January 2, 2015

Beading Back in Time - a Blog Hop challenge!

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop Challenge Header.

My friend Lindsay Starr and I are partners in beading (you might remember some my posts about her here, and here, and here).  We like many of the same things, like beads (of course).  We both have a fondness for silly sci-fi tv series, for example, and we're both crazy about dinosaurs.  Throw all of that together and what do you get?  A blog hop, of course!!

So here's the scoop:  we got so excited and carried away with the idea that we had to break it down into four challenges and we figured we would space them out over the year to give participants time to do something fun with each one.  The first challenge will cover history before us, meaning anything pre-human.  

Imagine a world covered in primordial seas dotted with organisms completely alien to us; bizarre things with no apparent heads, mouths or digestive organs. Even the land under our feet is foreign, the continents massing together and then drifting apart at least three times over millions and millions of years.  There are a few creatures around that we might recognize, like sponges, anemones and jellyfish, but for the most part, this world is a very different place.

Ancient life.

Fast forward a few (million) years and take another look.  There's been an explosion of life.  The seas teem with fish and large reptiles rule a land covered in huge forests of ferns and conifers.  There are creatures so fantastical they are beyond the scope of our imagination.

Fantastical prehistoric life on land and sea.

Fantastical prehistoric life in the skies.

Not quite accurate prehistoric creatures.

Our challenge is this:  during the month of January, create something inspired by this theme.  Use any medium you like and draw inspiration in any way that moves you, whether it is the earth, the seas, the creatures or even something more abstract like the seemingly impossible characteristics of the organisms.  Use a fossil in your design or make up your own dinosaur - whatever you want.  Then meet Lindsay and I back here on February 1st to see what everyone made.

And most of all, remember to have fun with it!


  1. This is going to be fun to watch develop, what inspiration to see. Good luck. I can hardly wait to see the creations.

  2. Wow this is just me thing I love prehistory and collect fossils et, I would love to join in!


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