Monday, February 24, 2020

Honey Do List February 2020

2020 marks the fifth 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 2020!  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:

This month I had a hard time coming up with a good challenge. I have plenty of bird and flower pictures but still within the icy grips of Minnesota winter these just didn't seem right for February.  I ended up going monochrome with this cool railing and shadow from atop Herman the German in New Ulm. Hopefully the design will supply some inspiration!

Even though every fiber of my soul is crying out for some color right now, I do love this black and white photo with all the fabulous scrollwork and shadows.  I still had a bunch of black and white beads out from Art Journey #1 for the Art Bead Scene Blog (you can see what I made for that amazing black and white inspiration HERE) so I was able to easily pluck some things from that pile to get started on this month's Honey Do List!

I chose to make a coordinating set using some of my stash of beads from Golem Design Studio that have a gorgeous white glaze over chocolate clay.  I thought the loopy, leafy design represented the railing's scrollwork nicely.  For the bracelet I whipped up a multi strand design with lots of Czech glass and seed beads as well as some cute pewter pieces.  The focal bead on the end is lucite and the clasp and chain are silver plated.

For the necklace I went with a strung design with tons of Czech glass in black with a Picasso finish plus star cut matte quartz crystal and pewter.  I was so happy that I still had some of these great leaf toggle clasps in silver plate to finish off the necklace.  I think it pulls things together nicely!

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 on March 1st to see what Eric has in store for us next month!  
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1 comment:

  1. Oh yes! The leafy designs on those beads is perfect for this challenge. That bracelet is a real stunner. I struggle with making bracelets, but you knock them out of the park. And that necklace is a beauty. There's something so lovely about that matte quartz...Anyway. Thanks to you and Eric for another great inspiration!