Sunday, May 19, 2013

Earring Swap Blog Hop...

Another fun swap and another new friend!  The networking opportunity these blog hops provide is invaluable.  I've met so many incredible people, and it's always nice to be among those that love to design as much as I do.

This time around, Jessica Murray from Whimsical Monkey played hostess and paired me with the lovely Paula Hisel of Simply Beadiful.  The idea was simple...create a pair of earrings and swap with your partner!  Both Paula and I are blogging about what we sent and what we received.  You can check out her blog at

It's hard to know what someone else's taste may be in jewelry when you haven't really met yet, that's where the challenge comes in, so I stayed true to my love of Vintaj Natural Brass and followed my heart.  These are the earrings I created for Paula:

Maybe I was just hoping they would help bring Spring to Wisconsin?  Besides the Vintaj, they include Swarovski crystals and Czech pressed glass floral beads.  I sent them off hoping she would love them...and she did!

A few days later, I received my package from Paula.  I could hardly wait to open it, and it was fun to see her continue the Spring floral theme!  Aren't these absolutely adorable??  

She used flat washers and lock washers from the hardware store...what a creative girl!  I even love the pink paint card backing for them.  She has started a new line of washer jewelry and it is such fun!

A big thank you to Jessica for her work on organizing the swap, and another to Paula for being such a great partner.  I'll be taking a little break from hops with Bead & Button and a busy June coming up, but stay tuned for more fun...

Don't forget to check out Paula's page and site as well!
Blog Participants: 
Jessica Murray: 
Inge von Roos: 
Nancy Smith:
Marianne Baxter:
Leah Tees:
Andrea Trank:
Miranda Ackerley:
Cheri Mitchell-Reed:
Susan Kennedy:
Michele Dotson:
Deanna Cox:
Shelley Graham Turner:
Ingrid McCue:
Lennis Carrier:
Ginger Davis Allman:
Mary Anne Flesch:
Nicole Valentine Rimmer:
Stephanie Weiss:
Silvia Sernicola:
Karla Morgan:
Kay Thomerson:
Paula Hisel:
Carol Dillman:
Spun Sugar Beadworks:
Tara Plote:
Rachel Baron:
Laurie Keefe:
Kashmira Patel:
Gina Hockett:
Shellie Grindy:
Shai Williams:
Dyanne Cantrell:
Mimi Gardner:
Jessica McMullen:
Jennifer LaVite:
Laura Medeiros:
Alenka Obid:
Elsie Fonseca:
Cheryl Dunham:
Sandra McGriff:
Tania Spivey:
Mowse Doyle:

Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Mischelle Fanucchi:
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs


  1. i absolutely love the earrings you made me! they make me smile and i love wearing them. my favorite part is the fun sound they make when i wear them. thank you for being a wonderful partner!!

    1. Thank YOU, Paula, and a big thanks to Jessica for pairing us up! :)

  2. The ones you sent are wonderful. What a cute flower and I love the vintaj with them. And the ones you got are so fun. The washer and gear pieces are great.

    1. I had so much fun designing them for her, and Paula is so creative, isn't she? Thanks, Kay!

  3. You made such beautiful earrings, with a gorgeous vintage look, and I love what you received too :D

    1. Thank you, Pipa! I'm so excited to hop around and see everyone else's designs.

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    1. Thank you, was a very fun hop!!

  5. I'm in love with the pair you made. They're beautiful! And the pair you received are just so ingenious. I've been meaning to make hardware store jewelry for awhile now. So neat. Thanks for participating!

    1. Cannot thank you enough for hosting and for pairing us up, Jessica! :) We had so much fun!

  6. What an elegant pair of earrings you made. Gorgeous.

    1. Thank you! I love Czech glass & Vintaj together. :)

  7. Wait...those are washers? Oh cool, I'm going to have to reconsider how I look a the hardware store. What a great idea!

    1. I know!! Can you believe it? One very creative lady...we'll all be scoping out the hardware stores now!

  8. I love both pairs of earrings! GREAT work ladies!!

    1. Very fun swap and hop! Thanks, Dyanne!

  9. I love brass, glass and hardware so those are both just awesome as far as I'm concerned. I would wear them both.

    1. I still can't believe they're washers...way too fun! :)

  10. I love the earrings you made the delicate pink flower paired with the Vintaj brass is lovely....just beautiful! I love the washer earrings you creative and original!

  11. Love the vintage look of your earrings! Well done!

    1. They were so fun to make, Rachel. Thank you!

  12. Love the pair you made - so romantic and whimsical!

  13. Great earrings!
    I love the variety being produced for this swap

    1. I agree Laura. Many creative designs!

  14. Beautiful & delicate! Jessica's are fun & very Summer-y! Love them too :)

  15. Love the earrings you've made!! And the ones you've received are so original!!! Well done!!