Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gemstones and Flowers Associated With Your Birth Month

I am so embarrassed that I have not been blogging regularly. I miss it and hope I am finally able to be here every day again.

I've been writing several tutorials on my image transfer technique and projects which can be created using it. I'm very excited that the first one is about to debut, but Lordy it has taken an age to finish! I admire authors more than ever now. I have discovered I have even less patience than my Momma has always accused me of not having. LOL Writing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. And frankly, while writing, my creative muse seems to have flown the coop. The clay pieces I attemped over the last month have largely been relegated to the Butt Ugly Jar.

I finally got a piece finished of which I was not too ashamed to enter in PCAGOE's February challenge, which is so exciting. The challenge, that is, not my entry.

The theme of February's challenge is "Gemstones and Flowers Associated With Your Birth Month".

I'm a June baby. Born on the very first day of the month, which is also appropriately enough, the opening day of Hurricane season in the U.S. My traditional birthstone is the Alexandrite, which I have never cared for, and my modern birthstone is the Pearl. The flower associated with June birthdays is the Rose.

This is what I came up with. The pendant is an image transfer of a Vintage Valentine with Pink and Lavender Roses and the rose pink beads are also polymer clay, which I stamped with a floral stamp and treated with eggshell acrylic paint to bring out the stamp design. I added Alexandrite Czech glass cathedral beads, brass spacer beads, and mother-of-pearl oval gems, a little twist on my traditional birthstone.

We have some really diverse entries this month. I'm in awe of the imaginations and creativity displayed by the other entries. I hope you'll visit www.pcagoe.com between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7 and vote for your top three favorite entries. Five lucky voters will also win a beautiful polymer clay prize made by one of our talented members.

February Challenge Entry - June's Birthstone and Flower - Roses, Mother of Pearl and Alexandrite Necklace (1)

Back to those tutorials.


Julz said...

Hello friend...Your birthstone necklace is ao sweet and adorable Lynda!!! I too dislike my traditional birthstone Its green...ick)..hehe.
a-hem...I am officially putting up my hand to adopt all pieces in your butt ugly jar...coz I just dont believe they would be as bad as you say!!..and am sure I would tresure them LOL:)
I am so pleased to hear you are writing tutorials...looking forward to seeing the first one...I can only imagine how much work goes into the whole process.
Also glad to hear I am not the only one to have lost their muse...although in your case you have an excuse...in the writing of tutes!!! Mine has flown the coop as we say here down under!


Hi - no need to worry about the blogging, it's so hard to keep up with everything in life. I'm gonna go quiet myself for a week or two and then it will be a nightmare to catch up, but to worry takes the fun out of blogging! We still love you and your beautiful jewellery!

Carolyn ♥

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, Julz! It is so good to hear from you again. Next BU jar I christen is yours, my friend. I'm afraid my mother and her senior citizens buddies commandeered the first 3! Gives them something to do on Tuesdays after cards. LOL

I feel like I've given birth to a 12 month baby with this dang tutorial. It is almost finished, putting the shine on it now!

Muses are fickle things, aren't they? Hope your returns home soon. :)

Carolyn, thank you so much! You're the best. If I can't get my muse back from looking at your gorgeous blog, I have no business calling myself an artist in the first place! :)

Laurel said...

Lovely piece, as always, Lynda. Ain't writing tutorials a B!$cH? It takes for-freakin-evah! After doing my huge one a couple of years ago, I've been loath to do more...but can't wait for yours to come out!

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, Laurel. I would love to read your Tutorial. Is it still available?