Saturday, November 17, 2012

Berries and Leaves Challenge

The ladies over at the Artisan Whimsy site have created a new challenge for the month of November. The theme is Berries and Leaves. With it being the lead up to Christmas, naturally my mind turned towards Holly berries and leaves. My entry is an upcycled piece that features buttons and scrapbooking brads. I love  how it came out. These button charm bracelets are a favorite of mine for creating cute themed or holiday inspired bracelets.

Be sure to stop by the challenge site and check out all of the entries! 
This cute bracelet is available in my Etsy shop here.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bare Branches Blog Hop

I was lucky enough to get in on Heather Power's blog hop called Bare Branches. She put together a Bead Soup kit featuring her gorgeous polymer clay beads. The theme was icy and wintery and the mix she sent was just gorgeous. It brought a feeling of loneliness with it and I felt that delicious, and self indulgent sense of bitter-sweetness I get every year at this time. I loved everything she sent!

In true Bead Soup fashion, I used most of the mix she sent and added a few extras from my own personal stash. I added some chain, a sewn silk ribbon, som Czech glass and a few brass filigree rounds. I had a lot personal stuff come up in the week between the time I got my beads and the deadline for the blog hop so my design isn't as creative as I'd have liked, but I am pretty satisfied with it.

You should hop on over to Heather's blog and check out her and the other participants' designs. It's always a treat to see what different people do with the same components! I want to thank Heather for putting together this mix of pretties and for offering them up at such a deal. I don't think it will be long before I go back to her etsy shop Humblebeads for more of her gorgeous beads!