Sunday, April 1, 2012

Collective Creative Canape Reveal Day

Reveal day is finally here for the Collective Creative Canape blog hop, and I can't wait to see what everyone made.  This has been such a wonderful experience on many fronts.  First and foremost, I've made some new friends and found a wonderful group of jewelry artists.  Thanks so much to Lori Anderson for running the Bead Soup Blog Party and to Keri Sereika for organizing this swap.

I also got the opportunity to work with different materials, including a great polymer focal and clasp made by my swap partner Beth Emery.   And finally, I had my first opportunity to take a concept and design jewelry around that idea. 

Hope Necklace
When I received my beads, Beth sent me an inspirational note about how she chose the beads for me with Spring in mind.  You see, Beth lives in Alaska and unlike most of us in the lower 48, Beth will not be enjoying spring weather for awhile.  With Spring as my inspiration, I set about making a necklace that would represent the season.  I used the seed beads Beth sent to make beaded leaves and hung them on the chain with her pretty focal.  I did take the liberty of adding some color to the birds and also added the birds nest and ceramic leaf dangles that were in my bead soup.  The clasp had to go on the front of the necklace, which I've named Hope.

Beth, I "hope" I've done justice to your beautiful polymer focal and clasp.

Beth also included pearls, crystals and some red coral beads that she said reminded her of cardinals hopping around in the snow.  With that in mind, I put together a bracelet that represents snow (pearls), ice (crystals), and cardinals (coral).  I dubbed this piece Snow and Ice.

Snow and Ice Bracelet
Snow and Ice

WOW!! I made it through my first swap and can't wait to do another one.  Until next time........

I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit the other blogs that participated in this swap.  Comments are always welcome.

Keri Lee Sereika 
Beth Emery
Niki Meiners
Karan Parker
Liz DeLuca
Lynne Bowland
Judy Turner
Erin Grant
Bryna Lumb
Rochelle Brisson
Linda Youkman
Carmen Lau
Cheryl Foiles
Kelli Jacobson
Elena Gianni
Tania Hagen
Cindy Muse
Stephanie Woods
Lisa Lodge


  1. These projects are so cool Cheryl! Wow those seed bead leaves...amazing!

  2. I LOVE the colors on the birds. Makes it such a happppppy piece!

  3. Love that necklace! Such a nice piece for a lovely spring day!

  4. Beautiful piece Cheryl. Love, love, love the seed bead leaves. I think they definitely added the spring feel to this piece.

  5. Love the necklace and coloring the birds was genius!

  6. I love what you did with both pieces, Cheryl! Awesome! Those seed bead leaves are wonderful! You are so talented! I really like how you colored the birds in the focal piece! And the toggle on that bracelet is awesome! Great job!!!

  7. Cheryl - I love both pieces! Really like how you added the color to the birds. My favorite is the snow and ice bracelet. I love "pops" of red against a light background - nicely done! Lisa Lodge

  8. That focal is outstanding! You did a lovely job!

  9. very interesting projects!!! the snow and ice bracelet is literally cool! it's definitely got winter written all over it!

  10. Love the quirky necklace you made Cheryl - very nice!

  11. cheryl, i love what you did! such pretty pieces! bits of whimsy. thanks for being such a great partner!