Friday, May 15, 2020

We're All Ears May 2020 :: May Flowers

For this month's We're All Ears challenge, Erin chose the theme of May Day for us.  I'd never heard of the idea of flowers in cones or baskets for May Day... May Poles... yes, cones... no.  Either way, I can totally get on board with the idea of flowery earrings.  For someone who doesn't consider herself super flowery or girly, I do love flower beads!

I started with a fun pair of pressed pansy flower charms in resin from Twinkiedinky that I've had for a while.  The purple and yellow combination is not always an easy one for me, but how can I argue with Mother Nature?  I added some purple Czech glass flowers and little yellow rondelles for some fun and lightweight earrings.

Next up, I finally made something with some pretty yellow rose charms made by our hostess Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  These have been languishing in my stash since 2016 (hangs head in shame) but they are finally getting their day in the sun!  I used some faceted citrines and little turquoise Czech glass beads to bring an extra pop of color into the design.

I also couldn't resist playing with some cool components from Artisticaos.  The colors were just so yummy, and the shape with it's wire "handle" does remind me a bit of a flower basket.  Once again I picked some coordinating Czech glass flowers as well as some little dyed agate rondelles.

After playing with a bunch of of my flowery art beads I decide to try my hand with a more May Day specific idea that came to me in the shower of all places, lol.  I thought it would be fun to have some little Czech glass flowers coming out of a cone shaped bead cap.  I had to play around with the lengths of the headpins until I was happy with how they behaved, but I think the end result is pretty cute!

Before I was done creating for this challenge, I managed to get in some play time with some new patterned cork that Heather Powers of Humblebeads turned me onto.  Here are a few variations on an earring idea using a thicker version of a floral cork sheet.  All are paired with brass charms from Vintaj, Czech glass flowers, and plated hematite beads.

This is a blog hop.  You can check out what other folks were inspired to make over on the Earrings Everyday blog HERE.


  1. Oh wow! You were certainly inspired. I love all of them. Those pansies are divine (and my top three favorite flowers!). The cork is really interesting. I think I may have missed that on Heather's page, but I see you all working with it and it looks fun. Those Artisticaos components really DO look like little May Day baskets and makes me wonder where all of mine are! And so sweet to see the little rosebud earring components. I like make those flowers and yellow is a very rare one for me! Well done! Thanks for playing along with me! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. So many pretty earrings! Those art beads were all new to me, so thanks for sharing those. I love the layering with the printed cork teardrops. I also really like how you made your blue glass flowers hang down from the cones. So simple, but striking. Your wire wrapping is so neat and even, too.

  3. The copper and blue earrings really stand out for their vibrancy and simplicity. I love them. I saw the video Heather made on cork fabric. I have seen solid cork fabric before but where did you get the printed cork fabric from?

  4. They are all great earrings and I love their design. My favorites are the pansies and pair with components from Artisticaos. They are just gorgeous.

  5. Oh, may beautiful earrings! I especially like the ones you made with the charms from Erin. Looks like several of us grabbed the bead caps and flower beads for this one too. How funny!

  6. They are all beautiful! I'm glad I found out about the patterned cork from this post.