Friday, November 30, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color

I am joining Erin and Brandi this year for the Challenge of Color blog hop.  Erin sent us all two palettes that were created by Brandi, and our job was to create a something using at least one of the palettes.  This year the palettes are from the Earth as Art image gallery.  Please check out the link, all of the images are simply stunning.

Here are the two I was sent:

This is
 Guinea-Bissau, which is a small country in West Africa. The website describes it as:  Complex patterns can be seen in the shallow waters along its coastline, where silt carried by the Geba and other rivers washes out into the Atlantic Ocean.  I think it is just beautiful, and I love the colors.

This is the Mississippi River Delta.  The description from the website is:  Turbid waters spill out into the Gulf of Mexico where their suspended sediment is deposited to form the Mississippi River Delta. Like the webbing on a duck's foot, marshes and mudflats prevail between the shipping channels that have been cut into the delta.  I love this one too, the blues and greens together are gorgeous.

I combined this project with another one I've been working on.  I've been creating and donating jewelry to Ivelolharele Retirement Sanctuary, for a silent auction they are having.  They are a horse sanctuary located in Chilton, Wisconsin that I've recently become involved with, and it is a wonderful place.  I used one of Marti's running horses cuff beads for the focal on this bracelet and the first palette for my colors:

I was a little worried that the colors wouldn't look as good in the bracelet as they did on the picture, but I really like the way it turned out.  If anyone is interested, the auction items are on Ivelolharele's Facebook page, I have a few pieces of jewelry and there is a painting as well.

Please take a look at what the other participants created with their palettes! 
Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak  <------------- You are here
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

I signed up to participate in the Kalmbach bead soup party.  They mailed each of us out a package of bead soup from different bead retailers.  Mine was from Beadalotta in Fond du Lac.  Here is what they sent me:
 I just LOVE the colors in this soup!!  The focal is from Earthenwood Studio.  The green and brown beads are Czech glass, the coral beads are shell pearls, and the blue are Czech pressed glass. 

I really have a thing for long necklaces lately.  I used up almost all the beads in my soup, and added leather cord from my stash.  I put the clasp on the side because it was too pretty to get stuck in the back.  
Thank you Kalmbach for hosting this fun event and to Beadalotta for donating my soup! 

You can see what everyone else created here.