Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seasons Blog Hop

Lisa Lodge, of A Grateful Artist, is hosting another wonderful blog hop.

I've taken part in several of Lisa's blog hops and have loved each one.  Lisa grabs beads from her bead table, mixes them into wonderful bead soups and sends them to the participants.  I enjoy receiving a surprise soup and Lisa's mixes are always beautiful.

 This time around, the theme is "seasons."  Lisa said we can interpret this to mean seasons of the year or as seasons of our lives.

Here is my soup:

The clay beads are from Tree Wings Studio.  Rebekah makes beautiful beads and if you would like some for yourself, check out her etsy shop.

The first thing I noticed, though, were the shell beads.  I loved the shapes and the colors and immediately thought of walking along the beach in the summer.

I tried several different things, but settled on a spiral rope with a bit of a twist .. or fringe.

I love the way the shells look in the fringe.  I'm not sure if they look like they are buried on the beach, but they look comfortable nestled in the fringe.

I used a bead from Lisa's soup to create a clasp.

I am sad that I didn't incorporate Rebekah's beads, but I will hopefully use them in a future project.

Lisa, thanks again for a wonderful bead soup and blog hop.

Please take some time and visit the rest of the participants.  I know you won't be disappointed.

Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist (our host)
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 - you are here
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


  1. Ok, doing some serious swooning over here! That is just beyond words stunning! I love what you did with the shell beads, and yes, it does look like they are nestled in comfortably. Great job Tanya!

  2. Stunning Tanya, I love the way shells nestle in there!

  3. Absolutely lovely - excellent idea with the shells wrapped in the rope! Beautiful :)

  4. I would have no idea how to make that. Wow.

  5. Oooh - I LOVE this fringed spiral design! You've given the perfect twist to summer!

  6. The way you've got those woven together is wonderful. It's like a beautiful beach that you can wear.

  7. Such a stunning piece!! Wonderful work!! :)

  8. I love it - what a wonderful statement piece!

  9. Your fringed spiral design is beautiful. Well done!

  10. Oh, I love the shell beads ! Amazing piece !

  11. Stunning necklace, Tanya! Just gorgeous! The shell beads look like they were "meant" to be used just that way. That spiral design is really cool. Thanks for participating in the hop!

  12. Your summery necklace is gorgeous!! The shells nestled in the fringe looks amazing!!

  13. What a great summer necklace. I love the focal you used as a clasp. Some great beadwork there. And the shell fringe is fantastic. It's great.

  14. Holy, moly! This is gorgeous! How on earth did you come up with this idea? I can't begin to imagine coming up with this design or executing it! (Of course, I think I say that about all your pieces! ha!)

  15. Tanya, I love love love spiral weaves too! They are beautiful, luscious, and work up fast -- but you knocked it out of the ball park with this one!! Easily the most beautiful spiral weave necklace I have ever seen in my life!

    Adding the shells alone is brilliant. Weaving spirals can be such an invitation to add and add beads in, but your design eye is exceptional, ingenious. By simply adding shells, you created a masterpiece.

    I absolutely love it! The design, the style, the clasp, the colorway are awesome. Your spiral weave necklace with spiral shells is exquisitely perfect -- stunning!


  16. Ooooh very cool! LOVE what you did with the shells! Nice seed bead work!

  17. Gorgeous necklace. The way you managed to nestle the shells in the fringe is just amazing. It would look great with almost anything, the colors are so warm and rich. The clasp is darling too. Great job!

    I also really like your Oscar Wilde quote. Never give up on art, either being or doing :-)