30 November 2012

Color-full World! Welcome to the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color

Welcome to the wonderful world of color!

For the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color we filled up the 80 or so spots that I opened represented by four different continents and a patchwork quilt of countries! I seriously look forward to this hop in particular each year. I am always blown away by how everyone rises to the challenge and pushes their creative limits. I know that this year will be even bigger.bolder.better.brighter!

All glory goes to my good friend and color guru Miss Brandi Hussey. She got so inspired by the 120+ pictures pictures that I found from the Earth As Art exhibit of satellite images that she created each of these 40 palettes that we are using. These images are from the United States Geological Survey and NASA. You can read more about that here. If you haven't met Miss Brandi, be sure and stop by to say hello. I can't recall how I stumbled upon her site, but I am so glad I did! Her color palettes were the first things that hooked me, then her eye for creating timelessly elegant and juicy hued jewelry lured me in to buy some and finally her knowledge about color is outstanding and her soul is generous. Her recent Color Theory 101 series is bookmarked on my computer for frequent reference. You can find those posts here and here and here.

I have to tell you that my Muse went on hiatus right after the sign ups. I heard that happened to a few of you. I think they are in Cahoots. I hope Cahoots was warm and sunny and they had a nice relaxing visit. ;-)

On Wednesday night (yes, just the other day) I knocked my Muse and her companion Motivation over the head with a texturing hammer. I sat them right down and strapped them into a chair. I forced my Muse to bleed creativity for me and my Motivation to keep me engaged and focused. There were more than a few attempts at making a necklace materialize for the Pinacate Volcano Fields. Nothing was working. So I switched gears, gave her a spin on the office chair and came up with a bracelet instead. Nothing mind-blowing to be sure, but it was done. And after I got that one out of my system it allowed me to open myself to other possibilities. I share this to let you know that I suffer the same ills that everyone else does. But sometimes having a challenge like this wakes up my Muse and I know it kicks my Motivation into hyperdrive.

The colors on my monitor and from across the room looked vastly different than what got printed. I understand how frustrating that is! So I didn't tie myself to all six colors on each palette. Sometimes the colors in the palette weren't speaking to me, so I followed the ones that whispered the loudest. But I did force myself to use my stash. It has grown so large over the past year that I can't even put it all away, so I am not sure what I have. These beads are a sickness, I tell you! And I had a goal to put an art bead in each. Actually I started with the art beads and found it amazing that I had beads that suited all 40 palettes.

Now, before you get all crazy on the fact that I did more than one, let me remind you that I am the hostess. And this is my chance to have some special pieces to sell for the holidays and beyond. And it wouldn't look right if the hostess invited you to the party and all she had to serve was a bunch of scalloped potatoes and nothing else. So I did 10. You only saw two that I hand picked for you. But I stared at all 40 every day and it was incredibly hard to narrow it down to just these 10! I have these trays that I put the sparks of an idea into like a little mini Bead Soup to myself. I actually found beads and components and art beads in my stash that would work for all 40 palettes. And I pledge that I will make something for all of them....eventually.

And some of these will be showing up in my Etsy Shop sometime next week. Just in time for gifting ;-)

Speaking of sparks, I know that once you see all the palettes you will be inspired, so I will be loading up the permalinks to the blog posts below as I go through them for easy return visits. I will also post each of your designs to a special Pinterest board with links back to you, and I will eventually compile all 40 palettes on a special page on my blog (or my website. Haven't decided yet.). That way you can come back at any time you need a challenge or an inspiration.

On with the show! Since you have suffered through enough of my words already, I will just let the palettes and the pieces I have created speak for themselves. (I know. Shocker, right? ;-)

Meandering earrings
Marsha Neal Studios ceramic disks
Vintaj brass disks, head pins, ear wires and jump rings
vintage glass pearls and freshwater pearls

Great Sandy necklace
Humblebeads long tube bead and disk bead
Vintage brushed aluminum chain
waxed linen

crystal and resin beads

North America necklace (a Christmas gift for my long time best friend Lynna!)
Shell, freshwater pearl, Czech glass, lucite, shell mosaic beads, crystals, hematite with copper accents
This is a variation of my Toast of the Town necklace created exclusively for Michaels.com
To see the blog hop of variations and get a copy of the instructions, click here

Lake Amadeus necklace
polymer clay bead from Pam Wynn
green apatite, blue apatite, amethyst
leather, figure 8 connectors and rhinestone clasp

Richat necklace
raku flower button from Lisa Peters Art
sodalite briolettes, blue goldstone magnetic clasp plus some sort of cracked and dyed magnesite perhaps?

