Thursday, November 29, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!!

So excited for today, it is the reveal for the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop, hosted by Erin of Treasures Found and Brandi of Brandi Girl Blog.  I haven't participated in this hop before and I was very excited, because Erin is always trying to stretch herself and us creatively and help us expand our horizons.   All of the participants were given two palettes, with the colors so beautifully pulled together by Brandi!  I loved both of my palettes when I received them, and in honor of challenging myself I chose to use both and create something from each.  I am a lover of color but I have realized that I definitely stick to certain colors when I design, mostly earthy colors, but brown, blue, green and orange. 

The pictures that were used to create the palettes were from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite.  They are phenomenal, I have only seen what Erin has posted and my own so I am very excited to see the others and look for some further inspiration.

My first palette was the Atlas Mountains, aren't the colors so beautiful and who would have thought that Chartreuse, Navy and plum would look so lovely.

The piece that I created for this was actually something that I designed previously that was sitting in my jewelry box because I wasn't completely satisfied.  The focal is a lampwork bead that my mom purchased for me while visiting the Maritime's a few years ago. The finished product turned out very light and airy!

My second palette was a bit more challenging for me because I really wanted to try and incorporate all of the colors in my design, and I wanted an eclectic feel for my piece.  The inspiration for this piece actually came from a Silpada catalog that I was looking through and found a necklace that I thought captured what I wanted to achieve.

I love red, it isn't a color that I wear often or use when designing but I love the rich vibrancy of red!  It always looks stunning when paired with blue tones. The Colima Volcano had me dancing with glee.

 Thank you to Erin and Brandi for putting this wonderful blog hop together, I can't wait to start hopping.  

Please check out the other participates and what they created on the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman (had to bow out due to a wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Happy Friday!

Much love,

Friday, November 2, 2012

Michael's Toast of the Town Blog Hop!

Today is the day for the reveal for the Toast of the Town necklace that Erin Prais-Hintz, Tresori-Trovati, Treasures Found Blog!  Erin is a true inspiration and such a kind and encouraging soul!  I am always inspired by her blog posts, she is a very thoughtful writer and encourages you to reach for the stars!  When I first seen Erin's necklace Toast of the Town, I feel in love, it is beautiful and it combines layers, one of my favorite things.  It is stunning to look at and I believe perfect for the holiday season.  With the announcement of a blog hop, and for us fellow bloggers/designers to try our hand and making one too, I couldn't resist.  I actually made two necklaces, one with a more earthly feel using some of the same components that Erin used in her Toast of the Town necklace and my second necklace is in gun metal, silver and glass.

Everything but the toggle from the earth tone necklace came from Michael's.  I had a good time picking out my beads for these two pieces and I was really lucky to take advantage of there great sale and coupons.  Thank you Michael's.

I would like to try another variation of this necklace using chain and beads I think that is would look really cool.

Check out the other participants,

Michaels Toast of the Town Variations Blog Hop

Pam - Re-Maker
Michelada - Micheladas Musings
Kay - Kayz Kreationz  (Note: Kay had to go out of town. Do check back for her reveal!)
Thank you very much for your wonderful inspiration Erin and for hosting this blog hop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Much love,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mismatched Earring Swap

Yay!!!  My earrings arrived from Cherry Obsidia, they are so lovely and just perfect colors for me.  Thank you so much to Dee for sending these along. 

Thank you so much to Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio for hosting this great blog hop, it was wonderful to see all of the amazing designs that were created and to get your very own funky new earrings to boot!

Tune in tomorrow for the Toast of the Town necklace hop by Treasures Found, I will be participating, I can't wait to see what everyone has created!

Happy Thursday!!

Much love,

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mismatched Art Bead Earring Swap Reveal!

Thank you for stopping by, Copper Penny Designs and the Mismatched Art Bead Earring Swap Reveal.  My lovely partner was Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia!    Our earrings didn't arrive but we plan on posting once they do!  Be sure to check out all of the other participants!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Love my Husband

We had a big shake up in our life this week, my husband quit his job after 10 years!  He has actually worked for the company for 16 years but has had a few other jobs in between.  I wondered how he was feeling, if he would be devastated by his decision.  He would be considered a workaholic, he has dedicated so much time and energy into this company.  I do not know anyone who works as hard as he does, it has been an argument many times between us, about how much times he spends at work and away from the family.  I have wondered sometimes where his loyalties lied.  I know that he was working hard for our family trying to provide a good life for us, but we missed him, and I have sometimes been resentful for carrying the load at home.

I realized though that I haven't told him often enough about how much I appreciate him and all of the sacrifices he has made in the name of our family.  We haven't had a real family vacation in over 5 years, he hasn't went fishing in probably 3 years one of his favorite things to do.  I am hoping that this new leaf will allow us to enjoy each other more, and for him to enjoy his life, because the poor guy hasn't really had a break!

