Monday, May 20, 2013

The Great Earring Blog Swap - Reveal

One of the local shops that I try to support on Facebook is Whimsical Monkey, she makes neat things and is a craftsman located in my region. She posted about an Earring Swap Blog Hop in April and I thought that sounded like a great deal of fun. Here are the rules for the swap.

Rules: 
 1) Everyone must be paired with one partner. In special cases where there are an odd number of participants, they can be my partner or I will assign a group of three (but no more than one group of three). Partners will be randomly chosen.
2) You must create a pair of earrings. Any theme, any colors, any supplies, etc. Standard piercing sizes please (i.e. 18-20 gauge wire or earring hooks), no plugs, gauged spirals, etc. (Faux gauges are ok though). Clip on is allowed if your partner cannot wear pierced. 
3) You must have a blog or a Facebook business page for your reveal.
4) You must notify me 2 weeks before the reveal date if you have to cancel. This gives me enough time to find a new partner.

There were a lot of us who signed up! 
~Links of those participating. Check back on the reveal date (May 20th) and see what everybody made!~
Blog:
Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com
Nancy Smith: wirednan.blogspot.ca
Miranda Ackerley: http://blog.mirandack.com/
Shelley Graham Turner: www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Ginger Davis Allman: http://thebluebottletree.com/
Nicole Valentine Rimmer: www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Stephanie Weiss:  uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Spun Sugar Beadworks: Spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Beccy Peterson: Beccy's Baubles
Ani Forsyth: Veil Dancer
Marde Lowe: FanciMar Designs
 

I was matched with  Kayz Kreationz - http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com  and I had to laugh - I, who am pretty much blue all the way through, got matched with someone who doesn't like blue and doesn't wear it.  It made me smile...and made this hard!

but...I gamely pulled out my beading supplies
 And got out the "Special Box"... :) And starting coming up with ideas.


The golden ones one the left were, pretty...but I couldn't get the attachment to the earring to look professional because the are beaded...and I didn't want to send something half-done - plus they would look much better on brass or gold colored hooks.  The white stars were pretty...but I had the same problem...I couldn't get the attachment to the earring to look right,  and ended up sighing in exasperation and frustration. 

So I walked away for a bit.  Several hours. And I did research online for how to attach earrings...and still couldn't find anything.  So I started messing around in my box again and somehow came up with these.  These I could send to someone...a pretty purple opalescent bead, silver chain, and some quartz crystal...I like them! So...off they went - I hope Kay likes them!


I got my package from Kay and she sent me TWO pairs! Check them out! I love the pair on the right extra for the pretty hooks and the lovely colors.  I am so glad I did this and I hope others also enjoyed the blog.  Even though I think Kay did a much better job of her send out, they looked awesome.











24 comments:

  1. Very nice on both sides, I like.

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    1. Thank you and I agree! I think she did an amazing job for me :)

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  2. So glad you liked them. I wanted to send a fun pair too, thus the ones made with bottle caps from the Guiness Black Lager beer. I love the ones you sent. I love dangles. Can't wait to get home and see them in person and get the pics posted.

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    1. Thank you! It was very fun to go through and see what everyone made.

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  4. Oh I just love those wrapped crystal dangles you made. And Kay of course did an excellent job and I really love those bottle cap earrings. Thanks for participating!

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    1. Thank you tons for hosting this! It was a ton of fun and I am VERY glad I signed up

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  5. I hear you about your struggles with connecting your earrings. I often have trouble with the physical aspects of jewelry making...you know...how to link it all together. But you did good! And being a huge lover of blue, I LOVE the earrings that you received. I also got a blue pair with a recycling theme.

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    1. Were yours the beautiful blue pop-tabs? Those were awesome!

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  6. excellent job ladies, love the earrings!

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    1. Thanks! I really hope to join in another blog hop swap sometime :)

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  7. Great earrings! The ideas throughout this swap have been endless! I love all of them!

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  8. Repeat after me: my wire wrapped earrings rock!

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    1. Thank you very much! I keep thinking I need to make some more like them for me :)

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  9. Soooo gorgeous, I love those crystals and how you wire wrapped them!

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    1. Thank you very much! I am glad they seem to be a hit.

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  10. Love the earrings you made. They really appeal to me with the quartz and wire wrapping. The earrings you received are great.....lucky you to have 2 pairs to choose from!!!

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  11. Your earrings are so pretty! I would wear them in a heartbeat!

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  12. I struggled with what I made, too - I can normally whip out earrings like nobody's business. Glad to hear someone else went through a couple of trials. What you ended up with is great!

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    1. It makes me happy to hear I am not alone either :) It was hard to know what to make for someone with a very different taste in colors :)

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  13. i love that you both used the same color palette!!

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  14. What a lovely pair you made! If Kay doesn't like them, I'll take them! :)

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