Monday, January 31, 2011

Operation Tackle That Bead Stash - January Mood Board

I don't even know how I discovered it, but I came across a cool blog at the beginning of the month that's all about working with that you've got.  Operation Tackle That Bead Stash.  It's as simple as that!  The editors choose a "moodboard" that's used for inspiration each month and then it's time to bring it on with the beading goodness!

The inspiration was a gorgeous collage of gold and purple--think Venice and Carnivale.  I was excited by the color combination because just that afternoon I was working on an Etsy treasury that was focused on yellow and purple...not exactly the same color story, but close enough to get me motivated to create an entry based on the moodboard.

Here it's called "I'm Not Sari That I Have Too Many Beads"!  haaaaaaaaaaa

Destashing with Sari Ribbon
I've been wanting to use this recycled sari ribbon for ages, so I pulled out a purplish-golden piece and wrapped it with some thin gold-toned wire on a coiled wire base.  It worked out just as I'd hoped!  I used some big fatty faceted golden glass rounds, some roughed up nuggest of purple agate, and some purply crystal rondelles to work the front and then finished it off with some big brass chain (that I found on clearance at Michael's ages ago and bought too much of).

I've always been a huge fan of Maire Dodd...especially her use of fiber mixed with all sorts of other media.  I'm thinking of her projects from Belle Armoire, but found some examples that are wonderfully awesome at her post here.  Those ideas are what keep driving me towards fiber and ribbon purchases, so I'm thrilled to actually use some!'s the moodboard:

Be on the lookout for how they'll set the mood for
February over on the Operation TTBS blog!


  1. Just lovely! I really like how you used the fiber as a focal! Our friend MJ is so inspirational!

  2. gorgeous colors, and pretty necklace.

  3. Such a beautiful necklace! Thank you so much for joining us this month. I hope you will join us again in the future.


  4. I like what you created! And I see what inspired you! And I'm going to have to start doing something with my beads---they've overtaken my desk!

  5. I really love it Jen! The colors are just fantastic and the way you put it together - wow!


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