Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 Inspiration for the Honey Do List

Happy June, everyone!!  It's time to announce this month's Honey Do List Challenge!  I hope that you all had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend and are ready for summer to really get started.   

This year, my husband Eric has decided to issue me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... we're calling it the Honey Do List.  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm inviting folks to play along!  

Here is this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:  

I wanted to use a shot from our recent trip to Oregon for this month's challenge.  I took this picture at the Japanese Gardens in Portland, where I noticed the reflection of the ferns on the top of the rippling reflecting pool.  I waited several minutes, dodging small children, until a koi happened by--making the shot even more interesting.  Take inspiration from the color palette, the fish, the ferns, the water, the clouds--whatever strikes your fancy!  

For me this is the point in the year that it always feels like someone pushes the fast forward button... in a blink of an eye it will be fall.  I want to do all I can to combat that feeling this year... to be in the moment as much as possible and enjoy the long summer days.  I love that this picture transports me back to the tranquil Portland Japanese Garden.  I could have stood there watching the koi swim for hours!  My gears are already turning...  

The reveal date will be Monday, June 27th.  To make it super easy for you to participate and share your creations, I'll set up an Inlinkz link up so folks can add their blogs as they are ready.  Just stop by my blog on June 27th and join the fun!  I'll leave the link up open for a while... so you have plenty of time to add your links.  (Last month's is still open... check it out HERE.)  No blog?  No worries!  Feel free to send me a picture of your creation and some brief comments and I'll happily share in my blog post.  You can reach me at  The more the merrier, so I hope you'll play along with me this month!


  1. Is that a whale I see in the picture, wow, see you on the 27th

    1. Lol. Not a whale... just a really big koi! ;) I look forward to seeing what you come up with, Gloria!

  2. beautiful photo. Now I just get going on this challenge!

  3. Amazing photo I can't wait to make a bead innspired from it!

  4. What a great picture. I already have an idea for the challenge from looking at the picture.

  5. Even though I never got to participate (yet), I think the idea of this challenge can really boost creativity!