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Favorite Fresh Picks for Summer

Posted by Ali on June 24 at 11:18 pm

Top 9 Fresh Picks (June 1-22):

  1. *Laurel* by Valentine Chick
  2. 精衛 by D D Mystic Chick
  3. A Mermaid’s Necklace by Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
  4. Walk on the Beach by Smoky Rose
  5. The Clouds in the Sky by Elaine aka Belly Chick
  6. Summer Dreams by Fashion Chick aka SC
  7. Droplets by Sandy S
  8. Waiting for a sunny day by Wemai Coffee Chick
  9. Beautiful Summer Evening by Allure of Gems by Julia
  10. Starry Midnight by Southern Chick

What stands out with this set of favorites is how much blue, green and brown are being used.

Laurel*Laurel* –  This is great, your pick definitely evokes images in my mind of the mountain laurel we had in our yard growing up. I like the combinations of pinks and greens — really rich.  The silver green keishi pearls we are adding tomorrow would look great with this :)  

精衛精衛 – Kudos for creative inspiration!  The Chinese ocean jasper looks great with the mystic blue… who knew?   I like your description, it really helps imagine how these would all work together. 

A Mermaid’s NecklaceA Mermaid’s Necklace – As I’ve said so many times, I love green fluorite, I think because it reminds me of beach glass.  Sticking with the “beachy/mermaid” feel, I think I would probably use Green Girl Pewter Starfish Toggle Clasp to finish the piece.  I love how subtle this combination is.  

I have been compiling a list over the past few months of things that make for great inspirations when designing and thought that it would be nice to share an abbreviated list with all of you:

  • Local Places
  • Novels
  • Audrey Hepburn (iconic)
  • Beach
  • Islands
  • Mermaids
  • Fairies
  • Flowers
  • Food – meals, vegetables, fruit, deserts (avoid meat for inspiration, it never feels quite right if I know my design came from a burger, ugh)
  • Cake Decorating Competitions (I sometimes find myself watching these on the Food Network)
  • Paintings (visit museums and galleries)
  • Photographs
  • Vacation
  • Tropical Paradise (dreams)
  • Historic Places
  • Sun/Moon/Stars
  • Nature

What is currently inspiring your designs?

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Many times music ~ song titles or lyrics ~ inspire me. But a lot of the themes that Ali has mentioned I have been used as well. Thanks Ali!! :-D

  2. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    I would have to say that nature and photos of nature inspire me the most. Flowers, mountains, prairies, oceans, skies, animals, insects…they all play a big part in what I think is beautiful. Since stone is part of nature, it only fits that they help me to portray my images of beauty.

  3. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Anything and everything inspires me!

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Many times a certain event in my life inspires me. Also, a challenge from another Chick!!! ;-)

  5. Sherry aka Parrot Chick
    Sherry aka Parrot Chick says:

    Nature for sure and how I see different things… emotions plays alot into my designs… if I’m in a not so good mood… I choose darker themes… beater mood brighter themes Melencholly…softer ect…

  6. Sherry aka Parrot Chick
    Sherry aka Parrot Chick says:

    If I could slow down and proof read my spelling I would be in a great mood and pick a nice bright lovely piece….LOL

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Anything & everything (as Jen said)!

  8. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    ok I know this sounds weird…but I let the rocks talk to me….I talk back with a design!

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