Yippee! It’s here at last! Today is the Big Reveal Day for the 1st annual #BeadPeepsSwap N Hop 2015 !
I’ve been dying to share what became of all of the gorgeous components Debra (of Debra’s Divine Designs) sent to me as part of this challenge … and finally! … I can! (*warning* this is going to be a long post, so feel free to just peruse the photos, if you feel so inclined! ;) )
What resulted were not 1, not 2, not 3 … but … 10 different pieces (with still more ideas floating around in my head!) There are necklaces, bracelets and earrings … let’s have a look …
The first few pieces were created using Debra Jeffries‘ wing pendants.
At first, I wasn’t sure how to handle a real butterfly (or moth) wing piece, but once I read on Debra’s blog that “… all Butterfly & Insect wings are attained from cruelty-free farms across the globe through a licensed wholesaler. These farms raise and care for the caterpillars to pupae to butterflies and the butterflies once hatched are allowed to fly in freedom until their natural death. They are raised intentionally in underpriveledged countries and are collected when their lives expire naturally.” and that “These farms play a HUGE role in providing employment, education and conservation of their reared specimens as they release a certain percentage back into the wild to increase the natural population.”, it was made incredibly clear, how beautiful and special the pieces really are.
Madagascar Sunset Moth pendant necklace.
With this necklace, Debra’s pendant is the focal piece, and is surrounded by 3 of the large silver jump rings, pink & orange seed beads and 1 of the silver tube beads she sent. I then added just a few other simple components such as copper jump rings, some brass wire, 2 lampwork glass bead spacers, a strip of leather and some micro-fiber suede cord.
The Great Orange Tip pendant necklace.
This necklace again features Debra’s pendant as the focal and is partnered up with her lovely matte yellow lampwork bead, along with some added sea green new jade and aragonite gemstone beads, brass chain and brass components.
The Morpho Sulkowski wing pendant necklace.
This necklace pendant has a beautiful shimmering purple/blue hue. It incorporates some of the blue farfaille beads Debra sent, along with a hand dyed silk ribbon, some lavender stone gemstone beads and natural brass components from Vintaj.
Now for something completely different … bracelets!
I love multi strand bracelets, and the black moonstone beads and the silver farfaille beads that Debra sent worked in so well with these new designs.
The first bracelet is part of a new series collection I am creating, of interchangeable pieces. They will be individually customizable by allowing choice in leather and/ or bead bracelet sections.
The second bracelet is a take on a simple, classic, black leather wrap bracelet with double strands of gemstone beads.
some more necklaces …
The first necklace here was made using Debra’s gorgeous blue/green glass teardrop beads (wire wrapped into a flower) and a lovely leaf charm (with added patina ink). They are both attached to a copper square tag and hang on a simple copper ball chain.
I liked the teardrop bead flower so much, I just had to make another necklace! This one has the flower attached to one of the hammered silver rings from Debra, and paired up with leather cord, pewter tube beads and natural brass wire & components.
The next piece definitely has a bohemian flair. This one was made using Debra’s sea sediment jasper bead as the focal, along with some turquoise chips, a patina’d feather charm, some leather cord, natural brass components & chain, and a lovely spiral headpin (that I have been hoarding!) from my bead soup partner of last year – Niky of Silver NikNats.
Another Boho Style necklace … with a tassel.
Such beautful colours! I loved the matte yellow lampwork beads Debra sent, and this necklace features the other one! It is matched up with the other silver tube bead and some of Debra’s pink & orange seed beads. Add a lovely purple glass lampwork spacer bead from Lampwork by Julie, a multi-coloured tassel, some leather and some natural brass components and you’re good to go for summer festival season!
And … the last piece made (for now, anyways!) … a simple, dainty pair of circle earrings. Made mostly from Debra’s stash … the only added components were a few twisted brass jump rings.
Can you believe that ALL of these pieces were spawned from this batch of goodies … ?
Thank you so much, Debra, for the wonderful mix of pretty pieces to play with … you made it amazingly easy to get creative – with such talents and generosity and it has all been a joy to work with! I hope you had as much fun! And thank you to Linda Anderson for all of your hard work in pairing up partners and hosting such a grand event!
I can’t wait to see what Debra did with the mix I sent her! Let’s go have a peek at Debra’s blog to find out!
And after that … off to see what everyone else in the swap has created!
Time to grab a cup of coffee, this may take a little while ;)
So many goodies, so little time!
I can not even begin to describe the feelings I had when opening Debbie’s packages … each so wonderfully wrapped, like perfect little christmas presents, and with such super cool containers! Included are not one, not two, but 3 of her incredible handmade, recycled butterfly wing pendants (plus an extra amazing bonus one for me, as well!), some gorgeous peacock blue & lime green glass tear beads, beautiful sea sediment jasper beads, lovely yellow lampwork beads, black moonstone, sparkly crystal beads, crackle glass rock crystal, antique silver & brass components, lots of silver (jump) rings, chain, cord, seed beads … oh my, the list is extensive!
As if that weren’t already plentiful enough … Debbie added so many extra goodies as well! Yummy treats like … chocolate covered pretzels, werther’s toffees & choco toffees, and cool items like … chalkboard signs (perfect for the next art show display!), butterfly washi tape, owl notecards, handy see-thru pouches and a colour yourself ipad case!
