I am not a Summer girl. I hate it, and hate really is not too strong a word. I love my state, but I could happily live at the North Pole rather than suffer through this sweltering, "steal your breath" heat and humidity and the gnats and mosquitos, which we seem to have 9 months out of the year in South Carolina.
My favorite season, by far, is Autumn. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the colors of fall, the brilliantly changing leaves; the crisp, cool air; trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains; and college football games.
In the 100 degree weather, with heat indexes up to 110, that we have been suffering through this week, my thoughts turned to those cool, crisp days and those brilliantly colored leaves. I started tagging my shop items with the 2010 Pantone Fall Fashion Colors and my mind started wandering to which of the new colors I have in gemstones.
I reworked this necklace using this "Tree of Life" pendant, my signature antique copper color blend. I added Picasso Jasper, Purple Impression Jasper, Desert jasper, Moukaite, and copper accents. I also added two handmade, hollow glass beads made for me by my friend Aja, who has a shop at Etsy called Wandering Spirit. Aja's work is so inspiring to me. I have purchased many of her hollow beads, and these are two of my favorites.
Now I'm in a Autumn state of mind, and I'm going back to the studio and conjure up a few more necklace designs in Fall colors.