Friday, April 21, 2017

Earrings Everyday: April 2017: Eggs

I have to admit that I came really close to skipping this month's Earrings Everyday challenge.  It's not that I wasn't inspired by the subject that Erin chose for us... I just didn't think I had any beads that really worked for it.  I had written off the whole thing and then on my afternoon walk on Monday, I had an idea.  When I got home I went digging for the beads I was thinking of, and wonder of wonders, found them!  For some reason that got me thinking about some decal-ed wooden beads that I got in one of Andrew Thornton's destash events... and I found them too!

But I'm putting the cart in front of the horse here.  Let me step back for a moment and share this month's inspiration!  She challenged us to create earrings inspired by the egg in any form but shared some amazing photos of Ukrainian pysanky eggs.  Eggs really are a perfect inspiration in this time of year when many of us celebrate the holidays of Easter and Passover and Spring is bringing new life and color to the world that has been so grey and dreary through the winter.

Obviously, my childhood Easter Eggs never looked as fancy as these, but I've always been fascinated by these delicate blown eggs.  I've got a small collection of blown egg Christmas ornaments that I bought in Hungary a lifetime ago that I cherish.  Most of those are hand painted florals, but I've got one made with the wax resist technique that's truly amazing.  Anyway, here's what I ended up creating...

First, the pair with the Czech glass beads that I first came to my mind.  I've had these oval shaped cornflower blue beads forever and haven't used many (if any) of them until now.  Apparently this isn't a shape that really speaks to me or I would have used them and/or bought them in more colors.  I felt like the design in the center of the beads was reminiscent of the designs "written" on the pysanky eggs.

My second pair features some vaguely egg-shaped wooden beads decorated with pink and white floral decals.  I added some white Czech glass flowers with pink beads in the center to add to the springtime flower feel of these.  The added beads have nothing to do with eggs, but I wanted to add some whimsy and interest to the earrings... and I felt like it!  :)

Stop by the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else was inspired to make this month!  I just delivered both of these pairs to Unearthed Arts if you're interested in them.


  1. So glad you were able to play along, Miss Sarajo! I love the floral wood beads. They really do remind me of Easter eggs! And I know there is always a Czech glass bead that is perfect for any challenge. I don't have any of these table cut beads, but I do like the detail on them! Happy spring! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Love both designs! The blue pair is my favorite. I like the stacked bead cups: I'll keep it in mind for my next pair of earrings.

  3. I love the shade of blue in the first pair. Pretty earrings!

  4. Great imagination. I don't have either type of bead but even if I did I would probably not have thought of them for this challenge.

  5. Both cute earrings. The first pair is really a clever representation of the pysanky eggs!

  6. Sweet designs! While I know the blue ones are definitely my style, it's the other ones that catch my eye. I love the addition of the decals on the wood beads. Nice job!!