Saturday, March 16, 2013

HBBH 3--Celebrate Carnival Day

Marlene Cupo and Shelley Graham Turner--do those two names ring a bell---a Holiday Bell perhaps?  They are the originators and hostesses of the world famous Holiday Bling Blog Hop, which started in 2012, and is now on it's third go-round--Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3. All the participants had to do, with their partner, was to pick a Holiday that occurs in February or March and send each other a gift that commemorates that Holiday.

My chosen partner for this round of HBBH 3 is Dyanne Everett-Cantrell. When we viewed the list of Holidays that were celebrated in February and March, it was slightly overwhelming. Did you know that there is a Holiday listed for every single day during those two months? The ones we considered for our celebration (seriously and not-so-seriously) are: "Do a Grouch a Favor Day" , but that was my birthday,  "Hoodie Hoo Day" on February 20,  March 2 "Old Stuff Day", March 26 is "Make up your own Holiday day", and March 28 is "Something on a Stick Day"! We also considered  "Get A Different Name" Day,  "Public Sleeping" Day, "Plum Pudding" Day, and "Carnival Day". We decided on -----Carnival Day!!!

What is a carnival? A carnival is an annual celebration of life found in many countries of the world. Carnivals are instrumental in learning about ourselves as well as accepting and understanding other cultures. Carnival Day can typically include certain foods and amusements, such as the Ferris wheel, parades, hot dogs, and fried anything! The key words here are "celebration of life". Many different colors, meanings, and other carnival associated activities can take just about any form when Carnival Day comes around. 

To see what I sent to Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, please pay a visit to her blog. I was so excited about what I was sending her, I totally forgot to take pictures, sheesh!  Dyanne has taken some stunning photos, though, so go take a look! 

This is one of the items that I received from Dyanne. The colors and design just scream "Carnival". These are gorgeous! Colorful, swingy, I have a lot of things to match these earrings. Wearing them just for fun counts, and I will wear them on every Carnival Day!!!

Oh, but that is not all!!! Dyanne makes beautiful lampwork beads, and she included a gift that was designed with her handmade beads:

Aren't those colors beautiful? And so artfully made! I have already worn them several times, and every single time someone wants to buy them from me. 

I hope we have inspired you to celebrate your own Carnival Day. Thank you so much, Shelley and Marlene for hosting this blog a third time. For more information on this and upcoming Holiday Bling Blog Hops, visit the Swaps by Marlene and Shelley blog. 

Have a look at the other Holidays that were celebrated for this blog hop!

Alicia Marinache - All the Pretty Things
Catherine King- Catherine's Musings      
Chris Schlicht- Non-blogger HBBH Partners
Cynthia Machata- Antiquity Travelers
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell -Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations--This is my partner!
Gina Hockett- Freestyle Elements--You are here!
Jennifer Reno- Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Laura Reed- Non-blogger HBBH Partners
Leanne Loftus- First Impression Design
Lennis Carrier- Windbent
Lori Bowring Michaud- Artfully Ornamental
Marti Conrad- Marti C's Clay Blog 
Mary Govaars -MLH Jewelry Designs
Renetha Stanziano- LamplightCrafts
Rita/ Toltec Jewels -Jewel School Friends
Sandra McGriff- Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode- Pookledo
Sherri Stokey -Knot Just Macrame
Sonya Stille -Dreamin Of Beads
Tammie Everly -TTE Designs
Therese Frank -Therese's Treasures
Tiffany Goff Smith -Southern Gals Designs
Marlene Cupo-Amazing Designs 
Shelley Graham Turner -Fabric of My Life


  1. Thank you for sharing what you received. I did the same thing since I didn't take pictures of what I sent my partner. D'oh! I'm glad your partner took such good pictures of what you made. You did a lovely job and I'm a fan.

  2. The earrings are just fantastic! You both did a great job on all of them!

  3. Great earrings! Dyanne's lampwork is beautiful. :)

  4. Great post and such cool pieces. This really was a great hop :-)

  5. Just told Dyanne I would wear those earrings in a heart beat, if I had pierced ears, guess you aren't willing to give them up, hmmmm? The ones you did for her are just as stunning. Great job you too! Thanks so much for joining us in this Holiday Celebration.

  6. Gina! I can't believe you didnt take pictures of the earrings you created. I LOVE them. So creative, and cool designs. I love the green and purple ones you gave as an extra surprise (love that palette!) and the FERRIS WHEEL cool! Nice job Gina!
    ~ Shelley

  7. I am inspired now for Carnival Day!! LOL, what fun & you've made me feel like I'm there in your lovely blog post. Color is my absolute most favorite part of jewelry design, and you two indeed made a ceebration here with color. I love the colorful chain earrings Dyanne created for you - and her lampwork! Stunning. No wonder people want to buy it from you ;)

    How lucky Dyanne is to have you for a partner, Gina. I know because your gifts for our 12 Days of Christmas jewelry exchange just blew me away!! The earrings you created (I saw the pictures) are gorgeous, richly designed, sophisticated and unique. Just fabulous!

    Wonderful Holiday exchange!
    Happy Hopping,


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