I love playing with color, so I jumped right on board when I read that jewelry designer, Erin Prais-Hintz was hosting a color challenge blog hop. Erin is the author of the blog, Treasures Found. You can view her beautiful pendants and finished jewelry in her shop, Tesori Trovati .
Participation is limited to the first 100 to sign up from November 1st-4th, 2011.
Select only one color family, from the chart below, for your unique color palette. This can be a color that you love to design in (safe) or something that is difficult for you (challenge). Please keep in mind that this color will not be the exact color on your palette, but a varied hue of that color will be on your palette. That is part of the fun!
Create an accessory using the colors on your palette and then publish a post on your colors, inspiration and design on Wednesday, November 30th.
I chose the color green, because I have a lot of green beads and I wanted to use up some of excess. I had hoped to avoid having to buy new beads, but of course that didn’t work out, because I also ended up having red in my color palette and I couldn’t find the right shade of red in my stash. So off I went to the bead store – you know, any excuse will do when it comes to bead shopping!
The color palettes were designed by Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds. I love Design Seeds! The palettes are so inspiring. If you love color, you must visit Design Seeds! So without further ado, here is the palette I was assigned:
I really like these colors. They remind me of a cabin in the woods. I picture myself, wrapped up in a warm, red, green and brown blanket, after a long walk through the snowy woods. With that in mind, I named my necklace, “Walk In The Woods“.
Here are the types of beads I used for each color:
Brown – I used tapered brown glass rounds and silver-lined, root beer colored square seed beads.
Red – Picasso-finished 4mm red rounds, dark ruby tear drops and a red and green Czech lamped bead.
Dark Green – 4 mm malachite rounds
Medium and Light Green– Two shades of green aventurine, in two different shapes
I wanted the necklace to be a little bit asymmetrical but I had a hard time getting it just right. Originally I had a beige lampwork bead where the red one is. But it was the same color as the pendant and just faded into the background. I asked my husband what he thought and he came up with the idea of framing the beige lampwork with a few red drops, that were a little bit brighter than the red Picasso rounds. Eventually I decided that the beige lampwork had to go, and I replaced it with this swirly red and green one. I think its OK now. What do you think?
I would like to thank Erin and Jessica for organizing this blog hop. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone has created using their color palette. Erin is hosting a giveaway on her blog today for anyone who makes a comment but did not participate in the challenge. So be sure to stop by Treasures Found and leave comment on her blog.
Here is a list of all the Challenge of Color Blog Hop participants:
Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to focus on artisan items from the Pacific northwest (USA). There’s a lot of talent up here in the northwest corner of the country. And with internet connections, you don’t have to be here to own some of these great items. So get out your Santa bag and see what you’d like to add to it!
Wouldn’t some Santa’s helper on your list be glad to receive these earrings? I love the combination of gold and red, and these earrings are especially elegant! They are by gilliauna, an artist from Washington State.
I have added a Holiday Collection section to my ArtFire shop. It is on the right hand side of my first page. I also added a category for Gifts Under $25. These earrings are from my Holiday Collection and they are only $16! The fun glass Christmas “candy” beads look good enough to eat, (but please don’t!).
I’m grateful for you! Thank you for reading my blog, leaving comments and being supportive as I seek to grow as a jewelry designer. I hope you have a delightful Thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones!
Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
Let’s kick off the holiday season in a grand way! From now until Cyber Monday (11/28/11) everything in my shop has been marked down 15% (prices reflect the mark-down), and I’m offering free shipping (USA only)as well ! This is the best sale I have ever offered. If you’ve had your eye on something, now would be the time to grab it! I now have a section on the right hand side of my shop for jewelry under $25. These items are ideal for co-worker or teacher gifts and for stocking stuffers. With the mark-down and free shipping, you can’t lose. I have a selection of nice Christmas themed jewelry, as well as unique, high quality earrings, bracelets and necklaces that would be treasured for a life time. So visit Linda Landig Jewelry from Thanksgiving through Monday Nov. 28th and save big!
We have a large barrel cactus that we’ve had for over 20 years. In the summer it sits out on the deck – hence the pine needles in some of the photos. In the fall we haul it back indoors.
One time, many years ago, the woman who cleaned our home, accidentally backed into it while she was vacuuming. She told me later that her husband wanted to know why she had so many pin pricks on her butt! Believe me, she never made that mistake again!
Lori ofStudio Waterstone hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori for links to more great macro shots.
I went to the Gem Faire in Tacoma last Friday and I have all kinds of new goodies on my bead table now. I’m fairly cautious at Gem Faire, because many of the gem dealers don’t have store fronts or websites and I see a lot of gems that look dubious to me. One booth had beads that were obviously glass, but were billed as quartz, (but had garish bright non-quartz colors). Other dealers looked quite reputable. I really didn’t need any stones any way. They have good deals on Swarovski crystals and I picked up several strands. The oval beads (below) are Chinese crystal. The rest are Swarovskis.
Unicorn Beads always has a booth at Gem Faire and they have great deals on their discontinued lines. Unicorne Beads specializes in handmade lampworked Boro (Borosilicate) glass. At a nearby booth, I also picked up one strand of moukite – my only gemstone purchase.
Here’s a close up of some of the boro beads. Pretty, huh?
I finished off my shopping spree with 4 feet of brass chain and 2 feet of copper chain. The ceramic pieces below are from Summers Studio and they arrived in the mail this week, too.
Now I can’t wait to get into the studio and start creating with all these new goodies.
Every Tuesday, from now until Christmas, I’m sharing some of the great Christmas gift ideas I’ve found on ArtFire. We all need original Christmas gift ideas, right? Time to put aside stale old gift ideas and reach out for something unique and handmade.
Talking about stale old gift ideas….does anyone else have as much trouble as I do, shopping for the guys in your life? Books, puzzles, letter openers and then what? Rinse and repeat. The first item I want to share is not a big gift, but it could be a thoughtful stocking stuffer for a man or a woman. Billed as a gardeners soap, the product description says it is also an awesome soap for mechanics. I personally love receiving handmade soaps and I found lots to like at Appalachian Heritage Soaps.
The hand-woven bead jewelry by Mortira of Sage’s Cupboard is really amazing. You really should take some time to browse through her shop. I do some right angle weave bracelets with 4-6 mm beads, but Mortira works in tiny glass seed beads. This requires so much time, patience and attention to detail. I am always in awe of her work. The Kenya Bracelet (below) is just one example of her work. I chose it because it would work as a Christmas bracelet, while still being appropriate for year round use.
The color of these hand knit dishcloths, from Ewenique Essentials, is just yummy! It makes me want to make some melon colored jewelry!