Saturday, December 1, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color - Reveal

Annnnndddd, that scheduled blog post didn't work. Some day I'll figure this out. Sorry my post for the Challenge of Color is a day late and a dollar short!

Good day to you! Today 80 creative souls are revealing their creations for the 3rd annual Challenge of Color blog hop hosted by the very lovely Miss Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati the and Treasures Found blog. Erin and her friend Brandi Hussey of Brandi Girl Blog teamed up for this go-round. Brandi created wonderful palettes based on the Earth As Art satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA. Fabulous!! I had the greatest of intentions to make two pieces for this hop, one for each of the two palettes Miss Erin sent to me. However, life, as usual, got in the way and I only finished one in time for the hop because:

My new studio looks like this:
bad phone camera photo

My kitchen/dining room/former studio look like this:

There is dust and dirt everywhere and Christmas Eve is in 23 days!! Will this all be done before the holidays? NO, but I still need to have it clean and decorated. I'll be scrubbing, moving and organizing all weekend. The wonderful thing is that my family will now be able to sit at and move around the dining room table comfortably. It will be heaven when it's finished. Many thanks to my husband, our son Matt, our daughter's boyfriend Josh, and our very talented, very good friend Mark. It wouldn't have happened without him.

On to the hop! The first palette Miss Erin sent to me is:
Coahuila, Mexico:
Love it! I also see a dusky plum in the photo so I pulled that into my necklace as well. I opted for simple for this necklace and I really like it:

I challenged myself to use only items I already owned. The lampworked cone is an art bead that I've hoarded for a very long time; it's by Jennifer Scott Geldard. I haven't purchased many art beads over the last few years because I have so many that I've had for a long time. Why I haven't used them I don't know, it's time. Anyhoo, I added some gunmetalish, textured oval chain, a few pierced metal beads, MOP beads and to decorate the tassel, Swarovski crystals and some stone beads. I want to fill out the tassel a bit more by adding a few more strands of chain and some more crystals and stones in the aqua, plum and green colors. The clasp is a sterling silver clasp set with a pearl that I've had forever as well. It's just a bit tarnished to it works well with the chain.

My second palette is:
The Bogda Mountains of China
Aren't the colors in the palette gorgeous?! While I wasn't able to complete my piece in time for the hop, it's in the pipeline. I, again, have an art bead by Sandy Seaman that I've been hoarding that will be the focal. It goes with this color palette like it was made for it. I'll post a pic when it's finished, probably after Christmas, but you never know - I may finish it before. This is the state of the necklace at the moment. It'll look a whole lot different by the time it's finished, I'm sure.:
Thank you for hosting such a fun challenge Miss Erin; Brandi, thanks for such beautiful palettes! Now, go hop along and see what everyone else has created!

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
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


  1. That Glassgirl focal cone looks like it was made just for this challenge, doesn't it, Lori? You've managed to make two extraordinary pieces despite the uproar at your home. Hope you will share the second item when you have completed it to your satisfaction!

  2. Love the color palette you used - and the necklace fits it just perfectly! I can't wait to see your second piece when you have completed it!

  3. The cone bead is gorgeous, and I like what you did with it. Can't wait to see the second piece you create!

  4. I love the first piece! So gorgeous! That lampwork bead is beautiful. I am eager to see the second piece when you finish and good luck with the cleaning and remodel!

  5. Wow Lori, Your palettes are gorgeous and I love the first necklace you made the lamp worked cone is a perfect match to the palette. I can not wait to see the second necklace I know it is going to be just as beautiful as the first.

  6. oh my, living in a constructin zone always sounds better in theory. Hope it all comes back together again soon, but certainly sounds like there will be a great payoff. I can see why you have been hoarding, what a perfect excuse though to make a stunning piece. I'm sure the second will be just as gorgeous

  7. Ohh, that lampwork cone is stunning, and looks like a perfect match to the palette! What a happy coincidence!

    A couple of years ago, my sister renovated her entire house down to the studs. The construction guys were working literally up until Christmas Eve, then were back after the holidays. It was so surreal to be surrounded by half-finished walls, but everyone chipped in to clean (repeatedly) and it turned out great. Hope your reno is just as smooth!

    Thanks for playing along!

  8. Oh, my - I hope your reno is going smoothly. I entertained ideas of upgrading hubby's office, but then I realized we are painfully close to Christmas, it will have to wait until after!

    I love the elegance of your first necklace - and can't wait to see the finished 2nd one too! You did a great job - gorgeous pieces :)

  9. Beautiful work! I can't wait to see what you create from that yummy second palette...the colors are to die for!

  10. Gorgeous pieces! beautiful palettes to work from too. You really pulled it off -- twice!

  11. The lampwork cone is gorgeous. Despite everything going on in your studio, your designs are fantastic.

  12. Oh those palettes are beautiful and I love the necklace you created using the first palette.

  13. What a great focal for your first palette. The necklace turned out great. Love that 2nd palette. Can't wait to see what you create for it. Isn't it amazing how different everyone interprets their palettes?

  14. I love the Coahuila, Mexico palette and that gorgeous cone. I like that you kept your design simple to showcase the focal.

  15. I love the beautiful glass cone on the first piece!!! What gorgeous colors. I also chose the Coahuila palette, mostly for the colors. The second palette is full of color and I know your second piece will be lovely.

  16. That focal bead is the perfect colors...nice job! Happy you got your new dining space for the Holidays...enjoy!!


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