Friday, April 6, 2018


Its that time of year again for the bead peeps swap and hop. This year I again had Divya N and was excited to swap with her again as I had met her 2 years ago at Bead fest Philly. Robin Showstack Divya and I all roomed together and had a blast going to the show. she introduced us to Indian food at dinner.
Divya and I chatted about what we wanted to swap and I said I would like authentic Indian beads from her. We talked about color and what we both like and use. I said I didnt work in pinks and gold, and low and behold I made a pink necklace with her beads.
I had a hard time finding beads to use in my huge stash and called on my friend Robin to help me out. I raided her stash for some orange and gold accents. WE ended up spending the afternoon together and had a blast  working on our swaps together.

Above is the site where she describes the beads she sent me. She sent me some handmade organza beads that she made herself,  a brass leaf with bright colors, a silver component that she painted, a gold button, and ceramic pendant and beads.

Okay so on to the jewelry
This is a shot of all the pieces I made

The first is the orange piece, Rarely do I work in orange,and Robin had the perfect tassel which I got from her collection. I think it came out great and I used Divya's organza bead which fit in perfectly with the orange beads and gold filligree beads she sent me.
Next is the silver pendant that she painted, I paired it with matching blue and green beads and made a long necklace
Next the surprise color, I told Divya I never use Pink and she challenged me and when looking thru my bead warehouse in my basement came across these vintage pink and brass beads and they looked perfect with her brass leaf.
And next the ceramic pendant and green beads
And the gold button
I still have a few beads left so I made earrings, still have to put on ear wires
but you get the point lol
Well that is all I made, hope you visit and leave me some feed back
Thank you Divya for challenging me this year, I hope you had fun with the beads I sent you
Dont forget to hop
Linda Anderson (Hostess)
Hope Smitherman
Terry Jeanette Carter
Rosantia Petkova

Seed Beaders


  1. wow, you were busy making pretty things. My favorite is the ceramic pendant with green beads

  2. I love all the pieces! You did Divya proud!
    Beautiful works of art!

  3. I love everything that you made but the orange piece is simply Robin rightly pounted out you did me proud. Also you have given me a great idea on using the Cambodian Ceramic tiles. The kemp piece is more Indian than I am. What beads have you used with them? They are so shiny.

  4. How fun to get to work with beads from India! And, to get the pink challenge from Divya was a fun bonus (or so I imagine). That first necklace is my favorite of the bunch. The stacked orange tassel was a neat find. And how great that the whole challenge revolved around working with IRL beady friends!! I'm sure that made it even more fun.

  5. What a fun creative time! I love your designs and the story of how your creations evolved.

  6. So much color and great designs. I can tell you were having a blast making these pieces. Go pink!

  7. Hi Lori, Great job using your swap beads. The long blue and green necklace is my favorite, but the green stripe with the pink focal is a close second. Kudos on creating with the pink beads.

  8. You got a lot done! Love the tassel necklace!

  9. Love the colors, your designs are beautiful

  10. Beautiful necklaces! The tassel necklace is positively decadent! I also really like one with ceramic focal.

  11. You made some show-stopper necklaces, the one with the tassel and the hand-painted focal are very artsy! As Divya pointed out, the necklace with the fan-shaped focal looks very Indian, you really grasped the spirit of it!

  12. My favorite necklace is the long necklace that you paired with blue and green beads. I love the colors and design. You did a great job!

  13. WOW! Beautiful pieces! What a GREAT job!! My favorites are the tassel piece and the grey/pink piece. They're so much fun and so pretty!