Sunday, January 31, 2016

AJE Buried Treasure January Challenge


We all have one. Call it a treasure, or a bead stash. Call it loot or inventory.

The AJE Buried Treasure January Challenge this month is to create with a treasure --bead or component! 

Here is how it works: 

  • Gather your beads and components by any and all of your favorite artisan bead makers. 
  • Fondle. Think. Plan. Design. Dream. 
  • Create! 

teal leaf earrings
Teal Leaf Earrings by Bay Moon Design
One of my favorite lamp work and enamel work artisans is a member of this group-- Sue Kennedy.  I bought these enamel leaves from her several times in different colors.  I love them.  I think that is why I hung onto this teal pair for so long before making earrings with them.  I finally decided to pair them with some teal crystals that have a slight hint of purple in them just as the enamel leaves do. They are available for purchase HERE.
yoga bracelet by baymoondesign

                                                 Seek Beautiful Moments Bracelet by Bay Moon Design

My second piece that I made is for my yoga collection of jewelry in my online shop.  This pretty lotus bracelet has a large brass cuff with inspirational words "Seek Beautiful Moments" handmade by artist Erin Prais-Hintz. It also has yellow, orange, red lotus flower on it. I added some red, orange Czech glass and yellow beads to it. It has interesting brass beads and rust Irish waxed linen thread.  It is available for purchase HERE.

I am happy I participated in this challenge.  I have 2 pieces I love made with beads by 2 talented artisans.  Thanks ladies for your creations!

Please visit these participants and see whose creations they used.

AJE team:


Melissa - Bead Recipes
Sarajo - SJ Designs
Kathy - Bay Moon Designs   (here)
Samantha - Wescott Jewelry
Mona - Bijoux Gem
Suntsa - Suntsan
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  1. Two gorgeous designs, I love how they're both full of colour!

  2. Beautiful designs! and love that focal by Miss Erin :)

  3. Beautifully done. I love the color contrast between the two pieces - one cool and one warm.

  4. Oh Kathy! Nicely done! I adore the multi strand waxed linen with Erin's polymer focal. And those earrings - they whisper spring to me! Thanks for joining in the fun this month!

  5. Rrrr fabulous treasure there matey! Loving the earrings!

  6. Lovely designs! The earrings are supercute!

  7. Both pieces are great but I'm really smitten with that bracelet! Love the mix of colors and textures, plus, you can never go wrong with one of Erin's lovelies!

  8. You did great with this challenge! I especially like the earrings as anything blue grabs my attention. And those crystals you paired with the leaves. . .perfection!