If At First You Don’t Succeed…
I made a necklace with a gorgeous ceramic clay pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio and I was so pleased with how it turned out. I was holding it up to admire it last night when…awk…I found a mistake! See, look, I messed up the pattern of the little tan jasper beads! So now this necklace is back on my bead table, to be re-strung. I hate re-stringing!!! By the time this blog is published though, I’ll have it fixed and listed in my ArtFire studio.
I named this necklace Meadow. Don’t you just love this pendant? It was the inspiration for the color scheme for the rest of the necklace.
Going with the flower theme, I finished the necklace with this great brass filigree leaf clasp from Israel.
Meadow is now available (without bead-pattern errors!) in my ArtFire Studio.
I encourage you to hop over to the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.
Wild Sage Earrings
In my New Goodies
post I mentioned that I had purchased some awesome copper and brass components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome
. Here’s the first pair of earrings that I made with her handmade copper Victoriana tab charms.
I hand-wired some sage green shell pearls to the copper charms and wrapped a curving copper wire across the front face of the pearls. I’m totally in love with this color combination and the contrast of the shiny pearl luster and the rustic textured copper charms.
Wild Sage Back-Story
Although Washington is known as the “Evergreen State”, this moniker actually only applies to the western part of the state. East of the Cascade Mountains is arid and desert-like, most accurately described as steppe. We lived in eastern Washington for about 25 years. The dry, brown hills that bordered our home were dotted everywhere with wild sagebrush. I loved to go horseback riding, with my neighbor, through those dry rolling hills. One time my horse spooked and tossed me off. My “touch-down” was cushioned when I landed in the middle of a wild sagebrush. Lying in the sagebrush and looking up at my neighbor on her horse, I burst out laughing. The sage branches prevented injury and the only thing that was bruised was my ego. The pearls in these earrings are the same color as that wild sage that softened my landing. These Wild Sage Earrings
are now available in my ArtFire Studio.
If you visited my “i heart macro” post on Sunday you may have wondered what the mystery plant was. It is a Horsetail plant before the leaves unfurl. We live in Western Washington now, near a protected wetland area and these Horsetails grow all over the place. I thought the feathered brown “hairs” looked fascinating and I wanted to capture them in my macro shot.
Can you tell what this is? Leave a comment if you think you can identify this. I’ll let you know if you were right in my next post.
Macro Monday Meanderings
Lori of Studio Waterstone is hosting a blog hop for photo buffs who love to take close-up photos. I posted a close-up of a dragonfly on my Facebook Page this morning. The photo is about half a year old, and had been published in my blog sometime ago, but it generated all kinds of interest. So-o-o-o I decided I would participate in Lori’s macro-photo blog hop.
Here’s how Lori describes “i heart macro.”:
Simple. No words except, “i heart macro.”
Take a picture – up close. REALLY up close, then post it.
We share and visit and visit and share.
The sun was out and I happily tramped through the garden capturing bits of spring. But can I decide on just one photo to publish? No, of course not! So take a peek at all three photos and let me know which one you like best.
Fir needles poking up out of a hole in a tree stump.
•-:¦:-• Leave a comment a let me know which one you like best. I always love to hear from you! •-:¦:-•
Feeling a Little Blue
I’ve been feeling a little blue lately. Nothing major, just kind of melancholy. I’ve also been feeling a bit over busy, so I just took a break today. I brewed my favorite herbal peppermint tea and sat on the deck in the sunshine. I thought the Vitamin D might do my mood some good!
After sitting and sipping awhile, I took a stroll through the garden and snapped a couple of flower pictures. Flowers nourish my soul.
Pink current blossoms with a blue watering can.
We’re doggy sitting a friend’s golden retriever while she is on vacation, so I had company during my garden sojourn.
McKenna & Chochi in our garden.
I took a nap this afternoon and now I’m feeling better.
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Do you sometimes slide into a slump? What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?