I have not yet started going through my stash of things that might work for this month's challenge, but chances are I will need a little retail therapy to get me going. Sometimes the right bead, pendant, charm or component is not apparent in my stash. I thought that I would share a few things that I found online to inspire you, too!
First, if you are in the mood to win an art bead that was created specifically with this month's challenge in mind, head over to Jeannie's blog to sign up. Winner will get this lovely little birdie pendant and some coordinating beads. But hurry! The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 14th! Just go leave a comment! Easy-peasy!
But even if you don't win, you can still snap up some great beads, pendants, charms and findings that suit the Finches and Bamboo theme perfectly.
Look at this cute little Zen Leaf charm from Beth Hemmila of Hint Jewelry! Her charms delight me as much as the thought she puts into describing them. Beth writes of this one, "Wear Zen Leaf to bring awareness to purpose and transformation. Leaves grow, nourish life, gradually decay, and quietly float down to earth. Their life may be short, but its glorious transformation and honorable existence reminds us to continually celebrate life and all its seasons." I couldn't have said it better myself!
The soft earthy tones in this ceramic pendant from ClayDesignsbyGlee would look lovely with some silk ribbon and tiny mint green glass beads, don't you think?
I found a new-to-me Etsy seller with beautiful silver charms. I love the highly detailed and polished pendants, charms and finished jewelry in this shop. This one references the painting this month spot on and is called New Day. Check out SilverWishes for more lovelies!
Ooh! I so want this set of carved polymer clay beads from Floridity! I love their rich golden and rust color that would perfectly complement the colors in this month's painting.
"Remembrance" leaf pendant from BlockPartyPress - in any of the three available colors of green, rust red or mustard - really works well with this painting. I love the hand carved original stamps that she uses to create these whimsical looks. While you are browsing her Etsy shop, I am certain you will find other things to love. She is one of my new Etsy crushes.
Ooh pretty! Decorated head pins are all the rage these days. Check out these beauties:
|Green and amber colored glass headpins from SueBeads on Etsy|
|Fancy raku leaf head pins from HavanaBeads on Etsy|
|Love these brass leaf head pins from WickelyWired on Etsy|
|Carved melon jade from BeadFrenz on Etsy|
|Carved jade leaves! Also from BeadFrenZ on Etsy|
And how about some bead caps to go with those totally awesome jade beads? I found these heat patinaed and chiseled bead caps that reminded me of the bamboo branches at HigherChakraSupply.
And of course, you need the perfect clasp. I just so happened upon one in Mary Harding's shop in rich tones of orange and plum with the cutest little branch toggle. Sweet!
Now I have no excuse but to go out and create something awesome for this month's challenge. And don't forget to post your link to your blog entry in the comments of this post. That will help me when I put together the ABS Challenge blog hop for April 29th (deadline is April 28th)!