Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thanks for Traveling with Me

Hi all,

This will be a short post, but I just wanted to thank everyone who stopped by and gave me feedback on my Lesotho pieces. It felt very good to create them, and I will probably do more pieces in these styles in the future. I would also just like to give a big "hip hip hooray" to all of the bloggers who participated in this blog hop. I had the chance to check many of the pages, and the work is just stunning. I was especially taken by the pieces from Micronesia, as that is where I currently call home. It was pretty cool to see how other people view this part of the world.

Many of you asked about the crayon batik piece I made, so look for a post on that soon.

Crayon Batik -- Sneak Peek

Hope all is well and creative :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

In the Light of Day

As promised, here are my travel challenge pieces in some more natural light.

Thanks for checking in, and happy travels!

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

Ahoi hoi beaders and jewerly enthusiasts,

Over the summer, I joined my first blog hop. I couldn't resist jumping in on it because of the topic: Travel. I love to travel and find most of my jewerly inspiration from the things I see on the road. The challenge, hosted by the lovely Erin of Tesori Trovati Jewelry, was to select a region of the planet that you don't live on (I chose to up the ante by chosing a region I had not traveled to) and choose an inspiration nation from within that region. There was also an option to have a nation chosen for you. I went for the latter, and was gifted with the beautiful nation of Lesotho.
(I apologize in advance for the photos of my jewelry pieces. It was late when I took them and the lighting was not good. I will repost better pics when I have some daylight to work with.)

Lesotho Flag

In my research, I found out that Lesotho is known for its beautiful landscape, but not really for its arts and crafts. The one item of note that did keep coming up, however, was the Lesotho cone hat.

A woman wearing a traditional hat waits to vote in Likalaneng, Lesotho, February 17, 2007. [© AP Images]
The Cone Hat
Since the cone hat was such an important image (It is on the flag!), I decided to try my hand at crayon batik incorporating the image. I used the fabric I made to create this cuff.

Cone hat!

While Lesotho is not known for its arts and crafts, it has its fair share of artisans. Commonly used materials for jewelry are wire, clay, and plastic beads. They also have a penchant for using bright colors.

Vibrant Colors

I love the brilliant colors in this photo, and chose to capture some of that vibrance through this wrapped wire and bead necklace.

And again here in these wrapped wire earrings.

And lastly, the Basotho blanket is another prominent image connected to the country of Lesotho. The blankets feature simple yet striking circular patterns.

Basotho Blankets
These beautiful swirly blankets served as inspiration for my last piece, a circular bead pendant.

Well, that's all she wrote for me. I greatly enjoyed my time with Lesotho. Most of the pieces pushed me in new directions with my jewelry, which always makes me happy. Here is a list of all of the other blog participants. Please check out their blogs!

Monique Urquhart  ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.ca  Burkina Faso

Niky Sayers   silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk   Egypt

Therese Frank  www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com  Kenya

Joan Williams   www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com     Mauritania

Sherri Stokey   http://www.KnotJustMacrame.com     Senegal

Regina Santerre   http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com    Seychelles

Raida Disbrow   http://havanabeads.blogspot.com    Tanzania

Kristi Wodek   http://livedinlife.blogspot.com    Zimbabwe

Sally Russick    http://www.thestudiosublime.com    Brazil

Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com     Mexico

Tracy Stillman    http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com    USA

Sandra Wolberg    http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de    India

Tanya Goodwin   http://pixiloo.blogspot.com   Japan

Susan Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com    Japan

Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com    Japan

Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com   Japan

Tanya Boden   http://fusionmusebangkok.blogspot.com   Japan

Inge von Roos   http://ingetraud.wordpress.com   Laos

Erin Prais-Hintz   http://treasures-found.blogspot.com   Nepal

Dee Elgie   http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com   Phillipines

Carolyn Lawson   http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com   South Korea

Lisa Stukel   http://carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com   Sri Lanka

Elly Snare   http://themagicsquarefoundation.wordpress.com    Thailand

Shelley Graham Turner   http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com   Austria

Mallory Hoffman    http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com   Bosnia Herzegovina

Paige Maxim    http://www.pmaximdesigns.blogspot.com    France

Jenny Davies-Reazor    http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog   Germany

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com    Greece

Evelyn Shelby    http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com    Iceland

Holly Westfall    http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com    Ireland

Rebecca Siervaag   http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com   Ireland

Toltec Jewels    http://toltecjewels.blogspot.com     Ireland

Lee Koopman  http://StregaJewellry.wordpress.com   Ireland

Laren Dee Barton    http://larendeedesigns.blogspot.com     Italy

Cindy Wilson    http://www.mommysdreamcreations.blogspot.com   Norway

Kathleen Lange Klik    http://ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com   Poland

Shaiha Williams   http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com    Portugal

Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com    Romania

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca    http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com    Spain

Lola Surwillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com    Sweden

Kim Hora   http://www.kimmykats.com     Switzerland

Leanne Loftus    http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com   The Netherlands

Patti Vanderbloemen    http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com   The Netherlands

Marcie Carroll   http://labellajoya.blogspot.com    Turkey

Marlene Cupo   http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com  Federated States of Micronesia

Ine Vande Cappelle   http://jewelsbyine.blogspot.com   Fiji

Tammie Everly   http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com   Guam

Alice Peterson    http://www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.com   Kiribati

Elisabeth Auld   http://www.beadsforbusygals.com   Nauru

Susan McClelland   http://mistheword12.wordpress.com     New Zealand

D Lynne Bowland    http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.com    New Zealand

Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com     New Zeland

Rebecca Anderson   http://songbeads.blogspot.com    Papua New Guinea

Mischelle Fanucchi  http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com   Samoa

Kari Asbury   http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com    Solomon Islands

Cece Cormier   http://www.thebeadingyogini.com    Tonga

Emma Todd   http://www.apolymerpenchant.com    Tuvalu

Debbie Price   http://greenshoot.blogspot.com   Vanuatu

Happy Travels!