Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wherein We Dream of the Ocean

This is not an icicle...

'Tis the season of single digit temperatures and unforgiving wind chill factors.  The kind of weather when you step outside and rediscover your most colorful language.  For a Southern girl, I'm dealing with it just fine -- nothing a few extra layers of clothing and a giant puffy down coat can't help with.

But that doesn't mean I wouldn't welcome a whirlwind trip to a warm tropical beach right about now.

Of course, my bank account might differ with that dream, so I'll channel my tropical fantasy into some beady fun.

In the last ZNet Shows design outing, I got some really fun light turquoise cultured sea glass spikes, like the one in the picture at the top of this post. The color looks like the water in the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast. The beads have two holes, and the base is slightly squared off rather than perfectly round, so I always wanted to experiment with using them in a beadweaving style.

It's fun, it's breezy, and it's nothing complicated. I loved being able to use these spikes in a modified right angle weave. 

You can get an idea of the height of the spikes, and you can see the second hole (which I didn't use in all cases)

Even if I can't sink my toes into some warm sand while sipping on a cool and fruity beverage, this necklace makes me think of summer. It'll look great with my puffy down coat, too!


Christine Altmiller said...

I went to Chicago in February once. Since then, I only go in summer! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. This is a fantastic necklace ~ the easy style and look makes it most wonderful! And I love the dark cord you put with it ~ gorgeous! I sent your link to a friend who was telling this morning that she needs to be somewhere with sand, frozen drinks, hammocks, and warm warm sun.

AntiquityTravelers said...

What a fun and breezy piece! A bit of summer for the cold that is heading our way! It is supposed to be 5 degrees tomorrow ... brrrrrr