Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year–New Challenge: Art Jewelry Elements' Earring Challenge


For those who I haven’t chatted with since December let me first say,  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Its already 2013, where does the time go?! Seems like just yesterday we were embarking on a new millennium and all it promised. Do you remember all the hullabaloo surrounding Y2K?! Well thank goodness most of the fears were unfounded. Even so, it does seem like that was just yesterday.The days fly by and with them all my plans and ideas too!  I always have a million ideas running through this head of mine. I even “work” at them in my sleep.But they never seem to find life. I often wish that someone would hurry up and invent a machine to suck the ideas outta my head and write them down for me! My mind isn’t the steel trap it used to be and I just can't even keep up with myself anymore!

Though I know that art and the creative process are supposed to be free flowing,  ALL that free flowing stuff just seems to takes me in circles and I find myself chasing my own tail (tale?!)  I find I need deadlines and structure. I NEED someone to set my direction and  give me short-term goals.  Guess that’s why I love swaps, blog hops and challenges so much - AND why I jumped right on the ART JEWELRY ELEMENT’s 2013 Earring Challenge. Something to get me creating with results I can see right away!

To meet the challenge ALL I HAVE TO DO is to make ONE pair of earrings per week. Rules state that each pair must include at least one artisan component, such as a handmade charm or bead. The artisan components may be made by another artist or myself. Every two weeks we post a link to our designs and make sure to give the artist credit for their component.

Simple. I LOVE simple.

So with that being said I want to share with you my earring designs from the first two weeks of the challenge -

Week 1 ::
Featuring polymer clay beads by Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs by Marlene. Take a peek at her handmade polymer clay bead listings in her Artfire shop. ONE of a KIND beauties!

                               Glitzy and Lavender Earrings by TORI SOPHIA 

Week 2 ::
Featuring ceramic beads by Elaine Ray. She has gorgeous beads and can be found at

W2 CW2 A 
Chunky Turquoise-Looking and Amber Earrings by TORI SOPHIA available in my Etsy shop

Tune in on February 3rd for more!
In the meantime stop on over to Art Jewelry Elements and admire even more fantastic earring designs!


Freestyle Elements said...

Love these earrings, Shelley! Both pair are fantastic! I also find that some structure can be conducive to the creative process, not stifling at all. Have a great day!Gina H.

Elaine Ray said...

Beautiful! Even one pair of earrings a week would be quite a challenge for me. Good luck!

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