Saturday, March 3, 2012

Blog Hop Reveal!!!!


What a exciting day it's the Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal!

My Bead Soup partner was Nan Emmett and was I ever lucky! I got my gorgeous package from her mid Feb and laid it out so I could mull it over for a week or so. My favorite is the bird focal and the caps, oh the caps! I thought maybe the caps would look good on one of my beads.


I was fairly determined to not add a bunch of my glass beads and crystal. That's my "inside the box" fail safe and I really wanted to keep things simple to best flatter Nan's beads. I made this very simple necklace, basically just stringing the bird focal and matching beads on leather. It's a bit longer and I think it's something I'll wear a lot with jeans and a sweater.


I also made a bracelet only adding one of my lampwork beads, and this was harder than I thought. I realized how I tend to repeat the same stringing pattern over and over. I really tried to keep things simple in this, I LOVE her caps!




This is my leftover bead soup, the heart is already on a key chain. It's perfect for me with my last name being Valentine and all I collect hearts!

I want to thank Nan for being such a wonderful partner, I adore the beads I got from you!


Last but certainly not least check out the other Bead Souper's. You'll see some amazing and creative work. There is a complete list with links on Lori's blog.

57 comments:

mairedodd said...

great job - nan is one talented lady... i used her pieces in my work constantly...

Cilla said...

Great work! I love the bracelet!
Cilla ( #24 on Lori's list)
now to check out your shop!

Elisabeth said...

Great pieces!

Libby Leuchtman said...

I looks so wonderful. You did a great job!

Moobie Grace said...

Nan's color washed beads are too cool, and your bracelet is simply too cute for words! I love all of it, to tell you the truth!

Cindy Cima said...

You may have kept it simple but they are lovely!

Jenn said...

Ahhh, I know what you mean about staying inside the box and keeping it simple. When I first started designing jewelry, my pieces were pretty "out there" and I've gradually dialed it back for broader audience appeal. And sometimes, I just want to highlight the treasure of beads like you did. You did a fab job highlighting your bead soup and keeping it simple! But, now back to regularly scheduled programming... I need to do some funky stuff!

lori greenberg said...

Hi Nicole. You did a great job not adding lamp work (although I know that would have been beautiful too). Way to step outside your comfort zone. Love the pieces, especially the necklace with the pendant!

Karyn B said...

Sometimes simple is the best way to go. Both pieces are lovely.

Lori Anderson said...

Sometimes simple is best! I love the color of the pendant and beads she sent.


I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

Ann said...

Really nice pieces. I agree that the bird pendant is something special and the caps really enhance your glass.

Kay said...

Very pretty pieces! Nice work with your soup!

Kari Carrigan said...

Love the simple necklace, and it looks beautiful, and I think you will wear it a lot. The bracelet is so pretty as well. The caps are so cool! You did a great job Nic!

adlinah said...

Nan's beads are always lovely, and you did a great job with them. I like how you kept things simple and let the beads speak for themselves. Love the bracelet - very pretty!

Suzette said...

I love the bracelet! Great job! Suzette

Alice said...

A wonderful bead soup you received. I love both pieces but my favorite is the bracelet.

Marie Cramp said...

Wonderful!! I have so many of Nan's beads, because I love them way too much! Nice to see what others make with them! :)

N Valentine Studio said...

Thanks everyone! I am always blown away by the detail that goes into a lot of the pieces on this hop, mine being more simple made me worry a bit. But I do love them, and I love Nan's work!

Wendy said...

Oh I love your designs! Just gorgeous! I especially love that bracelet! :)

jelveh Designs said...

I love what you made with the ceramic beads, the way they hug that one lampwork, so cool...and more to play with later...very nice...

Mary said...

Sometimes keeping it simple is just the perfect presentation for a focal piece and it looks great!

Metal Me This said...

Love what you came up with Nickerson! Very pretty!

Jeanniek said...

Great beads - great designs. Really like the bracelet.

Pelima Jewellery Design said...

