Color Palette Blog Walk 2: the sweet bead studio stop

by Cindy on March 3, 2011

Hello.   If  you’re dropping by, you’ve found DAY 4 of the Color Palette Blog Walk, Round 2.  Brandi of Brandi Girl Blog dreamed up this fantastic idea of bloggers sharing color palettes created from their own photographs.    The theme for the color palettes was centered around what inspires us.

For some time now one of my primary sources of inspiration has been my antique finds.   I not only look for pieces to be used in jewelry, but items  for my studio….. dress forms, little bowls for beads, vintage jewelry boxes, and items that can be used to stage my jewelry pictures (a FAVORITE item to search for and will blog about those at another time).  Surrounding myself with worn but sentimental things makes me happy.   I stopped to ponder recently, is my studio more about function or really more of a pretty sanctuary?   Just last week my 10 year old son stood in the middle of my studio (its a rather small room -but with great light, if you’re trying to picture it) and looked around.  As if seeing it for the first time, he said, “Wow, Mom.  You have a LOT of things in here!”.   He didn’t say,  “look at that drill”, or, “what a work table!”, or “wow, that’s a cool torch!”   See, I find I  surround myself with pretty things.

…..Now back to my Color Palettes.  Taking pictures of old treasures is almost like cheating because they have such charm and depth of character that comes with age alone.   While antiquing, this old grain bin caught my eye with its peeling paint and the picture of a girl lost in thought.  Interestingly when translated in to  color swatches, the bin represents a palette that would be great for Fall jewelry designs.  That may not inspire you now, unless you’re working on Fall jewlery or publication submissions already!


This next picture is a grouping of finds from my last antiquing trip to PA.  A little jewelry box that I chose for its velvet lining, a sweet lady with gilded detail (an Occupied Japan figurine) and an assortment of old watches that we found from the most interesting dealer.  I plan to use the watches in future jewelry designs.


Finally, the Bead Soup grouping that I sent to my BSBP partner, Amanda Davie.   An antique Victorian brooch took center stage and was accompanied by some nice, worn mother of pearl beads.  In the hands of a creative genius, I was anxious to see how the brooch might be used in a jewelry design.   If you haven’t already, you can see what Amanda made with this “soup” here.


I’d like to thank Brandi for this opportunity to create and share color palettes, something brand new to me.  Her blog will continue to inspire as she shares a wealth of inspiration and amazing photography!   

Please stop by the other blogs featured in the blog walk today:

Christie at Displaced Urbanite
Rachel at TatterBeans
Brittany at The Home Ground

Looking forward to the Color Palette Blog Walk #3 already!


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Renate March 3, 2011 at 2:46 am

I am still hoping you might share a pic of your studio…
Love the palettes you created!

Brandi March 3, 2011 at 3:00 am

Cindy, these are fabulous! I’m learning how incredible vintage treasures can be – my mind is much more open now than it ever was to vintage collections. I’m especially drawn to the first palette, and I’m loving the neutrals you picked. I know you said “fall”, but I think it can really go for any season!!

Thanks so much for participating in the blog walk!! I’ll definitely see you for round 3. 🙂

Jenni connolly March 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

Hi Cindy, your palettes are lovely, I love your choice of inspiration, but then I too am a bit of a collector of old items. I love the strength of the last one and would definitely wear jewelry/ clothes in those colors.In fact I have many items in that delicious “winter- red”
Your studio sounds interesting, perhaps you should give us a sneak! LOL!
Thanks again,

Kerry March 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

Cindy, these color palettes are wonderful. I really love the deep reds with gray of you bead soup and OH that grain tin!! Seriously wonderful finds. Makes me want to hit the antique shops today for some fresh color inspiration 🙂

Marcie March 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

These are dang good color palettes my friend, I’ve got color palette envy!

Alice March 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

Cindy I love your color palettes, and the inspiration you drew from. Yes, yes, I’d love to see a photo of your studio too! What better way to get inspired than being surrounded with pretty things.

Laura March 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

This is so cool! How do you make the color palettes from the photos? Amanda did a beautiful job with the components you sent. It’s always nice to have a little sanctuary to go to and enjoy the pretty things and find a peaeful moment in the day don’t you think?

Shari March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

I love the color palette and photo of the little women’s watch faces… great one!

Lyn Foley March 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hi Cindy;
Nice to visit you again and see your inspiring photographs. I think even though you may think “fall” I think soft summer hues. Summer fields in Texas look a lot like that grain bin palette. Just curl up with some lemonade and don’t break a sweat about it. I can see you making a piece of jewelry to match a sundress.
Love the one with what you sent amanda too. Thank you.

Erin Prais-Hintz March 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

You did it! Yea! I love the softness of these palettes, even with the bright red and the dark charcoal, there is a dreamy quality to these things. I loved what you sent Amanda for the soup and what she did with it was inspired! I agree, I would love to see pictures of your studio! Sounds very inviting and quite like a sanctuary. Mine? Not so much. More like an episode of Hoarders (without the rat poop!). Enjoy the day!

Rachel March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

The reds and greys are stunning… I couldn’t stop staring at them

Christie March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Okay, I have a serious soft spot for vintage. How can something steeped with so much history not be inspiring, right? The first picture, item and palette is just stunning! I love everything about it.

Lori Anderson March 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Gorgeous color palettes!!!!

Jen March 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

This is my very first post with my new computer…I’m so glad it could be here with a great friend and some wonderful artwork! I’m becoming more and more a fan of antique jewelry and all the potential it holds. You always work it out perfectly! Great variety in your color selections…each pretty in its own way!

Karen M March 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I don’t think you were cheating with your vintage palette at all, very inspiring. Seriously loved (and in awe) of your bead soup shot, I’ll have to check out the finished piece. The deep red and charcoal palette is beautiful.

jess March 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Loving all the vintage yumminess!!! Very beautiful palettes!

Kristy March 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Great post. Love the bead soup palette last shot the best.


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Jessa | ReArtingDotNet March 5, 2011 at 12:41 am

Oooh, the bead soup palette is wonderful. Such rich warm tones. Great palette!

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