I really love my hubby!!  It is uncertain times for us because he doesn't have another job as of yet but I know that he will do amazing whatever he does and I am glad that he is making decisions that will be good for him in the long run!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Christine Altmiller - One Kiss Creations

Christine and I found friendship through our blogs and we have carried it to the next level sharing and being supportive on our beading journey.  Christine is amazing she has such an eye for art and she shares her love of art and music on her blog and FB.  We have some other things in common too, we both primarily take care of our kids and we both have two girls.  Check out some of Christine's amazing designs!

 Artistic: blogger whose work (what they create) is consistently beautiful to you


The reason why I wanted to share with you today was that Christine honored me on the weekend with a blogger award the Artistic Blogger.  I was so touched and flattered by all of the wonderful and thoughtful things that Christine had to say about me and my blog.  Thank you Christine for such a wonderful honor, I am glad that we met through our blogs and you inspire me!

Photo courtesy of One Kiss Creations

Photo courtesy of One Kiss Creations

Another note make sure to check out Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Book, which is out now!!  Christine is one of the lucky few to appear in this amazing book!  I am waiting to get my copy in the mail!

Have a lovely day!

Take care,

Monday, September 24, 2012

New pieces

I was inspired by 101 Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings 2012, I have included two pieces that I created from this book.

Happy Monday everyone here's too having an amazing week ahead!

Take care,

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday!

When I was in my late 20's and early 30's I needed some guidance, I was feeling lost and needed direction, and not to feel so bad about myself or my life.  I have always been an Oprah fan and I have brought some things up about her before, but Oprah put be in the direction of Sarah Ban Breathnach and Iyanla Vanzant and I can tell you both of these women and their teachings have helped me through some rough times and to overcome some rough obstacles. 

One of the things I did was create a gratitude journal, at first it was hard to see all of the blessings in my life but each day got easier because I now believe any kindness someone shows us something to be grateful for, so that is what I want to talk about today 5 things I am grateful for:

1.  Having a great lead driver who is considerate and kind who has given me great advice.
2.  Having wonderful vendors that I purchase beads from who understand about life getting in the way.
3.  Wonderful friends!
4.  My health!
5.  My family!

Have you tuned into Iyanla's new show on OWN, Iyanla Fix My Life!  I love Iyanla's approach to counseling, she helps you to figure out your roll in a situation and how you can own it and your actions.  A huge lesson, it is always so easier to blame others but the hard truth is sometimes staring right at you in the mirror.  She also encourages loving ourselves and how important that is in our goal of having a love fulfilled life.

What are you grateful for today?  I would love to hear all about it!

Much love,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MisMatched Art Earring Swap

I have signed up fro the mismatched earring swap, the wonderful host is Diana P, Suburban Girl Studio.  This is going to be fun, first I have never made a mismatched pair of earring before so it is going to be and challenge, second I get to me new friends and I get a gift to boot.  Who couldn't be happier.

My partner is Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia, please check out her blog she make some fabulous seed bead jewelry. 

Look for the blog hop on October 16th!

Have a lovely day!

Take care,

Friday, August 24, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party - 3rd reveal

Welcome to the 3rd reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!!  You have arrived at Copper Penny Designs and my wonderful partner for this reveal was Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu from Poland.  Marta sent me a mix of yellow and navy blue for my bead soup. 

I didn't have any specific ideas in mind but my Bohemian Inspired Jewelry book showed up and I just had to make these cute little earrings.  I love them, they are so me, I have been wearing them a lot.  Combining my love of copper with yellow.

I made another pair of earrings from Bohemian Inspired Jewelry.  I really like how they turned out and I think they will be perfect for the fall and they are so light, you can barely feel them in your ears.  They are used with two different sizes of blue pearl.  Love this gemstone, is glitters and shines so beautifully.

My next piece was a bracelet, Marta sent me some thicker cording which I believe is hemp.  I put together a multi-strand bracelet that is very simple with gunmetal findings.  The lampwork bead is from Glassbead Art, my first bead soup partner Maryse Thillen.

My second bracelet combined seed beads and Sodalite, with a TheaToo button.  I think these are so adorable.

I tackled a necklace, and wanted to combine several elements from the soup that Marta sent me.  I love the cylinder crocheted bead that Marta sent and wanted to make it the focal of the necklace.

My last piece is probably my favorite piece that I created.  This bracelet's inspiration comes from Songbeads, Rebecca Anderson, I received some beads from Rebecca a little while back and I thought they would make a beautiful bracelet and I used her pattern.  The bracelet uses the lovely clasp that Marta sent me. 

This was the most productive bead soup for me and I have very few beads left from what Marta sent me and I was not working under the wire, I have had most of these pieces done for several weeks.  

Thank you so much to Marta for being such a great partner, please check out what Marta has made with her soup Uhuhu.  A huge THANK YOU to Lori Anderson for putting this great soup on her tireless work, keeping us all organized is so appreciated. 

Please check out the rest of the participates!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs