Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Pepper Mill - Inspired by Van Gogh

Over at the Art Bead Scene we select a work of art for our readers to interpret using art beads and turning that inspiration into an accessory of their choice. I attempted to do all 12 of them last year (I think I managed 10) and this month marks the first time that I have had the time and been inspired to create something in 2012.

I call these earrings "The Pepper Mill" and they are inspired by a painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

{the pepper mill - available on etsy}
I have had these little coppery gingerbread vintage stampings in my treasure trove for years. I bought them when I first started going online to buy supplies from B'Sue Boutiques when she was on eBay. It has been so long ago (maybe 2006?) that I purchased them that I am not even sure that she sells them anymore, but there are other propellers and pinwheels that I found on her site today! A lot has changed for B'Sue Boutiques, a new website coming soon and selling on Etsy, but her fun and quirky style and a vast collection of vintage stampings still exists. Recently I went a little nutty with ceramics from Marsha Neal and lo and behold I have several baggies filled with her charms and pendants. I truly need to use what I have! When I saw these little pinwheels next to some ceramic trapezoid earring charms from Marsha Neal Studio, well, it was a match made in heaven!

Here is the painting that we are inspired by over at Art Bead Scene this month.

{le moulin a poivre - the pepper mill - vincent van gogh}

 We have a monthly blog tour that I curate on March 30th. There is plenty of time to get inspired and join us!

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her new line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.


  1. Love those earrings and the pinwheel component certainly makes them!

  2. These could have been plucked right off the lady in the painting. They are perfect!

  3. Such a simply perfect interpretation of the painting! Plus, they are beautiful. I love them!

  4. You interpreted the painting perfectly! Just a touch of whimsy. Love those pinwheels! Love how you made them long and dangly.