Saturday, April 20, 2013

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3.5--A Very Merry Un-Birthday!

Marlene Cupo and Shelley Graham Turner have collaborated once again to bring us another Holiday Bling Blog Hop! But wait...which Holiday is to be celebrated? It is no other than the Very Merry Un-Birthday celebration! Since it wasn't quite time for HBBH number 4, we are celebrating 3.5! Each participant is paired up with a partner to swap gifts that commemorated the partner's birthstone. My partner for this hop is Chris Eisenberg, who makes beautiful beaded jewelry! You can find her gorgeous creations at her Wanderware company website. 

Chris's birthday is in March which is represented by the beautiful Aquamarine. My birthstone is Amethyst, since my birthday is in February.

 I had this gorgeous Aquaramarine Swarovski focal that I wanted to use for Chris, but beading bezels is not my forte. What could I do? Well, this is what I came up with, and hoped that Chris would like it.

I colored the large brass filigree with Bronze Gilder's paste, then folded it around the stone. I then attached that to another brass filigree that had been gilded Gold. I used brass chain, copper jump rings, and a bronze toggle, and wrapped other crystals with more brass filigree, gilding some of them in Copper.  The earrings used some of the same components.

 When I received Chris's gift, the packaging was in a beautiful purple box and included an Un-birthday Card, as well as a scrumptious Birthday Cake Batter chocolate bar.

I had never had this flavor of chocolate, but it was some of the most delicious chocolate that I had ever eaten!! When I opened the purple package, this gorgeous bracelet was nestled inside.

 The amethyst colored beads just shimmered with an Aquarian aura. The crystal focal was the perfect touch! Thank you, Chris, for such a beautiful bracelet. I know how much work went into creating it, and am so appreciative of your thoughtfulness and creativity. I love it!! Isn't it beautiful?

Thank you, Marlene and Shelley for another successful HBBH. I have enjoyed participating in these so much, and I can't wait for the next one. Have a look at what everyone else created for their partners! 

Ali McCarthy

Alicia Marinache

Anzia Parks

Audrey Belanger

Cheri Reed

Cheryl Dunham

Chris Eisenberg

Christine Schlicht

Cynthia Machata

D Lynne Bowland

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett--you are here

Ginger Bishop

Gloria Allen

Janeen Burlingame

Joana Perez Stribel

Lori Schneider

Mary Govaars

Mischelle Fanucchi

Paula Gaskill

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Sherry Baun

Shirley Moore

Sierra Barrett

Susan Bowie

Susie Harris

Mowse Doyle

Cindy Muse

Ellie Grossman

Marlene Cupo

Shelley Graham Turner


  1. I love the set you made. And I love what Chris made.

  2. Two beautiful gifts! Love the shimmery blue, and the Gilder's paste was a wonderful idea. I really like the happy sparkly look of the did a great job on her birthday gift!
    And I'm a beadweaver, so of course I love the bracelet!

    1. Thank you, Shirley! Beadweaving is one skill that I haven't mastered yet. So admire all of you who do it so well!

  3. Both are so pretty! and birthday cake chocolate? wow that sounds interesting and delicious!

  4. Awesome Stone! Now why couldn't my month have this stone ~ October~, your pics are beautiful.

  5. Gina! I love your blog and your pictures came out so nicely also!!! Bravo you! I hope all is going well in your recovery and that your husband is staying in your good graces! I had a great time participating in this event and was blessed to have you as my partner. Already looking forward to what comes next!!! Take care, my friend!

    1. Oh, Chris, I so enjoyed having you as a partner, and feel blessed that you and I were paired. Thank you so much for my gift! I hope you have a full and happy summer. Take care also, and I hope when I get ready to learn beadweaving, I can ask you many questions!

  6. Gina you and Chris both received beautiful gifts! I love the aquamarine set you created so sparkly and that bracelet - wow, its so much work. I love that heart. AND cake batter chocolate, I have to try that for SURE..when I was young I used to take cake mixes add water and eat it, my stepfather (he did the cooking and baking) used to get SO mad at me! LOL

    Thanks for coming to the party, make sure to go to to find out about the party goodie bag you have coming your way! ~ Shelley

  7. Yes, it is beautiful! now you made me curious - I'll have to find that chocolate :)
    Your gifts sent and received are both beautiful, this is such a lovely party!

  8. Beautiful necklace and earrings you made. I love the mixed metals. And what a lovely bracelet.
    Janeen Burlingame

  9. You creation is so wonderful and to think done while recovering from major surgery. Amazing. Wear the bracelet in continued good health. So glad you had such fun with our little surprise party.

  10. Both of your pieces are just beautiful! I love purple!! So that bracelet is awesome!! Happy Unbirthday!!

  11. I love, luv those copper filigree dangling earrings. Great Job.


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