Beautiful nature looking beads. You have made some gorgeous pieces with stunning beads :)

jojosbeads said...

Simply Beautiful! I love them both and would wear them to death. Gorgeous :) x

Penny said...

I love that you did a simple necklace with the pendant a complimentary beads, I think sometimes we feel like we need to add extra beads because of our designing nature but sometimes simple is best. Working with Nan's beads are awesome, there is something so earthy and calming about them.

Emakaye said...

Nan's pieces are beautiful! I appreciate your idea of simplicity. I think it works so well for these pieces. I always love a piece of art that I can wear regularly with jeans. You created some beautiful wearable art.

Bonnie said...

Sometimes a simple design is the best to highlight the beauty of a pendant or beads. Good job!

WindDancerStudios said...

The two of you made a wonderful team! Love what you did!

AmandaMade said...

The bird pendant is so cute! I am really attracted to that color blue for some reason. Your bracelet turned out beautiful.

Heidi Post said...

I agree -the caps and the bird pendant were the best parts of the soup! That bracelet is especially cute :)

Alicia said...

I love how you let those elements speak for themselves in this simple, yet so elegant design. The colours are gorgeous - wonderful work!

Jean A. Wells said...

I also love Nan's beads. You really made them shine in that simple necklace. And, the bracelet is beautiful. Great job!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Totally love your designs! That bracelet is adorable. Great work! ♥

Courtney said...

You can never go wrong with simple and elegant. Beautiful pieces!

Spirited Earth said...

it was fun having you as my Bead soup partner..love the pieces you've made

Jennifer Cameron said...

Both pieces are lovely and things I would wear. Nan makes suck gorgeous things and you really showcased those!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Those are beautiful! The bracelet is just perfect!

Loris Glassworks said...

Wow I love the soup you received, the beads are lovely. Simplicity is an art, holding back is always harder for me. You did a wonderful job highlighting Nan's lovely beads.
Cheers!
Lori D.

la mar de bonita said...

i love the idea to complete the received beads with one od your own ones - so it gave the bracelet a little bit of your own heart ;0) (doing the same ... ;0))) I like the bracelet very much, so wonderful in natural colours!

Patti Van said...

I adore that bracelet...I would wear it everyday! And that necklace would look great with a pair of jeans...you are right! Beautiful job!

Jean said...

wonderful job, love the simpleness of it all, we all need everyday pieces, and this one would be a well loved one!!

Maneki said...

Beautiful jewellery! I like the simplicity and how it lets each bead shine. Great job!

Marcie Abney said...

Really classy bracelet and the perfect light spring colors. Wonderful work!

Kat BM said...

I like the bracelet, sometimes when you get such great materials it's actually HARDER to design cause you don't want to live up the the promise! great job

Heidi at MyBeadTherapy said...

Beautiful pieces -- I love the bracelet, too! :)

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Those beads you received from Nan are fantastic! I love both pieces, especially the bracelet. The simplicity of the necklace cord puts the focus on the gorgeous beads. Really wonderful design work!

Stacey said...

Fun stuff you got there!! Love those caps too!! Beautiful work!

Karen Vincent said...

Gorgeous creations! Love the simplicity of the necklace - so pretty. The bracelet is stunning - love it!

Alesha said...

I love that you left the necklace very simple. It showcases those magnificent beads just beautifully!

Really pretty work here!
Alesha

CraftyHope said...

Both of your pieces emit a vibe of calmness and peace. I really like that. Well done stepping outside your box and making two beautiful pieces from the soup.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! My favourite is the bracelet - those caps work PERFECTLY with your gorgeous bead. SOme really lovely jewellery!

Charlie said...

What gorgeous beads you received. I love the color! You did a great job with your creations. They are great :)

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I love what you did, very pretty. I agree with you those caps are great.
Sonya

Sandi Volpe said...

Beautifull peices, love your lamwork in the bracelt:-)

Cathie Carroll said...

You let the beauty of the beads speak. The balance of your glass bead with your partner's is just right.

Softly beautiful work.

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Pretty pieces!