Week 14: Signs of Spring

Spring is one of my favorite times of year because of the new growth, crazy weather, and blooming flowers.  I was very excited that the theme for the week was Bloom.  Our family took a little train ride to Portland for a long weekend.  While we were there we saw many local sights.

On the first day we went to the zoo, and I had all sorts of fun taking pictures of the flowers. When I saw these blossoms, I knew I wanted a good image for this week.  I have no idea what this flower is, but I loved the long, wavy petals.

Week 14 ~ Bloom

I especially loved this one because I managed to nail the focus (as they say), and that’s something I really struggle with.  I’ll have to go back and process more of the flower images from our trip.


Bead Soup for My Partner

I decided to make the focal and clasp for my bead soup.  I wanted a new metal flower that was a little more tropical feeling, so I searched the web for some pictures until I found a flower that I liked.  Then I sketched it out and set to shaping the copper into my vision.

I’m really, really happy with how this flower turned out.  It’s 2 1/4 inches in diameter because that seemed like a good size to me.  I textured the petals and colored it with a plum patina from Metal Me This.  It’s the first time I’ve added a patina to metal, but it will certainly not be the last.

I also included one of my heart clasps.  I wanted to create a flower one, but I was already running behind and the purple one from my stash seemed to go really well with the other ingredients.

Bead Soup ~ closer view of focal and clasp

The one thing I didn’t do with this focal was punch the petals for stringing.  I had several ideas on where to punch, but I didn’t want to limit Susan’s creativity by selecting for her.  I did include my punch ideas in my card to her.

Bead Soup ~ punch ideas

I promise that I had already decided on a purple and yellow theme for this soup before I opened Susan’s package.  You know what they say about great minds and all.  You might also notice that the yellow rounds on the left are strikingly similar to the rectangles that Susan sent me.

Bead Soup Ingredients for Susan

The only thing I really wish I’d done differently was make the focal smaller.  I seem to have something for the large flowers, but I’m worried that she’s going to be limited because of the size.  I am so very excited to see what Susan does with these soup ingredients.


Day 303

Tonight I’m at a special Metal Night at my favorite bead shop. By knowing the right people, I managed to talk myself into a spot at the sold-out event while doing the anniversary bracelet on Sunday.

I have a vision for a special piece. I made a pattern (or at least the framework for a pattern) last night. I’ve been working on what size to make the actual piece, and have settled on a fairly significant 3-inch diameter.

At this point in the evening, I have drawn, cut and started to shape the two layers of the flower. It’s really nice to be able to make use of the vast selection of tools and bounce ideas off someone who has way more experience with this sort of thing than I do.

I can tell that I still have lots to do, but I am so happy with and proud of my progress to this point. It’s so nice to be able to say that I both designed and made this and to see it coming to life.

Day 268

I am shooting a wedding tomorrow, and it would be an understatement to say I’m nervous. This will be my first wedding as “the” photographer. I was basically the last minute second at my brother-in-law’s wedding, and I didn’t have time to stress about those pictures. It’s been a year or ten since then.

Tonight was the rehearsal dinner. I spent a lot of time (and photos) working on figuring out the lighting. This is one of the bride that I really liked.

And I played some with the flowers they had bought for the bouquets tomorrow. I really love Dahlias.

Day 224

The excessive heat from a few weeks ago has done a real number on our front yard. I was surveying the damage this afternoon and found this cute little flower poking up through the browned out leaves in our center planter. Maybe if we get some good rain in the fall, some of the plants will make a recovery.