Did I ever tell you the tale of Ms. Bougainvillea Bouquet? She's had a long and interesting journey and I was reminded of that today when I received my copy of Creative Beading Volume 6.
I created the first version of this necklace back in 2009 after a trip to Spain. I have always loved seeing these vivid clusters of colour on my travels and they had been on my 'to do' list for some time. When I came across these little Czech pressed glass flowers, I thought that they would make perfect centres for the bright pink bracts. I was pleased with the end result, but as I created that design I had no idea of what a special piece it would turn out to be for me. That first necklace sold pretty quickly and now lives in America, but the design had already been accepted for publication by Bead & Button magazine and so I had to create another identical one. I posted the finished piece and the instructions off to America and the project was duly published in April 2010.
It seems that (like her sister) Ms. Bougainvillea Bouquet Mark II also wanted to live in America though. Bead & Button magazine returned the necklace to me after publication, but she wasn't delivered and unbeknown to me she spent some weeks sat miserably at my local sorting office before being returned to the Bead & Button offices.
Instead of trying to send her home again, it was decided that she would be auctioned at the 2011 Bead & Button show to help raise funds for breast cancer research. As my Mum has had breast cancer twice and as Ms. B. is pink, it seemed like this was meant to be. That same month Ms. B. also graced the cover of Bead & Button Favorites magazine.
Today I received my copy of Creative Beading Volume 6 and found her on page 180. I think that is the end of her story and I am hopeful that she is happy in her new home and that she is bringing pleasure to those around her.
I have no idea how much she raised or where she ended up, but I am certainly very glad that I was able to give life to the spirited Ms. Bougainvillea Bouquet. Thank you!