Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2012 Reveal

The holidays are a very busy time for crafters; either we are making stuff to sell or we’re making stuff to give our friends as gifts…or both! That’s why it was such a great idea for Shelley Graham Turner (of Tori Sophia) and Marlene Cupo (of Amazing Designs) to host a holiday blog hop early enough for us to have some fun without feeling the pressure of time and help kick start the season.  The idea was to include everyone who celebrates any winter holiday (Ashura, Bodhi Day, Boxing Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Yule, and many more) to trade something handmade. That could include ornaments, jewelry or what ever each pair agreed to.

My partner for this hop is the talented jewelry designer Sonya Ann Stille (0f SAS Jewelry Designs) and she celebrates Christmas with her husband and two young boys (aged 5 and 2), so everyone gets excited about Santa coming.  Her family goes to pick a live Christmas tree to decorate together and they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Sonya’s favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy (originally know as Carol of the Drum as performed by the Von Trapp Family Singers in 1952. You may have heard of them…although this song is missing from the movie version of their life.)

We agreed since we celebrate different holidays and both make jewelry, it would make sense for us to exchange jewelry and not make anything religious. My first thought was to make something blue and white…but then I found a vintage image I liked and you’ll have to go to visit her blog to see what happened there!

As for me, I received the most amazing Russian Spiral Stitch 16″ rope necklace. I really admire bead stitching; it’s not something I’ve ever tried and I have to admit it looks really intimidating. I had no idea what a Russian Spiral was, so I found this tutorial. To me, this is like those instructions you get in a different language when you’re putting furniture together.

The matching bracelet is apparently a normal Spiral Stitch. This is supposed to be easier? Now I know the beadstitcher/weaver people are laughing at me right now, but the rest of you look at this tutorial and tell me this is easy.

She generously made me little sweet earrings to match!

I’m really happy with my gifts and feel very proud to own some of Sonya’s work. I will enjoy showing off my handmade jewelry to my friends and family this season. Thank you!

Please go visit all the wonderfully talented artists that have participated in this event:

Michelle Fanucchi
 Monique Urquhart
Therese Frank
Heather Otto
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Linda Florian
Debbie Rasmussen
Alicia Marinache
Ginger Bishop
Lo/  Lynn Jobber
Leanne Loftus
Rita/Toltec Jewels
Shelly Joyce
Shai Williams
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lennis Carrier
Marla Gibson
Mary Howell Govaars
Linda Younkmann
Shirley Jones Moore http://​www.beadsandbread.blo​
Melinda Orr
Marlene Cupo
Shelley Graham Turner
Sonya Stille
Dyanne Cantrell
Anindita Basu
Dee Elgie
Gina Hockett
Lori Jean Poppe
Charlie Jacka
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks

About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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18 Responses to Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2012 Reveal

  1. I love that you included a happy face photo of your bling! Lovely pieces, and fun post!

  2. Wow, Lennis, that is an amazing set to wear while celebrating the Season! I chuckled at your comments about the “easy” tutorial… yes, I am a non-beader, and I am lost after the first two steps LOL. We may as well appreciate that we each have our own skills, while admiring the skills and talents of others. I, too, was paired with a sublimely talented beader, Jo-Ann of “It’s a Beadiful Creation” and spent many enjoyable moments marvelling at her skill!

  3. Gina Hockett says:

    Oh, what a beautiful set! You are definitely not alone in some beading instructions being like a foreign language–would love to know how to do that, though! Sonya did it beautifully! Gina

  4. Ginger B. says:

    Well, you are all ready with a complete set of holiday bling. I wish you the best holiday season.

  5. Beautiful pieces – I’ve always loved Russian spiral (never tried it myself though) and I love the cute smiley face pic at the end =)

  6. Marlene Cupo says:

    LOL, I so agree with you when it comes to beadwork. I oogle, drool, lick, and dream about it, but don’t even have the courage to attempt how to do it. My 5 year old granddaughter would probably do better. You have a beautiful collection there! Thank you for being in our HBBH!

  7. Wow, I’m in awe of the process of making this set! The tutorial told me that my old eyes are not meant for making a beaded spiral anything. Love your smiley!

  8. As a fellow seed beader, I can tell you that Sonya does beautiful work. But you can see that for yourself. I’m glad you have such a great set to wear for the holidays. 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous set. I am going to try that tut 🙂 thanks.

  10. Therese says:

    I’m one of those bead stitchers/weavers and I got a smile on my face reading your post when it came to describing the stitches. Trust me when most of us started out it seemed not so easy to us either. Sonya did a fantastic job on these piece they are beautiful. I hope you will enjoy wearing them for years to come.

  11. Wow! I’m envious of such talented bead weave/stitched gifts! Beautiful and definitely symbolic of the Holidays!

  12. I appreciate so much how you listed the many winter holiday choices that Shelly and Marlene gave us. I also celebrate the Solstice, and in some ways the “window ornaments” Shelly and I made celebrate both Solstice and Christmas. I also celebrate “3 Kings Day” – a Mexican tradition.

    I apologize for commenting today — I messaged Shelly when I had unusual 1st shift grandma childcare for my 2 and 3 year old granddaughters, followed by my usual 2nd shift childcare for my 11 year old grandson.

    The jewelry Sonya made is absolutely beautiful. Her beadwork is phenomenal. The jewelry ensemble she created is stunning, and I admire her gifts very much. Thank you for posting the tutorial! I agree, it’s wild but Sonya , and so many beadweavers, inspire me!

    The jewelry you created for Sonya, Lennis, is so special! Unique and lovely. The angel focal and beads and lovely handcrafted necklace is all very ethereal and comforting. Beautiful!

    What a lovely gift exchange you two had, and both of you created wonderful blog posts too!
    Happy Holidays,

    • windbent says:

      Thank you so much Rita. I love Mexican Folk Art–especially tin and Day of the Dead art (see previous blog post!). The 10th wedding anniversary is tin so I just got a lovely piece handmade by a artist in Miami. The focal that I made for the exchange is actually a painted vintage watch part tin done in a diorama style, but I may become brave enough to start cutting my own tin soon…

  13. I am with you. Anything made with seed beads is amazing and beautiful to me. I especially love the rope necklaces.

  14. Heather Otto says:

    That bracelet is my favorite! Like wearing a giant candycane! The whole set is just too sweet!

  15. Alicia@AllPrettyThings says:

    Lovely jewelry set!! I like it so much – and I will have to check that tutorial, I tried the rope recently and it did *not* go well 🙂

  16. Cindy says:

    Wow – what a BEAUTIFUL set from Sonya – I am in awe of any kind of beadwork – it is just amazing. And the necklace and earrings you made for her are so pretty as well….you two will enjoy wearing your new pieces this holiday season!

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