Feeling bad that I had missed my deadline, mostly due to early procrastination upon receiving my beading kit from our Hop Hostess, Lisa Lodge, only to have tragedy strike my life in May, I got up this morning with the goal to make my piece and get it posted before bedtime.
Each participant was sent a bead kit with a theme of one of the four seasons (there was room left for creative interpretation as well). Participants were instructed to use these beads in conjunction with other beads on their bead table (but to not purchase new beads). Each participant would then create jewelry that reflected a season of the year, or a "season" in their life (first love, college days, etc).
My packet was what I would classify as late autumn going in to winter. I received a focal and accent beads in Crazy Horse Stone (had to do some hunting to find that out), two large Murano-style glass beads, Chinese crystals, and silver bead caps and toggle. I would love to show you a picture of what I received, but I forgot to photograph it before I started my piece this morning!
To finish I kept the rest of the design simple, wire wrapping the stone accents with the bead caps, and the Murano glass with 20 gauge wire and a couple of crystals. The toggle clasp sent with my kit finishes the silver chain necklace.
As to what season this reflects in my life, to me this stone feels peaceful. I certainly could use more peace in my life, as the past couple months have brought great change in my day job. I am finally easing into a new routine, but I still feel a bit overwhelmed at times. If this design represents autumn turning to winter, then it brings to mind the feeling I get each time a season changes. Sadness for the end of one season, but looking forward to the daily joys the new season will bring.
Want to see what everyone else created? Here is the list of the Seasons Blog Hop participants:
Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
You are here! Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Toltec Jewels, Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days