Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Challenge of Music Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be a part of Erin's blog hop: Challenge of Music.

When I first heard about this challenge I jumped all over it thinking it would be cool to make bead work inspired by music.  I picked a song right away and started scheming about what to make....and that's when it got stumped.

My music taste is pretty varied.  By the numbers it looks kind fo like this (based on my iTunes library - genre/number of songs):
  • Alternative/12
  • Blues/1
  • Childrens/12
  • Christian/11
  • Country/20
  • Dance/7
  • Disney/8
  • Electronic/1
  • Folk/9
  • HipHopRap/17
  • Holiday/10
  • Jazz/4
  • New Age/72
  • R&B/15
  • Pop/122
  • Rock/117
  • Soundtrack/76
  • Vocal/8
I'm one of those people who hear a song I love and play it over and over again....or make a mix tape cd and insert my new favorite song as every other song. 

At first I had picked one of my favorite Christian songs that inspires me over and over again.  I never tire of listening to this song and it moves me every time hear it!   The song is Josh Wilson's Before the Morning.  Check out these lyrics - it's pretty good stuff.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't moving me in the bead arena.

The song that I've been recently listening to over and over again....and feeling like I would like to live by these words is Beyonce's I Was Here.



I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, and something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they won't forget

I was here...
I lived, I loved
I was here...
I did, I've done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here...

I want to say I lived each day, until I died
I know that I had something in, somebody's life
The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference, and this world will see

I was here...
I lived, I loved
I was here...
I did, I've done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know

I just want them to know
That I gave my all, did my best
Brought someone to happiness
Left this world a little better just because...

I was here...
I lived, I loved
I was here...
I did, I've done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I wanna leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here...


I think these lyrics speak for themselves and inspire a sense of making each day count.

And so what better challenge than to make something for Beyonce herself to wear!

She's pretty gorgeous, if you ask me....and she seems to have a penchant for large, spectacular earrings.  It wasn't hard to get inspired at the idea of making a pair of earrings for Beyonce to wear! I made several pairs of earrings and finally settled on this pair for my challenge piece:




 Thanks so much to Erin for hosting and creating this really unique challenge.  I enjoyed it and it was truly a challenge to make music my inspiration for beading!

Check out some of the other participants!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Marcie Abney
Christine Altmiller
Elisabeth Auld
LJ B
Lori Bowring Michaud
Shannon Chomanczuk
Cece Cormier
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Malin de Koning
Beth Emery
Michelle Escano-Caballero
Erin Fickert-Rowland
Therese Frank
Amy Freeland
Tanya Goodwin
Stephani Gorman
Amy Grass
Beth Hemmila
Kristina Johansson
Jennifer Justman
Tari Kahrs
Susan Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Kathleen Lange Klik
Kirsi Luostarinen
Paige Maxim
Beth McCord
Natalie McKenna
Alice Peterson
Cat Pruitt
Bobbie Rafferty
Johanna Rhodes
Cynthia Riggs
Sally Russick
Sarah Sequins
Staci Smith
Kristen Stevens
Lola Surwillo
Stefanie Teufel
Sandi Volpe
Holly Westfall
Shaiha Williams

Happy Leap Year Day!!!  




28 comments:

  1. OMG! Those earrings are spectacular!!! I love dimensional beadwork and I love what you did with these, Amy! Fantastic!

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  2. Glorious earrings!! I love what you were inspired to create!!

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  3. OH you know if Beyonce saw those she would totally want to wear them right? I am in awe of your earring designs!

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  4. Oh wow I can't believe you made those! they are beautiful. wow wow

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  5. WOW Amy, I love, love, LOVE these earrings!! These are gorgeous! Job well done!
    {Hugs!}

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  6. Gorgeous. Your bead design is really stunning, I especially love the square! I bet Beyonce would love them!

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  7. Beautiful song ... AMAZING earrings! Beyonce is going to want those ...

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  8. Beyonce has grown into an amazing woman, her journey incredible. And your earrings are spectacular! I can totally see her wearing these :)

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  9. These are the most fabulous earrings I have ever seen!!! They make a huge statement yet are completely wearable. Love these!

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  10. Fab earrings! Like the cascading fringe through the squares. Beautiful design!

    I don't think I've heard this song before. Lyrics worth remembering.

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  11. Oh wow are these fabulous. I can see Beyonce wearing these for sure!!

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  12. Beautiful earrings! The shimmery fringe is just gorgeous! I can just imagine them on Beyonce.

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  13. OH!!! I think Miss Beyonce would love those earrings!! I wonder if she'll read your post!! Beautiful! (great song, btw)

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  14. Gorgeous gold light! I love them and of course this song is incredibly inspirational :) xoxo Beth

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  15. Beautiful earrings! So glam! I could so see Beyonce wearing these!

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  16. Beautiful song! And I can totally see her wearing those earrings! They are lovely :)

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  17. Amy, I love that song it is so inspirational to do something any little thing just so you can say you were here! Your earrings are totally spectacular and Beyonce would love them.
    Therese

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  18. Wow - those earrings are incredible! Cool - wow!

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  19. I love Beyonce and the earrings you created are eye catching! Love it!

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  20. The earrings are great - large and bling-y but lighter than metal, and the movement the fringe would have!

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  21. Hi Miss Amy! My musical tastes are all over the map too! I have not heard this song by Beyonce but I love the lyrics, particularly "I just want them to know
    That I gave my all, did my best
    Brought someone to happiness
    Left this world a little better just because..." I try to live that myself!
    So cool that you made something that Beyonce herself would want to wear. Those earrings are fearless, just like she is. Bold and daring. Dramatic. Very powerful yet intricate and beautiful. The embodiment of Miss Beyonce herself! Thank you for joining in this musical journey. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  22. Amy,

    Very powerful lyrics! And those earrings are totally something Beyonce would wear. Gorgeous.

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  23. Those earrings are just divine. I know Beyonce would love them. I sure do. :)

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  24. Great pair of diva earrings -- I can totally see Beyonce rocking them!

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  25. Congratulations! You have won the Versatile Blogger Award! (I found you through the A-Z challenge). Please stop by my blog, Mama Diaries, to pick it up.

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  26. Those are stunning! Perfect for Beyonce!

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! I admire greatly your patience for working with those teeny, tiny beads! Great song choice!

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