Saturday, September 6, 2014

Anchors Aweigh - The Reveal

The lovely and wonderfully talented Rita of Toltec Jewels came up with a great opportunity to showcase the talents of artist Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, challenging a group of us to create jewelry based on her adorable anchor beads.  Cute, cute, cute!

(Caution - bad nautical themed puns may follow.  I apologize in advance.)

Several ideas came, and mercifully sank into the depths of oblivion before they could catch wind and sail too far. But then freeform peyote came to my rescue and gave me a way to add the flavor of waves and water, with lots of oceanic shades of blue ranging from deepest blue to the white/blue of sea froth.

It occurred to me today that the earrings are a good metaphor for the past three months. Lots of things in my life have kind of been at loose ends, drifting as if at sea (if you want to torture the comparison.) With uncertainty on lots of fronts, life has been a bit freeform, turning in unexpected directions and certainly not symmetrical or predictable.

As soon as I finished the earrings, one of major uncertainties in my life was resolved. So I'm going to look at these earrings as a talisman for smoother sailing and calmer seas ahead.

Thanks to Rita for setting up a fun challenge, and thanks to Diana for her artistry, which was a great source of inspiration.  Please sit right back and take a (three hour?!?) cruise through the rest of the creations made by the other participants.  Bon voyage!

Featured & Honored Artist:           Diana Ptaszynski
Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads
Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                  Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends
Bobbie Rafferty                        Beadsong Jewelry (you're here!)
Chris Eisenberg                        Wanderware
Heather Richter                        Desert Jewelry Designs
Michelle McCarthy                  Firefly Design Studio
Kathy Lindemer                       Bay Moon Design
Dini Bruinsma                          Angaza by Changes
Cynthia Machata                      Antiquity Travelers
Kathleen Breeding                    99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Linda Younkman                      Lindy's Designs
Robin Reed                               Artistry HCBD
Marla Gibson                            Spice Box Designs
Gina Hockett                             Freestyle Elements
Renetha Stanziano                     Lamplight Crafts
Marianne Baxter                        Simply Seablime Jewelry        
Christina Miles                          Wings N Scales
Marybeth Rich                          A Few Words from Within the Pines
Shai Williams                           Shaiha's Ramblings
Cheri Reed                                Creative Designs by Cheri
Monique Urquhart                     A Half-Baked Notion
Jennifer Reno                            Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Shirley Moore                           Beads and Bread
Tammy Adams                          Paisley Lizard
Melissa Trudinger                      Bead Recipes
Jill Bradley                                 JillyBeads