Cinco de Mayo
is a big holiday in Mexico (and parts of the US) and I'm celebrating my 400th post here at Beading at the Beach!
I didn't think I had that much to show/talk about when I started this blog in March 2006!
I'm still collecting for the May bjp piece and have been doing more backs for the basho pieces and am now at 23 completed. Someone asked for an idea of which part of the book each piece was inspired by so I'm including a link here to the site that has several translations of the book and lists all 44 "stations"....so you can see what number a piece is and then check out the corresponding station number to see what text I started each piece from. I have to add that I didn't try to illustrate each station but used it as a starting point and then also added my own feelings about each piece and what was happening with me at the time. This is easiest to see on the first piece and in the show I will be adding a page of text to share what each element in that first piece represents. Some of the other pieces have a much more tenuous connection with their station!
Went inland yesterday to visit friends and got to experience 75 degree weather...heaven! On the way home we took the long way and managed to get some shots of our big river while it's still pretty small...about 16 miles upstream....and an old wooden railroad bridge that crosses it.
I'm still playing with the bjp pieces....here's the shorter legs with large beads on the bottom...the o-rings are keeping the pieces about half way up. I'm gonna live with it for a while...;)
I finished the small face finally...I don't think I'll be doing much jewelry for a while...it's just not what I want to be doing and so I drag my feet on it and it just sits around and stares at me. I have a nice brooch for my mom for mother's day, so I won't need to make anything until christmas...
Sooo....happy Cinco de Mayo and I'll be back when I have some work done.