I absolute love Andrew Thornton monthly challenges and this one is no exception. In fact, this one has been my favorite even though before I would have said that I am no fan of red. These gorgeous beads quickly changed my mind and they have been sneaking into designs that I am been making for other challenges also.
Those are the beads that I was sent and I admit to fondling that carved jade beads more then once. I didn't manage to come up with a design that would pay proper homage to it yet but it will be coming. And those little heart charms that Andrew made are so darling.
As soon as I saw those charms, I just knew that my main focus for this challenge would be earrings. This pair of earrings is lightweight and has a lot of movement. And since Marsala is the color of the year, they are perfect to wear anytime. They are up for sale at Shaiha Designs.
These next two pairs are ones created using some of the beads that were part of the luxury mix that Andrew always includes. Both of these pairs will be donated to Ears To You.
And since I did mention that parts of this kit have been sneaking into my designs, I wanted to show you where. The dangles on the first necklace and the gorgeous sari silk on the second were part of my kit. I am so glad that these kits are always so generous.
Now there are a few of us that stepped up to the plate and took this challenge so be sure to check out
what they made. I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone else used that yummy carved jade.