Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pretty Palettes::November Reveal

This month's palette was lovely!  I love the look of the blue water and golden sand.  This time of year, however, I seem to always be short on time.  I did have a chance to make something but I didn't get to try anything new or exciting.  Instead I combined it with a need I had at work for an ID lanyard.  

Here is the inspiration:

And here is my new lanyard:

I had a great time as usual and am looking forward to the next inspiration. Maybe I'll have more time to be creative ;)  Thanks Erin!

Check out the Halcraft blog for more!

Sarah O

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pretty Palettes::October Reveal

Wow! October sure went by quickly. I actually had these pieces made early but then forgot about the blogging part :)

Here is the October Palette:

Lovely fall colors. I chose my own beads to go with the palette because I fell in love with these wooden round and rectangular beads. So lightweight and smooth! Here is what I made:

Let me know what you think and have a great day! Keep creating beautiful things! I love to see what everyone else makes  :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pretty Palettes :: September Reveal

This month's inspiration comes from beautiful paper lanterns. The Halcraft beads that Erin picked out from Michaels are so much fun. Beautiful bright colors!

I made a colorful bracelet and two pairs of earrings. If I had more time I would have done more because this palette was so fresh and happy.

As always I had a great time playing along! Can't wait for the next bit of inspiration from Erin :)

Take a moment and check out what others did with the same palette: Halcraft: Pretty Palettes::September Reveal

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Esfera Jewelry Giveaway

Looking for an inspiring story about another jewelry artist.  Janine at Esfera Jewelry does fantastic interviews with the people behind the art.  Plus, there is always a spectacular giveaway.  She never disappoints. :)

To see the interview with Czech bead and jewelry artist Jana Bližňáková from Happy Fish Things. Click here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pretty Palettes :: July Reveal

Well for some reason I am a little behind.  My husband said "did you do your reveal post today?" I told him no that's next week. He said, "No, it's today. " So here I am writing a quick post so I can give you a look at what I made this month. I loved the idea of the Aurora Borealis for this month's inspiration. So magical! I wanted to do something different so I dug through some boxes looking for inspiration. I found this leather cuff that I bought forever ago. I liked it as a back drop like the night sky. I punched holes randomly and began weaving wire through and placing the beads. I like how it turned out.
Next, I made some earrings that I dropped from a piece of silver chain. Simple but i think they have a sort of elegance.
Lastly, I made another bracelet. This one I made three separate overlapping strands. Pretty straightforward stringing but I think it looks nice. Fun as always. Next time I will try and be more punctual :) Gotta go check out the other masterpieces!  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pretty Palettes :: June Reveal

This month's palette was full of fun summer colors.  I loved the big flat silver beads and I could not stop running my fingers over the colorful seed bead mix. :)  If you are ever looking to get inspired, check out the monthly Pretty Palettes challenge because Erin does such a great job of picking exciting, different palettes each month.  Here is the one for June:

I had time to make a few pieces with all of these beads.  The first thing I made was a necklace.  I like the asymmetrical look and for ease in wearing I put the clasp at the front by the pendant:

Next, I made a bracelet.  I gave it three strands and finished it with a lobster claw clasp.  I love this bracelet because I can see myself wearing it with lots of different things.

There were still lots of beads left so I whipped up a memory wire bracelet and added in some long turquoise colored pieces left over from another project.  I thought they made the bracelet a little more interesting.

Had a great time with the challenge.  Now I'm going to see what everyone else made and wait for the next one!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Palettes :: April Reveal

I loved the beautiful inspiration photo for this month.  I picked some beads that I felt picked up my favorite colors in the photo.  I made a bracelet and necklace using these great sliders with purple flowers. After I had them all made I realized that I had forgotten the faceted beads in different shades of purple. So I had to make another necklace. Thanks as always to Erin for helping to get the creativity flowing. I love participating and seeing the different ways in which the inspiration strikes people.

Checkout the other designs and some other great DIY projects at