Autumn Challenge Reveal

A few weeks ago I signed up for and won a spot on an autumn challenge blog hop hosted by Lesely of Thea Elements and  Caroline of Blueberri beads. At the time I was under the impression that the builders would be long gone, my home would be back to normal and I would have plenty of time to play with the awesome beads they sent me, I was wrong, so wrong so horribly wrong... again! The builders are still here and more importantly all my beads and jewellery making tackle are still packed away so I was somewhat panic-stricken as the reveal date drew ever closer. Fortunately the shed became available again last week so I decided to make some beads to work with. I received a set of lovely ceramic beads from Caroline including an adorable little bird bead and 3 focal bronze pieces from Lesley, all absolutely gorgeous. For my lampwork beads I wanted to use lentil shape beads to echo the shape of Lesleys focal, I picked out some chestnut, gold and red glass to co-ordinate with my challenge beads and elements and teamed it with goldstone and silvered ivory. I also had some metal buttons with an interesting pattern that I love and have wanted to use for ages, they seemed to fit right in here,

So here is my necklace, it is very simply strung on waxed linen, mostly because that was what was available but also because it didn't require any special tools. I really enjoyed being forced out of my comfort zone both in colour choice and by lack of tools and other paraphernalia. I love my necklace with its rich autumn colours and contrasting textures and finishes,

Autumn Challenge necklace
Autumn Challenge necklace
Autumn Challenge Necklace
Autumn Challenge Necklace

Thank you to Lesley and Caroline, this was fun and I'm looking forward to checking out the other participants work. Blogs taking part are listed below please join me on the hop.

Lesley Watt -

Caroline Dewison –

Gay Messander -

Made By Jules -

Heidi Post -

Janet Bocciardi -

Alice -

Dolores Raml -

Lucy Haslam -

Pine Ridge treasures -

Shirley Moore -

Tracy Collins -

Melissa Truginger –

Mags -

Pepita -

Jo-Ann -

Toltec Jewels -

Judith Johnston –


Janine Lucas –

Madeline Bunyan –

Chic and frog –