I have honestly never been so spoiled in my life (and I have been spoiled by some amazing people!) Saying a mere Thank You to Debbie is hardly enough. I will have to come up with something better …
I have so many ideas already, of pieces to create …. there aren’t enough hours in the day to get them all made! But here’s hoping to showcase a few of them by the big reveal date of May 2! Stay tuned …
If you were curious about what I sent Debbie, and if this teaser was too cryptic of an image … have a look below :)
While the purpose of this swap is to stretch your swap-ee’s boundaries past their normal comfort zone – I didn’t want to stray too far … so .. this …
… became …
Sensing a theme here? If you’ve ever had a chance to view some of Debbie’s work, you will have noticed how she creates the most stunning jewellery out of butterfly and moth wings. Hence this selection of goodies … chosen to go with how enamoured she is with butterflies! I centered around some hand made (by me) pendants – consisting of two mixed media collage square focals and one handstamped copper & brass butterfly tag (with the saying “your wings already exist all you have to do is fly”).
Included along with the pendants were … some striped lampwork cubes by River Rock Artglass, a strand of prehnite gemstone cubes, a Vintaj floral brass embellishment, cultured potato pearls, swarovski butterfly beads & bicones, a thai silver butterfly toggle clasp, a patina’d round toggle clasp, floral lampwork beads, some brown (and dark green – not shown) leather lacing and a hand dyed silk ribbon (along with a few other embellishments thrown in for fun!). I sure hope she likes her surprise pack, and I can not wait to see what she ends up creating! We’ll all find out May 2nd :)
Peacock & Lime’s limited edition Water “Wish” necklaces for Aveda Edmonton & WaterAid are now available ~ in support of Aveda Edmonton‘s initiative “Walk for Water” campaign to help raise funds for WaterAid and their vision “Clean Water for All”.
Edmonton, Alberta – Peacock & Lime is, once again, partnering with the Edmonton Aveda Academy Salon in designing & releasing special Limited Edition Water necklaces to help support their efforts in raising funds for WaterAid – a leading Canadian water charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water. Proceeds from the sale of these necklaces will go directly to Aveda’s initiative “Walk for Water” supporting WaterAid.
There are 2 different necklaces to choose from each featuring an element representing water –
the Water Droplet image pendant necklace and the Water “Wish” necklace which features a small natural brass tag stamped with the word “wish” & a tiny turquoise Czech glass bead representing a drop of water.
“When you protect water, you protect what you love”. Look down and see this hand-made piece around your neck and you won’t soon forget the difference you can make!
Chalk this up to another first … a live Interweave Web seminar!
On Tuesday, March 31 – I will be presenting
LIVE at 1 pm (EST)
In it, I’ll focus on the importance of giving your company a unique voice and how to create brand recognition through packaging and brand design. I’ll give tips on how to create a logo, share valuable information on the types of packaging to consider, how and where to get marketing materials made, and how to stay consistent across various online platforms and social media. I’ll include specific examples from various successful brands, and I’ll share tips on how to get your products out where they can be seen by more potential customers!
Anyone who attends the live event will have the chance to participate in a real time Q & A at the end of the presentation.
For those that can not attend the live event, you can still register at Interweave to receive a recorded version of the broadcast complete with the question & answer period.
Hope you can tune in and join me!
Eep! It has just occurred to me that I never posted any photos of what become of the gorgeous Canadian penny clasps I posted a while back … well, wait no longer … allow me to introduce my Canadian Penny clasp mixed media wrap bracelets!
These bracelets showcase the spectacular clasp (commissioned from Niky Sayers), along with some beautiful little tiny polka dotted lampwork spacer beads by Lampwork by Julie, some colour co-ordinating leather and natural brass chain & findings.
A new year, a new jewellery design challenge!
Bring it on! The Bead Peeps Swap N Hop is in full swing!
Thank you so much to Linda Anderson for taking on the enormous task of organizing and hosting a blog hop of such epic proportions. This is the inaugural blog hop of Bead Peeps Swap N Hop … reminiscent of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party from previous years.
Partners were announced a couple of weeks ago and allow me to introduce to you … my swap-ee … Debra Jeffries of Debra’s Divine Designs!
A fellow Canadian (she is in Ontario, I am in Alberta) and fellow Artisan Group Member … Debra is mostly known for her handmade recycled real butterfly and insect wing jewellery. (Did you know that most butterflies have a very short life span of approximately only 2-3 weeks?! I had no idea – until I read her About Me page on her website!)
Here is a gorgeous example of some of Debra’s work … a real blue Morpho butterfly necklace
Her mission is “To create jewelry using eco-friendly, reclaimed, recycled items leaving a healthy sustainable planet. [Her] butterfly jewelry are created using only farmed, naturally expired butterflies and [her] goal is to teach the world about the importance of butterfly farming and keeping our world healthy for future generations”.
Interested to see more of Debra’s work? Be sure to have a peek at her Etsy shop
Well, it’s now time to get busy cooking up a soup mix for Debbie … stay tuned!