Thank you firstly to Lori Anderson for all her hard work and for giving me the chance to partake of this party!
Secondly, a BIG thank you to my partner Liz DeLuca who makes the most beautiful beads and shared with me the fruits of her talents!
When I received my beads I was like a child receiving a parcel from Down Under, and upon opening it stunned by their inner sparkle and I'm guessing they're a lot like Liz from the correspondence we've had and her blog posts!
I had sat down earlier in the week and typed a whole post including links for when I uploaded pictures of what I'd made, but it was all on my laptop which I've just packed up and sent away with my 9 year old to his Dad's, complete with SD Card containing said, as yet not uploaded pictures! I was organised because I work nights Thurs, Fri and Saturday and have a propensity for forgetting stuff at weekends! Sadly, I've actually been off sick this week what with one thing and another (details are boring/icky) so I now have time to post and nothing to hand! Those who know me will laugh as that's typical of me ... As Rabbie Burns once wrote, 'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men. Gang aft agley' But I have taken some with the mobile and am rather taken with the 70's porno soft focus it has managed to give them! I will however, return to decorum and add on the original edited photos when I get my lappy back :)
I didn't want to detract from the loveliness of the selection Liz sent, so I went back to my stringing roots. I added very few small ivory frosted crystals to give a little space and lightness, if one thing was transmuted to my hindbrain when I saw the beads was; how the light played through them was important. I've been beading for just over three years and tried a range of different things to keep me learning and soothe the restless beast that is my creative bint ... multipersonalities? check! I moved ahead from stringing quickly, wishing to produce more complex and intricate pieces. And I don't believe I can do 'chunky ' very well. So this was a challenge on one hand, and a comfort, like Gran's Mac 'n' Cheese, on the other!
I chose to embellish the focal bead with fringing, because I like it, and thought I could try out Lynn Davy's technique. I'd do it again, but learned several things ... one, crimps are tricky - why did I not remember this? Two, doing a project like this for public consumption is not the best time to try out a new thread. Although I am loving the SoNo ... but it has a little bit more stretch to it than I had thought! Three, beading with toddlers around is hazardous to one's mental health!
Here it is, Liz, I hope you think I've done your selection proud, and thank you once again!
I am retiring to bed now, but rest assured, I will dig out the silverskin opnions and have a couple of martinis later whilst browsing through all the wonerful Bead Soup Party Blogs!
If you are in a partying mood and not yet had the chance to sign up, please do the next time, and snuffle along the trail to the many, way more talented than I artists! xx
Edited To Add - original photos ...