One of the elements of my personality is a slightly obsessive tendency. This is something that probably rings true for many artists and creative types. When I immerse myself in a project I find it hard to turn it off. Recently my dear friend Debi hosted a girls creative weekend at her home. There was wonderful wine and food and of course we immerse ourselves in a creative project! The theme of this weekend was Kumihimo braiding. I had learned to do kumihimo a few years ago while exhibiting at a bead show. My friend Anne Dilker of Moss Hollow Pottery showed me the "ropes" and I created quite a few braids to use in my jewelry designs. My kumihimo boards have been stashed away for a couple of years so our creative weekend was a great time to dust them off and share my experience with Debi and Charlene. During the weekend I created a simple braid and when I returned home set up a few more braids to keep the momentum going. When I chose a special bead from my stash to use in the blog challenge my mind quickly went to the little stash of Stillpointworks polymer pods. I have been hoarding them for quite some time and have always been fascinated with the minute detail, color, texture and aesthetic of Claire's work. I deliberated carefully over my selection and began creating three braids inspired by Claire's tiny little pod :) So, here is the result! Since it is summertime I wanted to make a special layered anklet with just a few dangling elements to keep everything lightweight. The three kumi cords are woven from pearl cotton and have turquoise closures with sweet little tassels.

Please be sure to click on the "Bead Hoarders" badge to the right and visit the other participant's blogs.
 
 
My friend and art bead patron for many years Lori Anderson who is an amazing artist, blogger and designer is hostessing a "bead horder's" blog hop. Since the rules are quite simple and I needed a quickie challenge that would both stretch my creative muscles and shore up my online prowess (flaccid), I committed. Having been a jewelry designer for many years my collection is tasty and diverse. Now that there are a few hot and hazy days in which it's too uncomfortable to fire up the torches and kilns It is lovely to pour over my hoard and select some special pieces to design around. 
Should I choose one of my Claire Maunsell pieces????
 
 
Husband and I have been sorting through our accumulated treasures stored in the barns and farmhouse. A daunting task to say the least... He and I put in a big day sorting, repairing, and accessing the best course of action to de-clutter and simplify our lives. As I imagine a life not tied to the farm and selecting the items to remain in the collection from many, many contenders. 

Over the years our farm has presented me with fascinating treasures. Rusted hinges, mammoth draft horse shoes, bits of pottery, machinery and glass wear. There are numerous farm dumps within the surroundings of our 30 acres and beyond. 300 year old maples and oaks in old growth forests where plots are landlocked. Old farm roads and paths. Stone foundations from settlers homes... During a winter hike a few years ago I stumbled upon a very old dumping site. It is only during the winter and early spring that you can best access the dumping sites as they are usually hidden in brambles and vines and usually host to many ground dwelling creatures... Anyway this dumping site was sequestered off of an old farm road that separates large farm lots. I noticed the piles of very old mason jars and began selecting artifacts to bring back vowing to return later. A few of the items from this pick were an intact mason jar from the late 1800's with a porcelain and nickel lid, some tincture bottles, and a creepy porcelain doll head that poked out of the earth as if it's stern and threatening glare would thwart my picking efforts. Her bodice was frozen into the ancient pile and her hollowed broken head was filled with dirt and moss. How could I leave her behind? Suffice it to say she has a place in the permanent collection and has lead a rebel band of miscreant collectibles in the office for quite some time.

 
 
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Moving my blogging efforts to the website instead of offsite. Fingers crossed it will be a good move for my S.E.O. :) Still concentrating on super saturated, bright tribal motifs in the studio and seeing where it leads me? 
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