Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sarajo’s Honey Do Challenge

April 2018 Honey Do Challenge 

I always try to stay true to this challenge and use my stash up for it. Well, I have a bicycle pendant that I was going to use, but then I remembered this bike chain bracelet I had sitting around. I decided this would be the best chance to make a charm bracelet with it. I focused on the bicycle and summer memories. I wanted to evoke feelings of childhood summer fun. Carefree sunny summer days. 

A frog and A dog
A yellow rose and a yellow heart
A rocket ship!
A compass

When I was very young, we had a metal swing set with a sliding board and two swings. Typical swing set from the 70’s, it was fun, it did what it was made to do. But it wasn’t good enough for my dad’s little girls, they needed MORE. So my dad decided to build our very own wooden playset! The little metal toy paled in comparison to the Wooden Jungle Gym that dad build. Kids came from miles around to play on this new conceptual wooded playset (well actually only one kid, my cousin who was also my neighbor). It was a behemoth attraction, it had the obligatory swings, but it boasted a tire swing and a rope ladder and a fireman’s pole...  all the bells and whistles. It even had a look out deck! In order to reach the deck you had to climb up through a secret tunnel from the inside of the playset. That vertical tunnel was dark and cool and quiet. It soon became a rocketship! This rocketship was capable of taking us to the moon or the stars in outerspace or even into town for ice cream cones.

When I was a little older and had out grown sliding boards, I discovered the stream behind our property. This was more like a babbling brook less like a river. I could walk across it. I would walk upstream and down, balancing on rocks so as not to scare the fish and crayfish. I would hunt for tadpole pools and scoop them up into a cup to watch them swim. When it was time to head home, wet and covered in scratches and bug bites, I would sneak the tadpole filled cup in the house so I could raise a family of frogs. I don’t remember ever having to feed full grown frogs, so my plans were probably foiled by mom or dad while I was sleeping.

What are summer memories without the trusty dog in tow. My pal was a big beautiful Golden Retriever named Reno. Reno would follow along no matter the time of day or the weather outside. He was An Adventurer. True to his breed, he was loyal and loving. He was in charge of drying any tears that were shed from cuts or falls because we couldn’t get caught digging where we shouldn’t or climbing what we mustn’t! He was the ringleader and master planner in our foolish and silly games. I can’t wait to see him again at the Rainbow Bridge and we can catch up on all that he missed.

I love my parents with all my heart and soul. I repsect and admire them both in all they do and have done. They raised us right! We have standards and morals and are ethically sound. Their children are fully functioning adults and one is even raising another human! BUT for the life of me, I can’t BELIEVE they just let me wander over hill and dale in the summers of my pre-teen, pre-driving, pre-pubescent years! Did they even know where I was during the summers in the years before jobs and cars and boys? I would have to say, No. How do I know this, because when I inevitably called home and asked them to come get me, the unit on the other end of the line would question, ‘from where?’ I remember specifically these three times. 1) I walked the stream and woods trail for over a mile by myself and ended at our family restaurant. For some reason I thought that the parent that was at the restaurant would be overjoyed to see me and embrace me with loving arms. Nope. I had to call home for the other parent to come get me. 2) My friend and I were out riding bikes. We lived in the county, there wasn’t anywhere to ride except to a little gas station a half mile away. That was the norm, ride to get a candy bar and ride home. Piddling around both ways was also accepted and expected. But riding 3 miles into town by ourselves on a major highway was not. PS- I never owned a bike helmet until I was 20. We called for a ride home, no one knew where we had been. 3) We were, as a family, visiting my Aunt and cousin in town. I decided my cousin and I could walk to a friends house in town. She probably said we should ask permission, but I’m sure I had a good reason not to. Now, this trek was not as Far as the previous adventures nor as Dangerous, but apparently my gig was up and the rents were on to my ways. This time I didn’t have to call for a ride, because they sent the local police out to pick us up. 

Here’s the bracelet you’ve been waiting for...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ArtBead Scene: July

Tiger in a Tropical Storm

Henri Rousseau

1891

I had a lot of fun with this color palette and theme. There is so much movement in the painting with the grasses and the rainy stormy sky. I wanted to try to pick up on those two features, so the first necklace represents the rain and the second the grasses.
For this first necklace I knew I wanted to use the Jade Scott (retired) pendant so I combined it with three ceramic art beads in the funky yellow-green shade that I acquired through a destash. Unfortunately I do not know the artist, so if you recognize them, please let me know! I added a polymer rose from Beady Eyed Bunny, these roses seem to be her specialty and they are perfect little works of art! It's hard to tell, but the left side has two strands, one is the drop seed beads and under that is a strand of tiny peridot chips. Together these two strands represent the rain and the huge blue/green swirl bead represents the stormy sky.

The next necklace was super fun to make! There are sooo many art beads, too. The clasp is Saki Silver. Then comes chicklet beads from SueBeads. The pendant is made with three Gaea ceramic pieces and I hung them with Wooly Wire. And I finished it off with a tin snippet component from Lorelei. While I gave myself some ( a lot ) of latitude with the raccoon pendant I used instead of a tiger... I stayed on course and used a few things to represent all the grasses. There's the tin snippet with leaves, the glass leaves, and the ceramic leaf AS WELL AS the tassel! My favorite part about this piece is that of all the shades of green, there is no two alike. Just like the shades of green in the grasses and leaves of the painting.

Here's a closer look at all of the artisan components...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Inspired by Reading: The Bees

 

 

Art Bead Scene June 2017

Wow! This one sure has some bright colors!

Hot pink, electric blue, neon lime green

So, what better way to celebrate color than with a Joan Miller Porcelain owl!

 

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspired by Reading: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn is set in a world full of ash and mist and darkness reigns.
In the author's own words... "A thousand years ago, the prophesied hero from lore rose up to overthrow a great and terrible evil. Only, he lost, and the Dark Lord took over and has been ruling with an iron fist for a thousand years. Ash falls from the sky in this barren land, and mists come every night, deep and mysterious. In this setting, a gang of thieves decides that the prophecies were all lies and that they can’t trust in some fabled hero to save them. They decide to take matters into their own hands, and plan a daring heist of the dark lord himself, planning to use the emperor’s own wealth to bribe his armies away from him and take over the empire."

 

Although there is no unicorn in the novel, I couldn't resist using one of Andrew Thornton's amazing metal clay pendants. So while the unicorn doesn't fit, the metal of the pendant falls right in line with the Mistborn's magical powers.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Art Bead Scene May 2017

One word: Picasso.

I decided to emulate the shapes this time instead of the color palette because of the intensity of this cubist painting. So I used these little leftover enameled pieces from C-Koop. I grabbed them up from her sale tray at Beadfest last year. Then I found the perfect Humblebeads to complement the color and keep with the abstract cubist feel. I used a faceted clay bead from Dianne Hawkey to finish up the tassel then I knotted waxed linen for an over the head necklace.