Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lake Geneva Wisconsin - Perfect Place to Visit and Even Better to Live

I'm so excited about this challenge I participated in.  We're so lucky in our artist community to have someone like my dear friend Erin Prais-Hintz who organizes and hosts the most fun challenges!  Erin, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for coordinating this challenge!  I had so much fun!!!!!!  The Challenge of Travel was the theme for this challenge... and yet really it didn't involve traveling at all.  Rather, we were to discover and play in our own backyards on a stay-cation and translate where we live into a creative piece of art.

First, I have to tell you, I love living in Lake Geneva, WI.  I've lived in 5 cities in my life and Lake Geneva is by far my favorite.  Why?  Because there's so much to do, see & feel... yes FEEL!  This city evokes a warmth in my heart that just can't be put into words.  But rather than me going on & on and on... I'll SHOW you just how beautiful my city is!
www.lakegenevawi.com
Top Left: Riviera Ballroom, Top Right:  Expect a Miracle Mansion, Bottom Left:  Stone Manor, Bottom Right:  Standing on the docks at the Riviera.

Lake Geneva is steeped in history!  We have magnificent estates on the water, originally settled by wealthy Chicago businessmen as their summer homes (the Wrigley Chewing Gum Family, the Morton Salt family.)  Today just a handful of those original estates are still standing.  Most of the property has been purchased, had the original houses knocked down and new mansions built in their place.

Part of the history surrounding Lake Geneva is our magnificent family-run company Gage Marine and their line of tour boats, Lake Geneva Cruise Line.  The coolest way to see the previously mentioned estates is from the water.  Gage Marine has several old tour boats that they have lovingly restored and do daily tours on May thorough October (and into November if the snow hasn't flown as some of the boats are covered & heated!)  The Walworth (also called the Mail Boat) runs a marine mail service daily.  This is the only marine mail service still operational in the United States.  Just this summer, Brian Williams and NBC News came to Lake Geneva to film a special about the Mail Boat Tour and it's history on the lake.  Here's their video story: www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52503777

Fall in Wisconsin offers so much beauty!


We're so lucky... we have world class golf courses designed by PGA legends.  We have world reknown sailing greats and legendary boatworks companies.  Lake Geneva also was the home to Hugh Hefner's first Playboy Resort (now it's Grand Geneva Resort, and the bunnies are all retired).  Lake Geneva was also the home of Dungeons & Dragons founder Gary Gygax.  Many celebrities have owned homes around the lake throughout the years.  We even have a walking path that goes all 23 miles around the perimeter of the lake on the shoreline, allowing us to cut through the yards of the beautiful lake estates, enjoy their views and appreciate their immaculate landscaping!

When trying to decide how to best represent Lake Geneva, I knew I needed to pull in both the water and the land.  So the blues mixing with the greens were the basis for this design.  Because of the rich history and tradition around the lake, I also wanted to pull in accents of rich gold.  The last part I wanted to really bring into play in my design was the unique niche in which real estate around Geneva Lake falls into.  Having such elegant vacation properties really creates a stand-alone dynamic in our market that has helped our small business and boutiques locally to weather the economic storm of years past.  So incorporating a stone grey/brown element was key.  

The gemstone on the top of the pendant is a genuine Labradorite.  The color is a grey/brown but it reflects mangificent hues of golden yellow and blue.  Labradorite is known for stimulating the imagination (I guess that's why it spoke to me!) :) The second stone is an artistic resin cabochon accented with round crystals and the bottom focal is a paua shell.  I selected the beads in a method that allowed the blues and greens to stand out and the gold/grey to flow throughout the pendant.


