Wednesday, January 30, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge :: 4 Seasons

I've had this Crowded House song (Four Seasons In One Day) running through my head for days, and it got me thinking ... what better way to inspire what's on my bead table but to pick a theme. And this one was seriously top of mind. And so, I picked colors by seasons and designed a series of earrings thinking about what other various components and findings would add to the seasonal designs. Check down at the bottom of the post for the song if you feel like humming along. I found a great version of it live with mostly just piano and acoustic guitar. 

Ok, now on to the earrings. Last week I posted the spring pair from this series, as part of the on-going, 13-week AJE earring challenge. This brings my count up to 6 pair, so I'm cruising right along.  I promised to return with the completion of my 4 Seasons series using Marsha Neal's charms... and here they are. I went just a little crazy when I saw Marsha's charms at a recent bead show and bought quite a variety of her work. For the line up, here are the details on each pair:

Summer: Lemon Meringue. Materials: Marsha Neal porcelain charms, enamel leaf, gold wire, vermeil flower earwires

Fall: Foliage. Materials: Marsha Neal porcelain charms, citrine facetted rondelles, gold spacers and earwires

Winter: Snow Tracks. Materials: Marsha Neal porcelain charms, hemp cord, silver spacers and bead, silver patterned posts

Spring: Fern Furls. Materials: Marsha Neal porcelain charms, hammered silver, silver patterned earwires

15 comments:

Caron Michelle said...

Love that song! You have captured the essence of the four seasons with all your earrings. Simply fabulous!

BeadedTail said...

Love the whole series! How fun to have earrings for ever season! I'm really loving summer and spring! (I think I'm yearning for them in real life!)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These seasonal themed earring are awesome!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Gorgeous -- I'm not sure which are my favourites, but I think it's a toss-up between Spring and Fall. And yes, Crowded House is brilliant, and this song reminds me of how I played the album on an entire road trip in Canada one summer :)

Memories for Life said...

What a fun collection! The Spring pair is my favorite :)

Kashmira said...

How awesome!!!

PS: I have not been emailing or commenting much lately...just resting the hand while not at work, hope to be back soon :)

Duni said...

Cynthia, I love how you think up themes and create your pieces accordingly! They are all so pretty - my favourites are the spring and summer earrings :)

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

This is a wonderful set.Congrats!

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is a great song. It is certainly one of those that inspires! I love how each of your earrings really portrays the seasons. My favorite is the Fall pair since I love earthy tones. :)

Christine Altmiller said...

You wrote Crowded House and my brain read Talking Heads. I clicked and the music started. I read and oooohed over the photos and then took pause and said "This really DOES NOT sound like David Byrne!" LOL. I think I have winter brain.

As for the earrings~beautiful, creative, and swinging! I really like their style. You really put the feel of each season into each one of them.

Rose said...

I love to create seasonally themed items. What a fun set!

Magic Love Crow said...

Great song and I love all the earrings! They are simply stunning!

Magic Love Crow said...

I forgot to say, I love the theme!!!

Janet Bocciardi said...

You're doing great! i love all 4!!

Katherines Corner said...

I am such a fan of your work! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started Friday :-)

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