Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists: Reveal #6 ~ featuring Cynthia Macatha

Hello, hello - and welcome to the sixth reveal of the CC7A, the group of 7 friends crazy enough to accept to get together an work with each other's choices each month.

This month is hosted by Cynthia ~ a lovely lady I never met in person (I haven't met any of the other 6 in person, we are online friends), and who seems my soul sister from all the stories we've shared!

It is June and Cynthia chose the eternal bridal theme: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I mentioned before this: hubby and I have eloped! That is not something you do in my culture, we are Romanic at the base of everything cultural (including language) and we do those big, crazy weddings, with traditions and what not. Would we had go that route, I would have ended up neurotic, I am sure, so we decided on a very simple visit to the City Hall: I do, I do, sign here, congratulations! and off we went our way. We didn't even have our wedding band - on our walk from the City Hall to the park we passed a big jewelry store in the heart of the city, we looked at each other and we asked ourselves: should we get some?! We got them ~ and we still share a good laugh about the day. And good memories. And a strong marriage of 18 years and 30 days (today :) ).

That being said - we don't have the something... saying either, and I didn't wear blue or white that day (I went with red and pale yellow) so Cynthia's choice came as a surprise. It's an 18 years later reminder of a lovely start to a great journey.

I did not take pictures of the package, but from Cynthia's original post you might know it's about something old (reclaimed sari silk), something new (imperial jasper), something borrowed (several remaining leaf toggles from a ZnetShows hop) and something blue (apatite rounds). I added my own something vintage in here (the flower connectors, from a recent package from my mom) and here is what happened:

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists: Reveal #6 ~ featuring Cynthia Macatha: sari silk, imperial jasper, leaf toggle, apatite rounds

I think I like where this is going... let's see if I can deliver!

One note about the pictures: we are traveling right now and I took the unfinished necklace with me... I have no props for the necklace, so I used the bird calendar we have in the trailer :) hence the curious colourful stares!
The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists: Reveal #6 ~ featuring Cynthia Macatha: sari silk, imperial jasper, leaf toggle, apatite rounds, wire working, ooak necklace, June Dream :: All Pretty Things

The sari silk, along with blue suede went around the neck, as usual.

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists: Reveal #6 ~ featuring Cynthia Macatha: sari silk, imperial jasper, leaf toggle, apatite rounds, wire working, ooak necklace, June Dream :: All Pretty Things

The flower connectors with the apatite rounds make the necklace, and the leaf toggle ended up as a focal, along the imperial jasper. The wire on the jasper is a dark blue by, err... design :) nope, by lack of thinking ~ when I left I put all sorts of copper wire in my bag, but none of the silver. How I thought I will finish a silver necklace without silver, I cannot tell you!

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists: Reveal #6 ~ featuring Cynthia Macatha: sari silk, imperial jasper, leaf toggle, apatite rounds, wire working, ooak necklace, June Dream :: All Pretty Things

I was thinking to add some of the sari silk and suede as tassel 'fringes' on the bottom of the leaf (between the jasper), but that will have to wait until I get back home and in the possession of some silver wire.

This is it: my 'June Dream' ~ a lovely piece with beautiful components that worked very well together. I wore it yesterday, to test it and I had the mom of one of our young athletes (we are in Ohio, training with the Junior team for upcoming competitions) commenting "You have very intriguing necklaces - a new one every day and I've never seen designs like this, with the fabric around the neck". It felt very good :) I told her I'm making them and she then said "That explains it!"

Thank you for visiting today and staying for a cup of memories :) and please visit the group ~ it promises to be an interesting get-together, apparently the ladies all have something intriguing to share!

Cynthia Macatha (June host)
Emma Todd
Monique Urquhart (January host)
Christine Altmiller (February host)
Sally Russick (March host)
Therese Frank (April host)
Alicia Marinache (May host) <- you are here

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Unhappy about life ~ fable

This has arrived in my email recently ~ a good reminder of what's truly, truly important in life.

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A young man was complaining about being poor. One day, a wise man heard him and asked:

- So you seem unhappy with your life, because you have no money?!
- Yes, sighed the young man.
- Are you healthy?
- Oh, yes, I can be very proud of my health!

