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April 26th was the reveal for the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge: Be Edition. I had this post all ready but forgot to post it until now! So, here it is.

This challenge offered a choice of eight kits, and we could choose as many as we wanted. The Be Challenge kits include Be Here, Be Mindful, Be Calm, Be Creative, Be Wise, Be Strong, Be Kind and Be Inspired. All good things! All the kits are beautiful, but I only ordered one because I didn’t think I would have time for more (and I was right). I chose Be Kind. I love the colors, and I feel as though I’m not as kind as I used to be. Maybe this kit and the piece I make will influence me in a positive way. 🙂

Here is a picture of the kit.

These kits came with a mix of beads, a strand and a handmade pendant made by Andrew Thornton. Here is a closer look at the pendant. It has a lovely texture and subtle gold accents. 

I put together a few things from my stash I thought I might use and went to my assistant’s office. MooKitty inspects all beads to make sure they are not food. Very helpful. 

I had decided to use some beads from Staci Louise Smith as part of the pendant. I thought about adding old off white or champagne glass pearls I had gotten from Staci in a destash, but after I finalized the components in the pendant, I wanted a more rustic organic look. I started to use a variety of beads from the kit. After a couple of different designs, I saw that the look I was really going for could be best accomplished by using just the strand of chip beads.

I wanted it to be long enough to slip over my head without a clasp, so once I used up the chip strand, I added other beads from the kit to achieve the desired length. I think the colors are lovely.

Visit the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge Facebook page to see what others made with their kits.