Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop 2017 Big Reveal

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Reveal!  We partner up with another blogger, SWAP a collection of beads, CREATE with our Swap beads and then HOP everyone's participating blogs to see what they created too.

This year we were partnered with Barbara Ann Price of Colorcopia Jewelry Designs.  As a fun twist this year, Barbara used Instagram to post her Swap collection.  You can find her Instagram account here:  Barbara sent a gorgeous mix of turquoise, green, black and white handmade lampwork beads and sterling silver findings (seen in the photo above).  

Above you can see what we sent to our partner Barbara.  She works almost exclusively in colorful designs, so we wanted to challenge her by sending a Swap collection of stones and hand forged copper pieces in a color range of purples, earthy tones and mauves.  

Our biggest challenge this year during the 3rd Annual Swap N' Hop was just finding time to create!  Between shows and events, it was tough finding time to just sit down and put our creative hats on.  However, we thoroughly enjoyed playing with the yummy turquoises and spring greens that our partner sent us.  Now, on to the collection of fun-ness that we created with our Swap goodies!

Deborah hand knotted this striking necklace using lampwork beads from Barbara.  These beads, created by artist Régis Teixera, are paired with vintage glass, crystals and sea glass.  The focal features a vintage chandelier crystal and a sterling silver hand-wrapped ring by artist Barbara Gumerson.  This necklace was a tough one for Deborah because of the very modern-looking lampwork beads, but she is very happy with the end result!

Gianna, who is our resident seed beader, made this fabulous design!  She used Barbara's enameled beads, baby lampwork spacers, aqua dagger beads and sterling silver toggle in this extravagant necklace inspired by the ocean.  She was dreaming of summer days by the water, so she created the sea horse pendant by drawing it out on a suede background and then filling it with seed beads and a crystal rivoli.

This white and black necklace was made by Jennifer and features lampwork beads also from Barbara.  Jennifer wire-wrapped filigree beads, rings, crystals and even the clasp in this necklace, and the focal features a collage of vintage washer parts, a brooch and rusted key for a touch of shabby style.  She also made lightweight earrings to match.

Finally, we have Catherine's creation.  We've been playing with leather bracelets and tassels lately, so she paired Barbara's Greek Mykonos silver triangle beads and green lampwork with leather and wire for a funky leather wrap bracelet.  This bracelet is also long enough to wear as a necklace!  The feather featured is a Dry Gulch original too.

We'd like to send a big thank you to Linda for this year's Swap N' Hop, and a thank you to our partner Barbara for all of the goodies she sent.  Don't forget to check out all of the participating blogs and Instagram accounts below!

Linda Anderson - Hostess - #BeadPeepsSwapNhop17  
Non-Seed Beaders    
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury 
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin 
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed 
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Seed Beaders  
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max 
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider  
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone


  1. All of the designs y'all created are just yummy. They are distinctive with their own styles, but each is gorgeous in its own right. I cannot even pick a favorite! Beautifully done, all of you!

    1. Awww, thank you so much! We love to see what different creations we all come up with.

  2. Deborah's necklace is right up my alley as the aqua color family is my favorite. The beads that she chose as accents to the lampwork are perfect. Gianna's seahorse necklace is playful. It definitely says summer and water. I like the focal that Jennifer created. Catherine your bracelet is wonderful. Great job ladies on using your swap beads.

    1. Thank you so much!! We all really have different styles and it's fun to see what differences we create.

  3. All of these designs are Stellar!! I love parts of all of them!! Great Job Ladies!! Be Blessed!

  4. Omg that Seahorse!!! Absolutley fabulous!

  5. Wow! Everything is wonderful. Such skill and imagination ladies!

  6. Stunning! They are all so gorgeous, great job ladies!

  7. Ladies you are all amazing. Everything is beautiful but I have to say that the bracelet with the feather is my favorite!

    1. Thank you Robin!! Catherine loved making that piece, she got to play with mixed metals and textures.

  8. The seahorse is AWESOME, but that first necklace stole the show. I can't figure out why, but it is captivating. Literally scrolled up 3 times to look at it again.

    1. Why thank you for the kind words Ginger. <3

  9. Oh my goodness me! What an array of talent! Being a seed beader I fell instantly in love with the little seahorse and named him Rory.

    1. Gianna says she likes that name! Thank you for stopping by. :)

  10. Wow, such a fantastic array of pieces and each one is so beautiful

  11. How fun to have so many different people designing with what was swapped! Very unique pieces and all so very different from each other. The seahorse is AMAZING!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Maria!

  12. Ho-LY AMAZING Batman! Such GORGEOUS pieces and all so different! My favs are all of them. I can't pick one over another...they're just INCREDIBLE! well done ladies!

    1. Thanks Linda! It's amazing how different we all are. Thank you so so much for another great Swap - we can't wait to see you next year!

  13. All pieces are so different and so beautiful! I love the flow and the dreamy colors of the knotted necklace. The sea horse is a masterpiece in itself and, again, the summery colors are so attractive! I like the details in the vintage necklace that enhance the antique feel of the piece! And the necklace to wrapped leather bracelet is so modern and has a lot of texture with so many interesting sectors!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!! Happy to hear you liked all of the pieces. :)

  14. Love all of the designs, but the ones with blue & green are my fav.

  15. I love seeing the variety in all your pieces!

  16. What wonderful designs, so many beautiful pieces and techniques used. fabulous reveal.

  17. All those pieces are gorgeous! Way to go ladies!

  18. beautiful colors.. it feels like Maldives!