Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Introducing: The Creative Continuum of 7 Artists

Introducing: The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists ~ an adventure in art creating with friends :: All Pretty Things
Last year I've been part of so many lovely blog hops based on various ideas and themes, that I wanted to host one myself. I haven't come up (yet) with a good idea for the general public, however I figured out I can 'twist the arm' of a few beady-friends, right?

I invited 6 of the ladies I consider my friends (even if I haven't physically met any of them - yet!) to join me. It has been hard to keep it small, but 7 is such a magical number, and I needed to keep it small.

Thus, 'The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists" (CC7A) has been born!

What is this all about, you ask? Quite simple: we have exchanged packages of goodies, based on a theme each chose and for the next 7 months each of us will host a blog hop where we all create a piece, or two, or more from the package we received from that month's host.

A little bit about the 6 lovely ladies in the Continuum: a group bound to create magic and enjoy life!

Christine of One Kiss CreationsChristine of One Kiss Creations: I e-met Christine through Therese, during various challenges, and I also had a surprise participation in their 'She made - She made' monthly challenge, when Therese sent me the same Boro lampwork they were using. Christine is a bead weaving wiz and I love her creativity; the beauties that come from her hands are true pieces of art. She's also very fun to listen to, I always enjoy her blog post and her humour. I will be looking forward to creating with her pieces - shortly, as she's scheduled for February!

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers

Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers: I met Cynthia through numerous challenges and blog-hops, can't recall which one was our first encounter, however I do recall thinking 'my kindred spirit!'. Over the past couple of years we found many things in common - and I am always taken by her artistry. Unlike me, she defined her style already (funny thing is Christine put a name on it!) as 'Ethnic BOHO' - and boy, she truly is the 'Ethnic BOHO' queen. Besides that, her blog post are always full with so much more than beads: she talks about history, traveling, life, tutorials, inspirations, family and moves from one subject to another with such ease.

Emma of A Polymer Penchant
Emma of A Polymer Penchant is a fellow Canadian and, as her blog name conveys, a Polymer Clay wiz. She creates intricate shapes in polymer clay, and gorgeous colours, I love her pieces. As with everybody else in this group, I met Emma during a blog hop and I fell in love with her artistry, her writing, her beautiful pictures, and her lovely daughter :)

Monique of A half-backed notion
Monique of A half-backed notion is yet another Canadian friend, from far east :) Too far - although I hope one day to visit that part of Canada and meet her too! Like Emma, her favourite medium is polymer clay and I am always in awe of her magic powers. Unless you hold her pieces (they are light, as any polymer clay piece would be) you'll never believe it is polymer. Even the texture is perfect - I own a few of her pieces now and I always wonder where she finds the time and patience to perfect the details. I connected with Monique in more than one way and lately we've been sharing so many stories, experiences, and moments, I feel I know her better than people I meet every day :)

Sally of The Studio Sublime
Sally of The Studio Sublime: if you've followed my blog in the past year you should know a lot about Sally by now, as she's the lovely host of the 'Focus on Life' challenge. I 'met' her before, and I was always intrigued at how different she views life: in a more deeper way than I was accustomed, and from different perspective than mine. This past year, through her Focus on Life challenge I learned a lot: about myself, about my surroundings, about life in general. She's a wonderful artist - and a complete one: she's not only creating beautiful jewelry in a mix of media, she also is an amazing photographer. When you read her blog you feel the passion she's putting in all her moments: being them jewelry designing, tutorial writing, or simply life.

Therese of Therese's Treasures
Therese of Therese's Treasures: I was lucky enough to be paired with Therese in an ornament challenge back in 2012... so now I am the proud owner of a few of her pieces, including an amazing beaded ornament. Therese's wizardry area has been bead weaving - recently she challenged herself with glass fusing, and I jack-potted again with a gorgeous, gorgeous glass cab (I receive tons of compliments on that piece!). I hope she'll keep at it, in addition of the wonderful beading she does (as I mentioned many times before, I am in awe of everyone who has the patience to manage those little pesky seed beads).

As you can see, we are a group as heterogeneous as we could get :) This is going to be fun, I can feel it!

This is what you'll be relegated to for the next 7 months:

Jan 26, 2014: Monique ~ National Gallery of Canada
Feb 26, 2014: Christine ~ Round and Round
Mar 26, 2014: Sally ~ Contrasting Color Palettes
Apr 26, 2014: Therese ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
May 26, 2014: Alicia ~ Seasons
June 26, 2014: Cynthia ~ Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
July 26, 2014: Emma (still debating on her theme :) )

Please join us on this adventure: we will publish a sneak preview about 2 weeks before the challenge itself, then we will all post on the 26th of each month with the reveal.

P.S. We've been back and forth with the name until Miss Sally proposed our name. Thank you, official Godmother Sally!


  1. I am really excited to be a part of this event~thank you for the invitation and for your kind words, Alicia!

  2. Yay! All my treasures are lined up by month with a little bit of paper for quick notes, in a basket. See I can be organized, lol. As for what is going out, well, I think I've got it now... I've only changed my mind three times. I'm so excited to share this with you lovely ladies. Thank you for the invitation to join in the fun, and the sweet introductions. Love it!

  3. Hi Alicia,
    I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful group of talented Ladies, thank you so much for including me. I am so unorganized and need to pull myself together and soon, but I promise to be on time with my creations each month. I am so looking forward to seeing what we all make with all the wonderful items that we have received.

  4. Oh this is going to be fun to watch! Awesome group!

  5. Great kick off Alicia! And so sweet of you to write a bit about all of us ... thank you for your sweet words! I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone makes for each of these themes. Let's get this party started :)

  6. Wow, I am so excited to start hopping and admiring designs, Alicia... I'm pretty sure this will be the first time I have "officially" created components for a creative event, so I'm really thrilled about that aspect, I admit :)

  7. I look forward to keeping up with your monthly challenges. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

  8. Beautiful way to start, Alicia!! Thank you for your wonderful words, I'm so honored to be a part of this very creative group. I can't wait to see each month's challenge unfold and what everyone creates with their little packages! So exciting!!!!

  9. Great fun! I'm looking forward to seeing what all the lovely ladies make :-)

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    1. From my mom:
      ~ Interesting idea! Success! ~

      Thanks, mom, we'll try!

  11. Wow, I have been sooo out of touch with everything! This sounds like fun. Looking forward to seeing these hops :)


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