Karla Krafts

This is where I log craft projects, ideas, products, materials and sources including links. I'll also document sources of inspiration. I love crafts, including knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, stained glass crafting and others. My specialties were knitted baby caps and glycerin soaps I call "Gemsoaps." Now, I'm into embroidery and beading.

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Location: Millers Creek, North Carolina, United States

I am a retired science teacher who loves creative endeavors. I love to learn. I love to laugh and make people laugh. I am married to a wonderful man and have one beautiful, brilliant daughter. My first grandson was born 2/17/2010!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Here I am, late for the party as usual!

 I signed up for TesoriTrovati's (Erin Prais-Hintz) bead challenge at the first of the month, and after being given two palettes to choose from, I decided on the "Meandering Mississippi:"
Here is my creation:

I began by shopping my stash to see what matched:

My daughter had given me this beautiful focal bead to recycle, and I thought it looked "mapish," not to mention being a dead ringer for the palette>

I chose antique copper findings because of the rust color in the palette:

I set out to make a Bohemian "chain" for the bead using seed beads and ribbons I had on hand.

But after a lot of work, I met with technical difficulties, and abandoned that idea. Yesterday, after leaving my grandson at nursery school, I made a dash for the nearby Michaels. (We don't have one in my hometown.) There was a copper chain that I had admired previously, and luckily, there were two strands left! I liked the "global" look of the links, and thought it went well with the "Earth as Art" theme.
I used copper jump rings and the simplest, round toggle from my stash to complete the chain.

After much debate, I hung the focal bead from the center "globe" of the chain. It looked like it would be wonky, but I'm wearing it right now, and it hangs just fine:

I've not given up completely on that other necklace idea, but for now, I'm very pleased with my creation! 

I'll wear it to town, later!
Link's to other challenge participants can be found on Erin's blog, if these links don't work:

Erin Prais-Hintz http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Rebecca Anderson http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie Buss http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Ambra Gostoli http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3rd-challenge-of-color
Jess Green http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog http://www.karlakrafts.com (That's me! What fine company I find myself in!)
Kim Hora http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Andrea Ross http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com (had to bow out due to a wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2012/11/challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Lola Survillo http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/Lynn_White_Jewelry/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog.html
Joan Williams http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

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Blogger Tanya said...

Your necklace is beautiful. I love the copper chain with the green focal. I can see you wearing that "on the town."

November 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
OpenID stregajewellry said...

I definitely like the earthy look of this piece! Well done!

November 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger EmandaJ said...

Simplicity sometimes steals the show. Beautiful piece! Like you, I started out with great intentions and and a huge pile-o-beads, but ended up with a piece I am proud of from a minimum of supplies.
Enjoy the hop,

November 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Maplegirl said...

Like the interesting way you hung the focal from the metal bead. Hope you can figure something out for all of that work on the other strands. Sorry I have no suggestions - don't have much experience with stringing with crimps.

November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The pendant is perfect for your palette. I like the copper chain too, but I think you should "keep at it" with the seed beads and ribbon - it looks very promising too! Great job either way!

November 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Brandi Hussey said...

I think that focal is absolutely perfect. You're right, it IS a dead ringer for the palette! I love when that happens, don't you?

Thanks so much for playing along!

November 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
OpenID chicandfrog said...

I hope you can find a way to save those bohemian multistrand necklace. I love it!


November 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger The Crazier Sister said...

Nice, it can be worn with an already dressy outfit or used to "dress up" a casual one. Lovely job!

November 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Becky Pancake said...

Simple and sweet. Good job.

November 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger JLYNNJEWELS said...

Love the focal of your second piece - so sorry the first one didn't work out but I'm sure that you will come back to it and use it another design :) JLynn

November 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
OpenID strandedinthecity said...


November 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Caron Michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous, one of my favorite palettes!

December 1, 2012 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Patti Van said...

So sorry you had technical difficulties (haven't we all?) - I can envision how you wanted that "chain of beads" to work - and I know you will master it! BUT, I think your necklace is perfection just the way it is - love the focal with your inspiration!

December 1, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger A Half-Baked Notion said...

It was a blessing in disguise to have to rethink your chain midway through, as now you have the start of another beautiful design. How wonderful that the Michaels component you had previously admired was just the ticket... and it looks fabulous with that amazing focal, Karla!

Following you so I can keep up with your creations!

BTW, I struggle with crimps also... it's one of those skills that improve with practice.

December 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
OpenID lilrubyjewelry.com said...

Simply elegant! Your "mappish" bead is the perfect focal - love it!

December 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love the focal bead and it goes perfectly with the palette! Way to improvise, adapt and overcome :) Though I would love to see the finished piece that you started off with.

December 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger TesoriTrovati said...

Hello Miss Karla! You are not late, you are 'fashionable.' I am, too! I am still making my way around so that I can give everyone my full attention. I do think that the natural stones really have the beauty of our earth contained in such a compact space. And I agree with other commenters that simplicity is sometimes best. To make that stunning bead the star, it would have got lost in the other one (but I still think you have something cool going on there, and now you have a new project to challenge you!). Thank you for joining me on this fun color full journey. Enjoy the day! Erin

December 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Michelle Tucker said...

Oooh! I think it was serendipitous that the first beaded project didn't work out. The chain really makes a star of the focal and the colors are gorgeous together!

December 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Lola said...

There is definitely something special about having that perfect bead on hand for a challenge like this! And the global chain? Showcases it perfectly! Beautiful!

December 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Donetta said...

Simple, elegant, and very beautiful...I love this necklace!

December 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Good for you for overcoming all the challenges within the challenge! I had the Mississippi palette, too -- aren't the colors just gorgeous! I really like what you ended up with, and know you'll get lots of compliments when you wear it.

December 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Renetha said...

I liked seeing your creative process and sometimes simple is best. I like the necklace with the "mapish" bead.

December 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger A Polymer Penchant said...

very nice! That is so wearable with so many things I'm sure it would dress up or down with ease. Great job!

December 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger KayzKreationz said...

Very pretty piece. Your focal does indeed look 'mapish' and the little 'globe' beads are so cute with it.

December 3, 2012 at 10:44 PM  
OpenID beadrecipes said...

I love your necklace, so simple but that focal is so striking!

December 11, 2012 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I love your necklace. I really dislike wearing heavy necklaces and this one looks so easy to wear. The chain is gorgeous, and really allow the focal to stand on it's own.

December 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Karla Hartzog said...

Thank you all so very much for your encouraging comments!

December 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM  

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