Saturday, April 11, 2015

Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop and Giveaway Hosted by Alenka (Pepita)

Hi Y'all,

Back on February 28, 2015 Alenka of Pepeita Homemade blog announced a Birthday Blog Hop and Giveaway. The rules in her words:

Every participant has to:
- create something on the theme of butterflies - it can be a piece of jewelry, an ornament or something else;
- write a blog post about the final creation and publish it on the blog hop date with the link to my blog and the list of all the participants. 

Well fortunately for me, because I missed the first sign up date, Alenka, changed the blog hop date from March 28th to April 11th and extended the sign up date to March 21st. Yay!!!

I have been seeing a lot of bead embroidered bugs and butterflies lately on Pinterest they are all so beautiful, so yeah you guessed it I had to do one for this blog hop challenge.

Okay I am not that great of a drawer, so I was a little intimidated about getting started, also I just could not decide on what I wanted to used as the focal element on the butterfly. I was looking at my precious (my stone cabochons tee-hee) and reluctantly chose to use the Mushroom Rhyolite and the Rose Quartz cabs. Then I started pulling other items from my stash to use to fill in around the cabs.

Here is the results:

Pink and Gray Butterfly front:


My first choice was to make this into a pin, but then when I was finished with the embroidering I decided to make it where the wearer could wear it as a pin or a pendant.

Happy Birthday and Thank you Alenka, for thinking up such a great challenge, to not only to celebrate your birthday, but the awakening of Spring.

Thank you for stopping by please leave a comment I love hearing from Y'all.  Now please go and visit the other participants in this Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop - Giveaway.  Oh yeah I forgot, you too can have a chance in the giveaway.  Here are the rules in Alenka's words:


On 13th of April I will randomly chose:
a) between all the participants at the blog hop  
5 persons 
that will receive one of beads or cabochons made by me from polymer clay;
b) between all that will comment on my reveal blog post  
1 person 
that will receive a pair of earrings made by me.

Now for the list of participants:

1. Alenka (Pepita) --> me, the hostess
2. Monique (A Half-Baked Notion)
3. Beti Horvath
4. Kathy Lindemer
5. Kepi
6. Christine Altmiller
7. Amy S.
8. Dini Bruinsma
9. Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers)
10. Alicia
11. sheilaposter
12. Therese Frank (you are here)
13. Rebecca White
14. Rachel Mallis
15. Liz E
16. Ana (ACBeads)
17. Jasvanti Patel
18. Carolyn
19. Nan Smith

Happy beading Y'all,


  1. fantastic pendant-brooch! I love colours and the shape, great bead embroidery!

  2. Oh my goodness gracious Therese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could you hear my gasp all the way down there in Alabama!!??? Well that's what I did when I scrolled down to see this spectacular piece. Seriously Therese. You've outdone yourself here. I'm freaking out over this gorgeous butterfly.

  3. Wow! So stunning! I love the touch of color added. The pearls make the butterfly so elegant!

  4. This is gorgeous, Therese! I love the choice of stones you used and the whole piece is really beautiful! The colors are great and go together so well. Really a stunning piece of jewelry!

  5. There has been a lot of beautiful jewelry come through your hands, but this is at the top of the list! You have outdone yourself this time! I am speechless. That you made the cabs and then did the embroidery and chose the perfect backing for it all and made that adorable beaded body ~ you left no detail untouched. is quite the romantic piece ;-)
    Elegant Romance, Baby!

  6. who needs to draw when you can create with beads like this?! wow that is amazing Therese! I love this and how you did a bead embroidery butterfly pin that convert to a necklace. You have a beautifully creative mind my friend!

  7. Your butterfly is absolutely gorgeous, Therese! Not much can beat Mother Nature but you managed to do so with such lovely textures and design. Your cabs are wonderful and I really love the backing you chose. Now the tough question... will you keep it or give it away as a gift?

  8. You always astonish me with your beautiful and unique pieces, Therese! Especially love that this is convertible for even more wearing occasions :)

  9. Wow that is an absolutely stunning butterfly brooch, I am speechless. I love everything about it, the colors, the design, just everything. Stunning job!

  10. So pretty! My computer revealed it to me so slowly, but it was worth the wait! Love how you used the cabochons!

  11. I know how heart wrenching it can be to use parts of our most precious stash. However, you choose the perfect cabs and did both of those amazing stones proud. The profile orientation is amazing, so creative. The elegance factor for this is off the charts. I really think this is one of your absolute finest pieces!

  12. Hi Therese,
    I'm really happy you've joined me in this blog hop, thank you!
    Wow, your butterfly is simply gorgeous!!! You did the right choice to chose those cabs, they are perfectly enhanced by the piece ... REally amazing!!!

  13. Therese, your piece is superb! It's a good thing you weren't stopped by the designing or the choice of cabochons and went ahead. It's absolutely gorgeous. Every bead looks perfect in its place. I also like its versatility. Great work!

  14. Bead embroidery intimidates me but you have done an amazing job!

  15. Bead embroidery intimidates me but you have done an amazing job!

  16. Yiur butterfly was quite the surprise. The pearls look stunning. Its funny how there are so many different concepts of the one simple form. Thanks for showing the back too.

  17. A pendant and a brooch... that's a great idea! A surprising design in lovely colours♥ I really really like it!

  18. I love the beautiful bead embroidery pendant/brooch you made, it is amazing!!

  19. Oh, my, Therese! I've been away and haven't been keeping up with blogs. Just stopped by tonight to check out the rules for the upcoming Time to Stitch Challenge, and saw this post! I absolutely adore the colors you chose to bring those amazing stones to life. The flowing lines and the little details that both reflect nature and add a bit of fantasy - pure brilliance. I love all your designs, but this one just might be my absolute favorite!

  20. This is such a lovely piece! You did a great job..the cabs make me think of the delicate veining seen in a butterfly's or dragonfly's wing. The surrounding beadwork and colors you chose truly enhance the total effect. Fabulous!

  21. Absolutely awesome is how I would describe your butterfly. It is beautiful. The fact that you can wear it as a pin or pendant makes it double fun.