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Pretty Palettes :: May Inspiration

I have always been smitten by the clean and simple lines of Scandinavian design (but, of course, I have none of it in my own life! Must remedy that…). The philosophy behind this style of design in everything from furniture to electronics to fabric is a fluidity of shape, a simplicity of form. This design style that first got popularized in the early-20th century as a response to World War I, with the concept of “beautiful things that make your life better” as the rallying cry of this still popular art movement.

Modern Scandinavian design meets a vintage print!

Modern Scandinavian design meets a vintage print!

While the roots of this style are from decades earlier, the term “Scandinavian design” originated from a mid-50s design show that traveled the North America to promote the ‘Scandinavian way of living.’ Nordic designers and artists were featured and it solidified what we know of this design style today: simple and clean designs, inspired by nature and the northern climate with an emphasis on functionalism while not sacrificing grace and beauty. But Scandinavian design is more than just bent-wood furniture in stark colors of black, white and raw light woods. Pops of color abound in this style to give it a child-like playfulness that is just as fresh and modern today as it was almost a century ago.

Surt Sa Raven - 'sour says the fox' - Scandinavian fabric design from the 1950s produced by Almedahls

May 2015 Inspiration: Surt Sa Raven – ‘sour says the fox’ Scandinavian fabric design from the 1950s produced by Almedahls

I found this beautiful Scandinavian fabric design with a fun mix of neutrals and a pop of reddish-orange. It is from a company called Almedahls that was produced originally in the 1950s. I like the bold shapes, the play of patterns and that bright pop of color on the fox and in the oval berry shapes. This fabric is called Surt Sa Raven which translated means ‘sour says the fox.’ Those taupe colored ovals, like berries on the dark viny leaves, have tiny little stars in them that remind me of olives, but it was that cute little fox that sold me on this print!

Close up of the bold and playful pattern. Leaping fox!

Close up of the bold and playful pattern. Leaping fox!

And here are the beads that I selected to go with this modern inspiration:

Our beads for May have a retro feel perfect for modern designs.

Our beads for May have a retro feel perfect for modern designs.

Beads selected from Michaels L to R:

90437 – Tigereye stone donut 30mm
94021 – Tigereye stone round 14mm
92435 – Dyed bamboo coral sticks
94786 – Red Czech glass coin lentil beads
82721 – Gold Czech glass bicone beads
55608 – Jet petal shape glass beads 10x25mm


My Pretty Palettes partner for April is: Heather Powers.

Miss Heather is one of my all-time favorite bead artists. She creates whimsical and painterly polymer clay beads for her company Humblebeads. She has an effortless design sense. Everything she makes I want to own! She is the woman behind the Art Bead Scene and the Bead Cruise (registration just opened and already it is almost full! One of these days I will go….). She is a whiz at the bead business while also being a great mom to two lovely daughters and wife to one amazing husband, all of whom are equally talented and artistic in their own ways. She teaches around the country and also authored one of my favorite books, Inspired by Nature. I understand that more books from her are coming out down the road. Better make room on my bookshelves!

Most of all, I am proud to call her one of my best friends!

Name: Heather Powers
Company Name:  Humblebeads
Blog address: http://www.humblebeads.com/blog
Website: http://www.humblebeads.com/
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/humblebeads

I just knew as soon as I saw this inspiration that Heather would be the right Pretty Palettes partner for the challenge! (Check out her little fox bead! Woot!) I can’t wait to see what she – and YOU – do with this month’s inspiration! (Plus, I am starting to seek out partners for the summer months of June, July and August…. maybe you are next?!)

Come back on the reveal date of May 27th to see what we created with this retro-modern inspiration. Join us!

Erin Prais-Hintz

About Erin Prais-Hintz

Erin is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. No bead goes unloved in her studio. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Follow her creative journey on her blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com or find her hand made treasures at www.tesoritrovati.com.



  1. Molly
    Molly May 6, 2015

    Oh. My. Goodness. I love this palette and the inspiration image. It’s completely outside of my normal color range, but the crisp and modern lines are really exciting! Heather’s fox bead is beyond cute, too. I think I have one of those in my “I love it so much I might never use it” bead box. Do you have one of those? Maybe this is my opportunity! Thank you for organizing this great challenge, Erin! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

    1. Erin Prais-Hintz
      Erin Prais-Hintz May 6, 2015

      Why, yes! I do have a fox bead from Heather! He sits on my shelf and keeps me company. Not sure that I could part with it. Besides, my challenge is to use ONLY the beads from Michaels. But I knew that this would be the perfect inspiration for Heather! ;-) I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for this! Enjoy the day. Erin

  2. Kathleen Lange Klik May 6, 2015

    Gorgeous color palette and bead selection! I look forward to seeing what you and Heather create.

    1. Erin Prais-Hintz
      Erin Prais-Hintz May 6, 2015

      Why don’t you join us, Miss Kathleen?! I think that you would create something wonderful!
      Enjoy the day. Erin

  3. Erin Strother
    Erin Strother May 6, 2015

    thinking, thinking, thinking…

  4. terri Wlaschin May 6, 2015

    I have something I recently made that I think fits this palette!! How does the challenge work?

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller May 12, 2015

      Hello! Erin Prais-Hintz started this challenge as a way to help jumpstart our creativity! All you do to participate is use beads in the colors of the monthly palette (you’re on the right post!), whether they’re beads you have or the beads that Erin has chosen from the Bead Gallery line at Michaels in the inspiration photo to make a piece. It could be jewelry, home dec, anything that uses the colors in the palette! Then, on the final Wednesday of the month, you post your piece on your blog and link it to the reveal post that Erin will post here on the Halcraft blog using the InLinkz code. It’s super simple, just follow the prompts. I can’t wait to see what you make!

  5. Keri Lee Sereika May 6, 2015

    oh looove this! Totally outside my comfort zone but well within my doability! I have April’s project onmy studio work space, I’m planning on finishing it and my goal is to do May in time to leave my link!!!

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller May 12, 2015

      Keri, this palette is so much fun! Whenever you finish April’s let me know, and I’ll add it to our Pinterest board from April. I think it might be too late to add it to the InLinkz list, but we want to be sure to show it off!

  6. Kathy Lindemer May 6, 2015

    I would love to participate in this challenge in June, July, August. I am over extended this month. I do love the beads and palette. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller May 12, 2015

      We’re excited to have you over the summer months, and you can have fun participating in the challenge by enjoying the projects that others make when you hop from blog to blog at the end of the month!