Sunday, December 14, 2014

Whoops Hop

Several weeks back I was part of a design team for ZnetShows to create designs around Fall and adding upcycled elements to our pieces. 

But the thing is that when I went to select my beads from ZnetShows I got my sizing all mixed up. I ordered beads that I thought were a fairly good size (jasper stones) that turned out to be on the 'micro' side. And the pearls I ordered I thought would be petite .... and they turned out to be anything but! What's a girl to do, but roll with it. 

I did create a holiday necklace with my pearls (you can see my first design here), but since I originally thought I'd ordered small pearls ... the 2 strands of extra large pearls that arrived were way more than I needed for my project. 

And so I decided to share with a few of my beady friends to see what everyone else might do with these beads. It made for a wonderful challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone did with their pearls.

So my second piece with these pearls is another necklace, but this time a collar length double strand. I really wanted to try black leather with these pearls and pulled out some gorgeous deer leather I recently picked up from Melinda Orr at her ORRTEC shop. Love this stuff, and it was soft enough for me to stitch right into the leather so I could secure it as a loop around the large glass pearls. 

As a little extra, I decided to include some matching earrings ... but only with the smaller pearls I bought. These have a really nice swing to them and are very light and comfortable. I think I'll have some fun wearing these!  Please be sure to check out everyone else's creations: Bobbie, Christine, Hope, LindaTherese and Val.

17 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you again for asking me if I wanted to play around with some big balls, Uh I mean big pearls TeeHee! Your necklace and earrings are beautiful and classy that can be worn with a white button down blouse or a T-shirt. I bet the earring have a soft clacking noise when worn too.
Merry Christmas,
Therese

Maryanne said...

I love your double strand necklace and the matching earrings are fantastic! The leather and the pearls are a great mix.

CraftyHope said...

Oh, that deer leather does seem to go perfectly with the pearls. It gives such contrast to them too and tone them down a notch. What a lovely combination. I bet this set looks beautiful on!
Thank you so much for including me in the blog hop and making me think outside the box with these larger pearls. They were definitely a bit of a challenge, but so fun. :)

BackstoryBeads said...

I love, love, love this design -- the perfect twist on the traditional strand of pearls!

Linda Younkman said...

Thanks for letting me play along. I love the double strand with the black leather and the earrings looks like great fun. Your original piece was awesome as well - it's hard to pick a favorite.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I actually love bigger pearls but I'm not sure I have any QUITE this big LOL. What a great idea to spread the goodies, Cynthia :) As you know I also love leather, so I completely adore this set... beautifully done :)

Claudia Aguilar said...

I love these pearls you really made a lovely necklace have fun wearing it!

Bobbie said...

What a great way to rock your big, pearly balls (again, not a sentence I ever imagined writing)! The combination of the leather and the pearls is a terrific blending of rocker chic and lady. The leather looks so deliciously soft and supple - yum!

Thanks for letting me play along -- every girl needs to play ball now and then!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Maybe all you needed was the challenge, because these are all gorgeous - elegant and different. Love them Cynthia!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these pieces Cynthia! They are a little different from your usual style. The leather wrapping looks quite unique. Thank you again for inviting me along in the blog hop. :)

Christine Altmiller said...

I love Love LOVE those earrings and the necklace! The classic/boho combo is a winner. You can easily go from boardroom to the nightclub wearing this same necklace and it will be appropriate in both venues (because I know how often you go clubbing. LOL). Those earrings ~ definitely a go-to pair! Thanks so much for being so woefully bad at figuring out sizes. It allowed all of us the opportunity to grow a little and have some fun. And thanks to Znet too!

Caron Reid said...

Gorgeous set! Love both the beads and the style you have designed the necklace and earrings! Beautifully done!

Linda said...

Really beautiful.

Magic Love Crow said...

Love this set! It's really funky!

Sharyl said...

These pieces are so terrific! It looks like everyone was highly inspired by this event! A "mistake" that turned out for the good! :-)

stregajewellry said...

Oh my, I love the leather with the pearls! What a great necklace!

Veralynne Malone said...

Beautiful necklace. I love the gray pearls. That leather really does the trick in accenting them. And I love the earrings! Great work!

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