Past blog hops and challenges

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Color of Dreams blog hop

The Design Challenge:

Feel free to create in any way you wish, using your bead as inspiration for your colorway, theme, technique. You are welcome to use additional Color of Dreams beads in your design, as well as artisan beads and gems and anything you like. You are not limited to jewelry.

You may share a dream that has come true, one you are working on now, or one you hope for in the future. The one goal of the hop: we'll focus on our dreams as entirely possible, with the idea, "If we can dream it, we can achieve it." So, try creating "from the end" -- as if your dream has already come true -- using your jewelry design to do so.

My bead is the first one in the thrid row

Here is the bead that I was given to use to create my Color of Dreams piece.  I love the colors which are unusual for me as I tend towards the fall/autumn colors.  So this will stretch my skills. 

The piece I designed uses all the colors in this bead and makes me think of a tropical vacation.  I hope one day to travel to Australia on a cruise ship with stops along the way in Hawaii, Fiji, and other tropical islands.  I will have to build my wardrobe around these colors. 
Here are some of the colors I pulled out to see if they would fit with the bead.  I did not end up using all the colors that I had pulled out.  Some of them just did not go with the bead once I started working on the piece.

A work in progress.  This is still not the end result but is really close.

These were unusual colors for me but I love how the piece turned out.  I am looking forward to wearing the piece once the weather warms up which might be this Monday.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by to visit the other participants: 
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh  The artist that made our special bead
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams      
Patricia’s Etsy:             The Color of Dreams

Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations  You are here
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha
Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean
Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack
Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets
Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts


  1. A beautiful design and it was great to gain insight into how you create ! jean

  2. aww!! he beads are so cute!!! and what u have created is very beautiful!! u have done justice to it!! I missed it.. Probably next year, I'll also join in the hop!!
    Moxie Craftie

  3. Your piece definitely looks like a vacation... Something you can throw on with every outfit.. Simple and stunning.

  4. A dainty tribute to a beautiful bead! Very colorful and tropical.

  5. Good job Carolyn. Using colors out of your usual spectrum turned out very well.

  6. Very pretty piece!

  7. Wonderful colours for a marvelous dream, Carolyn! Hope you are able to wear your necklace on that exciting trip to tropical islands :)

  8. Nifty necklace, Carolyn! It would look great against a solid color tee shirt. Perfect for a tropical vacation!

  9. You really brought the colors of the bead out perfectly!

  10. Great design! It's so delicate and has such strong colors. Just love the contrast.

  11. So warm and sunny. That is the only way to describe your bead and necklace. Great job and I bet it will look great when you wear it out. Thanks for posting!

  12. For your dream you interpreted tropical. I see fall and Halloween. It's great to be part of this color of dreams hop. I'm in awe with the simplicity of your design, that packs a great punch of color in the pillow bead. Thank you for sharing your dream with me.

  13. The colors you chose showcase the bead beautifully. I hope you get to wear your pretty very soon :) Christie

  14. Beautiful! I can see you standing on the cruise ship looking out over the Pacific with a floaty white dress and this necklace. Lovely dream!

  15. Very pretty necklace. Love your use of colour. You really highlighted the bead beautifully.

  16. Lovely piece - you have matched the colours on your bead so beautifully!

  17. Wonderful, bright summery colors. Love the focal bead! Nice work.

  18. I love how you brought all the colors of your beautiful bead together! Lovely

  19. Your piece is lovely. Great colors!

  20. What great colors you choose for this piece. Really makes the focal 'pop'.
    Love your blog.

  21. Your necklace is so very pretty & delicate! I love it! Australia has been a dream of mine for many years too. Finally mine will come true in Oct/Nov of this year. My husband & I are going for 6/7 weeks. Two of those weeks will be on a cruise around New Zealand. Keep your dream alive, one day it will be reality !!!! :)

  22. Beautiful necklace. I love how you used all the colors in the bead. I hope your vacation dreams come true,

  23. What a pretty necklace and what great colors you used to bring out all the color and joy in your bead. It really does remind one of a tropical paradise. Hope you get to fulfill your dream of that vacation so you can take this pretty piece with you.

  24. I'd love to go too on your trip to Australia and Hawaii, Fiji, and other tropical islands! Your celebration of tropical color and its beauty in your jewelry is so well done and so pretty! I love your necklace, and the design elements that make it so balanced and attractive: you brilliantly balance the bold colors of the bead with a soft design. I love the combination of your bead's island color along with your beautiful patterning of beads! And it's neat to see your design process too. I start many of my designs with beads for colorways, also. So lovely! Carolyn, you always create such lovely jewelry art! Thank you for sharing your dreams and gifts with us. I'm honored you are a part of the Color of Dreams! xxoo Rita

  25. Lovely necklace! I really love the colors! It does look tropical!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  26. Oh yeah! I like your dream too. This is a simple and classic design - I really like what you did with your little gem.

  27. Such a ♥sweet necklace, and great use of colours from the stones and the bead! May your dreams come true! We share one, in the past -around 1970- we had a perfume named Fidji madeby Laroche, inspired by the island Fiji... Since that time I want to go there too :-)

  28. What a lovely necklace ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.