May 5, 2012

One Crayon Blog Hop

I'm excited to take part in Sally Russick's One Crayon Color Challenge.  When I picked my color, I was thinking of sunshine, daffodils, sunflowers and other bright shiny hues.  But when it came to my bead box I was drawn more to the soft and subtle shades of sandy beaches and golden sunsets. 

I love the bangle tutorial from Fanciful Devices (Thanks Erin!) and a few of the techniques used in making my bangles were from the Ebook.  Of course, I added in my own flair.  I love the beaded bangle - it's created using a strand of seed beads wrapped around a wire bangle.  So easy and fun and inspired by vintage jewelry designs that have been on my mind lately.  The yellow fiber is gold sari fringe.  I paired that up with brass wire and tiny 3mm fire polish beads.  The last bangle features one of my urchins in gold with a wire-wrapped bangle.

In just a few weeks it will be summer and summer in Michigan is where my heart sings!  I can't wait.

1. Yellow Huts, 2. Yellow sand in Monkey Beach, 3. Yellow Boat, 4. Yellow Shell, 5. Yellow, 6. Yellow Shell

I'm looking forward to visiting everyone's blogs today.  First though, it's the Rings & Things trunk show and then I'm having a little bangle making bracelet party here with two beading buddies.  Can't wait!

Hosted by:

Red

Bobbie Rafferty   http://beadsong.blogspot.com

Orange

Rebekah Payne   http://treewingsstudio.com

 Yellow

Blue

Rebecca Anderson  http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache  http://allprettythings.ca
Charissa Sloper   http://blog.obsidiansoda.com
Sandi Volpe   http://sandivolpe.com

 Green

Jenny Davies Reazor   http://www.jdaviesreazor.com
Elizabeth Auld  http://beadsforbusygals.com

Purple

Jennifer Judd Velasquez http://jenjuddrocks.blogspot.com

Brown

Diana Ptaszynski   http://suburbangirlstudio.com

Black

Birgitta Lejonklou  http://lejonklou.blogspot.com/

42 comments:

Carol said...

Very romantic, sweet, soft. Love!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Great bracelets Heather. I love the inspiration pictures. Not what I initially think of when I think "beach" but they're amazing and the bracelets so reflect your theme!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Heather, your bangles certainly reflect the colors of your photos, especially the 2 middle ones! I never specifically noticed that color scheme in nature. You've given an age-old color combination a beautiful contemporary look! Nice work!

Shel said...

Way cool bracelets! I've been making a bunch after getting Fanciful's tutorial as well, but yours are fabulous!! Love the shell,...and your inspiration photos - so perfect.

Linda Y said...

Oh my, Gorgeous. I've got to check out Fanciful's tutorial and I'm in love the your sea urchin focal. Do you have those for sale somewhere?

Holly said...

Heather, what a lovely set you've made here! I love the subtle yellows, and just love what you've combined. Fanciful's tut is awesome, isn't it?

Bdyoginice2 said...

Soothing trio. This makes me want to hop in the car, drive through the desert and reach a beach for sunset.

Jean A. Wells said...

Love your bracelets. Everything just blends together so well. Love the soft golden yellow of that silk. Great job!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Heather,
Your bangles are very pretty and soft and will be perfect for summer.
Therese

Penny Neville said...

Very pretty, yellow is one of my favorite colors but something I don't work in very often. You have inspired me today!!

Alice said...

Beautiful pieces! The different colors and textures are wonderful, and I love your inspiration.

AntiquityTravelers said...

Just love how natural this piece is - the use of a shell is genius. Very pretty

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love the soft colors and so reminiscent of Michigan!

Pretty Things said...

Beautiful bangles, and I love the photo collage!

CraftyHope said...

Your little stack of bangles is awesome. I like that beaded one too. At first, I thought you had used some kind of special tubular stitch to create it, but knowing how simple it really is, makes it just that much more neat. The urchin is a great touch!

TesoriTrovati said...

This hop looked like so much fun! I am sad that I missed out on this one! I love that you chose yellow. That would be a hard color for me to work with, but not in these soft romantic tones. And I love the bangles you made! That tutorial is one of the best investments yet! Enjoy the day.
Erin

sandi m said...

Love the color combinations and textures you choose. They will surely glow in the sunshine!

Pixiloo said...

I bought the tutorial from Fanciful Devices after the bracelet blog hop and never tried anything from it. After seeing your bracelets, I *will* be getting it out again. Those are all just lovely. I can't even pick a favorite, although the urchin focal is just to die for.

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Very pretty. I love the one with the urchin. My favorite subject the beach.

Jen V. said...

Love that you've been in bangle mode! The yellow you picked is just right for the beginning of summer. :)

Jo said...

What a gorgeous set of bangles! I love the mix of all the different textures.

Patti Van said...

Stunning! The colors and textures are just beautiful! I would wear this all the time! And your photo collage is inspiring, too!

SueBeads said...

I love your bracelets, Heather!

Sally Russick said...

Heather, the bangles are so beautiful!! There is such a vintage romantic feel to them and all that texture is wonderful! I have to be honest, I can't stop staring at the way you wrapped those white seed beads!! Gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for participating in the hop and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Sarah S said...

Realy nice - elegant and understated! Am now following your blog!!

Heather Powers said...

Thank you Linda! It's a great tutorial. You can find the urchins in my Stay shop. Http://www.humblebeads.stay.com

Bobbie said...

This bracelet just took me to the beach -- I can imagine wearing it while digging my toes into the warm sand somewhere tropical!

Alicia said...

Charming set - love your stack of bangles!

Katherine Gale said...

Lovely bangles and that urchin is unbelievable!

Tracy said...

Beautiful bracelet design, I can just see your sandy beaches and golden sunsets..

Lola said...

Awesome bangles! Definite summer wardrobe staple!

Karen Williams said...

Very fun! Isn't it funny how we can have one idea in our head, but then when we sit down to work, something entirely different pops out?

I love the warm, honey-colored yellows you chose to work with (they fit well with your earlier post Bright & Sunny). Its also a reminder that a little yellow can go a long way - combined with the white and black the yellow shines soft and warm.

Heidi Post said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I like that you went with the subtle side of yellow.

kimmykats said...

With the trending of wrapped stacked bracelets yours make me love them even more. The soft yellow is a favorite on mine. We had a very nice trip to your shores..enjoy you summer!

Regina said...

Love the sea urchin bracelet, it is time to get to the beach. Love the subtle shades of yellow in your stack.

BackstoryBeads said...

You've interpreted yellow in a whole new way - like the gentle warmth of the sun on a new day. I'd love to start this day with those bangles on my wrist!!!

Sandi Volpe said...

Hi Heather,

Love those bangles, really gorgeous.

Elisabeth said...

Lovely bracelets - I bet they are fun to wear!

maryharding said...

Love your bracelets and your beach theme. Great to see yellow as a beach color. So original and fun.

Rebekah said...

I'm seeing so many bracelets I love in this hop! :-) These are such beauties Heather!!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

What beautiful, romantic bracelets, I love them.

Jenny said...

The set of bangles is lovely, I am drawn to the seed beads! I like the range of tones you have chosen as well.