Sunday, January 31, 2010

Beading & Surfing, Beading & collecting new friends!

Valentines Day
is just around the corner so I am busy sharing the love. 
I have been having such a wonderful time finding new and old friends on the HUGE giveaway blogs.
 In between surfing all of the wonderful blogs on
I have been beading a little!


(These hearts are NOT part of the giveaway!!!)
I just wanted to share with you what I have been up to besides meeting so many wonderful people on my excursions.  I have added numerous wonderful new blogs to my blog roll,
(afterall that is the purpose of the Magic Carpet Ride
I have visited over
858 blogs
 (yes, I have visited each and every single one, so far!)
since January 25th!
  I have even had time to put a few beads together!   
"How", you ask???
Well, I have often said I don't sleep well at night so what better way to spend ones time than getting to know
women/men from around the world. 
 Have you seen some of the great giveaways? 
I personally have received over 300 bloggers stopping by and signing up for my beaded bracelet.  It is so overwhelming and WONDERFUL to have 300 people drop by and leave you a note!  Then to be a "nice girl" I went to their blogs and
thanked them for stopping by. 
Yes, I think I have stopped by every single one of the 300 that took the time to leave a comment. 
I thank each and everyone for your sweet comments on my jewelry, just in case I missed a few. 
It is truly wonderful to meet so many nice people who are talented, creative, and blog their ideas for me to be inspired by!
(Aunties Beads donated most of the beads for this project from
Aunties Beads.com. 
Don't you love that name?  It is a wonderful sight to find every style and type of bead that one would want to use.  They gave me the beads with no strings attached but I wanted to give them the credit for such lovely textures and colors.  I will post more about this delightful store after the big giveaways are completed. In the meantime be sure to stop by the
button on my right hand side bar icon.
  "Thank you, Clint, for your assistance in getting my beautiful beads for me.")

Valentines Hearts!

So what do you think? 
Are the hearts going to say
 "I love You!!!"
to family and friends?
I have never made a beaded embroidery heart before this one. 
So I Googled for a heart template. 
(I sorta got carried away with the size but it
definately catches the eye!)
The larger Valentine is to be hung on a neck piece or a chain which is mainly pinks with touches of a deep burgundy and silver!  It  measures 3inches by 2inches.  It has a large Swarvoski crystal surrounded by a gorgeous pink Swarvoski AB rose colored bicone. 
I love it! 
(I wore it out last night to supper and had numerous
women ask me where I got it.)
The second one is a broach with a pin on the back side and I tried to make it have strong red accents with silver.  It is one and one half inches by one inch.  Again, there is a heart shaped Swarvoski crystal in a ruby red that is surrounded with beautiful red Swarvoski crystals.  The left side has two rows of Czech fire polished beads separated by a tiny silver bead.  One of the things I like about it is the bugle beads that radiate out from the focal bead.  Then I ended it with antique crystals hanging from the bottom.  Each piece is backed with beautiful bright red leather!


Please be sure to stop by the post just before this one to see what I am giving away on Feb. 15th!  I will be using the random number generator to pick the winner. 
Please leave a note on that post to enter my giveaway. 

I would love to have each one win something
but it is just not possible. 
Be sure to see all of the wonderful blogs who are participating.

Blessings to each and everyone of you on this cold, icy, rainy evening in Georgia.  I hope you are staying warm and enjoyed seeing my newest creations.
Sharon

86 comments:

SueFitz said...

Lovely hearts - trying to catch up and go to all the sites also - some absolutely beautiful work on some of the sites

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

these are wonderful!!
i am in love with the brooch..sigh..really stunning work
many thanks for sharing with us
enjoy your day
tabby

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh my goodness Sharon....these hearts are so beautiful! They are just amazing. You really need to submit your work for publication.

Are you keeping warm? It's 12 here this morning and we had tons of snow last night. I can't wait until we head south and move. I hate it up here. It's just too cold for this Southern Gal :)

xoxo, L

Lynda said...

