Monday, April 23, 2018

We're All Ears :: April Reveal :: Paradise Calling

This months We're All Ears challenge is Paradise Calling. 

When I see pictures of the beach, I can see why people refer to it as Paradise. I have never been to the ocean and haven't been to a lake since I was a kid, but for some reason, the older I get, I have an overwhelming desire to retire near water. To just be able to lounge near water, whether it be the ocean, a lake, large pond, or swimming pool, when ever I want, seems so peaceful to me. So I guess I can say that “paradise is calling” me, but for now, I'll have to look upon these lovely pictures, wearing my challenge earring.


The ceramic charms are made by Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker of Slate Studios Supply
and the lampwork beads and seed bead bead are made by Kerstin Weseler of Ladybirds 


Thank you, Erin, for choosing such a lovely challenge! 
 
Please visit the Earrings Every Day blog to see Erin's challenge reveal, and then follow the links at the bottom of her post to see what other earring designers were inspired to create. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Art Elements March 2018 Nest Theme Challenge


Cathy Spivey Mendola is sponsoring the March Art Elements Challenge and has chosen the theme "nest" for our inspiration.

I have been making jewelry for so long and really wanted to try something different for the challenge.  The only problem in focusing on jewelry for so long, is not developing the skills needed for other art mediums.  I can now say that I've tried something new and I had some fun experimenting and learning.

My first idea was to research the word "nest".  This lead to looking up the synonym of the word and then looking up the word in other languages (home, nidus, shelter, comfort, abode, gnezdo, bo, nyth, nid, nido, nesuto, sanctuary, nich....).  I wanted to make something using one of the mint tins that I have been saving.  I printed various words for "nest" on a coffee filter and cut strips to make a nest.  I recycled an birthday card as the backing for the tin.  The bird, red bead and feather were made by Gaea.



In doing my research of "nest" I remembered that there are other types of nests besides the ones made by birds.  This gave me an idea for a small assemblage project.  I used a small box lined with collage paper that has a fine print and a hive pattern, a yellow jacket nest that I had collect last summer and some Tim Holtz Alpha Dice spelling out "NEST".




Next, I tried painting a nest on a rock.  Although I wasn't very happy with how my idea turned out, I would like to practice more with this technique.


As I was getting my post ready I had that feeling that I needed to do one more thing.  I do need some earrings to wear for Easter.  And, I just happen to have some nest charms!  So I made a quick pair of earrings using some Easter egg colored beads.



I also want to share a picture of my cat, Fatty, nesting in my tool bag.  She prefers to be in my lap, hence the angry look.

 

Thank you for stopping by today! 

This is a blog hop and you can visit the other participants blogs by clicking on their name below.



Guest Participants-
Alysen
Anita
Divyah
Kathy
Kym - You are here
Mona
Rosantia
Sarajo
Tammy

AE team members-
Caroline
Cathy
Claire
Jenny
Laney
Leslie
Lindsay
Marsha
Niky


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2018

We're All Ears March 2018 Challenge

The March 2018 challenge of We're All Ears is Monochromatic.

 I made the earrings below for another challenge and was happy that they would also work for this challenge.  

I love the zebra pewter charms made by Kelly Luttrell of Vesuvius Arts and paired them with white and black lampwork beads were made by Denise Sachs-Mishalanie of Whirled Peas Beads.

 
The next pair are made with round faceted larkivite and little silver colored lotus pods.  The beautiful flashes in the larkivite are really hard to capture with the camera, but I think I managed a little.



 
I appreciate your stopping by my blog today!  

To see all of the creative entries for the challenge, hope over to the Earrings Everyday post.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 2018 Art Bead Scene Studio Monthly Challenge


Title: Spring
By: Frances MacDonald
Date: c. 1900-1905
Medium: Watercolor on Linen

Each month the Art Bead Scene Studio challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by that months featured artwork.  The only rule is that the jewelry must include at least one art bead in their piece.

The first spring flowers that I notice in my back yard are beautiful wild violets, which is the first thing I thought of when I saw this months inspiration piece.

Wild Violets
Wild Violets earrings are made with enameled charms by Raida Disbrow https://www.etsy.com/people/HavanaBeads dangling from copper wire wrapped components, which include lampwork beads by Ellen Dooley https://www.etsy.com/people/edooley, grey faceted glass beads, copper daisy spacers and brown shell beads and are finished with handmade copper ear wires.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Earrings

I finally finished a pair of earrings I had started working on last year.  The iridescent earth tone lampwork headpins were made by Kimberly Rogers of Numinosity Beads



I had also started this pair last year.  The polymer clay charms called Moroccan Lace were made by Ashley of Summer Wind




I really like how this pair turned out.  They are long and just a tad on the heavy.  They are 3 inches long, not including the ear wire.  I love the rustic pearls that I bought from Smitten Beads!




I have a few more pair that I need to photograph.  Still working on camera skills and usually not very happy with my pictures.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cancelled - 9th Bead Soup Blog Party

Update
Unfortunately, the Bead Soup Blog Party has been cancelled.

It's almost time to sign up for the 9th Bead Soup Blog Party!

This will be my fifth time to participate in Lori Anderson's BSBP and I have been partnered with some very talented and creative jewelry artists in the past.

If you make jewelry of any kind, this is a great opportunity to meet new people who share a common interest.  The blog hop is great and takes a few days to visit everyone's blog, but is well worth it. I'm always amazed at how many creative people there are and it's wonderful to see everyone's finished product.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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