Hello! If you are reading this, you probably have noticed that I have not posted an entry in a LONG time. As always, life has taken over my life, and left me with precious little time for niceties like blogging. I’ve also not been making as much jewelry as I would like to. And I haven’t participated in a swap event in several years. So when I saw that Lori Anderson was going to be hosting a bead swap and blog hop, I wanted to be a part of it. Being a part of something like this always ignites that creative spark again.
Lori paired me up with Inge Von Roos. Inge is a very talented lampwork artist, and makes the most beautiful beads. Luckily for me, she sent me several of her gorgeous handmade creations. I was overwhelmed when I opened the package and started looking at them, and was immediately drawn into the textures and colors. I hope I can do her creations justice with my creations.
I’ll share my unboxing with you! Initially, the package inside was nondescript, giving no hint of the goodies inside.
I opened this to reveal a gift box.
I wanted to take my time, but at the same time wanted to see what was inside! I lifted the lid, and saw several smaller packages inside.
First, I opened the bubble wrap that you see on the top of the package…..there was a lovely selection of glass beads in various styles and colors.
When I removed this from the box, a packet with Inge’s dichroic glass beads was revealed. I have to admit, that these are my favorite of everything she gave me. I LOVE color and I LOVE sparkle, and anything with color and sparkle together is close to my heart.
Next, I focused my attention on a group of bumpy beads, also made by Inge. I have always enjoyed this style of bead. I love the bright colors and the bumpy texture. They remind me of a cartoon image. Just a bunch of fun!!! And I see Pantone’s color of the year for 2017, Greenery, very predominant in these beads.
Moving on, I spied a little tiny box in the corner of the box. Knowing that good things come in small packages, I opened the little box with great anticipation, and found an amazing glass tree bead. What a beauty-the color, the texture, the detail. This bead is fabulous, and will be a beautiful focal.
The next packet that I opened revealed some pretty green swirly beads, with a couple of blue ones added to the mix.
You were probably wondering when I was going to get to that little gift bag on the left of the package. Well, it was opened next. I found the most amazing glass beads that Inge made on a mandrel. These are incredible- I would love to see the process she uses to make these. These make me think of Christmas.
I was almost done, but not quite. Next was a package of Czech beads that Inge had actually purchased on a trip to the Czech Republic. Inge loves to travel, and this provides the opportunity to buy these beautiful beads right from the source.
Last, but not least, there was a pretty organza bag. It also contained beads and a clasp that Inge had bought on a trip to Thailand. These are gorgeous!
.How fortunate am I to have such a wonderful artist as my partner!
The reveal for this blog party is Saturday, March 25. Please stop by then to see what I have made with Inge’s generous and lovely gifts.