Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Beautiful Friend Cathy

On my birthday, my friend Cathy called me in the morning to wish me a happy day. I told her I was going to a bead sale, and since she too is a beader, I asked if she'd like to come along. She agreed to meet me and have a bite to eat in celebration. It was the day I bought the beads for "Chapeau De Peche," so she was in on the project from the beginning.

When I finished the hat, a couple of my wonderful Etsy Beadweaver friends mentioned wanting to see the hat on a person, and I could think of no one better than Cathy. She has beautifully shiny, sleek ebony hair, which I thought would contrast nicely with the pale beads of the hat, and lovely balanced features, fantastic skin and teeth... the perfect model. So, here's Cathy, in the final product!

Then, yesterday, she brought her charming husband Bill to my costume studio to begin the process of creating a new ballroom suit for him. Cathy has wonderful taste and a great sense of style, and I really enjoy her input, both on the costumes I make for her and on Bill's behalf. While my tailor Michele was measuring Bill, I pointed out my newest finished necklace to Cathy. I always have my most recent piece on display in my studio, and as a fellow beader, Cathy is a great audience, and always has a useful comment. This time, she fell in love. I had not even priced the piece, but she knew she wanted it, and today, it is hers. I do have to make her a shorter neckstrap, as she's a slim girl, so while it's still in my posession, she agreed to let me show it off. Most Excellent Teenager had tentatively named the piece "Mold." My tailor Michele suggested "Lichen," but I'll let Cathy give it it's final name. I love knowing she'll own it. I am very fond of it, and am so glad it's going to a good home. Here it is!

I think it's gonna look even better on her than the hat did! Aren't friends wonderful?

12 comments:

  1. The hat looks great on! And Lichenoous Mold is a lovely, lively work of art.

    PS: can I have your job? I love designing costumes!

    --Patricia
    http://vener-art.com/beadblog/

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  2. Well done with the hat, it looks pretty. The "Mole" is also stunning, very unique. X

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  3. Yes! The hat is perfection itself!

    Mold? Mate, that's one big chunk on Penicillium colony you've got there! Not a lichen at all! Awesome!

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  4. Lovely hat on a lovely friend! Your chunk of...mmm... I must agree with Olga here... Penecillium is the prettiest chunk of Pencillium I've ever seen!

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  5. I love the way you finished your hat. It looks great on your friend.

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  6. Wow!! What a beauty!!! And I am referring to all three, the hat, Cathy, and the necklace!!
    You do absoluely stunning work!!

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  7. Thanks ladies! Cathy says "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, something from a witches cauldron, or a volcanic pot in Yellowstone." Who know calcedony could be so interesting!

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  8. just gorgeous..I cannot imagine the work that must've gone into that. Really lovely!

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  9. Wow! The hat is so cool - I've never seen anything like it! Great job!

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  10. The hat is gorgeous! What a great creation!

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  11. the hat is beautiful--just gorgeous--and i love the 'beaded mold'! actually, i've read and looked at all your beadwork here and it's all amazingly beauteous!

    marilyn g
    cigarboxbeads

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  12. Fabulous hat and necklace. Also great advice about the art show...the risers and beadwork as mini works of art you wear, brilliant.

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