Friday, November 30, 2012



Today is Reveal Day! Miss Erin Prais-Hintz and her color guru Miss Brandi Hussey put on this very fun and creatively challenging blog hop. Each of the 80 participants received two photos from NASA's  Earth As Art Satellite Images with an attached color scheme (palette) to work from. Wow, do I love those color palettes! These two wonderful ladies put a lot of hard work into this project. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us and allowing us to participate!

At the beginning of November, I received the highly anticipated e-mail with two photos. I was very excited to get these pictures. My father, who passed away last year, was an artist and a geological draftsman. So I grew up with a LOVE of color and rocks. In honor of him, I felt compelled to work on both projects!

Unfortunately, life got in the way of my creativity and productivity. My mother went into the hospital with heart issues. It is a little hard to haul to the hospital "the suitcase" of beads and another "suitcase" of tools. The hospital personnel would have gone bananas thinking I was moving in! And probably found me a room too, BUT in the psych ward. :)  So.... I had to wait to begin working until things "settled down". Thankfully, things went well at the hospital and for now there are no surgeries or etc.. planned. However, at this point there was only one week left to be creative & productive! Not much time.....

So let the show begin.... 

Photo #1 & Color Palette

The Meandering Mississippi holds a special place at the moment in my heart because my daughter and son-in-law live in New Orleans just a stone's throw quite literally from the Mighty Mississippi. 

The stash of beads and copper wire.

 I made my own clasp.

I loved this "rock". Look at the great colors! & it has "flaws" just like me!

The focal with a waterfall of beads on wire to mimic the "meandering Mississippi".

The finished project. 

In the next few days, I will add earrings & a bracelet (or a bracelet that attaches to a copper watch face) to complete the set. Pictures to follow when complete.

Photo #2 & Color Palette

The Brandberg Massif is an unusual geological volcanic mountain found in Namibia, Africa. It rises 8441.6 feet (2573 meters) above the flat plains below and covers an area of 403 square miles (650 square kilometers). It acts as a "rain shadow", wringing moisture from the clouds and preventing precipitation in the desert. According to the USGS, the mountain's volcano is no longer active but the granite core still glows red in the light of the setting sun.


The stash of beads, ribbon, silver wire, & Kumihimo braiding disk.

I took 4 colors of ribbon: blue, brown, black and green to make a Kumihimo braid. Then I wire wrapped the ends with silver wire since I had no end caps & Hobby Lobby isn't open at midnight. For a first attempt, I was quite pleased.

I wanted to make a lariat necklace but it didn't quite work as I had imagined so that will have to be a future project. I used a brown donut (not quite sure what kind of stone it is but it has flecks of gold & black in it) as the focal & wire wrapped a silver bale then attached the chains of beads to it, like lava flowing from the rock but in the "cool" colors it isn't "active".

Then I made a rope of beads and a attached a silver chain with a few beads hanging off it. So the overall project is a trio of ropes; chain, beads, and ribbon braid.

Of course, no necklace should be without earrings. The bracelet will follow over the next week which will attach to a silver watch face. It will also include a Kumihimo braid of the same ribbon. Pictures to follow later.
I hope you have enjoyed my show as much as I enjoyed creating!

Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams


  1. I am happy that your mother is better now! You pendants are so nice!


    1. Thank you Ambra. This was such a fun challenge!

  2. On no - you've had challenges more than this one, please take care - outstanding designs, just love them both Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

    1. Thanks Caron, Life has definitely been full of challenges lately. However, the Color Challenge was a joy to participate in! A little breath of fresh air!

  3. Love how you wrapped the donut, and the "waterfall" of beads for the focal! I swear - one of these days - I am going to learn the kumihimo technique, especially after seeing it in your necklace! Beautiful job!

    1. Thanks Patti,
      I got the idea for the "waterfall" from the Bead Soup Blog Party book. There is a lariat in there that I want to do & it "falls" through.
      The Kumihimo is not hard at all. I was pleasantly surprised! I think you'll enjoy it.

  4. Great job on both of your pieces. The waterfall was a good idea. I just did my first kumihimo bracelet, so I can relate to that piece.

    1. Becky, Isn't Kumihimo fun?! My next kumihimo will be out of 26 gauge copper wire. I think that will be a really cool look & different. Thanks for checking out my blog. Now I'm off to check out yours. :)

  5. Wonderful pieces you created and you hit the nail on the head with your colors. I love the layers in the necklaces.

    1. Thank you Emakaye, I really had fun making these pieces. By the way, love your name! It's really pretty!

  6. Your stones may have flaws, but your designs don't. I just love your clasp though!

    1. I really enjoyed working with wire. Thanks for the words of inspiration. Now I'm off to check out your blog & see your creations!

  7. I hope your mother is doing better now - it sucks when they don't feel good. Love your clasp and the piece you created, flaws and all :) Love your kumihimo work and the beads on the donut. Awesome pieces!

  8. Fantastic interpretations of your color palettes -- great pieces.

  9. It's hard to imagine where you found the time to make your beautiful pieces! Amazing job...both are lovely.

  10. These are really beautiful, I can see your heritage in them :)

  11. Miss Karla, despite the health emergency (please tell your mom that I am praying for her continued recovery) I think that these are wonderful tributes to your father. I really love that stone in the first one. And the waterfall effect of the stones and beads is a perfect complement. I love that you are into making sets of things and that I gave you inspiration that will continue to pump up your creativity! Thank you for joining me on this color filled journey! Enjoy the day. Erin

  12. Wow, I'm in awe of the work you were able to accomplish in one week. Beautiful job!

  13. Yay, you did your first Kumihimo. It turned out great. I love the waterfall of dangles on the first necklace and the multi-strands on the last necklace. They turned out great. It was fun working together on our challenge pieces.

    1. Thanks Kay, I had so much fun with that Kumihimo. I made a bracelet to match the necklace, but I haven't finished it yet. Yes, it was a blast getting together. We need to do that again!

      Going to check out your blog now & see your finished project!

  14. Karla, despite a very "challenging" set of circumstances, you were able to rise to the occasion and make beautiful and personally meaningful pieces! Perhaps, like me and many others, you find the act of creating beauty is therapeutic on many levels.

    I hope to see more of your work in future, and to that end I am following your blog. All my best for a Holiday season of peace and health for you and yours, Karla!


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