Rolling Blog Hop Challenge Items

A few weeks back, I was contacted by Christine from One Kiss Creations. She wanted to know if I would be interested in a bit of a challenge. She explained that she had been out thrifting/antiquing and picked up a few items that she thought would be cool for jewelry-making. Christine was making a call out to a few other designers to see if they would be interested in this challenge too. The kicker? She didn't tell us what the challenge pieces were going to be. Of course, I was all over this. You may have noticed that I like working with unusual items, especially those found on a thrifting/antiquing excursion.

I received the jam-packed box from Christine last week. Here's what all was in it.
Vintage plastic beads in bright hues
Citrine, peridot, amethyst, aquamarine teardrop bead mix
This is a crappy picture, but these bits were all individually wrapped in bubble wrap
Here's a bit of a better look at the cameo pendant (LOVE!) and the three little bird pins
Some cool metal pieces: hand charms, silver-tone chain, neat gold tone clip-on earrings
There was a little baggie with these polymer clay beads and a few crystals
There was a HUGE baggie that had this triple strand necklace and the loose stone beads. Can anyone identify what those are?
For a beachy girl like me, these strands of drilled shells were just awesome to find in the package.
And last are the challenge pieces:
Vintage wood spools

Yes, WOODEN SPOOLS! I've already started on my designs for this challenge. I actually almost started on them before I got a picture of the blank spools in all their unfinished glory. Now, the blog hop for this isn't very traditional by any means. Christine only asks that we make something with at least one of the spools and then blog about it sometime between the last week of October and the end of November. The freedom of this blog hop has her calling it "A Rolling Blog Hop" (rolling is exactly what those spools tried to do when I took the above picture). So check back in and see what I made. I'll also try to share links to the other participants as they roll out their designs too. This is going to be fun!


  1. Hi Hope,
    I'm glad that you too are a part of the Rolling Blog Hop hosted by Christine. I can not wait to see what you do with your treasures from Christine. The spools are going to be a real challenge for me. Have fun!

  2. Wow what great stuff you got! This challenge looks very interesting and I can't wait to see what you make.

  3. Hope, I'm very curious about what you're going to make with the spools. I've been looking at the unidentified stone beads - I'm no specialist in gemstones or rocks - but the first thing that came to my mind was marble rock. Have a nice day. Ana

  4. Hope~your photos are great :-) I wish I knew what those beads were. They are kinda heavy, aren't they? I was so excited to put together your package! I am cleaning out my former workshop soon.....want more?! You saying yes to this Hop made my week :-D Cannot wait to see what you come up with!

  5. oh what a stash she sent you! it is so much fun to see what she sent to everyone ... it's all a little different, and I think Christine really took her time to match up to each of us! But oh those spools .... they are an interesting twist! I've got an idea, but let's hope it all works out how I see it in my mind at this point :) Can't wait to see what you do with your's Hope!

    1. Cynthia, She did spoil me very nicely! I'm looking forward to seeing who else is playing along (I guess I could look at her e-mails a little harder, but that would be too much work ;) ) and what all they received. I'm guessing you're playing along too? I need to head over to your blog and see if you've done a reveal of what she sent too! I feel the same way about the spools. I have an idea, but I'm not sure how it will work out. Best of luck on yours!! Thank you!

  6. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with. I have someideas for the spools.

  7. This blog hop sounds interesting! I honestly wouldn't know how to use those spools, so I am pretty curious to find out what you will do.
    Have fun!

    1. Ambra, Yes, Christine did come up with an interesting idea for sure. I love stretching my creativity to the limits and this is just perfect. I"m sure you would come up with something cool with them. I'm not sure if I can wait another month or two to see all the designs. This is too much fun! :) Thank you.

  8. I think those are agates, but I'm not a gemstone expert. I LOVE the spools! What a great idea for a Hop! Christine rocks!!! Can't wait to see what you make with all those yummy goodies!

    1. Shirley, Agates. . .okay. Your guess sounds better than mine. I'm pretty sure they're just some kind of dyed stone but I really hate guessing.
      Wasn't the spool hop a great idea by Christine!? Now to just do her cool idea some justice with some excellent designs. Wish me luck! :) And, thank you!


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