Saturday, July 6, 2013

In a Summer Garden ~ the Seasons BlogHop

Lisa Lodge, of the Grateful Artist Blogspot , sent each participant in this blog hop a bag of beads, with a clasp of some sort, some findings, lampwork art beads, and assorted other beads.  

Our challenge: to make a piece of jewelry that evoked a season, or a season of our lives.

You can hop along from Lisa's page and see what others came up with.

My bag of beads was chock full of itty bitty butterflies, plus two froggie heads...

... so I went straight to summer.  I neglected to take a photo of the beads before I started. And there was no point taking a photo when I was done, because there were only a few left.  From my own stash, I used a few flowers, sterling chain and beadies, some split rings, and a whole lotta sterling headpins.

My bracelet reminded me of a Shel Silverstein poem.  Feel free to chant along,

The Garden

Ol' man Simon, planted a diamond,
Grew hisself a garden the likes of none.
Sprouts all growin', comin' up glowin',
Fruit of jewels all shinin' in the sun.

Colors of the rainbow,
See the sun and rain grow
Sapphires and rubies on ivory vines,
Grapes of jade, just
Ready for the squeezin' into green jade wine.

Pure gold corn there,
Blowin' in the warm air,
Ol' crow nibblin' on the amethyst seeds.

In between the diamonds, ol' man Simon
Crawls about pullin' out platinum weeds.
Pink pearl berries,
All you can carry,
Put 'em in a bushel and
Haul 'em into town.

Up in the tree there's
Opal nuts and gold pears--
Hurry quick, grab a stick
And shake some down.

Take a silver tater,
Emerald tomater,
Fresh plump coral melons
Hangin' in reach.

Ol' man Simon,
Diggin' in his diamonds,
Stops and rests and dreams about

Now be a peach and hop on over to see some more!

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs

Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes

Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads

Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

You are here!  Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Lennis Carrier, Windbent

Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space

Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days


  1. I'm in awe of how you took three contrasting colors to make one stunning image of summer. WOW!

    1. Thanks you. I was a little concerned when I started putting the blues in there, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

  2. Oh gosh, I loved the poem! Have to confess, I'm not much of a poem reader, so I've never heard of the author, but that is seriously cute, and many of the lines worked perfectly with your piece! Such a fun, happy bracelet!

    1. Thanks, Shirley. Check out some more Shel Silverstein. His poems are so much fun. And thank you for stopping by.

  3. I love those little frog heads. The bracelet is gorgeous and I love how the darker blue beads are scattered in.

    I love Shel Silverstein and I will be digging out my copy of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" to read to my kiddo. I think she will love it. :)

    1. Thank you, Tanya. And definitely time to break out Shel for the kiddo. No childhood (or adulthood) is complete without it!

  4. What a lush beautiful summer bracelet!

  5. I love the bracelet! It is so cute! Well done!

  6. This is a gorgeous bracelet. I love the color palette!!!

  7. Beautiful bracelet! I love jingly jangly ones the best!

  8. The bracelet is ADORABLE, and I think the mix of blue is great! It is a beautiful piece with all the little butterflies and your attention to beading, and great fun for summer and Shel! Thanks for sharing, what a treat to see.

  9. That's amazing. Thanks for the childhood memories too.

  10. What a GREAT post. Your bracelet is just as delightful as the Silverstein poem, fun-fun-fun!!!

  11. Eleanor, love your kitty cat favicon!

    Super fun jewelry and post: now that was summer! Shel Silverstein, being a peach, and frogs!

    Beautiful bracelet. You made the jewelry jump with joy! Love the blue flowers you added, and the beautiful dangles galore. Sweet, light-hearted, and gorgeous!


  12. Lovely bracelet and the poem is cute!

  13. Eleanor - your super cool Summer bracelet makes me grin. Love how you incorporated all the different colors. The poem is so cute! Great job, and thanks for being in the hop!

  14. What a lovely garden you've got there !

  15. Oh, summer again - love all the summery designs :) Your bracelet is gorgeous, full of fun and joy! The poem matches it perfectly :)

  16. Wow, your bracelet is gorgeous, love the colors of it and those little frogs are just the perfect addition to it.

  17. Your bracelet is beautiful and so fun!! I would have never known what to do with the frog heads - you did an amazing job!!

    1. When life gives you frog heads, make... a bracelet?? Thank you, Christine!

  18. What a pretty bracelet. Love all the color and texture in it. And what a lot of work with all those dangles. Very nice.

  19. What a lovely, whimsical piece. It's colorful and so many interesting beads to study. Looks like it would be fun to wear too.