Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

Day of the Dead Blog Hop?  Hmmm?  Not something you would normally see me jump into...don't get me wrong, I love to dress up, get the kids dressed up, and trick or treat around the neighborhood.  Aside from that, you don't see skulls outside my house or witches hanging from my front porch.  You might see a lot of pumpkins or anything orange.

So when Diana Ptaszynski (of Suburban Girl Studio) said she was sponsoring a blog hop for Halloween, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and design a jewelry piece made or a skulls  or anything that wasn't a pumpkin!

I had this Gaea designed skull bead set that has been in one of my jewelry cases staring at me for almost a year now.  I took it out and looked at it for another few weeks...once it was finally out and on the bead table...there was no going back.

I knew it would be a necklace of sorts...just wasn't sure how it might all come together.

I love Vintaj Metal Arte pieces and this black peice reminded me of a web.  I grabbed my gilders paste and gave it a little patina color in spots and sealed it.  I could not resist adding a bit of it to the black chain from Fallen Angel Brass.
This Skull Bead is from Gaea as well as the other beads used in the chain.

I added a headpin from Jennifer Jangles in the black and white stripe along with a little glam on top of Gaea's mint bead.  Up top is a czech glass leaf bead to tie it all into fall.
I like how is all ended up and Thanks, Diana, for the challenge!  See below for links for all other participants in the blog hop!


Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Kristi Harrison  (you are here)

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop


  1. Glad you worked outside your comfort zone! It came out adorable! Thanks for participating!

  2. I love this colorful pieces. I love the various beads you used, and they play well with each other. Nice job!

  3. That is such a fun necklace. I love how you used Jennifer's headpin.

  4. Beautiful necklace! Thanks for sharing....Happy Halloween!

  5. Nice work, I really like the focal. Thanks for sharing.
    Lori in Atlanta

  6. I like how you combined a little bit of everything.

  7. Very cool! Love the sugar skull and I see a web too!

  8. Nice flow to the piece - from the large web circle decreasing in size. And the color concentrated on the skull makes it pop!

  9. Super fun! I've loved seeing all the sugar skulls... now I think I need to go shopping for more for my stash.

  10. Great necklace! I love all the elements you brought together.

  11. The little black & white bead on the end was inspired! Great design-- Happy Hallowe'en!!

  12. I love the skull! it is so bright and colorful! The way you put it all together is really nice, Thanks for sharing :)