Monday, November 11, 2013

{Rolling Blog Hop Challenge} Lisa of Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

A short while back, I asked some creative and inspiring women if they would like to participate in a loose kind of blog hop.  Instead of everyone posting on the same day, we will post as we get our projects done, with an end of November deadline.  I send them each a package containing vintage wooden spools like you see on the upper left of the blog (badge compliments of Hope's wonderful photography and Janet's tweaking...thanks ladies~it looks great!).  I found them while antiquing in NJ. 

Today's spools are from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa.  Lisa pulls this Hop over the hump, being the seventh person to post out of 13. Here is a look at what Lisa made.  Please click on the highlighted words to see more of her spools.

                                                (photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Blog)

So soft and romantic with the lace and the roses and the ribbon~so much to love here!  It really seems to come from another time.  Lisa dyed the lace part herself and she also provides a link to the history of the Coats and Clark spools, which is an interesting, short read.  Please do go over to Carefree Jewelry by Lisa to read what Lisa has to say about her necklace.

Lisa is another blog I cannot pinpoint how I got there or when.  It has been a while, probably my whole blogging life.  But I do know why I stayed.  Beautiful jewelry, photos, a friendly voice coming from her typed words, and did I mention beautiful jewelry?!  Lisa photographs lots of metal~fences, sculptures, spouts, rust~there is something about these photos that really highlights the beauty of the metal.   She also posts photos of cactus plants, which are very photogenic and full of personality.   
Lisa is in the Cousin Creative Circle.  Some real nice pieces come out of those posts (she did a boot jewelry now I am looking to bling my cowgirl boots this winter!).  Also, she occasionally posts Random 5 Friday.  It is just as it sounds.  I would love to read more of these.  A nice little window into the life and mind of Lisa :-)  

And now a few examples of Lisa's jewelry:

Fine Silver Saguaro Bead

By clicking on this link, you will find the links to all the things Lisa says about this bead.  She made this bead herself, inspired by an old fallen Saguaro Cactus.  I remember the first time I saw this.  I was in awe of this piece.  Still in awe today.

(photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Blog)

Golden Eve Necklace

The golden  colors!  The lacy, ruffled beaded beads!  The textures!
The Love!

(photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Etsy)

Copper Hoop Green Bead Earrings

These hammered hoops were given a nice patina that allows these lampwork beads the opportunity to pop.  Can you see the movement in these earrings?  What a wonderful way to display these beads.

(photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Etsy)

Green Lakeside Bracelet

This beauty is a prime example of never underestimating the power of seed beads (and the occasional bugle).  Love this piece!

(photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Etsy)

Picasso Knotted Hemp Bracelet

Not quite sure what to say that the photo doesn't already say itself.  I mean, look at this bracelet!  Those discs are gorgeous.  Click on the link to see the painting that inspired this little lovely.

(photo from Carefree Jewelry by Lisa Blog)

There you have a small sampling of why you should go to Carefree and wander around there yourself :-D
Lisa will enjoy having you, I am sure.  Thank you Lisa, for participating in this event, for bringing the spool history to us, for showing us your beautiful pieces, for your thoughtful visits and for being a place for me to go to for my Southwest fix.  I appreciate it all :-) 


Maryanne said...

I love what Lisa did with the spools. It's so romantic and looks so soft to wear! I'm definitely going to check out her blog. Her jewelry is gorgeous!

Karin Slaton said...

I agree with Maryanne. You just want to reach out and touch Lisa's necklace. Deliciously romantic! Did you ever envision, Christine, when you asked us to collaborate with you on this hop, that we would be having so much fun and be so inspired by these spools?

AntiquityTravelers said...

I love how soft and flowing Lisa's piece is! The lace with the spools is fantastic!

I always love seeing Lisa's work - and agree that bead she made is awesome! her beadwork is always something to look forward to, but then it does just speak for itself!

Sweet Freedom said...

I love how she made the hard spools so soft! Lisa's work is beautiful!

Honey from the Bee said...

Beautiful feminine... textural... Love what she did. So neat that everyone's are so different.

Therese's Treasures said...

Lisa's spool creation is so lovely and Victorian she really did a great job of softening the hard wooden spools. I first met Lisa through the Beading Daily Forums and then followed her to the blogs. She is the one that got me interested in beaded spirals. She is so talented in so many aspects of the jewelry making world. I would love to me her in person one day.

LisaS said...

Dear Christine, Thank you for so many kind words about my work... I can't tell you how much fun I have had with the ideas you started in this project. It's been so much fun following along to see what everyone is making and can't wait to see what you and the rest of the group create with your spools.

...and p.s. by the way I'm sure it was one of your and Therese's combined blog-hops that I initially started following your blog. I love the idea you two have for focusing hops on different kinds of bead stitches ;)

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Another stellar creation with those spools! Love the addition of the lace - how do these people come up with these awesome ideas??? :)

Unknown said...

Wow! These bead creations are absolutely beautiful. I love the designs so much. These are so stunning and incredibly amazing. Thanks for posting.



Wow, Lisa's work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely rest of the week, dear friend :)

CraftyHope said...

Romantic is exactly what I thought of when I saw her creation too! She really makes some amazing, intricate pieces!!