Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sci-Fi Blog Hop

It's REVEAL DAY for the Sci-Fi Blog Hop hosted by Pamela Rachelle of The Crazy Creative Corner.

I have absolutely NO clue how I got myself involved with this blog hop...OH YEAH, Sandra McGriff! She posted a last call on the Facebook group Creative Bead Chat. It was like some spell came over me, I jumped in and committed myself to join!

I don't like Sci- Fi. No offense, it's just NOT MY THING! and I don't know too much about it. First thing that came to mind was "The Jetsons"! (Sad, huh?) I was planning to do something funky with Rosie in mind. Don't act like you don't know who Rosie is!

The more I talked with my husband and my friend Marlene the more I realized that THAT would. not. do!

So then I just turned to the biggest Sci-Fi adventure I could think of - "Star Trek", of course.

Marlene suggested the final idea - it's the Starfleet communicator badge.

"In Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and later series, Starfleet officers and enlisted personnel wear small communicator badges on their left breast. These devices are in the shape of the Starfleet insignia and are activated with a light tap."  Courtesy of Wikipedia

Sorta like a bluetooth...

I made it into a pin (hey, I only had one day, give me a break!)

So that's it, my short visit to the "unknown".  Happy Sandra?! LOL!

Want more? Of course you do.. warm up your flying saucers, or whatever! and visit the other participants-

          Lee Koopman -



Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year–New Challenge: Art Jewelry Elements' Earring Challenge


For those who I haven’t chatted with since December let me first say,  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Its already 2013, where does the time go?! Seems like just yesterday we were embarking on a new millennium and all it promised. Do you remember all the hullabaloo surrounding Y2K?! Well thank goodness most of the fears were unfounded. Even so, it does seem like that was just yesterday.The days fly by and with them all my plans and ideas too!  I always have a million ideas running through this head of mine. I even “work” at them in my sleep.But they never seem to find life. I often wish that someone would hurry up and invent a machine to suck the ideas outta my head and write them down for me! My mind isn’t the steel trap it used to be and I just can't even keep up with myself anymore!

Though I know that art and the creative process are supposed to be free flowing,  ALL that free flowing stuff just seems to takes me in circles and I find myself chasing my own tail (tale?!)  I find I need deadlines and structure. I NEED someone to set my direction and  give me short-term goals.  Guess that’s why I love swaps, blog hops and challenges so much - AND why I jumped right on the ART JEWELRY ELEMENT’s 2013 Earring Challenge. Something to get me creating with results I can see right away!

To meet the challenge ALL I HAVE TO DO is to make ONE pair of earrings per week. Rules state that each pair must include at least one artisan component, such as a handmade charm or bead. The artisan components may be made by another artist or myself. Every two weeks we post a link to our designs and make sure to give the artist credit for their component.

Simple. I LOVE simple.

So with that being said I want to share with you my earring designs from the first two weeks of the challenge -

Week 1 ::
Featuring polymer clay beads by Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs by Marlene. Take a peek at her handmade polymer clay bead listings in her Artfire shop. ONE of a KIND beauties!

                               Glitzy and Lavender Earrings by TORI SOPHIA 

Week 2 ::
Featuring ceramic beads by Elaine Ray. She has gorgeous beads and can be found at

W2 CW2 A 
Chunky Turquoise-Looking and Amber Earrings by TORI SOPHIA available in my Etsy shop

Tune in on February 3rd for more!
In the meantime stop on over to Art Jewelry Elements and admire even more fantastic earring designs!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Another Round?!

Holiday time. Everyone seems to immediately think of the season we just ended, but POOH, who wants to wait a whole 344 days to celebrate again? HMMMMM? We hear ya!

We looked at the calendar and realized there are fantastic holidays, from so many amazing cultures, to celebrate all year, so why not? Bet there's more than one crafter out there who enjoys making things related to holidays throughout the year, so LETS SHARE the fun.

