E is for…

Okay, I JUST realized that this isn't the same flower as the above pic... but the sizing *is* correct, so let's pretend that it's the same. Okay?

One of a pair of earrings made by Cassi

Count your blessings, name them one by one…

Welcome to week!

I’m using Thursday posts to focus on thankfulness — and instead of counting blessings, I’m challenging myself to come up with them alphabetically.  (You can find the rest of the posts in this series here.)

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I paused to recognized that I am  blessed to have a plethora of earrings from which to choose. I decided on this lovely one, made by Cassi, since it picked up both the turquoise and green of the blouse I was wearing.

Earrings. I like to make them, I like to receive them, I like to buy them when I find the perfect pair. As you can see from the photo of the holder which my husband made for me, I have quite a few pair.

My new earring holder, in a tight spot between 2 doors

My earring holder, in a tight spot between 2 doors…   Not every pair of earrings was on this board when I took the photo a few months ago.

I was given some beads for Christmas that were not of my choosing, so it has been a good artistic challenge for me to create with them.

Beaded Lanyard: black with golden amber and tomato-red hues accents. Floral motif shell beads, 8mm black Jasper round beads, black seed beads (some Vintage Venetian) along with black accent beads

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This lanyard is an example of that challenge.  –>
I made it with some painted shell beads that my husband had helped the boys choose for me, adding various black beads in and playing with the pattern until I came up with something I thought was pretty.  The lesson I learned with this particular lanyard is that not everyone shares my tastes, because this design was a big hit! In fact, I had to go out in search of more of these shell beads painted with sunflowers. (Trudie, I haven’t forgotten your special request!)

I also received some colorful peace sign beads (painted/dyed bone) that I’ve spent quite a bit of time staring at and playing with, trying to come up with a way to use them.  Some of the peace signs came in twos — with these pairs I have been creating earrings.

New Earrings made by me: "Peace of Purple" and "Peace, Love, Coffee"

New Earrings made by me: “Peace of Purple” and “Peace, Love, Coffee”

Not everything I make is something that I would wear:  tomato red is very much not my color, and dangles like these earrings would catch in my untamed hair.  But I do know that I like the things I make.
I had a lot of fun with the coffee-and-cream colors. They helped me fall a little bit more in love with browns. 

Currently, I have a pair of turquoise-colored peace sign earrings which I have been working on: I have done quite a bit of beading and un-beading, trying to find the right mix of color, since my turquoise-colored Vintage Venetian seed beads are not the same color tone as the peace signs.  As with everything I bead, if I don’t like it, I re-do it until I am happy with the result. Sometimes that makes for a long process until completion.

In the case of Earrings, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t quickly make too many pair! 😉