Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pretty Palettes April Reveal

It is time for the Pretty Palettes April reveal.
This month Erin Prais-Hintz is inspired by a collaborative art exhibit that she is undertaking at a local co-op gallery.  The theme of this exhibit will be called "Beauty in the Broken Places."  In her search for inspiration she came upon a concert called "Wabi-Sabi."  This concept is based on impermanence of beauty, that there is beauty in the broken, the rusty and old. “Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered – and it reveres authenticity above all.” 

You can click on this link Erin Prais-Hintz for more information regarding her collaborative art exhibit.

Below are some inspirational photos that Erin Features for this month's Pretty Palettes.

Here are my Bead Gallery® Beads

Bead Gallery® Pyrite stone nuggets
Bead Gallery® silver iris glass 6/0
Bead Gallery® metal gears 

I used the Art C paint to create a patina look on the gear.  E-6000 was used to attach the gear to the pyrite stone.  Both the paint and the E-6000 dried super quick.

 I love the Bead Gallery® gears - they are perfect for this challenge.

I hope you enjoyed my design for this month.  For more daily inspiration please be sure to visit my instagram at Denise Yezbak Moore .


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pretty Palettes March Reveal

Spring is here and with it comes the March Pretty Palettes reveal.

Erin Prais-Hintz has chosen the photography of Mark Mawson as our March inspiration.  Mark is London based photographer for over 25 years, Mark’s specialty is shooting underwater. His work with liquids, called “Aqueous,” was projected on the walls of Buckingham Palace when Sir Paul McCartney sung for The Queen’s diamond jubilee concert.

I have chosen the blue photo as my inspiration.

Here are the beads I have chosen for this Month

Bead Gallery® glass round sapphire iris 3mm
Bead Gallery® rondelle sapphire iris 3x4mm
Bead Gallery® blue iris glass rondelle
Bead Gallery® blue iris glass rondelle large
Bead Gallery® blue iris glass 7mm bicone
Bead Gallery® ready-to-wear necklace

My Design is called the Pacific Necklace.  I love the rich jewel tone with the rhinestone head pins.

Follow me on Instagram and check the Halcraft blog for more inspirational photos and designs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pretty Palettes - February Reveal

Did you have a romantic Valentine's Day? This year it was all about doggie kisses for the Moore family.   We decided to rescue a 2 year old mixed breed dog named "Elvis".  He is the Valentine's gift that keeps on giving.  Below is a photo of my son Garrett with Elvis.  

Erin Prais-Hintz has picked bobbin lace as our inspiration this month. Erin States that "Bobbin lace is also known as pillow lace because this method requires working with a pattern embedded in a stiff pillow with straight pins. The lacemaker weaves threads held on bobbins to the pattern that is pinned to the top of the pillow. This centuries old technique needs a firm pillow (originally filled with straw so the pins wouldn’t wobble), bobbins to hold the thread and weight them down, straight pins, thread and a pattern".  Click here for the "Pretty Palettes" inspiration blog post.

This month I was inspired by this amazing filigree bead cap that reminded me of lace.  I also wanted to incorporate the pink tones that Erin choose to go with her palette.

Bead Gallery® pink glass tear drop 4x6mm
Bead Gallery® silver-plated antique 18mm bead cap
Bead Gallery® ready-to-wear 18” silver-plated chain
Bead Landing™ light pink druzy silver pendant

I hope my design for February 2016 inspires you!

Follow me on Instagram and check the Halcraft blog for more inspirational photos and designs.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pretty Palettes January Reveal

Pretty Palettes January Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" January 2016 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintz has picked contemporary Russian photographer named Alexey Kljatov. (These are his images that you see here) as our inspiration for the December blog hop.

Erin states that "his insightful blog details the process by which he captures these fascinating ethereal macro images. He often shoots on a dark black sweater (which explains the hair-like bits in the dark photos), but I found it particularly fascinating how he achieves the look of the colored images with the snowflakes seemingly floating in space. (You’ll never believe what a plate of glass, a flashlight with a plastic bag to diffuse the light, and allowing the color to creep in from the print on the bags can do. Fascinating!) I would highly recommend a look at his work (and it is for sale as well in many printed items.)"

I found these photos absolutely incredible.  These little hidden motifs in nature are so inspiring.  My Bead Gallery® palette is

Bead Gallery® crystal glass faceted tube large
Bead Gallery® crystal glass faceted oval
Bead Gallery® glass rondelle crystal 3x4mm
Bead Gallery® crystal A/B snowflake 14mm glass

My design this month is called "Winter Chill".  I wanted to create a cascade of snowflakes.

I hope my design for January 2016 inspires you!

Follow me on Instagram and check the Halcraft blog for more inspirational photos and designs.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Pretty Palettes - December Reveal

Pretty Palettes December Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" November 2015 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintz has picked "Nordic Knitwear" as our inspiration for the December blog hop.

The image above are examples of Nordic knit mittens that Erin found on the

From Caroline Munro Tumblr

I started out with the color combo and pattern from Caroline Munro.  I used this photo for inspiration and choose a slightly different color palette.

 My choice of bead palette colors are more aqua and gold.

Bead Gallery® Hematite stone aqua luster 2mm
Bead Gallery® turquoise glass rondelle 3x4mm
Bead Gallery® glass round copper iris 4mm
Bead Gallery® aqua 9.5x10mm table cut glass

My design is titled "Nordic Necklace" - This is an advanced design.  Please click here for your free DIY Instructions

I hope you enjoyed my design for the December "Pretty Palettes".

Follow me on Instagram and check the Halcraft blog for more inspirational photos and designs. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pretty Palettes November Reveal

It is time for the 'Pretty Palettes" November 2015 reveal!  Erin Prais-Hintz has picked a painting by Henri-Edmond Cross.

Impressionist painter Henri-Edmond Cross frequently created landscapes, often with beach-bathing nudes or more mundane scenery of farmers laboring in their fields, it was this painting that really caught Erin's eye. At first it appears to be just a simplistic color gradation. But upon further inspection, you can see the mountains of the isles in the distance, and notice the shimmering golden waves. So our Pretty Palette for November should take us away on a vacation of mind, body and spirit, filled with the ocean tones of sand, surf and sky.

This painting is called Îles d’Or and really captures the beauty of this seaside landscape. I hope you will escape along with us!

 My Bead Gallery® Palette

10393263 purple glass 6/0 seed beads
10464240 synthetic lapis stone beads 6mm
10265206 blue dyed quartzite chips
10322661 stone aqua faceted round 6mm
10265198 orange dyed quartzite chips
10288535 yellow faceted rondelle glass
10393269 yellow glass 6/0 seed beads (Not Pictured)

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