I am late to the party today with no other excuse that I locked myself out of my own computer. Yep leave it to me! So I am writing and editing as fast as my little fingers (with the exception of the sprained one which is not so little but there will be more about that later) can work!
Today we get to reveal our Art Jewelry Elements Component of the month. This month Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions sent us all a Nightmare Insomnia bead This how Jennifer describes the creation of these awesome beads.
"My 10 year old daughter, who turns 11 in July, inspired this series. The first time I made one of these, it was 4 years ago in the midst of a particularly bad spell of nightmares for her. Every single night she would wake up screaming and end up crawling in bed with us, plastered against me...elbowing, kicking, tossing and turning. Plus I would be sweating because I was crammed in between her and hubs. This means I really wasn't getting much sleep.One night, as I was torching, I was stewing about this particular issue, and suddenly my beads started growing these stylized spider end caps thingys on them before I realized what was going on. The next morning when I showed my lovely daughter, she responded with "that's really mean that you made those because of my nightmare, but also really cool." I continue to make them even though she no longer wakes up screaming about spiders or crawls into bed with us."
While I totally understand this part because my sweet boy does suffer from night terrors but I am not so sure playing with a torch in the middle of the night would be the solution for me. LOL Oh and I will be totally sharing with you all that I made my first, last and only glass bead this past weekend but that will be a whole other blog post!
So this is the bead Jennifer sent me!
I am still trying to figure out how I ended up with this one. I know she put them all in envelopes and then addressed them so that she would not know which one went where but really I have a shirt that matches this perfectly and I have been having a devil of a time trying to get anything to match it.
So what to do? what to do? I needed something to just set the spark. I think a trip to Michael's was in order. I found these amazing rings in gunmetal and since they were having a 2 for 5 sale I had to find something else.
Can you believe these beads match the colors in Jennifer's bead?
Now here is the part where I tell you I sprained my finger. Yep once again my medical freak of nature is coming out! I have no clue how or why but I wake up in the morning with a swollen middle finger were I can't even bend it at the first knuckle. With advil the swelling goes down enough by the end of the day that I can fit in about an hour or more of beading but you know when working with seeds it is very slow at accomplishing anything. So here is how far I have gotten.
I hate showing unfinished work. But there is opportunity here for me to ask for your advice. Should I have this gorgeous creation lay flat or make it drop? Do you like the simple chain links I created? Would you like to know how?
Okay I think that is enough babbling for now. Please check out our other participants!
Beti Horvath: Stringing Fool
Gretchen Nation: Art Food Lodging
Karen Totten: Starry Road Studio
Kathleen Douglas: Washoe Kat's
Keirsten Giles: The Cerebral Dilettante
Kristen Stevens: My Bead Journey
Lola: Bead Lola Bead
Lori Anderson: Pretty Things
Nancy Pederson: Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Pam DeBoer: Purple Notes from the Studio
Rana Wilson: Rana Lea Designs
Shannon Chomanczuk: For My Sweet Daughter
Hugs and Blessings!