Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Beads and Blossoms...
Beads. Beads. Glorious Beads. I am definitely cash poor but bead wealthy. In my sorting a while back I discovered lots of beads I had forgotten about. I love the feel of beads. I love the look of beads. And...I love to create with beads.
Here are some of my more sorted beads by colors. These tend to be considered "bead soup" as they are mixtures of all types and sizes. This is a great way to keep leftover beads from projects when you just have a few remaining. Pretty soon you have a nice assortment to either use separately or use together in a project.
This container looks a little messy however I have my methods. My organizing skills are a constant exercise in organizing. Hmmm...that rather sounds like something I said to Mr. C recently, "If I felt better, I would feel better." To me it makes total and complete sense.
So back to my beads...I thought I should have some new simple jewelry pieces to fill in my options.
Here is a pair of earrings I just made to compliment my necklace you have seen before. The necklace is also featured on my blog banner. It is one of my forever favorites. The green stones are Chalk Turquoise. I paired them with small vintage black beads and my very best Swarovski bicones in crystal clear. The Swarovski beads really add just the right touch of bling.
Then while my beads and jewelry tools were out and covering my work table I decided I needed a simple set to go with the black casual clothes I wear in summer. Earrings and a necklace. I used gemstone black agate rounds with my favorite Swarovski bicones in crystal clear. The earthy cool of the agates and the sparkle of the bicones really compliment one another.
I kept the design very simple so as not to scream attention. This necklace has my favorite magnetic clasp. The length is known as "Princess" and is 18 inches in total. It falls just below my collar bones and therefore does not draw any unnecessary eyes to my "turkey" throat that Mr. C so graciously points out all too often.
Simple is very much my style...in clothing and in jewelry.
This is a photo of my Japanese Maple which is growing very slowly. The dark purple is dramatic. The bright green with the beautiful white blossoms is Mock Orange. I originally planted six of these as a hedge but that never came to fruition as the deer eat the mock oranges down to tiny little sticks. The plants are barely surviving from all the chomping year to year. This one somehow was able to grow some tall shoots that the deer can no longer reach and that is why I am able to have these delicious orange scented blossoms for a few weeks each Spring. I took this photo from the upper West side deck.
Prayers and Healing Hugs continue for Oklahoma and the devastation of such a massive tornado.
Our weather is once again much chillier here. The sun is shining but the warmth is not being felt. This year we have had so much more "Delta breeze" than I can ever remember. I call it wind! And it is cold! I will try to save some up for when Summer is here and the temperatures are much warmer...as in hot...the way I prefer it to be. I am probably part lizard. A nice warm rock to rest upon sounds pretty good to me.
Creative Bliss to each and every one. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...