Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Bee’s – the Art Elements theme for April 2020

Photo of bee by Dmitry Grigoriev on Unsplash
Photo of bee by Dmitry Grigoriev on Unsplash
The theme of the April Art Elements challenge is the inspiring bee.  Artisan Niky Sayers selected the bee for  this challenge.  The hardworking and industrious bee is an interesting insect. Since bees work together in a vast hive community with a central theme: survival,  they are a perfect symbol for the pandemic we are living through. 

Here are a few interesting facts about the bee.
  • There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world.
  • Bees see all colors except the color red.
  • Beekeepers use smoke to calm bees when they are collecting honey or relocating a hive.
  • Bees make honey to feed their young and so they have something to eat during the winter.
  • Killer bees have been known to chase people for over a 1/4 mile once they get excited and aggressive.
  • Certain species of bees die after stinging because their stingers, which are attached to their abdomen, have little barbs or hooks on them. When this type of bee tries to fly away after stinging something, part of the abdomen is ripped away.
Photo of Bee by Guilherme Stecanella on Unsplash
Photo of Bee by Guilherme Stecanella on Unsplash
I pulled out my 2 sheets of bee papers with delight. I also gathered two bezels, ice resin, a pencil, sizzers and Mod Podge.

ice resin, Mod Podge

I decided this was the time to use ice resin for the first time. I watched a few You Tube videos and followed the directions. It was very easy and I love the results.
Bee components by BayMoonDesign

Bee components by BayMoonDesign

Leather, clasp and Super Glue for Necklace
Leather and cord findings with Super Glue for Necklace
I used a used some almond 4mm stitched Nappa cords from Plessmann Endless Leather. The main reason I was drawn to this company is because I love their color selection and large choice in leather cords. They have more than 2000 different leather cords online. This tan color picks up the tan in the gold bee component that I made. The component fit onto the cord perfectly and the clasp is glued to the ends with Super Glue. This company has a wide selection of leather cord findings that makes for one stop shopping.   Creating was quick and easy and I love the look.  

Leather Bee Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I had plenty of bee paper left so I used the remainder to make a few greeting cards.

Queen Bee Mother's Day Card by BayMoonDesign
With Mother's Day right around the corner, I made a special card for a Mom or wife-- the Queen Bee! This Queen Bee Mother's Day Card has a pretty floral panel next to some bees and a crown. I made a large bee from black and yellow paper that sits on top of the panels. These panels are on black high quality cardstock. The sentiment "Happy Mother's Day" is hand stamped on the inside of the card. There is a queen's crown on the bottom corner. This card is for sale along with other Mother's Day cards in my online shop.

Inside of Queen Bee Mother's Day Card by BayMoonDesign

With remainder of my bee paper, I made a bee themed birthday card.

Honey Bee Birthday Card by  BayMoonDesign

This handmade honey bee birthday card has a trio of honey bees on the front of the card. The greeting card is hand stamped on the inside with the sentiment "To a wonderful friend, enjoy your special day!".   There is plenty of room on the inside for you to add your own special words.

Inside of Honey Bee Birthday Card by BayMoonDesign
This card is also for sale in my online store along with cards for lots of occasions.  I am also running a sale on my cards. You can purchase two at a reduced cost and pay the cost of  shipping one card.  I also take custom orders.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I was inspired to make by the bee theme.  This is a blog hop so please take some time and visit the other artists to see what they made.
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Bee on Flower Photo by Laura Barry on Unsplash
Photo by Laura Barry on Unsplash

Thursday, April 16, 2020

We're All Ears at Home

Home Sweet Home Sign
Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

My home is in Delaware and due to the Coronavirus Disease the State has a mandatory order to stay-at-home and shelter in place, except to leave for essential work or activities. Automobiles with out-of- state plates are being stopped by the police. Unless the drivers have an essential work or activity in the state they are not permitted here.  The reason for this is that the southern portion of the state has beaches and there are many who would like to come to their second homes here or just enjoy the beaches. Living in the small beach town of Lewes the idea of lots of tourists entering the area is very scary.  Our hospitals are not equipped to handle the load of large possible cases the tourists could add.  The beaches have been closed to even the locals because large crowds were gathering.  I am glad.  I believe it is necessary.  We all must be doing our part. I just wish everyone would abide by the recommendations so that that we can all come together once again and that our economy will heal.

deck with hummingbird feeders
my deck with hummingbird feeders

In the meantime, I have much more "free time" which I have been trying to use wisely.  It is easy to do nothing or just do fun things!  I am trying to use some self discipline and do some cleaning and yard work each day.  I like yard work much more than cleaning.  I am appreciating my half acre of land more than ever each year due to increased summer traffic to my area and now due to this virus.

During these stressful times, I find it therapeutic to spend some time appreciating the plants and birds in my yard.  I am trying to attract hummingbirds.  I have my feeders out and I am hoping to see some.

hummingbird feeder
hummingbird feeder

I had a few hummingbirds last year so I am hopeful that I will get more this year.


My favorite part of my backyard is a water feature with water lillies and gold fish.  This is a photo from last year of one of the lillies.  We divided the lillies this month and the flowers are just establishing themselves.  Our goldfish survived the winter and are enjoying swimming around. In another month, the pond should be filled with lillies.  I look forward to sitting on my deck with my goldfish, lillies and hummingbirds all summer.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Ruby Throated Hummingbird Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I snagged these hummingbird components made by Grubbi ceramics.  They reminded me of my love of hummingbirds.  When thinking about a design for a pair of earrings I knew that I wanted to keep the earrings light for the wearer for that reason I didn't want to use chain. I also decided to focus on the colors of the Ruby throated hummingbird.  It dawned on me that I had a bit of green 1mm round leather from Plessmann Endless Leather that I used on a bracelet and blogged about previously.  The main reason I was drawn to this company is because I recalled their wide selection and large choice in leather cords. They have more than 2000 different leather cords online. I absolutely love the colors they carry.  I am so glad that I kept the green leather scraps left from the bracelet. The color is perfect.

back of earring component and parts
back of earring component and parts
The leather is very light weight and I started on the front of the earring and ran both ends through to the back where I then made a square knot. I applied a few drops of Super Glue to make the knot permanent. I added the component to ear wires with two jump rings. I thought about adding three dangles to the bottom, but I wanted a simpler and light weight design so I decided to snip two outer wires off.   I pulled in the colors of the bird by adding ruby colored pearls and pink Czech beads.  I love this pair of earrings that were inspired by the backyard of my home.  I hope that you are safe and finding your home a place of love, comfort, security.

This is a blog hop so I am looking forward to seeing what others were inspired to create.   Pop on over to the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else was inspired to make!