Back in February (yeah back when I thought that winter would never end), I saw a blog post from Caroline Dewison of Blueberrie Beads. She was as tired of winter as I was and decided to join with some friends to do something about it. Caroline joined with a couple of her friends, Leslie Watt of Thea Elements and Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads, and decided to host a blog hop. With spring in mind, they put together some packs with some gorgeous sari silk and ceramic beads.
Now I admit that I was so excited to start playing with the goodies I recieved that I forgot to take a picture. So instead I am going to borrow couple pictures from Caroline's blog to show you some of the packs. To see them in all their glory, head over to this post.
I have always admired those designers that use sari silk so effortlessly, and I have even picked up some to work with. But it has always intimidated me so my silk has just hung there unused and I am sure feeling unloved. With this challenge, I didn't have a choice but to conquer that fear and plunge ahead.
I has picked up a heavy brass bangle from a clearance sale because I thought that I would be able to use it for something. I took the sari silk from Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads and wrapped it around the bangle. I then secured it with brass wire along with WooleyWire for some added color. This is totally outside of my usual style and I am rather pleased with it.
I had so much fun with these ceramic beads from Leslie Watt of Thea Elements. I have long admired her jewelry and now I am addicted to her beads. The colors just screamed spring and encouraged me to work with a color that I usually avoid. Yeah I brought out some creamy yellow jade beads that I had picked up in the past and never used. I also used some chalcedony that just patched the bluish purple in the flower and a pewter flower clasp that I had been hoarding.
My last design features the birds from Caroline Dewison of Blueberrie Beads. I totally fell in love with this little birds as soon as I saw them but they gave me fits when I was trying to figure out how to use them. I laid out several different designs trying to also incorporate the leaf that was part of the set. No go (I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone else used the set). I am working on shutting off the side of my brain that demands symmetry but with them being both different sizes and color...
Fate (with a little help from Chloe's playfulness) finally stepped in and a strand of purple shell beads ended up near the birds. Finally bells went off and this necklace was born. I still want to fiddle with it a bit more because I want the little purple bird to have more of the limelight but overall, I am happy with necklace.
I never did figure out a way to use the leaf but I am sure that I will. I will be sure to share it when everyone when I do. Now I did say what there was twenty of us participating so be sure to see what everyone else did with their beauties.