Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Color of Dreams Blog Hop Reveal

Back in February, Rita over at Toltec Jewels announced that she would be hosting a Blog Hop based on dreams.  She asked the participants to reflect on their dreams.  What one is coming true right now?  Or what has been your biggest dream?  Or, if we could be or do anything, what would that be?  This particular Hop is a bit different than those I had participated in the past.  Usually we are given an inspiration color or event to use to design our pieces on.  This time Rita was asking us to focus on something personal and design from that.  I thought it would be an interesting challenge.  After all, I love to design, so why not design from the heart?

My Bead

Rita kindly sent one polymer clay bead to each participant to use in their design.  These lovely beads are made by a local Floridian, Patricia Handschuh over at The Color of Dreams Boutique  When mine arrived, I was absolutely in love with it. It was almost like she knew I dreamed of gardens full of flowers. :)  I love the delicate purple hue as well.

When I first started thinking about what to design, I spent some time making a list of my dreams.  Those that had come true, like falling in love and becoming a mom were quickly added to the list.  I also thought about places I long to travel, like England and Italy.  But there were other dreams, like the one that I am currently working on coming true; a successful jewelry business where I get to spend my time doing something I truly love.

I settled on that dream, because it is starting to bloom.  I love spending my time creating, gathering inspiration from the nature around me, photographs I see and even stories I read.  As my business grows, my dream will open into a beautiful flower, just like the one I was given. So how did I interpret this dream in my design?  Let's take a peek.

I wanted very much to work with components I had never worked with before.  Since this is all about capturing my dream, one part of that is opening myself up for new experiences.  I accomplished that by using macrame. The hemp cord is in a blend of pink, orange, and purple (matching many of the colors in Patricia's shop).  I used the clay bead towards the bottom of my piece to symbolize that my dream is just beginning to bloom.

At the center of the necklace, is a metal cage, that contains two sparkly crystal rondelles.  Those are my dreams; each little sparkle ready to become a new design. I then added crystal rondelles in teal and violet followed by metal charms that are stamped with "dreams." Next, I used metal hearts with clear crystals to represent all that I love.  Finally, a bit of pink chain completes the piece because, I can't leave behind my love of pink and the soft femininity I love to bring to my designs.

Here is one more look:

It has been so much fun participating in this Blog Hop!  There are lots of participants, so please take a moment to stop by their blogs to see their designs!

Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines  (you are here)
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

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  1. Dear Marybeth--it could not be any more meaningful or more beautiful! jean

  2. What a cute piece... Very bohemian!

  3. Love your necklace and your dream. The best is yet to come.

  4. Marybeth your necklace is beautiful. I like the symbolism. Kudos to you for trying something new. I like to do that too. I too am dreaming of making my jewelry a business.

  5. Wonderful dream and wonderful necklace, Marybeth!

  6. Love the macrame! Nice work!

  7. What a great necklace. I am a huge fan of macrame and I love how you push yourself into new territories with each hop.

  8. Beautiful piece! Macramé is something I hope to learn this year as I expand my beading knowledge. Excellent job and thanks for posting.

  9. What a fitting design to show your dream, Marybeth :) I love how you have woven the different elements together into a beautiful unified creation. This is my first visit to your blog, but I will be back as a follower. Good luck moving forward with your dream!

  10. Kudos to tackling new things and weaving them (literally) into a piece that symbolizes what your heart dreams! Christie

  11. I love that your macrame looks so simple and mature. Many times most people think of friendship bracelets. But you have brought the age old macrame to more of an adult level. I do this with yarn and beading. A great way to show off your dream bead.

  12. What a great design! Love all the colors in the macrame, and the crystals in the cage.

  13. Love your dream and your necklace represents it so well. Beautiful well thought design and gorgeous necklace.

  14. What a beautiful and creative way to express your dreams! the macrame was incredible and so sweet! nice job!

  15. I love the way you highlighted your dream with the different elements of chain, macrame & beads. Great job! I hope your dreams come true!!! :)

  16. How lovely! The colors are beautiful, and I love the meaning that you gave to your piece. You certainly are talented... Best of luck as you pursue your dream!

  17. Best wishes in realizing your dream! You created a beautiful necklace.

  18. What a pretty piece. I love macramé and think this really set off the bead. Plus I like the idea of the 'dream' just beginning to bloom/open up. Very nice.

  19. Your dream is well represented in your piece love the charms

  20. Love the movement and the symbolism. Really pretty! Have a Blessed Day!

  21. This is a beautiful interpretation of your dream... I ♥love the macramé design!

  22. What a lovely piece ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

  23. Still checking out blogs, so little time!!! I love you piece, it has great color and is totally different from anything else I've seen, I love original one of a kind work. You put the bead on display very well. Thanks for sharing.


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