Friday, 31 August 2012

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop Reveal today!

I signed up to a Round the World blog hop organised by Erin of Treasures Found. I have long been a fan of Erin's jewellery designs and her blog, both are thought provoking and inspirational. This is the first time I have signed up for one of Erin's challenges.
The rules for this Round the World hop were to choose a region of the world and then a country, you could choose your own or be brave and allow Erin to choose for you. I chose Oceania as the region and asked to be surprised with the country and received Vanuatu.

I have been researching Vanuatu and discovered that it is a string of 80 small islands. The landform is mainly mountainous with tropical rainforests. There are active volcanoes and tourists are attracted by the fantastic diving opportunities which include wreck diving and secluded beaches.

Having been inspired by the beautiful images of diving and the seascape which were returned through the results of a Google search, I made some earrings with blister pearls and sparkly aqua crystals.

I really enjoyed this blog hop challenge. The research element combined with designing a piece of jewellery inspired by the research was very rewarding. Please take the time to visit the other participants in the list below. I'm not sure I've got the links to work, if they don't then please visit Erin's blog in the link at the start of this post!

Name Blog Region Chosen Inspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart Africa Burkina Faso
Niky Sayers Africa Egypt
Therese Frank Africa Kenya
Raychelle Heath Africa Lesotho
Joan Williams Africa Mauritania
Sherri Stokey Africa Senegal
Regina Santerre Africa Seychelles
Raida Disbrow Africa Tanzania
Kristi Wodek Africa Zimbabwe
Sally Russick Americas Brazil
Melissa Trudinger Americas Mexico
Tracy Stillman Americas USA
Sandra Wolberg Asia India
Tanya Goodwin Asia Japan
Susan Kennedy Asia Japan
Beth Emery Asia Japan
Lisa Cone Asia Japan
Tanya Boden Asia Japan
Inge von Roos Asia Laos
Erin Prais-Hintz Asia Nepal
Dee Elgie Asia Phillipines
Carolyn Lawson Asia South Korea
Lisa Stukel Asia Sri Lanka
Elly Snare Asia Thailand
Shelley Graham Turner Europe Austria
Mallory Hoffman Europe Bosnia Herzegovina
Paige Maxim Europe France
Jenny Davies-Reazor Europe Germany
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Europe Greece
Evelyn Shelby Europe Iceland
Holly Westfall Europe Ireland
Rebecca Siervaag Europe Ireland
Toltec Jewels Europe Ireland
Lee Koopman Europe Ireland
Laren Dee Barton Europe Italy
Cindy Wilson Europe Norway
Kathleen Lange Klik Europe Poland
Shaiha Williams Europe Portugal
Jennifer Justman Europe Romania
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca Europe Spain
Lola Surwillo Europe Sweden
Kim Hora Europe Switzerland
Leanne Loftus Europe The Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemen Europe The Netherlands
Marcie Carroll Europe Turkey
Marlene Cupo Oceania Federated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappelle Oceania Fiji
Tammie Everly Oceania Guam
Alice Peterson Oceania Kiribati
Elisabeth Auld Oceania Nauru
Susan McClelland Oceania New Zealand
D Lynne Bowland Oceania New Zealand
Denielle Hagerman Oceania New Zeland
Rebecca Anderson Oceania Papua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi Oceania Samoa
Kari Asbury Oceania Solomon Islands
Cece Cormier Oceania Tonga
Emma Todd Oceania Tuvalu
Debbie Price Oceania Vanuatu <<<<< You are here!

Thank you Erin for such a thoughtful and inspirational challenge! I can't wait to see what everyone else made.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Thrift Store Blog Hop Reveal

A huge Hello on this rainy Saturday morning, it's the day of Pookledo's thrift store blog hop reveal.
This challenge really appealed to me in terms of upcycling and creating new jewellery out of old and of course the added twist of sourcing the main component from a charity shop or thrift store without spending more than a pound - who doesn't love hunting for bargains!

I found an old brooch which I think is silver although it's not hall marked. It has loops at the end of the bow so I think it had a second part which has gone missing.
Here's what it looked like when I polished it up...

And here's what I made...of course it had to have hearts!

To see the rest of the thrift store participants, visit Pookledo's blog here

This blog hop was great fun, please be sure to visit the others.