Thursday, October 4, 2007

Source of Inspiration

I have to say up front - this is not a necklace I made myself. My mother gave this to me as a gift when I was about 12 years old. Isn't it great? It has everything from red and black licorice, to Andie's Candies and chocolate Kisses in it. (Also, note the teeth with little filled cavities.) The Short One likes to rummage around in my closet, and he pulled this out today, so I thought I'd show it to you. I think these are the first artist's beads that I ever owned. I wish I knew who the artist was, though - any literature we ever had on the piece is long gone. I remember that my Mom bought this in a gallery in a shopping center in Indiana. That's really it. I also still can't quite figure out what material it was made from. You would think Sculpey or something similar, but the beads are not quite heavy enough for it to be that clay. Anyway, as you already know if you've been reading this blog for a while, I love sweets beads and I love colorful things, and this piece has both! I'm really fond of it.

I don't know about you, but I have had trouble getting on Blogger all day long. I wonder what happened? I've been working on yet another new piece - I was reading one of the Short One's books (the Short One really doesn't sit still long enough for me to actually read a book like that to him) the other day and the idea came to me. The necklace will be based on the phrase "Here be dragons".

I also received the first contract in the mail from BeadStyle, which is very exciting - it makes the publication all that more real to me. The first necklace will be coming out very soon, in the January issue. I'll let you know when it's available.

Thanks for stopping by!


Fancy Pants said...

How fun is this. I love the little cavities in the teeth. I think it's really interesting how our parents inspire us without even knowing it. I remember my dad bought me a pair of fused glass earrings when I was about 7. They were very geometric shaped faces in bright colors. It was probably what I consider the beginning of my obsession with glass.

Monkee Maker said...

What a great necklace! And I'm so impressed that you've kept it safe for so long ..... but not meaning that you're old, natch!

Melissa said...

Well, let's just call me anal and leave it at that... (I don't like breaking the bindings of my books, either...)