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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hoard Blog 2013!





I hoard, therefore I am

I hang on to stuff, pile it up, stack it, sort it, push it around, play with it and just plain keep it --- is this bad? NO! No I say! It's necessary. One day, I'm going to be making a necklace with the very fun but oddly shaped little bead cups that I got and I'm going to remember that a year ago, on a whim I bought these funny little glass bead caps .... and yes, they are going to be the perfect marriage and I'll end up with this really adorable little necklace.



 If I didn't hoard things then when I sit down to start something that is just a little tickle in the back of my brain, not exactly clear, not quite focused, just that fuzzy sort of feeling, a color combination that I think might work or shapes... how am I going to make it coalesce into something clearly amazing if I don't have a hoard of stuff to poke at, seeking the perfect shape, color, size?



 What am I supposed to do??? Try to purchase only the components I need to make a single piece? How crazy is that? Bah! It's impossible. So, yes, I hoard. Personally I like the term 'stock pile' better - sounds more productive, less loony.

But for this Blog Hop - I decided that I would try to use some of my stock pile and at the same time do something fun and creative with all of it. For those of you familiar with my work, you know that color is my thing... I like lots of it and I like unusual combinations of it.

 The challenge to myself was ONE color for each piece. That way I would be able to clean out a little bit from a lot of my stock pile, but I would still end up with a beautiful rainbow of work.



I was a little nervous because I'm not normally a monochromatic type of gal... but once I got rolling with it I was having a ball! It was much easier then I expected and I had such a good time playing with the shapes and color variations that I got to wondering why I hadn't thought of this sooner!!!


 I tried out different shapes and styles of hooks --
            I didn't worry too much if the shade or hue weren't the same --
                       I kept the metals to colored copper so I didn't detract from the single color --
                                    Each unique but the same but not the same at all!

I had so much fun with the color challenge - that I decided to try something a little different. I tried to use as many beads as I could from one artist. Lately I've been buying up lamp work by Tanya MGuire like a crazy woman. I have a serious pile of it! She makes these really amusing odd little shapes in really fabulous colors.


I wasn't able to use as many of Tanya's beads as I could have.... I'm not quite ready to release them to the world just yet but I did manage to make these two necklaces which I'm really happy with. Maybe in a few weeks I'll be able to use more of them... but for now they will have to remain in my stock pile.... my precious.... heee heeeee hee heeee!!

PS - Check out all the amazing work of the other hoarders....

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things  Our lovely hostess :-D
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
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
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 K Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog  You’re Here
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
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee 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



42 comments:

  1. You definitely ROCKED the STOCKPILE! Beautiful :-D

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  2. I agree with Tammie, you ROCKED it. Awesome!

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  3. Amazing!! Your rainbow is awesome!!!

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  4. I'm smiling from ear to ear your colors are so cheerful and beautiful!!!

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  5. Oh my gosh! We ARE kindred spirits! I have long followed your work! Your craziness calls to my craziness! I too will add your link to my blog and I am thrilled to have "met" you through our love for hoarding the same artists' creations!! Love the rainbow challenge you created for yourself! Did you make your own clasps?

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    1. I did make the clasps - one of the newer things I'm doing. I got so tired of making an amazingly colorful piece and then not being able to find a toggle or hook in a color I wanted. OR - finding one that would work only to find out that it cost more then the entire bracelet!! I'm not always getting what I want, but I'm getting closer.

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    2. Excellent! I agree, I have books on making them myself, just no time to practice!

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  6. You monochromatic bracelets are great. I can see a rainbow on your wrist. I too am a fan of Tanya's beads. I have more of her lampwork than I do of any other artist. I used 4 of her beads in my piece also.

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  7. Lovely! I love those little cups and the necklace you created with them. And those monochromatic bracelets are amazing --such a great emphasis on shape.

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    1. Thanks for looking - I'm glad I decided to participate in this hop - I've seen some awesome work and it made me go through my stash with a serious eye to moving some of it out!

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  8. Oh, I love the little cups and ALL THAT COLOR! Woot! Fabulous job on the necklaces.

    It's hard letting go off the precious, isn't it?

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    1. So hard.... but necessary! We have to make room for all the new beads right?

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  9. Your bracelets are amazing. I really love the deep color of each one.

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  10. Thanks for looking - color is my favorite component!!

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  11. I love "happy"! Beautiful work!

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  12. wow! That rainbow is amazing! What fun you had!! It's Intense :) It's Vibrant! Wow

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  13. Bravo! Bravo! Lol! I am a monochromatic type of girl, but like you this hop made me mix it up and break my pattern routine! Loved your colors!

    Blessings

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  14. Oh!! The colors!! Fabulous. And now I have to go scooping at Tanya's shop. :-)

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  15. What gorgeousness and fun things you make!
    Love love!!

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  16. Colourful and summery! Happy jewellery♥ that's what I see :-) Have a great ☼ summer ☼

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  17. Gosh, I love your style.

    I love it in blue, I love it in green.
    I love it rainbow and everything between.

    Thank you, Dr. Seuss and Rigglettes :)

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    1. HA!! Love your little poem - Dr. Seuss is my hero! When I re-painted the livingroom my son said, "mom, it looks like Dr. Seuss lives here" - it was yellow and purple and green -

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  18. Judy, your stockpile is a little smaller, but for a great cause! I envy your exuberant style. What a fabulous "challenge within a challenge"... hope your life is always filled with rainbows!

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  19. Absolutely lovely, love your hoard!

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  20. I love the rainbow! What a great idea to do 1 in each colour, they look stunning together.

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  21. Oh, I love love love all the colors! Everything you made is simply fantastic... your style is so fresh and exuberant, it makes me smile. :)

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  22. I love the way you approached this challenge -- by color and by artist. Fantastic results, too! I completely agree with your philosophy. We don't hoard, we just plan ahead. Way, way, WAY ahead!

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  23. What a FUN collection!!! Love your idea of a monochrome look, and you certainly have a "stock pile" to have pulled it off. Great job!

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  24. Oh how I wish i could take a big dive in your hoarded stash, pardon stock pile. What gorgeous beads. And what an amazing job you did with them. Love each and every piece. Love the rainbow bracelets!!

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  25. Oh, your solution to use each color in a monochromatic piece was absolutely INSPIRED! And, it worked out to be some very fun bracelets. I will admit that the simple necklace with the glass bells/flowers is my favorite. I adore your use of vivid color in each of these though!

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  26. What vivid colors! I love your designs-sticking with the monochromatic theme worked out perfectly! And how sweet is that necklace!? Nice work!

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    1. Thanks Heather!! This was such a fun (but challenging) hop - I learned that it's good to let goooooo!!

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  27. What a fabulous collection of pieces you made! I love the idea of making a piece in each colour, and then again I love the idea of focusing on one artist's beads! And the colours are so bright and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for looking - the challenge to myself is my favorite part of these bead hops!

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  28. Whoa! I love what you did with the rainbow bracelets, and the vivid lampwork is way cool. I'm going to have to check out Tanya's work.

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    1. Thanks Louise - I definitely recommend checking out Tanya's shop - her beads are so unique and quirky.

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  29. Love love love the color! I love Tanya's beads anyways, but you made them really bloom!

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  30. Love your post, love your designs, love your colors! and so right...stock piling sounds so much saner than bead hoarder! LOL

    Also, I feel a little like I've just visited the Dr Suess of jewelry making and I really love that!

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    1. Ha!! I love the notion of being the 'Dr Suess of jewelry' - Thanks for looking!

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