Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of the Holiday Bling Blog Hop! In case you haven't noticed, this is my very first post on my very first blog, and my very first blog hop! Thank you Shelley and Marlene for hosting this hop, and allowing me to be a part of it! Now, let's get down to business!

The Holiday Bling Blog Hop was just made for getting into the Holiday spirit. Have some of you noticed that Christmas trees and decorations are already going up in the stores?  Shelley and Marlene invited participants who were partnered with another Holiday Hopper-to-be to exchange something related to the holidays. My partner was Linda Florian. Thank you, Linda, for taking on a newbie partner for this blog hop! Linda is a very versatile artist, as she does a lot of different things.  If you want to take a peek at the goodies that I sent to Linda, her blog is here. Linda suffered a deep personal loss recently, as well as some unexpected events that have caused a bit of turmoil in her life, so I haven't received my package yet. BUT...she was kind enough to email me the pictures of what will be in my package when it arrives. I am very excited, and I know it will be here soon. 

I love snowflakes, especially for decorating during the holidays! Linda hand-painted the snowflakes below.....aren't they gorgeous?


She also hand-painted some beads in gorgeous holiday colors:
I had mentioned to Linda that I was a breast cancer survivor, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of that, Linda is sending me a beaded breast cancer ribbon with a hope charm, and a lovely hand-knitted pink bag! The yarn smells like roses, and I can't wait to receive it.



Also, a handmade felt pin in pink--this will go with anything! These items are dear to my heart! 


 She is also sending  me some beautiful lampwork beads, some with a holiday theme! I collect Santa-Claus items, and these are my first Santa Claus lamwork beads.

There are going to be some other beautiful lampwork beads coming my way as well. Lampwork beads are on my wishlist from Santa. Thank you, Linda, for your very generous gift!



That's not all! Linda was so generous, she made some ornaments that are filled with Swarovski crystals. I think they are beautiful, and will look fantastic on my tree.


She also made some gift tags that I could use for anything---not just holiday gifts. She is so talented! 
Linda has a young daughter, and I made something for her daughter. She sent me a picture of the thank you  card that her daughter is sending me. 
Thank you so much, Linda! I can't wait to get the package! 

Check out the participants in the links below. This has been a lot of fun!  And thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting again soon with some pictures of some of the jewelry and components that I enjoy making.

Michelle Fanucchihttp://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
 Monique Urquharthttp://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frankhttp://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Ottohttp://www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florianhttp://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussenhttp://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishophttp://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo/  Lynn Jobber http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftushttp://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewelshttp://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joycehttp://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williamshttp://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaudhttp://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrierhttp://www.windbent.net
Marla Gibsonhttp://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaarshttp://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmannwww.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orrhttp://www.orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupohttp://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turnerhttp://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrellhttp://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basuhttp://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hocketthttp://freestyleelements.blogspot.com--You are here
Lori Jean Poppehttp://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jackahttp://clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)http://skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hickshttp://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com









33 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first blog and blog hop. It's a great way to share your work with the world and you'll find a great community of creative people through hops. Your gifts are incredible. What a great start to the holiday season.

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    1. Hi, Ginger! I agree, I think my gifts are incredible. Thank you for stopping by!
      Gina

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  2. First, welcome to the blogosphere! The handpainted snowflake look amazing. You are going to have so much fun once your package arrives. I look forward to see what you create with the lampwork beads.

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Ann! I will surely post pictures of what I make with the lampwork beads.

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  3. Now that is going to be a wonderful present to get. So many treasures!

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    1. I was so surprised by all of Linda's gifts. Thank you for stopping by, Kepi!

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  4. Glad you got to join the hop. They are very addictive, I have to say. I'm so sorry Linda's having difficulties, and things like that do happen in challenges. Glad she was able to send pics to you, and she is very creative and talented!

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    1. Hi, Shirley. I can see how blog hops can be addictive. Getting the hang of "blogging" will be fun, too! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. What a treasure trove! Very cool!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I can't wait to get my package! Glad you stopped by.

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  6. I'm so glad you liked my gifts ... and I posted yours on my page ... missed two pictures only because my camera died ..(yet another thing) but i posted that as well as pictures of my Neice who hasbeen keeeping me busy ... but look at her and how can you not be distracted by her , and with the hardships having a little itty bitty around helps ..
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Hope your days get better every day! Thanks for stopping in!

