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  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
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    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

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  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

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    “Love it!…” read »

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    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
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  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
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    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
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Sea Breeze


About this design:

A friend gave me a late B-day gift of money & told me I had to spend it on beads. No problem. One of the things I got was this kit from SmittenBeads called Sea Breeze. Coming from England of course that took awhile. Then when I did get it I was stumped...for ages. I got the summer issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine & a necklace featured in the Modern Cowgirl projects broke my block. My necklace really looks nothing like it though...

My clasp is one of those gold sun buttons I've had for 10 years & a gold chandelier pendant finding which I cut the loops off.

1st page of mag has full page LB ad that says "Czech, please!"

Mousey & ButterBall have a new toy. A large carpet covered tree from my friend. Her cat crossed the rainbow bridge.

Components:

Sea Breeze kit which includes seed beads in seafoam lined topaz I think, czech glass in sea shell shapes & rounds, dark green & seafoam glass, small gold bead, large plated faceted gold beads, silk chiffon ribbon, gold plated sun button & gold.pendant finding.

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Oooo Deb! This is so pretty and beachy! Love it!

    Mousey and BB look like they’re enjoying their new tree very much!

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Susie they are asleep on it right now. It’s the best thing in the world to them.

    Thanks Susie…its been in a half finished state for 3 weeks…still not sure.

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    So gorgeous Deb! Loving the beachy feel of it.

    Our cat doesn’t like his tree. :(

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Really??? He doesn’t like it?!? This thing is huge!!! Much bigger than the ones you see at Pet Smart…she got it at Big Lots.

  5. Janet B
    Janet B says:

    As soon as I saw this I knew it had to be yours Deb. Absolutely beautiful!

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I’m from Canada, don’t know if we have a Big Lots here.

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    You should demand one!! LOL! They sell discontinued and last year models of appliances, furniture, electronics, overstocks from drugstores & grocery stores. Pretty cool stores.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love this Deb…it’s gorgeous and now I want to go to the beach! Big fan of BigLots here also, and ours is just one mile away from me!

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Deb, I agree it’s so beachy! I like how one strand is “full” and the others are little vignettes. Makes it so much more breezy and open.

    Holy Moly!!! BB is getting SO big! Heidi and Hannah have a “condo” like that and I can just peek on the top of 4 levels. It’s huge and it takes over my living room. But they love it!!! And they *DO* own this place, right??? ;)

  10. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful design, Deb!
    Butterball is so big!

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Hey Deb, Love your beachy looking necklace. Its sooo pretty. I have a “cat” house in my living room right in front of a double window. They’re either sleeping or looking out the window. Sometimes I find them sleeping in Teddy’s bed but they love the cat house. Sometimes Maxi will get on the back of the chair that’s right next to the cat house and move the curtain aside so he get a clear view of the yard and street.

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    Just gorgeous!

  13. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    This is just beautiful!!I love the sun button and the silk ribbon. Great necklace!

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you everyone. I was still not really sure about it but the more I look at it the more I’m happy with it. Its one of those that you battle to get it on right because of the syring. I forgot to say it all on S-lon cord.

    LOL Julie yes Mouse is the boss of the house…I sing that to him everyday. BB is his PIC (partner in crime). And yes he’s getting to be a big boy but such a love bug. Nancy you should take a photo of this cat house.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Bah… ” string”….

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! I love this!! Especially the sun button! It looks so light and airy, just what you’d want on a hot summer day.

    Wanda, I didn’t think there was a cat on the planet that didn’t like those carpet covered trees. We have a two story little house from Job Lots that’s used for sleeping, looking out the window and hiding toys. Every time I move it to clean seems to cause alarm, like I’m going to take it away or something!

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much & HAHAHAHA at the cat anxiety.

  18. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I think this is your best work yet (of course I love all your pieces. Very striking and love how everything flows together.

    I’m sorry your friend lost her kitty, it was nice of her to give you the tree.

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, there is so much movement in this piece and the beads are amazing :D

  20. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Asia & Peggy. Peggy her cat was 15 I think. Her parents actually found him in the middle of a busy highway and brought him home for her and Marina. He was big cross-eyed demanding Siamese…a big goofball. Keke will be missed.

  21. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    OK, Deb, I saw your comment on FB’s Bohemian necklace first and I want to assure you that you definitely do excellent Boho yourself!! This is beyond fantastic! My Raleigh daughter would LOVE it. If you ever head that direction, be sure to let me know so I can hook you 2 up. :)

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Oh and those kitties and their new possession are beyond adorable!!! You guys are just “beyond” today. :) !!!! xoxo

  23. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    This necklace really says “sunshine & seashore”!
    The cats are looking good.
    3 of my original 6 kittens got adopted on Saturday.

  24. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love these soft muted colors, Deb. This is a wonderful summery necklace!

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Very nice. I just love the clasp!

  26. Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick says:

    Very cool! I especially love the sun and the silk!

  27. Charmed4Life aka Marysu
    Charmed4Life aka Marysu says:

    Love this! It’s all my favorite colors, love the silk tie, I want to do that same thing with sari silk on a necklace! Just beautiful!

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