Monday, September 24, 2018

The Honey Do List September 2018

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 haven't had a chance to go through the 1000's of pictures I took on this trip, but this one jumped out at me for the challenge. I like the architectural elements and the pop of color from the flowers.  Hopefully it will challenge you to try something new!

I really loved this window... and really the whole area where this picture was taken.  We were just wandering around the streets of Bamberg and saw a little entrance driveway thing in the side of a fairly nondescript building.  When we popped our heads through, we found ourselves in this amazing courtyard space that we never would have guessed was there.  I love how Eric captured the window with the flowers flowing from a window box in the foreground.  I can't wait to see some of his other photos from this trip.  (I need to deal with the hundreds of pictures I took with my phone too!)

My first creations for this month were some super lightweight earrings featuring Vintaj filigree pieces and tiny Czech glass flowers.  I chose the filigree to represent the window and added the flowers dripping off of them to mimic the photo further.  I stuck to colors that were represented in the window box flower arrangements for this challenge but ended up making a pair with blue flower beads on the fly during my show this past weekend.  I think I'll whip up a few more pairs of these with additional colors as they were pretty popular.

Pressed for time as I was this month with preparations for my three day studio tour, I was worried that I wouldn't complete anything else.  Luckily, I was able to whip up a little necklace over the course of the weekend during slower times.  I started with a lovely fine pewter pendant from Green Girl Studios that reminded me of the window in the photo and then played with the idea of the red flowers in the links and little dangle off the bottom of the pendant.  Not wanting to totally ignore the green in the photo, but also not wanting to go too Christmas-y, I chose some Czech glass coins with a Picasso finish around the edges to bring in hints of the foliage.

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  1. This inspiration picture stood out to me as soon as I saw it. I do have something in progress for it and will be sharing it soon! As for your creations, they are perfect. The filigree for the earrings is perfect to represent the window - and the them!

  2. Love the pop of red in your necklace- its super cool

  3. It's always fun to see how you interpret the inspiration. Great pieces!