Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cool Spring Color Inspiration

So much color inspiration comes from the beautiful place that I live, and right now I'm surrounded by a riot of greens and purples of every imaginable shade.

Chives just ready to burst.

This iris just flutters in the breeze-- so fancy and elegant and fragile.

You can smell them, can't you? Check out the sunbather.

This columbine is so lovely but is only here for what seems like a minute-- and then it's gone.

This clematis is as big as a saucer.

I know the warm golds and electric yellows and cherry reds and hot pinks are all right around the corner. But for now, I'm so happy I can ease into it with the heady scents and soothing sights of spring.

Button Swap Blog Hop Reveal!

Happy Mother's Day to all you blog-hopping moms out there!
I've had a great time participating in my first ever blog hop-- Cindy Wimmer's Button Swap and Blog Hop. Before we get to the goods, in this post you can see the great variety of buttons that my swap partner, Karen McKillup of bd-enthusiast sent me. When I received her package of buttons a few weeks ago, I dove right in and put one of the metal jeans buttons together with one of my fused glass buttons.

Added some french seam binding, gunmetal chain, and strips of unprimed canvas painted by artist Elaine Wells, and the result is this boho-beachy cuff in watery seaside colors.

In the second piece, I really thought about what would set off the beautiful creamy-pink carved rose, and I began making a long, vintage-y necklace. No matter what I tried, the sweet button was getting lost in the busyness of the thing, and I really wanted it to be front-and-center. Eventually I paired the carved rose with several vintage metal buttons I had on hand in a variety of finishes. Winner!
I smashed the antiqued brass and silver finish buttons, and put them together with hammered and heat-patinad copper to create this funky, wide-band statement ring.

Sorry for the shadowy photos-- lost all my daylight while I was hammering! This was my first soldered ring from sheet copper, and I really like the contrast of the hammered mixed metals with the carved rosebud. I think I will be messing around with these button-rings a bit more.

Here are the glass buttons I fused for Karen, my swap partner.

I had a great time participating in Cindy's swap-- pushed me to try some new techniques and materials. Thanks to Cindy, Karen and the swap participants for stopping by to see my results. Here are the other swappers-- I hope you take a few minutes to click your way through their results over the next few days!

 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)