Count your blessings, name them one by one…
Welcome to E 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.
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.
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.
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! 😉