Saturday, August 29, 2009


After about six hours, I've finished my necklace! It is a process that takes patience, for sure. It was nice to bead again, I can't remember the last time I made something this involved.

The photograph did inspire the color combination and I doubt that I would have come up with the palette of slate, lime, turquoise and dusty grape without it. The leaves represent the growth in the greenhouse, the gray branched fringes, the bare tree branches, the dark purple for the nighttime shadows and the blue for the moonlit snow.

The book, "The Beader's Color Palette" is full of amazing color inspirations and served to remind me that I need to renew my observation skills. I once took a seminar with the amazing doll maker, elinor peace bailey, who discussed the importance of the simple phrase "PAY ATTENTION". We pass by countless things every day without even seeing them! Here's to opening my eyes and slowing down a little to see and enjoy my surroundings!

We are going out to dinner with friends tonight, I think I'll wear my new necklace!


  1. It is just breathtaking! I am still staring at it!! Hey, email me sometime with info about that bead event in Milwaukee...

  2. gail, i really like the way you put your palette together and created your piece. great inspiration!! c.

  3. Thanks for both encouraging comments! The book I used got me pointed in the direction of looking for unusual color combos - a great way to get me out of my "color comfort zone"! Glad you like what I did!