months We're All Ears challenge is Paradise Calling.
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.
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
you, Erin, for choosing such a lovely challenge!
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.
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.
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.
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.