Friday, April 28, 2017

Reveal - SJ Designs Jewelry Honey Do List April Design Challenge!

Time to play some catch-up on this week's blog reveals! Thankfully, today has been quiet so far--unlike the rest of the week--so I have a bit of time to do just that.

So, first up: The Honey Do List Challenge for AprilEvery month, Sarajo Wentling over at SJ Designs Jewelry hosts this challenge--which is actually a design challenge posed to her by her husband, Eric. The intent is for her to use up some of her bead stash and get out of her comfort zone. Luckily for me, she lets others play along, too! 

This month's inspiration is a cute little Chickadee:

Here is what Eric had to say about this picture:

I had hoped for some more color in my shot for this month, but "spring" in Minnesota is still much later than southern climes.  So I worked a little red into this action shot of a cute Chickadee!  The birds are back, and next month should be much more vibrant with the colors of spring.

I also decided to give myself the added challenge this month to keep my design simple. That may sound silly, but I really like making intricate and complicated designs and have the habit of going overboard. (Who, me?)

So, with that in mind, I dug out some bird-inspired charms and some brown-toned beads, and created this necklace:

Little Chickadees on a branch!

I used wood, crystal, and silver-plated metal to make this design. In hindsight, perhaps I should have added a bit of black to echo the markings of the Chickadee and the shadows of the branches... Still, I think it's quite cute as it is! And it certainly is simpler than some of my recent tassel necklaces, so I think I succeeded at that part of the challenge, too. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I made! Be sure to check out Sarajo's blog to see what she made. 

...All right, two more reveals to go--the one for Pretty Palettes and the one of my own Monthly Challenge! We'll see what I end up finishing today. Woo!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


  1. I love your cute little birdies on a branch! Sometimes simplicity is best. I think that the brown and grey tones work well... the black might have been too stark. I also have to say that I also really like your book backdrop! Thanks for playing along with us this month! I hope you'll check back to see what Eric has in store for May.

  2. such a cute, sweet necklace. The simplicity is excellent for this one

  3. Very cute this month. Good job keeping it simple too!

  4. Keeping it simple is good and echoes the picture. The focal is very sweet and the light reflections in the crystals make up for the monochrome palette!


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