Thursday, January 6, 2011


our engines.....

Since this challenge (Call-to-Create) happened so close to the new year, here it is again...  Great prizes....Read below to see everything that you could receive by joining us in this challenge.  We would love to see your creations...

Click here to see the most recent winner's page on our website.

PS  Don't forget our giveaway....  4 days left to win those fabulous earrings
 by Kelli Pope (see the side for details).

Well, the past year appears to have flown by like the blink of an eye ... which is kind of what decades appear to be doing too! I want to do something a little different with Call to Create ... in terms of inspiring colors and images.  The chips of a color chart are good, but I'm feeling a need for something more sensual, luscious, appetizing ... maybe I should just get up and eat breakfast!  But, I've decided to take you with me on this little journey.   So, without further adieu, here's the Call to Create for January.

photo courtesy of Matt Armendariz; Styling by Adam Pearson

How about some fantastic jewelry pieces in spearmint, chocolate, grape, tomato red, and that luscious orange yellow of the peach, which are only some of the colors represented here.  Your look can be more somber by graying down or saturating these colors ... but even the Jadeite plate can be part of your inspiration.  There's a lot to work with here.  Remember our slogan, "Making Handmade with Handmade." 

Since we're starting a new year, what about a resolution to try to make some of our own components?  Kelli Pope shows you just how easy it can be ... go here to see how.  Not only will you feel a sense of accomplishment, but you'll be creating something that is truly "one of a kind" for even if you were to try to recreate it the next day, it would not be the same.  We are unique and what we make is unique!

But what would a challenge be without prizes?!!!  And great prizes we have ...

Altered Curiosities by Jane Wynn and A Porcelain Pendant in an etched bezel setting by LeAnn Weih

I guess I don't need to tell you about this book ... it's very popular already ... Jane has some VERY unique ways of looking at things and bringing found objects together to create art ... whether it be wearable or sculpture.  This is a great book.

Our own very talented LeAnn Weih is offering a gorgeous pendant.  Here's her description:
This pendant was made from brass sheet that was etched on one side. A bezel was soldered onto the unetched side of the pendant. I made the cabachon from porcleain. The size is about 1.25 inches high and 1.25 inches at the base.
And as always you will be entered in our weekly "Designer of the Week" as well as the possibility of being sponsored on the blog for one month.  The winner will also have a page displaying the winning piece on our website.
So, there you have it ... post photos at our flickr page and enter as many pieces as you'd like.  Good luck and Happy New Year and, as always, thank you for participating!

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