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Friday, February 6, 2015

We're All Ears :: February Inspiration + Earring Love Fest!

Hello lovelies!

I just want to take a moment and thank you for your support of Earrings Everyday. This month marks the one year anniversary of the We're All Ears challenge. This is something I wanted to do to involve all our lovely readers in each month, also to challenge myself, and I really had no idea of how much you would enjoy it! You get to watch us share our favorite earring designs, but this challenge calls you to be creative. We couldn't be happier that you have continued to share your love of jewelry and creating with us with each monthly challenge. If I have inspired you, I am deeply grateful.




This month with the dead of winter pressing down on me, I needed to find a little color. Just a bit. Okay. A LOT! And I found it in the form of these brilliant watercolor illustrations paired with fresh flowers for swoon-worthy art. I could not decide which one I liked best, so I included a whole garden of the flower girls for your inspiration. See for yourself the soft ethereal wonders...






Can't you just smell the fragrance?

Malaysian artist and photographer Lim Zhi Wei (a.k.a Limzy) is the creator of these whimsical flower girls. She has a passion for turning every day objects into things of delicate beauty. For 2015, Limzy created a very limited run of a calendar of her Flowergirls. How marvelous would it be to gaze on those dreamy beauties every day of the year! The beauty of this art is that it is ephemeral. It will not last. Yet Limzy has captured the essence of the bloom in such a spectacularly unique way and preserved it in her prints. You can follow Lim Zhi Wei on Instagram and Facebook or on her blog, Love, Limzy.


Which flower girl is your favorite?

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To participate in the We're All Ears creative challenge:

Make earrings inspired by this inspiration.
Write a post on your blog.
Add your exact blog post URL link to the
InLinkz code right here on 
Friday, January 20th.



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But wait! There's more! 

February also marks our annual Earring Love Fest! To say THANK YOU to all our amazing followers and fans, some of the editors at Earrings Everyday have contributed some wonderful prizes. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. A total of 5 prizes! (Note: several of the prizes are only available to US or Canadian addresses. Please see below.)

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Giveaway #1::Nathalie Lesage, Nathalie Lesage Jewelry


The winner can have her pick of any ONE (1) pair of earrings in my new (lead-free) Pewter-Swarovski collection here: http://bit.ly/EELoveFest2015  
(Note: Canadian or US residents only.)

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Giveaway #2::Claire Lockwood, Something to Do Beads

$10 credit in either Etsy shop

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Giveaway #3::Cindy Pack, Cindy's Art & Soul Jewelry


UPDATE:
Handcrafted ceramic sand dollar pendant charm + two rounds.
Glazed front and back w/ Amber & Blue Ratile.
Size: 4mmx32mm with a 4mm hole.
(Note: US residents only.)
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Giveaway #4::Kristy Abner, Kristy's Kreations


"Gypsy Boho" earrings published in 101 BNE in the 2014 issue.
(Note: US residents only.)


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Giveaway #5::Erin Prais-Hintz, Tesori Trovati Jewelry

A set of four Facet Effects beads (as seen in my Fabulous Facets DVD)
in your choice of colors perfect for making your own earrings!


 What do you have to do to win?

1::Become a follower of Earrings Everyday and write a comment telling us that you are already a follower or a new follower. (Invite your friends!)

2::Share the love about the giveaway by your favorite means: Facebook your friends who love earrings (not just designers but anyone with earlobes ;-), Twitter about your excitement at how cool this giveaway is, take out a billboard that is larger than life (okay, I'm kidding about this one ;-), blog about your {not-so-secret} earring addiction (go ahead, we won't judge ;-), or whatever else you can think of to share the love. But be sure to link to this post and then come back and leave a comment letting us know what you did.

3::Or just answer the following question... this is truly the simplest way to enter (and it only takes one entry to win ;-)...


What do you think would make a good inspiration for our monthly We're All Ears challenge?

I am always on the hunt for intriguing and beguiling inspirations for the monthly challenge. We have done children's books, catalogs, seasonal pictures, photo safaris, short animations and huge art installations. I want to find things that are new and exciting and have potential for a variety of interpretations. And I love introducing the world to new ideas and talent. Feel free to leave a link to something special you would like me to consider in your comment!

That's it. That's three comments each. Three times the chance to win!
What are you waiting for? Join us in the
EARRING LOVE FEST!

(Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries
and announced here on February 20th. All prizes will be mailed from the individual editor. Please have your email address turned on in your profile, or included in your entry to win. You won't win if we can't contact you!)

 




42 comments:

  1. Wow what beautiful art .I've never seen such a thing. But that reminds me that my kids set me up for a flower arranging class in May and I can't wait.

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  2. I am a follower of Earrings Everyday. Thanks for the chance to win some sweet prizes. How fun.

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  3. I love the stylised illustrations that you have picked as inspiration, they are super gorgeous. You never fail to surprise me with your picks each month. Yes I am a follower and I would love to see more craft inspirations or ethnic designs in the future

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  4. Love those Floral Dresses - very artistic and inspirational. I'm already a follower - and it's nice to be included in give-aways :) - to answer your question…I'm thinking inspiration could come from Food or Fabric… :)

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  5. What wonderful inspiration for the challenge - love the flowers and the COLOR!! I'm looking forward to playing again this month after a long hiatus.

