A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to step out of my comfort zone in 2011. Well, I'm happy to announce I've finished a piece to enter in the Happy Mango Beads - Bead My Valentine contest.
In looking at all the themes and categories in which contest entries will be judged, I chose "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue - FLOWERS!!!" Yes, flowers speak to me. If you've seen some of my jewelry over the summer months, you'll notice I use lots of flower as props. From Zinnias to Morning Glories and BOATLOADS of daylilies I just love how they provide a rainbow of color and happiness.
So for me, the theme of flowers was perfect!
I used a handpainted ceramic bead that I had been hoarding as a focal. Using a circular brick stich, I created petals in a mix of delicas with small pink crystals forming the petals. For the necklace I stitched 2 leaves using the same mix of delicas. I added a few pearls and fire polished czech glass beads for a bit more color & sparkle and kept the rest of the chain simple.
The necklace wears beautifully flat against your collar bones and makes a statement without being heavy. It's actually very lightweight! So while I'm still trying to get the "perfect" photo to e-mail in, I'll leave you with a few that really do show the detail and coloring!
Thanks so much for all your encouragement to step outside of my box. I did, I'll continue to and I look forward to growing! Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Superbowl Sunday!