Jul 6, 2013

Seasons Blog Hop



          Wild ice 
Gentle snowflakes 
against tree branches, 
strong in the long night.

Reflected on snow
an aurora borealis
          rainbow light.


Gray skies
across the landscape, 
across the season 
        In Song
in Glorious Adoration
Heralds heard on High, 

the horizon, just beyond
       the swift sunset
darkness, a blanket of time

Each moment
in its light and heat -- 


Above: Seasons Bead Kit I received from Lisa Lodge

Below: Ocean Jasper in a Reversible Bezel*
added a coordinating ocean jasper clasp from my stash, 
and shades of winter: silver, gray, lavender, amethyst, bark.

Reversible wire woven and wrapped beaded Ocean Jasper
Silver pearls, Amethyst AB crystals, ocean jasper clasp

The Seasons Blog Hop is hosted by the gracious and talented Lisa Lodge of The Grateful Artist. I'm honored we are friends. I'm also honored to create with everyone today! The theme of our blog hop is Seasons, and we are to create with the bead kit we receive from Lisa, in a way that reflects a season; this may be a season of time or a season of our life. 

The artists, just a hop & skip away:

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist 

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs

Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes

Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads

Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Lennis Carrier, Windbent

Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space

Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days

Bezel design by Lisa Barth; tutorial from Lisa Barth Jewelry

Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Francisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


  1. The bezel is gorgeous! I love your photos and poetry. Well done Rita!

  2. Ok, this is me, totally blown away. Not only by the wonderful poetry and images, but then to see your gorgeous design! The wirework is stunning all by itself on the focal, and then you added beads on the other side! I've never seen that done, and the sheer beauty of your necklace is just breathtaking. Well done, Rita, well done!!

  3. Oh .. wow .. I am not sure where to begin. The necklace is a perfect reminder of winter.

    I cannot get over the reversible bezel, though. At first, I thought, "the wire wrapping is awesome." Then, I saw the next picture with the seed beading and wondered if it was a second necklace, lol.

    I love that you incorporated both and find myself staring at the photos and wondering how you did it. I'll go with winter magic and leave it at that. :)

  4. I love how you did your post, and that bezel is absolutely stunning. Beautiful work,

  5. What a stunning creation! Love how you've repeated the flecked highlights from the focal in the beads of your chain. So many gorgeous details to take in!

  6. That is an absolutely beautiful representation of winter. What a wonderful design.

  7. Whoa! Di you write that poem? I love that you added the purple or twilight into what you were given. So inspirational.

  8. What an amazing creation!!! It is simply stunning!!

  9. Love the way you did the bezel. Stunning piece of jewelry.

  10. Holy cow! I don't even have words for what I just saw! I'm in awe!

  11. Wow. Reading your posts is like going to the movies. Beautiful pictures, I can hear the words inside my head and even some music. How do you do that? And by the way, you also come up with some FABULOUS jewelry. That reversible pendent is sooooo sweet. I don't know which side I would wear "out" as I would feel the need to show both sides off! BRAVO ! ! !

  12. Such a beautiful winter necklace ! I love how you made the bezel reversible, it's such a neat idea !

  13. Rita - all I can say is WOW! Love the reversible focal pendant, love the pictures, love the poem, love it all. I am honored to be your friend, also! Thanks for being in the hop and giving everyone this treat for their senses!

  14. Your necklace is gorgeous, love how awesome your pendant turned out.

  15. Hi Rita,
    Count me in.
    Jasvanti Patel

  16. You might almost convince me to like Winter with this post, Rita! Beautifully done. And the necklace is fantastic - your wire weaving is so precise and beautiful.

  17. Wow...i love your necklace...& love your post too... :)

  18. Wow...i love your necklace...& love your post too... :)

  19. Oh, beautiful work on the bezel! I love the 2 so different facets, one with gorgeous wire work, one with gorgeous bead weaving! A stunning piece, Rita, one that spells a winter wonderland!

  20. Wow, what great wirework on your focal. And all your wire wrapping on all the links is wonderful, too. It's a very pretty, 'wintry' piece. I love the look.

  21. You did a beautiful job with the wire work on your pendant and chain! Lovely

  22. Wow! I love the two sided pendant and it definitely says winter. The wirework is just beautiful.

  23. This is stunning, Rita! I love the reversible bezel and the wire work is beautiful. The way you took the stark white and warmed it up with the other colors makes for a gorgeous combination. Christie

  24. Wow Rita! As always, I'm blown away by your work & symbolism! The poetry is awesome & what gorgeous pictures! You are a very deep soul full of wonderful life and it shows through your work & in your blogs. Always a joy to read! :)

    I absolutely love the bead work, chainmaille and wire work. All favorites of mine. That focal is gorgeous! :)


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