Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dreaming Tree Design Challenge

I am in the process of putting the last minute touches on my ceramic
beads for Bead Fest in Philadelphia next week, so I was totally last
minute on designing for this months Dreaming Tree Design Challenge.
Whew!  I made it....
This is the beautiful color palette chosen by our challenge host, Andrew Thornton.
I love the subtle color combination of soft shades of purple and green.  The
mystery component pendant features a tree of life made by Andrew.  I hope he
doesn't mind that I got my power drill out and added another hole to it!
But first, my earring design:
 I am a Czech glass bead junkie, so the flower beads were screaming my name.
I paired them with 2 of my hand made 10mm ceramic grape purple round
beads, crystals and silver spacer beads.  I found these cool post earring findings
in my earring drawer.  I like that they didn't add any length to my already
quite dangly earrlings.  Now to my bracelet design with the tree of life focal:
I really like the way it turned out!  I used the waxed linen in the kit along
with an assortment of the smaller Czech glass and knotted in between the beads.
I made some dangles to give the bracelet some movement and used another one of my 
ceramic beads to form the clasp.  Fun and flirty!

If you'd like to see more of my ceramic beads, please visit my etsy shop at

Please hop around to all the challenge participants blogs to see what they designed!

Andrew Thornton, Nancy Noyes-Ward, Laurel Ross, Cheryl Lee Tucker, Dawn Berkebile, and Melissa Wynne


  1. Marvelous bracelet and I am intrigued by these post earring findings, I must keep my eye out for those because I love the way your earrings turned out!

  2. I loved those Czech glass flowers the minute I saw them too! Your earrings are a perfect complement to the bracelet using the ceramic beads to pull similar elements together. I love that you made the pendant into a connector and surrounded it with the beads from the kit as well as pretty butterfly dangles. The colors in this kit definitely brought out the garden theme and your designs captured that inspiration!

  3. What beautiful designs! I was trying to decide which I preferred then it occurred to me that I could wear them as a set.

  4. Fun and flirty is right! I have a feeling we all fell in love with those flowers! Great use of them with your beads!

  5. I'm glad you got to play along! I hope you had fun at BeadFest! Both of your creations turned out so sweet! I love the earrings. They're darling! And I don't mind at all... drill away! I think there's a magic that happens when you get an idea and can adjust your components to make it work. The bracelet has so much texture! So nice! Thanks so much for participating! You're a gem!