Probably like you, I follow a fair number of blogs, but there are a few that stand out because the spirit and personality of their author truly shine through. These bloggers show us more than their jewelry, they share their thoughts, their inspirations, their sense of humor, and their lives with their readers in a very special way.
Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travelers is one of those. She shares her exotic travel tales and explains how they inspire her jewelry making. It's like taking a wonderful mini-vacation to read her posts. Wen she invited me to help celebrate her blogoversary with her, I was thrilled to say yes.
Five of us received a custom-made component from Jana at Happy Fish in the Czech Republic (see? One exotic location involved). Along with that we got some complimentary beads and some sari silk from Darn Good Yarn, a company that employs and economically empowers women in Nepal and India. Another pair of exotic locales.
My beautiful soft denim blue component arrived, and for some reason it made me think of both something from the African continent, and of a figure in a Marc Chagall painting. I tried mightily to find beads to echo the Chagall idea, but couldn't find anything right. But what I did find in my stash was some antique Ghanaian brass beads that were a perfect expression of the African inspiration. Here's what came of the pairing:
The focal bail is a simple beadwoven strip made from the seed beads Cynthia included. I added blue-dyed sponge coral, copper gear shaped discs, some rutilated honey quartz, a chunk of white turquoise, the Ghanaian brass, lovely moonstone rounds that Cynthia also provided, and some beaded beads that also include the seed beads from Cynthia.
Here's a closeup of the non-pendant section:
The only thing I couldn't use was the sari silk, but it will be showing up in another challenge reveal in a few days, so stay tuned!
Thank you, Cynthia, for letting me share in the celebration of the joy you bring to us with your blog! The other participants are below. Now I'm going to go find a slice of blogoversary cake to eat in honor of Cynthia!
Janet Bocciardi Honey from the Bee
Christine Altmiller One Kiss Creations
Bobbie Rafferty Beadsong (you are here!)
Therese Frank Therese's Treasures
Alicia Marinache All the Pretty Things
Cynthia Machata Antiquity Travelers