Monday, May 2, 2022

Inspiration for the May 2022 Honey Do List

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it: 


I keep wanting to post Spring flowers or something, but Minnesota is still cold and rainy and not really green yet.  So here's one from our trip to the Inner Hebrides Islands: Iona.  This was a tiny and beautiful island with white sand and rocky beaches.  I figured you could use color, texture, or subject here in some interesting ways.  I know everyone will come up with something cool!  

The reveal date will be Friday, June 3.  (We'll be doing some traveling in May, so I want to make sure I've got time to get the reveal post up!)  To make it super easy for you to participate and share your creations, I'll set up an Inlinkz link up so folks can add their blogs or links as they are ready.  Just stop by my blog starting on June 3 and join the fun!  I'll leave the link up open for a while... so you have plenty of time to add your links.  (Last month's is still open... check it our HERE.) No blog?  No worries!  Feel free to send me a picture of your creation and some brief comments and I'll happily share in my blog post.  You can reach me at sjdesignsjewelry@gmail.com  The more the merrier, so I hope you'll play along with me this month!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Humblebeads April 2022 Color Challenge

 

This year Heather Powers of Humblebeads has started doing a monthly color challenge in her Humblebeads VIP Party Facebook Group.  With everything else that's been on my plate it's been hit or miss if I manage to get anything made, but this was a good month for me!  Maybe it was just coming off the Bead Cruise, or really being ready for spring while Minnesota is still having snow, but, either way I was absolutely feeling the tropical palette this month!

With the greens in the palette, I immediately grabbed some enameled leaf charms from Blue Hare Art Wear and started playing with different Humblebeads discs.  I'm really happy with how both of these came together with a mix of Czech glass flowers and some fun flower shaped sequins that I picked up on the cruise.  Photos really do NOT do these leaves justice.  

I had big, big plans to make a few other things, but sadly, time got away from me.  I'm glad that I made these earrings so quickly or I may not have done anything at all.  Maybe I'll do better this month.  Fingers crossed!

Monday, April 25, 2022

April 2022 Honey Do List

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it: 


Since we are finally getting close to actual Spring (yes we had rain, freezing rain, and snow yesterday in MN,) I decided to pick an optimistic sun for this month's challenge!  I took this on our trip to England a few years ago and am just now getting to go through my pictures of that amazing trip.  I bumped up the contrast and vibrance on this picture to accentuate the color and texture differences.  Good luck and good beading!

Apparently, Eric was a little apprehensive that I wouldn't have much that would work for this month's inspiration... but that couldn't have been further from the truth!  I found LOTS of good stuff that would possibly fit the colors and themes.  My bigger issue was pulling myself back in to focus on one project at a time.

Per my usual process, I started with some fun earrings.  I do this for two reasons... 1) I know I'll have something made come reveal day and 2) it helps get my creative juices flowing as my other pieces hang out at the edges of my bead mat.  

First up, I played with two different sets of ceramic charms from Jana at Happy Fish Things.  Both had the turquoise of the sun's patina but the first pair is much more rustic.  At first I was thinking to use these great charms with the narrow end down... in moving things around my mat, one got turned the other way and a light bulb went off in my brain!  I used some fun little metal beads and tiny Czech glass rondelles to dangle from the bottom of the tribal feeling charms.  

The second pair of charms are more glossy and refined feeling.  They have both the turquoise and the golden tones in there.  I paired some great verdigris acrylic melon beads with brass nuggets and Czech glass.  I did some mixed metal action combining brass, copper, and blackened tones.  

Next, another pair of earrings with pretty much the same top portion as the last pair, but with gorgeous enamel charms from Blue Hare Art Wear this time.  The golden color of the charms was just perfect for the rusty bits and lichen in Eric's photo.


But, wait.... there's more!  I "found" a lovely layered botanical pendant from Slate Studios Supply in my stash that hadn't yet been properly put away.  (Bonus, now I don't have to!)  Anyway, the rustic texture and patina of the center portion of the ceramic piece nicely reflected the colors in the sun of the inspiration photo.  This piece is really all about the patina color but I also give a nod to the rough background with some matte Czech glass and cuprite.    


I managed to eke out one more necklace before time ran out on my this month.  While not a sun, the face in the middle of this delightful polymer clay focal by Staci Louise Originals reminded me of the sun in the photo.  And it didn't hurt that the colors were right!  I went asymmetrical this time using a mix of bead links and stringing with a mix of Czech glass beads and copper plated accents.
  

I still have a bunch of partially thought out designs sitting on my bead table.  Who know, I may end up getting one or more of them done before we say goodbye to April.  Even though I do it more often than I'd like, I really don't want to shuffle these pretties into a box for (hopefully) another time.  I've got too many of those little boxes and bags of ufos!  Here's a tiny peak at one of the ideas I was having earlier in the month before I close.


Now it's your turn!  Please add links to/photos of your own creations below.  I love seeing what everyone else is making too.  Check back soon to see what Eric has in store for us this month

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Inspiration for the April 2022 Honey Do List

It's not an April Fool's joke... we're actually on time with the new Honey Do List inspiration this month!  

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it: 


Since we are finally getting close to actual Spring (yes we had rain, freezing rain, and snow yesterday in MN,) I decided to pick an optimistic sun for this month's challenge!  I took this on our trip to England a few years ago and am just now getting to go through my pictures of that amazing trip.  I bumped up the contrast and vibrance on this picture to accentuate the color and texture differences.  Good luck and good beading!

