Just returned for a great road trip vacation in the southwest. Always on the look out for rocks, gems and minerals during my travels. Visited several, well stocked rock shops in Colorado and Utah. Also managed visits to Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Four Corners, Great Sand Dunes and Canyon De Chelly Parks. All are breathtakingly scenic. Using some of my finds this week to create macrame necklaces.
“In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day, transforming bodies and souls. Beetles of the Scarabaeidae family (dung beetle) roll dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs that are later transformed into larvae. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration. The Egyptian god Khepri, Ra as the rising sun, was often depicted as a scarab beetle or as a scarab beetle-headed man. The ancient Egyptians believed that Khepri renewed the sun every day before rolling it above the horizon, then carried it through the other world after sunset, only to renew it, again, the next day. ” (source Wikipedia)
One of my favorite plants in the Mojave Desert is the Joshua Tree.
I was playing with polymer clay and was inspired to make a few pendants.
This one has the “ghost” of a Joshua Tree design.
Matches up well with this macrame necklace I knotted.
I’m liking this new-to-me design for the necklace.
Enjoy the spring sunshine.
Trees Laden with Parasites and Epiphytes in a Brazilian Garden, 1873 Marianne North.
I found myself with a little time on my hands this week and I was inspired to participate in the Art Bead Scene June Monthly Challenge. I did a full year of the challenges in 2012 (you can read about that here), but haven’t participated in a long time. So, here’s the result of my effort for the challenge this month. I wanted to keep it simple and still be a stretch for me, so I decided to make an “macrame art bead” using the butterfly image for inspiration. I’ve recently been incorporating crystals into macrame designs and this design provided the perfect opportunity to include a small clear quartz crystal. Other than the knotting, I decided to keep the rest of the necklace unadorned except for a few small seed beads using the color palette provided by Brandi Hussey. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. You can see what other designers have created at the ABS flickr group.
Thanks for stopping by for the big reveal day of the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party.
So glad that I am able to participate in this epic blog party again.
As always, a shout out to Lori Anderson for organizing and hosting the party, and applause to all of the creative participants who provide endless hours of blog hopping entertainment.
This is what was sent to Crystal…
This is the loot I received to work with …
First off, I was all over those little jade tube beads (yup, I have an eye for vintage beads.) I decided to pair them with those little yogi components because I can’t resist the chance to fiddle and put the jewel puzzle together. What do you think? A spirit trio of necklaces. They can be worn individually or one at a time. Decided to make a few earrings to go along for the ride.
The second design round produced a little necklace using that leopard jasper donut bead. I’d been wanting to try knotting this “Joan Babcock style” macrame necklace for some time. No time like the present. I used the color palette from the threads that my partner sent, but substituted waxed polyester cord. Love my waxed cord, it burns nice.
Third Round produced a multi strand necklace using lots of those tiny little beads with the tiny little macrame cord and thousands of knots. It was a bugger to make, but came out well. I had fun making the little goddess pendant out of clay.
Perhaps my favorite creation is the fourth piece. A micro macrame bracelet utilizing that oh -so- cool bone peacock pendant. Really loving how this turned out.
And I could not resist a little knotted necklace with the stone Buddha pendant from the soup.
Last but not least, another necklace using one of the cut quartz stones and the little buddha heads (these are a favorite of mine too!) from the soup mix.
Hop on over to Lori’s Bead Soup blog for the complete list of participants. Happy hopping.