July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

Ceramic and polymer clay artist beads and pendants

This is just one of the little boxes of treasures I keep tucked away.  I love beads and pendants and buttons and all things jewelry.  Add handmade into the mix and I'm all over it!  I am collecting pieces at a rate that exceeds my use of said pieces, which technically, I suppose, does make me a Bead Hoarder.  But just look at all that yumminess!  Can you name the artists?  I see a piece by Duane and Sheri and Shelley and Marla and Diana and and and....  that's about the point where my mind goes into overload.

Porcelain artist beads, African ceramic beads, Czech glass beads and buttons

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, the hostess-with-the-mostest who puts on the Bead Soup Blog Hops, is hosting a blog hop today especially for people with my kind of affliction:  the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.  Her challenge is to USE some of those precious pieces we've been hoarding.

Metal buttons and findings and jewelry components

In preparation for this hop, I got out my boxes and went through them, trying to decide which pieces to use.  I have to admit, it was like trying to decide which of your children to kick out of the house.  In the middle of winter.  With no shoes.  I love all my little treasures.  I want to have them and hold them and take them out from time to time and pet them.  Maybe nuzzle them a little.  They're like my little friends.

Lamp work glass beads by various artists

I did do a little practice warm up.  I used a ceramic clasp by Shelley Graham, some round polymer clay beads by Marlene Cupo, a little beach hut by Lennis Carrier, a polymer turtle bead by Ke Robinson and a lampwork oval by Mitosis Glass.  I put them all together in one absolutely fabulous micro macrame wrap bracelet. 

Micro Macrame wrap bracelet with artists beads

I love it and it hardly hurt at all.  Well, maybe a little, but I did it.  I was stoked.  I decided I would make several bracelets and use lots of beads from my stash.  But when it came right down to it, I just couldn't do it.  It seemed so wasteful!  I couldn't just squander such beautiful beads on a project that wasn't the perfect project for them!  It just wouldn't be fair to the beads.  I did, however, manage to part with a few more:

Micro Macrame wrap bracelet by Sherri Stokey with artists beads

I experimented a little and used a small pendant on another micro macrame wrap bracelet.  It's kind of funky and I like it.  It and the matching rounds are Jera Luna pieces.  I added an enameled bead by Sonya Ingersoll-Stille and two African ceramic beads - one Kazuri and the other from Work of Our Hands.  I knotted in a couple of random turtles and a starfish and then the hardest piece of all to use:  one of my ancient Roman glass pieces as a clasp.  

Artists beads on a micro macrame wrap bracelet by Knot Just Macrame

I did it, but I think I may need some follow up therapy.  It was probably good for me, though, and now I have an excuse to buy MORE beads to fill in those holes!  Right?!

Be sure to visit the the rest of the participants and our gracious hostess, Lori!

 1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


  1. All of your creations are so exciting, and hope you haven't gotten too depressed for raiding your hoard. As you said, now you can go fill the empty spots. And thank you so much for including my beads in your first design, it's an honor to be included.

    1. You know, I'd be greatly cheered if you sent replacements ;)

  2. haaha .... love the above comment too .. about letting go..
    I love Your wrap bracelets with all those different knots beads and colors great Job !!

  3. What a great piece Sherri- love that you used so many artists work together. I was also tickled to see my dragonfly pendant in that first picture of your stash.

  4. You never need an excuse to buy beads :-) I love what you did with your hoard (and I feel the same way about my artist beads. They are supposed to sit in the box and look beautiful, not actually be used (the horror)!

    1. It's so nice to be among people who understand :D

  5. I love this, Sherri! It was fun to peek at your collection and be inspired (unfortunately I was also making a mental shopping list LOL).

    1. Yes, this hop might have caused a FLURRY of buying LOL.

  6. Nice stash and great wrap. Keep knotting.

  7. Great stash! I'd have trouble parting with any of those beauties. You do wonderful work, very pretty.

  8. Beautiful treasures! :-)

  9. omg...what you created is gorgeous!

  10. Thank you for sharing your lovely stash with us! And the commentary cracked me up;) a true hoarder like most of us.

  11. And now, I think a major question for all us bead hoarders is, what will we do with what we have made? Will we keep these items and wear them? Will we offer them for sale? Give them as special gifts? Pack them away to savor as we did the original beads? Therapy indeed! ha! Your pieces are so beautiful, Sherri. I know I would definitely need serious therapy to part with these very special beads and your jewelry if I were you!

