Friday, October 26, 2012

Sharyl's Jewelry Bead Packet Design Challenge #2 Featuring Natalie Pappas -- The Reveal!

In August we began preparations for the 2nd of my "Bead Packet Design Challenges." I selected hand-made pottery art beads from the wonderful collection of Natalie Pappas of NKPBeads. There is one large red scrolled bead and two sage-green beads to go with it. Then I added white fossil beads in the color "natural" and red howlite to complement the art beads.

There are 2 slightly different green beads, so while most designers have the set above, a few will have the other set, shown below. 

Then the call for participants went out in September.  Winner's names were announced Sept. 21 and reposted Sept. 23.  

Since then, we added an extra designer, and one person in the group ended up with a set with some substitutions.  (Thanks to all for being good sports about whatever set of beads you received.)   Everyone should have been able to meet the criteria of using at least one art bead and one additional bead from the sets they purchased.   

Before we begin, a note about prizes...

  •  Please leave a comment on this blog page Sat or Sun (Oct. 27-28) and indicate you want to be included in drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to Sharyl's Jewelry!)    The winner will be announced here Monday!
  • Natalie Pappas will also be drawing a name from among designers to determine a gift from her store, NKP Designs.   All participating designers' names will go into that drawing unless you indicate you would prefer it not.   I'm rather assuming you would all like to win!  :-)  Check Natalie's blog for updates!  

So, we've all been anxiously waiting for many weeks now.  Lets see what our 11 designers created!   

Ready, set, hop time!

First up, is ... Sonia Smith:

Sonia used two of Natalie's art beads in her necklace.  The major part of the pendant includes the large reddish bead, and Sonia has added additional beads of her own then strung them on an upcycled textile.  

"It's sort of a found object. I bought a blouse at a garage sale that had three of those draped around the neck, sort of like necklaces. I thought the blouse looked better without them so I cut them off and put them in my sewing box to use later."   And what a good use she found for them here!  

Attached at the neckline is an antiqued silver chain with another of Natalie's art beads included, this time one in sage green.  It  makes for a casual, very pretty necklace!

Thanks to Sonia for joining our challenge!   

Now on to the others--
who have posted on their individual blogs: 

All the Pretty Things ...Alicia Marinache

Creative Designs by Cheri ... Cheri Reed
(Sunday Update: 
Cheri has had problems with her camera, 
but her page is up now!)

Laren Dee Designs ... Laren Dee Barton

Beads and Bread ... Shirley Moore

Alice's Beads and Baubles ... Alice Craddick
(Alice is having some trouble with her blog, so I'll link you to a photo on her Facebook page!  Click here!)

Alice had a slightly different set of beads to work with.
Rather than the larger reddish one, she has 2 smaller nugget beads made by Natalie.  I see she has used those to her advantage, as well as the sage green, and the additional white and red beads too. I also see some additional beads from Alice!   How nicely they all go together.  

What a fun bracelet and earrings, Alice!  I love the colors you've combined in your bracelet!   Thank you so much for sharing, despite your technical difficulties!

Tell Your Girlfriends ... Cilla Watkins

Whimsical Monkey ... Jessica Wensell Murray

KayzKreationz ... Kay Thomerson

My sincere thanks to...

Natalie Pappas, all of our participating designers, and each of you for contributing your ideas and comments!   Enjoy the weekend and look back here Monday for winners of the prizes!   

Sharyl  ~  Sharyl's Jewelry


Sonia's photographs complements of Sonia.  Please consider them copyrighted.  



KayzKreationz said...

I'm anxious to see what the other designers came up with. I'd love a chance to win your giveaway. Thanks. Had a ball with the beads and my challenge.

Alicia said...

Thanks, Sharyl - for allowing me to play along. I had tons of fun and I ended up with a piece I love more than I imagined I would :)

I'd love a chance to win the giveaway too :)
On to visit everyone else soon!

Alicia said...

Oh, almost forgot - Sonia's necklace is very, very pretty! I like the idea of up-cycling :) she did a beautiful job.

Unknown said...

Why, yes, I would love a chance! Crazy woman! I had so much fun with this packet, thank you so much for the idea, and a huge thanks to Natalie for the wonderful inspiration!

KayzKreationz said...

Got through all the blogs. Didn't see a post for a couple of people (not ones that were having trouble) so will check back on those later. Some very creative pieces. Thanks so much for letting me participate. (And I still want to win your giveaway. LOL)

Sharyl said...

Thanks to all of you! I visited the ones posted in the wee hours and will make another sweep now. So glad you all enjoyed it! You've created beautiful jewelry--each and every one! You all are what make this such a fun event!

Jean A. Wells said...

Sonya's necklace is beautiful. I love the multi-strands in the front. Great job.

I also looked at Alice's bracelet and I love it too. Everyone has made such beautiful jewelry with Natalie's beads.

Now, for the contest part. I absolutely want to be included in the drawing for a gift certificate from Sharyl's jewelry. Wow, that would be so cool to win that!

Tanya said...

Those were such wonderful beads to work with and I love Sonia's necklace. I would love a chance to win a gift certificate.

Anonymous said...

I had so much fun with this. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. :)

Unknown said...

Just starting the hop, I can't wait to see all of the designs. :) I would love to be entered for the giveaway.

Cheri said...

Thank you so much for hosting this challenge, it was fun!

Sharyl said...

The time for entering the drawing has ended. The drawing and winner announcement will be completed later this Monday morning. Thanks to all participating.

Please continue to leave comments and make the tour of the designers!