Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Saturday, April 19, 2014

7th Redo Challenge...2nd try is the charm

I participated in the 7th Redo Challenge! Really! Don't let my blog fool you. I swear this is the last time I try the auto post feature. I just does not work for me at all :(

Ok, now that I am done ranting here is what I received:

The rules say I should use at least 50% of what I received. The triangle beads on the first necklace would NOT cooperate with me. At all. They are still in a little baggy on my desk.

I did redo the second necklace into 3 necklaces and a bracelet so here they are:

The leather laces and the polymer clay heart are from the redo pieces. I tore everything off the heart, painted it bronze, then nailed and glued on some watch gears, pieces, and a swarovski flat back. I really wanted the heart to stand out so I added a simple chain tassel at the bottom.

I used the turquoise glass drop beads along the chain and mixed in with the leaf charm chain at the front.

A matching bracelet, also using the glass teardrops:

And last, but not least, and my favorite of the group:

Black Rhinestone chain and leather laces from the swap were used in this piece.

I hope the late post does not disqualify me for the next round!

Here are the linkys to all the other wonderful people that participated:

Jeannie K Dukic  Our lovely Hostess
Christina Hickman -Yay you found me!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014


I am still in shock....bear with me....

Somehow I won beads.
Vintaj has a monthy giveaway on their blog. Each month, the entry part is something different. This month was an essay.

This is from the Vintaj blog,

The Winner of our Field Journal Giveaway!

We asked you to tell us your story of a special collection you’ve started or a memorable trip where you collected special treasures to enter our Field Journal Giveaway. Once again our 70+ blog readers blew us away with their tales of travel and sentimental treasures! The winner of our Field Journal Giveaway, who will receive this stash of lovely handcrafted Polymer Clay nature pendants, charms & beads by our friend and Art Bead Partner Heather Powers of Humblebeads and Vintaj embellishments is…..Christina Hickman!! 
“My Boyfriend and I went on a camping/fishing trip to Yakima. On the first morning there, we woke up to a stunning red and grey sunrise, and as I got my camera out to take a picture, a raven flew overhead. Later, we found a bead shop in town. The owner was cutting some new cabs, he handed me a piece of Serape Jasper-it has brilliant red and grey bands and it looked like the sky that morning. I bought the cab on the spot, along with a beautiful Ellensburg Blue Agate, which the owner also cut. The agate I had made into a ring, which I wear daily, and the jasper is part of a bead embroidered necklace that also has a raven.”
Congratulations Christina and thank you to all of the talented writers who participated! Stay tuned for our next giveaway, details coming soon!
Please check out the Vintaj blog to read all of the wonderful and inspiring essays written :)