February 5, 2012

Mums the Word - New Bracelet

I wanted to play around and create a few samples showing different ways to use the techniques in my Sundry Bracelet.  Here I've paired up that funky fringe in purple, pink and teal with one of my new Chrysanthemum Connectors.

 A close up of the new bead, an original design carved by me and hand painted.

Can you tell I need more color in my life right now? The lack of sunshine causes me to put bowls of oranges around the house, wear bright colors and crazy patterns and pull out all my beads in shades of the garden.  I even bought a plant and if you know me you know that was a desperate move, since my nickname when it comes to gardening is the 'plant killa'.

How do you combat the winter blues?  Or do you go all zen and totally embrace the gray?

15 comments:

Marian Hertzog said...

Left PA for the sun in the south. Lived in Alabama which I loved then moved to Delaware which really has the perfect weather.n Little bit of everything! I could never embrace the gray for some reason. Love the colors and the focal! Also love the idea of putting a bowl of oranges out!

Rebecca said...

Oh wow, it's beautiful! I love the colour palette you've used here - especially those raspberry shades. ANd the new bead is lovely - looks like such a great texture. What wire are you using, if you don't mind my asking? It looks so great with all of your components. Wish I could be there for the class next week! ANd your trunk show....jeez, I could spend a bob or two at your stand!

Rebecca said...

And PS Colour! Yes! I am more than ready for spring. I hope you're not regretting your move quite yet!! I would move somewhere warmer in a shot if there weren't things like jobs to be considered :-)

Copper Diem said...

I love it. The connector and bracelet are both awesome!!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I love your color palette!

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

Your colors are right up my alley! I especially love the pop of orange in there. I've been working a bit with annealed wire and I LOVE the contrast between the matte wire and sparkly beads. Your focal is perfect with it all. I'll be watching your shop! This purple may surpass your teal in my favorite colors of yours.

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

(And I won't talk about how sunny and warm it was at the beach today. ;) )

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

I grew up in upstate New York, so I totally understand dealing with six months of grey skies. The running joke at RIT (in Rochester, NY where I went to college) was that Eastman Kodak founded his company in Rochester because he thought it was a darkroom! Now that I live in Virginia, there aren't as many grey days. But when there are I just turn to my colorful bead assortment or embrace it and do some black and white photography. Either way makes me smile!

ladynoble said...

"Plant Killa" too funny.
I love this bracelet, the colors are divine. I am 50/50 with winter. Sometimes I love the grey, other times I NEED color!

Jo said...

I do love those colours! Creating with colour and hammering metal usually gets me out of the blues at any time of year, but this winter the best cure for any blues has been my giggly baby boy as he speed crawls around the house!

quickcer said...

Love these colors. I really like the cool, purple, teal palletes. As for winter blues, I've been having a problem this year because we have had very little rain. It has been sunny 95 % of the time since November. I need the overcast, dark, rainy days to get me motivated to bead. Maybe tomorrow--we are suppose to get rain. Yeah!!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

The mum is fabulous and love the color, too. Well, the whole bracelet in fact.

I'm on the east coast of Florida so we have lots of sunshine!

JuLee said...

I live in the Pacific NW where we hardly see the sun for most of the winter and sometimes the spring too. I take Vitamin D daily and use a full spectrum light to get my light exposure. It works pretty well .... this year's blahs weren't nearly as bad as usual.

Marie Cramp said...

The bracelet is awesome! I don't get the winter blues as bad as some do. I mostly hide out in fear of being cold! lol I think I could use some bright colours though... inspiration here I come!

Rachel said...

Incredible carved bead! I love the overall volume of the entire piece. Is is lightweight? I am like you, the darker the skies, the more color I need. My one true escape is going to the Caribbean each winter. It is my inspiration year round. I make jewelry in preparation for the trip and then I make jewelry inspired by the trip.