Earring Swap


Art Bead Earring Swap

Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, hosted an Art Bead Earring Swap. And today we are revealing the Art Bead Earrings we received from our partners.

The rules were as follows:

      • Participants will create 1 pair of earrings containing at least 1 art bead on each earring.
      • You must have an active blog.  That means you post on it at least a couple times a month.
      • You must live in the US or Canada.
      • Blog Reveal Date: October 5th.
      • Your earrings can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be.  Just have fun!

I was paired with the lovely Cilla Watkins of Tell Your Girlfriends.  She has a blog by that name and an Etsy store that is also called Tell Your Girlfriends.  I’d seen Cilla’s name around in various online challenges I’ve participated in, but I’d never had any contact with her.  That is one of the fun things about participating in challenges and exchanges; you get to know new people who share some of the same passions as you do.  Cilla and I wrote to each other about what our favorite colors were and then we waited with anticipation to see what we each made for the other.

I told Cilla that I prefer autumn colors, such as oranges, russet reds, browns and golden hues.  Here’s what the package looked like before I’d opened it.  Oh, the anticipation!  The packaging and the card she enclosed were all handmade by fellow Etsy artists.

a gift package of mew earrings

What's inside? I can hardly wait to see!

I was so incredibly delighted with what she sent me!  These earrings are perfect in every way!

earring exchange

Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

A requirement of the exchange was that we use art beads.  Cilla chose to use artisan made lampwork beads from two different artists.

Earring exchange

Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

The gorgeous lampwork glass, leaf-shaped head pins are by Ellen Dooley Lampwork, and the etched, cranberry colored lampwork glass beads are by Lynda’s Bead Dream.  I also really love the little antiqued brass foliage bead caps that Cilla placed in a upward facing position.

Cranberry and ochre handmade earrings

Handmade Earrings by Cilla Watkins

And here is a glimpse of the earrings I made for Cilla, using ceramic from MartiC and lampwork from Beads and Botanicals.  You can read more about them by going to her blog:   Tell Your Girlfriends.

Earring for Cilla Watkins

Do you love earrings?  Then you’ll want to see all the other great artisan earrings that were in this earring swap.  Here are all the participants:

Diana Ptaszynski   http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com  — Our Hostess!
Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp  http://www.skyejewels.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins  http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.comMy Partner
Linda Landig  http://www.lindasbeadblog.comMe

Have fun!!!!

I love all things beady and beautiful! I design jewelry, blog, arrange flowers, travel, spend time with family and friends, cook, savor nature, and enjoy reading. email: llandig@msn.com

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14 comments on “Earring Swap
  1. Heidi says:

    Oooh, you lucked out! Those are gorgeous :)

  2. Diana P. says:

    Those are fabulous earrings! Thank you for participating in the swap!

  3. Patty says:

    *TOOOOOO Much eye candy* you guys did an awesome job! XOXO

  4. Stacey says:

    Wow – such regal earrings. Love the rich colors!

  5. They are fantastic!! Yours and hers! :) Love the leaves at the bottom, never seen those, want to try making some now!!

  6. Norma Turvey says:

    what wonderful earrings! I totally love the color combination!

  7. Jenny says:

    So lovely! Your partner teased with pix of ingredients, I love the end result! Wear them in health and happiness!

  8. Holly says:

    Linda, oh goodness, what lovely earrings you’ve received! Those leaf head pins are just awesome :) Wasn’t this a fun swap?

  9. Cilla says:

    Thanks Linda! You are the best!! Thank you so much for your kind words and being my partner!!
    Hugs,
    Cilla

  10. Catherine says:

    Those are some beautiful earrings you got, Linda! And what yous sent off are fab as well. They actually are my two favorite pair out of the swap!

  11. I really loved the detail in the earrings. Not only were the beads so wonderful, but the detail of what was put together was special. They really look like you could wear them with so many things. What you made was very nice as well, pretty color and eye drawing pattern. What fun.

  12. Linda, you always get into the most amazing swaps and exchanges! These earrings are wonderful!

  13. Sharyl says:

    Love the colors in the beads and metals–all put together in such a fresh way. Really nice!

  14. oooLiekeooo says:

    I love the earrings!

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