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UK Inspiration Challenge

The UK Blog team on Artisan whimsy have challenged members to create a piece of jewellery or component which represents an area of the UK where one of the members live.

The cities for the challenge are Dorset, Edinburgh, Bath, Isle of White, Liverpool and Southampton. I’ve chosen Edinburgh.

Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world, I’ve spent many holidays up in the Highlands and once past Glasgow get that feeling in my tummy that I’m heading home… I think I must have lived there in a previous life!  From a bit of family history told to me by my late Grandad, his parents were lowlanders descended from the clan Lamont. One of these days I will do some research and find out a little more about them. I’ve visited Edinburgh twice as a child and was awestruck by the contrast between the city and the surrounding countryside, so I’ve taken that as my inspiration for my component.

So here’s my piece…

Hopefully you can see the mountains, the sunset sky and the contrast of the grey stone buildings with the windows reflecting the beautiful light.

There are loads of people taking part, to see who and what they’ve created, follow the links below….

The Hosts
Lesley Watt Gossiping Goddess

Rebecca Anderson Songbeads

Pippa Chandler Pip’s Jewellery

Teresa Hulley Bo Hulley Beads

Natalie McKenna Grubbi

Jo Tinley Daisychain Designs


Gale White Bantering Bird on Flickr

Ginger Bishop Lilmummylikes

Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini

Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Cilla Watkins Tell Your Girlfriends

Sherry Baun

Kay Toodles and Binks


Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Kashmira Patel Sadafulee

Caroline Dewison Blueberribeads

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Lucy Haslam


Cynthia Machata

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Isle of Wight

Duane Clark Bizzy Bead

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl’s Jewelry

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Jean Wright Just Beadey

D Lynne Bowland Islandgirl’s Insights

Lisa Lodge Pine Ridge Treasures

Sherry Baun


Jean A. Wells

Shalini Austin   Jewellery by Shalini

Doris Stumpf Glaszwerg

Sherry Baun

Lennis C Windbent


Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macramé

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design

26 thoughts on “UK Inspiration Challenge

  1. See it? Of course, we can see it! That is amazing. I am amazed at how people draw inspiration – wow, you really nailed it. It is beautiful. Stupid question, I know, but is it ceramic? It looks like lampwork in the picture.

  2. Hi Kashmira 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comments! I’ve just been to your blog for a read, I love the beads you’ve used for your entry! You’ve created a lovely design with them!

  3. Thanks Rebecca! I love Scottish art, especially Pam Carter. Her work has inspired quite a few of my lampwork beads. I love her use of colour!

  4. Thank you for the lovely comments Shalini, Therese & Gale :)I’m just on my way across to you to see what you’ve done x

  5. Caroline that is so beautiful! The purple “sky” is especially a perfect colour. My Grandad was born not far from Edinburgh Castle but I haven’t yet visited Edinburgh. It’s on my list though! Thank you for taking part in our challenge.

  6. Thanks Jo, and thanks for having me, I’ve really enjoyed seeing what everyone’s made! I’m on my way to your blog next x

  7. What a gorgeous focal bead, and what a wonderful interpretation of Edinburgh! I love how you’ve photographed it too! It’s such a pleasure to look at!

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