Tuesday, January 21, 2014

bjp 0114 - in the pink

Well, January is a funny month! You'd think that I would find it depressing, but no I'm feeling "in the pink" and am looking forward to all the exciting challenges 2014 has to offer. Change is not always good, but I've decided to embrace mine and enjoy the new experiences. I'll stick with my leaf series, but probably end the year in September. That makes me happy, because it means that I've already completed my first three pieces (due to a late start in 2013). Yeah!!! I'm well on the way to accomplishing my goal. All that being said, let me introduce my January leaf!
I'm teaching my first Paper Bead workshop at BeadFX on January 26th, so I thought that it would be a good idea to include one of the first ones I made. It makes me happy, it's pink and white, and fits my theme (recycled paper from an old needlework pattern book). The shells are from an ugly old necklace of my Mother's, the buckle from a discarded watch strap and the sparkly earring, little butterfly and various metal bits, from my swap stash. I love these little goodies! I don't always remember who gave them to me, but they are still very special and precious. Most have flown to Canada, in various swaps and trades from all different parts of the world. It proves that people are very generous, and our world is united in a love of sparkly stash!!!!
In this section, you can see the bottom of my focal, more of the earring, and a few old necklace components. And now the full piece! Tada!!!
The focal is a fabulous vintage button, and one of those gifted to me by my sister at Christmas. She knows how much I love vintage and she happened to find the button in a very cool knit/coffee shop in Sault Ste Marie, ON. I should remember the name, but I don't, but do remember that it has "Motley" in the title. I really should remember because a) I visited the shop before it opened, and b) I may be able to teach some workshops &/or sell some stuff there in the future, and c) it's owned by my brother-in-law's, nephew's, wife. Sheesh! I promise, it's only a momentary loss of memory. The name will probably pop into my head soon after I publish the post. Stitches used include back, stacked, boucle/bocche and peyote. The leaf shape was traced from one I collected in the fall. I have no idea what tree it's from. Oh, one more thing.....pink is not one of my favourite colours, although I do like the duller tones! I chose it because of the focal. More later.......

9 comments:

Beth said...

The shape is so graceful!!! Love all the different things in it... You need a black coat/jacket... to wear these on! They would show off so well!

pam T said...

oh this is beautiful!!!!! I do so need to catch up on reading your blog, you are so wonderfully creative. Love, love, love your leaves for the BJP... :)

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Beth and Pam!

Beth, I do have several black coats, but haven't decided what I'm going to make out of the lewves yet.I had thought about pendants or necklaces, but the reality is that they probably wouldn't be all that appropriate with my Nike running pants. LOL!

Pam, there's lots to read, so take your time. I love my leaves too and they're small enough that they're not all consuming.

Linda Kittmer said...

I always love seeing your beadwork Anne Marie. You pack so many wonderful bits and treasures into these! Beautiful!!

Sara LaHood said...

It's soooo pretty! I love the variety of beads and baubles...as well as the many different stitches. Your work is always an inspiration and visual feast!

kaiteM said...

It's a wedding, well maybe not but that's what i initially thought of. Such a beautiful pink froth and bubble. I might have recognised that little pink heart, wonder if it flew there from Aus?

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Linda, Sara and Kaite!

Kaite, Definitely not a wedding, but it is pretty frothy!! I had the button, I had the beads and I guess they needed to be together. It's so not me!! The pink heart is a possibility, but I'm not sure. I also had a little bag of odds and sods that I picked up years ago at a bead store.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Pink isn't me either, unless it's fushia. This is a pretty piece anyway...especially like the button!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, MA! At least I'm done with pink early in the year. LOL! I do admit to liking the duller, brown toned pinks though. For February, who knows?