Saturday, September 5, 2009

Studio Saturday - Anyone Gnome?

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

Last week's winner is Terry Biz. Congratulations! You have won a Geisha Pendant from the studio of Creative Impressions in Clay. Send Tari an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.

And now to the Humblebeads Studio...
Last night I had some unexpected free time and started making a few little acorn beads. I had made these last year for earrings, but decided I'd make some to sell as beads. I'm so ready for fall. I miss the leaves turning colors and crisp breezes. So of course I turn to my creative outlets for comfort. And while I was making the acorns a funny thing happened. They reminded me of gnome hats...

And before long, with a few trial and error experiments, these little guys had popped up. Why hello there little gnome. Does the world need a gnome bead? I'm not sure. Did I need to make one? Not desperately. But gnomes have been sitting on the fringes of my thoughts lately: there is a children's book coming out next year starring lawn ornaments and there was a cute Halloween costume for a baby that I thought would be funny for Jess. And so there you have it, with just the whim of an idea the beads have found their inspiration for this weekend.
And hey, you just can't make a gnome. I mean mushroom tops people. We need mushroom tops to match! I'm off to make a bracelet with a squirrel and rest of these woodland beads!

So as the last official weekend of summer is upon us, have you made the jump in your jewelry to fall designs? Maybe you have moved on already to winter or perhaps your work is not currently within the bounds of the seasons. I'd love to hear about it.

I'm feeling very generous, one lucky winner will receive a set of each of the new beads. Yep, one of each!

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