The very clever and creative Lori Anderson, author of Bead Soup Party and blog hop hostess extraordinaire, challenged us to bust our stashes and quit hoarding our beads in her latest blog hop challenge. I have many stashes that are hidden treasures - I looked at them at the beginning of this challenge and chuckled - "No, no sweet ones not yet", I whispered to them with dreams of future book projects dancing in my head. A bead hoarder is not easily reformed!
So I picked some recent additions to my stash from my Bead & Button shopping splurges, trades and a few precious pendants from my very dear friend Erin.
My stash included pewter Green Girl Studios, Tesori Trovati's Simply Truths Pendants and ceramic beads Diane Hawkey.
Oh, look at that - a collection! That's how I design now for items I'm selling. I love working in a series, using a basic formula and changing up the beads just a bit. I wanted to use the wire nest theme to tie the designs together. I added in some of my disk beads to compliment the art bead collection.