Sunday, January 31, 2016

Buried Treasure

Today I am participating in the Buried Treasure/use-your-stash challenge issued by the talented artists at Art Jewelry Elements. This challenge helped me reignite my creative voice – something that’s been lost for quite some time now – by not only encouraging me to unearth forgotten treasures, but by also guiding me back to the very beginning of my beady adventure.

My love affair with beads began the day I accompanied a friend to a local bead store and saw a wire crochet bracelet with beads on the cover of one of the magazines. Having crocheted more doilies than one would ever need in one’s lifetime, I was drawn to this new form of crochet. Blisters aside, I loved working with wire and beads! That is why I went back to my roots for this challenge, found a Lisa Peters Art ceramic button to use as my focal, and proceeded to create a wire crochet bracelet.

The year I scored the button from Lisa Peters at the Bead & Button show, I also scored a beautiful “create” pendant by Melanie Brooks. I decided to take Melanie’s pendant and make myself an inspiring talisman to hang in a noncreative space as a reminder to make time to play.

Thank you AJE for this wonderful challenge ... I hope to unearth even more forgotten treasures sometime very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other unearthed treasures below!


AJE team:


Saturday, June 06, 2015

A Time to Stitch Seven (ATTS7) Bead Embroidery

I am so excited to be participating in A Time to Stitch Seven (ATTS7) hosted by Therese & Christine! Bead embroidery has been something I've been wanting to try for a very long time, but I always felt so intimidated by it.  The bead embroidered pieces I admired were so amazing that I didn't know how to start.  So I researched ... A LOT!  I watched video after video until I could no longer avoid NOT starting. So, I began ...

I began to bezel the beautiful round cab I won that Therese created, along with two Marsha Neal ceramic components that I found at my local bead store.

I LOVE the way these three individual pieces turned out and I look forward to finishing them, maybe making a few more components, and then putting them all together to create a bracelet for myself.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  Thank you Therese and Christine for pushing us outside of our creative comfort zones and expanding our technique tool boxes with your challenges!

Happy Hopping Everyone!


1.     Therese (Host) 
2.     Christine  (Host)
3.     Amy
4.     Lola
5.     Lori F
6.     Kim
7.     Becky Pancake
8.     Karin G.
9.     Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula
13.   Wendy
14.   Janet
15.   Jasvanti
16.   Ginger
17.   Alicia
18.   Bobbie
19.   Shirley
20.   Sarah
21.   Cynthia  
22.   Lizzie
23.   Samantha
24.   Sally
25.   Niki
26.   Karen W.

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