Saturday, September 28, 2019

Foliage – Art Elements September Theme Challenge

Photo by John Mccann on Unsplash
Art Elements September theme is Folliage. Caroline Dewison from the team selected Folliage  for the challenge which is open to all in any type of media. Take a photograph, make some jewelry, create a mixed media assemblage any thing goes.  Since I typically use elements from nature, I was able to create several pieces of jewelry as well as few handmade cards.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
Even though it has been very warm in the East this month, I am thinking about the leaves starting to turn colors. I pulled out an enameled leaf by Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel to use as the finishing touch on a fun necklace that I was inspired to make.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
This is a simple chain necklace with a floral pendant that says "Find Me Where The Wild Things Are".  Since in my previous life I was a children's librarian, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a favorite book of mine.  I love the addition to the phrase  with "Find Me Where the Wild Things Are" .

 I used a red English cut bead to draw attention to the flowers on the pendant. The brown enameled leaf hangs below.  The natural brass ball chain is 18 inches long and brings out the browns in the jewelry. The oval floral bead with a message is by a Scottish artisan at Grubbi Ceramics.

Fall Leaves Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
Fall Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These gold fall leaf earrings combine small handmade art beads with delicate gold leaf charms. These earrings are a little over an inch from the top of the ear wire to the bottom bead. These autumn leaf earrings are inspired by foliage.

The brown and white leaf beads are by polymer clay artist Humblebeads.  They remind me of a walk in the woods. Earthy and woodsy earrings!

Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
I made a few cards with leaves as main feature.

This handmade log slice card is perfect to express gratitude for a fall gift or autumn favor.  It can also be used to thank a Thanksgiving hostess.  It has the word grateful in gold lettering with a log slice and green leaves mixed with gold leaves.  "Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.

I am in the process of weeding out some of my paper supplies and I came across some gelli plate prints that I made a year or so ago and forgot about.  I love blues and greens in the paper and I made a bird on a branch with the papers.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

We're All Ears :: September Inspiration :: Dotty

Photo by Kiy Turk on Unsplash

The September We're All Ears Challenge is to celebrate the polka-dot by making some dotty-spotty earrings. Polka dots are very much in style in 2019.  These days, polka dots are prized for their familiar cheerfulness.

You can find them in nature on land, sea and in the air. 

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

 "A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can't stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement... Polka-dots are a way to infinity."
                                                                                                                       Yayoi Kusama
Photo by Marcelo Belini on Unsplash

Polka dot fashion wasn't possible in the pre-industrial era.  Dotted patterns didn’t become popular until there were machines that could make them perfectly spaced.  Now they are found everywhere from on the streets to in the home.  They are even perfect for earrings!

Black and White Polka Dot earrings by BayMoonDesign

I created some black and white polka dot earrings with handmade gold ear kidney wires. The dangles are a perfect accessories for black and white outfits.  If you are like me. those colors are staples of your wardrobe. These fun earrings hang from 2.5 inch.

Blue and green polka dot earrings by BayMoonDesign
My next pair of dotty earrings are navy blue and green polka dot dangles with sterling ear wires. A pair of navy Swarovski crystals add some shimmer. I can't decide if these round dangles have a retro or boho look. What do you think?

I have to agree with Marc Jacobs who says "there is never a wrong time for a polka dot".

Photo by Crawford Jolly on Unsplash

This is a blog hop.  I hope you'll check out what everyone else was inspired to make over on the We're All Ears Blog HERE.  We love to read your comments so tell us what you think of our creations.