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Monday, April 2, 2012

Winning news for today......

Okay, first of all let me say that I am a bit embarrassed to be once again announcing that I have won yet another giveaway.  I shout out news about my winnings on my blog not to be bragging, although I am very excited to be winning, but rather to help to promote the jewelry, components and artistic endeavors of those from whom I win.  I hope you all know that the promotion of others forms the basis for my blogging about such things.

With that said, I want to announce that I have won the beautiful little yellow whistle made and given away by Natalie Pappas of NKPWhistles.  I have been a bead fan of Natalie's for a couple of years now, have and love her beads, and she recently opened up a Whistle shop on etsy in February.  I have found these little items very intriguing but was at a loss as to what I would do with them.  When I saw she was giving one away, I decided to enter and now I have purchased a few more to go with the yellow one.  I am going to do my darnest to come up with a creative and unique way to incorporate her whistles into jewelry.  I have also been working on some reasons why we all need one of them around our necks.  So we shall see.  Anyway, this is the whistle I won.
Isn't it sweet? 

Now on to my other endeavors.

Made this necklace with some larimar blue aqua terra beads I just received from Rosemary at Beadstostring.  They matched a blue triangle focal I have had for a very long time.  It looks more turquoise in the pictures, but it is really more blue like the larimar blue beads. 

And before I even knew I had won Natalie's whistle, I used five of her handmade ceramic beads in it.  The blue in her rounds beads and on the top of the pod bead are the same blue as in the stones.  And, I loved the terra cotta color with the blue.

 Now, take a close look at that neckstrap.  I made that with seed beads that I recently won from Lori Anderson's giveaway.  They are shaped long like a peanut seed bead, but rather than having a hole in the center so that they stack, they have two holes, one on each end.  I am no bead weaver, but I am feeling all bead weavery even coming up with the simple way I used them.  I just strung a little bronze seed bead between each blue bead both coming and going. 
I am always so anxious and so tickled to use the things that I win. 

Bangles are very popular right now.  I like bangles, but as I have said before, my hands are big and it is hard for me to get them to fit.  So, one solution is memory wire.  I generally think of memory wire as having more circles but these are simple because I only have a bit of the viny tubing.  I used a handmade lampwork bead focal by my friend Deb Houde of Jatterwunky Studios in Overland Park, Kansas.  She does such beautiful work - I have told her she needs to sell on etsy, but she tells me no.  These are easy to wear, fit everyone, and are simple enough to be stackable if you want to wear more than one. 

I think they would be really nice for Easter, spring and right into summer.  These are the Pantone 2012 colors for this year you know. 

I have priced them in tiers so that the more you buy the more you save.

I hope you enjoy today's post.

1 comment:

Marti C. said...

Happy you won that whistle! Your blog just keeps getting better and better! Congrats.