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  6. First off, yes I'm a follower and love all your inspirations you post. I've already posted your link to my facebook page. :-)

    In answering you last question, I live in southern Arizona. As most of my friends know I don't care for the desert, but this time of year that's right around the corner. This is truly the best time to be here! The temps are still nice and the desert comes alive with color. The desert floor is beautiful with the grasses and little flowers. Then we have the cacti blooming which is a sight to see in itself! It really is pretty this time of year and would be a great inspiration with the mountains as a backdrop and the all the glorious color the desert can offer.

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  7. For so many reasons I'm lovin' this months challenge...my drawing background...my fashion illustration background, my silk floral business...the colors the fragrance! I wish I would of found this! It's great! I was especially drawn the purple mermaid style dress...but I really really like them all. I just Hope I can create something to match my enthusiasm! How about this for a future idea?
    https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=rusted&term_meta%5B%5D=rusted%7Ctyped
    Or maybe this... https://www.pinterest.com/margieva/retro-fabrics/

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  9. I am a current follower. I think that quilts would make a great challenge. Quilts can be graphic or organic, they tell a story, capture a moment in time, convey a message. Quilts are made by self taught people and skilled artists. They can be made from recycled materials, store bought or fabric made by the artist. Quilting expresses thoughts, ideas, and messages. Quilting brings people together, shares ideas and builds artistic fellowship. Structured, precise, random, bold, soft, photographic, cubist, pointillism, so many ways to quilt!
    http://www.pbs.org/americaquilts/america/

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  10. I love to get inspiration from sunsets - the colors are magnificent!

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  11. The sea, always the sea! Or perhaps the forest! I was born in Vancouver, BC, where we had both. I miss it!

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  12. Keep up the good work with inspiration pieces! I don't have any concrete advice, but things with great shapes, color, texture... I hope I have time to pull something fun together for this month before I head out on the Bead Cruise. I've got to get to work!

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  13. Entry #1 (follower) I love this blog! I have been a follower for at least a year, and love the monthly inspiration challenges. I have been following as "Louise". {Recently changed to Jewelry Treasures by Louise, and my avatar is new}

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  14. I'm a new follower (officially) although I've frequented the site often. These Flower Girls are just spectacular and really captured my imagination. I love to see what you choose for the challenges and the lovelies that are created. My two cents for another challenge inspiration is Turkish carpets.

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  15. Already a follower and love every minute of it!

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  16. I've been looking forward to this post! This inspiration is fascinating! Erin, you never fail to amaze me every month with your variety of inspirations. You've really hit so many different areas; I am at a loss to offer other ideas. That's a great idea to ask others to offer suggestions. If I get a creative spark for an idea, I will let you know. I can't wait to make earrings for this challenge!

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  17. Happily became a public follower as M Kallok (mibs2056@gmail.com)

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  18. A video of a dance performance could be very inspiring: color, texture, movement, rhythm, cultural influence, costumes....
    mibs2056@gmail.com

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  19. Thank you for such a great blog. I love looking at what creative earrings you've all made. As for inspiration-I always like architecture and fashion.

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  20. I'm also a follower already of this awesome blog!

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  21. I'm a follower and love the floral watercolors inspiration!

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  22. Current follower. I think that grafitti or street art would be cool just go to pinterest

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  23. What gorgeous inspiration! I have never seen such beautiful art! I am a huge fan of floral watercolors.

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  24. I am a follower of Earrings Everyday

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  25. I shared a link to the Giveaway post to a FB group I belong to: Bead Peeps
    ~Louise

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  26. Following! I always wear the same earrings, so maybe this will get me out of my rut!

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  27. I'm already a follower and this is one of my favorite blogs. Love the monthly inspirations. The flower dress drawings are stunning! The white and green one at the end is my fave.

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  28. I always get such great ideas from everyone's posts.

    How about a picture of some fall colored leaves? Snow in the forest or even snow in the city.

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  29. I follow the blog through BlogLovin'.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  30. I can't believe it's been a full year. Seeing the beautiful earrings each day is a bright spot in my day and I have been following this blog since the beginning.

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  31. Already a follower of the inspiring Earrings Everyday...
    I think you all have done an amazing job of choosing unique ideas each month to challenge us...especially love things from nature...those damsel dragonflies were one of my favorite.

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  32. I am a follower of Earrings Everyday and look forward so much to seeing all the beautiful and creative earrings you all create. Just seeing a different way to do something or color combination is so inspiring to me. Thanks for offering the give-a-way! (lecarling@verizon.net)

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  33. You find the most amazing inspirations. I think the kimono flower girls are my favorite, but they are all spectacularly well done.
    As for future inspirations, what about endangered species or places? Bring a little awareness and make something beautiful.

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  34. I'm already a follower and this is my absolutely favorite blog!
    In terms of future inspirations: how about looking at different cultures?: clothing, fabrics, and maybe some architectural landmarks. All famous designers get inspired by various cultures :)))

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  35. Love the flower girls, just up my street - am a regular follower
    Neena

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  36. And tweeted the link xx
    How about chandeliers as an inspiration - you could call it swinging from the chandeliers ;)

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  37. Im new to the group. I love the delicate pictures and flowers, you can just hear the music and smell the flowers. I think you could have an open ended challenge where you pick something that is "personal" to you, something that you like, something that is happening in your life, a special event. It would allow everyone to reach for the moon. Thanks for letting me join the fun.

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  38. A very recently new subscriber and loving it!

    Lots of great ideas ahead of me in comments and I especially like the 'graffiti' one. My own: How about "blue moons" (two full moons in one month)

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