March 16, 2013

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3 Reveal - Happy Everything You Do Is Right Day

Happy Everything you do is Right Day Happy guy

That's right folks, you heard it here.  Today, March 16, is Everything You Do Is Right Day.  Think about that for a minute.  Margaritas for breakfast?  Well sure, any other day of the year that might be a problem, but today?  Everything you do is right, remember?  Game on.

When Marlene & Shelley of MarShellSwaps decided to host a spring version of their popular Holiday Bling Swap and Blog Hop, they didn't specify which spring holiday we should celebrate, nor did they tell us what we should swap.  They left it all up to us.  My partner, Lori Bowring Michaud of Artfully Ornamental  and I tossed around a few ideas and then we realized the reveal was today - Everything You Do Is Right Day - and well, everything was easy after that.  Because today we can do no wrong.  Ha.

Most of the items in the previous HBBH swaps have been ornaments or jewelry, but Lori and I decided to do our own thing and swap jewelry components.  How fun is that!?  And without further ado, the components Lori sent:

From Lori Bowring Michaud

The top piece in this photo is a polymer and crystal slider.  On the bottom, the clasp on the left is sea glass set in resin in a Susan Lenert Kaszmer bezel and the clasp on the right is made of a vintage copper leaf, Ann Ricketts lampwork bead and Swarovski crystals.  I'm in love already.  But wait - there's more...

sea glass in resin

dilled sea glass

Sea glass!  I adore sea glass!  And not only did Lori send drilled pieces, she set some heart shaped pieces in resin in a gorgeous connector piece.  But no, that's not all...

Handpainted stained glass button by Lori Bowring Michaud

Hand painted stained glass button, anyone?  And, as if all that wasn't MORE than enough, Ms. Lori included one more thing:

Handpainted polymer pendant/bracelet focal

A hand painted polymer pendant/bracelet focal.  Everything is so beautiful and Lori was way too generous.  But since today is Everything You Do Is Right Day, I'm going to accept everything she sent and float around all day on a cloud of euphoria - because it's the right thing to do.  And I'm going to be wearing this bracelet I put together using her sea glass and resin clasp:

Bracelet using Windbent polymer clay bird, sea glass and resin clasp, Kazuri bead, lampwork spacers and dyed howlite starfish.

Isn't that fun!?  It seem beachy and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.   I used some pieces I've been collecting.  The blue bird in the front is by Lennis Carrier of Windbent and the big striped bead is a Kazuri bead.  There are also a couple of dyed howlite starfish (or sea stars, if we're being politically correct and up to date here) and some other bits and pieces.  I think everything goes well with Lori's beach glass clasp, don't you?

Be sure to pop over to Lori's blog, Artfully Ornamental, and say "hi".  You got it - it's the right thing to do.  Then go eat cookies for lunch.  Oh, and here's the list of other hop participants.  Tell 'em I sent ya.

Alicia Marinache
Catherine King
 Chris Schlicht
 Cynthia Machata
 Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett 
Jennifer Reno
Laura Reed
Leanne Loftus
 Lennis Carrier

Lori Bowring Michaud
Marti Conrad
Mary Govaars
Renetha Stanziano
Rita/ Toltec Jewels

Sandra McGriff
Sarah Goode 
Sherri Stokey   <----Yep, you are here
Sonya Stille 
Tammie Everly

Therese Frank 
Tiffany Goff Smith
Marlene Cupo
 Shelley Graham Turner


  1. Love it Sherri! I can feel the sand between my toes and the water lapping my ankles when I look at it! I hope you had fun with our swap, I certainly did!

    1. It was great fun, Lori! And thank you so much for the components - each and every one of the things you sent is just beautiful!

  2. You'll be creatin' for a spell with all the goodies Lori sent your way, Sherri. I love the artbead bracelet you've started with... after this loooong winter we all need a touch of the seashore!

    1. I have a feeling I'm going to be clinging to the summery feel of this bracelet for the next few weeks - winter is not quite finished here in Nebraska LOL

  3. You got some really great components. I love the Holiday you guys choose and I may just have desert for all my meals today!

    1. I can't believe I hadn't discovered this holiday earlier!

  4. I may have to fight you for that hand painted button. You have so many lovely pieces to create with and then each piece will have it's own story. It also gives me warm fuzzies that you are wearing a bracelet with something I made on it. Thank you.

    1. I love your birdie, Lennis! I've got my little treasure trove of pieces - little houses, penguins, a castle... all waiting for just the right inspiration!

  5. Those components are awesome! I love the resin piece with the sea glass. The artbead bracelet is perfect for the beach! I like how you incorporated Lennis's blue bird bead in it.

  6. Great post and such cool pieces. This really was a great hop :-)

  7. Sweet! what a great stash of components! Love the bracelet you created with it!

  8. Oh Sherri, Me thinkest you had as much fun with this blog post as you did creating that wonderful bracelet with the clasp from Lori. You two certainly took the idea for this hop to new heights. Thanks so much for joining us in this Holiday Celebration.

  9. Love what Lori sent you, and what you did with them. It is just beautiful!
    Gina H

  10. Well holy moly Ms sure did get lucky with Lori as your partner. ALL the components are so unique! I love it. The bracelet is wonderful. Love the tones of the blues and greens, so vibrant (love vibrant colors!) and appeals to me (I'm a water sign!). YOU did everything right! as usual!

    ~ Shelley

  11. Everything about this is ... just so right!! lol, oh how I love that!! I mean, really really love that. But before I add this fabulous Holiday to my laptop calender (I want my daughters & grandkids to know it & enjoy it from here on out:) let me please just say, WOW!

    Sherri, you and Lori created the most beautiful exchange. And I love that you exchanged *components* !! It's brilliant!

    The beauties you received are just gorgeous, and you've blogged about them so beautifully. I feel like I was there, opening the treasures with you, one by one. What an incredible gift of goodies!

    The micro-macrame components you created are perfect, colorful, and the rings in them just made my chain maille artist's heart beat fast! lol.. really cool components! The sea glass and resin clasp you used to create your bracelet is awesome; your gift for bringing perfect beads and colors together makes your bracelet so cool it's beyond right, it's outstanding. And as Lennis' HBBHB3 partner (with a Carrier blue bird of my own to use someday)I'm so loving the sweet blue bird in your bracelet -- perfect!!

    Great exchange! Inspired :)

    Happy Hopping,

    1. Thank you, Rita. And don't tell anyone, but I have my fingers crossed that you'll do chain maille charms for the Snob Charm Swap :)


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