WELCOME to the Crayon Color Challenge once again!
Our apologies that Blogger chose yesterday to have a major hiccup with some blogs...unfortunately, our Color Challenge Post "vanished" into thin air - but on the plus side, all of your lovely comments remained!
So if you were one of those that missed seeing our design yesterday,
we thought we would share ONE more time!
we thought we would share ONE more time!
A special thanks to Sally - it was fun to be a part of of her Crayon Color Challenge and we are looking forward to "catching" up over the next couple of days. The purpose of the Challenge was of course to pick a monochromatic hue and design with it...and our color was...
I love BROWN...because it brings to mind many favorite things...two of which are Chocolate and Coffee! I went through my vast collection of Focals, Gemstones, Artisan Glass & Ceramic Beads and found a beautiful and romantic set from Gaea with a glorious mix of browns.
The set had this beautiful Heart focal in it...it's a very deep dark chocolate color with a tad of that grunge black/brown/grey colors running through it. When I originally started designing, I had a Bracelet design in my head...however - I'm one that always goes with the flow and as soon as I started "playing" with the focal...along with a group of Swarovski crystals, Smoky Quartz and Jasper gemstones, and some Wire Lace Ribbon in a Mocca Brown...this pendant emerged with long fringe dangles. Since I was keeping with the Brown theme, it only seemed fitting to design with Vintaj Natural Brass chain and findings.
I love the Rustic and Romantic feel to this set...
All of the ceramic beads have that warm, old-world, Victorian feel to them and when I picked up the remaining ceramic beads from the set...I just had a vision of how fun it would be to have some asymmetrical links in between some chunky, classy etched oval chain pieces. The simple beauty of ChocoLatte is that when I started designins, I had nothing concrete in my mind...so it was fun to allow my emotions and hands the complete freedom to simply sit back and design.
I can't begin to tell you how much fun it was to "try out" different chain combinations and lengths with this piece. I had a variety of chain styles out on the design table to create multiple strands...however, in the end I decided to go with a simple double strand to frame out the top of the focal area...and then compliment that with a long single strand in between the links. If you have never worked with Wire Lace - give it a try! With the thinner pieces, you can clip them without worrying too much about raveling...and if you have the large Wire Mesh Ribbon lace - you can stretch it out to look like a wave. For this piece I tried both...but ultimately just wanted a bit of texture, so opted for the thin Wire Lace Ribbon as a petite accent.
Two coordinating beads in the set allowed me to create these lovely pair of earrings to compliment the ChocoLatte Necklace. Keeping with that romantic, old-world style feel...I added complimentary dangles as I did in the necklace, along with Key Charm dangles with the thought "Key to my Heart"
And if you are a fan of Gemstone Lore...
The two gemstones included in our ChocoLatte design set are:
Is said to bring stability and courage to balance your emotions
Is said to relieve sad feelings and stress, while building self confidence
And here's the complete set of ChocoLatte!
And on the off chance you haven't had a chance to visit all the blogs of my fellow designers participating this Hop - here is the listing of links!
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com
Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Rochelle Brisson http://acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.com
Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Linda Landig http://LindasBeadBlog.com
Cherrie Fick http://designsinthelight.com
Beth McLarnan http://threetrees-art.blogspot.com
Cece Cormier http://thebeadingyogini.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Tanya Goodwin http://pixiloo.blogspot.com
Jean Welles http://jeanawells.blogspot.com
Amy Severino http://amybeads.blogspot.com
Rebekah Payne http://treewingsstudio.com
Lola Surwillo http://.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Judy Turner http://silver-rains.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com
Rose Brisson http://ahteesblog.blogspot.com
Kim Bender http://www.kimmykats.com/
Heather Powers http://humblebeads.blogspot.com
Shelly Joyce http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Cherie Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Hope Smitherman http://craftyhope.blogspot.com
Patti Vanderbloemen http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Michelle Buettner http://MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache http://allprettythings.ca
Charissa Sloper http://blog.obsidiansoda.com
Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Maria Grimes http://mariagrimes.blogspot.com
Nancy Saccoccio http://risingdesigns.blogspot.com
Sandi Volpe http://sandivolpe.com
Joanne Tinley http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Catherine Pruitt http://boobeads.blogspot.com
Mary Harding http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karin Gilman http://www.qaygee.blogspot.com/
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Lorelei Eurto http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman http://melissameman.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies Reazor http://www.jdaviesreazor.com
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Melissa Essenburg http://chinookdesigns.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com
Lauren Streets http://ornthoughts.wordpress.com
Elizabeth Auld http://beadsforbusygals.com
Tracy Mok http://bumblebeadsdesigns.blogspot.com
Jennifer Judd Velasquez http://jenjuddrocks.blogspot.com
Marti Conrad http://marticsclay.blogspot.com
Lori Anderson http://prettythingsblog.com
Donna Bradley http://strandedbeads.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com
Linda Younkman http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Lisa Liddy http://Lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Dawn Doucette http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Diana Ptaszynski http://suburbangirlstudio.com
Shannon Chomanczuk http://formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/
YOU ARE HERE...
Janice Everett http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Karen Williams http://Baublicious.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Heidi Post http://expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com/
Birgitta Lejonklou http://lejonklou.blogspot.com/
Holly Westfall http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/
Karin Slaton http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com