Saturday, July 28, 2012

My Reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Swap July 28, 2012!

Well I finally made it and I am so excited to show you all what I made with my yummy soup from Joan Williams - Lilruby Jewelry.  The challenge was interesting to say the least as I love vintage but have never really made anything like it before. I hope you like what you see......

Go check out all the other party attendees:

 Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enik√∂ Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Johnson, Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Here is what I sent my wonderful Bead Soup Blog Party Partner...

Now that I posted what my awesome BSBP partner..Joan Williams sent me I thought I should let you all see what I sent to her. So here goes......

Joan stated that she loves horses so I just had to put a few in for her. I can't wait to see what she creates for our reveal on July 28th.

******Lori Anderson's Five Bead & Button Giveaway******

 So excited to share the great giveaway going on over at Lori Anderson's Blog...Pretty Things!!!
She is giving away some awesome items so go check them out and enter to win!!!

Giveaway #1...An assortment of donated handmade beads!

Giveaway #2 is a FREE Bead Soup Book.

The third giveaway is my eBook on blogging inspriations.

The fourth is a must for going to bead shows -- 
(Your choice of pink, mocha, or navy edges)

And finally, a MYSTERY SOUP
hand mixed by Lori Anderson!
Now go check out the link below for your chance to win!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I am so excited to announce that my bead soup arrived from Joan Williams and WOW did she send some Beautiful items. As I stated in my previous post Joan make the most amazing vintage jewelry and she also loves to apply beautiful patina to the vintage copper pieces that she finds.

Joan send my this wonderful key pendant with a lovely green verdigris patina applied. 

The next pictures show all of the lovely vintage findings she sent:

A section of beautiful chain. 

Vintage copper spacer tubes and beads.  I so love the ones in the right hand corner. ;-)

And last..... but by no means least....
 two detailed connectors and an amazing toggle clasp.

I am very excited to sit down and begin to create something very unique out of these wonderful pieces. Please take a some time to check out Joan's blog and Etzy shop.
Her Jewelry is very AMAZING!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Let me tell you about my BSBP partner...

  JOAN WILLIAMS of is an amazing artist who creates the most beautiful vintage inspired jewelry. 

She is a self taught jewelry designer and mixed media artist who lives in the Missouri Ozarks with husband & son. Joan loves to create jewelry that bears the patina of time and travel, using a blend of new, found & recycled objects. her favorite influences are Art  Nouveau and Gypsy flair. 

Please check out her beautiful Etsy shop at 

and also her Facebook page

I look forward to receiving my Bead Soup from her and creating something wonderful with it to reveal on July 28th.......I hope she enjoys a little taste of Wisconsin and what I am sending to her.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

So you want to know why I started blogging....

A Blog Prompt from Lori Anderson -- Why do you blog? Why did you start your blog, and has it changed from when you first started writing? If you're new to blogging, what are your goals for your blog? 

Why do I Blog????
   I have to say that blog because I love to share some of the wonderful information I get form all of the amazing people I network with. I only wish that I blogged way more than I do cuz I have so much to share.

Why did I start my blog and has it changed????
   I started Adventures in Creativity as way to share my passion of Art & Jewelry Making with others. I wanted to be able to showcase not only my work but many of the other artists that I know. I also want to have a way to share different techniques and invite others to share some of what they know here too.
  I have to say that somewhere along the line my posts slowed down due to the business of life and not enough time in general. I also found out that there is a lot involved with blogging and it is absolutely a join if you put time aside for it. 

  I am not that new at blogging but my goals are to schedule time each morning to share just little bit of something with everyone who chooses to follow my journey of Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Excitement of being 1 in 400!!!

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

  I can hardly contain myself right now as I get my beads & findings ready for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. This Blog Party is sponsored by the one and only Lori Anderson. Lori is an amazing artist and blogger and deserves a BIG.....WHOOT WHOOT for taking on such a huge task not only once.....but now 6 times. WOW!!! 
  This weekend we will know who our swap partner is and then we get to choose some really nice beads from our own stash and send them to the other person. Once we receive the beads n things that our partner sends us we then have the wonderful task of creating some beautiful jewelry out of it. This is my FIRST Bead Blog Party and to say the least.....I AM SOOOOO VERY EXCITED to be able to do this.  Please follow along as I will be posting pictures of the before n after.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

I am so excited to be signing up for the next Bead Soup Blog Party sponsored by Lori Anderson.  If you would like to be apart of this awesome experience please sign by today June 17th 2012. You can follow the link below. Happy swapping n blogging everyone.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

7000 Bracelets For Hope: Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone!
I am very excited to be apart the 7000 Bracelets For Hope: Blog Hop today hosted by Erin of Elysian Studios and Christine of One Kiss Creations to benefit the Global Gene's Project. It is their mission to collect 7000 denim-blue inspired bracelets for families living with rare disease.
The Global Genes Project exists to raise awareness and support for the more than 30 million people affected by rare diseases. There are currently over 7,000 rare diseases identified, and 75% of those affected are children.  With the 7000 Bracelets Campaign, the Children's Rare Disease Network gives artists and crafters an opportunity to lovingly share their creative gifts with families who have a child suffering with a rare disease.

My loving contribution is called "Spunky with a touch of Denim".  I love mixing different types of media when it comes to making bracelets. I had wanted to make a cuff made out of denim embellished with stones and chain but time was not on my instead I make this lovely bracelet using one denim belt loop, white & blue shades of stone and different chain attached with split rings. I then attached feather charms to carry the person wearing it to a quiet place when needed.
I pray that the wonderfully dedicated person who receives this bracelet will be uplifted and feel just a little spunky each time they wear it.

Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting this awesome event. To see what all the other wonderful participants have created simply click on the links below and start hopping.