Monday, February 29, 2016

Art Bead Scene: February Challenge Reveal

Well I had all intentions of completing this project by today...

Here are the lovely handmade paper beads I am waiting to be delivered...


Here is the perfect pendant I found to use, I have her patiently waiting on my work table.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Inspired By Reading: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle





Grosgrain Ribbon Wrinkle Bracelets. Made from the idea of a
wrinkle in time travel.



The Black Wrinkle Bracelet represents Mrs.Which for the time she appeared as a witch dressed in black.
The Pink Wrinkle Bracelet represents Mrs.Whatsit for her shocking pink stole she liked to wear.
The Burnished Orange Wrinkle Bracelet represents Mrs.Who and her vagueness.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Halcraft Pretty Palettes: February Reveal

Welcome to my reveal for Halcraft's Pretty Palettes Challenge.

For more information visit

This month Erin's inspiration was Lace, bobbins, and Valentines.

Here's a picture of bobbins used for lace making.

I picked the Rose Quartz pendant and the Rose ceramic beads for Laurel and I to split. Why? you ask. Well I don't like flowery things and lacy things and Laurel doesn't like pendants and pink, so I picked these to be a Big Challenge for both of us!

I chose to use the bobbins as inspiration and make a lariat necklace. Here it is with lace that I used as a loop for the pendant.

Here it is without the lace and using more Rose Quartz as the loop for the pendant.


Please check out the Halcraft Blog to see what Erin Prais-Hintz and her Pretty Palette partner this month Michelle of Firefly Design Studio made. ALSO, check out the inlinks at the bottom for others who played along this month.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Sarajo's Honey-Do Challenge: February Reveal

Hello and thanks for looking! This is the reveal for the Honey-Do Challenge from Sarajo's Blog. You can read all about her challenge here... Honey-Do Challenge.

Here is February's Challenge: Use this photo of his as a starting point...

I struggled with this one a bit. While the photo is very vibrant and seemingly colorful, the palette is very muted and comprised of only oranges and greens. These are two colors that I am very uncomfortable with together. So until I found the perfect beads, I was stumped. THEN I was digging through my stash and found these amazing little stone briolettes in the perfect color way AND then I found the flower artisan pendant I was hording from a destash of somesort. Sorry, cant remember who made it.

So here's my Honey Do Piece !

Thanks Sarajo for letting us play along!

Here's the list of participants, be sure to hop along with us!

Gloria Allen
Terry Jeanette Carter
Jenny Kyrlach
Kathy Lindemer
Laurel Ross
Jeanne Marie Steck

Sarajo Wentling OUR HOST!!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Allegory Gallery Design Challenge: Cloud Bridge

Welcome to another reveal for the kits that Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery puts together. This was called Cloud Bridge and combined the Pantone colors of the year Serenity blue and Rose Quartz pink.

Around the same time Heather of Swoondimples put out ADORABLE owls in Pantone Correct colors. And it was a match made in heaven!

Check out the Facebook page for all the blog hops! ... Allegory Gallery Design Challenges


Monday, February 1, 2016

Art Bead Scene: January Challenge

Wow what a beautiful inspiration painting for this month...

Check out Art Bead Scene Blog for all the information on their monthly challenges.

I had just purchased the perfect beads to be the Artist beads... This month I used a Dianne Hawkey wordbead, a small Keith O'connor round yellow bead, an enameled bead from Andrew Thornton and a bronze star made by Dwayne Thornton (not a typo, that is Andrew and Cynthia's brother he made it from the lost wax process).

I always enjoy making along with this challenge, but this is the first time I have actually entered my work on their blog. Maybe someday I'll post all the previous artworks and the pieces I was inspired to make.
Be sure to check out the blog hop and the Pinterest page!

Art Bead Scene Blog: January Monthly Challenge Recap



Inspired by Reading: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Full disclosure (seems to be a theme this month, haha): I did not read past the first couple chapters. I tried to watch it on the scyfy website and only got as far as I read. Which I am surprised, as I really thought I would enjoy this book. Oh well. I actually haven't been reading much lately. I have purchased a few with all intention of reading, but I can't seem to focus. Here's my pile of to read... And my nook to read or finish reading...
Oh well... Here's my current inspiration from The Magicians. It's about the 'button' they use to travel back and forth. I read about it in a synopsis and was curious if it was a sewing button, a switch-type button, a Staples-easy-button type button or a wear pinned-to-your-clothes button. So I googled it and I found this website that has hundreds of novels page by page online. And at the same time found it is indeed a sewing type button. Of which any good jewelry maker has by the hoard full handful. So became my inspiration.