The wise man held his hand and said:

- I offer you 10,000 for this hand and 1 million for your eyes.
- God forbid! the man exclaimed
- Well, can you see now how much 'wealth' God gifted you with?! Stop complaining: you have everything you need to make a living. Be happy!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of 7 artists - May reveal: Seasons

If you're looking for the Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - please click here!

Welcome to a new CC7A - the lovely group of 7 artist friends who are creating on a given theme each month, with someone's choice of beads.

This month I am hosting the party, one that reflects upon and celebrates 'Seasons'. Weather-like seasons or personal seasons :)


We had to work with gemstone cabs and a strand of gemstone beads - mine was an Amazonite group and I have to tell you upfront, I don't recall who received what, so it'll be a surprise for all of us.

I kept the amazonite because of the colour - it is one of my favourite: a light blue, the colour of water, sky, and - for me - happiness. The season I chose is spring, the season I used to love the most (I still love it, but here, in Canada you never really know when it's spring, it always seems to jump from winter directly to summer :) ).

I won't lie, I almost not posted (again!) - I had one design in mind, and that design meant I had to get to the studio in Hamilton... as luck would have it, the entire week something happened on the day I wanted to go until there was no more time! Now what?!

I sat today looking at my cab and asking for help from any higher power there might be. You know how some beautiful things can be born out of necessity?! Well, that was me last night. At 11 pm (yes, you read it right) I picked the cab and the strand of beads and sat at my improvised 'working desk' in the living room. An hour later I was ready to take pictures (and most of the time had been used to make the actual necklace, not the pendant! I kind of dislike knotting now :) ) and here is what I am ready to present you:

The Waterfall:

CC7A May: The Waterfall ~ amazonite, ooak necklace, wire wrapped :: All Pretty Things

I've been seeing this type of wire wrapping for a long time, and wished to try it... no time like 'now' - I tried it and I love it! I have to figure a couple of things out, but for a first try I am pretty pleased with how it came out.

CC7A May: The Waterfall ~ amazonite, ooak necklace, wire wrapped :: All Pretty Things

I still need to add the clasp, it was way to late at midnight to hammer wire :) it'll have to wait until daylight.

CC7A May: The Waterfall ~ amazonite, ooak necklace, wire wrapped :: All Pretty Things

Originally I was worried about this design, I thought it'll cover too much of the stone. Now I like how the swirls add some character to the stone, without taking away its beauty. I believe this design is better than what I originally had in mind ~ but I'll still want to try my original design... I have to chose another cab and try.

Thank you for stopping by today - and please make sure you visit everyone else as well, can't wait to see what they have created!

Alicia Marinache (May host) <- you are here

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Creative Continuum of 7 Artists - May preview

If you're looking for the Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - please click here!

Welcome to a new CC7A - the lovely group of 7 artist friends who are creating on a given theme each month, with someone's choice of beads.

There are no hard rules - we 'met' late fall and sent each other a package of goodies, and as they all came around December, it felt like Christmas every day when a new package would arrive!

I missed April, I will post in a few days my 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds' creation, based on Therese's choice of beads (her own diacritic glass cab and an assortment of lovely beads). April has been a crazy, crazy month for me: the school has piled a lot, then Easter, then our first competition of the season... by the last day of April my body had enough and it told me in no questionable terms. Hence I spent the following week mostly resting and taking it very, very, *very* easy. I still am on a lower speed than my usual Formula One :) And that's why I am behind with a few tasks (but I did my taxes in time!).

Anyhow... I am hosting the CC7A in May! And since my laptop decided to take a break too, it has been completely wiped a couple of weeks ago (on purpose, by my skillful hubby). I thought I backed-up everything, but I cannot find the pictures I took of my packages. Truth be spoken ~ I cannot remember if I took them off the camera back in November... Oh, well... It's a pity, because I loved the combinations, and I also made the boxes myself, from Christmas cards. Hopefully one of my lovely friends took a picture for me :)


This is (partially) what went out: a cab of green moss agate (not pictured), pink quartz, picture jasper, and amazonite, along a strand of the same beads in 8 mm (I believe). All from Robert Hall Originals, a local shop and much more than a shop (lapidary studio and what not). I bought them at the Gemstone and Rock Show, back in September - we have 2 close by, one in April, one in September and I love both.

Please come back in a week - next Monday it is the 5th reveal of the CC7A adventure.