Color of Dreams Blog Hop

159This is my first blog hop this year for Toltec Jewels. 50 artists were sent a beautiful art bead designed by Patricia Handschuh and the theme of the blog hop was Colors of Dreams.

I love color, it makes me feel alive, gives me energy and wakes up my creativity. So when I saw the colors in the beautiful art bead I received I immediately thought about one of my dreams of retiring to a far away place. Now not just any old place, it has have a tropical feel, be by the ocean.

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Where color is every where, ocean blues, lavendar orchids, luscuious pinks, sunny yellows, sunset oranges, palm tree green. Vibrant colors everywhere, in the cottages and stalls in the island markets. The islanders dressed in white with bright colorful hats, scarves, belts, women in sunny sandals. Island music that sets your soul floating, the body swaying.

Waking every moring to look out the shuttered cabana window, where the white sheer curtains float and seeing the beautiful sea. Days lazing on the beach listening to nothing but the surf washing to shore, feeling the warmth of the sun. At least for the first month or two or three until all the stress melts away. Having no time table, being able to let my creativity flow freely. Setting up a canvas and learning to paint, creating beautiful pieces of jewelry using island beads or making my own. Letting everything else just disappear for hours on end and being one with the creating process. Late dinners on the patio, tropical drinks, tropical delicacies. The smell of surf, sand and exotic flowers on the evning breeze.

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The beautiful art bead brought all of those thoughts and dreams back in an instant. The radiant orchid, shades of blue and green in the pillow bead just all came together in this design. Using the Jewel Loom I designed what is now my very favorite bracelet, seed beads, blue/green long magatomas, adding an Artistic Wire Mesh silver rose, and enclosing the base in a silver mesh rope, then adding movement with bugle bead fringe. This bracelet was a dream to put together, every piece, stitch and item just fell into place as I created it. It brings the island feel of flowers and surf to mind and I can’t wait to wear it. Thinking even a new colorful outfit to set it off (Hawaiian shirt print maybe).

Hope everyone finds the Colors of Dreams in something they love. Be it a person, place, thing an idea, your own business, retirement or helping others. Think about it and decide where the Color of Your Dearms will lead you.

Inspiring Inspiration!

Every have one of those creative blocks? You know what you want to create but it just doesn’t seem to be working with your vision?
Well that didn’t happen to me when I raided my bead stash this month. I found inspiration when I opened my box of pendants and saw two of the new Blue Moon Beads Amulets staring up at me and before you know it I had two really pretty necklaces created. But wait inspiration didn’t stop there I came up with a pretty bracelet and a cute little summer ring.
Buddha
Owl necklace
The Amulet Collection from Blue Moon Beads is so inspiring and pretty, head over to your local Michael’s store and check out all the pieces. You’ll be ispired to make your own beautiful jewelry.

The Buddha symbol brings “Enlightenment”. In the case of this necklace he certainly enlightened me to create this pretty necklace. Using Blue Moon Beads 27″ Gold Chain, Blue Moon Beads 5″ String of BD Glass Green Beads, Blue Moon Bead Glass Pearls I added all this to the chain using head pins and jump rings, added the Buddha and finished it off with a goldtone toggle clasp.

The Owl is Symbolic of Wisdom and Foresight. I certainly felt wise while making this necklace. I love the Blue Moon Beads Owl Amulet, so using some antique brass chain, links and red swarovski crystals I was able to pull this piece together in about 30 minutes.

Bangle bracelet

While your at the craft store look for the Blue Moon Beads Bangle Bracelet. Then look through your stash of beads like I did and I bet you will find some big hole beads you forgot you had. Twist off the end of the bangle, add your beads and you have an instant bracelet. Bonus of this is you can change up this piece to match any outfit or fit any mood by just changing the beads around.
Ring
My last inspiration was this sweet little summer flower ring. Simple, fast to make and your going to get tons of compliments, everyone will want to know where you got it, and you can tell them you made it yourself.
A ring blank, a Katidid bezel, some clear 6’0 sead beads and some larger blue beads, glue this to the ring blank, then use a Blue Moon Bead Fashion A La Carte fashion flower (these come in 4 colors in the packet) and glue it in the center of the Katidid bezel.

Your now all set with jewelry to wear with your summer outfits.

Looms, Beads and Sparkle Oh My!

Loom

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Not being a woman who is known for her patience I have always shied away from working with those tiny little seed beads. That is until I found the Beadalon Jewel Loom designed by Julianna Hudgins. Truth be told I have never used a bead loom and was a little intimidated at first. Turns out this is the easiest tool I have every used. I was amazed at how incredibly simple the loom is to use. Once you try it you to will be hooked.

For my first project I gathered my Blue Moon Bead Jet Black Bugle beads and strung those on the loom for the base of the bracelet. Then using Blue Moon Light Blue Turquoise 6/0 beads, Jet 10/0 seed beads and Blue Moon Bead Global Nomad line Opaque Turquoise 10/0 seed beads and made a beautiful bracelet, with loops, fringe and lots of movement.
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For the second project I made my Mermaid Ring.
Using more Blue Moon Bead seed beads in Light Blue size 10/0. for the base of the ring. Layed out 11 warp threads, added 10 blue seed beads and strung 3 1/4″ of beads. Attached a blue/green foil bead, with teal blue swarovski crystals to the center of the base. Then attached alternating loops of blue and green seed beads around the center beads. Removed this from the Beadalon Jewel Loom and joined the ends to form the ring.
Each project took less than 2 hours and I love the results. Fun and unique jewelry pieces to wow all you friends with.

You can find a tutorial on YouTube done by Julianna Hudgins on how to use the Beadalon Jewel Loom.