19 January 2011

Spring Fever!


Cherry Blossoms, Necklace in Shell, Glass, and Copper, Jan. 2011

Looking through my photographs two evenings ago I came across and just drooled over one of my favorites, a shot of blossoms on the tiny old apricot tree outside my bedroom window. I wish I could say I took this photo yesterday because that would mean it's spring (with our warm weather these past few days it sure feels like it), but I actually took it in March 2009. The image clearly stuck in my mind because when I went to Michael's yesterday (ABQ trip! Yay!) I was drawn to the shell focal above and then picked out coordinating beads and components, all of which are way outside my usual style. I don't dislike pink, but I don't use it very often in my jewelry because I tend towards cooler, earthier colors. Maybe participating in the Bead Soup Party is piqueing my creativity and curiosity; in any case, this necklace practically laid itself out as I played last night (instead of doing coursework; after almost 2.5 years of that I am TIRED). I was amazed to find a length of sari silk in my bundle that matched perfectly, and I love how the copper works with the pink. I am thinking of antiquing the copper to darken it a bit and match the chain (top); that would also bring out the detail in the toggle bar I made -- I love hammering copper and want to make more of these toggles! I'm not sure the necklace is finished yet; in addition to antiquing the copper I might add more of the little glass flowers, and maybe more sari silk. What do you think?

8 comments:

carole said...

It's really lovely!!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

i LOVE the color...hmmm, i think i should send you more color...i definitely have lots! :)

KeLLy aNN said...

Those colors are gorgeous!

Nicole said...

This is really wonderful. The purple in that sari silk ribbon is wonderful!

Kristi Bowman said...

Very very cool!! Love the colors, Cherry Blossoms are a great inspiration!

stregata said...

You definitely have a way with color!
Thanks for your kind comment and suggestions. While I don't have the money to spend now - see the new tool - I am interested in knowing what the software could do to enhance my photos.
How is your sweet doggie coming along?

Anna Lear said...

You're all so very kind! :-) As for my Lucydog, she's doing great; I only wish we could go out hiking now, but we have to wait for full healing, another 6 weeks or so. Thanks for asking!

lisa said...

This is just gorgeous, and so shadows your inspiration for it. Your work is just stunning!