Gloria Stroop, of McDonald, PA, is being hailed as an artistic hero today.  Last night, without care for her own safety and well-being, she came to the aid of an altered artist who was stranded in this tiny hamlet without adequate supplies to complete a project for a looming deadline. 

The altered artist, Rebecca Peck, is here with her children to spend spring break with Gloria, who happens to be her mother.  Rebecca realized last night at 10:15 pm that she had yet to complete a project for the Ornament Thursday group that she participates in.

“I was in a panic,” Rebecca told us.  “Here I was, 300 miles from home without any inkpads! I didn’t know what to do.  My mom, who is the greatest mom on earth, saw that I was in distress and courageously jumped in to save the day!” 

Gloria immediately dragged her daughter down into the basement, a veritable treasure trove of all things alterable, and they began to go through boxes and bags, looking for just the right vessel for something to “sprout” out of.   

“Eureka!”  Gloria shouted as she triumphantly held a tarnished silver-plated creamer over her head.  “I’ve found it!” 

“That’s great Mom,” Rebecca said.  “Do you have any wire?” 

“Of course I do, but it’s a little rusty,” replied Gloria. 

“Even better!” exclaimed Rebecca. 

With a vessel and a 30 lb spool of wire in hand, they rushed upstairs and went to work.  Rebecca whipped out her trusty Perfect Pearls from Ranger, and some cool new Blackboard flowers from Cosmo Cricket that she had picked up just the day before.  She taught her mom the Faux Hammered Metal technique to decorate the flowers, and they used vintage beads and rusty wire to complete the flowers.   Rebecca realized that they were in need of some moss to complete the look, but Mom had an even better idea. 

“How about some of these green balls off this strand of ball fringe?” Gloria asked. 

“Perfect!” Rebecca said. 

With the project complete and only 14 minutes to spare, Rebecca ran to the computer and posted her hot link in the folder.  The deadline had been met!


Be sure to visit the other artists participating this month!  This is what they’ve been up to: 

Alexa Westerfield – a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Now that’s it’s time for spring, ideas are “sprouting” all over the place. Alexa creates this eye-catching notebook to keep them in order.

Art Bead Scene
Some good karma is sprouting up at the Art Bead Scene with Heather’s Lotus Flower Bracelet
Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
The Brooklyn National Anthem sprouts every year when Cindy’s in Spring mode. See what it inspired this year!
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie giggles and remembers a furry friend, brings back an old mold, and sprouts up a beaded LOLhammy ceramic ornament
Helen Bradley and Michelle Zimmerman at http design
It’s spring and we’re sprouting all sorts of wonderful art at http design. Michelle is toting her art to the market and Helen revisits a fun art school assignment for her inspiration.
Humblebeads celebrates spring with a Berry Good bracelet inspired by some juicy disk beads.
Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Jennifer has come up with a cute little necklace to remind you of spring.
Katie’s Beading Blog
Create some spring flair of your own with this easy bead embroidery idea from Katie’s book, Hip to Bead.
Kriss Cramer – Spring Is In The Air
Not much of a horticulturist? Me neither! But I love flowers and I enjoy growing these ones with some paper, paint, and rhinestones.
Linda and Tea at Make It Mine magazine
Tea decided to join the fun this month. Check out her quilt blocks and Linda’s purse.
Melissa J. Lee – Strands of Beads
What do Korean playing cards have to do with a sprouting spring? Check out Melissa’s blog to find out.
Michelle McGee – S-P-R-O-U-T
Michelle just can’t stop creating in green! A little wooden birdhouse becomes a beautiful palace!
Savvy Crafter
Candie shares some happy spring memories with a cheerful felty flower idea!
Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean tells a touching, poignant tale of some beads who help one another, and after a small amount of sturm and drang they get it together and help each other! In fact, they prettify whatever YOU choose! Go see! It’s fun!
Spring is Sprouting for Joolz by Lisa
Even without a green thumb, Lisa managed to “grow” a garden of sorts this month.
Sprouting Up with Beading Help Web
Lynn Kvigne’s used wire and a lentil bead to create a “sprouting” pendant for wire workers who want a bit of a challenge!
The Goddess ROCKS!
Inspired by a river rock shaped like an ancient goddess statue, Hali paints, melts crayons and adds glitter to create a sparkley celebration of Spring.
The Impatient Blogger
How does your garden grow? With metal mesh, Czech glass beads and vintage French images all in a row! Margot just returned from Paris where she discovered a treasure trove of vintage paper. This scanned and sized postcard image fit the theme of sprout perfectly and the necklace was in search of a new home…add some teal metal mesh bows and accents and voila…a design sprouts forth!
Vintage Girl Teams Up With Her Vintage Momma!
What does a gal do when she finds herself far from her crafting supplies? Why, she raids her mom’s basement and then puts dear old mama to work! Stop by and you’ll see why mom’s basement is fertile ground for things that sprout!


Hey everyone!  We’re visiting mom for Spring Break.  When I realized I had to get my project done, I thought it would be fun to have my mom help me.  The only projects we’ve done together are home décor projects -curtains, lampshades, etc.  I thought it would be cool to do a project together just for fun.  And yes, it’s true, she really did save me at the last minute.   I only added the “Eureka” for dramatic effect.  Mom really doesn’t talk that way!  It’s also true that she’s the GREATEST MOM ON EARTH!