Thursday, August 2, 2012

This Week's Color Palette Design August 1st

Wow! Two posts in 2 days, I'm proud of myself.
This post is about jewelry making. I don't think that I have ever posted about making jewelry before. Well, for those of you that don't know, this is what I do all day long. It's my passion. I absolutely love to make jewelry. My focus is on easy to wear jewelry. That means I like to design jewelry that you can easily put on and take off by yourself. Ok, enough background. Here's what I want to share with you today.

I'm a member of The Hudson Valley Etsy Team. A group of artisans that live in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State and sell our handmade items on Our blog  recently started doing "Inspiration Wednesday" Posts. On Wednesday my  teammate Shannon from posts a color palette that she chooses from Readers are asked to use all or part of the color palette as inspiration to create something and post the link on the blog the following Wednesday. Up until now, I had not created anything with the color palettes selected on previous weeks.This past week, as soon as I saw these colors, I felt compelled to create something, immediately.
Palette from

I saw these colors and instantly knew which beads I wanted to work with. I had to drop everything I was doing. Plans went out the window. I had to break out those beads and create! I felt incredibly energized. Everything got tuned out, it's just me and those beautiful beads. I tried them this way and that way, until I  created a necklace that I just love. 

Decisions - decisions! All so pretty!

When I finished the necklace I suddenly realized how inspired I became by a few colors in a blog post. Color is a huge part of  my world. I am very influenced by the colors around me, my response is powerful, good or bad. This time, good. 
Here is the piece that I created. I used these unusual denim blue cut out beads I had recently acquired, along with blue Lapis beads and lime green glass twists and accentuated by tiny light blue beads and daisy rondelles. Keeping with my mantra, of "easy to wear" I closed it with a strong magnetic barrel clasp -  so very easy for you to put this on by yourself :-)

Does color influence you in a powerful way? Check out the color palette for next week's design inspiration  here maybe you will be inspired to create something. If you are, please feel free to share what you made by posting a link in the comments section of the team blog or here on my blog or both.  Oh, by the way, it does not have to be jewelry - it could be knitting, painting, sculpting, sewing whatever you like to create with. 


  1. It came out really great Debi! Real true to the inspiration image. :)

  2. Wow, Debi! Really beautiful! It's cool how inspiration just takes us away sometimes. Can't wait to see more.

  3. Isn't it something how we respond to the suggestion of color in such an immediate way - that you just can't rest until you've pulled out those beads and come up with something? Other color palettes didn't trigger that action, even though you might have thought they were pretty enough.

    beautiful necklace, Debi!

  4. I am so excited to learn about this color inspiration from design seeds....I can see this being helpful in my creative work as well. Thanks Deb for sharing!!

    1. I agree Kat, anyone can use the color palettes on this sight to inspire their own artwork. I hope that you will consider looking at the team blog and share work if one of the upcoming palettes inspires you. I like the one for this week and already created something using it. You will see it on Wednesday :-)

  5. This is wonderful, Debi. Color is everything to me. In every facet of my life, color what's up. Keep writing, kiddo! xo