Colima necklace
cracked matte fire agate, the same sort of cracked and dyed stone as the last one (anyone know what that is?), Czech faceted glass, pewter daisy spacers, matte peanut beads, sterling silver toggle, ceramic focal lentil Chinook Jewelry, Humblebeads disk bead, amazonite briolette

Pinacate bracelet
lampwork focal from Julsbeads, pyrite ovals, lava stone rounds, citrine faceted ovals, blue goldstone, gold vermeil bicones, magnetic clasp

Magical River Delta necklace
'magic' word bead from Diane Hawkey, Humblebeads disks, one of my very own enamel beads (woot!), faux sea glass, brass stars and toggle clasp

Namib bracelet
brushed nickel rollo chain, charcoal gray waxed linen thread
agate, resin, green labradorite, a truly amazing lampwork glass bead from Melissa Rediger of Sea of Glass, amazonite, Swarovski crystal, not sure what this is but Miss Brandi could tell me because I bought it from her ;-)
Last but not least, I added this one that just came back to me from a publication that rejected it :-(
and it seemed like the perfect match for Campeche! Serendipity!

raku flower button from Lisa Peters Art, turquoise nuggets, bayang wood slats, snowflake obsidian, ceramic round from Marsha Neal Studios, teal waxed linen, magnetic clasp

As happens every year, the detours in our life sometimes get in the way of our best intentions. That happens. Please don't think that I am worried about it! Some of the hoppers in the list below might not have a post...or might have one later. Consider showing them some love and support anyway! They will be with us in spirit.

Please enjoy this virtual house party with all my colorful friends!:

Would you like to win of my Illuminated Chevron reversible necklaces in your choice of two colors? Just leave a comment on this post as to which of the ten palettes I selected to design is your favorite palette. (Please note: I need a way to contact you if you win. If you do not have an email turned on in your profile for ease in reaching you, please leave that in your comment.)
Want to join in the fun next time? 
The Challenges are held quarterly in February, May, August and November.
Check back here the first week in February for sign ups for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Music!


Patti Vanderbloemen said...

WOW - You have some bead stash! :) Each and every piece you made is so "dead on" with the inspiration - and each design is so unique! Love that you used a variation of your Toast of the Town Necklace - that one is such a keeper! But, the color palette and design on YOUR page that spoke to me the most is Mississippi Meandering - turquoise and orange...sigh. Thanks so much for hosting - I had a blast!

Lorelei Eurto said...

It'd be hard for me to pick a favorite! Really nice job on all of these Erin! My favorite technique is where you thread the linen cording into that curb chain! Gives it an awesome look!

balanced. said...

oh my goodness, Erin! they are all gorgeous!
these palettes are a dream to work with!

adlinah said...

I'm officially jealous of your bead stash :-). But hey, it helped you create 10 beauties - so I can't complain. Love every single piece - each is completely drool worthy but my top pick would be the Richat necklace. I'm a sucker for purples and greens, so the Richat Structure colour palette is my favorite.

Unknown said...

Erin, you have been such an incredible inspiration to me over the past few years. I love your work and the depths that you go to stretch your own creativity. Thanks for an incredible challenge, my favorite piece of yours is the Namib bracelet although it was really hard to decide on just one...each design is beautiful and special in it's own way. I love the combination of color, texture and shape in the Namib bracelet. Congrats on your Michaels design! I now need feel the need to go bead shopping, your stash is awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Holy Moly! Each of your pieces - and each satellite picture - was equally mind blowing! I love them all. Of the satellite images, I'd have to say "Meandering Mississippi" struck me the most.
Thank you for including me in another one of your amazing blog hop challenges!

Courtney Breul said...

10? 10! Wow! I do love your pieces, as usual. Your abilty to create flow and magic is wonderful. Every one is great, but have to say the Mississippi River Delta palette is simply stunning and I love your "magic".

Thank you for hosting Erin.

Kathy ~ Artful Accents said...

Unbelievable talent...wow, just wow! My favorite piece is the Magical River Delta necklace, wonderful colors!

Mary Harding said...

Erin, first I want to thank you for this wonderful color challenge, both you and Brandi have enriched any and all who have had the good fortune to be introduced to these earth photos by you and now to have seen all the beauties you created from them. I especially like the Namib desert bracelet. Those large chunky beads in colors I've never dreamed of all together in your bracelet is amazing.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Can't say I blame you for going on a creative binge with so much colour to inspire, Erin... I'm among the many with a burnt-out/MIA/comatose Muse this month, so I say, "Strike while the iron is hot!"

