I will say... brace yourself... I used orange *gasp* as in tropical warm, sunshiney, happy ORANGE! FREAKY again, I know!
Where is all this inspiration coming from? Not sure exactly, but I'm loving playing with color.
So this cuff started as an inspiration from the Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild. The EBEG Beadfest challenge was fairytales... the variety that started as folk lore long ago and have been passed down through storytelling for generations. My mind immediately thought of the tale of Hansel and Gretl, a German fairy tale told by the Brother's Grimm in 1812! The tale is about 2 young children that are abondonded twice by their father and horrid step-mother not once but twice in the woods! After the 2nd time of being abandoned the children get lost in the woods and find a house made of gingerbread and candy.
Being supremely hungry, the children begin to nibble on the candy home until they are invited in by a witch posing to be an old lady. Suffice it to say the kids eventually trick the witch at her own game, find a stash of jewels she has hidden and with the help of a good storytelling, find their way back to their father. His wife has mysteriously passed away and they can now live happily ever after thanks to finding the witch's jewels.
The focal of this cuff reminded me of candy. Honestly it looks good enough to lick! I added "jewels" in shades of lime both in beads and in the Nicole's beadbacking, aqua and accents of tangerine to create a bright, joyful "path" of treasure to emulate the journey Hansel & Gretl took.
While I'll be out of town while the blog hop takes place for the Fairytale Reveal during Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild's Beadfest on June 30th, I had to share this as it was truly a wonderful journey to create. You can check out the other members of EBEG on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsy-Bead-Embroidery-Guild-EBEG/303381193012490 I never thought I would use orange - in fact I surprised a really good friend who was shocked I even had any orange in my bead inventory. I tried the cuff just to capture a picture, and wouldn't you know, it decided to own me. Yep, this baby is now part of my private jewelry collection!
Hope your day is inspired and your journey is sweet!
|Designs by Dawn Marie|