Friday, March 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Hop Hoarders Edition

Bead Soup Blog Party 2017

I am happy to say I am part of the Bead Soup Blog Party of 2017 which is sponsored by Lori Anderson.  This is a special edition --a Bead Hoarders edition. Our instructions were to open our hearts to hope and beauty and true gift-giving. We were to send our partner something he or she will love and will brightening their day.  This is a blind trade.  No discussion of colors, styles, etc. An interesting twist is that you need to send a note that tells who made the bead (if you know), the material (glass, clay, etc) or type of gemstone, and why you hoarded it.



photo of Bobbie Rafferty
Bobbie Rafferty
We only had a few days to mail our bead or beads to our partner. My partner for this year's exchange is Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry. We have worked together before on as designers for ZnetShows Beads and our jewelry has been featured on their website and Creative Spark online magazines.


Goodies sent to BayMoonDesign
Goodies sent to BayMoonDesign by Bobbie

I was pretty excited to get my package in the mail.  Truth be told, I am always excited to get beads.  I love the lamp work focal that she sent me.  I plan to use it in a necklace.  The focal is perfect for a redo of a necklace that I made a long while ago that was lacking contrast of colors.  In this reveal, you will see the before and after.  I succeeded in brightening the necklace with adding red to it. The focal has a deep red which worked well in the design.  


Before necklace by BayMoonDesign
Before necklace by BayMoonDesign
The original freshwater pearl necklace contains elements that I loved, but the necklace just didn't do them justice.  I used stunning blister pearls,  freshwater pearls, and jasper.  There is a special green bead that is I made from high quality paper wrapped with gold and green threads. The focal pendant is pretty but added no additional colors.  The necklace was brown and olive green.  It needed another color to carry it to the next level.

olive green and red art necklace by BayMoonDesign
                                 One of a kind olive green and red art necklace by BayMoonDesign

The lampwork bead that Bobbie sent me was just what I needed to redo this necklace.  The lampwork has a deep red, olive green and navy blue in it.  I added a handmade green head pin, some brass bead cap to it.  I also added additional red glass beads to the necklace to brighten it.  I spaced the stunning blister pearls with small brown pearls. I kept the jasper and special handmade fiber and paper bead.  I included a pretty polymer clay red rose by Leah Curtis. I turned this art necklace into a one of a kind gift for Mother's Day, an anniversary or birthday.


Earthy navy blue necklace by BayMoonDesign
Earthy navy blue necklace by BayMoonDesign


The navy beads that Bobbie sent were just what I needed to finish my second necklace.  This earthy navy blue ceramic necklace is perfect for anyone who loves art jewelry.  The dagger necklace has a rustic appearance and reminds me of the many green, and orange colors found in nature especially in Spring.  I used navy blue Irish waxed linen thread to bring out the yellows and greens in the necklace.  This long boho necklace has a bronze clasp that I made for this necklace.


The ceramic leaf is by the well know ceramic artist Mary Harding.  I love the earthy and rustic looks of her work and I have several pieces in my shop that have her ceramics in them.

Thank you Bobbie for sending me just the right bead to transform a pretty necklace into a very special one.

A special thank you to Lori Anderson for organizing this!
Please stop by the blog hop to see what other folks created.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

We're All Ears -March 17 Owls

photo of owl photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@cliff_77
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@cliff_77
This month's We're All Ears challenge question is --What about the owls inspires you? Our challenge is to make earrings inspired by OWLS.

As a group of birds, owls have been around for a long time. Owl fossils have been found that are 70–80 million years old. Today, members of the owl family can be found on every continent except Antarctica.  Owls represent wisdom and truth with piercing eyes that are all-seeing, even in the darkest of nights. Silent, secret and majestic. 

Owl Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Owl Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The piercing eyes on these silver owl beads remind me of the all-seeing of the owl and were the inspiration for this pair of handmade owl earrings.  
This copper owl jewelry has hand forged sterling silver ear wires along with the hammered copper discs. Both were handmade by me.  The  14mm. round, antique copper beads are from BeachCastleBeads.  I added a few crystals for a little sparkle.

photo of owl photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@johnrichdesign
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@johnrichdesign
Owls are mostly nocturnal, hunting at night when the other raptors are sleeping. Because of this, owls and other raptors can share a territory and tend to not compete with each other.  When we think of owls, we think of being active at night. But even among the owls, enjoying the nightlife does not always mean the same thing.   The barn owl and long-eared owl become active only after dark. In contrast, burrowing owls and pygmy owls are more likely to be diurnal — active during the day. And the great horned owl is crepuscular. This means that it is most active at dawn and dusk.


photo of owl.photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@bedrock123
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@bedrock123

I find the wings of owls beautiful. Most owls have relatively large, rounded wings. The wings are broad, with a large surface area relative to the weight of the bird. This allows them to fly effortlessly, without too much flapping and loss of energy. They can glide easily and fly slowly for long periods of time. Many species use this slow flight to hunt ground-dwelling prey from the air.

