May 13, 2012

Button Swap Blog Hop

I've missed so many great blog hops this year, I was excited to finally jump on board with Cindy Wimmer's Button Swap Blog Hop.  I was paired up with the very talented Cat Kerr who sent me a lovely collection of enamel buttons and beads.  Be sure to check out Cat's blog and shop to see more of her work.

I wanted to tie this hop into the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge.

Italian's House at Monmarte by Maurice Utrillo.

I paired the enameled buttons up with some tree connectors created from Vintaj Art Metal blanks and hammered links.

My focal is a blue bird that I created in a nest, wrapped on a Vintaj branch and below sits a house from Elukka.

I double drilled one of my feather pendants to create a connector.  I like that it ties in with the enamel beads and the bird.

The shape of the pointed feather speaks to the shape of the bird and the angles of the house.  The round elements had a nice contrast and offers more geometric elements.

Be sure to stop by Cat's blog and see the amazing things she did with my buttons!

Check out all the blog hop participants and have fun finding new inspiration in all that can be created with buttons!

 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

35 comments:

BahamaDawn said...

WOW!! this necklace is jaw dropping! I LOVE it!! it is full of whimsy and color!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Wow! Your necklace is gorgeous! I like how you incorporated the buttons into your design, very unexpected.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

That sure is a show stopper!

My Life Under the Bus said...

So so pretty!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Omygosh soooo beautiful Heather!! There is so much to see here..I need to grab a cup of tea and stay for a while because your necklace is Gorgeous!!
Thank you for sending me such inspiring buttons to work with and it was great to meet you!!!!oxox Cat

kristibasket said...

Love Love Love!! You never disappoint and this is really neat!

Diana P. said...

Super cute and fun necklace!

Alice said...

Heather, your piece is fabulous! I love each and every component, and the bright colors really pop against the black and brown metals.

Pretty Things said...

Bang up job! I would wear this all the time -- it's gorgeous in color and design.

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

Beautiful necklace. Love the little twig and house and nest!

Thoughtfulhands said...

All I can say is GORGEOUS!!!

Beautiful work Heather :)

re-maker said...

Such a beautiful necklace! I love how you made a wire wrapped nest for your bird.

N Valentine Studio said...

WOW!! What a cool piece, the bird in the nest is really really cool! I love the whole thing but that little birdie is the sweetest thing ever!

Christine said...

Gorgeous- all of the colors and components come together perfectly!!

Cindy said...

Heather, what beautiful beads you received from the ever so talented Cat Kerr! And the necklace you created is amazing - a real Heather Powers-style piece of art. You sure did relate it to the ABS challenge piece so perfectly - and I really like how you shared thoughts on your design process, such as the angles in the feather, bird, and house. Your bird focal is so sweet. What a show-stopper!

Tracy Statler said...

Hi Healther.

I love the earthen tones with the pops of blue, green and red/coral. Very eclectic and beautiful! Cool that you used everything Cat sent so seamlessly in one piece.

Tracy

TesoriTrovati said...

Pure whimsy! I love the bright color palette you used with the darker metals. Just a masterful use of materials as always, Miss Heather!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Sharyl said...

Your necklace is full of unexpected delights! What fun!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Gorgeous and whimsical !! A real show stopper too ...You are a master of mixing materials and structures for sure and make such beauty of it all !! LOVE LOVE <3

fun thing I have to write nests now to post :)

sandi m said...

I love how you mixed all the elements to create a signature "Heather" piece. Beautiful!!

Kim said...

Beautiful piece, I love what you did with the buttons!

Firefly Visions said...

What an amazing design! The different components work together beautifully and create a signature piece.

Cece Cormier said...

Sweet necklace. Love your nested bird.

Holly said...

Heather, your pieces are always just so lovely, and this is another included in that description! It's so textural, full of movement and just gorgeous! I love the way you used Cat's lovely buttons...

kimmykats said...

Flights of Fancy...love the bird..oh this necklace is so full of fun

CraftyHope said...

What a beautiful necklace, and how great that you were able to tie it in to two different challenges! I love all your bits and touches along it. Wonderful work!!

KayzKreationz said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors and the assymetry. Very pretty indeed.

Creative Arty Facts said...

Heather - every element about 'that' necklace is just perfect! I just love it and could really see this in my own jewellery collection!

maryharding said...

Beautiful beautiful necklace Heather. Love the way you used the Vintaj metal and added bright color with the enamel beads. The buttons add wonderful color depth to the necklace.

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful! So colorful. Doing this button swap and blog has really opened my eyes and my need to step out of my comfort zone!

Julia said...

I absolutely love this necklace!!! Such stunning work-- and even better that you were able to combine this swap/challenge/hop with the ABS monthly challenge :) The buttons look like they were made for that piece!

It's so inspiring to see what everyone has made!! Thank you so much for sharing your work <3

*~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I love your necklace and it ties perfectly with the May ABS challenge! I really like the buttons you received from Cat.

Jenny said...

Heather - like what you have done! So wise to tie it the the monthly challenge! I think the necklace would make nice noise while worn, does it?

Stories They Tell said...

Nice understated quality to this necklace, Heather. So many nice shapes all coordinating beautifully. I like the way you double-wrapped your signature bird!

LoriF said...

Beautiful pieces to start with, and beautiful pieces finished! Love your color work and texture work.