Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

A couple of months ago, Lori Anderson introduced a new blog idea: The Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.  The idea was to take beads we had stashed for a variety of reasons ( too special, too expensive, too sentimental) and make them into jewelry. As soon as she posted on the Bead Soup Cafe page on Facebook, I knew exactly what beads of mine fit that specification! Quite some time ago I splurged on some Brilynn Beads by Lynn Bauder. Her beads are gorgeous floral creations that I'd been oohing and aahing over for some time. When they arrived, they were even prettier in person. Wanting to do them justice, I put them in a safe place and would occasionally pull them out to gaze at them and then stash them away again. Well, this was now the time to use them.  After several different arrangements, here is the final result:
Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy

I photographed these on a teacup I inherited from my grandmother, Hazel. My grandpa was a pastor and they didn't have a lot of earthly possessions, so these teacups are a special treasure. I only managed to get one pair of earrings done, and much to my chagrin, realized that after the pictures were taken that there is a sterling spacer missing. Sigh. I see a redo in my very near future.

I'm having a ball using a new photo app that I downloaded recently. It's from Rhonna Designs, and I'm loving it.  It's super easy to play with and makes labelling pictures a snap. It's my new favorite app to use for posting on Instagram. My user name there is Charisdesigns and I'd love for you to follow me.

Here's the rest of the Stash bloggers.  Thanks again, Lori, for another fun idea. Can't wait to see all the wonderful goodies that have been de-stashed just for this occasion.
1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs   <----  (you're here)
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Enjoy!! Christie


  1. beautiful earrings from your hoard!

  2. What a wonderful story and great background for your sweet design, Christie. P.S. I never would have noticed the "missing link" LOL

  3. Lovely earrings and I love the story of the tea cups!

  4. Beautiful beads and gorgeous earrings! I'll bet it was hard to part with these beauties!

  5. Sweet earrings...I love the teacup you used as a prop. I too have inherited a teacup that was given to me from my husbands grandmother. :-) I dont know how old it is, but it is a beautiful teacup. Your earrings match the colors very well.

  6. Such sweet earrings! Never would have noticed the missing spacer had you not pointed it out :)

  7. Very pretty earrings ,and a great story about the teacup.It is a priceless piece.

  8. These earrings are exquisite, and love how you displayed them on your grandmother's tea cup. Makes them even more precious!

  9. Christie I can see why you hoarded those beads they are great. Your earrings are beautiful.

  10. I love the earrings :) Very beautiful.

  11. Beautiful earrings--I'd have hoarded those beads too :)

  12. Beautiful earrings! Nice and feminine :)

  13. Beautiful beads...and beautiful earrings.

  14. Such a sweet way you talked about your Grandparents and how your teacup was a very special thing! I really love your earrings aren't they just beautiful.
    So what if the spacers'll just have to redo it and then have a cuppa tea! :-)

  15. A nice story an a great combination of colours, the earrings and the tea cups! So ♥sweet♥! A real treasure...

  16. What lovely flowery earrings! So bright and breezy!

  17. How lovely! Your earrings are so sweet... and so is the teacup. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Such pretty earrings! Thanks, Christie for visiting my blog and commenting.

  19. You may have made just a piece, but I think it's lovely. Really romantic.

  20. Oh, does beads are gorgeous. And you made just the perfect earrings with them.

  21. oh wow, what lovely lampwork!!! They look perfect in your earring design.

  22. those beads are beautiful and they look lovely in your earrings!

  23. Love the those lampwork beads! Your earrings are just beautiful! Great design!

  24. Oh, they're so frilly!! And they work perfectly on the teacup. Both are so girly :)

  25. You certainly did those hoarded beads justice, beautiful earrings!

  26. Very lovely designs! Very feminine and so elegant ;)