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Friday, March 14, 2014

Waiting for Spring

Maybe this post does not need many words.  The March Etsy Beadweavers challenge was titled "Are You Blue?  The answer for me was "YES!"  I am so thankful for the slightest warming outside, and the drip of snow melting off the roof.  We have such a long way to go to see the grass again, but every little bit is such a blessing, and goes a long way toward chasing away the blues of this very long, very icy cold, winter.

I had beautiful cabochons purchased from Kinga Nichols of crimsonfrog; blue leaves, captured in icy glass domes, and they were a perfect starting point.  The assignment was to use any or all of three shades of blue, represented by Aquamarine, Turquoise, and Tanzanite.  The leaves looked like Aquamarine to me.

I chose the deeper purply blue seed beads to represent Tanzanite, and Turquoise found it's way into the necklace in person.  One of the inspiration images provided on the blog of Raven Penna of tatooedraven, (the team member who chose our theme-you can read the entire challenge here as well) was a leafless tree, covered with pink spring blossoms, against a blue sky, and I found that very inspiring.

So, since the cabochons had a lovely peachy pink already on board, I amplified and embellished!

I am always a fan of the neat and cleanly finished back, to add value, beauty, and aesthetic appeal to my work.  I always like detail on the yoke of my work as well.

And fringe?  It is one of the reasons I so love beadweaving!! So I am Waiting for Spring!  How about you?  Please, visit our team blog at, and choose your favorite entry.  I have to admit, if I had the cash to spare, I would buy this one, from Karin Houben of gypsyeyesjewelry.  Totally awesome!

 Hugs to my beady buddies.  I have to get back to finishing my Bead Dreams entry for 2014.  Ten and a half days until the due date and counting...


  1. Der Frühling kommt!!! Fantastisch!!!

  2. Beautiful! I love the airy look of this piece that it gets from the blue hues. I'm definitely dreaming of spring too!

    1. Cindy, thank you fo much for stopping by, and for your kind comment!

  3. I saw this piece in the Etsy Beadweaver challenge. You have such a good eye for balance.

    Thank you for showing the back. When out shopping I always pick up a piece- I want to feel the weight, and then flip it over. The back shows how much you care about the crafting of a piece and reflects on the overall quality. I do think all the little details add up.

    It appears I forgot to mention that the necklace is beautiful.

    I am always disappointed by March- I expect it to be spring and instead I get the tail end of winter. It will warm up soon.

    1. Oh Kathy Jo, I am disappointed myself. The top edge of the birdbath reared it's head out of the snow today and I ws so thrilled to see it. Some years, by the first day of spring, its nice out and the snow is gone, but more often it is like it is today. But, as they say, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." I cannot wait for that baby sheep!