Once again, I’m joining in Jeannie Dukic’s Do Over Challenge. Here’s how it works, in Jeannie’s words: “I will send you an old, tried, boring piece of my jewelry for free and you will work your magic and turn in into something beautiful and amazing.” The only rule is to try to use at least 50% of the Do Over piece in the new design.

My beaded goddess for September is named Akina, which is a Japanese name meaning ‘spring flower’.

This month I’m participating in Sally Russick’s ‘Creating with Cabochons’ challenge, which turned out to be the ‘gentle push’ I needed to try some new ways of working with and embellishing cabochons.

My beaded goddess for August is named Jázmin. She features a gorgeous floral design Peruzi cabochon which instantly reminded me of Hungarian folk art designs.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

During June, I was drawn to these rich meditative blues, the focal cabochon is a polymer clay creation which I find very soothing and calming. I have named her Indigo.

This is my second History Hop Challenge — which challenges participants to create a piece of jewellery inspired by the style of, or using materials from that era. There were 17 historical periods to choose from this time around and I picked ‘Native American’.

My goddess for May features a beautiful tree of life pendant; named “Olive” she is symbolic of some of the positive changes that are happening in my life at present.

My goddess for April commemorates ANZAC Day on 25th April; a public holiday and national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

It’s been a few months since I’ve participated in an Art Bead Scene Challenge, but I was inspired by this months art — Claude Monet’s ‘Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil’.