Sunday, January 31, 2016

Buried Treasure

Today I am participating in the Buried Treasure/use-your-stash challenge issued by the talented artists at Art Jewelry Elements. This challenge helped me reignite my creative voice – something that’s been lost for quite some time now – by not only encouraging me to unearth forgotten treasures, but by also guiding me back to the very beginning of my beady adventure.

My love affair with beads began the day I accompanied a friend to a local bead store and saw a wire crochet bracelet with beads on the cover of one of the magazines. Having crocheted more doilies than one would ever need in one’s lifetime, I was drawn to this new form of crochet. Blisters aside, I loved working with wire and beads! That is why I went back to my roots for this challenge, found a Lisa Peters Art ceramic button to use as my focal, and proceeded to create a wire crochet bracelet.




The year I scored the button from Lisa Peters at the Bead & Button show, I also scored a beautiful “create” pendant by Melanie Brooks. I decided to take Melanie’s pendant and make myself an inspiring talisman to hang in a noncreative space as a reminder to make time to play.

Thank you AJE for this wonderful challenge ... I hope to unearth even more forgotten treasures sometime very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other unearthed treasures below!

Lola


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13 comments:

Caroline said...

Lovely designs, I really like the talisman, I have lots of these in my studio, they're a great way to show off your beads!

Jenny said...

Lola, I am so glad that you were able to participate in this month's challenge, and glad that it resonated so deeply with you. You have made great pieces, with intent and purpose! Heres to a year of renewed creativity!

Tammy Adams said...

I've dabbled in wire and bead crochet. My style is very, ahem, organic, when I do it. I can't seem to keep my stitches the same. Your bracelet is lovely. And I especially like both the design and the idea of the talisman.

Karin G said...

Beautiful bracelet, the crochet with wire is fantastic, and I love your idea of a "create" talisman, I'll have to think about that!

Bijoux Gems Joy said...

Very pretty use of the art beads. I like how you made the talisman just for yourself. Something maybe I need to do more of. Lovely work.
Mona

Shaiha said...

Great designs! So glad that this challenge inspired you to start playing with your beads again.

Niky Sayers said...

Lola your bead crochet is just beautiful, some thing I have never tried and am proberly unlikly to if my knitting skills are any thing to go by!

Veralynne Malone said...

Lovely bracelet. I too crochet and have been have the urge to do some crocheted pieces. Great Job!

Terri said...

Rrrr beautiful treasure you got they matey! Lovin' that there bracelet!

Melissa said...

Great idea to make a talisman, I'm sure it will inspire you in all sorts of ways!

Lesley said...

Very nice work - love the talisman concept.

Suntsa said...

You have great ideas and the designs are really lovely. You have made good job with the crocheted bracelet.

Sarajo Wentling said...

Very cool that you went back to your roots! I hope your talisman encourages you to have lots more creative play time... it can be hard to carve that out.