This marks the third 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... it's the Honey Do List 2018! 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 decided to go with a monochromatic shot this month, as winter drags on. This picture of a window was taken while on a walk through D.C. last summer. Let's see what you can pull off with this unusual inspiration!
As soon as I saw this photo, I thought of some one of a kind patinated charms by Inviciti that I had managed to snag. (I'm usually WAY too slow to snag the OOAK pieces from Vincent and Nooma!) I love the rustic finish on them and the orange with black peaking out (and even the shape) reminded me of the bottom center two panels. In keeping with the shapes and angles in the photo, I chose some English cut beads and some square plated hematite spacers.
Originally, I thought that I'd use the art beads from the next two pairs of earrings in one extra fabulous pair... that turned out to be a little much and a bit too long for my liking, so I decided that they would be two separate sets! I think I made the right decision. The first pair features some yummy, crusty, rustic looking lampwork by Donna Millard paired with Czech glass and brass on some of my favorite Vintaj Natural Brass ear wires. The second pair are all about the goldenrod colored sari silk "cocoons" by my friend Anna Pierson of Saga Hus with some star cut Black Gold Amazonite.
Not wanting it to be all earrings all the time this month (not that I don't love me some earrings!), I also whipped up a necklace and earrings set. I'm thrilled to have found the perfect project for this great geometric pendant by my friend Tracee Dock of The Classic Bead! Actually, all the beads and the clasp in this necklace have been hiding in my stash for quite a while, so I think that this design perfect for the intent behind the Honey Do List. I used a fun strand of square Czech glass beads and some Wooden Jasper rounds with brass findings. The earring drops are deep maroon Mookaite.
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