Your offerings are amazing as always. While my fave among today's designs is the Great Sandy necklace (you do asymmetric so well), I vote for the Namib Desert palette as my preferred colour palette. This is the second design I have viewed this morning honouring the Namib, and it is just so soothing!

*(Just one caveat, dear Erin: I do not wish to be included for the draw. The Chevron necklaces are spectacular, but as tempted as I am, I wish to complete my self-imposed moratorium on entering contests til the end of 2012. Thank you so much for this wonderful Challenge!)

Maplegirl said...

Wow, you really did a great job with all of your pieces in that short a time. Beautiful pieces. I love your Pinacate Volcano one the best. I will definitely be making something with the North America palette; I knew as soon as I saw it.


AntiquityTravelers said...

Oh my lord you went to town girl! Each design is gorgeous and you can see how you've pulled out the colors! Way too hard to pick a favorite, but if I absolutely HAD to pick only one .. probably North America ... love that rich, caramel color in the piece! I'm with Patti ... you have some bead stash!

KayzKreationz said...

Wow! What great pieces. I didn't quite get my second piece done and you did 10. I'm in awe. I think either Lake Amadeus or North America would be my favorite. Would love to win. Thanks for letting me play along.

AntiquityTravelers said...

OMG, and where are my manners! thank you a million times for this wonderful hop! I want to explore all 40 of the photos - the colors are so amazing!

kimmykats said...

Oh my color..such beautiful color. Erin, you have created such beautiful art. I will be hard pressed to leave here(nose glued to the moniter)trying to take in each detail. Thank you so much for this hop. You are truly an inspiration.

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

My favorite? Namib. Oh, and I've also walked away with healthy jealousy of your bead stash. (okay, so it's not healthy. I'm TOTALLY jealous of your awesome bead stash!)

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx Erin This was a really fun challenge. WOW! all 10 pieces in such a short time and they are each unique. I can see how 40 outstanding choices might overwhelm your muse. I love your work. It is hard to pick a favorite but even if it is not my favorite colors Richat is my favorite piece. I can see more of my next pieces using these"Earth as Art" pics for inspiration.

Mary K. McGraw said...

All of the pieces you created are fabulous. Amazing what you can create when the pressure is on. My favorite palette of the ones that inspired you was Namib Desert. Those colors are right up my alley.

Thanks for hosting tis event. It was fun!

Lola said...

Your designs are amazing Erin!!!! I just love how you do what you do! =) Stunning work as always!

Cece Cormier said...

Outstanding! All of the designs are so earthy. My favorite is Richat Structure. You are certainly the hostess with the most!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Erin! Wherever your muse and motivation disappeared to on their vacation, I want to send mine there! Outstanding pieces! I think my favorite, though I was torn between Sandy Scar and this one, was the Campeche piece. It just sings to me! And gosh, what a bead stash! If you ever need anyone to come over and "declutter", LOL.....sign me up! Beautiful work. Lee (Stregajewellry@yahoo.com), and yes, I DID recognize that variations necklace as soon as I saw it.

re-maker said...


I can honestly say I love all of your designs, BUT if I had to pick just one I'd have to say your Namib bracelet is my absolute favorite.

Nicely done.
Thanks so much for this challenge!

Tanya said...

My goodness, Erin, when you make your muse work, you really make your muse work! I love all of those. I think my Pinacate bracelet is my favorite, but my favorite palette is the Sandy Scars and the necklace you make is stunning as well.

Thank you so much for the challenge. I really enjoyed these palettes and creating something from them.

Jess Green said...

Wow Erin, so many smashing pieces! You must have been in super-duper creative mode once you'd recaptured that errant muse!

I have a hard time chosing my favourite palette here - either Mississippi River Delta or Great Sandy Scars - both are making designs on my mind!


Karin Slaton said...

You created (and photographed) this feast for the eyes in TWO days? Amazing! My favorite of your pieces is your Namib bracelet, and my favorite of the color palettes in the Richat Structure. Such a fun challenge - and I'm learning so much about our earth as I'm clicking around, too!

Aimee Moisa said...

Gorgeous palettes and beautiful jewelry! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to play along with you. :)

Michelle Tucker said...

Wow, your muse certainly kicked in. Everything is beautiful! My favorite palette has to be the Richat Structure. Although I am still really drawn to the Pinacate palette.

