Wow November has come and gone already. I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving without any mishaps. Mine was great, except for the fact that I had to work, which was not a pleasant time it was a sad day for two families at least. The day at work made me so very thankful that all of my family made it to my Mom's safely and back to their homes safely. For those of you that do not know I am a Police Communications Officer II for the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Ok now onto what you really stopped by to see. If you have been following mine and Christine Altmiller's blogs you will know about our little one on one monthly challenge, but for those that do not here is a little about the challenge. Last summer I met Christine for the first time in person when I traveled to PA for a family reunion. I gifted Christine with a lot of items from my ever growing stash, and in turn she gifted me some beautiful items. So during lunch we decided that each month we would have a She made/She made challenge where one of us would pick from the gifted stash and we would created a little something that month with the items chosen. November was my month to choose the items and this is what I chose for us.
The above items were gifted to me from Christine. A rock from Michigan and some branch freshwater peacock pearls that she got the day we met at the Rolling Bead in Carlisle, PA.
I made two pieces one with the rock and then one with the pearls. Up first is the rock.
I just recently started using twin beads and love them, so I copied a bezel that Christine has been using with twins. It is a double St. Petersburg stitch using twin beads in the center. This stitch is very easy a little cumbersome at first, but then it gets going nicely. The color for all the beads used in the bezel is gold iris (love that color) I also used, besides the twins, size 15 and size 11 seed beads. The oak leaf charm came from Lesley Watts' shop THEAtoo, The snake chain was purchased from Hobby Lobby.
My next piece with the pearls took me a long time to come up with a design. My muse was just not working with me on those, until just the other day.
A little while back I had purchased this butterfly from Jeannie K. Dukic's shop. I have a little five drawer clear plastic stash do-hickey on my work table and this butterfly just sat there waiting for me to use it in something, so I was fiddling with the pearls and I looked at the butterfly and it hit me use the butterfly with the pearls. Ta Dah here is what I came up with. I had these titanium colored glass pearls that went perfect with the colors in the peacock fresh water branch pearls and the butterfly. I also used the white 4 mm glass pearls to lighten up the design.
Thank you for coming by and seeing what I created for this little one on one challenge now if you have not done so please go by and see what Christine has made with her rock and pearls.
I will be posting in a few days what Christine and I will be working with in December.
Happy beading Y'all,