Hello all! It's Monday again, I'm back with some beady inspiration. How's your September going? Sunny? Crunchy? A nip in the air? I've got to say that, other than today which is treating us to bucketing rain, we've had a rather lovely month so far. Lots of sunshine, yes, it's chillier (it's Edinburgh, it's the east coast and near to the sea - it's never going to be exactly tropical here!) but it's been dry and I for one have been enjoying being able to go out and about without having to wrap up for the arctic circle!
My thoughts have definitely turned to Autumn beads, not just in preparation for this post, but also in my own jewellery. I do adore Autumnal colours, it's true, and I wanted to share what I have made this weekend with you - not least because it's a 3-ABS-team collaboration!
Seeing as it's been such a generally lovely two weeks, I decided to reach for those 'in-between' colours - the faded, dusky, beginning of Autumn colours. I took inspiration from this post in fact, when digging out this very special Humblebeads bracelet bar and pairing it with a much-hoarded Something to do rose, and some darkly delicious Fallen Angel Brass that arrived with me last week. The butterfly connectors and longtime favourites of mine, but those pinecones! Honestly, they are just the perfect Autumnal charm for me.
I also received a bunch of new pressed glass flower beads in a range of sizes for The Curious Bead Shop (and Songbead, of course!) that were just the *perfect* shade of dusky rose to go with Heather's bracelet bar, and so this piece happily fell together. (You can find it here in my shop.)
Have you been working on Autumn-inspired designs yet? Either way, here is a bunch of art beady inspiration to whet your appetite!
Orange! One of my favourite, favourite colours - and this gloomy enamel clasp would add such a pop of sunshine to any design. From BeadSwedeDesigns
I think copper is such a perfect metal to work with at this time of year - look at the texture and rich patina Kristi Bowman Design has created here.
Claire says that Rejetta makes the perfect Autumn beads, and I've got to say, I kind of agree! Wonderful teeny tiny acorns from Jettabug Jewelry.
More orange! Aren't these delicious? And from a wonderful shop working in such a positive way, Earth Butter Studio. Am I the only one who desperately wants to reach out and touch these gorgeously velvety matte beads?
Bo Hulley is currently taking a sabbatical from her clay work, but thankfully for all of us, she's left her bead shop nicely stocked. I love her leaf pieces - perfect for Autumn, and all created with real leaves from Bo's garden.
Rebekah's beads are some of my favourites - she has such incredible skills with polymer! These Tree Wings Studio spotty, rustic discs are just the perfect Autumn shades, don't you agree?
And now for the BeadBlogger links. Have a great week everyone!
Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer; currently living in the capital city of Edinburgh. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.