Thursday, June 26, 2014

CC7A Reveal for June 2014: I Do!

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Welcome to reveal day for the June edition of the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists, brought to you this month by Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers. Cynthia sent some lovely components reflecting her theme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue", for which she shared a little history ('cause she's good at that!)

"I picked a theme that I thought we could have some fun with that is an old adage for brides. And then I sent out the mixture to match: something old (reclaimed sari silk), something new (imperial jasper), something borrowed (several remaining leaf toggles from a ZnetShows hop) and something blue (apatite rounds). 
Meaning: It is said that something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity and a sixpence in your show is a wish for good fortune and prosperity."

I originally wanted to make just one design incorporating all the components, but they had other plans :) The first piece I designed was a simple bracelet with the apatite rounds, which I paired with the pretty clasp sent by Cynthia, and some infinity links ('cause we all want love to last forever, right?)

I threaded through a bit of the white sari silk, but I'm not sure which look I prefer.

I recently bought multiple strands of wonderful Indonesian glass beads from my favorite supplier, Karine of Yukidesigns. One strand had the perfect pale green beads (seen at bottom of the photo) to match the striations in the imperial jasper teardrops:

I added some matching Czech beads, small silver Heishi spacers and beads, and a cord crocheted from the sari silk:

I like the contrast of the frayed and uneven silk against the cool elegance of the jasper and glass.

And the design is delicate enough to be worn as a triple-wrapped bracelet:

Thanks for dropping by! You can visit the other CC7A members here:
Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ocean Blog Hop 2014 Second Reveal (Links)

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of being part of the first reveal of Lisa Lodge's Ocean Blog Hop.  Yesterday was the reveal day for the remainder of the artists taking part. Please check out the wonderful ocean-inspired designs they have created :) 

If you missed my reveal post, with another great group of creators, you can also visit at the link above :)

June 14th 2nd Reveal:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Jill Bradley, Chat 2 Jill
Rebecca Ednie, Eclectic Endeavours 

(Direct links will be added as I visit each post.)

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