The reveal date will be Monday, April 25th.  To make it super easy for you to participate and share your creations, I'll set up an Inlinkz link up so folks can add their blogs or links as they are ready.  Just stop by my blog starting on April 25th and join the fun!  I'll leave the link up open for a while... so you have plenty of time to add your links.  (Last month's is still open... check it our HERE.) No blog?  No worries!  Feel free to send me a picture of your creation and some brief comments and I'll happily share in my blog post.  You can reach me at sjdesignsjewelry@gmail.com  The more the merrier, so I hope you'll play along with me this month!

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

March 2022 Honey Do List

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I know it's a weird day for a Honey Do List reveal, but I just got back from a much needed and amazing vacation aboard the Bead Cruise last night!  (I hope to post about that super soon.)  I've been up to my eyeballs unpacking and washing what feels like a billion loads of laundry today, and running errands so I'm running a bit behind.

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:


We are so close to spring I can taste it!  But with snow still on the ground here in Minnesota, I don't feel like I can post flower pictures yet.  So here is a shot of some desiccated crab apples against a blue sky from last winter.  Think warm thoughts.

Per my usual, I started by grabbing a whole bunch of possible components and beads to spark my creativity as soon as Eric gave me this month's challenge.  Some of these goodies I had out back around the holidays and never got the right combo... but this challenge inspired me to go in new directions and finally get things right!

First up a pair of earrings featuring some lovely enameled charms by Gardanne!  I love the berry decals she used, but the brighter dots at the tops were just throwing me off as far as what to pair them with.  Lucky for me, I had gotten some new goodies from Ana Pierson of Saga Hus Components since I last tried to make something with these.  I had the perfect pair of beaded links with tiny bright seed beads that were just the right color to go with those dots and also mimic the berries from the photo (and charms)!


Next up a simple pair of earrings with wood and resin teardrop charms.  These are really just dipping into the deep reds of the berries in the inspiration photo.  Nothing crazy exciting here, but they are cute and made me happy.  


Lastly, the piece I was scared I wasn't going to finish before the cruise... but I did it and am so happy with it!  Eric bought the gorgeous polymer clay pendant by Summer Wind Art ages ago when polymer was her main medium.  I've used most of those pieces now, but still have a couple hiding in my stash like this fox with winter berries.  The combination of the red berries and blue sky were so appropriate for this challenge and a real joy to play with.  I immediately reached for a strand of Japanese glass from a stash of Miriam Haskell components that Allegory Gallery got their hands on to share with their customers.  I added in some Czech glass beads primarily in aqua and burnt orange plus a tiny bit of cream.  I finished everything off with some of my favorite textured silver plated chain and a lobster claw clasp for adjustability.



Now it's your turn!  Please add links to/photos of your own creations below.  I love seeing what everyone else is making too.  Check back soon to see what Eric has in store for us this month! 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Inspiration for the March 2022 Honey Do List

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:


We are so close to spring I can taste it!  But with snow still on the ground here in Minnesota, I don't feel like I can post flower pictures yet.  So here is a shot of some desiccated crab apples against a blue sky from last winter.  Think warm thoughts.

The reveal date will be Wednesday, March 30th.  To make it super easy for you to participate and share your creations, I'll set up an Inlinkz link up so folks can add their blogs or links as they are ready.  Just stop by my blog starting on March 30th and join the fun!  I'll leave the link up open for a while... so you have plenty of time to add your links.  (Last month's is still open... check it our HERE.) No blog?  No worries!  Feel free to send me a picture of your creation and some brief comments and I'll happily share in my blog post.  You can reach me at sjdesignsjewelry@gmail.com  The more the merrier, so I hope you'll play along with me this month!

Monday, February 28, 2022

February 2022 Honey Do List

2022 marks the seventh year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... The Honey Do List!  (Y'all, time really does fly!!)  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along with us!

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:


I would love to post a spring picture, but we in MN are still in the depths of subzero temps right now.  To commemorate that frigid cold, here is a Bokeh shot of winter lights from the MN Landscape Arboretum.  Hopefully this challenge will keep folks busy until warmer weather arrives!

Boy, I'm wishing Eric could share some real-time spring pictures too!  But MN has way different ideas.  I feel like this winter has been more bitterly cold than it has been in a while, but this too shall pass!  For now, I guess I just have to embrace the snowflakes a little bit longer!  

I've been in a bit of creative slump lately... so I'm grateful to Eric's inspiration to keep me making a bit.  It was also a good kick in the bum to not let some snowflake themed items to languish for another year.  I'll be ahead of the game next winter, right??

First up, a pair of earrings featuring lovely colorized pewter charms by Soul Relica that I snagged in a destash a while back.  Both the color and design of the charms work well with Eric's inspiration photo.  I paired them with some iridescent Czech glass melon drops and a mix of silver plated and blackened findings.  I'm pretty happy with the final effect and they aren't super seasonal feeling either.  


Keeping on the earring theme, since they are my favorite things to make... another fun pair coming right up!  For this one I was focused more on the Bokeh effect of the photo.  The effect reminded me of some charms I've had stashed away from Diana Ptaszynki for a bit.  They are wood shapes that she monoprinted with a gel plate.  I love the layered look of them!  I had some fun vintage lucite melon roundelles that paired nicely and then I added a tiny touch of aqua with some small Czech glass beads.  These are long but super light weight due to the materials used.    


Last but not least, I did manage to make a necklace before time was up!  I've had this ceramic snowflake pendant by my friend Tracee Dock of The Classic Bead forever.  Time for it to see the light of day!  (I'm pretty sure this is the last snowflake I have from her.)  Returning to my stringing roots once again, I used a combination of Czech glass, Vintaj Natural Brass, vintage fluted brass, and moonstone.  


Now it's your turn!  Please add links to/photos of your own creations below.  I love seeing what everyone else is making too.  Check back soon to see what Eric has in store for us this month! 


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