Thank you so much for a wonderful challenge and experience. I hope to join you in the next one!

CraftyHope said...

All of your designs are so very yummy. The one that jumped out to me the most was the Lake Amadeus piece. Both your necklace and the palette suit me well. . my three favorite colors (blue, green, and violet/purple) all together. WOW! Plus you threw in that luscious brown with it. Yes, please! Of course, there's not a single piece in this bunch that's not inspiring. You are such a talented lady!

The Crazy Creative Corner said...

LOVE what you made and am planning to steal at LEAST four of the pallets you chose to play with for myself! I'm sneaking off with Meandering Mississippi, Richat Structure,Colima Volcano (love those reds!), & Pinacate Volcano Field. That last, especially, should kick me out of my comfort zone and cause all sorts of creative havoc!

EmandaJ said...

Miss Erin, thanks for hosting this amazing challenge -- your pieces are gorgeous and everyone has stepped up to the plate. I noticed most designers used their stash exclusively -- an added bit of challenge. Thanks again for the challenge and please enter me in your chevron drawing.

Brandi Hussey said...

Miss Erin, it was a total delight to get to co-host this blog hop with you! Thank you for all of your hard work coordinating this, and for all of your kind words!

As for my favorite, it's tough, but I think it's the Namib bracelet (and the unknown stone is peach aventurine!). I was surprised at the color combos that came out of that particular photo, and something about that lovely sandy orange paired with blue and gray just speaks to me. Your take on it is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love that Swarovski crystal - it's perfect.

Thank you for hosting this!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Miss Erin, I just have to say... thank you. A thousand times, thank you! Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for your warmth, thank you for the fun! I love doing these with you and I can't wait until the next one :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You were struggling with your Muse and made ten pieces nonetheless... I can hardly imagine how things would have gone if you were inspired!

If I should pick one, I must say that I felt in love of the Meandering earings in the right moment I saw them.

Thank you again for this challenge. I will surely join the next one too!

aneri_masi said...

Holy guacamole!!!!!!! You did SO many! Loved them all, but the meandering earrings stole my heart totally! LOVE it!

Cynthia said...

Well Miss Erin, I, like the other commenters, am in awe of your talents. 10 gorgeous designs in 2 days! "Well done" is a gross understatement!
I equally love the first 3 color palettes in your post - Meandering Mississippi, Great Sandy Scars and North America. But the others are also intriguing. I hope to challenge myself further with these amazing palettes in the months ahead.
Thank you for all you do! What a great challenge and blog hop!

Anonymous said...

I am so crushing on your amazing designs! They are all AWESOME, but I think my favs are Pinacate and Mississippi River Delta.

You are such an insperation to all of us "trying to be" designers. Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and advice with us. It is invaluable!!

Oh, and pretty please count me in on thr giveaway! Thanks!

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

Adaptable Kay said...

Holy SHEEEEESH woman! I cannot even imagine waiting until the last minute and then cranking out ALL of those extraordinary pieces o.O

Let me just say you are truly an inspiration! I will also say that you and I have the same tastes; I LOVE everything you've done :)

I must apologize; for some reason in my odd, Lyme riddled brain, I thought the reveal was TOMORROW instead of today! Thankfully I got my post up and published, but I still can't believe I did that!

I think my favorite palette of yours is the Great Sandy Scars-Those colors just call to me :)

Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess and thank you for the generous giveaway!

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

swopemelmel said...

Astounding & Extrodinary !!!BRAVO!!!! You really are a Bead Genius.
My favorite is Miss. River Delta. Soooo dreamy.


Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Wow Erin, you are an inspiration! It's so difficult to choose a favourite because they are all stunning! I love the Richat necklace but I think if I was forced to choose. The Great Sandy necklace, I love the way you've entwined the waxed linen around the chain. Amazing work! Thank you for organising the challenge and letting me take part.
Deb x

Kim said...

Wow you gave us a whole Thanksgiving dinner, not just scalloped potatoes. Everything is just beautiful and thank you so much for doing this!

Bobbie said...

Wow, when you kick your Muse into gear, she really delivers!!! These are all so lovely and diverse, but such wonderful representations of the inspirations. We shared the Mississipi palette, so I have a particular fondness for what you did with that one.

And a million thanks for being our hostess and coming up with such a terrific excuse for all of us to play!

DespinaV said...

Amazing work, I'm humbled -isn't that the word?
It took me 10 min to... reach my decision but I think my fave is the Lake Amadeus necklace, I'd wear that and wouldn't take it off!

