I didn't participate last year (I didn't know about it!), so I'm glad that I got a chance to do so this year.
The idea was simple... Take a picture of your work space, gather up some leftover beads from previous projects, put them in a muffin tin or other such container, and use them to make earrings!
|This is only part of my table... the rest is currently dedicated to Christmas presents,|
and therefore off limits for photographing.
...Yeah. I'm a bit ashamed to say that that is the current state of my crafting table. I endeavor to always keep the beading mat clean and ready to create, but the rest of the table? Is one part bead hoarders paradise and one part craft tornado. (Erin Prais-Hintz calls it the craftermath, and boy is that accurate!)
So, from that unorganized pile of beading goodness, I picked out a few selections and put them in a muffin tin:
There you can see bits and pieces from previous projects--lampwork, paper, gemstone, pearl, a little bit of everything. Some collections I could envision exactly what I wanted to make, others I just had a rough idea.
And, from those selections, I made 16 pairs of earrings!
...Since the above picture doesn't really show them off that well, here they are--in all their leftover beady beauty!
Quick sidenote... the black flower earrings are actually interchangeable, and can even be worn as an asymmetric pair:
...All in all, not a bad collection! Especially since I so often overlook earrings--I'm more likely to make them to match a necklace, than to let them stand on their own. It was fun to just focus on making pretty dangles!
...And it was also fun using up some of my beading hoard! (And whoa, there is a lot more where that came from!)
Thanks so much for stopping by today... Be sure to stop by the Earrings Everday blog to see what other designers made with their leftovers! I'm going to go finish up some Christmas presents, and think about maybe dedicating one of my Monthly Challenges to cleaning up my craft table! :)
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!