November 22, 2014
This is the first year that I have participated in the "Be Thankful" Blog Hop Hosted by Marybeth Rich of Forest of Jewels. I am so glad that I decided to do it because the beads are Beautiful.
I received an assortment of Czech glass leaves, carved ovals, rondelles, drop beads, cruller shaped beads and a Czech lampwork glass barrel bead. The Clasp is a handmade Copper clasp made by Cova Cobalt of Cobalt and Copper.
Before I go any further with my beading I first want to list just a few things that I am Thankful for. First of all, My Hubby of nearly 25 years, Ray. He has always been a supporter of my dreams and aspirations and has believed in me when no one else did. I am very Thankful that he is still with me as it was just 2 years ago this month that I nearly lost him when he went into complete respiratory failure and was on a ventilator for 6 days. The doctors didn't expect him to pull through, but he surprised them all. He is disabled now, on oxygen 24/7, but the important thing is that he is still here with me and able to join me in my beading endeavors.
I am also Thankful for my talented and hardworking son Stephen. He works for Ford Motor Company and is the bass player for the band ElectroPossum. (check their video's out on YouTube.com). He is always there to help Mom and Dad when we need him. We are very proud of the young man he has become.
I am Thankful that I have a roof over my head, food on the table and a God that provides for me and my family. I am also Thankful for my ability to take a pile of beads or a bag of beads and create a piece of wearable art. I use my beading as my 'therapy'. When I am not doing 'Bead Therapy', I am doing 'Wind Therapy' on my 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 motorcycle, which I have named "Dr. Breeze", another one of the things I am Thankful for. There are so many other things that I am Thankful for but this blog would go on forever and I want to show you my pretties...So now back to the beads:
Here is a photo of the beads I received to work with:
I started off with a bracelet. I stood at my kitchen window this morning drinking my coffee and noticed the leaves falling from the trees and covering my yard. That was my inspiration to make something with 'dangling' leaves, so that is how I came to design the bracelet.
Of course, every bracelet deserves a pair of matching earrings so I played with my beads until I had a pair that was just right for the look I wanted.
I now have a large selection of beads left from the challenge so I need to get started on a Necklace. I must however, get a few special order projects done before I start it...Afterall, I think I will make enough from the special orders that I can buy a new outfit to wear with my "Be Thankful" designs on Thanksgiving day....Sounds like GREAT motivation to me.
Thanks for taking a look at my pieces. Please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my designs.
Please take the time to look at the other designers that are participating in the blog hop also. They are listed below:
Featured Artist: Cova Cobalt of Cobalt and Copper
Your Hostess: Marybeth Rich of Forest of Jewels
Gina Hockett of Freestyle Elements
Carolyn Lawson of Carolyn's Creations
Shaiha Williams of Shaiha's Ramblings
Lisa Knappenberger of LiRaysa Designs
Bianca Medina of Medibeads
Lee Koopman of Strega Jewellry's Blog
Mowse Doyle of Mowse Made This
Linda Anderson of From the Bead Board