October = cooler weather + Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations!
Sure, we had warmer days, but I still needed to prepare for the return of wet and frosty precipitation and the fall of crisp, colourful leaves. Not to be tricked by the lingering warmth, the 10th month closed with a chilly, but thankful wish for friends, family, health, the country we live in and national health care.
The "turning on a dime" phrase relates to the nickname for our 10 cent piece (and also for some other events going on in my life). It's always been called a "dime", but I have absolutely no idea why. Do you? If you look closely, you'll notice that I included one from the year 2010 to further continue the theme! The african paper bead is actually more green than blue, but apparently the camera didn't think so! You'll also notice a lovely orange bead with spots. Rain and Marilyn brought it back from Seattle a few years ago and it's been waiting for the right project. Okay, I had misplaced it, but isn't it interesting that it turned up at just the right time?
For some reason, I had a difficult time trying to figure out what I was going to use for the number "10". I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I certainly didn't want to use repeat numbers from cell phones. With a little imagination, I came up with the idea to use metal punches on a little copper disk. I'm not all that good with the punches, but you get the idea!! I purchased the punches several years ago and this is the first time I've used them. Sad, I know! Do you notice the little striped ceramic piece at the bottom. It's some type of electrical component that someone gave me (Rain, I think!).
Another one of those electrical components, a buckle from an old watch and a vintage "buckle" button from the stash.
If you were cleaning out an old jewelry box, do you think that you would find a worn down, old pencil? Well I did!! I have no idea why I saved the pencil, or who sharpened and used it all those years ago. Did it belong to my father, sibling, an old boyfriend, or perhaps it was one used in my high school art class. It doesn't matter because I obviously saved it for a reason. Was this bead journal the reason? Only a psychic would know!!! Do you know anyone I could ask? LOL!
Also check out the lovely golden maple leaf. Another stash item that's been taking up space for many years. I do love it though and thought one would be appropriate on this piece. I actually tried to use three of them, but they just didn't work. Too large, I guess!
The full piece! I think that it looks like fall. Do you?
Did you notice the purchased flower charm (peachy/orange colour, above the copper disk) and the family button box find (tucked behind the eraser)? Everything goes together if you just hold your tongue in the right position.
Straight, stacked and boucle/bocce stitches were used. BTW the pencil is a 2H, but I didn't show the number because it didn't fit the theme. I guess I should have looked for a 10B! Too bad I didn't think about that until now! LOL!
My November BJP is also finished. Yeah! No photos yet and it's pouring out (I like to take my photos outside) so I'll post about it next weekend. Keep tuned!