Thursday, February 7, 2013

Inspired by Winter - hosted by Sally Russick


Hi Y'all,

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime put out the call for those that wanted to join in on a little challenge of Inspired by Winter.  The rules are as follows (copied from Sally's blog)


the challenge:

Let’s get out of the winter rut!
Let’s create a beautiful piece of jewelry inspired by Winter!
The beautiful shimmer of new fallen snow.
The muted colors of nature as it awaits Spring.
The yummy browns of that hot cocoa you slowly sip to warm your bones.
The deep greens of the evergreens.
and the bright red berries from the holly bushes.
Get Inspired!
Reveal your creation on

thursday, february 7th, 2013

with a little photo or description of what part of Winter inspired your color palette and design!

Well when I signed up for the challenge I thought ok this is going to be easy, I even had something in mind that I wanted to create with, but as time went by I started to think "wait what I want to use does not represent winter where I live."  For those of you that do not know I live in Central Alabama and it rarely snows or get's icy here in the winter and if it does it only lasts a few days.  The item I had originally wanted to create with was a ceramic snowflake charm, but as I just said that would not represent my region.  So I looked through my stash and I found a polymer clay piece that I had won in a giveaway from and very nice and talented person by the name of Alenka of Pepita Handmade blog.  The polymer clay piece was perfect to represent winter in Central Alabama.  Here is what I made with the piece.


I felt this piece was perfect cause of the colors of the fronds stamped on the clay.  These are the colors of winter in my part of the United States.  I had these apple green picasso  size 8 seed beads that match so I made the bezel using Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) and then brick stitched around it all with size 6 gold iris seed beads, added a bail and hung my pendant on a snake chain. 

Thank you for stopping by now please go and see what the other participants have created.





Happy beading Y'all,
Therese

26 comments:

  1. That is the coolest stitching on your pendant! I like how you used green seed beads to represent YOUR landscape! This would look stunning with a turtleneck sweater - really, really beautiful piece! I admire how your truly take all of these challenges to heart!

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  2. Beautiful piece Therese! as always!!! That pendant is perfect to represent winter and the muted colors bring out that raw feeling outside this time of year. simply gorgeous!

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  3. Your necklace is lovely and would be equally representative of my area (Gulf coast) during Winter--especially this mild Winter!

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  4. Nice! It's kinda cool to be able to not only experience what each of you love about winter, but also, get to enjoy the demographics as well. Its beautifully done (I really like the focal)

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  5. What a beautiful piece, Therese! You framed Alenka's polymer perfectly. If this is winter in Alabama, I want to move there :-)

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  6. Beautiful colors, Therese. No need for the winter blues in Alabama! I love when the world goes dormant in the south. Instead of the crunch of snow, we feel the crackle of southern pines and beeches under our feet!

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  7. Lovely beadwork as always. Your colors are so warm, just like I want to be right now.

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  8. I love your pendant, Therese! The colors are perfect for winter in Alabama. That CRAW bezel is so cool.

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  9. Therese, your pendant is amazing. First, though, I am a bit jealous of your lack of snow and cold. Our temperatures have been erratic and I have not gotten used to low temperatures yet this year.

    Getting back on topic .. I love the craw bezel. I thought that is what it was when I saw the photo. It fits the pendant beautifully.

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  10. That pendant is stunning!! Such beautiful work! Those colors would represent the winter we're experiencing this year in our part of Colorado. Unfortunately we've had very little snow here this year.

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  11. Wow! Stunning piece! I love the colors and bead work! I really want to try my hand at this type of beading....Great job!

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  12. Such a lovely piece :)

    I'm pretty jealous of your snowless winters too! That pendant is lovely, I do enjoy the patterns you can find amoungst the denuded plants of winter.

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  13. Therese, I love the necklace you made to represent winter in your area, STUNNING!! I have to say that you have been really kicking the beadweaving to the next level! I love the rope for the necklace and the way you framed the pendant, very clever!!! Thank you so much for participating in the hop!

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  14. Being not to far from you here in Panama City Beach I can relate to your color palette. Love the pendant and the beading you did around it.

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  15. Beautiful colors! It's fun to see what an Alabama winter inspires.

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  16. Perfect - looks just like the brown fields and dulled out grass, just waiting for the first warm breezes of March to green right back up!

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  17. I want your Alabama's winter instead of my Massachusetts' Therese! Great idea make a piece that really represents the weather where you are. The beadwork is amazing as always!

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  18. Fantastic!!! I so enjoy this beaded style... what a wonderful job!!

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  19. Fantastic work - I love how you incorporated the beaded border.

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  20. Your beaded pendant is stunning Therese! I love the colors you used and the shape of the pendant. If that's what winter looks like in Alabama, I'm on my way! =)

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  21. Therese - this is a perfect piece for this challenge! I love Alenka's focal, but you framed it so well! I love the corners on this!

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  22. Oh, this is my pendant!! :-D
    I really love how you framed it, it's perfect this way.

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  23. As someone who can only string a strand of seed beads... lovely! Its simple in design, with texture from the beads, and showcases the tile so well!

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  24. What a gorgeous soup, your beads are amazing! Really Love thsi pendant.

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