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.
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop hosted by Lori Anderson.
I had great intentions for putting together lots of jewelry designs using my hoarded stash, but ran into an energy crisis.
So, I had this load of beads that i wanted to manipulate into something swell, yet they remain piled on my work desk.
Enjoy the rest of your hop, grab a favorite beverage and find your way to the link of participants at
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.