Owls are known for their ability to fly nearly silently. This is because of the special shape to their wings and the structure of the feathers. Most birds make a sort of flapping, swooshing sound when they fly. But owls have special edge on the front of the wing that breaks air into small streams of wind that rolls to the end of the wing where the comb-like feathers further break the air into even smaller streams. This give them almost silent flight.


Owl at Night Earrings by BayMoonDesign

An owl at night is the inspiration for these black faux sea glass from ZnetShows and silver wing earrings from NinaDesigns. I hand forged the sterling silver ear wires on this pair of owl wing earrings. The black and silver earrings are about 1.5 inches long from the top of the ear wires to the bottom. These sterling silver earrings are stunning and fun gift for especially for a bird or nature lover.
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@t_rat_max


Be sure to stop by the We're All Ears Blog to see what the owl has inspired others to create.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daffodils Mean Spring Is Coming


daffodil photo by https://unsplash.com/@kathymacky
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@kathymacky

Daffodils, narcissus, jonquils, March blooms, these terms all refer to the flower that comes back every spring on roadsides, hills, and flower gardens over a large part of the Northern Hemisphere. They are a part of the Amaryllis family, and many types grow wild.   I've heard that people are seeing daffodil sprouts around my home town, which is exciting. The daffodils sightings means spring will be here soon!

With Spring arriving, we need to start thinking about additions to our fashion wardrobe especially if we are planning a spring getaway like so many do.  Lots of us find a few days off each spring to recharge our batteries with a trip.  Our thoughts turn to sunglasses, brighter colors, lighter clothes.  I have put together a few ideas for some spring fashion updates.

Spring Getaway Fashions



Cooper Ella blue top
$125 - bloomingdales.com


Necklace
etsy.com


Boho jewelry
etsy.com


Earrings
etsy.com


Sunglasses
etsy.com


JINsoon nail polish
barneys.com



Set of 3 Chick Eggs Painted Egg Gourds Spring Easter Eggs Blue Golden...
etsy.com




Now matter where you go on a spring getaway even if it is just your backyard, make time to enjoy the sight of spring flowers and the sounds of the birds.  Relax and take some time for yourself.  You survived another winter!  If you know me, you will expect to find me at a beach somewhere. The beach is my happy place.

photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@mikael
photo credit :: https://unsplash.com/@mikael


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Art Bead Scene


Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chili
by Marianne North
                                                                            1870
                                                                      Oil On Paper

Marianne North (1830-1890) was a remarkable Victorian artist. She travelled the world in order to satisfy her passion for recording the world's flora and fauna with her paintbrush. The result of these journeys can be seen in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew, Great Britain where many brightly colored paintings of flowers, landscapes, animals and birds are arranged. There are 832 paintings, all completed in 13 years of travel round the world.

Marianne was rare among women of this period.  She traveled unaccompanied and visited areas virtually unknown to many Europeans. She was at her happiest when discovering plants and painting them.  She spent nearly all of her time abroad in the wild, surrounded by the habitats and plants she captured in oil paint.

Her work is is permanent value because of its scientific accuracy. She documented plant life in all parts of the world, before photography was a practical option.   Some of the plants she painted proved new to science and one genus and four species were named in her honor including the species Areca northiana, Crinum northianum, Kniphofia northiana, Nepenthes northiana, and the genus name Northia.


Yellow floral focal by Mary Harding
floral focal is by Mary Harding

When I saw this beautiful ceramic floral focal by Mary Harding, I new it was perfect for a necklace inspired by this painting.   I was drawn to the golden yellows in the painting and focal.   Harding's focal is the same bright shade.  I thought it was a good choice for the necklace because of the color and the prominence of flowers in the painting.



yellow and brown floral necklace by BayMoonDesign

The painting also has shades of blue in the sky and lots of tans and browns in the birds's nest as well as in the Acacia bush.  Once again the focal by Harding is a good pick because it has some subtle blues in it.  Marsha Neal's hand dyed blue silk along with blue stones pick up the blues in the painting.  I used some tan ceramics, jasper beads, and brass to work in the browns, tans and beiges.  I also added a brass leaf toggle to continue with the floral theme.  

I think yellow and blue colors are perfect for the spring and summer.  This floral necklace would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day.  What are your thoughts?