The colour choices for the March challenge are inspired by the onset of spring!
With such a pretty palette, it was hard to create just one piece, so instead, here are two …
The first is a colourful kitty necklace ~ featuring an adorable polymer clay cat pendant from Anastasia of Dreams and Elements whose colours fit just perfectly with this month’s challenge!
… and the second design is a watercolour leather wrap bracelet with czech glass beads (actually 2 bracelets – same design – one with a focus on the greens, and the other focusing on the corals)
Does it feel like spring yet?!
Time to get the creative flow going … and away we go!
Remember Robin Kae Reed? I introduced you all to her a few weeks ago here – after the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop partner pairings were announced? Welllll … her secret stash of goodies just arrived and holy cow! So much to choose from – where does one even start?!
Gorgeous gemstones, and glass beads, and metal blanks, and keys, and gears, and focal pieces (check out that fairy door!), and, and, and … so many ideas, so little time! Thank you so much Robin!
and now the fun begins :)
If you were wondering what Robin gets to work with … this is what she received … I sense a bit of a pattern here … gemstones, glass beads, metal pieces, gears … you know what they say … great minds think alike😉
It was really hard to part with Anastasia’s (Dreams and Elements) polymer clay owl focals, but I just knew Robin loved owls and that they would go to a good home😉
(and she has already proven that correct and made an amazing necklace with one of them already that she’s given me a sneak peek of … it’s awesome – just you wait and see!)
The big reveal date is set for May 15th!
Shabby and sweet is the theme this month. Such lovely light pastels … reminding us that spring is soon to arrive (hopefully, anyways!)
February’s design challenge is based on the colour palette below;
The rules this month state that “Anything can be created for this challenge, including; finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants/pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, seed-bead art, sewing design, metal-smithing/art, paper crafting, clothing/fiber art, leather work, painting, even your favorite culinary delights (like cupcakes), etc. The sky is the limit! Show us how creative you are with our color palette.”
So, with that in mind … my submission is not jewelry related at all, but rather – vintage postage stamp/postcard images transferred onto stone tiles, and made into fridge magnets!
After taking it easy for the past month or so, it is now time to hit the ground running! The Bead Peeps Swap n Hop has begun once again! (and if you’ll remember from last year’s inaugural event … this is a blog hop of gigantic proportions hosted by Linda Anderson)
The event sees participants from around the world paired up together – with each sending the other an assortment of components including a handcrafted focal piece, a clasp, coordinating beads and other delights in the hopes of challenging their design skills and encouraging them to create items that perhaps may contain parts they have not normally worked with or thought of before.
Partner pairings were announced last week, and I’m thrilled to introduce my bead swapping buddy Robin Kae Reed of Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs.
Robin is a self taught jewellery designer, whose favourite method of jewelley making is stringing, but she enjoys all methods of creating pretty pieces and describes her style as boho chic. Hmmm … I can get behind that!😉
She enjoys working with natural gemstones, silks, leathers, stones, found objects, and she loves crystals. This should be an easy match to come up with some great bead mixes – with so much to choose from! Maybe challenging her with different colours of components (she predominantly loves shades of green from turquoise to forest!) would be interesting. Let’s see what we can come up with!
Here are a few lovely examples of Robin’s work found on her website;
I guess it’s now time to get busy putting together some ingredients!
Stay tuned for more to come!