Sharon, Love your beadwork and looking at it all with nice sounds. So glad to find you via OWOH.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

No wonder we don't talk by email anymore over 800 sites....goodness grecious girl if I did that I would never ever get Verizon paid off...hahaha
Glad your having fun with the Magic Carpet Ride...I really have not had the time to get on it...I guess that means no majic for me.
I love the hearts...you know Monday I am having another Temptation Mondays so if you want them on there or something else just send what you want and your link to grandmayellowhair@gmail.com
I miss you too...but we will catch up soon...Just thought of your peanut clusters yesterday and my goal now is by Valentines because your a sweetie
Love
Maggie

aBohemianMarket said...

Sharon:
Thank you for the lovely e-mail. You always brighten my world!!!
I think very highly of you and am grateful you send me blessings.
The hearts are simply awesome!!!
It is a wonderful Give Away and I am sure the person picked will be so HAPPY!!!
Take care Sweet Sharon
peace & Hugs
carole

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh my Sharon,,so amazing,,so amazing...you blow me away beading. I have been on the blogs alot more than I am used to as well, I feel I need to answer everyone. Gosh,,over 800!

Kate said...

Holy Smokes! Those hearts are beautiful!
xoxo-kate

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

That is very generous!! Count me in. and please pop over to mine to see my giveaway vintage treats!!
saz x aka FFF & Mmm

Lauren R said...

Is there a place you sell these beautiful creations? I'd be very interested in one.

Amy said...

What a wonderful and clever creation! Thank you so much for your giveaway!

Amy, OWOH #680/681
artsyrockerchick@aim.com
BackseatWriter.com

Jasmine said...

Your work is wonderful.

many Blessings to you xJ

Landon Clary Eason said...

Hi, Sharon!
Your work is really breathtaking! Have you considered submitting your work to beading magazines? I encourage you to look into that! Thank you for your kind words on my work, I feel like I need to upgrade my entry.
I am so glad you stopped by my blog.
Happy Beading!!
xoxoxo
Landon

Blue Creek Home said...

I can't believe you have visited so many OWOH blogs!! I have been to about 20 and I'm whipped!!!! Sure am glad I came here though...your work is just gorgeous!!!
Rhonda

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous projects- I love both of them!!! Shelly OWOH Blog #890

Splendid Little Stars said...

Those are stunning!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Those are so pretty! THANKS for visiting and taking part in my giveaway!
Rene'

Christina said...

your beaded hearts are beautiful!

Sabii Wabii said...

Not part of the giveaway!!!But they are Way cool!

Marleen said...

What a great creation Sharon, fantastic!! So many small beads, amazing what a job, my compliments!! I love them both and it's a real great gift to Valentine!! I wish you a wonderful and cozy Valentine!! ;)

Hugs,
Marleen

Debby said...

WOW!!! They are really gorgeous, beautiful work.
debby

BluMoon said...

Those hearts are absolutly gorgeous, I am so glad I found your blog through OWOH!

Debrina said...

Hi Sharon - I got your message over at my Barter Circle blog. That's a yes to doilys and lace, etc. I have had 3 other requests to date, too, so I really need to sit down tonite and work it all out. I will get back to you asap...is that ok? I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner but I've been in and out of hospital these last few days.

Damla said...

Wonderful! Thank you for this great giveaway! I hope I win:)

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

littlepurpleroom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my earrings.

Well, I'll say for someone who had never beaded a heart before you totally nailed it. I am in love with both pieces. I would have asked you where you had gotten it too.

Gosh I hope I win. Such nice work.
Thanks for offering these.
Diane

littlepurpleroom said...

Sheesh, I am way too tired to be up late blogging. I saw where the hearts were not for the event. Then I got so caught up looking at them...I totally forgot.
It is one in the morning here and I have been up since 7.

Thats my story and I'm sticking with it.
Diane

Barbara Jean said...

Hi Sharon,
Your Valentine Beaded Hearts are absolutely gorgeous!
I am always amazed that people like things like my simple little tea bag roses, when they do such beautiful work.

Speaking of tea roses: Did you finish your cup of tea yet?
Dry that tea bag out,make a rose up, and show me what you did.
I'd love to share with others.
(now don't got and add a gillion gorgeous beads and make mine look bad!) =0))

Blessings

barbara jean

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your bead work is stunning! The hearts are absolutely beautiful. Blessings, Tammy

s hyler said...

What Lovely work, I would love to be entered in your drawing.
Sandra

Tracy said...

