Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sari Ribbon Blog Hop

I'm participating in a Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop.  This blog post is about 6 hours too early and I apologize for that.  It is early because I have an offsite meeting for work tomorrow that I have to leave for at O-dark-thirty, I wanted to check all the links, and I won't have time tomorrow.  So given the choice between links possibly not working and not showing up in the preview and posting early -- well I hope my diligence that the links are all working will count towards forgiveness for being early.

So what is a blog hop, you might ask.  Well that's where a bunch of jewelry designers design something with the same theme and then put up pics of their designs and a list of links to everyone else who participates.  And what is Sari Ribbon, you might also ask.  Sari ribbon is left over silk ribbon from making saris. Fiber is the next best thing in jewelry making these days and its really neat the way you can incorporate the ribbon.

So, without further ado, here are the pics of my designs.  Ok a little more ado.  As is usual for me, there cannot be only one because indescision is my middle name!  So I have a few.  Enough with the ado already and on to the pics!

The front of the Sari Ribbon and Wood necklace

The back of the Sari Ribbon and Wood necklace

I saw a picture once of a necklace where the ribbon was knotted and used as part of the design and I have wanted to do something like that ever since.  What you see here is my attempt.  The beads are all wood and nuts because these were the only beads I could find with a large enough hole to fit two strands of sari ribbon through.  Then I wrapped the ends with copper wire and twisted the wire at the end to make a clasp.  I could have left the ribbon alone and just tied it to finish but I thought this way was a tad more polished.

Charm and ribbon bracelet

My second project is a charm bracelet.  Once upon a time when you ordered from B'Sue Boutiques, if you ordered enough, you would get a goodie bag with goodies in it.  This was back in the halcyon days before she offered free shipping.  The free shipping is awesome -- don't get me wrong.  But I loved the goodie bags.  I always got a pretty decent sized bag of stuff that I hadn't ordered or even thought of ordering.  One of the things I always got in the goodie bags were a charm or two.  I never really knew what to do with the charms though and so I threw them into an empty tub of Earth Balance spread and forgot about them.

Now I have ordered a lot of stuff from B'Sue's shop (which I adore more than I can express adequately). So the tub got full.  One day I said to myself, "Self, if life gives you charms you should make charm bracelets."  So I did.  And then I made charm necklaces and earrings too but that is really the subject for another post. 

Anyway when you bead a lot, like I do, you tend to end up with a lot of left over onsies and twosies beads.  I throw them in a different tub.  So I wrapped some links onto the empty beads and used those and the charms to create this bracelet.  Then the Sari Ribbon Blog Hop came around and I said to myself "Self, why not throw some ribbon on that bracelet as a charm?"  So I did.  And here is the end result.

The charm and ribbon bracelet larger

So there you have my offerings for the Sari Ribbon Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoyed this and my ramblings.  Below is the list of other jewelry designers that are participating.  Enjoy the show!

Vickie Wills

Susan Kennedy

Michelle Mach

Michelle Lee Hardy

Ruth Crawford

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

Diana P.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Connie Rios-Relyea

Jennifer Justman  

Deb Davis


Cathie Carroll

Rosemary Cowit

Georgene Lockwood

Cathy Buckley

Harry Wood

Sonya Stille

Mary Deis

Heather Goldsmith

Susan Rouleau

Terry Matusyk

Pam Chesbro

Mary Shannon Hicks

Janice Everett


Kristina Johansson, Maneki

Kris Binsfeld

Alice Craddick



Catherine Jeltes


Sharon Palac

Deb Beechy

Jean Yates

Patrice Pfeiffer

Dorcas Midkiff

Lynn Perry Bennett

Linzi Alford


Cynthia Wainscott

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

B'sue Boutiques Creative Group


  1. Deb, you are forgiven! I love the designs, and thanks so much for helping me ID the broken links and fix things up for everyone! THANKS for participating, it would NOT have been the same without you. You have been a part of all my challenges and a great part of our little community. So glad you are!

  2. Hi Deb,
    You did an amazing job!
    Just love how the colors pop out at the knots of your necklace.
    Your attempt is stunning...

  3. Hey Deb, Those are som very cool pieces! Love them all:-))))

  4. I love your little charm bracelet. I really like charms so this really appeals to me. I have never used sari ribbon. I first heard of it in the Bead Soup Blog Party I participated in and really like it. Then I found this blog hop. It's great. I think I'm going to have to get me some sari ribbon to experiment with. :)

  5. The necklace is very well done and I like the use of the wooden beads! My fav is the charm bracelet! SOOO pretty!

  6. Ah..there is nothing I love more than a nice little charm bracelet. Great touch witht he sari ribbon. Adds that dash of color it needed. Necklace is fun too. Good job.

  7. Like both of your pieces -- the first made me think of a sting of those wonderful big hard candies in the multicolored cellophane wrappings, crinkly, fun and bright. the second was just fun, I'm not huge fan of charm bracelets but this one made me want to wear for nothing else than to hear it, because it must make a wonderful sound when worn... great job.

  8. Love both designs - the texture with the mix of beads in the first one - and of course Charm Style dangle bracelets are one of my all-time favorites and I love the majestic and royal color combination of it - simply a fun design with the added Sari Ribbon :) ~J-Lynn

  9. Both pieces are really pretty. I think you did a great job with the necklace, it's always so much fun to try something new! And I love the sari touch on the charm bracelet, so cute!

  10. The colors really pop and I love how you used the wood beads in your first piece...necklace! Cute charm bracelet, too!

  11. Very nicely done, both pieces are lovely!

  12. Both of your pieces are beautiful, I must admit the charm bracelet is my favorite. I just love things with movement. And I also enjoy all the "ado"!

  13. The necklace is beautiful, but my favorite is the bracelet. I a bracelet kind of girl! It is full of wonderful charms and the ribbon adds a touch of softness to it. I love all the 'ado' and will definitely be subscribing to your blog.

  14. How wonderful Deb! love the chunky bracelet so colorful and versatile!

  15. Wow two pieces! I really love how you did the necklace and the colors are fabulous! And of course I love your beautiful charm bracelet :)) great job!

  16. Wow...the necklace is pretty, but I love the bracelet! What a great's like cooking a really good dinner with leftovers!

  17. You have an extremely cool personal style which I love! Both pieces are great, and I enjoy your blog!

  18. Oh, I love both your pieces. The necklace has a lovely flow and I love jingly-jangly charm bracelets! The sari ribbon adds great touches of whimsy and color!

  19. Both are so much fun, and so full of life and colors. I love those wood and nut beads...I think sometimes we forget how nice they really can be! And the bracelet is just full of B'sue fun the ribbon as part of the charms. Fun post to read,too!

  20. Lovely jewellery! I like how the ribbon looks like little fires between the beads. The ribbon is great too.

  21. Love the charm bracelet! (I see a familiar teapot charm that I also received as an extra goodie from B'Sue.)

    It can be tough to find good large-holed beads. I have some big ceramic rounds from Fire Mountain Gems that might be able to hold two strands, but that's probably it in my stash.

  22. This necklace has such a tropical feel to it- It is so bright and happy!! I think alot of the Sari fabrics lend that. I love the charm bracelet - it is chock full of fun charms! i was not able to be apart of the party yesterday because of family obligations- I hope you will have a chance to visit my blog at: :)

  23. Your pieces are terrific -- I'm particularly fond of the charm bracelet!

  24. Hi Deb,

    Sorry, I am a slow hopper here! I love your work... love that you packed all your suprises away and brought them out for great use! So cool! Your Sari creations are beautiful! :-)