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  7. Gina, you must be so excited anticipating your package from Linda... it's like getting gifts twice LOL. These are all beautiful examples of Linda's talents... the most surprising thing to me was the Swarovski-filled ornament. How creative is that? Your gifts to Linda are beautiful, too; you two had a snowflake theme going, so cool!

    Welcome to the world of blogging, Gina... I myself just started my blog about two months ago but it has been a wonderful experience and I wonder why I waited so long! If you are interested, you can add the GFC (Google Friend Connect) gadget to your blog, and then your new blogging friends can follow you and be advised whenever you write a new post. I used to lose track of bloggers until I learned I could follow them; now I never miss a post.

    Hope your Holidays are filled with Peace and Joy, in company of those who matter to you!

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    1. You are right, it IS just like getting gifts twice! Thank you for the tip, I know that I have a lot to learn, just like you, wondering why I was so anxious about that first post! Everyone has been wonderful and so welcoming. Thank you so much!

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  8. wow, you got a nice haul of gifts on their way! Spoiled!! The items you sent to Linda were sweet, I especially love the flower pin, beautiful!

    Gina, thank you for participating in our blog hop and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
    xxoOh! ~ Shelley

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    1. Thank you Shelley! I really had fun with it, and now that I have done my first one and read everyone else's blogs, I know some things that I might do different next time--like take pictures of what I send before I send it. Happy Holidays to you, too!

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  9. Wow fantastic swap pieces and a great first blog ... love how inventive to fill a clear bauble with crystals =)

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, that was a brilliant idea, lol!

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  10. Congratulations on your blog and post. Both are wonderful, continued success with it. Now as for those snowflakes, yum, yum!!! I live in FL so won't see the real thing, but these are so beautiful, I can picture them in MY window! Enjoy your package of goodies when they arrive. You are a lucky lady. Thank you for being in our HBBH!

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    1. Thanks, Marlene. I enjoyed it so much, and it was a great learning experience as well. I definitely won't be as shy about posting more. Thank you for letting me participate, and I hope you enjoy your Holidays!

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  11. Thank you so much! Looking forward to receiving my package. Thank you for looking!

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  12. Hi Dee and welcome to the blogging world hope to see more of you here.
    Oh my you hit the jackpot Linda is so very talented and generous I love all of the little goodies you will be receiving from her. Enjoy them all.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese. She is very generous! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Welcome to the blogging world :) It's fun here! I created my blog for a blog hop, and love it now.

    What amazes me isn't just the wonderful gifts, but the friendship you two created. The gifts you made are lovely. Your carnelian and amy pendant, hand-forged wire art pendant in copper and turq, and your snowflake are all gorgeous!

    You have a holiday hoopla of fun gifts. The mittens and hats are adorable, and the sparkling ornaments are beautiful - they must be sensational in the light. What a festive way to start the holidays!

    Felix Navidad,
    Rita

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    1. Rita, when I would blog-hop-read other's blogs, I had a sense of the friendship and camaraderie that participants shared during that particular event. That sense proved to be true for me in this hop as well. I sincerely appreciate your praise of Linda's and my gifts. Thank you!

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  14. Wow! You got Christmas early! Thats alot of stuff! Lucky you!

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    1. Hi, Dyanne! Christmas is coming early to my house, lol! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. All of Linda's generous gifts are going to be displayed as soon as they arrive. I was so surprised and appreciative of her generosity1

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  15. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging and blog hops. It's a lot of fun and a good way to challenge yourself. It really looks as though the holidays are about to start in your home.

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    1. Thank you, Shaiha! I had so much fun on this one, I can't wait for he next one, even though I still have a lot to learn about "blogging". Glad you dropped in!

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  16. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging and blog hops: you'll have so much fun you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

    The gifts Linda sent you are all gorgeous and precious - enjoy them!!
    I also loved what you made for Linda - all the wire work is delicious and I am sure Linda will cherish them.

    Happy (early) Holidays!

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  17. Love the painted snowflakes. And I love all the assorted little goodies! The mittens are too cute, the Santas! Oh my word! Love the bead filled ornaments, too!

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