Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sun Dappled

{Sun Dappled - featuring polymer clay large disk beads I made myself while at Heather Powers' Garden Party Bead retreat in May, peacock green seed beads on wire coils and hand patina-ed leaves on brass wires. For sale at}

The trees are filling out nicely around here. It is a good day when there is a bright blue sky with puffs of clouds and a slight breeze as I stroll along the Wisconsin River right outside my office. As I pass the towering oaks their fresh green leaves rustle a greeting as if they recognize you and are welcoming you back from the many months away. Is it weird to wave back or pat the sturdy knobby trunk as you would an old friend? I like to look up through the branches, admiring the way the light filters through the leaves and patterns my path. The birds chirp out a song and mill around on branches swooping down to chase a swarm of bugs at the water's edge for a tasty snack.

I created these earrings in the wee hours last night inspired by just that thought. I have to get myself moving again, but I have now switched my working hours to Fridays off for focusing on my jewelry business. Hopefully the skies will cooperate that day as I think I need some soul-boosting time among the birds and the trees.

I made those polymer clay beads from knowledge I gained from Heather Powers in her Garden Party Bead retreat last month. Notice the little key. Heather made me my own signature cane! So all the beads I made have that little key nestled in someplace. I would like to make more canes as it was such fun but I fear I may have forgotten all the knowledge I learned! I need to get back to trying this out again very soon as it was so much fun! Thank you, Miss Heather, for the inspiration!

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.


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  3. I love your signature beads! Both the color pattern and the tiny keys--brilliant! Love them with the contrasting hematite-colored beads and dark wire. So original!

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