Erin at Elysian Studios. She made this for The Colors of Spring Blog Hop Hosted by Sally at The Studio Sublime. Sally also enameled all the beads for the Hop (check out Sally's Hop tomorrow called One Crayon Color Challenge. I couldn't sign up for it, but I can't wait to cruise all the sites on Monday over coffee). But back to the necklace and to Erin. Erin took Sally's beads and strung them with her own bright and beautiful polymer beads from her handmade Gypsy Trade Beads line. Then she continued the necklace with micro-macrame and seed beads and finished it off with a pretty handmade hook clasp that has another gypsy trade bead on it. Just stunning! There were two necklaces in that particular Hop that I wanted~that I quite literally drooled over. And this was one of them. So to have this gently and comfortably draped around my neck is a little dream come true :-) Erin's jewelry, handmade components, and paintings are something special and something beautiful and something you should go over and see. She has been such a positive influence in my life since we met in the blogging world. She is a friend and confidant and someone I can bounce ideas off of and rant to when I am frustrated, someone I can share stories with, laugh with, text when I am tipsy or just plain happy. Her being in my life has forced me to re-examine how I get work done and how I procrastinate and how to better utilize my time. And it has made me think differently about friendship. A couple years ago, I never would believe I could literally be friends with people I only knew from the internet. The people I mention in this post have become friends. I look forward to posts and comments and facebook updates and e-mails and texts from them. And miss them on the days when life is too hectic and there is silence out here in cyberspace.
A big shout out to Susan over at Windrock Studio(go over and look at her leather bags, mudhuts, fabric frames, and her husband's ceramics....so much talent and so much to love at Windrock!)...She has been wanting so see my grey hair. Hair it is. A bad hair day...High Humidity. I started out the day looking like the love child of Don King and the Heat Miser. It took a lot of mousse to get it tamed. But the Grey remains...always :-)
On a final note before I am out of here and caught up in the crazy chaos this weekend promises to bring~Therese from Therese's Treasures and I will be announcing a Blog Hop on Monday. I was very honored and surprised that Therese asked me to co-host the Hop with her. She is someone who I have gravitated toward since the moment we found each other out here. Just go over and take a look at her jewelry! Her execution is beautiful and her talent shines through in everything she makes. And she stays on task. I admire that. I think I have bead ADD and I look to disciplined people and wonder "HOW?!?" I want that focus! So Monday, please tune in to Therese's Blog or mine and we will give details for the Hop we are Co-Hosting.
Oh, one more final note (can you tell I am the reigning Queen of long goodbyes?!)...all these friendships and goodies and connections were made possible because Sally pushed and pushed and pushed me to start a Blog. I resisted for a year before I finally gave in. I am glad I allowed myself to jump on this ride. Thanks to all you ladies :-) Love you!!!