One of the bead hops I participated in this summer was the "My Country, Of Thee I Bead!" hop hosted by Nan Smith of Wired Nan. The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry based on the country of our choice. I love all things USA, so I was absolutely tickled silly to participate in this challenge.
Maybe it was growing up in the heartland, but I have always been very proud of the American Spirit. One of my very favorite things in the world is when the national anthem is being played before a ballgame. It doesn't matter if there are 20 people or 20,000 people, but when all of them stand together and stand quietly while the anthem is being performed, it gives me goosebumps every time.
I have been very into my hardware jewelry lately, so when I saw the red hardware crosses, they seemed perfect for this challenge. I wanted them to be the star of the earrings, so I added one single red, white and blue crystal as a dangling charm. They are surprisingly lightweight and really fun to wear. And I am thrilled with how they turned out.
Thank you Nan for hosting a fun challenge--I can't wait to see what everyone else created.
You can see what everyone else created by clicking on the links below.
Nan Smith (host): wirednan.blogspot.ca Canada
Dini Bruinsma: http://angazabychanges.blogspot.ca The Netherlands
Stephanie Weiss : http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com USA
Ana Cravidao (ACBeads) :http://acbeads.blogspot.com. Portugal
Liz E :firstname.lastname@example.org. USA
Vera: veradesigns.blogspot.com Germany (USA)
Andra : http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com Romania
Delilah: http://mssdelilah.wordpress.com Romania
Jessica Murray: http://whimsicalweavings.blogspot.com USA
Rebecca : http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.ca/ France (USA)
LiliKrist: http://pcbylik.blogspot.com Indonesia
N Vakentine Studio : www.nvalentine.blogspot.com Canada
Karin: maverickbeads.blogspot.ca Calgary, Canada
Diah Anggreni : http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com Indonesia
Karen : www.overthemoon-design.com Australia
Cath Thomas : http://samohtac.blogspot.ca Switzerland
Asri Wahyuningsih : http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com USA
Crysalis Jewelry Design Denmark ( Canada)
Jasvanti Patel: www.jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com USA
Lola: http://beadlolabead.blogspot.ca USA
Beccy Peterson Sweden (USA)
Paula Hisel : www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com USA
Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com Germany
Laurie Vyselaar: Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com. USA
Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com USA
Anindita Basu: www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com USA