Saturday, 21 December 2013

Spice Trail necklace – a journey with beads

A few lovely hot sunny days in Tenerife was a nice escape from all the Christmas madness. Sun and sangria filled days and four hours on a plane is enough for me though and it has taken a few days before I have felt properly ‘grounded’ again and back in my routine.

Tidying my food cupboards helped to get me back in the here and now. Funny how the ordinary little jobs can do that.  It has rekindled an idea I’ve had in my head for a while based on hot spicy colours. Cayenne, paprika, cardamom, mustard, peppercorn, turmeric and saffron….. I will have some fun looking through my bead boxes finding all the right ingredients over the next day or two. The centrepiece is this beautiful cabochon with spicy coloured stripes and I have a very rough design which I will develop into a finished watercolour worksheet. The very start of an interesting beady journey I think.
The stripes on the cab are suggesting that I echo those somehow within the beading. I’m intending to photograph the entire design from start to finish and think it will make an interesting Youtube slideshow.
Family wise it is quite exciting at the moment as my niece is expecting her fourth baby – a little boy. He is now one day overdue and I am wondering if he will be a Christmas baby!

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