Friday, June 5, 2015

Epic Inspiration Jewelry Design Blog Hop

It's time for the Epic Inspiration Jewelry Design Challenge and Blog Hop hosted by Melissa Trudinger the author and designer behind Beadrecipes who challenged several bead lovers to create a piece of jewelry inspired by a favorite television show.  

The first show that popped in my head was Mad Men, not so much because I'm glued to the tube to catch every episode of the show (which recently came to an end) but mostly because of the costume design team.  Janie Bryant and her team created a vintage fantasy land.  I absolutely love seeing what everyone is wearing -- and I mean every member of the cast.  It's fun!

The 1960's was a time where American women found new opportunities in the business world.  GO Girl Power!!!  The cast includes many strong female characters who dress the part.  The cast includes Joan (Christina Hendricks), Betty (January Jones), Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and Megan (Jessica Pare).  Each has great fashion sense wearing oversized sunglasses, faux pearls and furs and beautiful statement pieces (many brooches) true to the time.

This show also captured many of the fundamental characteristics of that era.  There were episodes related to the death of President John F. Kennedy, the Woodstock Festival, Man on the Moon and the Vietnam War.  

While I especially like Joan I was drawn to Betty's necklaces.  I created a double strand necklace and earrings.  The earrings were something that Megan would wear and not Betty so much.  Betty mostly wears post earrings.

The vivid color of the beads - orange, red and chartreuse were in fashion at that time.  I knew immediately when I saw the beads that these would work wonderfully for this project.

Please visit the other blogs to see what favorite show inspired their creativity.
Melissa Trudinger    (Hostess)
Karen Mitchell         
Andrea Glick            
Karen Martinez       
Lennis Carrier          
Lindsay Starr            
Mona Arnott            
Lee Koopman          
Shaiha Williams       
Veralynne Malone  
Elisabeth Auld          
Kelly Schermerhorn
Dini Bruinsma          
Jami Shipp                


  1. Right On! Both necklace and earrings with the colors and style fit right in with that era.

  2. What an amazing job it must be to put together clothing and jewelry for well-produced, high budget TV shows. Especially those that evoke so well the period in which they are set. Nicely done on your part. I really like the colors and could see a character wearing them.

  3. Excellent job. The set just screams the 60's...I know I was That was a time for us girls! You did a great job of capturing the time frame. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love your pictures, they bring back those good old days... I also love your interpretation of the jewellery you created from that period, really very nice!

  5. Lovely pieces and very evocative of the show! Thanks for joining the blog hop!

    1. Thank you all for your kind words. My designs are simple compared to most of the other bloggers participating in this blog hop. This was fun and I enjoyed visiting everyone's blog..GREAT STUFF!!!!

  6. Lovely pieces so reminiscent of the jewellery from that time!

  7. Very, very pretty. I love the colors. I

  8. Gorgeous set!!! I love the colors!


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  10. Love your Mad Men inspired necklace and earrings! I was very young during the 60's and I can remember wearing dresses like those in your posted photo. I had one similar to the "tent" style on far right, though not quite as short as that one. What memories!

  11. Loved your inspiration and the colors you chose. Good design never goes out of fashion.

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