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Color Of Dreams Blog Hop

The lovely Rita of Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, The Color of Dreams, and Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams on etsy provided the beads!

Here's the bead I received - as usual, I didn't take a photo of it before I made something!

 I was going to go for the obvious, which to me was to make a bracelet, but my imagination just wasn't cooperating.  So I thought I'd make a key chain!  I wanted to use blue leather cord I had, but the hole in the bead was too small.  That's ok - I used Beadalon and all went well! 

 I strung a random assortment of seed beads on the cord, and ended with a blue leaf.  The blue leaf because the design in the bead is leafy to me!
So, what are my dreams as of late?  I would have to say my business getting better and better, and being able to travel again.  My business getting better and better would be so great, because I have one child in college right now, and in two years, I'll have 2!  So, if you'd like to help on that journey, I have some great beads listed in my etsy store, SueBeads etsy, and made to order on my web site, SueBeads

See what everyone else made!

Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Melissa Trudinger        Beadrecipes
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha                         Lamplight Crafts


Kathy Lindemer said…
I had to chuckle when I read about your having 2 kids in college at the same time. I can relate to. I had that situation and I felt like the U of D had a strangle hold on me. You will get through it!
Jean said…

Shirley Moore said…
Oh Sue, I love it! I often think about having some jewelry on my keychain, but it seems that the pieces I choose are heavy, which my husband has warned me against using. This bead certainly fits the bill for lightweight, and lovely!
MirandAck said…
Simple and very effective!
kathy stemke said…
Love your keychain!
It was a great idea to showcase Patricia's bead in a smaller design, Sue! I didn't immediately see the leaf pattern, but it was definitely the way to go :) Your design looks awesome :)

[Did you know the holes in baked PC beads can be enlarged? I wouldn't advise practicing on a OOAK, but if you have some wonky critters sitting about, just use graduated drill bits in a pin vise and start with a size very similar to the hole. Gradually work up to the desired size and alternate from both ends of the hole.]

Hope your shop dreams all come true!
Becky Pancake said…
I like your keychain Sue. It is a unique idea. Yes bead have a mind of their own don't they?
Jael said…
Love your beads, and the keychain is perfect - the bead really stands out!
Karen M said…
Very pretty key chain. I went for the obvious - a bracelet. I hope you visit fairiesmarket on Etsy or the blog. Keep Creating your designs are great.
Karen M said…
Very pretty key chain. I went for the obvious - a bracelet. I hope you visit fairiesmarket on Etsy or the blog. Keep Creating your designs are great.
Karen M said…
Very pretty key chain. I went for the obvious - a bracelet. I hope you visit fairiesmarket on Etsy or the blog. Keep Creating your designs are great.
Shaiha said…
What a great idea to make up a key chain. Now you get to see and play with your dream daily.
Great piece.....I can see how this bead just screams keychain! My bead didn't want to the usual jewelry piece Excellent job and thanks for posting.
Me first, to comment. Blue was my 2013 color even though my favorite is any shade of orange. I applaud you for such a simple and pretty design for a key chain. It's hard for me to simplify a design I start. It seems to me that your dreams are less complicated than mine. Thank you for sharing your dream with me.
Nan Smith said…
Simple but perfect for the bead. Love all your shades of blue. Hope your dreams all come true!
Kepi said…
Love your key chain, blue is a definite favorite of my and you showcased your bead so well. Great design.
Linda said…
how cute! perfect for reminding yourself to dream and keep striving for excellence in your business!
Silver Parrot said…
I like that you made something different! What a pretty keychain!
I understand when one's muse does not cooperate when designing. I will say that this is great, very cute. I like it.
kmorgan said…
Love it! How fun to have this on your keys! It would also look good hanging on a purse I have or on my rear view mirror! :)
KayzKreationz said…
What a great design. I love your beads and think your business will do well. I really like the keychain you made. That way you can keep it with you all the time. And I agree the leaves tie in very well.
I was so excited to see your jewelry! Oh what a lovely key chain, Sue! The soft blues are so pretty, and I like how you used a double Beadalon strand to create two dangles of blue beads & the pretty blue leaves. Your dream is fabulous, to continue to grow your business & expand your art successfully! I'll help it along!

I purchased all 50 of Patricia's beads for our challenge & sent them out on my own -- only after hearing about the hop did she jump in with the pretty set of beads for the giveaway; why tell about this? Because I'd love to feature your art next! And because I love doing this for artists!

I'd love to buy your beads for our next challenge! I do not accept donations for challenge beads nor hop prizes from artists because in my opinion, artists just don't receive sales often enough nor in great enough amounts for their art! Please think about it :)

And in the meantime, thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us all and for joining in. I'm so honored you are a part of our hop! Your key chain is delightful, so spring time and pretty, and very charming! xxoo Rita
Robin Reed said…
Your key chain is so pretty I would be afraid to use it!!! Lovely design. Have a Blessed Day!
Dini Bruinsma said…
That's really a smart idea, making a key chain... Sweet colours did you use... and may your dreams come true!
I love how you made a keychain out of this - how original ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.
Cj Bauschka said…
Love your beautiful bead,I really love the blue and white. Makes up cute for a nice key chain.

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