2022 marks the seventh 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... The Honey Do List! (Y'all, time really does fly!!) 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 would love to post a spring picture, but we in MN are still in the depths of subzero temps right now. To commemorate that frigid cold, here is a Bokeh shot of winter lights from the MN Landscape Arboretum. Hopefully this challenge will keep folks busy until warmer weather arrives!
Boy, I'm wishing Eric could share some real-time spring pictures too! But MN has way different ideas. I feel like this winter has been more bitterly cold than it has been in a while, but this too shall pass! For now, I guess I just have to embrace the snowflakes a little bit longer!
I've been in a bit of creative slump lately... so I'm grateful to Eric's inspiration to keep me making a bit. It was also a good kick in the bum to not let some snowflake themed items to languish for another year. I'll be ahead of the game next winter, right??
First up, a pair of earrings featuring lovely colorized pewter charms by Soul Relica that I snagged in a destash a while back. Both the color and design of the charms work well with Eric's inspiration photo. I paired them with some iridescent Czech glass melon drops and a mix of silver plated and blackened findings. I'm pretty happy with the final effect and they aren't super seasonal feeling either.
Keeping on the earring theme, since they are my favorite things to make... another fun pair coming right up! For this one I was focused more on the Bokeh effect of the photo. The effect reminded me of some charms I've had stashed away from Diana Ptaszynki for a bit. They are wood shapes that she monoprinted with a gel plate. I love the layered look of them! I had some fun vintage lucite melon roundelles that paired nicely and then I added a tiny touch of aqua with some small Czech glass beads. These are long but super light weight due to the materials used.
Last but not least, I did manage to make a necklace before time was up! I've had this ceramic snowflake pendant by my friend Tracee Dock of The Classic Bead forever. Time for it to see the light of day! (I'm pretty sure this is the last snowflake I have from her.) Returning to my stringing roots once again, I used a combination of Czech glass, Vintaj Natural Brass, vintage fluted brass, and moonstone.
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 soon to see what Eric has in store for us this month!