Thanks to everyone who is stopping by to hop along with us. I am so honored to be hosting my first blog hop with all of you fine ladies. I cannot wait to meet you all, and read about what inspired you.
What I love about Alice is not just her distaste for arithmetic, but her open and innocent way to view everything. I love how she can escape into her fantasy world, and her grand adventures. Alice reminds me to have fun, take a break, DREAM, be innocent, be confident, and think like a child now and again.
My first piece is called, Absolutely Alice.
It started with a focal from Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels and More Skye Jewels. I just loved this tile with Queen Alice. It really spoke to me. It embodies everything I love about Alice. It reminds me that we need to be the Queen every now and again.
So, the necklace was designed around the things that make me think of Alice, like her beautiful blue dress (represented in the blue recycled sari-silk). I also wanted to make sure the necklace still felt like me (since I was venturing into new territory using an ephemera tile and filigree findings). So I found the perfect shade of sea glass for the focal, and used a brass sun to "bezel" it, and then attached it to the vintage looking backing by bending two of the remaining suns rays through it. I do not usually use these vintage like findings, but they go so well with Marie's tiles, I thought I had to try it out, plus, they are very royal, and queen like. I added shells of course, and found the perfect black and white striped ones. Black and white stripes always remind me of Alice's stockings. To complete the piece I made a small chunk of chain with brass spirals. "down the rabbit hole" makes me think of her swirling around and around. I am very happy with how my piece came together. I will think of Alice each time I see it!
And who doesn't love the tea party. Here is my "Twinkle, Twinkle little Bat" necklace.
It features a focal from Marsha Neal Studio. I used some more of my swirl chain and a swirl clasp I made as well. I added a hand stamped charm that says twinkle with a sparkly crystal drop off of it. It's simple, but I love it.
There are also a couple giveaways going on, so make sure to hop to every blog. Genea has an amazing stash of beads she made JUST for this challenge to giveaway, along with some other goodies!
I am giving away this little stash.
It consists of some bright yellow sari silk, a copper etched cuff (hand drawn by me) with some branches and the Cheshire cat peeking through all mysteriously, like he does. It also has some cool glass beads I got from the Best Little Bead box, but I am not sure who made them. They seemed very Alice to me. And last but not least, you get some of these whimsical black and white shells. All you have to do is hop to everyone's blog, and leave a comment here that you did. Honor system people. It would be nice if you leave a comment for each person too. It's not a long list, and its how we can all get to know one another. You can get a second chance to win by sharing the hop with a link to this post and leaving another comment telling how you shared. They must be separate comments to be entered twice. Make sure I have a way to contact you or you will not qualify.
Good Luck and have fun hopping to see what the artists below made!
Staci Louise Originals (you are here)
Libellula Jewelry and Cicada Silver
Nicole Valentine Rimmel
Jo in Wonderland
Fresh Baked Designs