Saturday, August 17, 2013

Colors in Nature Are the Inspiration for this AJE Earring Challenge

Yellow Earrings available in Bay Moon Design Store on Etsy
These are long yellow earrings. I paired them with enameled copper disks by Catalina Glass to create floral earrings. You can see orange floral murrini on the yellow. I added some yellow swarovski crystals and gold metal to add some sparkle.

The round orange and yellow ceramics are by Work of Our Hands Namibia whose mission is to provide hope and dignity for the unemployed through the creation of cottage industries which produce handcrafted items.

(Photo by Jason Pratt, Wikimedia Commons)

The colors of the earrings remind me of sunflowers.  Sunflowers are known around the world as one of the most joyous and flamboyant flowers. These flowers are symbolic of adoration. Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their common name. I know the rabbits in my garden adore sunflowers.  Every year we try to grow them and the rabbits eat them.  This year we put fences around them and the rabbits pushed over all but two of the fences and ate the sunflowers to the ground.  Next year we will stake the fences and hopefully beat those rabbits at their game!

Fall 2012 Leaves in Shenandoah National Park

Believe it or not,  these cool August mornings brought back memories of a camping trip to Shenandoah National Park last fall.  This trip is the inspiration for my next pair of earrings.  My husband and I were there when the leaves were changing and I took lots of photos that I revisited this week.

View from Skyline Drive Fall 2012

 Shenandoah National Park has cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows.  While there we hiked,  drove along Skyline Drive, cooked by the bonfire .  The park has 200,000 acres of protected lands.   We camped for a week and saw the leaves change on a daily basis.  When we left lots of leaves were on the ground.
Rust Earrings on sale at Bay Moon Design Store on Etsy

These rust earrings are made with handmade polymer clay by Bay Moon Design and look like some of those fall leaves. I paired the leaves with antique copper floral beads and earwires. The polymer clay leaves are a copper and rust color that remind me of the fall color of leaves.  I paired the leaves with antique copper floral beads and earwires.
I am wondering what the fall colors will be like this year.  How will all of the rain we have had this summer effect the fall colors?  What are your thoughts?


  1. Those yellow ones are just yummy! Good yellows can be hard to find.

  2. Beautiful earrings! I love that you used colors in nature in these pretty earrings.

    We had planned to visit the Shenandoah Park on our summer vacation just two weeks ago on the Blue Ridge Parkway and continuing on up but the fog was so thick we could not see beyond the hood of our vehicle and had to leave. I hope someday to go back and actually make it to the park.

  3. What pretty pairs in honour of fall colours, Kathy! In my part of Canada, autumn will start soon, as we have already experienced a few colder nights, and that is always a harbinger of a brilliant symphony among the hardwoods!

  4. You know I love the top pair because I featured them on the AJE blog, I love the second pair too!!

  5. Love the interpretations. Those yellow earrings are so special.