Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sand and Sea Blog Hop

A few months ago, I signed up to be part of Lisa Lodge's Sand and Sea blog hop. She sent us either a blue or brown pallette of beads to work with and I received a brown set. Now, I don't gravitate towards peaches and browns a whole lot but that's what makes being part of something like this fun and why it's called a challenge!

Here's a picture of the beads I received
  There was a whole assortment of goodies buried in there and it took some pondering to figure out which direction I wanted to go. Lisa had asked that we not go out and buy any beads, but that we use from our stash ( no problem there). After looking at the peaches and golds I added a few more things to the pot ( peach glass pearls, an old broken necklace and some gold e-beads), and here was my bead starting point:

And then the project kind of took on a mind of it's own. I decided to do some wire crochet so I could use a lot of the smaller beads, but to mix it up a little I used three different colors of 26g wire: antique bronze, copper and gold. This played off of the bigger beads and the colors in the focal piece.

 You can see the mingling of the three colors here where I ended it
 And here's my chunky wire crochet necklace. It's a little too big for me, but I've already had two people ask about buying it, and to quote a friend of mine "I've never met a chunky necklace I didn't like!"

But there was more work to be done! Originally I was going to use the focal with the necklace, but that was just wayyy too much going on. I used some 20g wire, took a deep breath, and tried my hand at some wire wrapping. That cute little turtle just had to be featured somewhere, and the copper tones played up the copper in the focal.  I also used two semi-matching beads to make matching earrings and wrapped them in a similar fashion to complement the focal bead. After they were all done, I realized that they were their own little set and didn't need to compete with the wire crochet. This is not my typical fare, but I really am pleased with the end results.

Here's another look at the earrings....

 and the focal
Thanks, Lisa! This was a fun challenge, and it's nice to get out of your comfort zone to see what you can create.

Here's a list of the other participants- stop by and say hi!

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry

Marla Gibson, Spice Box Designs

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie

Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

Kim Booth, The Pink Martini Boutique

Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life

Leah Tees, My Beady Littleeyes

Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry  **you're here**

Monique Urquhart, A Half Baked Notion

Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs

Cindy Anderson Wilson, It's My Sea of Dreams

Suzi Campbell, Suzi Campbell Creations

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings


I'm off to enter goodies into the local fair- may your day be filled with splashes and dashes of grace and joy!


  1. I love your necklace and sweet earrings. Great job!

  2. Christie, I agree, there's so much to be gained by leaving our same-old and exploring. Your pieces are just gorgeous, it sounds like you are saying you are new to wire-wrapping? I never could have guessed. That focal is an awesome combination of elegance and playfulness... who could resist that little turtle? The earrings are a perfect complement. And what can I say about your wonderful crochet... just inspired!

  3. Great pieces! I am loving what everyone has done with challenge!

  4. I love the chunky necklace.. Great job :)

  5. Leah, you don't have comments enabled on your blog, I couldn't tell you there how much I liked your design for this challenge!

  6. Christie, your chunky necklace is FABULOUS! I love what you did with your kit!

  7. My sister in wire crochet! Love love what you did, and the density you achieved. The three strands really made it sing. Cool!

  8. Love how your projects turned out, love your wire wrapped earrings and necklace.

  9. Those are awesome. I love the chunky necklace and the wire wrapping is great.

  10. Wow, Christie! I love what you did with your beads! That wire crochet is really cool. The pendant with the turtle just blew me away - super cute!! Thanks for being in the hop!

  11. I love what you did with your pieces. I had the same beads you used in your earrings. I thought about making them into earrings too. Ultimately I used them differently but I still think they make great earrings. Love your pieces!!!

  12. I love the round white beads in your first necklace. They just really set off all the other beads around them! I also had a ceramic pendant like yours but couldn't immediately think what to make with it. I've finally made up my mind, but not in time to make for the challenge. I'm really impressed with what you did with yours! Finally, just love those earrings!

  13. I find it amazing how many of us were drawn to crochet though I haven't got the guts to try it with wire. I just love the first necklace. It really is beachy.

  14. I love the crocheted necklace, and very clever to wire-wrap that focal! Very beachy indeed!