Element of Summer
Sweet Summer AIR
Sweet Summer WATER
Our Summer EARTH
One of my favorite elements of summer is the living earth: growing, blooming, flowering.
The long days lift my spirit.
The gentle evenings nurture my soul.
I love gardening, and healing foods. Every morning I have berries and vegetables to start my day. Summer bounty gives me such joy. I especially love berries, which give my body healthfulness, and often keep me out of my wheelchair.
Last spring, I thought about the coming summer and asked two incredible artists if they might create custom beads: blueberries!
My wish came true:
I received beautiful polymer clay blueberries custom made by Lennis Carrier of Windbent on Etsy.
And beautiful polymer clay blueberries custom made by Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs on ArtFire.
I was inspired to create blueberry vine jewelry, and thus began my search and wish for blueberry art beads, after coming across this lovely rustic woodland wedding blueberry crown:
|Sweet Little Sparrow on Etsy creates beautiful wedding crowns, headbands, and pins!|
I created my blueberry cluster:
|Blueberry vine made with twisted wire. |
Beads, Baubles & Jewels has a video tutorial on this simple branching technique.
And used the blueberry "vine" for a blueberry necklace. I used soft sari ribbon for the large, lovely leaves of blueberry vines.
My daughter says she feels like a goddess wearing the special summer necklace! We both giggled and had fun wearing the whimsical necklace :)
The depth of colors using both Marlene's and Lennis' beads created a rich, delicious blueberry plant. A delight!
Blessings and thanks!
Enjoy our Summer Celebration of jewelry, beads, crafts, poems, recipes, and fun!
Thank you for joining in my blog hop! I'm happy to enter all the participants who've shared in a giveaway. I'll be posting the winner of $25 in beads (a Lima Beads gift certificate) by next Sunday. Click here for the winner.
Thanks again everyone!
Summer Elements Blog Hop Participants:
Toltec Jewels (Hostess) http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Marlene Cupo /http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Ailsa Cordner http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.com
Christie (Charis Designs) http://charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Susie Harris http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Glick-Zenith http://zenithjade.blogspot.com
Nelly May http://smellynelly.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Karen Martinez http://www.fairiesmarket.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Solange Collin http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Anindita Basu http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Andrea Trank http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Mischelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Tanty Sri Hartanti http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Becca Sirevaag http://godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com
Regina Wood http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW
Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!