June 29, 2010

My So Called Junky Life’s 2010 Spring Bead Swap Party

{First off I want to thank Sarah over at My So Called Junky Life for hosting this swap. Thanks, Sarah!}
So, my first bead swap is OVER today! And you know what that means! I have to hand over the goods ~ well, at least photos of the goods. And I’m afraid to. Why? Well, because my swap partner, Terri of Designs by Terri Gordon is a very talented mixed media artist (among other things). And she was so kind to send me such GREAT STUFF (I know, my descriptive verbiage is pretty incredible considering my English and law degrees lol). Anyway, I’m nervous about this unveiling, of sorts, but I guess it’s best to just jump right in! So without further ado, welcome to my first gallery opening….


This rhinestone brooch took my breath away. As a focal piece it’s quite regal, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. As much as I love traditional vintage jewelry, I really wanted to make it a bit more contemporary, yet still retain a vintage flair. Hopefully I managed that with the pearls and organza ribbon.  Now on to exhibit number two.


My favorite bead of all is what I call the “Disco ball.” Yup, that’s the official terminology for it. I wanted to showcase it without having it lost in the shuffle. So I created a necklace around it. And my proclivity for lockets, of course, led me to create this locket and charm necklace. The emerald cut aquamarine jewel is SO beautiful! And I’m very much into birds these days, and antique brass. Hence the bird charm and chain. Oh, and the clasp is to die for ~ what a spectacular Swarovski toggle! I love it. And now, for the piece de resistance.





Okay, this was quite a challenge, even for me. As you can imagine, my being Charm Bracelet Diva and all, I was dying to create a bracelet with all this great bling. And this was a first for me ~ I used a vintage brooch (gorgeous) as the focal piece on the bracelet. As you can see it turned out, well, pretty fabulous, no? Seriously, I was quite pleased with the result. I hope you like it, too!

You should head on over to Sarah's blog and find the links to all the other party members' blog posts.  I can't wait to see them all!  Thanks again, Sarah for hosting this swap. And thanks to my swap partner, Terri, who was so kind to send me such spectacular baubles to work with! It was a pleasure ladies! So when’s the next swap?

9 comments:

Terri Gordon said...

Oh Kathleen, I love everything, you did a wonderful job, I love the necklace and really love your charm bracelet. Now I am going to have to make one in aqua, love it. Thanks again for all my goodies. I am making a pink charm bracelet with the Marie Antoinette Mail art group and plan on using some of the charms you sent for it. Will post pictures when I finish. Thanks again, it was wonderful getting to know you. Enjoy. Hugs, Terri

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

B-yoo-tee-ful! Love that bracelet.

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

You should not be so shy with your creations, they are wonderful! The bracelet is fabulous and the first piece is interesting as the left side is different from the first but so blendy. Love that look!

rose said...

all very pretty. i love the heart. thanks for sharing.

Boot ~C said...

these are all great pieces, things to really be proud of. I LOVE the cha cha style charm bracelet(I'm all about the jingle!)& all the necklaces are beautiful.You did good :)

Erica said...

Wow! 3 pieces? Amazing! Love each of them. They're all so pretty. Great job.

A 2 Z said...

Hi Kathleen,

I've been away for a few days and came home to major plumbing problems (water disaster in basement). Thanks for the shout out and congrat on your awards. I love the jewelry that you created. Its really up my alley. Very sophisticated. I just love it. You are so talented. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog.

Anne-Marie ;D

Sarah said...

Wow Kathleen!!! You live up to your name - charm bracelet diva!! The bracelet is gorgeous!! I love the color combo. The two necklaces are pretty too! That rhinestone disco ball is gorgeous with all the different colors!

StaziO essentials said...

So pretty, turquise always sparkles on matter what the shade

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