When I was eleven I would go and spend the weekends with my dad and step-mom. We would play rummy (cards), charades and watch movies on some weird 1980's disc player - that I thought was pretty cutting edge. Charlotte's web was a favorite. They lived in a cozy log cabin near a woody area and we would spend hours walking through the forest.
I loved walking in those woods. On one fall Saturday morning as we walked the paths through the trees, my dad ran across a sassafras tree and noticed the roots were sticking out in the path. He extracted some of the roots, proudly telling me that is what they used to make root beer out of - hence the root in name! He decided we should try our hand at making sassafras tea and gathered a few more roots. It really did taste like root beer.
I love memories like those, the simple joys of nature and childhood. I think about those times when I create beads and jewelry that reflect my love of the outdoors and the beauty of creation.
The scoop on the bracelet: I whipped that up using some parts left over from my wreath project. I used one of Vintaj's Maple Leaf Blank and created a texture with a riveting hammer. I riveted a leaf pendant to the blank and layered a fern charm on top. (I love layering Vintaj components.)