Pantone, the trend-setting company that selects each season’s hottest colours, has named Radiant Orchid as its 2014 Colour of the Year. Watch for this fantastic shade of pinkish-purple on a runway and in shops near you!
I love reading creative people’s blogs. It’s a lot of fun to see other crafters at work, get a glimpse of their studios, or read about the other goings-on in their lives. One blog I recently came across announced a 100 Day Challenge. Her plan was to create a new item every day (she was a knitter or crocheter) using only materials she already had on hand. I thought about the rather extensive stash in my studio, and how I could do the same. It is a great project for me: I am like a magpie in my obsession for collecting shiny things, and while I sometimes have a project in mind when I buy beads, I don’t always. I have plenty of strands & parts that I love but don’t have a plan for. It’ll be a great opportunity to revisit some favourites that haven’t gotten the love they deserve.
The plan is this: Each day, I will make something. It might be a necklace, earrings, a hair accessory, anything that moves me that day. I’ll take a picture, and while they may not be the best photos, they’ll get the idea across. I’ll do proper photos when time and weather allows. I’ll also tell a story about the item, the components, and why I’ve been hanging onto them for so long.
My first day’s project is a familiar one: a full set of the Vintage by Drakestail single-strand jewellery, in black. I started here for a reason – I’ll be donating it as an auction prize for the Beads For Wishes event on March 4th. It will be a great event, and it’s for a worthy cause, the Children’s Wish Foundation. I have these Swarovski pearls and stardust beads on hand for Vintage orders, and they’re a recent part of my stash.