Grandma Brenner had a TON of circle pins, many of them still in pretty good condition (Paste/rhinestones intact). Randy's Aunt's stuff was heavy on the "statement" pieces made of mostly wood or plastic. Some of which I didn't think were worth taking apart. I found some strands of wood/glass from both of them that I liked - the wood in particular.
There's no clear project in the above picture - I have some "rejected" acrylic pendants for one reason or another - bubbles, buckling, I hate that! I also have a bunch of crystals from flea market purchases I have taken apart - in this case, wine glass charms. I'm still working on a series inspired by Fresh Home Magazine's exotic locations layout, I have finished "India", "China", and "Australia" and am working on "Brazil" -- greens, the wood I re-purposed from Grandma's necklace, bone, and little hits of fuchsia. Very springy!
I finally obtained some photos of these inspiring design layouts to show you the colors that has me humming.
|Australia - love hte various blues/greens with the white that pops!|
|I love the soothing greens/bamboo (or wood) with the pop of fuschia!|
|Ah, lovely China!|
|I think this is my favorite! India with bold pinks|
and orange and yellow and hammered silver - sigh!
My mother is coming over tonight so I can tweak the two pieces she has submitted for approval for her church group's retreat - they want me to make 6 necklaces with their specific themes to give as prizes, and that will be fun, although I have a hard time making anything exactly alike - I would stink at an assembly line, I like each thing to be just a little different, even if I'm using similar charms or colors. Sigh, I gotta do what they want me to do!
Only two days until Las Vegas...it's been so hard not to buy anything, I keep seeing all these great lampwork beads and other things on Etsy that I want. Isn't that the way? When I have money to burn, I can't find anything but when I'm trying to be good I see so many amazing things that I have to grit my teeth and force myself offline and pretend I didn't just see that ONE focal bead, or that other ADORABLE tote bag, or that Pyrex Square Flowers casserole. I have to keep the big picture in mind -- Las Vegas + Flea Market + other insane shopping = need money for real.