Friday, November 16, 2012

Birthday Surprise Challenge reveal

Hi Y'all,

Today is the reveal for the Birthday Surprise Challenge.  Today is also my 53rd birthday.  I am not ashamed of my age.  I rejoice being here on this earth one more year and hope to rejoice for many more to come.
I bought a few Golem clay cabs and beads and thought it would be wonderful to ask the beady Ladies I have met in person if they would like to play along in a challenge.  The only Lady that I have not met in person, but feel as though I have know her for a long time is Kristen, but we will meet in person I am sure of it.   Judy, Lola, Marla, Christine, Amy, Maryanne, and Kristen did not know what they were getting from me I wanted that part to be a surprise.
This birthday surprise is also for Christine her birthday was in October, Lola her birthday was November 11, and Kristen her birthday was November 12.  I am very excited to see just what they lovely and talented Ladies have created with their cab.

Judy Riley is having Internet problems beyond her control so I told her that I would post what she has created with her cab and beads on my blog.  Here is the cab and beads that I sent to Judy.

Here is what Judy created.

"For Therese's Birthday Challenge I made a Mandala. As my inspiration I used the circle of life represented by the mandala and the southwest colors of the beads and cabochon. I started by placing the cabochon in the middle and adding simple straight stitch beading around it letting it take the form of the sun. For the rays I used off white size 8/0 seed beads and blue and orange size 10/0 triangle seed beads. I added 9 mm natural round carved stone beads and 5 mm brown wooden beads. To finish I used white and brown feathers, adding purple feathers for additional color. Each color and item has a specific meaning to it.
I want to thank Therese for posting this for me and wish her a very Happy Birthday!"

I love it Judy, thank you for playing along in this challenge.

Now here is what I made with my cab and beads.  First the cab and beads in the raw.

Here is what I made.

I bezeled around the cab with light green size 11 and size 15 seed beads a round of size 5 mm red Coral beads, a round of 4 mm green Aventurine beads then I brick stitched around the pendant with orange size 8 seed beads and picots with yellow size 11 seed beads.  The necklace is a spiral rope using the orange size 8 seed beads as the core beads, then the red Coral and green Aventurine beads along with  yellow and green size 11 seed beads.  I used 10 mm Aventurine beads after every five rounds of the spiral rope until the rope was about then I used the clay beads after five rounds of the spiral.  In the center of the necklace I made a beaded bead to hang the pendant from then continued on with the second half of the spiral rope.

I am pleased with how it turned out.  It is a bright and cheery necklace that is comfortable to wear.

Please go and visit the other Ladies in this challenge.   

Amy Severino

Christine Altmiller

Kristen Stevens

Lola Surwillo 

Marla Gibson

Therese Frank     (you are here)

Happy beading Y'all,


  1. I am overwhelmed, Therese! This is such a stunning piece. I loooooove the pendant!

  2. First stop on the Hop! I had to see the Birthday Girl first :-D Happy Happy Birthday, Therese! Thank you for this Hop and for your kind heart and your endless generosity.

    First, Judy's piece...what vision and creativity! I love anything with a Native American theme and vibe to it and this completely falls into that category beautifully!

    And, Therese---Your necklace has such Joy and Celebration in it! I love the color combos and the gorgeous brightness of it. You brought all your Birthday Party Spirit to it :-D

  3. What a gorgeous necklace!!
    Wish you a happy birthday and lots of happiness

  4. Happy, happy, day to you, Therese. Judy's mandala is such an unexpected treat - just amazing. And I love your oh-so-festive piece. If it were my birthday, I'd be rocking that necklace with a pair of purple suede pumps!

  5. Happy Birthday, Therese! Judy's mandala is beautiful and so different! I love it. And, your necklace is so bright and cheerful! I colors are so joyful! I love the spiral rope with the bigger beads! Thanks again for including me in your challenge!

  6. Happy birthday! I love the colors you've chosen, and the cab is gorgeous - it's a beautiful piece. And that dreamcatcher is cool!

