Here we are for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Travel. This challenge is all about the “Staycation” . In reality, the “staycation” concept actually motivated us to take a real vacation this summer in order to escape the never ending heat at home. Haven’t been able to take a real vacation in like 10 years. We ended up hitting the road in the camper and relaxing on the beach with family in the Pacific Northwest.
Here I am enjoying nature’s sandbox.
The actual “staycation” would involve disguising myself as a “tourist” and heading to “The Strip”.
I live just on the outskirts of fabulous Las Vegas. Yup, Cha Ching!
But, that’s not the Las Vegas I know and love. I prefer the outdoors and the wonderful Spring Mountain Range. Fortunately, I can see the mountains from my yard and live about 5 miles from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Furthermore, my yard of sorts is a little known tourist destination “Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery”.
So my inspiration for this challenge and many of my creations…literally right outside my door.
I love the colors of the desert, the turquoise blue skies, the rusty and brown colors of the earth and mountains.
The green shades of the native desert plants. I chose a piece of turquoise for the focal on one necklace.
The other necklace incorporates a piece of cholla wood skeleton with a crystal point.
Never one to just sit idle, even when I’m really busy, I can’t not fuss with some project. The buttons for this challenge were no exception. I had to pull out the drill and add a few more holes for the earrings and then I decided to alter the large royal blue button. I used some embossing powders, green and bronze, so just a hint of the royal blue from the original color is still showing. Again, my standby of knots and some turquoise seed beads to complete this macrame and button necklace/wrap around bracelet. I love things that have added value and dual function. Wear it as a necklace or wear it as a bracelet. Thanks to Cindy Wimmer at Sweet Bead Studio for hosting this blog hop and swap. And thanks to my partner Jeannie Dukic for some great buttons.
Here is the Button Swap participant list:
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Seed beads of course.
Third attempt at seed bead embroidery, with another seed beaded cuff bracelet. Brighter colors this time around. I can’t recall who said it, but someone likened it to painting, except the medium is beads. Allowing the pattern to wander and adding splashes of color here and there.
My second attempt at seed bead embroidery. I intended this piece to be a cuff bracelet, but the laws of physics did not allow that to happen. The cabs on it were too large to bend at the proper angles. So, as most designers know, flexibility is the key to creativity. Hence, with a few micro macrame cords, a necklace came into being. What I like about bead embroidery is that there is creative space to meander and allow the piece to take on it’s own life. This one gradually worked it’s way into being an owl design. Again, not intentional, but it happened that way. Owls are one of my spirit totem animals. In native American tradition, Animal spirits usually appear to people during dreams or meditations and the qualities of each particular animal have a lesson to teach. About owls: they can see well in the dark, hence the relation to help us develop and get in touch with our own psychic abilities, honor your intuition and inner knowledge, seek the truth beyond appearances. Stay tuned for several more pieces that I’ll be working into my spirit animal totem series.