Reveal and blog hop autumn design challenge

Autumn design challenge

This year I participated in a blog hop for the very first time ever: the bead soup party. What great fun! A new addiction was born.
So I was thrilled two of my favorite bead artists, Lesley Watt of TheaElements and Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads decided to host a challenge.
Both are not only talented bead artist but very gifted jewelry designers as well.

I was super duper thrilled to find out I was one of the lucky few to be able to participate. You can imagine I was doing my little happy dance around our truck. The dance became even wilder after finding out my lovely friends Lucy and Julie were participants as well!!! We wiggled our hips, we wiggled our toes, we were throwing our hands up in the air, we danced and sang, we had fun. And became nervous as well. I don't know why Lucy and Julie became nervous though, as they are so talented!

 

The reveal

This is the gorgeous pack I received.

Autumn Bead Challenge pack TheaElements and Blueberribeads

And then disaster struck. Big time. My muse decided to take off for a little holiday. Now was the time to get really nervous. So for a couple of weeks I was just able to stare at the gorgeous beads. I didn’t know what to do with them. Anxiety attacks, I was ready to hide under a big pile of leaves. All the other participants are so talented. What if the muse didn’t return back in time? What if I didn’t do these gorgeous beads justice? What if I could only come up with rubbish jewelry? Oh gosh, why did I ever sign up for this? And more of these, not very helpful thoughts.

Then I received a little message from Julie . This was just what I needed (thank you Julie!!). It kick started me and I knew exactly what beads would go perfectly with the lovely pendant from Lesley and one of the beads from Caroline.

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead challenge, necklace

This is what I came up with. The picture isn’t very good, apologies for that. I still have to practice taking pictures.
I’ve paired the pendant and ceramic bead with a beautiful lamp work bead from Lizbeads, some beautiful Czech glass in various autumn colors, vintaj brass and sari silk.

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead challenge, necklace

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead design challenge, necklace

For the bracelet I used the bronze bracelet bar from Lesley and two beads from Caroline and paired them with again some Czech glass. Very autumny, if I say so.

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead challenge, bracelet

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead design challenge, bracelet

The last bracelet has nothing to do with autumn, I’m sorry. But I just thought the cute white birdie from Caroline had to go with the polymer clay house from Somethingtodobeads and the heart pendant from Bohulleybeads. I took apart the bracelet I had made first with the house and created something else with both beads.

This is the one I took apart (I made this one for my first blog hop, the bead soup party).

Esfera jewelry, bracelet

And this is the new one:

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead design challenge, bracelet

Esfera Jewelry, autumn bead design challenge, bracelet

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please hop over to the other participants to see what they created with their gorgeous packs.

Lesley Watt
Caroline Dewison
Gay Messander
Made By Jules
Heidi Post
Janet Bocciardi
Alice
Dolores Raml
Lucy Haslam
Pine Ridge treasures
Shirley Moore
Tracy Collins
Melissa Truginger
Mags
Pepita
Jo-Ann
Toltec Jewels
Judith Johnston
Janine Lucas <-- You are here
Madeline Bunyan
Chic and frog
Sue Rennie

And don’t be shy; I love to read your comments.

Wow! Janine - your muse came

Wow! Janine - your muse came back full force! Beautiful work!

Goodness your muse showed up

Goodness your muse showed up just in time. And what beautiful pieces you made! I love anything with Vintaj Components. Your leaf bracelet is gorgeous and my favorite of the bunch.

lovely pieces!

What Lovely pieces you made! I especilaly like the leaf bracelet and your reworked bracelet!

Beautiful work Janine, I

Beautiful work Janine, I think your muse enjoyed her little holiday and came back ready to rock. I love all three pieces but the necklace is my favourite.

I love how you re-worked a

I love how you re-worked a previous project into something!

I do believe your muse come

I do believe your muse come back. I love the second bracelet. It's flawless.

Ambra

You did great

Your muse definitely came back - you did a good job! All the pieces are very pretty!!

Gorgeous pieces Janine :-)

Gorgeous pieces Janine :-) particularly love the bracelet - just beautiful - glad the muse returned x

Wow

Your muse obviously came back from her break refreshed and ready to get to work! Lovely designs.

Wow

Your muse obviously came back from her break refreshed and ready to get to work! Really lovely designs!!

I think your muse came back

I think your muse came back with a vengeance... I love every one of your designs! I'm thrilled that we were your first blog hop, glad you jumped in with us and thank you x

Love the jewelry you made

Love the jewelry you made with the beads and components from Lesley and Caroline. Your bracelet is just fabulous or maybe I really love Carolines little birdies.

Again Wow!

I love all of the designs Janine, I can't pick a favourite! I don't know where your muse went or what the Bead Fairy Julie said to you to bring it back but boy have you've done a lovely job! Well done, Claire xx :)

That last bracelet is my

That last bracelet is my favourite, all your pieces are charming :-)

You made a lot! The necklace

You made a lot! The necklace is great. I'm really partial to the first bracelet, but they're all very pretty :)

Autumn Design Challenge

Well, I want to borrow your muse for a while, because you rocked this challenge! Love the soft, romantic feel of the necklace, and that bracelet is just awesome!
I love how the red bracelet looked before, but I agree, it has a lot more impact in the reworked version.
Truly beautiful designs!

Janine I am so happy your

Janine I am so happy your muse came back in time - all your pieces are lovely but I just have say I am totally in love with that leaf bracelet - just perfect! Thank you for taking part in out little challenge.

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