5th Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop...It's Reveal Time!

Welcome Peeps! It's time for the 5th annual Swap N Hop reveals. Anyone who knows me, knows this is one of my favorite swap/design challenges to participate in. This year has been a bit more challenging for me with several obstacles thrown in my way and a hectic family life but I did manage to complete 4 designs...most done yesterday...nothing like 11th hour inspiration! Now let's get to the fun. 
My partner this year was Sarah Reid of Sarah Reid Designs. Sarah is from Canada and creates beautiful jewelry, including some fantastic mix-media designs. 
All the delicious goodies Sarah sent me to play with. Inspired by the Northern Lights, she even included one of her special hand painted charms in the mix. 
It also included a selection of coordinated gemstones and crystals perfectly representing the sparkle of the sky. 
I absolutely love these elephant charms! When I first opened the package I knew they had to be combined with the rings...I tried them with several bead combinations but kept coming back to the mismatched howlite combination. I decided to add some half coated metallic crystals from my stash for a touch of sparkle.
I've been working on my photos, especially with the white background. I decided to try the swap photos with a new set up and I think I may be on to something good here! Photos have been such a frustration lately, it's really nice to finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with it. 
These little leaf looking silver beads seemed perfect for earrings and crystals added the perfect colorful sparkle!
I kept picking up this flower bead, setting it out on the bead mat with some of the crystals and gemstones but I couldn't quite find the right combination until yesterday. The crystals and filigree bead are from my stash. I created the tassel pendant and put it on a simple chain. It's really sparkly, yet simple design is perfect!
One more photo to show another side of the bead. It has really lovely flowers and leaves all the way around. 
My last piece is a bracelet using the gorgeous charm Sarah hand painted. A touch of coordinated gemstones, pearls and crystals from the swap goodies completes this gorgeous, yet simple piece! 
Thank you Sarah! I loved my bead package with it's inspiring and beautiful colors and goodies! A huge thank you to our hostess, Linda Anderson! She does a wonderful job bringing us all together for this annual event. I hope you'll take some time to visit the other participants listed below and check out what they created!
Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Seed Beaders


  • Love your designs…especially the elephant earrings! I have always liked mis-matched earrings and these work beautifully!

    Kelly Rodgers
  • I took the the Northern Lights as my inspiration too. Its interesting to see the same concept interpreted differently

  • Kari, love the earrings especially but you made some really nice jewelry.
    Thanks for all of your hard work too :)

  • Love those elephant earrings especially the two different colors

  • Love the northern lights inspiration and the palette. I think your tassel necklace is lovely and so wearable. Great little collection.


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