Saturday, October 29, 2016

Exploring the French Countryside

Hopping with Pine Ridge Treasures


Another Blog Hop from Pine Ridge Treasures. This time, I went literal and did some research on just what the French countryside looks like. I had been expecting a different color way from the selection of beads in this hop. Turns out, these are colors that fit very well with the theme.

Here is what Lisa Lodge sent us: 

Here are some of the images of the French Countryside that appealed to me:

And the jewelry that was inspired by those pictures:

Do you love these blue doors and shutters? 

They were a real surprise to me. They seem to turn up everywhere.  (Can you tell I have never been to France? ) I found some square blue beads, and this metal piece, which I blackened with some metal patina. I combined them with the black beads, crystals and elaborate toggle clasp from Lisa's bead collection, and voilĂ ! I love the blue and black. Little bead earrings complete the look.

Next, my little wine grape pendant. 

I love the little silver leaves, and they go well with the little "grape" amethyst beads I found. And I knew I was saving that cork for something!

But wait, there's more......

My salute to lavender. I even included a little picture of my late season lavender bush blooming. Dreamy green beads from the collection, and some blue beads from my stash, combined with some silver wire and chain, give this set a light and airy look. 

And finally, the earrings that inspired a necklace. 

I was fooling around with some beads from the collection to make a pair of earrings, and liked them so much, I made a necklace to match. These are all beads from Lisa, and are a reflection of all my French Countryside pictures. 

I can't wait to see what the others have made!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love


  1. What a fun post! I love how you explored different colorways based on your research. All are lovely! I do love the blue doors and shutters. My sister travels a lot and loves to take pictures of unique doors. My favorite is your cork necklace. It is so clever, and the little grape dangles you made are wonderful.

  2. What a wonderful collection, I love the colors of your last set, everything combines so perfectly. But I absolutely love the cork necklace, so creative!

  3. Lovely pieces, I love all of them. thank you for showing your inspiration!

  4. Looks like you had a lot of fun in this hop, Beti! I like how you added the inspiration color pictures to take us on a creative journey. I really like your wine grape pendant. Thanks for being in the hop!

  5. Wow Beti I am impressed with the number of lovely pieces that you created. My favorites are the blue with black and silver. The grape necklace fits the theme well. I always find it interesting how different we each combine the same beadswhen we create.