Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop

Welcome to the reveal for the Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop hosted by the lovely Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist.

The hop rules are simple: Lisa sent each of us beads in colors of her choosing to use in our pieces (you can see the beads she sent me here).  We could make anything we wanted to make, adding beads from our own stash, but we could not purchase new beads.  

The beads Lisa sent me are in beautiful earth tones, reminding me of the Southwest: rich browns, clay reds and sandy tones, to which I added some muted mustard-colored marble rough cut rounds and a vintage wooden bead.

Lisa also included some antiqued brass bead caps, and I decided to accentuate those warm colors with antique bronze wirework.

I love the way this necklace turned out!  If you are interested, it is available in my Etsy shop.

As always, thank you to Lisa for hosting this hop.  If you have a few minutes, check out the pieces created by these other talented artists:

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Chris Eisenberg, Wander Ware
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Julie Lockhart, Copar Aingeal
Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Leah Tees said...

Great piece Molly, you've done well!

Chris said...

This necklace is just lovely~ :-)

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

Beautiful interpretation, Molly, very poignant for this time of year as we are in late summer and looking ahead to autumn.

Mischelle said...

Autumn is in the air.. I love your necklace.

Samantha said...

I LOVE how that turned out!!!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Awesome, Molly! I am partial to the earth tones, and these came together beautifully. So rich and vibrant. I would wear the necklace all the time. Thanks for being in the hop!

Shaiha said...

Wow! That necklace is incredible.

Kathy Lindemer said...

What a fabulous necklace! You got some wonderful beads and did them justice.

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful browns! You did Lisa proud! Those wooden beads are terrific as is your necklace! Great job.

Charis Designs said...

Molly, LOVE how you showcased the focal. The whole necklace is so ethereal looking. Stunning work! Christie

laurie said...

Oh my goodness I love the colors and design!

Alice said...

What a wonderful set of beads you received! These earthy colors are my favorite to work with. Your necklace is beautiful!!!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Beautiful leaf, beautiful colors, beautiful textures. Nicely done!

Spun Sugar Beadworks said...

Just lovely!! Your pieces are so detailed. I love the seed bead chain components you created! Gorgeous!

Kristi Taylor said...

As always, your work is unique and utterly gorgeous! This is a perfect design for Fall's crisp weather!

Dolores Raml said...

Wow, your necklace is really gorgeous!

Chris said...

Upon viewing your beautiful work, I felt a real sense of peacefulness and wholeness come over me. How you were able to take such disparate elements and fuse them into such a cohesive whole was pure artistry. I loved reading your blog profile also and agree that we become stronger after walking through the fires of life . . . after picking up the broken pieces of ourselves and putting them together in perhaps a new and more spiritual manner. Your life's successes are clearly mirrored in your beautiful creations ~ bravo to you!!!

Alicia said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love how you worked with Lisa's package. An Indian Summer piece :)

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Stunning! The asymmetrical design and the gorgeous way you've featured the gemstone leaf and with wire art and the balanced ceramic are inspired! Beautiful, exquisite jewelry art! I'm wowed :) Love!!

Happy Hopping,

CraftyHope said...

This turned out so warm and lovely. . .perfect for the coming Fall.

Vintage Crab said...

Nice beadwork. Great layout. Not everyone can make an asymmetrical design flow so well. I for one have difficulty with it.