Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Palettes Challenge for April

Hello Crafty Friends!

This month on the Pretty Palettes Challenge a beautiful set of beads was selected to go with this inspirational photo of lavender fields.
A sophisticated color palette of purple, teal and green inspired by lavender fields.
A sophisticated color palette of purple, teal and green inspired by lavender fields. From Design Seeds.

At my local Michaels store, I was able to find the main colors of beads.
Pretty Palettes bead selection
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the floral sliders or the gray beads, but I did find this shell pendant that incorporates both the colors and texture of the photo.  I think the purple portion of the shell really mimics the rows of lavender in the picture.  The rest of the shell picks up the blue sky and green grass.

Bead Gallery Shell Pendant
I removed the shiny silver bail from the pendant and used antique silver jump rings and ball head pins along with some leaf chain to add a dangle of beads to the shell pendant.  Then, I used a hand-dyed silk ribbon in a blue/plum blend to string the pendant.  The silk ribbon is from the wonderful selection of ribbons at Class Act Designs.

I tried adding more to this necklace - some chain or strands of beads - but, I decided that I liked the simplicity of it, so I left it as is.  Since these are some of my favorite colors to wear, I had to have earrings to go with it!

Here's the final result:
Lavender Fields Forever 
Here's the Pretty Palettes:  April Reveal!  So many inspiring ways to use these beads and colors!

Happy Creating!


  1. That is a stunning focal you found, Terry! I love the movement in it. A perfect piece for the challenge! This set looks so springy and fresh. I bet it looks great on! Thank you for joining in the Pretty Palettes Challenge! Check back on the blog on May 6th for our next challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

  2. Thanks so much for your comment, Erin! I have so much fun with these challenges!

  3. Great job! I really love the simplicity of the design but it packs a big statement!

  4. Fabulous set! Really great use of the beads and I agree that is one terrific focal!