Monday, April 14, 2014

Designing on Holiday

Very often when I have a bit of vacation time, that is when a new design presents itself....I guess that is no accident or surprise.  A little more free time, a little more relaxation, a little more inspiration.

This years Bead Cruise provided that opportunity.  Mark traveled with me and we had lot's of time on the ocean with only two stops at ports.

I brought beads and a little bit of inspiration.  This is a photo I've been carrying around with me for a few years with the intent to bead it.





Tina Givens whose fabric design this is, graciously gave me her permission to reinterpret her design in beads.


As with most interpretations it is not literal but does capture the sense of her drawing.


The little top lifts up to reveal a hidden paradise, bead by Heather Power of Humble beads.  I love the whimsy of this piece and that it holds a secret inside.

You've caught me cheating....the strap is not quite done, but I'm off for a few days airstreaming during which time I'll finish it and who knows perhaps another design will present itself.

12 comments:

NEDbeads said...

I just LOVE it!!!!!! It's perfect and I love the secret inside too - you could put just about anything in there! I'm so glad you're having some time to enjoy instead of just 'work'!!

Sally Anderson said...

That hidden surprise is so perfect. I just love it. Kufos!

Sally Anderson said...

Kudos! Duh...

Lucy Kalstrom said...

Just awesome Marcia! Wonderful design. Very caravanesque really. Reminds me of a gypsy wagon. What a joy to behold :D

Cindy Holsclaw said...

Love it! You really have a genius way of engineering a design from concept to execution. I really like how the top worked out too ;)

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

It's adorable - whimsical and fun.

Becky Pancake said...

Fabulous piece Marcia. The hidden paradise is so clever.

Peikkonen said...

Love it! So fun, and great construction.

Debra said...

Love it!! Such a lovely design - it made me smile. Delightful!

Rita said...

Love the way you can look at something and bead out a wonderful piece!

Ellen Yunker said...

Marcia, wow, I love it! I hope you'll be TEACHING that piece sometime, or maybe just PUBLISHING the project, or offering a kit. It's a fabulous interpretation of a gorgeous drawing, and the "secret" is the icing on the cake.
You are just so creative, and it's fascinating to me to follow your thought processes and results. It was so wonderful to see you, and I've almost finished my necklaces. Can't wait to see you at B&B, and can we plan on lunch that Thursday, June 12? You and Shannon and I, and whomever else you pick up along the way?
See you then! XXX

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Absolutely delightful. I love jewelry with story imagery! <3 <3 <3 !!!