Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ocean blog Hop - The Big Reveal - And There is a Bounty, Mates

The Drop

I was astonished by the hefty weight of beads that showed up in my mailbox.  After hauling the package down to my secret bead cave, I tore into it like a hungry beast finding scraps in a dark alley after weeks on the prowl.

 There's a Turtle bead - be still my beating heart!!!!

I was well into my third or fourth piece (of eight) before I remembered to take the “before” picture showing the beads as they arrived.  Oh well, I thought.  I am among friends who break this rule all the time.  Aren’t I?  See my previous post for the "Before" picture.

The Big Reveal

It just tickles me to make necklaces that can be worn different ways. You can change the look of this necklace just by turning the piece around.  Funky, chunky by day; elegant, swellegant by night.  Or live on the edge and wear it with half sea glass, half beads and chain in front.  
 But sign of the Turtle bead???
Water Spirits

Water Spirits Bracelet
Next up, I decided I wanted to bead weave and create texture and movement.  An icy cool, sassy sea siren on the lookout for naughty pirates and missing turtles.
Sea Siren
I am thinking some earrings are needed about now, aren't you? 
 Psst, do you see a turtle? (Answer:  Not yet - Turtle bead's killing me cause I can't find a home for her)
There are still tons of beads left burning a hole on my table. The guilt is weighing me down.  So, I think, well, I will make a loooong necklace. Yeah, yeah, that will do it.  Something you can wear extra long using lots of beads. I added a clasp so you could also shorten it (see end of blog for another way to wear the piece).  And because I needed to use that clasp somewhere!!
Wait!   This can't be happening. The Turtle bead is left stranded on the table.
Sea Treasure
Well, I did not do much wirework I noticed. How about a bangle? Something I have not tried before. Why not make some waves, eh? 
 I won't say it but you know who is missing...sigh.
Happy dance time!!!!  Turtle has made her appearance!!!  And she's rocking it, way ahead of the rest of the beads.  Oh Yeah.  No matter how they toss the dice - it had to be (some of you will know why I put that line in here cause elsewise it makes no damn sense).  I called this "The Keys" because if all goes well, we will be living in paradise Key West in a couple months.  If there is anyone living there already, please give a holler in the comments section.
The Keys
More views of the pieces 
Another way to wear Sea Treasure
Looking forward to hearing what you think and which piece you like best.  And to seeing what everyone else did with their booty. Thanks Lisa Lodge of  Pine Ridge Treasures for hosting this delightful event.  May the beads be with you.  Links to others in the hop.
Ocean Blog Hop May 31st Reveal:
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Mary Ann Macri Jacobs, Trucksville Crafts
Jeanne Steck, Gems by Jeanne Marie
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Ocean Blog
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations


  1. I love your pieces! And your post cracked me up. I also go out to my mailbox and scurry back inside clutching my bead booty a bit like a wild animal. Anyway, I love it that two of your necklaces can be worn different ways - one length adjustable!! Very clever! My favorite is a toss up between Sea Siren and The Keys. Love that turtle! I hope your move goes well! Exciting.

  2. I really love the way you write. You took me on a journey through your beads and all your incredible pieces. I love the necklace that you can wear differently depending on time of day or event. And the turtle was worth waiting form that necklace is gorgeous. Here is hoping you can join us down here in Florida very soon!

  3. Wow, Terri, I love your post and all your elegant designs! They definitely look "Happy Together" LOL. I hope your wish to move to "Paradise" comes true :)

    I am now following you and looking forward to future post :)

  4. Wow, Terri - all your pieces are wonderful! Just my style - I would wear all of them with pride. That turtle bead looks right at home with your pretty necklace. Thanks for being in the hop!

  5. I loved your post, it made me laugh. You made so many great pieces, it was hard to pick a favorite. I really loved the turtle necklace though, she was worth the wait!

  6. Your pieces are lovely! I'm dying to know how you made the bangle. Pinned it.

  7. Rebecca: I wire crocheted 16 (or was it 18g) wire into big loops, then I wired the other beads on it. I just crocheted enough links to fit my wrist and used the end to make a simple hook

  8. You did an amazing work, so many pieces, so many possibilities! I particularly love the layered look and multi strand necklaces, and the Waves bracelet, amazing! I love, love them all!

  9. Love that you were able to create so many pieces. I especially like the Sea Treasure necklace, the postioning of the toggle is interesting.

  10. Your pieces brought a smile to my face. Sea Siren my fav.

  11. I enjoyed your story, especially the piece called the keys. Turtle must be really happy at home on that piece.

  12. I'm late to the party, so just starting to hop. The Sea Siren necklace is fabulous! Your post made me laugh, and I enjoyed your writing as much as seeing your pretties. Glad you gave the turtle such a lovely place to live. Christie

  13. LOL...I too forget to take before the rest of us I want to TEAR into the package and get busy.....Great work, I love the pieces and your turtle is absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Love your pieces and the fact that you can turn and twist the first necklace around to wear differently depending on your mood. Love the necklace with the turtle bead, too. Too cute.

  15. What a fun and versatile collection! I love it all but the "sea Siren" really is my favorite with that fringe. A great collection.

  16. Love what you did with everything you received. I especially like how you did the wirework bracelet and how you added the wire to the necklace and bracelet. I love the shell focal, really cute!


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