Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pretty Palettes :: June Reveal

Hi Everyone!

It's time for the Pretty Palettes Reveal for the month of June!  I was so excited to be asked to partner with the very talented Erin Prais-Hintz for this month's challenge!

Erin's inspiration for this month is the beach, ocean and bright summertime colors as epitomized by the signs and surfboards from Pottery Barn's Teen catalog.  See her inspiration post for all the fun surfboards.  Here are some of the colorful signs. 
Cute hand painted wood signs by the artist Katie Daisy.
Cute hand painted wood signs by the artist Katie Daisy.

As Erin's partner this month, I received all these yummy beads from Halcraft, which are available at Michaels.  
Pretty Palettes Beads - June 2015 The one in the center is aptly named "Surfboard Print Shell"!
Pretty Palettes Bead Selection for June 2015

I'm a California girl and born in July, so this month's beads and inspiration suit me to a T!  I live in flip flops pretty much year 'round and most of my vacation time is spent at the ocean.  I am a northern Californian though, so I've never surfed.  I did study marine biology, so if I'm at the ocean, I'm usually poking around the tide pools and looking under rocks to see what kind of critters I can find!

I wanted to create jewelry that would be fun to wear and represent the sparkle of the water and the colors of summertime like beach balls and bathing suits, sun umbrellas and carnivals.  So, with one of my favorite summertime places in mind (the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk) and humming a Beach Boys tune, here's the Fun in the Sun set I created:

Fun in the Sun Earrings
Fun in the Sun Bracelet

Fun in the Sun Necklace
All of these pieces are easy to make, so you'll have more time to play on the beach or explore the tide pools!  They are made with links connected with beaded jump rings with more beaded jump rings in double strands.  The earrings have a few extra jump rings added to the ends of the chains for more movement.  The necklace has no clasp so you can slip it over your head and wear it in any position you like!

Thanks so much, Erin, for asking me to play with you on this design challenge.  Here's the link for the Pretty Palettes :: June Reveal!  Head on over and see what everyone else has created!
Happy summer crafting!


  1. I simply adore everything you made! Easy and breezy and oh so fun. This entire set would go with everything in my closet and this would be a great travel set of jewelry for no matter what you pack nor where you go! I love that you photographed it on the beach. That was a nice touch! And if you love tide pools, you simply must come and see what I (and dozens of others) made for the We're All Ears challenge on Earrings Everyday (that is my other challenge each month). Tide pools is the theme there as well! So glad that you could play along with me! Watch for the next inspiration on July 1st on the blog! Enjoy the day. Erin

    1. Thanks, Erin! And, actually, I didn't get to the beach. I photographed the jewelry in a pan of sand on my deck!

  2. Soooo pretty and fun! This set might be one of my favorites e-v-e-r! Nice work, Terry. :)