Tuesday, October 2, 2012

...well, have decided that joining the October Fest Challenge, which is sponsored by the blog Jewelry School Friends. They are having a blog challenge that is a little unusual in that you can make items that do not involve beads or beading.  It's being called A Jewelry, Craft, Bead, Home & Hearth Creative Challenge for Blogs, Facebook Pages, and the JSF page. 
I am going to have to put on my thinking cap for this one as autumn colors are beautiful, but not colors that I normally work with! 
Here is the link if you are interested as well! Have fun...:)
 I had a hard time choosing what I would do for the October Fest challenge and decided to go with the below piece. Loved the enameled leaves and just had to do something with them! :)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Well, have not accomplished much in the way of finished pieces this week. as I've been very busy tending to a rather sick pup...I have a three year old black and tan Dachshund named MoMo who has been very sick...he has had to go to the vets for an overnight visit. Which was, needless to say, a very traumatic event in his little doggy life...he is home now, on special food and meds...and hopefully will not have to go back to the vets any time soon! :)
This will mean, (I hope!) that I will be able to get back to beading...as it is the main stress reliever in my life at the moment!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Well, have looked at a great many of the different countries that people chose in the Travel Challenge Blog Hop and enjoyed viewing the beautiful creations that were designed by so many creative minds!! Still have not seen them all, but have had loads of fun trying to...! :) Will continue to preview them as time permits...

...on to other challenges!

Have been participating, with my friend, in the monthly challenge from the blog 'Operation Tackle that Bead Stash' that is hosted by The Crimson Moon, Cardiff, Wale UK,  for several months now and am enjoying myself immensely! Has really stretch me at times and gotten me out of my comfort zone as well...

This months challenge is to do a piece, whether a necklace, earrings, bracelet or beaded piece that is inspired by the use of the colors green and gold, with a 'twist' of the use of pearls (in one of the colors listed) in your piece...! Had to really hunt through my stash to find something in green and/or gold that I thought would be suitable. ...the idea being that you use up something that you already HAVE in your stash...not go out and buy more!!  uh, huh...right?!?  :)
Well, this is what I came up with...let me know what you think, ok? :)

I used dark green seed beads, gold glass rice pearls, size 3mm light green faceted glass beads, 4mm dark green faceted glass beads & 5mm light olive faceted glass beads with a heart shaped magnetic clasp in this piece.       

I decided to make it so that it could be worn with the clasp in the front or the back, so here is the other view...

Have really enjoyed getting to see what other people do with their beads as well...and maybe someday I'll actually win one of the prizes that are are available to the participants!  Let me know if you enjoyed viewing my creation and if you would like to take part in this challenge, here is the address: http://tacklethatbeadstash.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-september-challenge.html
Happy Beading!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

As I'm new at having a blog, I didn't realize that it would be handy for anyone that came to visit my blog, to be able to 'hop' to another person's that was also participating in the Travel Blog Hop!~
So here are the links to the original participants! Happy Traveling! :) 

Iceland is the country that I chose for my entry in the Challenge to Travel Blog Hop. I hope that you find the country as interesting as I do!

Iceland is a fascinating and diverse country...one that I've always wanted to visit! In high school, I was assigned to do a book report about the country of Iceland, so I learned, at 16, about a radically different country and culture and became very interested in going for a visit. Alas! This has so far not happened...and I'm well past my teen years! :) This is why I pick Iceland for my country of travel. Please read on to find out some of the unique facts about a very 'cool' place!...pun intended! 

An Icelandic sunrise.
The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2(40,000 sq mi), which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.[6]  The capital and largest city is Reykjavík,[7] with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the country's population. Reykjavík, is the northernmost national capital in the world. 

The Icelandic Flag.

Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists mainly
of a plateau characterized by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while
many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by
the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just
outside the Arctic Circle

Eyjafjallajökull glacier, one of the smallest glaciers of Iceland.

Geologically, Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a ridge along which
the oceanic crust spreads and forms new oceanic crust. This part of the mid-ocean ridge is located above a mantle plume, causing Iceland to be subaerial (above the surface of the sea). The ridge marks the boundary between the Eurasian and North American Plates, and Iceland was created by rifting and accretion through volcanism along the ridge. 

I was inspired by the pictures that I have seen on Icelandic landscape to create my necklace and earring set. The fire opal crystal rounds reminded me of the red hot molten lava,   in the many eruptions that have taken place there, where as, the Tektite nuggets are reminiscence of the lava after it has cooled. The donuts of Mexican Zebra Jasper that I chose represent what I think of when I saw pictures of the glaciers, the white in them, of the snow and ice and the black, of the rock. I also incorporated clear crystal chips to reflect the abundance of water seen in many of the pictures of Iceland.

Gunmetal Rolo chain was used to make the necklace adjustable from 18" to 21"  

2012-08-26 19.49.07.jpgA close up...

Dainty earrings.

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The finished piece!
Many fjords punctuate Iceland's 4,970 km long coastline, which is also where
most settlements are situated. The island's interior, the Highlands of Iceland, is a
cold and uninhabitable combination of sand, mountains and lava fields. A geologically young land, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. 

Eyjafjallajökull major eruption, photo taken May 10, 2010

This location means that the island is highly geologically active with many volcanoes, notably Hekla, Eldgjá, Herðubreið and Eldfell.[37] The volcanic eruption of Laki in 1783–1784 caused a famine that killed nearly a quarter of the island's population;[38] the eruption caused dust clouds and haze to appear over most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa for several months afterward.[39]

The Arctic Fox was the only indigenous mammal in Iceland prior to the arrival of human.
Animals of Iceland include the Icelandic sheep, cattle, chicken, goat, the sturdy
Icelandic horse, and the Icelandic Sheepdog. Many varieties of fish live in
the ocean waters surrounding Iceland, and the fishing industry is a major part of Iceland's economy, accounting for approximately half of the country's total
exports. Wild mammals include the Arctic Fox, mink, mice, rats, rabbits
and reindeer. Polar bears occasionally visit the island, traveling on icebergs from

Icelandic landscape.
An Icelandic horse and a geothermal pool.
Icelandic culture has its roots in Norse traditions. The country's cultural heritage
includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, poetry, and the medieval Icelanders' sagas. Centuries of isolation have helped to insulate the country's Nordic culture from external influence; a prominent example is the preservation of the Icelandic language, which remains the closest to Old Norse out of any other Scandinavian language except Faroese
An page of Njáls saga from Möðruvallabók. The sagas are a significant part of the Icelandic heritage.
A typical Þorramatur assortment!
Þorramatur is a selection of traditional cuisine consisting of many dishes, and is usually consumed around the month of Þorri, which begins on the first Friday after 19 January. Traditional dishes also include skyr, hákarl (cured shark), cured ram, singed sheep heads, and black pudding.                       

I hope that you have enjoyed learning a tiny bit of information about the country of Iceland and seeing some pictures that represent it.

**All facts and pictures about Iceland have come from Wikipedia.