Monday, June 17, 2013

Bits and Baubles

I made a couple of little graduation gifts last week: one for my daughter and one for her BFF.  I love the look of rosary-style beading, and I had some ready-made pearl chain to start with.  I wanted an eclectic mix of beads, using what I already had in my stash.  I don't do a lot of bead work (you'd never know it, by the number of beads I have hoarded away!), so it was a bit of a challenge picking and choosing, as well as figuring out how to do all those wire loops!
My daughter loves aqua, and her best pal loves pink (kind of obvious by the photos :-)), so I pulled out all of the beads I had that might work.  I added a tiny bit of pink to the aqua one, and vice versa, for little remembrances of each other. 
The pendant is a floral bit of antique lace in a soldered frame, with a little rhinestone cross charm (the two girls had been very active in Young Life together all through high school).

Well, the girls seemed to love them (I never know for sure if they are just being polite, or if they sincerely like them.  The last few years have had most of my suggestions and choices met with eye rolls, so I've begun to doubt myself! :-)).  Anyway, I like them, and who knows?--I may even start to do more beading.


  1. AS I told you before I really like them too. I think the girls liked them but in time will treasure them as they are miles apart.

  2. They turned out beautiful!! Yikes, I cannot imagine bending all those loops but I agree about that rosarie look, I love it as well. Bravo!

  3. My initial thought was that they were a rosarie too. They are so beautiful ;D
    You're so talented
    (Have to say I love that 'woof' in your sidebar!

  4. They have turned out very creative and beautiful. Hugs Judy

  5. They turned out beautifully -- what's not to love?!

  6. Hello Maggie,
    Your pendants here are so very sweet! What dear gifts for graduation! Each one so delicate and elegant. I am sure your daughter is delighted as well as her friend.

  7. It's no surprise that they loved them. I love the colors you chose and the pendants are gorgeous. Lots of work putting together a chain one bead at a time, but it was worth it.

  8. So excited to Congratulate you as one of the winners of the Feathered Nest Giveaway!!! xoxo, tracie

  9. Hi sweet Maggie!!! I see Tracie let you know that you were one of the sachet winners! Please email me your mailing address to: ~ YAAAAY!! So glad you won! xxoo, Dawn