Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Color of Dreams

I was immediately hooked on this challenge from Rita of Jewel School Friends because of the incredibly beautiful beads being offered up…so totally Technicolor. The beads were created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique. Thank you Rita for putting forth this wonderful challenge and for including me in as a participant and thank you Patricia for creating pure loveliness.  

I love, love, love bright colors; the more colors that are combined the better. I love to work with pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, red, blues….any color or combination of colors and the brighter the better. My husband is sometimes embarrassed because when in the dead of winter and everyone else is in black I wear bright pink jeans and a red sweater.  Color just lifts a person’s spirits and infects those around them with joy and happiness.

I loved the beads that Rita was going to send out so much I went to Patricia’s The Color of Dreams Boutique to see what else would catch my eye. Let’s just say – pretty much everything did. I had no knowledge of the bead I was getting but something just drew me to a pendant that was on her site (was it a dream). I figured I could and would just use the pendant in another project.  When my bead arrived from Rita I was thrilled to find that it matched quite nicely to the purchased pendant ….now what to create?  

Whenever I have a problem thinking of a design, finding a solution to a roadblock in my design or deciding what other colors to combine in my piece…I put the project aside and wait for the answer to come to me in my dreams. A solution always comes and I have never been disappointed with the outcome. When I mentioned to my sister that dreaming was how I solved design problems I was surprised to hear she does the same thing. Dreams are where my creativity knows no bounds and where anything becomes possible. I hope Patricia likes what I have created with her beads and I hope I have done Rita’s challenge justice!

I have named my piece “In My Mother’s Garden” because it takes me to a happy place in time. My mother was British and loved to garden. She especially loved her flower garden. There was a time when her garden was so full of color and bloom anyone passing by had to stop and take note. This piece reminds me of her beautiful flower garden.

In My Mother's Garden

No please take a moment to visit all my fellow dreamers!

Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog: The Color of Dreams
Patricia's Etsy: The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ Jewel School Friends
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  1. Debbie your necklace is a wonderful tribute to your Mother.

  2. Beautiful! My bead too reminded me of a garden. I love how you incorporated all the colors and the beading is outstanding. Seed beading is my new love and am really trying to make it work. Excellent work and beautiful piece. I know your mom would be proud to be so honored!

  3. WOW!!! Like your mother's garden, I have to stop and admire your lovely garden necklace. It's stunning.

    My mum was a British war bride who stowed away on a ship after the war ended with her 7month old baby(my brother). I'm writing a historical fiction about her experiences during the war. It's fascinating.


  4. What a beautiful coincidence, Debbie! I love it when serendipity plays its part :) Your necklace is so beautiful and must be very special to you. My Mum loved flowers, but as a military spouse, she rarely got to indulge her green thumb :(

  5. Great tribute to your mom!! Nicely done!

  6. What a great tribute to your mother's garden. This necklace is also a showstopper that causes a person to stop and enjoy it.

  7. Not only a beautiful design, but also a beautiful story!

  8. This is really Beautiful!!! I love it! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  9. Oh so very PRETTY! I love this! :) what joy is expressed!

  10. Gorgeous and strong colors to bright up anyone's mood. Well done!

  11. Love your piece and I also love bright color like you. Bright color always stand out in the picture LOL
    I am your new follower


  12. Your necklace is beautiful and the bead is the focal of it love the colors

  13. I'll say ditto on beautiful! The colors blend well with your design.

  14. Now that is so amazing how you picked out that pendant and it was the perfect one to go with your beautiful bead. Your piece is perfect!!! And in my dream, when I close my eyes I can just only imagine the beauty of your Mother's lovely garden.

  15. The story of buying a pendant that so closely resembles your random bead gives me chills! I love when something like that happens. It was meant to be. You made a beautiful work of art that is a lovely tribute to your mother.

  16. Isn't that amazing to pick such a matching pendant? It truly was meant to be :) Love your garden - and please keep wearing bright colours during winter! that's when we need them more than usual :)

  17. Your piece reminds me of my father's garden. His mother was a prize winning gardener and he could be too. Such wonderful memories and your piece brings me right back to it. Beautiful piece, indeed!

  18. What a gorgeous tribute to your Mom's garden -- that vibrant pink reminds me of the spectacular azaleas we had around our house in Alabama. They were such a joyous jolt of spring! Thanks for reminding me of them.

  19. Simply beautiful! I long to have a garden one day... Your mother--and your work--is certainly an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Oh yes, I love your necklace. I do not have the skills to work with seed beads and thread, but the combination is stunning. It does look like a garden and what a wonderful tribute to your mother.

  21. Oh your necklace is so lush and delightful, perfect tribute to your Mum's garden xxx

  22. Wonderful colors - what an inspiration the garden was. A very lovely piece.

  23. Delightful, delicious, stupendous! Gorgeous, beautiful, creative, stunning! Yep, I love it! Your bead work is fabulous & both the beads work so well together. Your mother would (Should) be proud!

  24. Audrey, this is the star of the show!! WOW!! What an amazing tribute to your mother's garden. I love color too. Living in Orlando, we also wear color in winter -- bold pinks, orange, rainbows in fashion & tropical flowers that bloom all year long. Patricia lives in Florida too. I love her beads for that reflection of our home, of the paradise here. And your post is paradise! Everything -- the bead & the focal bead, your magical dreams, your work as an artist -- comes together in such extraordinary beauty! I'm blown away & honored you created for our hop. Breath-taking. Giving. Pure gorgeousness.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts with our hop & making it so special. Bravo!

    1. I'm so sorry Audrey is there! A typo as I am making a surprise for everyone as I hop & have several windows open at once :) I know you are Debbie, Debbie!

  25. I love the colors... How lucky that your bead matched your pendant.

  26. Spring 2014 collection! This piece is a wonderful display of your talent and creativity.

  27. What a pretty piece. I love all the color in it. And what a great tribute to your mother's garden. I sometimes dream about my pieces, too, and come up with designs and color schemes.

  28. So many colours in ONE necklace! Your dreaming has had an amazing result, with a lovely name! A beautiful story...

  29. I love all the colors, and how you've made that little sead bead frame for your bead. Bead weaving facinates me ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

  30. This piece is stunning and a delightful tribute to your mother. I also just loved this post, and love knowing that you wear bright pink jeans!!! :)