I also saw what other ladies created, gorgeousness...
Miss Janice did a wonderful job with one for your pendants
As for Illuminated Chevron reversible necklaces, what a great idea!
I would LOVE one!!


Joanna-Gloria said...

I adore the Colima necklace, I loved each and every piece but I'm a sucker for funky combinations like red, pink and light blue, alltogether...

Do I really need to answer if I would like a Chevron necklace, Miss Erin?

Having tea with my sister (who's kinda sick today) and looking at your work in awe.

Best and love,
Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

Karen Mitchell said...

WOW! I'm almost speechless. "Almost" because I want to say I wish I had a stash like yours. My favorite is the Magical River Delta necklace, I used the same palette and love the different interpretations we both had.
Thanks for letting my take part in this fantastic challenge.

Cheri said...

I like each piece you created, but I really love the first color palette and those earrings!!
XO, Cheri

SueBeads said...

I like one more than the other, but Namib Desert seems to be my favorite. I think someone else mentioned that you have a crazy bead stash! You really are an amazing designer, for having no inspiration I am in awe of what you did in a short amount of time! Every single one is a work of art in itself! I have to come back this weekend and study each one, because they are all so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on this awesome jewelry challenge,Erin. I'm taking the tour very slowly to savor each entry. You've given yourself the ultimate challenge by designing for so many different palettes. My fav is the Colima Volcano, because this would definitely challenge my design skills.
Lynda @ lyndacarson@cox.net

Caron Michelle said...

Each of your designs is a visual feast! Thank you for organising this wonderful challenge, it certainly nade me consider colours in a whole new light.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous as expected. Thanks so much for all your work hosting this amazing challenge. This is my first blog hop and I'm having a ball visiting all the other blogs and admiring the other artists' work. I can't wait for the next challenge!

Lori Anderson said...

You know I love your work -- you have mad talent! Absolutely excellent pieces and I particularly like the textural affect of them all.

Unknown said...

10! And you said your muse was on vacation! I have to say that both the Mississippi ones truly stand out to me but all of them have that awesome quality of yours and are truly works of art. Now I know you said you bled her dry but she had alot in her!!!


Ms. Erin you are SUCH A JOY! I love all your creations - and I love all your designs! I have so enjoyed the inspiration not only in Brandi's color palettes but for you in organizing this lovely event where fellow designer can be inspired by each other <3 - LOVE and can't wait for another one of your challenges :)
Janice (JLynn)

Anonymous said...

Oh Miss Erin, such beauty! Your muse certainly came home with a head full of ideas didn't she! Of your 10 palettes, I think the one that screams my name is Lake Amadeus -- I'm drawn to combinations of purples and greens -- and the necklace you created with it is truly gorgeous!

Alicia said...

OMG, Erin! First and foremost - thank you for the opportunity! Although my Muse took the same vacation as yours, I decided to despise her and do something on my own :) I learned a lot about many things during this challenge and I had so much fun I am contemplating giving myself a challenge of picking one picture every month or so and design something!

Your pieces are all stunning - absolutely perfect for each and every one of the palettes you picked. Your work is (as usual) exquisite and the pieces have your style all over themselves. Love their different styles and textures.

As for the last question, while it's hard to pick a favourite, I will go with Colima Volcano, I love the richness of the colours and I absolutely love the necklace you made for it!

Unknown said...

Wow - that's an amazing array of beautiful jewelry. I think I like the first pair of earrings the best - The Mississippi ones. That color combo always gets me :) Thank you so much for hosting this hop - it was great fun!

Windbent said...

I think the Richat Structure has to be my favorite. I can't even believe all the beautiful work you did for this challenge; it's awe inspiring really.

kmorgan said...

Oh Erin, You have such talent! Every project is so unique and you have a great eye for color. It is really hard to choose a favorite. I really like them all. Thank you for putting on this blog hop & for all your hard work! You have a very loving spirit to share with the rest of us!

Sharon said...

Wowzer, what a fabulous bead stash you have, and what wonderful things you create with them, I am speechless! Your Namib Desert bracelet speaks to me...:)

Nicole Rennell said...

Wow, what an amazing job you did with so many different palettes! I absolutely love the Namib bracelet!

Bits of Learning said...

Wow, Erin! I can't even pick a favorite. I love how each color palette has that one color that makes the whole piece pop! You did an amazing job! (I can't believe that last piece got rejected, it's very fashion forward!) Thank you for hosting the hop, I enjoy them so much!

lynsey said...

