Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Worlds Apart - The Tale of a Bead Embroidered Necklace
Worlds Apart for me is exactly that. Throughout the process of the move I knew two things. 1. Nobody was going to touch my studio. I knew I was going to have to organize, pack, unpack and organize again at my own pace. 2. If I was going to focus in order to get the rest of our house packed, I knew I needed to pack the studio sooner than later. Which lead to #3.... I would be without my beads for at least 2-3 weeks.
What, 3 weeks without beads??? Am I crazy??? (Hey, at least I didn't do away with coffee in that time frame too!)
Week 1 was very productive... packing, organizing, taking things to Goodwill. Week #2 I started to go a little crazy and by week 3 I was ready to lick the Miyuki right off that seed bead. Okay, maybe that's a little exaggerated, but I was going through withdrawls. So when the opportunity arose that I had a little extra time, and some brand new shades of Nicole's Beadbacking that I wanted to play with, I "allowed" myself to sit down and create - in my new studio.
I created this piece a little at a time whenever the stress of the move really got to me. I'd bring a van load of tubs over to the new house, unpack the contents, then sit in my new studio and listen to the beads. It brought me such peace as I was making it.
This piece is called Worlds Apart for a couple of different reasons. The obvious is that the focal resembles a globe. Being in purple and green it represents passion and growth, two feelings I really experienced in the process of finding a new home and moving. The other reason Worlds Apart fits this piece so perfectly has to do with the timing of it's design.
Our old home was a classic, early 1900's Victorian. It was a large 2 story with winding staircases, no air conditioning, and cable... well, we had to "create" our own wiring for tv in the bedroom. Our new home is a contemporary ranch. It's fairly new with the open concept design. The windows are all high efficiency, we have central air and cable in all the rooms. The basement is finished (great for Chris' man cave) and it's 180 degrees opposite from our old home.
Hence "Worlds Apart" for the name of this beaded design. Leaving what we knew and had become very familiar with for a new, unknown yet equally welcoming home. We're in a place now that we truly appreciate the simple things. Less maintenance means more time being with those we love and doing the things we love. No stairs are so important to our aging Springer. She's acting like a kid again because all the windows are eye level for her. Puppy Dog Delight!
So this bead embroidered necklace was my first creation in my new studio. The lighting is beautiful, the windows just beg the sun to shine in and my creative heart is all fluttery with love and happiness. May your day be filled with delightful adventures too!
Worlds Apart is available in my Etsy store. http://www.etsy.com/listing/95747906/worlds-apart-bead-embroidered-necklace It's the perfect necklace for spring and summer because the colors are so vivid. If you'd like to have a one of a kind piece of jewelry made just for you, feel free to e-mail me and I will work with you to turn your dream design into a reality!