Thursday, November 29, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!!

So excited for today, it is the reveal for the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop, hosted by Erin of Treasures Found and Brandi of Brandi Girl Blog.  I haven't participated in this hop before and I was very excited, because Erin is always trying to stretch herself and us creatively and help us expand our horizons.   All of the participants were given two palettes, with the colors so beautifully pulled together by Brandi!  I loved both of my palettes when I received them, and in honor of challenging myself I chose to use both and create something from each.  I am a lover of color but I have realized that I definitely stick to certain colors when I design, mostly earthy colors, but brown, blue, green and orange. 

The pictures that were used to create the palettes were from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite.  They are phenomenal, I have only seen what Erin has posted and my own so I am very excited to see the others and look for some further inspiration.

My first palette was the Atlas Mountains, aren't the colors so beautiful and who would have thought that Chartreuse, Navy and plum would look so lovely.

The piece that I created for this was actually something that I designed previously that was sitting in my jewelry box because I wasn't completely satisfied.  The focal is a lampwork bead that my mom purchased for me while visiting the Maritime's a few years ago. The finished product turned out very light and airy!

My second palette was a bit more challenging for me because I really wanted to try and incorporate all of the colors in my design, and I wanted an eclectic feel for my piece.  The inspiration for this piece actually came from a Silpada catalog that I was looking through and found a necklace that I thought captured what I wanted to achieve.

I love red, it isn't a color that I wear often or use when designing but I love the rich vibrancy of red!  It always looks stunning when paired with blue tones. The Colima Volcano had me dancing with glee.

 Thank you to Erin and Brandi for putting this wonderful blog hop together, I can't wait to start hopping.  

Please check out the other participates and what they created on the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman (had to bow out due to a wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Happy Friday!

Much love,

Friday, November 2, 2012

Michael's Toast of the Town Blog Hop!

Today is the day for the reveal for the Toast of the Town necklace that Erin Prais-Hintz, Tresori-Trovati, Treasures Found Blog!  Erin is a true inspiration and such a kind and encouraging soul!  I am always inspired by her blog posts, she is a very thoughtful writer and encourages you to reach for the stars!  When I first seen Erin's necklace Toast of the Town, I feel in love, it is beautiful and it combines layers, one of my favorite things.  It is stunning to look at and I believe perfect for the holiday season.  With the announcement of a blog hop, and for us fellow bloggers/designers to try our hand and making one too, I couldn't resist.  I actually made two necklaces, one with a more earthly feel using some of the same components that Erin used in her Toast of the Town necklace and my second necklace is in gun metal, silver and glass.

Everything but the toggle from the earth tone necklace came from Michael's.  I had a good time picking out my beads for these two pieces and I was really lucky to take advantage of there great sale and coupons.  Thank you Michael's.

I would like to try another variation of this necklace using chain and beads I think that is would look really cool.

Check out the other participants,

Michaels Toast of the Town Variations Blog Hop

Pam - Re-Maker
Michelada - Micheladas Musings
Kay - Kayz Kreationz  (Note: Kay had to go out of town. Do check back for her reveal!)
Thank you very much for your wonderful inspiration Erin and for hosting this blog hop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Much love,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mismatched Earring Swap

Yay!!!  My earrings arrived from Cherry Obsidia, they are so lovely and just perfect colors for me.  Thank you so much to Dee for sending these along. 

Thank you so much to Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio for hosting this great blog hop, it was wonderful to see all of the amazing designs that were created and to get your very own funky new earrings to boot!

Tune in tomorrow for the Toast of the Town necklace hop by Treasures Found, I will be participating, I can't wait to see what everyone has created!

Happy Thursday!!

Much love,