Friday, November 14, 2014

Pine Ridge Treasures Clay & Metal Blog Hop

Welcome to my first ever blog!  First, a huge thank to you Lisa Lodge for not only hosting this wonderful hop, but for reassuring me that I could actually create a blog!  She was even nice enough to spend some of her valuable time talking me through creating a blog since I was pretty ignorant about the whole process.  I'm not a spring chicken so I didn't grow up with all the fancy dancy technology of today's age (hey, don't day you'll say the same thing!).  Now on to the hop...

I arrived home one day to find the anticipated blog hop package in my mailbox.  As usual, I listened to the hubby say "How many more beads do you need?"  He's apparently a slow learner because a beader will NEVER have enough beads (do I hear a loud applause?).  Then the hubby got to listen to me squeal with delight and I got the ever-annoying eye roll.  Now, take a look at why I squealed with delight:

As usual, beady scrumptiousness!  I instantly loved the gorgeous metal pendant made by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson!  Be sure to check out her stores at and  She has some most wonderful items created by her own two hands.  That's impressive!  I also fell in love with the purple/orchid crystals supplied by Lisa.  I'm always a sucker for anything sparkly (yes. I was THAT child of my parents who always wanted sequins or sparkles on her clothing).  Be sure to check out Lisa at

I didn't want to add a lot of extra beads to what I'd already received because I didn't want to take away from that beautiful metal pendant.  I'm still in awe that Sharyl made it by hand!  I wanted to keep the necklace simple and let the pendant speak for itself so here's what I came up with:

I didn't want to add a lot to the pendant & beautiful crystals, I merely wanted to enhance what I saw in the pendant.  It reminds of what little snowfall we get here in the south. You know, the kind in which a dusting will bring a major city to a complete halt!  It brings back memories of when I was a child and we got several inches of ice & snow in the 70's, stuck at home with no power for almost a week, and trying to convince our parents we could play outside all day and not get sick.  It was during that rare time that I would stand outside in the snow and ice and watch the colors dance around on the snow and look oh so sparkly!  That's what Sharyl's pendant reminds me of...that wonderful feeling of seeing something so bright white reflect all the colors the world has to offer.  Beauty at its best!

I had so much fun with my first blog and hope you did too!  Please be sure to check out all the other wonderful creations by these fabulous hop on over to their blogs!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
LeAnne Loftus, First Impression Design
Leithleach Seodra, Alainn Jewelry


  1. You're doing really great with your blog plus you are a great story teller too. No one can never have enough beads either. Love your necklace, it's one my favorite colors too.

  2. Hi Susan Welcome to the big wonderful world of blogging. I think that you will be glad that you did this. I also started my blog so that I could join and online jewelry challenge and it was the best thing I ever did. You necklace is awesome. You chose the perfect accents for the pendant that you received. Great design.

  3. Wonderful blog post! I love your story of the snow storm. It totally took me back to my childhood too. I also love what you did with your beads and pendant. So very pretty. I love the colors and Sharyl's beautiful pendant.

  4. I am so glad that you created a blog and joined in. I love the design. It has flash but it is understated enough that i (a non-bling gal) would love to wear it.

    And I hope to see you post more because I really enjoyed the post.

  5. Beautiful! I love your design and your story of childhood memories. I also really love the photo you took of your finished piece with the sun shining through the crystals making a dancing pattern on the window sill...almost like lights in the falling snow :) I am so glad you created a blog to join the hop! Hopefully we will see you again!

  6. Susan - I enjoyed your winter time memories of your childhood. You are a good story teller. Your necklace is very pretty. Just the right balance of sparkle and shine. Thanks for being in the hop! (Now that you have a blog, you will need to do more...)

  7. What a gorgeous design! I have to warn you, blog hops are very addictive! :)
    Great job!

  8. Susan, what a joy it was to read your blog, see your enthusiasm for jewelry design, and be a part of your winter memories! You've turned your blog post into a delightful experience for us all! You got the idea behind blogging in one swift move! Congrats!

    Now, about that necklace, ... every bit as impressive! I love the whole focus on purple and sparkles. It's a truly unique winter-wonderland piece of jewelry!

    I look forward to reading more blog posts and seeing more of your designs! --Sharyl

  9. Welcome to the blog hops!!!! You did a great job! I would have squealed with delight too when I got those beads. They are so pretty! I didn't live down here in 1978 when the big snowfall hit the south, but I still hear about it from my family (I married into a big southern family) so I had to share your story. I love your piece and I think it will be beautiful all winter long.

  10. Great first blog post. Your finished necklace is wonderful!

  11. Great first post! I started my blog to do a blog hop too. My husband is pretty good about the beads but I hear it from my non-beady friends all the time.

  12. Stunning! I soooo love purple! Excellent job and post. Thanks.

  13. Such great memories! This piece is absolutely beautiful...Sharyl's pendant is awesome and I can tell it was an absolute pleasure for you to create with. The photo in the sunlight was a great idea, bringing-out the color and sparkle of Lisa's crystals. Great design!

  14. I think this piece is just awesome, I too love all the sparkly goodness