Wow! Sharon, Your beadwork is GORGEOUS!! I am so glad to have found your site! Please include me in your giveaway, as well. Thanks!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

These are gorgeous hearts! You did a fabulous job. I wish I had the patience for the beading, I know how just don't have the time. But these really are exceptional. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Pearlman said...

All of your stuff is beautiful! I haven't got a crafting blog, but I want to be in your draw!
I am amazed at all the talent on this magic carpet ride! Thanks for my chance to win.
kathybear at comcast dot net

Team Tesla said...

Great give away
Please add me Robynsline@hotmail.com

discodog01@hotmail.com said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Love your artwork- I can't wrap my brain around how to do such intricate beadwork! Bravo!
Please check out my blog for more OWOH action.

-Rita
#934

Dschrader said...

Your work is STUNNING! Crossing my fingers and hoping I win!
Thanks!
Donna
sodapop@ptialaska.net

Bethel of Bethania said...

G’day Sharon
Thanks for such great giveaways,
Please count me in…
And fly on over to my place… #747
OOroo… Bethel

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Hello there from NW Arkansas! Please enter me into your fantastic drawing and be sure to stop by my blog for a chance to win, too. :)
#56

jonaks said...

I just love your beadwork and wow you have visited almost 900 blogs. last year I was able to visit 600 blogs and I started out late this year. hope I can do half at least!

please enter me in your drawing and enter mine if you haven't!

Hopemore Studio said...

Wow Sharon! No wonder you were asked about your heart necklace, that is just beautiful.
Angie

Kells said...

Sharon,

Thanks for visiting my blog (Book of Kells) and contest. You do absolutely lovely work! Yes, please add my name to drawing!

thank you!

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

No wonder you receive such compliments. They are beautiful and precious! :-)

Li
(I'm participating this year too. Here's my post link: OWOH 2010: A Little Friend For You Too)

Sherry Goodloe said...

Hi Sharon! :)
Gorgeous work as always! Please add my name to the growing list of hopefuls!

And please take a moment to enter my OWOH giveaway when you get a chance if you haven't already. Nice seeing you again :)

Peggy said...

I love these hearts! I am now following to see what else you google.
matternu@gmail.com

Willow said...

Oh, my they are just too beautiful. Add me in the giveaway. Great blog and your work is too.

Willow

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sharon, the hearts are so lovely. I simply can't get enough of any kind of heart.

Blessings, Barb ♥

Barbara/myth maker said...

Those hearts are simply lucious! What a beautiful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Joanie said...

What stunning jewelry! The hearts are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance! Grab your carpet and stop by my blog out in the cornfields of Illinois! #792

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

I absolutely adore your beaded hearts. OMG! How long did it take to make them. The deatail is amazing.
Blessings, Gerri
P.S. Thanks for stopping by your sweet comments mean so much to us.

Carole said...

Those are gorgeous! You do beautiful work.

Linda B said...

wow divine eye candy!

quiltmom said...

What gorgeous hearts you have created for the OWOH giveaway. You do really lovely work.
Hope you are enjoying your OWOH experience and getting to meet some new blogging friends.

Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

Melissa Miller said...

Sharon the hearts are so gorgeous!
Hearts are one of my all time favorite things in life. *Smiles*

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

GraceBeading said...

Hi there... okay, the hearts are drop dead gorgeous. The beading is wonderful and the colors - amazing. They not only say "I love You", they positively SCREAM it! Really nice work.

DaCraftyLady said...

Hi, what beautiful work, yes please enter me in your give away, I am new to this ride but love it and thank you for stopping by my blog.. :)
calcrocehtnut@msn.com

Kathryn said...

I LOVE the hearts !!! Got to try one.
Happy Valentine's Day !

julietk said...

Those are just fabulous, What a shame your not giving them away ;-D
I have spent a lot of time visiting blogs With OWOH too but have not made as much progress as you, I used to have problems sleeping a few years ago and my laptop kept me company too. Juliet

Cathy said...

Oh my Yes!! These hearts are absolutely gorgeous and will definitely say I love you! How very lucky whoever receives these stunning pieces!

Cathy ♥

The Stylish House said...

