Friday, December 18, 2015

We're All Ears at the Leftovers Party

Crazy title for a blog right!  It does make sense.  This is the monthly blog hop sponsored by We're All Ears- an earring blog hop.  The leftovers are pairs of beads that turn into earrings.  The directions that we were given are in bold print.

First, take a picture of the craftermath on your work table.  
my worktable

I know this isn't pretty.  It is dark and dreary  just like the weather has been.  Here is a thought--I have been cleaning up my worktable gradually all month getting ready for my move to Florida for the winter after the holidays. My family is coming for the holidays so I really need to get this room in order.  Just imagine what it was like before!  The sad thing is I really have made progress but it really doesn't look like it.

Next, find a divided box, bin, baggies or small bowls and go through the stash on your festive table picking out coordinated sets that you can use to create earrings. 

Pairs of Beads

I discovered that putting the pairs in a divided box works really well for me.  It is a great way to get organized and build your earrings.  Prior to making this discovery I was putting all of my pairs lumped together into one big tin.   I am so happy with this method that I am putting my art beads into a divided container too.

Now, kick your creating into high gear! 

I set a timer for an hour 3 times in the past 3 days.  This is a  very good idea for me.  I can get lost in my beads and computer.  I also need to stand up and move around rather than sit for hours on end.  I need to take care of my back or pay the price with pain.

Let's get this leftover party started!

Edgy black earrings by BayMoonDesign

While cleaning up my desk I discovered a bag of the oval shaped silver beads that I used in the earrings above.  I also located on my computer these really glossy black beads that I love.  I think they turned into  a great pair of edgy looking earrings and they are available for purchased HERE.
Green Ceramic Earrings
                                                                    Green Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The next pair make use of the green ceramics made by Marsha Neal Studio. I used dark forest green colored Irish waxed linen thread when I created them. I love the combination of the rustic ceramics and thread together. They have a casual appearance and are available for purchase HERE.  
Sterling silver Earrings
Flowers and leaves earrings by BayMoonDesign
I was anxious to add some blue earrings to my shop that will be perfect for the summer.  I have been want to make a pair of earrings with the blue floral beads for sometime now.  Just yesterday I received the sterling silver leaves in an order that I placed.  Sterling silver is very popular so I thought the leaves and flowers would work together will.  To continue with the floral theme, I paired them with some sterling silver floral ear wires. The pretty pale blue earrings are available for purchase HERE.

Thank you, Erin and Earrings Everyday! for getting me more organized and inspired to make earrings.  

Go visit the We’re All Ears December reveal on Earrings Everyday and see what others made.  Also, checkout their workspaces.  Seeing others are almost as messy as I am gave me a little Christmas cheer.


  1. What a great idea to make a clean sweep of your crafty space and get fabulous new earrings! The edgy blacks are my favs!

  2. I'm not alone in what my work space looks like. Something about this is making me feel ...normal....Your earrings are what you came up with!

  3. What I love about this particular challenge is that there are many ways to approach it, with the goal of just making! I like that you came up with a way to organize AND a new way to work... 1 hours spurts sounds about right! I have decided that I am going to make this an annual event in December, a good time to clear out the old and make the new to have as gifts. I will see you in the New Year with fresh inspiration for our monthly challenge! Enjoy the day! Erin

  4. great idea for a hop and lovely earrings!

  5. Yep, that's about what my work area looks like right now, and I have guests arriving early next week! I plan to scoot my bead table into the corner, drape a Christmas throw over it and call it festive! Really, really like your black and silver earrings - the perfect combination of sophisticated AND edgy!

  6. I know what you mean about cleaning progress. I can spend an hour or two and no one but me can tell anything has been done! Your earrings are gorgeous. I love them all. You found some great ingredients like those glossy black beads, and I love the little silver flowers you paired with the blue.