Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Time To Stitch 6

This stitching challenge, hosted by Therese and Christine is one of my favorites.  I can't tell you how much I wanted to have something done for the hop today.  Even when Therese sent an email asking those who are unable to participate to let her know so she could remove them from the list, I was DETERMINED to have at least one small project completed.  Unfortunately everything that could have gone wrong, did, and I've got nothing.

I'm sorry to disappoint and for not canceling when I had the chance, but when I come home tonight from an all-day event, I'm snuggling up with my computer and a hot beverage, and checking out what all the participants have created.  I promise to do better on #7!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Time to Stitch 5

I am so delighted to be a part of A Time to Stitch 5!  The objective of this challenge was to use one bead weaving stitch to make three different bracelets ... this is where bead selection came into play.

I chose peyote as my bead weaving stitch because it was the very first stitch I taught myself and one that I have been wanting to play around with.  All three bracelets are the same six-row peyote pattern, but by changing the bead size, shape and color, you change the look of each piece.  Although I didn't have time to finish the last one, I did provide a little glimpse into what it's going to look like.

I wear the white one often, and even created another one for a friend's birthday which "technically," was my third full piece. =)  I'm looking forward to finishing the last one ... I really like the edging the triangle beads make and I think it will make a lovely finished bracelet.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing what all the other participants created!  

And thank you Therese and Christine for hosting this awesome challenge and helping me get back into the swing of creating some jewelry ... it was the fun and gentle push I needed!




Saturday, April 19, 2014

7th Do Over Challenge

Although this is the 7th Do Over Challenge, this is my first time participating.  

Here is the necklace that Jeannie sent me to "do over."

Here is my new piece.

I took a beaded piece I made for another challenge, ran wire through the center of it and wire wrapped some pearls to the ends.  I then attached the lovely wire-wrapped pearls Jeannie created (there was no way I could take apart that perfect pearl chain!) and created a lovely bracelet that feels really nice on my wrist.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and thank you Jeannie for creating such a fun challenge! Please check out how the rest of the participants reworked their pieces from Jeannie. I won't have time today or tomorrow, but I will hopping like the Easter Bunny on Monday. ;-)


Thursday, January 16, 2014

30 Words Thursday -- Red Sky in the Morning

“Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.”
Sure, that’s one way of looking at it.
I prefer the “Look-at-that-gorgeous-sky!!!” mentality of right now!
 A perfect, visually blissful moment in time.

If you'd like to share a picture and write about it using exactly 30 words, (or if you want to see what others have shared) please go to Treasures Found for "30 Words Thursday" details.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Echo Creative Club -- December 2013 Reveal

♫ "I'm so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just get started and before you know it,
Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'" 

Thank you Jeannie for letting me be a part of your Echo Creative Club these past two years.  I am grateful for your generosity and the opportunity to create with your beautiful art beads.  I hope you like this last piece.  It's called Sedona's Magic Carpet.

December Blog Hop

Dagi --  http://www.kokopellidesign,
Jeannie K Dukic -- http://site,
Lola Surwillo --
Maureen Connolly --

Echo Creative Club Jewelry By Jeannie
Echo Creative Club
Flickr group

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 Echo Creative Club -- December Sneak Peek

Welcome to my last hurrah for the Echo Creative Club.  I will be turning this "awesome blossom" into either a piece of jewelry or a Christmas ornament for Jeannie's December Echo Creative Club reveal coming up on the 25th. Stop back then and see which way my creative muse decided to go. In the meantime, there are only six Gin Blossoms left for sale (and ON SALE) here.  There WERE eight earlier today, but I bought two for myself ... sorry peeps! ;-)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Birthday Challenge 2 -- Happy Birthday Therese!

I have never, ever, ever, ever, EVER missed a design challenge deadline ...


Until today ...

Earlier this month my sister's husband passed away very suddenly and I have been there for her these past few weeks. As the big sister (in more ways than one I'm afraid) I was hyper focused on her needs and everything else just sort of slipped away.

Therese, I am so honored to be a part of your birthday celebration and I'm very sorry for not being able to create something with the beautiful, handmade cab you created for me for the hop today. I know you'll understand because that's the kind of friend you are, but I'm still so very sad about not properly participating.

Happy Birthday Therese!  Wishing you a year that is overflowing with love, joy and happiness!

Blog Hop Participants:
Lola (you are here)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

I miss my kiddos being little and trick-or-treating. I miss the dreaming of who or what they would want to be, the layering of the bits and pieces of their costumes and the rummaging through the treasure of candy at the end. So I made my own little trick-or-treaters ... aliens for my earlobes. They're sweet yet sugar free! ;-) The green and orange "body" is a glass art bead by Robert Jennick.

Happy Halloween!

Blog Hop Participants:
Diana Ptaszynski (our delightful hostess ... thanks Diana!)

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Lola Surwillo (you are here)

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Echo Creative Club -- August 2013 Reveal

♫ "Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?" 

Turquoise Birdie -- See all the other available colors here.

Thank you Jeannie for yet another opportunity to play with one of your lovely little works of art!  I love the details of this birdie -- the clever heart wing and the teeny tiny yellow beak!  Oh so sweet! 

August Blog Hop
Lisa Lodge
Lola Surwillo

Echo Creative Club Jewelry By Jeannie
Echo Creative Club
Flickr group

Sunday, August 04, 2013

2013 Echo Creative Club -- August Sneak Peek

A little birdie told me I have exactly three weeks until Jeannie's August Echo Creative Club reveal.

