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Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop

Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things blog is hosting this hop.   Our challenge is to use a bead or beads we have been hoarding and make something.  We all have stashes of beads we buy, thinking we are going to make something but have no idea what it is yet.   The beads end up laying around in our storage area and we add more beads.   I am guilty of this for sure.



I chose this octopus bracelet component from Bead Freaky.   I love octopi.   I love this little guy, and he has laid in the drawer long enough.   Because I chose black, I’ve just had a hard time being inspired by what to make.   At first, I had only a title for the piece:  Black Water.  Those of you who know me, know I go for music to match my blog and post but Black Water by the Doobie Brothers is about the Mississippi River and I think there are no octopi there.  There was a movie trailer for a film called Black Water but it was about giant crocodiles, so no octopi there.   I decided to go for fantasy art.

I found this wallpaper which was free and no artist I can credit.  I love this.  It’s weird and wonderful.


I also found this Kraken.  Now who does not like Kraken? That’s the photo I decided to go with so it’s off to PicMonkey to make a photo collage I can work with.


I could not find an artist to credit with this one either so I’ll refer you back to the blog where I found it, a WordPress blog by M.L. Aitken, a “fantasy devotee” from their Mythical
Creatures post.  Check it out.  There is also a cool picture of the Lock Ness monster.

Anyhow, it’s settled.  When I think of Black Water, I think of mystery and danger and mythical creatures.  I think of moon and starlight, silvery-gold, reflecting off dark waters.  I think of shivers, that aren’t just chills from the fog as I gaze down into those dark waters wondering what lies below.

I started with a ceramic bracelet focal I had been hoarding, from Bead Freaky.  I wasn’t sure which chain I was going to use until I started going through the box of chain.   I found this weird gunmetal chain with a sort of ropey, nautical look that I had found at the thrift shop (me….humming the Thrift Shop tune….)  Original intent was to add some copper chain, but I didn’t like the way that looked.   Now, I know this is plain but I want the eye to go to my little octopus/kraken, not his accessories.  I settled for copper bead caps with silver headpins and I’ve got some really mixed metals.   I used hematite beads.  Real black would be too dark for black water and hematite has that silvery patina of shimmery water.;

Black Water

Black Water





Love this hop.   I managed to use my focal I had been hoarding AND that weird chain I picked up on a whim.   Thanks, Lori, for putting this together.   Let’s go see what the rest of the ladies made.









Lori Anderson  (Hostess)
Audrey Belanger
Jenny Kyrlach
Kathy Lindemer
Lori Schneider
Dee Elgie
Dolores Raml
Rebecca Ednie Http://
Lili Krist
Marybeth Rich
Hannah Rosner
Nicole Prince
Deana Hager
Jackie Ryan
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Mowse Doyle
Evelyn Shelby
Lisa Johnson
Terri Gauthier
Patti Pruhs
Shai Williams
Andrea Glick
K Hutchinson
Marci Brooks
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Jasvanti Patel
Laurie Vyselaar
Lisa Knappenberger
Mary Lindell
Niky Sayers
Sandra McGriff
Patricia Handschuh
Erin Prais-Hintz
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kathleen Breeding
Monique Urquhart
Jackie Locantore
Sheryl Stephens
Becky Pancake
Mona Arnott
Michelle Escano
Denise McCabe
Carolyn Lawson
Sheila Prose
Kim Dworak
Iveth Caruso
Deborah Apodaca
Elizabeth Bunn
Janine Lucas
Kari Asbury
Inge von Roos
Divya N
Debbie Rasmussen
Klaudete Koon
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp
Ginger Bishop
Kelly Schermerhorn
Mischelle Andrade 
Sue Kelly
Rachel Mallis!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClelland
Mary K McGraw
Tania Spivey
Stephanie Perry
Mitzie Crider
Nicole Rennell
Nicole Valentine
Karen Mitchell
Tammy Adams
Patty Miller
Blanca Medina
Stephanie Haussler
Roxanne Mendoza
Claire Fabian
Bridget Torres
Donetta Farrington
Lee Koopman
Deb Fortin
Susan Walls
Cece Cormier
Heather Otto
Lizzie Clarke
Elizabeth Hodges
Fay Wolfenden
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Nan Smith
Jayne Capps

