Saturday, September 1, 2012

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

Today is the Day....
The reveal for the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop organized by Erin Prais-Hintz

The Challenge goes like this... select a region of the planet that you do not live on and choose an inspiration nation from within that region (or better yet, have one chosen for you!).

I chose Europe and decided to be surprised -
how many surprises do you really get anymore?.... :)

The inspiration nation that was chosen for me was The Netherlands - I have never been, but would love to visit especially after researching for this fun hop!

Flag of the Netherlands

Here are my inspiration photos:

Tulips, Tulips, Tulips......

Beautiful Scenery Everywhere.....

Isn't this what you picture when you think of the Netherlands?

Here is what I made:

First, I made earrings with wire wrapped seed beads. 
 I was trying to incorporate the colors I saw in all of the beautiful pictures.

Then, I made these stacking bracelets using macrame Chinese knotting cord and some pretty seed beads -
      I was going for the look of the rows and rows of tulips
                            all over the Netherlands.

 Last but not least....
 I found this button - It is a replica of a 1 cent dutch coin ... I thought it was pretty interesting.... I ordered  a bunch of these about 2 weeks ago - they just arrived Thursday.  So I made the bracelet below Friday afternoon.  I really wanted to use this button!!

I used distressed greek leather and round fluorite purple and green gemstones - I took the colors from 
the tulip picture above....

Check out everyone else who participated in this blog! 
I can't wait to see what everyone else made!

NameBlogRegion ChosenInspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart Faso
Niky Sayers
Therese Frankhttp://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.comAfricaKenya
Raychelle Heath
Joan Williamswww.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.comAfricaMauritania
Sherri Stokeyhttp://www.KnotJustMacrame.comAfricaSenegal
Regina Santerrehttp://reginaswritings.blogspot.comAfricaSeychelles
Raida Disbrowhttp://havanabeads.blogspot.comAfricaTanzania
Kristi Wodekhttp://livedinlife.blogspot.comAfricaZimbabwe
Sally Russickhttp://www.thestudiosublime.comAmericasBrazil
Melissa Trudingerhttp://beadrecipes.wordpress.comAmericasMexico
Tracy Stillmanhttp://www.tracystillmandesigns.comAmericasUSA
Sandra Wolberghttp://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.deAsiaIndia
Tanya Goodwinhttp://pixiloo.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Susan Kennedyhttp://suebeads.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Beth Emeryhttp://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Lisa Cone
Tanya Boden
Inge von Rooshttp://ingetraud.wordpress.comAsiaLaos
Erin Prais-Hintzhttp://treasures-found.blogspot.comAsiaNepal
Dee Elgiehttp://cherryobsidia.blogspot.comAsiaPhillipines
Carolyn Lawsonhttp://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.comAsiaSouth Korea
Lisa Stukelhttp://carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.comAsiaSri Lanka
Elly Snarehttp://themagicsquarefoundation.wordpress.comAsiaThailand
Shelley Graham Turnerhttp://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.comEuropeAustria

Mallory Hoffman Herzegovina
Paige Maximhttp://www.pmaximdesigns.blogspot.comEuropeFrance
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sharyl McMillian-Nelsonhttp://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.comEuropeGreece
Evelyn Shelby
Holly Westfall
Rebecca Siervaaghttp://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.comEuropeIreland
Toltec Jewelshttp://toltecjewels.blogspot.comEuropeIreland
Lee Koopmanhttp://StregaJewellry.wordpress.comEuropeIreland
Laren Dee Bartonhttp://larendeedesigns.blogspot.comEuropeItaly
Cindy Wilsonhttp://www.mommysdreamcreations.blogspot.comEuropeNorway
Kathleen Lange Klikhttp://ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.comEuropePoland
Shaiha Williams
Jennifer Justman
Elsie Deliz-Fonsecahttp://ladelizchica.blogspot.comEuropeSpain
Lola Surwillohttp://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.comEuropeSweden
Kim Horahttp://www.kimmykats.comEuropeSwitzerland
Leanne Loftushttp://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.comEuropeThe Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemenhttp://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.comEuropeThe Netherlands
Marcie Carrollhttp://labellajoya.blogspot.comEuropeTurkey
Marlene Cupohttp://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.comOceaniaFederated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappellehttp://jewelsbyine.blogspot.comOceaniaFiji
Tammie Everly
Alice Petersonhttp://www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.comOceaniaKiribati
Elisabeth Auldhttp://www.beadsforbusygals.comOceaniaNauru
Susan McClelland Zealand
D Lynne Bowlandhttp://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.comOceaniaNew Zealand
Denielle Hagermanhttp://somebeadsandotherthings.comOceaniaNew Zeland
Rebecca Andersonhttp://songbeads.blogspot.comOceaniaPapua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi
Kari Asburyhttp://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.comOceaniaSolomon Islands
Cece Cormier
Emma Toddhttp://www.apolymerpenchant.comOceaniaTuvalu
Debbie Pricehttp://greenshoot.blogspot.comOceaniaVanuatu


  1. Pretty pictures! I love wire wrapping and dangles on your earrings - so pretty! The macrame bracelets DO reflect the rows and rows of tulips that cover the landscape of The Netherlands! And what luck to have a dutch coin for use as a toggle! You did a beautiful job creating wearable art inspired by a land that I so want to visit!

  2. Lovely pictures inspired even lovelier palettes! Nice touch with the coin button!

  3. Those are all lovely. I love the knotted bracelets. When I saw them, I thought of tulips and was happy to read that was what you were going for.

  4. Great photos. Your bracelets are so cute, the last one is my favorite ;)

  5. Love your pieces -- the bracelets really do have the colours of the tulips in them!

  6. I come from upstate NY where there were so many original Dutch settlers. In Albany, every spring, there is a tulip festival and the whole city comes alive with tulips in honor of the Dutch ancestry. Your earrings were perfect with the colors of spring and the bright flowers peeping through. Your bracelets are indeed a reflection of rows and rows of tulips. Anyone who has seen them growing live can tell you that. Well done!

  7. yes, yes, yes, rows of tulips exactly! I was just at Patti's blog sharing that I live in ottawa and have the privilege of experienceing the tulip festival each year. Our gift as Canadians from the Dutch
    Beautiful job capturing that feel

  8. Leanne, you have made a beautiful set of jewellery based on your inspiration photos. It was clever to use the seed beads to indicate orderly plantings of tulips. Your last bracelet with the reproduction button is quite unique! I've enjoyed seeing what you have created to honour the Netherlands.

  9. The tulips and the lansdscape of Netherlands are very inspiring, love the earrings and bracelet you made. The coin button on the third bracelet is so perfect, good job!

  10. I really like the simplicity of each of your pieces. The button on your last bracelet totally makes the piece.

  11. My favorite flower is the tulip, and I've always wanted to visit the tulip fields in the Netherlands.

    I love each of your pieces. The beaded ones look like tulip fields, and I love that you used a button replica of a dutch coin!

  12. Thank you for joining me on the journey around the world, Miss Leaane! Ahh... the Netherlands. I think of those windmills and rows of tulips too. My sister is a lover of tulips and I totally see your inspiration in the rows of colorful seed beads. What a clever idea! And that button, how serendipitous to find that! It was fun to learn a bit about The Netherlands with you. Enjoy the day. Erin

  13. Very nice job! The tulip is my favorite flower! Your pieces really captured that!

  14. Beautiful, I love your bracelets!