Miss Erin you truly are an inspiration, 10 Pallets!! that is some kind of incredible, my goodness I love them all, to pick my fav is hard to be sure, but I think i'll have to go for The Namib Desert one, those softs with those brights, oh! I just love them.
Thank you for being a wonderful host, it was so much fun working to these pallets, and thank you for your sweet comment on my post xx

Anonymous said...

Wow you girl you have been busy! I love them all but am especially enthralled with Meandering Mississippi and Lake Amadeus! Gorgeous!!!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

WOW - Erin each piece you created is a true masterpiece! You have one awesome bead stash gong on there!!! There are all gorgeous but I have to say my fav ones are the Magical River Delta (love those blue and greens)and North America (love those earthy colors and love the Toast of the Town variation!).
Thank you again for hosting this wonderful blog party - it is always fun!!!!

Ema Kilroy said...

OH ERIN!!! 10! You are the hostess with the mostest! All of them are gorgeous creations which pull out the colors of each palette just perfectly. Just one, do I really have to chose just one? That is really hard to do. I have narrowed it down to the North America piece and the Richat piece. I hope it is okay I chose two as my favorites. :)

rockcreekcreations said...

It is dreadfully hard to pick just one pallete. So I have to pick 2. Lake Amadeus and the Mississippi River Delta!

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Sandra said...

You create the most beautiful pieces! I really love the Namib bracelet, such a lovely combination of colors and components.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Sandra said...

You create the most beautiful pieces! I really love the Namib bracelet, such a lovely combination of colors and components.

Thanks for the opportunity.

lamplight crafts said...

I love the earrings! I need to learn how to pound vintage disks into something fashionable. You rocked each pallet. Thank you for hosting a fun challenge and look forward to many more.

Klassy Joolz said...

Such beadiful Goodness Miss Erin! All ten designs are just fabulous! You are truly amazing in everything you do! Each design is so wonderful and matches the colour palette so well. I'm torn between Lake Amadeus and Richat...but I love the colours/gemstones in Lake Amadeus...so I pick that one.

Thank you and Brandi for this fantastic Blog Hop!

JeannieK said...

You're crazy talented. Thank you for hosting and also to Brandi. Sorry this is so short.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Erin,
First let me say thank you for letting me play along in this challenge I had a lot of fun with my palettes.
Now you must have knock a big knot on your muse's head cause she really came through for you. All of your pieces in this challenge are gorgeous! I don't know how you wipped out the majority of these in one day, but you did it, so in my book that makes you Awesome!
I am so looking forward to the new year to see what other marvolous challenges you come up with.

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

I am completely drawn to Colima Volcano and I hope I win!
love, jean
I usually make my own jewelry, but hey! I hope I win!

xox jean
love you, me

Donetta said...

Oh, Erin...I could simply leave a comment stating "What they said!", because we all share a delight in your beautiful work. Each palette is so beautiful...there's just so much to work with! For some reason, I'm drawn to the piece you made representing the Mississippi River Delta...those incredible soft blues and greens speak to me! And your pictures are just yummy. I want to wake up tomorrow being able to take pictures like yours!

Rebecca said...

Erin, you blow me away with what you pull out of the bag! Just amazing. I cannot pick a single favourite.....but Campeche is certainly my favourite of your palettes....or perhaps Colima Volcano....Such attention to detail throughout your designs, it really humbles me and makes me want to go and delete my little birdie bracelet post; that you achieved so much when I only created a single bracelet!

Anonymous said...

WOW, Erin! Amazing use of these palettes! All are so pretty and each is unique, and the one that really knocks me out is the Namib desert. Gorgeous beads, gorgeous piece. Wow, wow, wow!

Rita said...

Hi, Erin

My first palette choice is Lake Amadeus, it's got great colors and a great name. There were so many close contenders. I like the way your piece lets the colors melt into each other.


Karla Hartzog said...

One week later, and I'm still hopping! Your work, as always, is stupendous! The North American necklace is my favorite! Lucky Lynna!
I am also amazed at the amount of work you put into this challenge! Thank you so much for allowing me to participate!!!!!! -Karla

Alice said...

Erin, I'm slowly making my way around the blogs. You've outdone yourself my dear!!! Whew, ten pieces, and here I was doing good to get just one.

As usual you hosted a fabulous party and it was a pleasure to play along.

I love your chevron reversible necklaces. What a unique design. As for my favorite palette, it would be Campeche, but my favorite piece is the gorgeous Namib bracelet with the stunning beads!!!


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