Feb 22, 2014

Winter Sparkle Blog Hop Reveal

Living in Orlando, winter is full of color. Flowers are blooming, and a soft ocean breeze flows across the peninsula. The air is clean and refreshing, and day light is as nurturing as the evening stars on a quiet late night walk.

When I received my bead mix from Lisa Lodge of "A Grateful artist" I wasn't surprised it was green! Green has been my color for our last few blog hops, and it is also an excellent representation of winter in Florida.

I sorted everything I received, and had several shapes of crystal to create with. I received fresh grass greens in crystal faceted rounds & AB rondelles, olive green glass pearls. larger green rondelles, round & elongated glass, and a handful olive green, larger ovals and bicones. I also received a seed bead mix in bright green, yellow & yellow-green, along with gold-toned metal discs.

I counted the faceted AB rounds -- enough for a rosary! I special ordered a crucifix for my rosary, as well as two artisan crafted beads for the hop: a tree of life green ceramic focal and green & earth tone sea horses for Florida-style earrings. But sadly, non arrived yet. (Actually -- update, they just came today! So excited to create now!)

I did however, come up with a new chainmaille flower design and I'm delighted to say I've not seen it anywhere, so I may create additional colorways in the weave with various pearls & bicones, and eventually submit the design for publication since new chainmaille patterns are special and rather rare.

A Finnish Helm weave, the flowers are created with "dragon dust" (or stardust) silver rings and embellished with pink glass pearls and Swarovski bicones in Violet AB2. I added the olive glass pearls from Lisa and made handcrafted daisy silver earwires. I LOVE the spring flower (or rather, winter sparkle ) feel and pretty flashes of pastel colors!

I've been sharing a free chainmaille tutorial series on my blog, and I'm considering posting the instructions for making these earrings this upcoming week :) Would you like instructions to make them?

Also, fellow blog hoppers, I'm giving away beads by The Color of Dreams Boutique for a blog hop about our dreams. I'll be sending out around 30 free art beads to artist who would like to participate :) Lisa introduced me to Patricia Handschuh's art in one of her hops, so I think it is nice to pass on more hopping with Patricia's work. Thanks Lisa!

Details are HERE.

Enjoy the sparkle created this winter by the fine artists below! Happy Hopping! xxoo Rita

Our hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life 

Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation

Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations 

Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Annette Rivers, Mama Owl's Mess

Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines

Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry

Karen Burg, KEB Designs

Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti


  1. Love the earrings. Look forward to seeing your rosary.

  2. The earrings you designed and made are so fresh and inviting . . . both to make and to wear. Thank you so much for the tutorials you have been posting. I have read every word and look forward to trying this technique in the near future. You are a real gift, Rita!!!

  3. Rita-Those earrings are gorgeous. You are so right about green and Florida winters. Every day in Key Largo I look at all of the shades of green around me and I am thankful to be here in this gorgeous place even if it is only in the winter.

    I would be interested in the directions.

  4. ooh! I like that chain maille flower. It's inspiring me to give chain maille a try. Can't wait to see you put those seahorses to work!

  5. Love the earrings- haven't tried this particular pattern of chainmaille so will have to give it a shot. Can't wait to see the rosary when it's done. Christie

  6. Looking forward to the Rosary and the seahorses being completed. Love the earrings that you posted.


  7. Your earrings are so fresh and pretty, Rita! Glad you had enough beads for a rosary - can't wait to see it when it is done. I am excited that you are having a hop with Patricia's beads. Wish I could participate, but I am swamped. I'll definitely swing by to see all the creations. Thanks for being in the hop!

  8. Love the earrings, and I can't wait to see the rosary and seahorses when you are finished. I'd love a tutorial for the earrings.

  9. Absolutely lovely design. I can't wait to see the rosary too!

  10. Your earring design is fresh and pretty. Those seahorses look interesting too.

  11. Gorgeous earrings, would love the directions.

  12. Stunning earrings, I love the chainmaille work!

  13. Ooh! I love those rings Rita! That's a great design, and even though I'm not really a chainmaille person, I'd love to try those. Do you sell the stardust rings?


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