Thursday, November 7, 2013

{Rolling Blog Hop Challenge} Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers

A short while back, I asked some creative and inspiring women if they would like to participate in a loose kind of blog hop.  Instead of everyone posting on the same day, we will post as we get our projects done, with an end of November deadline.  I send them each a package containing vintage wooden spools like you see on the upper left of the blog (badge compliments of Hope's wonderful photography and Janet's tweaking...thanks ladies~it looks great!).  I found them while antiquing in NJ.

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers is the sixth blogger to post her spool creations and without further ado, here are some images of what Cynthia made.  Please click on her highlighted name to see more images of her spools.

 (photos from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

These capture my heart for their Native flair, their symbolism,  and their simple colors and for their downright beauty and creativity.  AND FRINGE!

Cynthia is one of the few bloggers I have had the immense pleasure of meeting.  We have gotten together 4 times now and each time we are together, we run out of time to talk about all the things we want to talk about.  And we run out of time to share all the beads and fibers and books we want to share.

Cynthia is an incredible visionary.  She is deeply inspired by her travels.  And her curiosity about other times and cultures is, clothing, architecture, customs, folklore~you name it~are all things Cynthia will explore.  Stopping for a few moments at Antiquity Travelers is like being transported away from your seat and into another world.  She has a knack of putting you "there".

Cynthia is the Lead Editor of Bead Chat Magazine and is a member of the Znet Design Group.  She was also on the Nina Design Team.

Here are a few samples of what you will find at Antiquity Travelers:

Inspired by Georgia

This piece is so Southwest Georgia O'Keeffe and is a great example of how these influences seep inside Cynthia's head and translate so beautifully into unique wearable art.  Mmm mmm mmm mmm good!

(photo from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

Pearls and Suede and Fringe
I don't even need to further comment on these Beautiful Babies!!!
Check out the link for some more pearl goodness Cynthia created for the Pearls!Pearls!!Pearls!!! Blog Hop.  I saw that rattling bones leather and pearl bracelet in person and was it cool!

(photo from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

Beady Boho Goodness

Cynthia took a piece of leather with the flowers already stamped on it and punched holes in it and added the beads.  Big BIG LOVE!  Big Love.

(photo from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

As seen in Stringing Magazine

I know, I know~this is similar to the above earrings but don't we want to see more of this style?!  Her colors, her Great Gatsby inspiration, her textures.  Can't you taste the champagne just looking at this?  Do you want to be this lady for the night?

(photo from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

Biker Chic

The link will bring you to the page that has a link to the tutorial...check it out!  Cynthia combined pillow trim and beadweaving.  Awesome and original!

(photo from Antiquity Travelers Blog)

Thank you Cynthia~for your support, point of view, reality check, passion, generosity.  And for sharing your stash.  It goes beyond "Thank You" but I think you know what I mean :-)


AntiquityTravelers said...

oh Christine! this has been one of the best blog hops ever for me! I am so enjoying myself :) I love reading about everyone in the hop from your point of view. And you are so generous in your friendship with us all!

Thank you for all your kinds words here, a very humbling experience to read this on your blog! Thank you my friend. I am so glad I started blogging, and that I came across you and your blog. And that it has led to so many amazing beady encounters, conversations and just a great friendship.

Maryanne said...

I love what Cynthia did with her spools. Her work is so beautiful. She captures so much feeling in each piece.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love what Cynthia did with the spools! Yes, fringe! So great! One of my favorite things I have seen so far from her is the use of the pillow trim in jewelry. You hit it on the head calling her a visionary!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

No pressure on you Christine - all of these crafty and creative ladies have done an amazing job!

I thoroughly enjoy her blog - I always come away learning something - she never just posts a picture, it's the story behind the picture that makes her creations even more wonderous!

So enjoying this hop - and so glad I do not have a spool! :)

LisaS said...

Oh WOW! I absolutely love what Cynthia did with those spools. Love her eye for good bead patterns ;)

windrock studio said...

I've just really loved & enjoyed all the wonderful creations ... so much beauty!!

CraftyHope said...

Cynthia is an inspiring lady for sure as are her designs. Your challenge gave her another chance to shine and shine she did!!

Therese's Treasures said...

This is a wonderful post about a friendship that will last until you are both old and gray. Cynthia is an inspiration to a lot of us beaders and jewelry designers. Her designs are always gorgeous and her blog post are so informative on whatever subject she is choosing to write about. I am looking forward to the day that I can meet her in person and get to experience her brilliant and caring personality.

Honey from the Bee said...

You know I was thinking her two looked tribal and looked what else you pulled from her portfolio! I think she's the first one that created pieces that you wouldn't know were even made from spools. That's pretty darn cool.