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