Ocean Blog Hop
As I sit down to write this, I am awed over a few things tonight. The first is that I cannot believe that it is the end of May already, the second is that it seems to rain every time I try to sit on my deck in front of the fire, and the last is how great a wonderful night with my family actually is. I digress…the Blog Hop that I am participating in from Lisa at A Grateful Artist – Pine Ridge Treasures is Ocean themed. This isn’t my first Hop with Lisa, but I am still in awe of her creativity and organization to get all of the ideas for these Hops as well as the organization! Hats off. 🙂
To recap, I received a few pieces of sea glass, some beads and some cute silver colored findings from Lisa a little while ago. The theme of this Hop was Ocean. And these beautiful monotones of blue can really put you on the beach! I loved the fact that there were differing shades and tones of blue. From a translucent blue-green of the sea glass to a deep ocean water blue of some of the beads. I was set!
Until I sat down to create something. Then I don’t know what happened. I lost all of the spark. So I did what anyone would do in the face of no inspiration, a pressing deadline and no time to work…I procrastinated some more and started looking at Pintrest. I am a sucker for Pintrest…but searching for “Ocean” helped…a little. So I decided to go to my table and start playing with clay. Nothing can make you fee better than some time playing with clay. that is until you get a brick that is completely dry, then I just want to scream.
A little while later I had this set:
Not a bad start…next came this set:
Now we are getting somewhere…so over time they became
I really like the idea of an asymmetrical necklace with the clasp as a focal piece. In each of the pieces for this hop, that is what I was going for. So although in these 2 necklaces, I have used the sea glass and 1 set of the beads, there was still a ton more that Lisa had sent. I have toyed with a multi-strand seed bead necklace for years. They are so labor intensive that I typically lose interest long before they are finished. This time, I decided it would be a bracelet instead. Yup…that didn’t happen. Oh well.. One of these days I am going to make that. For now, I am in love with this mock multistrand necklace using the silver colored pieces in the kit:
3 pieces and I still had a ton of other beads. This is where time and ideas has left me
As from a previous post, I love the look of netted cord. Those beautiful large clear crystal beads were just screaming to be framed. The pictures do not do these crystals proud. They are stunning. I am thinking a series of 3 bracelets. Just have to finish the clasps and assemble all of the parts. They should be stunning!
Thank you for taking some time on your Saturday morning (or whenever you have visited :)) and I hope you enjoyed these pieces. Please check out all of the exceptional work from the other artists below!
Ocean Blog Hop May 31st Reveal:
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out (You Are Here!)
Mary Ann Macri Jacobs, Trucksville Crafts
Jeanne Steck, Gems by Jeanne Marie
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech’s Ocean Blog
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
The beautiful cultured seaglass for this hop is from ZnetShows. Check out their awesome selection! ZnetShows Cultured Seaglass