Friday, November 16, 2012

Birthday Surprise Challenge Reveal

One day I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Therese of Therese's Treasures.  I opened it up to see some wonderful handmade beads and a cabochon along with an invitation to join Therese and a few others for Therese's Birthday Surprise Challenge.  Therese sent this to all of the women that she has been able to meet in person in the beading community.  I was lucky enough to get to meet her earlier this year, it was a fantastic trip and Therese is as nice in person as she is on her Blog.

Therese was actually one of the first Blogs that I started to follow and I love seeing her lovely work and reading about her life.  She is always so helpful and inspiring to me.  This Hop, in fact, is a wonderful example of that.  You see, today is Therese's birthday, and she sent all of us these wonderful Bead sets from Golem Studios.  Personally I cannot say I know many people that would send someone else a present on their birthday, that is how awesome and kind she is.  She is always there with an encouraging word or gesture when you need it and often times when you don't.  She truly has a heart of gold!  I <3 you Therese!  I wish you many blessings, not only for your birthday, but for every day that you have!

Here is what I made:

I had to have a photo with the infamous chair!
With Ribbon Closure

It just ties on!

I have to admit that I really had no idea what I wanted to do right up to the last minute.  I started this piece on Wednesday at about lunch and finished it just in time to take a photo of it at dusk on Thursday.  The beaded beads I used in the band were designed by Kelly Dale.  I am a big fan of Kelly and for all the she does for the beading community.  Kelly runs a YouTube channel called "Off The Beaded Path" where every week she uploads a new video tutorial.  I have to admit I would have never been able to pick up beadweaving like I have without Kellys wonderful video tutorials.  Kelly last month uploaded a video called "Meridian Earrings" that was made using these beaded beads and joining them together with Crystal Montees.  These beaded beads remind me of little pillows and they are really simple to weave up.  That is when inspiration hit!  Right at the very last minute!  Yay!  I did not use the large round beads that matched the cabochon because I had planned to try to make some earrings with them.  However I just ran out of time.  I am so sorry Therese!  I do promise to use them sometime in the near future and share that design as well as soon as it is finished. 

Thank you all so much for visiting us for this wonderful blog hop in Therese's honor!  Be sure to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and please wish Therese a Happy Birthday!  She is truly deserving of it!  Don't forget to check out what the others made in her honor as well! 

Kristen Stevens

Lola Surwillo 

Marla Gibson  <----You are here

Therese Frank   <--------- The Lovely Birthday Girl!

Peace and <3


  1. Marla~this is Gorgeous! The colors are so soothing and the style fits the cab so perfectly. I looked a t that badge a hundred times and never saw the peace sign until today. Love it! I can't believe you started this Wednesday! You work fast, Girl!!!

  2. This is so pretty Marla! I love your beaded beads and how they echo the shape of your cab. The bezel is gorgeous too!

  3. Wow Marla, you did a wonderful job with your cab I love it it is gorgeous, so not what I was expecting to see ,-)! Thank you so much for all your kind word they truely brought tears to my eyes. This is turning out to be a fabulous day! Thank you for beining a part of my birthday.
    Much love,

  4. Marla! This is so beautiful! I love the beaded beads and how you did a twist around the bezel!

  5. LOVE this bracelet!! The echoing of the shape of the cabochon was a wonderful idea.

  6. Your bracelet is fabulous, Marla!! I love it and the beaded beads couldn't be more perfect with the cab! The bezel is so cool, I love the rope effect you have going on there!

  7. Amazing work and a stunning bracelet, Marla, so nicely adapted to the focal! (And so lovely to see the Chair again LOL.)

  8. Marla, I love your bracelet. The bezel is beautiful and those beaded beads are amazing! They do look like little pillows and are fabulous linked together. The ribbon closure is just icing on the cake. :)

  9. Yeah, I got to see the chair again! (it makes me giggle every time I see it, I just love it) I discovered Kelly's you tube just a few months ago, and immediately subscribed. I really would love to go visit her store at some point. I love what you did with the beads, the mosaic feel is quite lovely!

  10. This bracelet is fantastic Marla!!! I love the colors and that gorgous band! Absolutely stunning!

  11. Cute, cute, cute, cute! The birds on the cab are so cheerful, and your beadwork is just the perfect touch to bring out the joy of the Golem. Love it!

  12. This turned out so lovely! What a great job you did with the Golem bead! Hope Therese got a lot of joy from seeing what each of you made!