Starting today we will be having sign ups for HBBH 3, through to January 27th. Partners (limited to a total of 30, so don't delay) will be picked and notified by February 1st.

You and your partner will decide what holiday you want to create for, BUT it has to be celebrated in the months of February and March (No making Halloween pumpkin earrings just yet!).

Some suggestions are:

· Ground Hog Day - Feb 2

· Chinese New Year - Feb 10
· National Foundation Day (Japan) - Feb 11
· Mardi Gras thru Feb 12
· St Valentine's Day - Feb 14
· National Flag Day (Canada) - Feb 15
· Do a Grouch a Favor Day - Feb 16
· International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day - Feb 23
· Purim - Feb 23-24
· Saint David's Day (Wales, UK) - March 1
· Barbie's Birthday - March 9
· Commonwealth Day (UK) - March 11
· St. Patrick's Day - March 17
· Feast of St. Joseph (Italy) - March 18
· Big Bird's Birthday - March 20
· Greek Independence Day - March 25
· Start of Passover - March 25
· Easter - March 31

Feel free to use your own or choose from the above list, as We DID NOT make any of these up!

Finished items should be mailed to your partner by February 23rd, and the reveal will be on March 16th. No problems, right? Plenty of time to create, between shoveling piles of the snow, or at least blowing the leaves off the driveway.

To sign up please reply via email, to, with your name, mailing address, blog URL, and if you are willing to ship internationally, as in the past (Even you repeat offender attendees. We're trying to develop a data base for future use, hehehe). Don't forget to sign up for our email feed (on the sidebar), so you get all the latest news delivered right to your mail box.

Happy Ground Hog Day (and all the rest)!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

REVEAL: Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

 “The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

In memory of my in-laws, 
Allie V.  Richardson Turner and Saul L. Turner

 God truly blessed me when he sent you and your beautiful family into my life.
 I thank God for you everyday.
I miss you both SO much.
My prayer is that I will see you both again. I NEED to see you again.

This post is part of a special "Memories and Thanks Blog Hop", sponsored by our own Lori Anderson.

Be sure to read the inspiration behind this very touching blog hop on Lori's blog Pretty Things and see all the beautiful tributes by visiting the blogs listed below.

Hostess, Lori Anderson Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir Dream Struck Designs
Aimee Biondolillo Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
Alicia Marinache All the Pretty Things
Andra Marasteanu Handmade by Indra Marasteanu
Andrea Trank Heaven Lane Creations
April Grinaway Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem Vivi Magoo Presents
Bonnie Coursolle Jasper's Gems
Catherine King Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz Juniper Goods

Charlie Jacka Clay Space
Christina Hickman Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Stonefield Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson It's My Sea of Dreams
Crystal Thain Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin Beading Arts
Denielle Hagerman Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey diane hawkey
Dita Basu ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Erin Kenny beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz Treasures Found
Gina Hockett Freestyle Elements
Heather Marston CSW Designs
Inge von Roos Inge's Blog

Jacqueline Marchant Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp Celebrating Life!
Jennifer Reno Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo Peppa's Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne josjewels1
JuLee Wolfe The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell Over the Moon Designs
Karin King The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton Toodles and Binks
Kelly Hosford Patterson The Traveling SideShow
Kim Dworak CianciBlue
Kim Houston The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch LA Jewelry Designs
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) --Lena's Beady Blog
Liddy McLaughlin Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Inhelder Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud Artfully Ornamental
LouAnn Elwell Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster MadDesigns
Marie Covert Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite bennubirdrising
Martha Aleo Ornamento
Mary Ellen Parker BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars MLH Jewelry Designs
Maureen Connolly Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody Who Does She Bead She Is?
Natalie Davidson NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister The Crazy Creative Corner

Priya Krish Hellopalz
Rebecca Anderson Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson a creative chelle
Sabine Dittrich perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode Pookledo
Sarah Singer String a Song of Sixpence
Shai Williams Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac Sharon's Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G. Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter Tapping Flamingo
Toltec Jewels Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin Nutkitten's Jewelry

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