One woman's adventures in the land of hand made jewellery

Sunday, 27 October 2013

October Fest

Autumn is apparently well under way in Northern Europe but here in Morocco the weather is warm and sunny for the most part with little sign of change. The trees are mostly palms or citrus fruit so no leave turning brown either. Life on a boat means that for the most part we stay almost continually in summer but I do miss the changing seasons, the bright new greens of Spring and the rich hues of Autumn. So coming across pictures themed around October in Jewel School Friends latest blog hop inspired me to get a bit more in step with the season.

The colours in one particular photo reminded me of beads in my stash. It took a while to locate them, living on a boat means my bead boxes (all two of them) are tucked away on a bunk usually behind lots of other more useful stuff like charts and life jackets. The beads in question are large and have survived so long because I was not entirely certain how to string them or whether I could even wear them. I fell in love with their glittery shape like a magpie on a visit to a South African bead shop and they've been tucked away for several years, retrieved from time to time to wonder over but until now ideas which would set them off have failed to materialise.

Hand made clasp in brass wire
They are polished resin ovals containing stripes of sharp colour alternated with gold glitter so are not exactly subdued. Like bright colours of a Virginia Creeper these beads shout loudly for attention and deserved to have their season - the acid green, oranges, gold and brown entirely suit Autumn. A length of chestnut coloured leather thong, some gold coloured tiger wire together with a brass wire hook clasp made several months ago and a few other beads complete the ensemble. All that's need now is an occasion to wear it before the season draws to a close.

Autumn Jewels

Close up of the beads
Hope you enjoy Autumn too why not hop over to some of these other season October Fest 13 blog posts, I'm sure you'll be made welcome and find a feast of season goodies:

Andrea Glick-Zenith
Dolores Raml          
Karla Morgan          
Mischelle Andrade  
Kay Thomerson       
Jean Yates                
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kathy Lindemer       
Liz E                         
Jasvanti Patel           
Christie Murrow      
Jodie Marshall         
Andrea Trank          
Dini Bruinsma         
Elsie Deliz  Fonseca
Karla Morgan          
Vera Lynn                
Rana Wilson            
Catherine King        
Lily Vincent             
Janice Hidey (Janimar)
Cory Tompkins        
Candida Castleberry
Cynthia Kent Machata
Alicia Marinache     
Linda Anderson       
Leah Curtis              
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)
Robin Reed              
Tanty Sri Hartanti    
Lisa Lodge              
Ingrid A.                  
Judy Turner             
Gina Hockett           
Nelly May               
Tanya McGuire       
Sonya Stille             
Carol D.                  
Asri Wahyuningsih 
Ginger Bishop        
Shaiha Williams     
Toltec Jewels         


Monday, 21 October 2013

Been Awhile

So it has been over six months since I posted anything here... and almost that long since I actually made anything beady. Been busy sailing and exploring but having ended up in Morocco for a few weeks I am determined to get my stash out and make something. Watch this space!!

I fully intend to attempt a few challenges to get the creative juices flowing again. I found this list of interesting challenges most of which are now over but still it gave me a few ideas: Jewel School Friends