Hi Sharon,
The hearts are wonderful! I'm a night owl too!
Thank you for visiting and joining my Blogiversary PB Giveaway. It's been fun to meet so many new bloggers. Good Luck!
Cathy

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Those hearts are absolutely stunning! I appreciate you visiting my blog & for your nice comments on my beaded flowers.

Patty said...

Wowe I love those hearts! You did a fantastic job. I can't believe you never made a beaded heart before!

Fab, feisty and fifty... said...

love hearts, wonderful..l love them...l shall be back in march and buy something as a treat for me...


sara x

Penny said...

I think your hearts are so over the top gorgeous - for someone who hadn't done much bead embroidery before you did a wonderful job.

Hugs,
Penny

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Sharon, your heart of beading are just gorgeous!! I just love to come by and look at all your beautiful work. I love beads and your great at putting them together. Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Pat

Piper Rain Press said...

Stunning! Talented! What a great give away! Pam Piper Rain #1082

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Your hearts are breathtakingly beautiful! Oh, what lucky gals will get just one of your pretties for Valentine's Day. :-)

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

Gorgeous work!!! I thrilled that I found your blog through OWOH! Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm also having a giveaway on my blog...please come over and explore :)

Vania
#1087

Anonymous said...

Sharon, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hearts, those are absolutely gorgeous (as all of your things are). Good job.
Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

Anonymous said...

PS: Sharon, I am wearing your "Leafy Inspiration" bracelet today!!!! The green/purple colors go perfectly with a sweater I am wearing. Love it.
Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Just wanted to say hello and see if you were doing okay. I so love this heart. Absolutely beautiful
Take care
and stay warm
Maggie

Gracie Jewellery said...

These are beautiful! I especially like the brooch. Lovely work.
Nancy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Sharon,
You are so talented! I love that heart and you are a faithful blogger! YOU HAVE VISITED MANY BLOGS! And, I thank you for visiting mine. Have a marvelous Valentines....Anita

Tinker said...

Your beaded hearts are just gorgeous! I've been trying to make some for my granddaughters, and after seeing yours, I think mine look like kindergarten projecs, lol.
I haven't visited nearly as many yet as I'd like on the OWOH carpet ride - I keep getting distracted looking at all the eye candy along the way...

Maminka Girl - Loribeth said...

Lovely bead work!

Maminka Girl #559 on the Magic Carpet Tour

afineday said...

Your beaded hearts are lovely! You're very talented for not having beaded for very long.

Julie said...

Thanks for bringing your magic carpet my way. These pieces are beautiful. I would be honored to win one.

chicroses said...

Just discovered your blog via Dawn. OH my what beautiful work with beads you do.They are so wonderful and so much work.Thankyou for sharing your talent with everyone. Sally

Nihal said...

Definitely beyond words! My eyes just were surprised by your talent, bravissima sei.

Thanks for the opportunity into this giveaway. Smiles~

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

These are FABULOUS, Sharon! I'd love to be entered to win one, please!! Thank you!

Julie (OWOH #155)
http://creditriverartglass.blogspot.com

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Stunning work :)

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Terri Conrad said...

Hi Sharon,
thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your sweet comment. Your beaded hearts are so pretty.

Terri Conrad
Terri Conrad Designs®

L'Hélène said...

Wow, this is stunning!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Hi Sharon, Oh your beaded hearts are exquisite!!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment! Have a beautiful love filled day tomorrow sweet one!!
Hugs, Carol Anne

lorhen82 said...

Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me the sweet comment. I guess I haven't been much in the mood for blogging these days. I'm OK...just burnt out and not feeling very creative. I should probably post a message letting everyone know I'm taking a break.

It was wonderful to hear from you - your kind words meant a lot to me! I hope all is well with you.

Hugs,
Lori

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Stunning hearts Sharon!!!
I'm so glad you like the new background, it looks great with your pretty banner.
I have to ask you about your grandfather though, no hands? How did he draw then, did he use his mouth?

Happy Valentine's Day!
Karen

Deborah said...

Hi Sharon. Wow these are AMAZING! I don't know how you do it but every piece you do is truly amazing. Maybe because I know how much time it takes to make something like this and how much work you put into each piece. I really love these though. Probably because of the color. I have a thing for red. You deserve every single nice comment and accolade. I must have told you that before :)

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Holler for Hoops

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Floral Motif

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