  7. Happy birthday to you, Therese!!!!!!!
    Well, I guess, this is the perfect day for you wearing your wonderful necklace... :0)))

  8. Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Therese, happy birthday to you!!!!!!!!

    WOW - this piece is simply gorgeous. It's so rich and colorful. I LOVE it.

    Thank you again for gifting and hosting this wonderful challenge!!! I am happy to call you my friend!!!

  9. You are the birthday bunch!! Happy Birthday Therese, and yes many, many more to come!

    WOW! Judy's mandala is so cool! I'm going to have to look up the background to that (because you knew I would :)

    And Therese you piece (and beadwork) is gorgeous as always! what a beautiful, flowing piece .. it feels like spring with those dragonflies!! Reminds me of our camp.

  10. Happy Birthday. Great colors. Well done.

  11. Wow that Mandala is awesome! Such a creative idea! And your necklace is just amazing! I love the colors and the textures in it. I really hope you have a fantastic birthday! Thank you so much for including me in this hop. It was such an amazing experience for you to share with us! Thank you!

  12. Happy birthday Miss Therese! What a kind and generous friend you are to treat those lovely ladies on your special day! You are a beautiful soul. May your next year be rich with color and laughter and love. Enjoy the day. Erin

  13. Happy Birthday! I feel so lucky to meet more of Christine's friends through this hope. You're a special person - I can tell!

    Love your necklace - all the texture created in the pendant is just wonderful

  14. Happy birthday Therese, many happy returns!
    Love Deb x

  15. Happy birthday, Therese! What a fun birthday blog hop! Your necklace is just beautiful. I love all of the colors you chose and they all work so well. Judy's dream catcher is wonderful as well. Enjoy your day!

  16. Well, Happy Birthday Dear and happy belated birthday seems to be in order for many of your beading pals as well. What a super idea for a blog hop. Your necklace is so fun. I wish you a beautiful year. You deserve it.

  17. Happy birthday Therese!

    Judy's mandala is so amazing! I expected to see a piece of jewelry so this is a surprise. Your necklace is stunning. I love the dragonfly cab and you really complemented its colors perfectly!

  18. Happy birthday Therese!

    Judy's mandala is so amazing! I expected to see a piece of jewelry so this is a surprise. Your necklace is stunning. I love the dragonfly cab and you really complemented its colors perfectly!

  19. Happy Birthday Therese! I hope you have many more beady birthdays to come :)

    And your bead embroidered necklace is soo neat! I love the colors you used!

  20. Well, I'm just now getting a chance to see all the lovely creations in honor of your birthday! I love what Judy made, such a creative use of her beads!
    The wonderful autumn tone in your set is represented so well in your design! You smart cookie, that beaded bead is an awesome way to show off the pendant.

  21. What a super fun way to celebrate your birthday. You are beyond generous and I'm sure the other ladies were more than pleased to play along with you with the Golem Studios goodies!

    You know I can't resist bright colors and your gorgeous piece is no exception to that. There's just something so happy about what you created. I'm hoping your birthday was just as joy-filled!! :)

  22. Hope you had a great birthday, Therese! Here's to a great year of beading!

  23. I love Judy's mandala (what a clever idea!) and your gorgeous necklace! I love how you pulled the colors from the pendant and took them to the next level by adding bright, complementary colors! Such a happy design!

    Thank you so much for your generosity with the Golem beads and for letting me be a part of your birthday celebration. You deserve to be celebrated my friend! xo

  24. Happy, happy, happy belated birthday! So sorry I missed the big day, but what a great celebration you had! And of course, you created a beautiful necklace that reflects the warmth and cheerfulness you shine on everyone around you. Birthday hugs to you!

  25. Happy belated birthday from me as well! Or Hippo birdie as my elven-year old nephew likes to say. :)

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday - fantastic idea!

    And I love your necklace. Your color and beach choices and stitching truly highlight and showcase your lovely cab. What a fun way to remember such a special day. Your own personal holiday. :)

    Happy birthday again!

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