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It's reveal time for the 2018 Swap n' Hop!  My lovely partner is Jenny Kyrlach, who blogs over at Anafiassa.

Jenny couldn't quite decide what to send, so she sent two packages of beads - one from a green and earthtone mix and one from a red, white and black mix.  Jenny's specialty is her hand-made paper beads, and I was lucky enough to get seven sets of those - in brown, green, grey and white, light red/white, medium red/white and red.  Her handiwork is impressive on those beads - they are so consistent and lovely to use.




I have to admit that my beading mojo was at an all-time low over the last month.  I didn't even torch once, and so completed a couple of things with what I had on hand.  I'll continue to add to the work as I get things completed, so stay tuned for more work.  I did complete two pairs of earrings - one large drop featuring vintage buttons, Jenny's paper beads and some metal beads/  The next pair featured the lovely matte black and transparent red/black glass, plus some German glass from my own collection.



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It's been a while since I updated the blog - most of my updates are now on Instagram, but since that's mostly a "life" account rather than strictly a crafting/beading thing, I thought I would update here as well.  I've been quite taken with quilting, and have pieced a number of quilt tops.  This one is foundation paper piecing, and I love the ombre effect on it. 

The next one is Libs Elliot's rebel quilt.  The "rebel" block is the one whole block in the quilt.  She gives a piecing guide for 7 colours, all of mine are shades of cream and tan.  I've been on a monochromatic kick lately.
And finally, my WIP of Lib's Weight of Love pattern, exclusive to the class she teaches.  There are 17 colours in this one, mine are all shades of Red, Grey or Black.  Maybe the monochromatic thing is catching up with me!
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