It sure is sunny this week with blue skies and a lingering heat of the day long into the evening hours. The time is perfect for a beach getaway. But since the only sand that touches my toes in the summer is the kind on the ballfield, I thought that a little virtual vacation was in order.
Warmer days always get me in the mood for bright saturated colors. And this month’s Pretty Palettes inspiration was perfect to kick off summer.
I love that surfers put their own stamp on their board designs. They personalize them and make them colorful. So even when they aren’t catching the perfect wave, they make a strong statement piece. When I found these fun surfboard prints while searching PB Teen for my daughter’s new room re-do this summer, I knew that would be fun for an inspiration.
And then I found the ‘Surfboard printed shell’ beads! How serendipitous! It was fun to find all sorts of happy brights for this palette.
My life in the summer never seems to slow down, and as I am typing this, I am getting ready to go and cheer my son’s baseball team on (and unfortunately miss my daughter’s softball game happening at the same time across town). As is my M.O., I only left myself one day – actually 3 hours – to come up with something for the reveal. So between work ending and the game beginning, I came up with this quick and easy breezy summer set that I am calling Sunshine, Sea & Wild Air.
I started with the necklace. I always start there. I loved those silver oval connectors so much. They have the surfboard shape and I thought that the edges might work as a surface for stamping. I am a lover of quotes and used one of my favorites from Ralph Waldo Emerson,
“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.”
I carefully stamped those words along the edges (I actually had one that I sacrificed as my ‘practice’ so I could get the hammer blows correct!), then I used a Sharpie marker to darken the letters, wiping off the excess ink with a little paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. I quite like that I can wear this necklace with the words along the side, or with the words in the front. For the other side, I just wove three strands of the random mixed 6/0 seed beads and some of the black glass rectangles for a pop.
The bracelet has one of those metal connectors with three of those surfboard printed shell beads. I just love the colors in these! I added some turquoise dyed howlite nuggets for that sea-blue color. It just didn’t feel finished, so I added a few dangles to the connector. It is just a piece of wire with a spiral (hammer it lightly to flatten and also harden the metal to keep the shape) as sort of freeform sculptural headpin.
The earrings were a bit of a risk for me. I couldn’t decide which beads to use. I ended up picking those silver connectors. I worried that this earring set might be too big, but I like big and showy, especially in the summer. For the dangle, I took about 4-5″ of wire and wove random 6/0 beads in and out of the silver rondelle spacers because I really like the texture they have on the sides. They are a bit of a shoulder-duster length, but I quite like the boho vibe they give off.
That’s it for my summer fun set! Now I get to introduce you to my Pretty Palettes partner for June: Terry Ricioli.
I spotted what Miss Terry did for the May Pretty Palettes reveal and I was smitten, so I asked her to be my partner this month. I really love the sense of movement and playfulness that this design snippet is showing me. I also love that she photographed this on sand with shells! Bonus! I can’t wait to hop on over and see what else she did with the same beads.
Name: Terry Ricioli
Company Name: Humblebeads
Blog address: http://terryriciolidesigns.blogspot.com
And now for something completely different…from Erin Strother, our resident Design on a Dime expert!
Keeping with this month’s fun, summery PB Teen theme, I decided to do a cute, simple necklace that a teen, or anyone young-at-heart (or in my case, in serious denial) would love to wear to the beach, or just as an everyday necklace with shorts and a tank top. I started with a periwinkle (I love periwinkle–not quite blue, not quite purple) suede leather cord, knotted in the middle, and added an assortment of dangles. The idea here is to use a whole bunch of different beads—mix it up! I chose a blue/purple mix that includes glass, stone and pearl, with some silver ocean-themed beads thrown in, along with one bright pop of coral to warm the whole thing up.
Coral sticks, seashells, or mother of pearl beads would all be great substitutions, or add a couple of cute charms to the mix as well. Then just grab the sunscreen and head to the beach!
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Thanks again, Erin, for picking me to be your Pretty Palettes partner! I loved this bead selection – so much summertime color and fun. I love that you stamped the edges of the silver connectors! I have yet to try metal stamping, but I may have to add that to my very long bucket list of techniques to try!
Erin I love your pieces! Stamping the ovals? How clever! Thanks for another fun challenge :)