Friday, April 5, 2013

Hats Off! Challenge Sign Ups

Worried what you might do to occupy your beady imaginations after the BSBP?  Come join me for the first Hats Off Challenge!

This springs from my observation a couple of years ago that the timing of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding and the Kentucky Derby were very close, so I took it upon myself to declare it Hat Week.  I found pictures of some of the fabulous hats being worn in London and Louisville, and paired them with jewelry from my worktable that seemed reminiscent of them.  See here and here for some examples.

This year, I'm expanding the celebration by kicking off the Hats Off Challenge, where participants will create a piece of jewelry inspired by one (or more) of the fabulous hats below.  Look through the photos (it is a little photo heavy), get inspired, and leave me a comment below to sign up.  Then on May 4th, we'll get in the mood for Derby by blog hopping to enjoy everyone's creations!

Here's the inspiration (click on them for a closer look):

Black and White






Color, Texture and Shape


 


  
 

Unconventional Materials

 

 

Inspired by Nature

Sculptural

 
 

Put A Bird On It

 
 
Ready to play along?  Leave a comment to sign up (make sure I can reach you by email)!



40 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

Holy Moly ... I'm in!

Leah Tees said...

Yup, me too...I definitely have to do this one...lol.

Designed by Vera said...

All I can say is I am glad I am not wearing them.....otherwise I am in awe! Count me in!

maloneve@gmail.com

Sally Russick said...

How can you not be inspired by those beautiful hats!!! I'm in!!

Sally Russick said...

Bobbie, I'm so excited I forgot to leave my email, sallyrussick@gmail.com

Therese's Treasures said...

Yep count me in!

Dini Bruinsma said...

O wow, what a great♥ Challenge♥. Please count me in...

Ahowin said...

Very interesting, I so wanted to attend but unfortunately at this time I would be on another continent hunting for beads. I will be more than happy to attend next time.

Lola said...

This challenge is too awesome to pass up! Sign me up!

Kepi said...

I am so in, this wii be so much fun!

Nan Smith said...

What fun! Such great hats. Please sign me up for the Hats off challenge. My email is wirednan13@hotmail.com

Robin Reed said...

I am sooo in!!! Love the pictures!!! Now I have to narrow it down to one or 3 or...LOL

Cheryl Dunham said...

Sounds like fun, I'm a red hatter, so I know about hats. I think I would like to design something around a hat. Count me in. Thanks Cheryl

Christine Altmiller said...

There is a whole bunch of Crazy going on on top of these heads!

I am in!

onekisscreations@comcast.net
www.onekisscreations.blogspot.com

Micheladas said...

I would love to join in :)

Arlene Dean said...

Send me an email and I am thinking. May's awfully close for me though when I am not done with Bead Soup.. Sigh

Naviguesser said...

This looks like fun but my beads and tools have just been shipped back home and won't arrive in time for this one. Have a great time everyone!

Kashmira said...

Oh boy!!! Those ladies have guts! Or they're nuts (hey, it rhymes!)

I am totally in!

KJ said...

Even though I cannot participate, I need to comment. Unfortunately none of those hats fit in with my current design and I am away from home so I cannot even adapt.

Damn those are inspiring.

I have to say this you did a great job with the hats. Have fun everyone I am looking forward to the final results.

Susan Bowie said...

Now I'm going to buy a hat.... I'm in.. Please add me

BackstoryBeads said...

I'm wavering between Unconventional Materials and Sculptural. These hats are fabulous! I will be there on the 4th! (Oh, and congratulations to the Cards. I'll be cheering them on Monday night!)

Dry Gulch said...

This is going to be great! Count me in. Thanks! Jennifer custserv@drygulch.com

Charlie said...

I would like to play along! :)

Jasvanti Patel said...

I would love this challenge.

Jasvanti Patel said...

I would love to do this challenge.

Jasvanti Patel said...

I would love this challenge!!

Jean said...

I love this!!! What a fantastic idea! jean

jyatesnewyork@aol.com

Sea of Dreams said...

Count me in!

mommysdream@gmail.com

Sea of Dreams said...

Count me in!

mommysdream@gmail.com

Liz E said...

What a wonderful idea! Those hats are something. If you don't mind a bead embroiderer tagging along, I'd like to participate. I might not come up with jewelry, but I will come up with something beaded and hopefully interesting :-)
beadcontagion@gmail.com

Jean said...

Dear Bobbie, I have awarded you a Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
You may pick it up at my website! Thank you for the wonderful things you do! jean
http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cheryl Dunham said...

This sounds like a fun one. I love wearing hats, and these are beautiful. Count me in. My blog is www.renaissance-jewelry.blogspot.com.

Cricket said...

Would love to...beadcage@GMail.com

Cricket said...

Didn't see comment so trying again beadcage@gmail.com

Laney Izzybeads said...

I am loving the hats!! Yup I am in :)

Chris at Furzals said...

Hi, just found your page , would love to sign up , I think I will watch this months and see how it goes and what you have to do !
I have a blog, but not updated it for a while, but have two on face book, don't know if I'm good enough, could you let me know please ?
Furzals jewellery.blogspot .com
Furzals jewellery Facebook
Furzals wire work & wire jewellery
Chris furze

Chris at Furzals said...

Would like to join in but not sure I' m good enough !
Have Facebook pages and blogspot
Furzals jewellery.blogspot
Furzals jewellery on Facebook
Furzals wire work & wire jewellery
Could you let me know, I might just watch this one and see what happens

Shiraz said...

What a fabulous idea for inspiration! I love Derby hats.
Would love to join in!

-Shiraz
secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Dry Gulch said...

We are working hard on the hat challenge. Check out our latest post to see our hat "soup". http://www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/2013/04/adventures-of-hats-off-challenge.html. This is going to be so much fun!

Naomi Rose Designs said...

I'm too late, but I'm inspired!
Love the feathery green one.'