Turquoise Birdie -- See all the other available colors here.

I better get started creating!  Hope to see you back here on the 25th.  ♫ Tweet! Tweet! 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Country ... Of Thee I Bead!

"Wired Nan" is hosting her very first blog hop entitled “My Country … Of Thee I Bead” and I, of course, not one to EVER miss a challenge it seems, signed up.  The rules are simple:  create jewelry inspired by your home country or a country to which you have an attachment.  For me, that country is Serbia.

Both of my parents were born and raised in Serbia and I am the first generation born in American.  Growing up, the Serbian Orthodox Church community was a home-away-from-home for them, and in my teenage years I became a part of the church’s Sumadija Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble.

Best! Time! Ever!

I loved being a part of this group and learning new songs and dances. I loved traveling to various churches and performing.  I loved getting dressed up in our ethnic costumes and listening to our jingly/jangly jewelry sing along as we danced to the music.  But most of all, I loved performing each year at the Holiday Folk Fair.  Not only did we have an opportunity to share our Serbian heritage there, but we learned about others' through their music, dance, food and artifacts.

There are so many beautiful Serbian things to draw from for my jewelry inspiration, but my dance costume will always be nearest and dearest to my heart … so I made some earrings in honor of it.  I love it when I find the perfect beads in my stash ...

Me getting ready for a Holiday Folk Fair performance at the Mecca Arena in 1979.

Thank you for stopping by and for letting me share a little snippet of my Serbian heritage. =)  Please go to Nan's blog to see all the other participants.

Friday, May 31, 2013

AJE May Component of the Month -- SueBeads!

I was so excited when I found out I was chosen to be a guest participant in the May Component of the Month challenge over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, because, well, just look at these beauties!!!
These ruffle disc lampwork beads were handmade by Sue Kenney of SueBeads. Although I think they are all gorgeous -- like a beautiful bouquet of flowers all together like that -- I was lucky enough to receive a disc that had not one, but two of my favorite colors:  orange and purple (left center bead in the photo above)!!!
The first question I ask myself when I'm working with a beautiful bead like this is:  can I make this into a ring?  If the answer is yes, all other possibilities evaporate, because I absolutely love making rings! 
I am so happy with the way this ring turned out.  It's even fun to wear because the disc, although securely attached, SPINS!  I love it! 
It also beautifully matches some earrings I made using Sue's enameled bead caps!  Thank you Sue for the opportunity to create with another one of your lovely works of art -- it was a true pleasure!
Now I'm off to get myself a cup of coffee and begin my morning visit with the bloggers below.  Won't you join me? =)
Guest Bloggers

Birgitta Lejonklou

AJE Team

Jennifer Cameron

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Time to Stitch 3

If it weren't for the awesome "A Time To Stitch" series created by Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller, I never would have made the time to learn new beadweaving stitches.  There's something about the challenge/deadline/blog hop trifecta that is my perfect git-er-done storm!

For A Time to Stitch 3, we were asked to learn two new stitches, one flat and one spiral.  The spiral stitch I chose to try was the Russian Spiral and I fell in love with it immediately.  Once you set up the first few rows, it's a fun and easy pattern to follow.  It's also meditatively relaxing.  Oh how I need this stitch!
I have this awesome daisy/tulip lentil bead from Golem Design Studios, and I created the spiral using off-white size 8 seed beads and size 11 orange-lined green seed beads.

I really love the way this rope works up!  So pretty!

The flat stitch I chose to try was the brick stitch.  I originally chose a square shaped pattern to bead, but found it too difficult.  I then tried a pattern that worked with the natural decreasing element of the stitch and found that to be so much easier!

I really liked working the spiral stitch, but the jury's still out on the brick stitch ... I definitely need more practice with that one!
Thank you Christine and Therese for the challenge and for slowly, but surely, increasing my beadweaving repertoire!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Hats Off Challenge

I've been struggling with getting things done lately and sometimes, when things start to get really overwhelming for me, I have a tendency to shut down and shut everything out. I haven't been blogging, or visiting, or commenting on any blogs lately because I've only been able to accomplish the bare minimum on a day-to-day basis. Today, however, I had a really good day and got quite a few items checked off of my To Do list. I'm hoping to have another good day tomorrow too ... and the next day as well. Until then, however, I'm happy for today and the fact that I was able to pull myself together long enough to make something for Bobbie's delightful Hats Off Challenge -- Jewelry Inspired by Derby Hats. Here are the hats we were given to use as inspiration. Although I was originally drawn to all the colorful, flowery hats, the moment I saw the hat below (from the put-a-bird-on-it category) I knew it was "The. One."

Um, really? Oh, yes, yes, yes! You see, I've had this ball of awesome, funky yarn in my possession that I've been looking forward to using, and viola! The perfect opportunity! Now, it's not as white and feathery as that furry-swim-cap-like beauty above, but it's got the same vibe and I love the way it feels.


I crocheted the yarn to create this lovely, soft cuff, and finished it off with a beaded bead closure and a few beaded fringe strands.  Now I've got to tell you -- I am not a fan of hats at all because I look absolutely hideous in them. But I'm kind of digging this bracelet! Can't wait to see where the Derby hat inspirations took everyone else ... won't you join me?
Our Lovely Hostess -- Bobbie Rafferty
Lola ----- YOU ARE HERE
Susan Nelson Bowie