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Fern Frond Unfurling

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Our house is surrounded by woods on 3 sides, which means an abundance of ferns.  I love their curled tips in the spring.

curled tips of a fern

Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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Do Over Blog Hop

The Beauty Make-Over

Jeannie Dukic of Jeannie’s Blog has been making jewelry for a very long time.  Looking back at some of her beginning efforts made her realize how far she had come.  It also made her realize that she no longer wanted those initial pieces of jewelry because they didn’t live up to her current standards of design or craftsmanship.  She had the brainstorm to send the old jewelry out to interested designers, who would photograph the original piece, then take it apart and breathe new life into it.

Before

Here is what Jeannie sent me..  I think this pendant was a project in Bead Style magazine.  The rest is all black, with little visual interest.  Hey, ‘ya gotta start somewhere.  My early attempts were not this pretty at all.Jeanies do-over necklace for the blog hop

After

So I cut it all apart and put it with a very cool, slightly edgy ceramic pendant by Yolanda’s Clay.

Black and Red heart necklace

I scattered Jeannie’s black beads throughout the multi-strand section of the necklace.  The beads in the single strand portion came from an old necklace of my aunt’s, that she no longer wanted.  So I cut it apart, too.  It was also all plain black and just begging for a make-over.

Red and black bead necklace with ceramic heart

I chose the sterling silver clasp because it so beautifully echos the spirals on the heart.

Sterling silver hook and eye clasp

What do you think?  Did I give this a second lease on life?

This necklace is now available in my shop.

Blog Hop

Now comes the fun part.  Click on the links below and you’ll find other jewelry designers who received old jewelry from Jeannie and reworked those oldies into beautiful new pieces of jewelry that anyone would be proud to wear.

Jeannie

Sally

Dagi
Lisa
Christine
Erin
Leslie
Shannon
Niky
Diane
Barbe
Elisabeth
Lori
Linda
Pam
Patty
Nancy
Kim
Marci
Charlene

The Dog Ate It!

The Dog Ate It!

That excuse used to work for incomplete homework.  Do you think it will fly for a missing blog post?

My dog, Chochi
I ate it? Who me?

Yesterday was the Do Over Blog Hop, hosted by Jeannie’s Blog.  I had signed up to participate in this fun challenge and then it completely got away from me.  In the past two and a half weeks, I’ve had 2 jewelry shows, a painful ear infection and the end of the quarter at the University of Washington, where I supervise student teaching interns.  I had to write-up detailed end-of-the quarter evaluations for each of the interns.  I guess I just couldn’t keep all the balls in the air at once and I dropped this one.  I feel so badly, because yesterday 104 blog hoppers visited my blog and found nothing!  I apologize, (hangs head).

I knew in my mind what I wanted to do for the challenge, so last night I tried to put it together quickly.  Ah, but haste makes waste and I wasn’t entirely happy with the results.  I have to finish up some paperwork for my teaching interns today, and then I will rework the parts of the necklace I wasn’t satisfied with and I hope to get it posted by this evening.  Please come back and take a look!

♥ i heart macro ♥ Droplets

More Raindrops

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Last week’s macro shot was of raindrops, too, but I love the way rain beads up on these leaves.  It looks like little jewels.  This bush grows outside of our dining room window and it always looks so lovely after a rainfall.

rain drops on leaves

Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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Where’s Linda?

old fasioned nurseI missed Bead Table Wednesday and I haven’t posted any new work.  I did my first Artisan Home Show and haven’t written about it.  Where have I been?  In bed.  Sick.  An ear ache that felt like someone put a knife in my ear.

Thank heavens for antibiotics.  The pain is much diminished now, but I still get tired easily  and I have a show tomorrow.  Carry on!

If you are local, I’d like to invite you to the Olympia Artists Garage Sale at the Armory on Legion Way.  I’ll be there, in booth #40 from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.  I hope you will drop by and say hi!   The money earned from booth fees and the $1 entrance donation, goes to arts programs for community youth.  For more details, click on this link, where I created a listing for the Artists Garage Sale.

I won a free necklace on the Words 2 Wear blog!!!  Check out the Words 2 Wear blog  and her cool jewelry on ArtFire.  My winning quote was:  “Life is too short to be small.”

Monday Meanderings – National Train Day

All Aboard!

What?  You didn’t know there was a National Train Day?  Well, neither did I, but my husband is a train buff and if it’s about trains, then he know it.  Trains are to him, as beads are to me–that about sums it up!  So on Saturday, May 7th, we hopped aboard an Amtrak train and headed south to Portland,  Oregon.

red sign on a black train engine

To celebrate National Train Day, a couple of vintage trains had been brought in to the Portland depot.  There were also informational booths inside the depot and hundreds and hundreds of people.  Clearly my husband is not alone in his fascination with trains.

Lantern on a caboose

Although I don’t share his fascination with trains, I did find that there were many opportunities for cool photographs of gears, valves, springs and such.  My photos took on a sort of Steampunk atmosphere.  I hope you enjoy them.

bolt and gear from an old train

red valve on the side of an old black steam engine

two metal coils on an old train

drive shaft

old steam engine gear fuel gauge on an old steam locomotive

♥ i heart macro ♥ Red Leaf

Raindrops

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I know this is the Pacific Northwest, but we’ve been getting an unusual amount of rain, even for this area.  So, with a bit of a sigh, I decided that I might as well use the rain for my macro shot.

macro photo of a leaf with raindropsThis posting is a day late, but I had an Artisan Home Show at my house on Sunday, so I didn’t have any time to get to my blog till now. I’ll post pictures from the party later this week.

Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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