Life is what happens when you make other plans. Ever heard that saying? It pretty much explains what happened to me the past two weeks, in regards to this challenge. Let me explain.
Heather Powers (Humble Beads) issued her annual Muffin Tin Challenge a couple of weeks ago. The idea is to kick start your creativity at the start of the new year. Participants load up each cup of a muffin tin with all the “ingredients” needed to make a piece of jewelry. Then whenever you have a spare moment, you can sit down and start creating, without the need to gather material or get distracted by all the other pretties.
I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to make it easy on myself and just use a 6 cup muffin tin, rather than attempting 12 projects.
That cold I mentioned? Yah, well it quickly morphed into bronchitis. Which explains why my muffin tin reveal is now a week late. Even though I missed the deadline for the blog hop, I still felt a sense of commitment to follow through on this challenge.
Before the bronchitis hit me like a tsunami, I got a couple of pieces done. First up is a pair of earrings that I featured on my Earrings Everyday blog post yesterday. I ended up making the earrings from the contents of the first two muffin cups. The ceramic spikes are from Suburban Girl Studio and the beaded beads are from Sue Beads.
Then I went on to make a necklace with the Humble Beads bird pendant that you see in the second muffin cup.
The rest of the jewelry was made this week. I made these cute earrings next. They are strung on Irish waxed linen and I macramed the loops at the tops. The wavy ceramic charms were made by Marsha Neal Studio. I’m in love with the glaze on these. See how it shades from mauve to lavender? ❤
I adore this wonderfully textured heart, by Yoli Miramontes. I topped it with a lampwork glass cube, that pulls in the pink from the heart and accents that with mint green. I’ve been looking for an excuse to use these unusually faceted, mint green beads. Their time had come to shine! I interspersed them with tiny green seed beads and transparent pink fire polish beads. I’m super pleased with this one.
This next necklace features more ceramic work by Marsha Neal Studio. I have a huge hoard of Marsha’s work, so I need to focus on designing with her things and then releasing them out into the world, so others can enjoy them. I topped Marsha’s pendant with a delightful, ceramic bird bead by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads.
And finally, I wrapped up this challenge with these happy, little flower earrings. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the lampwork artist.
So I finally finished the Muffin Tin Challenge. Better late than never. The first pair of earrings are available in my shop now and I will be adding the others over the next few days. Thanks for visiting my blog.
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