Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pine Ridge Treasures: Evening Elegance


It has been a while since I blogged regularly. But here is a work in progress for your approval. Lisa Lodge puts together some fabulous bead collections at Pine Ridge Treasures, and sometimes they are linked to a challenge or bog hop. This one appealed to me for several reasons -- I obviously needed some inspiration to blog again... and also, this theme is a little out of my comfort zone. 

Sparkly shiny, and elegant too? I'm usually aiming for fun and funky, so this is a bit new for me. I recently had some hand surgery, so my use of pliers is a bit limited. I didn't make all the pieces I could have if my hand was more useful. This necklace and earring set is just the beginning of what I have planned for this wonderful selection of beads. I even planned them out!!! Since the surgery for carpal tunnel release was on my left hand, and I am right handed, I could draw out my ideas, a step I usually skip. 

As you can see, I have a lot more to work with, including some additions from my stash. I did try combining some of these bracelet bars I picked up at a yard sale with the beads from Lisa. But as I was deciding if I liked the result, my temporary knots untied...I guess it was trying to tell me something!

So this is what I ended up with in time for today's blog hop. I love the black and red color schemes, as one of my earliest design influences was Ukrainian embroidery!

Eventually, I would like to combine some of these elements into a lariat necklace, somewhat like this: 

(use your imagination.)

Let's see what some others did with their Treasures. 

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry (You Are Here)
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Jacqui Kipfer, Seven Oaks Jewellery
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Marde Lowe, Fancimardesigns