Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Birdwatching

Each morning, I take our family dog, Sandy, out for a walk through the neighborhood where we live. Recently, it's becoming colder each day and in the last few days, I realized that no matter how cold it is, the flowers are still blooming in the fall season. I have thought of what I could use for inspiration and ideas for my glass beads during these walks. You know, I could literally choose someone's garden, note the colors of the flowers and work out my beads by using the colors I have seen, for example, in one set. Then, the next garden for the next set and so forth. Won't that be cool? I could call the series 'The Neighbors'! Anyway, that's a thought to pursue, isn't it?

Yesturday during our walk, I watched a black-and-white cat observing and catching birds. When he saw us, he sat ram-rod straight and gave us that look which said, whaddaya want? He reminded me of Sylvester from Sylvester and Tweetybird, the good old cartoons from way back then; and I came up with this fun set of beads 'Birdwatching'. The beads depict basically cats' profiles (with their muzzles on the sides of the beads), the bird, the flowers and shrubs (ok, ok, there were no tulips but I like tulips). So, you might want to know, why so many cats when I only saw one? Well, it's like a nightmare for the birds, isn't it? It feels like there are 10 cats trying to catch one bird, when that bird becomes a victim. That's why the set has more cats than birds. By the way, I do want to say that I love the cat artist and designer, Laurel Burch - her cats are my inspiration for this set as well.

Birdwatching
button-shaped beads


So happy to say that I have finally broken the spell of just using ivory colored glass for my leafy motifs! Finally gotten it out of my system. Yes, the below set has Double Helix glass added to the leaves.

Turning Over A New Leaf series: Ice Blue
button-shaped beads

Turning Over A New Leaf: No Greenhorn
lentil-shaped beads

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