In the necklace the long bicone bead was actually the jumping off point for the entire necklace.  Created by my very dear friend Juli Cannon of Julsbeads, it embodied everything I wanted this necklace to be.  Blue/Green/Turquoise/Brown all wrapped up on a beautiful glass package.  I chose a complimentary Julsbead on the other side of the necklace to balance off the artistic glass creation.
Lady of the Lake - Inspired by Lake Geneva, WI

I added a mix of crystals, agates, more crystals and some funky, sparkly round beads all the colors dance magically together!  So I call this necklace a balanced asymmetrical look.  And she'll be known as "Lady of the Lake!"
Photo By Chris Kayser - Follow her on FB: Lake Geneva, A Day in the Life of
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Dawn Doucette is the artisan soul behind Bella Amore. Bella = Beautiful, Amore = Love Through all things, Dawn looks for something beautiful and creates each design in the energy of love. Dawn resides with her soulmate Chris, and two fur babies in Lake Geneva, WI. Her inspired designs are created to be cherished and passed down as heirloom jewelry. If you'd like to have Dawn create a one-of-a-kind piece of legacy jewelry exclusively for you, contact her via her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BellaAmoreLegacyJewelry

To view other hometown blogs and see their inspired creations, visit Erin's blog for a master list: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2013/08/2nd-annual-challenge-of-travel-stevens.html.

22 comments:

Cece Cormier said...

Gorgeous. You so captured the lake in this piece.

Marti C. said...

What a gorgeous piece of jewelry and it goes perfectly with your blog. Looks like a beautiful place to live!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What a gorgeous design, Dawn, and a fitting tribute to your beautiful home!

Shaiha said...

Gorgeous piece! It is so fitting for your hometown. That labradorite has to be one of my unique specimen. I love the stone and have quite a bit of it but none of mine is golden.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Stunning piece - you captured the water perfectly! Love all the different components and colors you used!

Fire Phoenix said...

Wow - that's a stunning necklace!

Alice said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us. I can see why you love it there.

Your necklace is stunning!! You rerpresented the lake so well!

Wendy said...

Dawn I love asymmetry and it works really well. In your necklace. Great description of your home too! Thank you.

Tanya said...

Your beadwork is stunning and I love the necklace. It a perfect representation.

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

Beautiful! You've really captured the essence of your beautiful area.

Maplegirl said...

Love this mix of colors. Plus labradorite - I am in love with that stone and its colors.

Caron Michelle said...

Being on the other side of the world to you - I loved reading about a place I have heard so much about, absolutely stunning design and thoroughly enjoyed your blog post.

stregajewellry said...

What a beautiful piece! I do love labradorite. It's shimmery surface brings to mind deep waters. All the stones and beads come together to show the great beauty of water and sky and the richness of the landscape. Enjoyed the information and pictures of your city.

Sandra said...

Stunning necklace, it captures the atmosphere of the lake so nicely, love the colors. Thank you for showing us around and sharing!

beadrecipes said...

Such a beautiful piece! You succeeded in capturing your lake, looks like a gorgeous place!

Dawn Doucette said...

Thank you all for the love and comments. This piece was such a joy to design as I love sharing my little piece of heaven with you. There's something about the water that just calms my heart and soothes my soul! Peace & Love,
Dawn

Karin G said...

This is a gorgeous piece of jewelry, the colors and your design make a peaceful and impressive combination.

Maneki said...

Beautiful necklace that in a great way incorporate the story of Lake Geneva and the views of the place as seen in the photos! Thanks for sharing!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

WOW, WOW, WOW - what a stunning creation! It pays wonderful homage to your home, and what a wonderful place it is!

LisaS said...

This piece is absolutely gorgeous!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Hi Dawn. I really enjoyed this post. See where you live and then the beautiful piece you created from that inspiration.
We are moved but still not moved in all the way. Will tell you the story via email. LOL
I love my new house though.
Talk to you soon
Happy day
Nicole/Beadwright

TesoriTrovati said...

I am serious about fluffing up the pillows in your guest room. I want to come and visit! I was in the Grand Geneva one night many many years ago for a sorority formal. It was wonderful. Your necklace is the perfect embodiment. That focal from Juls is beautiful. It reminds me of undulating waves on the shore. It is easy to see why you love this place so much! Thank you for joining me on this journey! Enjoy the day! Erin

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