hoarding is a malady which all jewelry artists suffer. The genius Lori decided to try to push us all to use some of that hoard with this hop. The beads I tend to hoard most often are art beads. Whether I've bought them from the designer themselves or won them in a giveaway, I usually just can't seem to bring myself to actually WORK with the beauties. I think I fear my inability to meet up with their awesomeness. For this challenge, I started by pulling out some of my stash from which to select.

As time wore on, I narrowed it down to the beads below.
1. from Melinda Orr 2. From Tree Wings Studio 3. from Gaea 4. from More Skye Jewels

I ended up only using three of those four selections, but I'm so pleased with what I was able to create that I'm hoping it keeps me on a roll to design with some of my other stashed away beads.
My mom and grandmother watched me pull this one together as I visited with them. They oohhhed and aahhed all over it. I'd say that's one of the best votes of confidence I could get.

I really liked the idea of this charm/pendant used in a bracelet as a play on a watch. It makes me smile.

This design is my favorite of the bunch. I wish I could capture the beauty of this pair better. Trust me, they're gorgeous! I may end up hoarding them this way now Ha!

I'm so glad I jumped on board with this hop. While I waited until the last minute to get anything made, I am quite pleased with my results. It's time to see what everyone else has been hoarding and what they've created. Make sure to hop over to Lori's Pretty Things Blog and see what magic she's worked. (Also, don't forget to wish her well as she's just come out of the hospital. . .She's just amazing isn't she!?)

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.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board 
  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
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
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
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
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
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded 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

You're Here --> 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
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
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
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
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
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

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

 What are you waiting for!? Get to hoppin'!


  1. I love the designs you came up with, especially the necklace. That Gaea pendant is gorgeous and you did a wonderful job showcasing its awesomeness.

    1. Adlinah, Aw thanks! I really love that pendant and just hope I did it justice. I do love me some clouds! Thank you for hopping by.

  2. All pretty designs!!
    and my favo is the same as Yours
    the earrings... colors look fantastic!

  3. I LOVE the cloud focal necklace. It's GORGEOUS! Isn't this blog hop a great idea to help us all use the special beads we've been hoarding!

    1. Lizie, Yeah. You can see why I've been hoarding that one! I'm so glad Lori pushed us to use some of our favorites that are collecting dust. Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. I appreciate it so!

  4. WOW Hope- I LOVE, love,love all 3 of these, but your new 'watch' is my favorite. Beautiful work and won't it be nice to actually wear some of our treasures??

    1. Tammie, You're too sweet. Thank you! I actually wore the earrings last night. And, you're so right. It was a lot more fun that having those pieces sitting in a drawer almost forgotten. Thanks for stopping in!

  5. That cloud necklace is so sweet. Like the earrings too.

    1. Cece, Thanks! I like it too. I'm so happy I got something made with these awesome art beads bits. I appreciate you stopping in here!

  6. All three are wonderful designs - love those earrings!

  7. All so pretty! I do love the earrings...

    1. RC, Thank you so much. I have such a soft spot for those too. Who knew such a small item could garner so much attention!? Ha.

  8. The earrings are also my favorite, I would keep them for myself! :)

  9. Wow, I can't pick a favorite - I love them all. Awesome job!!

  10. Such a fabulous stash, and simply stunning pieces! I always love what you make, and today is no exception! My favorite has to be the cloud necklace - I'm a sucker for the soft blues you used! :)

  11. Oh that watch bracelet is to die for. Being a retired nurse, have not worn a watch since then, but sure would wear this one!

    1. Marlene, Thank you!! It's been years since I wore a watch too and I do like a little humor so this worked perfectly for me. I appreciate you swinging by. :)

  12. My favorite is the one with the watch, and the clouds. Such fun!!!

  13. Delicious earrings! I'd be hoarding them too! All very, very nice, Hope.

  14. These are all so lovely--those earrings are really calling me though :) Beautiful!

    1. Robyn, Thanks again! That turquoise blue is just dreamy isn't it!?

  15. Well I can't pick a favorite..all your pieces are beautiful! Especially love the earrings. At least if we hoard long enough no one else could duplicate our pieces right, because they are long gone except in our own stashes. Nice hoard of pieces. ;)

    1. Jacquie, Ha! That's such a great way to look at it. I'll have to keep that in mind when the hoard starts to become an issue. Thank you so much for you kind words and for popping by!