  12. Beautiful work! Love all your creations!

  13. Beautiful new wrap!! I love it!!!!! And I am pretty stoked myself..... I FINISHED MY FIRST WRAP TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yayy meeeee!!!! Thank you SO much!!!! I am taking pics and writing blog posts tomorrow and then next day! ...and I am NOT jealous of your incredibly HUGE stash of art beads.... no, I'm not.... at all........

  14. Beautiful colorway and beads - the pieces sing that you had fun while you made them. :-)

  15. I love it! It is always nice to see another hoarder's private stash! You do wonderful thing!

  16. I love what you made and could not agree more with the not using them on a on a project that wasn't the perfect project for them, I think that maybe the cause of my stash, I see some thing beautiful and then have to wait for the right design.

  17. I don't know the first thing about macrame but after seeing your lovely work - I think I better give it a try!

    1. Well, do I have JUST the thing for you: http://craftartedu.com/fiber/micro-macrame/sherri-stokey-micro-macrame-wrap-bracelet :)

  18. I follow your work, it is always lovely, and I was really excited to see your stash! I think the little house bracelet makes me smile the most!

    1. umm... yeah. About that. I loved the little house so much and I hated not having one in my stash, so I ordered 7 more LOL. True.


    The last piece in perticular. I have no words *_*

  20. So unique and creative. They are all lovely!

  21. I second that Audrey! I wish my stash looked that good...LOL LOVE all of your pieces...I really got to get myself learning to do the mini macrame..

  22. I don't think that you wasted your beads. Both bracelet are gorgeous and your stash is...OMG!


  23. Holy cow - your stash is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I don't know how you parted with the ones you did - especially the ancient Roman glass - but the results are spectacular! You are truly an artist! :)

  24. Wow what a stash, I love your pieces. I also love all your micro macrame, so very beautiful.

  25. Loved all your treasures/stash!!! You have good stuff!!! And I always love your mirco macramé designs...fabulous!

  26. WOOOWWW..! your stash are amaziiing..! *drooling
    and your bracelet is beautiful AS ALWAYS... :)

  27. Sherri,
    Would it be possible to write some written instructions like how much cord and when to switch and add beads? It very helpful so I don't waste cord.
    Thank you,
    A. Stormer

    1. I have a tutorial available: http://craftartedu.com/fiber/micro-macrame/sherri-stokey-micro-macrame-wrap-bracelet

  28. These cool summer colors and the art beads and macramé and beads and the Roman glass. Oops, got lots in the beautiful designs. I think follow up therapy is just what the doctor ordered. Carry on.

  29. I have been looking at your stash for quite a while, is this beautiful :-) And the way you used it... So gorgeous, the colours, the designs, there's so much 'to see' in your work, wow!!! ♥♥♥ it...

  30. Great job using some of your beautiful treasures Sherry.

  31. Any excuse to buy new beads is a good one ;)
    I love what you did with your hoarded beads and those treasure boxes sure do have me feeling faint. They're just awesome!

  32. Wow! you do awesome things with your micro-macrame. I love the bracelets. Thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful stash, too.

  33. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I absolutely loved seeing part of your stash... and then seeing what you did with some of it! You are crazy talented, and I am very impressed! :)

  34. OMG what a stash! So many lovely beads, I'm envious. Gorgeous necklace. Wish I knew how to macrame.

  35. Love your wrap! The addition of the tiny house makes it my favorite! That is too sweet! I want one for my stash!

    1. Hop on over and visit Lennis at Windbent for a home of your own :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Windbent Or message her and I'm sure she'll make one for you. She also makes sweet birds, cute penguins, cool scarabs...... Signed, Sherri the Enabler

  36. Drool! I LOVE your pieces! Drooling over your stash too!

  37. Bless your heart, you were so brave! I completely understand the urge to nuzzle the beads...these are gorgeous pieces, though, and a wonderful use of the treasures you could bring yourself to nudge out of their cozy homes. I particularly love the variety of knotting in the second bracelet, which must look very cool when worn!

  38. I feel dizzy and my heart is racing now. Your treasures are a serious bead hoarders paradise!!

  39. Beautiful! I love your micro macramé, I recognize many of your hoarded designers and I am so glad I am not the only one who used the excuse "must buy more beads to fill the holes I just made using the hoarded beads"...btw...I am now hoarding those beads! lol


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