Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:
I call this one "Unhinged." This was a random shot in a small town in Southern Minnesota, as we ventured into an alleyway. You never know where the inspiration will strike! I love the colors of moss and lichen, as well as the textures of old wood. Sorry about missing last month, but we are back!
As I was searching back through my blog for a pair of earrings that I made for an old We're All Ears challenge, I discovered that this isn't the first September that Eric has given us a lichen themed Honey Do! September 2019 was lichen inspired too with some ferns thrown in! I was super excited when I saw the photo Eric picked this time around as I love the old wood, lichen and moss, and the amazing old hinge. Hopefully my designs do it justice!
The first thing that I grabbed were a pair of brass circle charms that had been given a splatter paint effect by an unknown artist. (I got them as a freebie somewhere along the line so apologies for not having a name here!) Over the last couple of years I've kept coming back and looking at them but never got so far as bringing them to my bead mat. This time, I knew that I had the perfect beads to go with them... some fun patinated look acrylic melons. I grabbed my supplies and whipped up this first pair of earrings before any moss could gather on my rolling stone of creativity!
Next up, a colored pair of pewter charms from Inviciti caught my eye as feeling a little weathered and lichen-y. (I'm sure that's a word, right??) I paired them with some coordinating Czech glass and a fun wavy spacer.
I didn't want to leave the hinges out of my creative endeavors so I had to whip up one last pair of earrings with some rustic pewter charms from Inviciti that reminded me of the hinge shape. This time I went with some fun clear acrylic beads with streaks of silver and black as well as crystal spacers and faceted pyrite.
I had so many other ideas that I wanted to explore this month, but with prepping for me big 3 day show that was this past weekend, I just ran out of time to explore everything that I wanted to.
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 in early October to see what Eric has in store for us next month! Luckily we've been exploring a bit more with the camera in tow, so I'm guessing he'll have some fresh inspiration for us!