  16. Three very nice pieces. It's easy to see from the picture that those earrings are gorgeous.

  17. I love everything you did !!! I especially love the earrings. They are very cool. They have a great feel about them.

    1. Susan, Aw thanks! I've never really considered earrings to be something that required too much thought or design, but I'm so glad I paid a little more attention to these, as they seem to be stealing the show! ;) I very much appreciate your kind words.

  18. You did an awesome job with each piece!! I can't pick a them all!! :)

  19. You did an awesome job with each piece!! I can't pick a them all!! :)

  20. Gorgeous creations! I also said 'Oh' when I looked at the necklace with the blue pendant. Enjoy the week-end. Ana

  21. Hope...those earrings are so ME...LOL Love all of your pieces. :-)

    1. Christina, Awesome!! I do love your style so that's one of the best compliments you could give me. Thank you!

  22. Gorgeous pieces, but the earrings are awesome.

    1. Dolores, Thanks so much! I'm so happy favorites seem to be the consensus favorite too! ;)

  23. Hi Hope! Those earrings are truly beautiful and if I had them iwould hang onto them too!

    Lovely work!

  24. they are all great. i love the cloud necklace

    1. Paula, Thank you! It's just dreamy isn't it? I don't think I had something so light and airy in mind when I first got the piece, but it became what it wanted to be in the end. ;)

  25. All of them are great! The watch bracelet is my favorite :)

  26. Just gorgeous!! I don't know what stone you used with the pearls to pull off the fabulous cloud pendant, but what a perfect match!!! I also love your earrings - sooooooo pretty!!!

  27. Love your designs they are all beautiful but those earrings are stunning!

    1. Niky, Thanks! I think I've found the star of the show with those earrings. I'm so pleased you like them to. Thank you for swinging by!

  28. I am amazed, your work is beautiful. Looooove the earrings. Well done! Miri

    1. Miri, Awwww. . .you are too, too kind. I appreciate your support so much. Thank you!

  29. Love the raindrop. All great pieces!

  30. The last pair of earrings are my favorite, too! But you had some things in your pre-party stash that I had my eye on, like those enameled (?) purple flowers!

    Thanks so much for participating so enthusiastically!

  31. Just pinned your earrings! :D <3

    Love the soft coloring of the necklace and the bracelet is soo clever. Well done!

    1. Dana, Thanks so much! I had a ton of fun working with the pieces that had intimidated be before. I'm hoping it will break me out of the shell of hoarding, but I know that's not the case at all. Ha!! I appreciate you stopping in.

  32. Everything is just lovely, lovely, lovely! I can't pick a favorite. Thank you so much for sharing--I truly enjoyed seeing the beautiful things you created!

  33. Wonderful pieces! So unique.

    1. Ingrid, Thanks so much! I love to hear that my designs are unique. Music to my ears! :)

  34. That raindrop is adorable ! And I love the idea behind the earrings. A bigger version as a necklace might be quite fun !

  35. I love your designs, Hope, and I just have to single out that "watch" as marvelously clever! I don't think many of us would get much done on challenges if it weren't for the "last minute" LOL.

  36. I love the idea you had for the bracelet! It's really fun.
    And I totally agree with everyone here: the earrings are gorgeous!


    1. Ambra, I'm so glad you like the bracelet. I was afraid it was a little corny, but I just love some whimsy. Thanks so much for your sweet words. It means more than you know!

  37. I do love the blue necklace and the earrings are beautiful. The bracelet is really unique.

  38. I had to laugh when I read the word "suffer."
    All to die for designs. Nice use of color and art beads. and I don't think the bracelet is "corny."

