Sunday, August 25, 2013

Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop!

First of all, I'd like to thank our wonderful hostess, Lisa Lodge, for planning and compiling my beautiful little bag of beads for this blog hop!!  It was simply stunning.

My Surprise package included Magnesite, Turquoise, Czech Glass, Seed Beads and Chinese Crystal.

And it was all in BLUE!!  My absolute favorite color in the world! So, Lisa did a great job!

I created a simple necklace that I am calling Summer Skies.  I love "fringed" necklaces, so I decided to make one using these gorgeous beads that Lisa sent.  The necklace can be worn short or long, it has an extender in the back, and after hours of wire bending, it came into its own.  There were some Czech Glass flowers in the mix, so those were tossed in as well, perfect for a sunny summer day.

Considering that we have had an inordinate amount of rain this summer, and have had only one sunny weekend out of the last eight, I thought that a good reminder of blue skies was in order!

Please visit the rest of the talented artists in this Blog Hop!  So much fun!!

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Chris Eisenberg, Wander Ware
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Julie Lockhart, Copar Aingeal
Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks <<==YOU ARE HERE!
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations


  1. Yowsa, Candida - that is a stunner of a necklace. Just the right amount of "stuff going on" without looking overdone. So pretty - the blue tones are a favorite of mine! Thanks for being in the hop!

  2. Beautiful!!! Love how you worked it all together so nicely. Christie

  3. Wow, that's a lot of wire wrapped pieces but it is stunning.

    1. Yes! My fingers hated me, but it turned out well! Thank you so much!!

  4. Beautiful and elegant design, Candida... I love the way it seems to catch the light!

  5. Wow, what an amazing necklace! Beautiful dangles and charms, and such a sweet colorway!! I love the shade of blue and beads. You must have worked and worked -- outstanding and lovely!

    Happy Hopping,

  6. Color is so nice! Like the ocean!! This jewelry looks really rich and will be a great choice to dress or jeans. I love it!

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