November 26, 2014

November Pretty Palettes Challenge


I decided to play along in this month's Halcraft Pretty Palettes Challenge with Erin Prais-Hintz.  I love challenges.  The inspiration is from Design Seeds.  It's so rustic and colorful at the same time.  The challenge is to select beads (no, they don't necessarily don't have to be Halcraft beads) and create a jewelry design based on the palette.  Easy, right?

PumpkinPalette
November inspiration is the perfect shade for fall: ORANGE!
                               From Design Seeds
http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/pumpkin-palette
To go with the palette, I chose red-dyed quartz (Halcraft), gray agates, and agates that have all the colors in the palette.

These beads are 14mm and a little heavy, so I went with making bracelets and earrings.





That was a lot of fun! Thank you for stopping by to see what I created for this challenge.  Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do!

Renetha




November 25, 2014

2014 Art Charm Exchange, Blog Hop and Beads of Courage Auction Reveal!



It is once again time for Jen Cameron's Art Bead Exchange.  Several jewelry designers and bead artists signed up to create and swap charms with participants.  A charm from each participant is then auctioned off, and the proceeds (100%) go to Beads of Courage!  Here are the charms I received.


LINK TO AUCTION:  EBAY!



































I sent out charms similar to the one above.
  Lampwork by Agate68, EBAY

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants


Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Lennis Carrier: http://www.windbent.net
Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/
Elizabeth Auld: http://www.beadsforbusygals.com

Thanks for stopping by.  Now onto the next challenge!

    Renetha

November 19, 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge: Day 5!

Day 5 is here and the photo challenge is now over (for me anyway).  Now here is the last picture.

Skylight
The skylight is located on our roof.  I sat on the floor to get this shot of the melting snow.

Now my journey is complete.  Thank you Donna Millard for the inspiration.  Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do!

Until the next challenge......

Renetha


November 18, 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge: Day 4

Now it's time to get creative.  What should I photograph now?  I've been outside, but today it is about 13 F and feels more like -2 F because of the wind chill.  Brrrrrr.  So indoor photos today.  I am glad I decided to play along side Day 4 of Donna Millard's original B&W photo challenge.

Bathroom Window
When we first moved into our house, I was so excited to decorate!  I found this metal sculpture ginkgo tree in a catalog.  So I bought it, and then couldn't find a wall I wanted to put it on.  Then inspiration hit me!  A little bending, and voila!  It fit perfectly in the window sill.  A little feather covered styrofoam bird was added a few years later.

Only one more day to go for this challenge.  I am having so much fun looking for things to photograph.  Have I said I love challenges?  Well I do.

Keeping Warm,
    Renetha

November 17, 2014

Black & White: Day 3

I went a little crazy today, as it was our first "big snow," and took several pictures around our house.  Snow day for my two youngsters.  My oldest son just left for his college work-study job.  It was a lot of fun trudging through the snow and breathing the fresh air.  Enjoy day 3 of my personal B&W photo challenge. Thank you Donna Millard for the inspiration.

Main Road Near Home

Deer Tracks

Trees Over the Creek

Snowy Creek Peek
Do you like challenges?  Well I do.

            Renetha

Black & White: Day 2

The snow has just started, after a wet and sleety start.  But I have a feeling that in the morning it will be icy roads and school closings.  I will be up early to watch the news.  Possibility of 3-5 inches by noon.

I sneaked out for a few minutes shortly before midnight to take the picture below.  I had fun trying to get my camera to take pictures at night using the macro lens, but no luck.  After removing the macro lens, I was able to get this shot of the fire bush in my front yard.

Fire Bush at Night
LOL!  I renamed the picture, but forgot to save it in color.  Oh well.

Have I mentioned that I love challenges?  Even if it is just for me?  Well I do.

B&W Photo Challenge Day 2.  Check.

                   Renetha


November 16, 2014

Black & White: Day 1

A Facebook friend and awesome lampwork artist, Donna Millard, was called out by one of her friends to a 5 Day B&W photo challenge.  Her picture is just beautiful.  Her challenge inspired me to give it a try. We are expecting snow tonight, so I might sneak out and take some more pictures. Keep in mind, I am am not a professional photographer. Here is my photo.

Honeysuckle

I am not officially a part of the challenge, but thought this would be something fun to do for the next few days.  Inspiration can hit at any moment, and this moment was in my own backyard.

Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do.

Keep Warm,
       Renetha

November 14, 2014

Art Charm Exchange & Auction for Beads of Courage!

Button Created by Lennis Carrier
It is once again time for Jen Cameron's Art Bead Exchange.  Several jewelry designers and bead artists signed up to create and swap charms with participants.  A charm from each participant is then auctioned off, and the proceeds (100%) go to Beads of Courage!  This year's theme:  SOAR!  Stay tuned as we reveal our charms on November 25, 2014.