13 June 2012

Color Me Silk

Marsha Neal is a color maven. She has a wicked great sense of what colors play well together. I love her ceramics and especially her silk cord bundles. I am growing quite a collection of them. Marsha had the great idea to open her silk palette creation to a little contest. I was lucky enough to be part of the first and it was a lot of fun to come up with a palette based on an inspiration photo she provided.

This time around, Miss Marsha is allowing her readers to just get creative with whatever inspires them. I didn't have a specific picture in mind, but it seems that I bought a lot of very blue toned beads at the Bead & Button show (I promise I will show you soon! There are sooooo  many pictures of pretty beads!), so I thought I would put together a little palette inspired by my recent purchases. But I ended up making two completely different palettes and I need you to help me decide what to enter into the Round 2 challenge.

Choice #1: Rolling In The Deep

“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”   
~Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

For my first palette I chose some deep blues, some dark mysterious tones as well as some pops of lighter color with turquoise and lilac. I was picturing the rolling waves on the sea with this palette from the deep depths to the cool Caribbean to the frothy foam so I call this "Rolling In The Deep." I bought a lot of sparkly crystals and tiny teal seed pearls as well as a strand of the most amazing brilliant blue gemstones at the show. So the sea must be calling my name.

1. 201GunmetalMarshaNealStudio, 2. 207MermaidMarshaNealStudio, 3. 208MutedEmeraldMarshaNealStudio, 4. 41DDarkestNavyMarshaNealStudio, 5. 41NavyMarshaNealStudio, 6. 45PeacockMarshaNealStudio, 7. 212DenimBlueMarshaNealStudio, 8. 216DarkLilacMarshaNealStudio, 9. 218CremeMarshaNealStudio, 10. 46TurquoiseMarshaNealStudio, 11. 2mm Silks - Marsha Neal Studio, 12. White MNS SCPC Text Box 300 square

Choice #2: Garden Party I Do

Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.  ~Finnish Proverb
My friend Kelly is planning her outdoor wedding on August 11 (which also happens to be my birthday, so I will never forget her anniversary!). I told her that I wanted to make the jewelry for her to wear to this garden party fete. She sent me a picture of her dress, a very lovely shade of melon. Simple, tasteful, with a touch of flirty fun. Just like Kelly!

As I shopped the Bead & Button I kept coming back to these soft colors in so many different shapes, sizes and materials. From pearls to wood, from gemstones to watercolor painted acrylic flowers, I think I found the muse for this special piece of jewelry. I am delighted that I will be part of this special day.

1. 82WatermelonMarshaNealStudio, 2. 6CopperMarshaNealStudio, 3. 61RustMarshaNealStudio, 4. 65LightTanMarshaNealStudio, 5. 101LightGrayMarshaNealStudio, 6. 211FernGreenMarshaNealStudio, 7. 221PeachCobblerMarshaNealStudio, 8. 60FawnBrownMarshaNealStudio, 9. 86ChampaigneMarshaNealStudio, 10. 69EspressoMarshaNealStudio, 11. 2mm Silks - Marsha Neal Studio, 12. White MNS SCPC Text Box 300 square

There is still time for you to join the fun! If you want to play along, head on over to Marsha's post and read the instructions for how to create your own color palette mosaic with the cool Big Huge Labs mosaic maker. Good luck!

Your turn:

Which color palette do you think I should use for this challenge: Rolling In The Deep or Garden Party I Do?  


sandi m said...

Love, love the song and the blues - Rolling in the Deep!

Libellula Jewelry said...

I've got to agree with Sandi--Rolling in the Deep! I am such a sucker for beautiful blues, teals, plums, etc. *gorgeous*

Sandra said...

Blue is my favorite color, so I gravitated to Rolling in the Deep.

Brandi Hussey said...

You know how much I love blues, but I gotta be the odd man out and choose Garden Party I Do - that coral is so yummy.

Rosalynn said...

In spite of my love for the color blue, on this one I have to cast my vote for the colors in Garden Party I Do..

CreatingCures said...

Too tought to decide - I say flip a coin! ~~T

Lola said...

Definitely Garden Party I Do ... I love these earthy colors!

A Polymer Penchant said...

I'm a blue girl for sure. But I gotta say the Garden Prty scheme is really lovely as a whole, which I think is the joy of those knots. hmm I think I have to vote flip that coin too

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Erin,
The blues are nice in Rolling In The Deep, but my vote is for The Garden Party.

CraftyHope said...

Since I cannot resist ANYTHING blue, my choice is rolling in the deep. Though, I do like your second palette with all its neutrals. . . it's still gonna be the blue for me every time!

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

Girl, you inspired me. I went and entered my palette...and while I also have a penchant for blue, the Garden Party is so dead on for the season and lovely, lovely, lovely...go for it!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I want you to know that this little challenge got me so interested I was up till 4 in the morning, looking at color palettes and silks and fooling around. Thanks a LOT! I made some palettes of my own (what fun) and just for a kick, I entered one. I love your blue palette the best though both are beautiful.

Maplegirl said...

I agree with others. I love blues so much, but that Garden Party is so lovely. That would be my choice.

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

Erin - I love it!!! You always have such great inspirational stories to go with everything you do! Thank you SO much for submitting another beautiful palette for Round 2 of this challenge! Good luck with the voting next week!

Shai Williams said...

Now I am normally drawn to the blues and deeper greens but there just something about your Garden Party I Do that catches my attention and won't let go. So I guess that is the one I'd choose.

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