Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bead Soup Party Mini Bead Swap REVEAL!!!!

Once upon a time...
That line has been used in so many beautiful fairytale stories. It brings to mind a lovely princess, a brave and strong prince, a fierce but interesting dragon, and a castle with a moat filled with man eating snails, VERY BIG MAN EATING SNAILS.  Or not, as this case happens to be.  My fairytale does not have a prince or a princess or those creepy snails.  Instead my tale has an Elephant, named uh, Ollie.  Ollie is living in the "Arabian Nights" type fairytale instead of the Prince vs. Snails type of story.  So without further ado, let me introduce Ollie the Elephant to you.
Bead Package from my partner, Sandy Richardson.
This isn't Ollie, she is a good friend of Ollie though.  Fanny the Elephant came from Sandy, my Swap partner, along with a lovely mix of crystals, antique brass spacers, coppery bi-cones, and a bag of seed beads.  Fanny got her own story, she was designed into a bracelet that matches Ollie's necklace.
Fanny's Charm Bracelet
When I saw Fanny, I knew I had to add to her group of friends and went on the hunt to Etsy to find a few more Elephants for our story.  In Fanny's bracelet you can see a couple tiny, elephants.  I also used those in my earring design.
Ollie's Arabian Jewel Necklace
This is Ollie.  She and Fanny go well together as they both love BLING and SPARKLE (and let's face it, who doesn't?)!  For Ollie's necklace, I used two strands of chain and LOTS of headpins to make dangles from the beads Sandy sent me and a mixture of other crystals, Czech glass, and miscellaneous beads.   Between the bracelet, necklace, and earrings there are almost 100 head pins used!!  I have been wire wrapping myself silly this week!
Me with Ollie and Fanny
The earrings didn't photograph well, so here I am modeling the Arabian Jewel set for you.  I REALLY love how it came together.  Now that you have visited with Ollie and Fanny, stop by the other blogs participating in the Fairytale Bead Mini swap!  Here are the links:

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Courtney Breul, Beads By Breul 
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Evelyn Hall, Dragon Lady Evelyn
my partner> Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
Tara Plote, Newbie Beader
Christine Brandel, A Hot Piece of Glass
Lisa Sittniewski, Alterity Art
Joanna Matuszczyk, Filcowe
Jenni Connolly, Jenni Bead
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Sally Russick, Wireworked
Mary McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found 
You are here~Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs 
Shai Williams, Shaia's Ramblings
Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass 
My Bead Story for Sandy
The Treasure Trove of Beady Goodies!
 I added a couple photos of the items I sent to Sandy!  Can't wait to see what she makes with them!


Jenni said...

I just love all the gorgeous colors you added to your necklace, very 'Indian" to my eye, gorgeous jewel colors and those elephants are so cute!

Pixybug Designs said...

They are so cute! I really love the tiny ones tucked into all three designs! Color wise I wanted the deep jewel tones that remind me of the India culture. Thanks Jenni!

Mary K. McGraw said...

What fun designs you created and such lively colors.

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Mary! Thanks for stopping by!

TorqueStory said...

Cute elephants, and I love the Arabian Nights tie-in. My hands ache for you just thinking of all that wire wrapping!

Pixybug Designs said...

Yes, definite ache! They don't want to type very well this morning! I love the Elephants too! Now I have to replenish my head pin stock!

Courtney said...

Love! The story, your beautiful pieces, the colors. Perfect! :)

Anonymous said...

So awesome!!! I was so intimidated at the thought of joining this challenge, but you (once again) show me how to break out of the mold ... I LOVE the jewel tones and Indian theme you've used here. Beautiful!

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Courtney! It was fun!

Shea, don't be afraid! They are just beads, you can always start over! Thanks for the compliments, and molds are meant to be broken so they can be improved! :0)

Anna Fearer said...

I love that piece....I want we do a trade..LOL ;) I love handmade jewerly!

I LOVE color! said...

Oh Stephanie you did a wonderful job with the beads and elephant.And you tell us another fairy tale to boot. what imaginationferin my offering could not compare with your generious bead swap.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is too cute! I love all the elephants and the way you wove them into a modern fairy tale!
Enjoy the day!

Loretta said...

What a fun necklace. Love what you did with your gorgeous bead stash.

Pretty Things said...

WOW! Did you really not collaborate and ask for the elephant???? Because I would have died with happiness to get that. How incredibly creative of her! And how incredibly creative of YOU! I'm delighted with this!

Shaiha said...

How very arabic! So lush and all those wonderful colors.

Rickie said...

What a delightful combination of colors and design. Love them!

Elisabeth said...

Great pieces - I love the elephants!

Pixybug Designs said...

This blog hop Swap stuff is sure great for the ego! Thank you gals for all the lovely comments and enthusiasm for my designs! Beading is my passion and I am thrilled to have that in common with so many other talented artists!

Fire Phoenix said...

Super, super cute. Fanny must love all that sparkle in the bracelet, and the other teeny elephants to play with! Amazing, love your story telling of the pieces too.

Anonymous said...

Love Fanny and her pieces! Nice, bold statement pieces. Awesome job!

Aquariart said...

Wonderful set and so unique. Love the colors and the elephants remind me of reading tales of Barbar the Elephant.

Pixybug Designs said...

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Joanna Matuszczyk said...

Absolutely too cute! Want them all!!!

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Joanna!

Tara P. said...

What a great set - love that bracelet! Jingly jangly bracelets are my favorites!

Pixybug Designs said...

Me too Tara! I love the noise they make, adds interest to the design. Thanks!

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