Robin Kae Reed                             Melissa Trudinger                         



December 6, 2014 - Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry, New Age | , , , , ,


  1. Wopw, I love the bead you used and the theme you worked it in. so creative !


    Comment by Audrey Belanger | December 6, 2014 | Reply

  2. Brilliantly designed! Way to go de-stashing!


    Comment by Terri G. | December 6, 2014 | Reply

  3. Your piece really shows your inspiration. What a great jewellery representation of the idea of ‘Black Water’. Just looking at it makes me think of stormy seas full of mysterious and dangerous creatures ready to devour any pirate that may have to walk the plank! Great stuff 🙂


    Comment by Lizzie | December 6, 2014 | Reply

    • LOL, you gave me the shivers………I love fantasy.


      Comment by stregajewellry | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  4. So creative – love the design!


    Comment by simplysterling | December 6, 2014 | Reply

  5. Yes, the beautiful can be a little scary, and vice versa! Love the cool design, especially using the thrift store chain (awesome, Lee, makes me which we had some in my town LOL).


    Comment by Monique U | December 7, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks Monique. I wish you had some in your town also. They sure are fun.


      Comment by stregajewellry | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  6. I love the way you embraced the spirit of this blog hop…your treasures were put to good use, and they are lovely!

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    Comment by Donetta | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  7. Great work… nice use of the octopus


    Comment by Fay wolfenden | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  8. wow, what an amazing focal. Kraken( close enough to octopi, ) star in many of my favorite novels0 I wish octopi would become animal of the year, like owls were everywhere last year. In Japan they seek octopus pancakes as street food, and I can never eat them because I like and respect octopi so much. This is getting to be a weird post, so let me compliment you on the pairing of the chain and pendant. they look good together


    Comment by sheis prose | December 7, 2014 | Reply

    • Another octopi lover! We may have to start a movement! We can post on Facebook, crazy and kooky pictures of octopi and kraken! Next year, we could have a Kraken blog hop!
      I could never eat an octopi pancake either. Italians have cooked octopus called squingeelie (not sure about the spelling) It sounds cruel to me, LOL.
      Love the weird turn your post took and got right into the spirit of that one.


      Comment by stregajewellry | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  9. Gorgeous bracelet and the theme you used was awesome!


    Comment by kepi rasmussen | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  10. Great job! Love the pendant and hearing about your inspiration behind the bracelet. The chain is perfect too!


    Comment by Roxanne Mendoza | December 7, 2014 | Reply

  11. Love it! This is so pretty, I got lost looking and almost forgot to comment.


    Comment by marcibrooks | December 8, 2014 | Reply

  12. Your creation is both dark and happy, I really like that! Very nice bracelet, I would wear it in a heart beat!


    Comment by Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp | December 8, 2014 | Reply

    • secretly I love the dark side. I can’t wait to wear it.


      Comment by stregajewellry | December 8, 2014 | Reply

  13. What a great piece! I love the story of the found chain because is perfect with the focal. And the photography is wonderful!


    Comment by Elizabeth Hodges | December 8, 2014 | Reply

    • I am glad to hear the comment about the photo. I have such a hard time with my pictures and really liked the way this one came out. I may do this more often.


      Comment by stregajewellry | December 8, 2014 | Reply

  14. Great bracelet! I love the focal, and I am a HUGE fan of “weird chain”.


    Comment by beadlove | December 8, 2014 | Reply

  15. What a great bracelet. Love that focal


    Comment by janine lucas (esfera jewelry) | December 8, 2014 | Reply

  16. Hi Lee your bracelet is wonderful. It is very unique. The chain looks perfect with your octopus. Great job.


    Comment by Becky Pancake | December 9, 2014 | Reply

  17. Lee- Your bracelet is ver cool! Well done!


    Comment by Kathy Zeigler Lindemer | December 12, 2014 | Reply

  18. Love your story and design


    Comment by Lori Schneider. Beadaddicted.blogspot | December 14, 2014 | Reply

  19. Oh wow! Creative!!!!


    Comment by Lori Anderson | January 5, 2015 | Reply

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