Do What You Love With Passion!

It's been said that if we do what we love, it stops being a job and becomes a passion. I love to write as much as I love to design jewelry. With this blog, I will share both with you!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop


BEAD HOARDERS BLOG HOP

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Hosted by Lori Anderson of Bead Soup Cafe





Dear Friend,

I enjoy blog hops hosted by Lori Anderson, as she has great ideas and creates them with care and thoughtfulness. Lori's theme in today's blog hop was to direct us to that hidden cache wrapped in linen and tucked into the back of the bottom drawer in the night stand...oh...well, maybe it was under that loose floorboard in the attic behind the vintage trunk filled with lace, sheet music and grandma's diary?

We needed to recover those beads today, the ones that are seldom relinquished to our design tables, rarely made into jewelry or priced for sale in our shops. Yes, I speak of those little treasures, the ones we may have forgotten to mention to anyone that we had purchased. "Oh, did I forget to tell you about these, are you sure?" Hmm, clearly a mere slip of the mind! Yes, these are The Hoarded Ones, and we are the ones who hoard them.

Unlike many beading friends, I have not been designing jewelry for years. My background is in the study of color, in fabrics and textiles, interior design, seamstress, photography and floral industry. I appreciate how these things now serve me in designing jewelry, for the eye looks for the same technical knowledge regardless of form and function.

I begin today's blog by sharing with you that as much as I have become addicted to beads, I do not have a private stash! I buy what I love and use everything to create pieces that are generally strong and bold. My pieces are designed for the woman who is confident and powerful and knows it! I want her to feel empowered wearing jewelry by LAREN DEE DESIGNS.

I love to color outside the lines and will usually begin a design by actually stopping for a moment. I will breathe deeply, clear my mind and say a little prayer for inspiration. I love whimsy, too, and look for opportunities to incorporate it into designs. 

If fact, I consider that my studio is a sandbox. It's the only thing with walls because I hate vacuuming sand out of the carpet. Well, okay, I hate to clean, period. The little girl within, with brown hair and hazel eyes, loves to play with beads of all kinds, sari silk, wire, findings and tools. Like a painter who begins with brushes, oils and a stark white canvas, I am thrilled to choose an assortment of beads hoping creativity flows with complete abandon!!


Necklace in Millefiori Style





Red millefiori, half inch tube beads made in Japan, caught my imagination the moment I found them. I enjoy the feminine softness of the millefiori (many flowers) and the intensity of the warm red background is lovely. 

I paired twenty-eight beads with a millefiori rectangular glass focal with gold foil. Raku beads from Duane Collins of Elements Pottery work in easily with their red/gold/purple fiery glow. I surrounded those with purple ceramic beads and purple lampwork beads. Faceted red carnelian beads and small purple Czech beads are accents used in both bead drop and necklace construction.










The bead drop measures 3.5 inches in length and is permanently attached to the necklace that has a length of 28 inches. The beaded portion of the necklace is strung with tarnish-free flexible wire and attached to goldtone cable link chain with lobster clasp. 

Hints of goldtone flat metal spacers and metal end caps mirror the gold in both focal and chain. The focal bead carries the reds and purples very well, with small touches of greens, yellow and blues in millefiori patterns.










My heartfelt thanks to Lori, for allowing me to share something of myself with you today and a necklace I greatly enjoyed designing. If I had a stash of beads behind grandma's trunk in the attic, these would have been with them!


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Participating Artists Roster


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3.  Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden


10.  Erin Guest, Renlish
11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12.  Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings


20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict
21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions


30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri
31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35.  Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly


40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan


50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts
51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That


60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics
61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog


70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry


80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork
81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword


90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8
91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations


100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives
101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution


110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa
111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu


120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry
121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections


130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy
131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe



== YOU ARE HERE!! ==
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs



139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations


150.  Sarah Small, By Salla
151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs


160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted
161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


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Please enjoy your day and hop to as many
blogs as you can. Each of us appreciate your
thoughtful comments and we thank you for them.


"Thank you for reading and have a great day!"
-Laren






26 comments:

bead addict said...

Very pretty. I do like those red Japanese tube beads. Very nice :-)

Marci said...

So beautiful! I love the size and the colors.

Sharyl said...

Thanks for sharing a part of yourself along with your BEAUTIFUL necklace, Laren! I so enjoyed reading your text before I ever got to your jewelry!

Then, I wondered what the jewelry would look like... I knew it would be pretty--all your jewelry is pretty--but I was really stunned when I saw this! It looks like it belongs in a museum--and I mean that in the very best way possible! I love museums! My gosh, this is quite a piece!

Your ending is just right too! A very nice tribute to Lori as well as a lovely presentation of your fine taste and skills! IMPRESSIVE!

windbent said...

I love that. Very nice design.

lilisgems said...

Wonderful necklace. I love the color combination and so enjoyed reading your post.

Anzia Parks said...

Well Howdy! Love your beginning and the end just wow! Those tube beads without the focal made want to roll them around in my hands!

Blessings

Anzia

paula hisel said...

as always your necklace is gorgeous!! i love the focal and all of the colors and personality it has

ACBeads said...

This is a gorgeous necklace. Great design!

Marlene Cupo said...

Millifiori is one of my favorites to work in. Your necklace certainly shows their beauty to perfection. Great job!

Linda Sadler said...

Beautifully designed necklace. You have a good eye and lots of talent.
Linda

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Purple and red... so regal, Laren. This is a real statement piece!

adlinah said...

That's a beautiful necklace you created there. Those reds certainly call out for a strong confident woman to wear them. Thanks for sharing a little about your creative process - I liked learning how you take that deep breath before you start creating. I should do that more often :-)

Donetta said...

I loved reading about your design process, and I'm totally impressed that you are not an impulse bead buyer. (I am exactly that.) Your necklace is bold and beautiful!

Maire of Thistledown said...

Love the necklace, your colors are pretty. enjoyed the blog as well. we have similar backgrounds, I designed and sewed for years, I also worked as a florist off and on for more than 20 years. Loved it. Now I make jewelry :)

Linda Sadler said...

Loved reading your post, very interesting. Your necklace is beautiful-I'm glad you found jewelry design.

rcponders said...

Beautiful!

WindDancerStudios said...

Love purple red and gold together, very striking combo!
Gorgeous piece!

Kim said...

I just love those red beads, and your necklace is gorgeous!!

anafiassa said...

Absolutely stunning! I can definitely see your background in the study of color--the color combination is gorgeous, and you have balanced it so well. I am extremely impressed!

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

I love milleflori, but I often have issues matching things... You did so splendidly !

Ilenia said...

Such a beautiful necklace!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Amazing sparkling colour combinations!♥♥♥ A very beautiful necklace!

Becky Pancake said...

Lauren your necklace is beautiful.

Kepi said...

Beautiful beautiful piece!

CraftyHope said...

Your creation is really pretty! Nicely done :)

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Love your beautiful, bold design! Great story and bit of sharing about yourself and how you design.