Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Oh you’ve got green eyes, oh you’ve got blue eyes, oh you’ve got grey eyes

Were you a child of the 80s? I was, and when I was looking for inspiration for Art Jewelry Elements’ Eye Love Beads challenge this month, the song Temptation by New Order kept running through my mind. 

Oh, you’ve got green eyes

Oh, you’ve got blue eyes

Oh, you’ve got grey eyes

And I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before

No, I’ve never met anyone quite like you before

Thankfully, Melissa Gabelle, aka The Clay Hen, popped up at the right time with a trio of head pins featuring eyes, in fact one blue eye and two greenish grey eyes. But I wondered how I would put them together. In the end I used the blue eye and one of the greenish grey eyes, a pair of vivid aqua blue lamp work bead from a bag of orphans I got from Sue Kennedy a couple of years ago and an eyelash fringe of black waxed linen completed a pair of same-same but different earrings. 

  
Keep an eye out for the final eyeball from the trio, I have plans for it! 

Thanks for the fun challenge AJE.  And visit the blogs of the other participants to see what they’ve made:

Guests

Melissa Trudinger of Beadrecipes <– you are here! 

Tammy of PaisleyLizardDesigns

Alison Herrington

Kelly Rodgers

AJE Members – 

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Diana Ptaszynski

Susan Kennedy

Caroline Dewison

Lindsay Starr

Lesley Watt

Jen Cameron

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Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges, Giveaways and contests

AJE Elements Use Your Stash blog hop

Way back in the middle of December, Art Jewelry Elements announced that in January it would amp up the Component of the Month challenge, with every member of the team designing something using a component from their stash made by one of the other team members. Readers were encouraged to do the same, and to add a little extra, nine lucky jewellery designers would receive an art bead.

I was lucky enough to have my name drawn to receive this fabulous ceramic pendant from Lesley Watt.

Daisy pendant

It’s summer here in Australia, and our lawn is sprouting daisies and dandelions. I combined the pendant with a literal bunch of flowers, all knotted together on sunny yellow waxed linen cord.

Summer Daisy necklace

Thank you Lesley for sending me such a sweet little pendant to play with—I hope this necklace brings a ray of sunshine to brighten up your English winter today!

Here are the links to the AJE team blogs as well as the other winners and some jewellery designers who raided their stash to play along.

AJE team: 
Guest Participants ( aka winners)
Samantha- Wescott Jewelry
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Nikki – Silver Nik nats
Yvette – Blue Kiln Beads
Bonus participants!