Thursday, 5 June 2008

From hot to icy and back to warm!


It looks like it's 'blog day' again today - the sun is shining, the garden is full of flowers and I have some more flowery pictures to show you ... some natural and some beaded!


First of all; we went to Lea Gardens in Derbyshire at the weekend which is renowned for it's rhododendrons and azaleas. Some of them were past their best and others had been damaged by all the rain we've had recently, but there were still lots of bright and brilliant blooms everywhere and the woodland walk area was filled with the scent of the lily of the valley. It was a lovely day out, the weather was perfect and we spent quite some time sat in the sun at the seating area at the tea rooms which overlooks the whole valley, drinking coffee and eating yummy chocolate cake too. If you look closely at their website you may spot a picture of me at the tea rooms taken some years ago!



On the beading front, I have finished the blue flowers that were shown as a 'work in progress' on my last blog post and created my Frosted Flower Fall necklace. In contrast to the hot summery picture above, this is a winter themed necklace with three icy blue flowers worked in various sizes. They each have a frosted sterling silver bead centre and I have just hung them simply from a sterling chain and clasp. It is hanging from a bust beside me as I type and I must admit I am pleased with it - very simple but also quite elegant I think ... I'd love to know what you think, so please feel free to leave a comment!



Finally for today, I have discovered that my Copper Hibiscus lariat is in an Etsy treasury with the fun title of - Cockney Grasshopper - can you guess???? It's COPPER! It's a beautiful warm collection of wonderful coppery tones and blacks and mine is the only beadwoven piece ... and (oh dear) the most expensive!


17 comments:

  1. Lovely picture of Lea Garden's, will definately try and get up there sometime.

    The icy blue flowers look stunning and elegant, beautiful. Congrats on featuring in another Etsy treasury xx

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  2. Those little flowers are beautiful. And congrats on the treasury! That's a really pretty collection of copper-toned pieces. :-)

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  3. The Lea Gardens flowers are beautiful and refreshing! One can be inspired by these colors.

    Your little blue flowers are lovely!

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  4. wow, your new necklace is lovely!

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  5. Love those icy-blue flowers. Simple and elegant!

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  6. Love the Rhodos! They grow wild here in British Columbia Canada. The icy blue flowers are beautiful. Simple and elegant!

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  7. Lovely necklace! We also have lots of rhodies in the Pacific Northwest USA and they are in their glory now. It's a splendid time of year, very inspiring with the colors splashed about.

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  8. I love your blue flower necklace. I'm glad you left it simple so you can really see the flowers.

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  9. Love your necklace. It has such a pretty cool blue. Congratulations on getting in the treasury.

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  10. Love the blue flower pendant! Beautiful

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  11. Beautiful, simple and stunning.
    This is hard to achieve all together, but you got it here!

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  12. Lea Gardens looks lovely I should visit it sometime it must be about an hour from here. Congrtas on the tresury
    x chris

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  13. The necklace is lovely. The delicate flowers and the delicate chain really do give an impression of snowflakes or ice crystals... very wintery.

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  14. Hi there,

    I've just started a blog about beading. I love your work and have added your site to my blog roll. I would love it, if you could link my site too. I will also be reviewing bead artists work shortly, so if you are interested, please let me know.

    Thanks kindly
    Jess

    My blog is at:

    www.vitrospective.com/blog

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  15. Thanks for all your fantastic comments everyone!

    Kerrie x

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