April 14, 2010


One definition of a vignette is:
any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc.

As someone who loves books and illustrations I've always taken a fancy to little illustrated vignettes.  These latest pendants remind me of them.  Lately I've been daydreaming, wishing I could live in the country.  So here are my dreams sneaking in among the clay and paint in my beads:


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

-Emily Dickinson


The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.

Yet the backyards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.

-Sara Teasdale


TesoriTrovati said...

These are delightful!
I must hold out for my special project, but I do so love the painterly quality of these.
I just used your pink dogwood blossom in a special commission for the Women's Fund of Portage County (I have top billing in the raffle with a goldsmith and silversmith!). I made all my own links and your bead was the first one that I knew would be part of it. I will be sharing soon for my next ABS blogger post!
Enjoy the day, dear one!

mairedodd said...

these are beautiful heather, it's like you are painting in pc! april reminds me of very weathered marble relief carving... and 'hope' is one of my all time favorite poems... you really must have been thrilled with these once they were born and raised..i like this direction -

Gail said...

These are so beautiful,Heather.I never got 'into' poetry,but these lines enhance your pendants well.

Alice said...

Heather, these little vignettes are just beautiful! I love the idea of expressing your dreams through the beads you create.

It would be difficult to put these beauties up for sale--or are you planning to use them for yourself?

Carol B said...

O.M.G. I love, love, love these! I hope you'll be selling them on Etsy. Off to check...

Beth Hikes said...

these are gorgeous! I especially love your way with color :)

Unknown said...

I NEEEEEEED that bottom bead.

Rose said...

I will fight Shannon for the bottom bead :P

Beautiful vignettes, Heather! So darling!

Melanie said...

Beautiful work Heather....and love the poetry!... :)

Pretty Things said...

Those are AWESOME!

Kella said...

I just love the first one, makes me think of fairies.

moo04 said...

Oh my Heather....these two pieces are so lovely. And to put the icing on the cake; my name is Hope and my daughters name is April! How about that!

FiberBeads said...

Unbelievably romantic and cozy looking!