    1. Jeannie, Oh you're just too sweet! I really enjoyed breaking out of my shell and using this stash. It all came together better than I anticipated. I'm glad you don't think it's corny. . .I think my word-usage there might have been off. Thanks so much for you support! :)

  39. My absolute favourite are the earrings, great pieces♥ beautiful to wear right now. I would hoard them too!

    1. Dini, Thank you so much! That means so much to me. I'm pleased that those earrings are being well-received. I had hoped it wasn't just me that would like them! Thanks for swinging by!

  40. What beautiful designs! I can see why you'll want to hold on to those earrings :)

    1. Mimi, Thank you so much! I appreciate you hopping by. :)

  41. The earring are my favorite!
    I'm in love with them!
    But also the other creations are very nice!

    1. Ilenia, Are those fab!? I hate to boast over something I made like that, but I love them too. I have a feeling I will probably list them in my shop at some time, but I'll have to bring myself to do it. Thank you!

  42. Hope you did great using some of your hoard. The cloud necklace is great but I agree that the earrings are my favorite.

  43. OOOh I love them all! The "watch" is my favorite, just don't rely on it to get you there on time! :0)
    The other pieces are lovely and you have a fabulous sense of style!

  44. I'm with your Mom and Grandmom - I oohed and aahed over your pLe blue 'sky' necklace. Lush!

    1. Nelly, Aw. . .thank you! I was afraid I would have to make something more complex to compliment that pendant. I so glad simple worked! Thanks for checking it out!

  45. I love all three pieces .Your colors selection is beautiful,and lets not forget about the food.I am coming back to check the menu.

    1. Elise, Thank you so very much! I do like my food too. I'm way more motivated by food than I should be. I'm glad to see someone else is interested in my food ;) Thanks!!

  46. I don't blame them for cooing over your designs the first one is amazing. like little raindrops!

  47. Don't blame you for wanting to hoard those earrings for yourself. I would if I were you. Beautiful

    1. JuLee, Thank you! I'll probably end up listing them. . .probably. But, I'm so pleased that I was able to make something so delectable! ;) Ha!

  48. Love all your creations, very pretty. Your bracelet with the watch focal especially caught my eye-my favorite. So much talent!

  49. They're all lovely, but I'm with you -- I'd have to keep those earrings for myself!

  50. That is an awesome Collection! Beautiful pieces. Very difficult to choose a favourite :-)

    1. Shalini, Thanks so very much!! I so glad you like what I made. It was hard to break down and use those hoarded beads, but I'm so happy I did. I appreciate you hopping by!

  51. I am still 'oohing' over your art bead collection :) You chose well - and you did each of them justice. All three pieces are gorgeous: I love the beaded chain for that ceramic sky; Marie's time charm is just perfect on the bracelet; and Melinda's components are wonderful by themselves, yet you managed to make them stunning with your design. Beautiful work!

  52. You made three very beautiful pieces, I have to say my favorite are the blue earrings. It IS a great way to get going with creating, and you have some more beautiful art beads in your collection. I hope you keep creating! It's very inspiring.

  53. I enjoyed your pieces, I thought I liked the bracelet the most, but really? I looked back again and think the earrings are my favorite... I don't know they are all lovely!

    1. Maire, Oh thank you so much! Those earrings will sneak up on ya. They're fairly simple, but I did pack a lot into them. I'm so pleased you were able to stop by! Thanks :)

  54. Beautiful art, each piece is stunning!

  55. Sorry, I'm somewhat late. But I'm going to visit each and every blog in the blog hop.
    Love love love the earrings!!!

    1. Janine, No worries. I was adamant about visiting all of the blogs too. Take your time and enjoy the hopping. I'm so pleased you like my earrings and I appreciate you taking the effort to swing in and see what I was up to. Thank you!

  56. Beautiful designs! Love the 'watch' bracelet and those earrings are should keep them! :)

    1. Kari, Thank you! I'm so glad you got a chance to pop by! As far as those earrings, they're already in the pile to sell and will probably stay there. Well, until I pull them out to take photos and fall in love with them all over again! ;) We'll see what happens. Thanks again.


Thanks for stopping by! It means so very much to me. I love to hear what you have to say.

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