Recently inspired by the full moon on the 25th.
Finally completed this cuff that I started last August for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Hop.
This bead embroidered bracelet features a ceramic focal bead by my favorite ceramic bead artist,
Time for the first reveal at the Bead Soup Blog Party # 7.
First off, I was thrilled with all the beads, charms and bits that my partner Debra Behrends (Hopeful Journeys) shared with me.
So much good stuff that I could not fit everything into my limited design time.
(The raw materials.)
Next up, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) for hosting this event and at the same time, to thank all the party goers who make this such a blog blast. Reserve some time for blog hopping. It’s a treat. Participants links are here.
A few words about my design process. Mostly I just sit down and make stuff. Not much for sketching, or grand design planning. I trust that the piece will come into being and to be what it needs to be. And, that it will appeal to someone, somewhere.
(The finished goods.)
Thanks for taking a peek.
Inspire change wellness words jewelry challenge…yup that’s quite a mouthful. The hostess, Tracy Statler (makebraceletsblog.com) proposed this challenge and I enjoy a good challenge. Especially a challenge that does not have too many rules or regulations.
I am never certain what will inspire me or where my creativity and imagination may go.
Tracy’s suggested guideline:
“Choose an inspirational word or phrase in an area of your life where you want to make positive change.
Make sure your words truly represent something you want to work on.
Don’t choose a word because it looks good, is popular right now or someone else thinks you should choose it.
These are the six categories of wellness that people generally want to make changes in:
Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Social.
Your words can represent any of these areas.”
I thought long and hard about selecting a word for myself . It fits all categories.
My word: ease…(It’s both a noun and a verb.)
Well, my goodness, who wouldn’t want all of the nice effects associated with this word? See definitions below:
freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort:
freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind:
freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility:
freedom from financial need; plenty:
freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness:
to free from anxiety or care:
to mitigate, lighten, or lessen:
to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
to move or shift with great care:
to render less difficult; facilitate:
affluence, ataraxia, bed of roses, calm, calmness, comfort, content, contentment, easiness, enjoyment, gratification, happiness, idleness, inactivity, inertia, inertness, leisure, luxury, passivity, peace of mind, prosperity, quietness, quietude, relaxation, repose, requiescence, rest, restfulness, satisfaction, security, serenity, supinity, tranquility
abate, aid, allay, ameliorate, anesthetize, appease, assist, assuage, attend to, calm, cheer, clear the way, comfort, cure, disburden, disengage, doctor, expedite, facilitate, forward, free, further, improve, lessen, let up on, lift, lighten, make easier, meliorate, mitigate, moderate, mollify, nurse, open the door, pacify, palliate, promote, quiet, relax, release, relent, relieve, run interference for, simplify, slacken, smooth, soften, soothe, speed, speed up, still, tranquilize,disentangle, edge, extricate, facilitate, handle, inch, induce, insert, join, loose, loosen, maneuver, relax, remove, right, set right, slack, slacken, slide, slip, squeeze, steer, untighten.
At ease and enjoy the blog hop:
This is the second Challenge of Color Blog Hop that I have participated in. I find it’s always fun to have someone else choose a color palette for me to play with. This time the lovely Miss Erin and Miss Brandi gave us a selection of two palettes to choose from. (Thank you Erin and Brandi.) Each palette was specially selected for the participants. The option was to work with one or the other, or even both palettes. Both of my palettes very much remind me of my home turf and the colors of the Mojave desert.
The first palette is from Lake Amadeus in the Australian Outback. Looks very much like Badwater Basin in Death Valley. True story; I have both hiked and kayaked across Badwater. I’m pretty certain not many can claim that accomplishment. We had epic rainfall one year and out came the paddles and kayak. Otherwise, it’s just mud flats and salt heaves. I don’t even know if they still let people hike out on the basin anymore. Probably not too many ambitious enough to do that anyway.
Here’s my version Lake Amadeus:
The next palette up is Desert Patterns. I believe this is Saharan sand dunes in Algeria, Africa. We don’t have sand dunes quite that impressive here in the Mojave. In fact, when I first moved here, I was very disappointed because I had been expecting more sand dunes. I am over that now, because it would just mean more grit, dust and dirt to contend with and we have plenty already. The thing we do have in common … wind, wind and more wind.
Check out these desert colors…
Thanks for stopping in and do hop around and see what others did with this challenge.
“The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I used a Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Deco Vines piece for the focal, Vintaj Aged Broze Patina, nylon cord, glass, wood, metal and dyed bone beads, metal findings and dark annealed bailing wire.
Take your interpretation of “Twinkling Lights” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, November 30.
Voting will be open from December 3 – midnight December 7, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, December 10.
Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.
Here’s my entry for the November Art Bead Scene Challenge.
Here’s the artwork that inspired the design:
Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher
Under the Harvest Moon
Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.
Vintaj materials used: 24mm Button Blank, 27mm Round Loop Ear Wire, flat chain and patinas. Other materials: recycled metal tin, copper charms, and S-Lon Cord.
November 2012 Challenge: “Harvest Moon”
Take your interpretation of “Harvest Moon” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, October 26. Voting will be open from October 29 – midnight November 2, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, November 5. Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.
Check it out and vote for your favorite at the Vintaj Blog.
The folks over at Artisan Whimsy are having a little design challenge this month…
So many owl fans out there that I just had to join in on this challenge.
Mainly metal components with a row of my tiny lampwork ivory colored beads and connectors.
Check out the entires at Artisan Whimsey, join up and vote for your favorite design.
It’s always fun to participate in the Bead Soup Party Blog Hops hosted by Lori Anderson and I decided that it would be fun to participate in the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party as well. This party is timed to coincide with the release of Lori’s Bead Soup Book. I’m pretty excited about this because it is the first time one of my designs has been published. (Peek in the gallery section of this book. )
Kalmbach Publishing is the organizer and sponsor of this event, and many beading retailers provided the bead soups for the party. Thank you all for your generosity.
My retail sponsor is Bead Jungle (owned by Sandra Murphy) located in Henderson, Nevada. Admittedly, I don’t get over to Henderson very often since the valley has expanded, but I will try to make it a point to drop by the shop if I find myself over in that part of town.
When I got my package of bead soup, I thought “whoa, kinda bling” as I rarely use crystals and super sparkly beads. But, for me, the essence of these Bead Soup events are to spread your wings, design with what you have, and also to work out of your comfort zone. Here’s what I came up with for the necklace design:
As I mentioned earlier, not really into”bling”, so I decided to alter the focal bead using a bit of Objects and Elements printed papers. Burn the edges with some Nag Champa incense. Of course, old hippie would have a stash of this in her studio. I was thrilled with how this turned out and decided to do the flip side of the focal bead too. I couldn’t resist as the little bit of paper had the words “Lady Luck” printed on it. After all, this is Las Vegas. (And, you know how I like that dual purpose, two sided design thing.)
Next came a bit of assembly with the bar connectors and turquoise discs, and some thin bailing wire. All is good so far. Then the C-Lon cord, more beads from my stash. I wanted a bit more “texture” so, I decided to sand paper the crystals to create a see thru effect. Lets a little more light and variety into the design. Even though it is shiny, I like the final product.
A little pair of earrings for dessert.