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Come Sail Away with Me - ABS Challenge Necklace and Earrings

Winslow Homer painting of a sailboat

Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903 by Winslow Homer

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October ABS Challenge - a Forest Nap

A Hedgehog in a Landscape by Giovanna Garzoni

9¼ x 15 in. 23.5 x 38 cm. bodycolor on vellum

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A Teaser of My Challenge Piece to Come

I think I told you that I'd made myself a promise that I wouldn't sit and create anything until all surfaces in my studio were clean.  Well, I did clean up a lot, seriously a lot!  I sent out 2 bins of magazines for recycling after tearing out stuff to keep and getting about 2/3 of that into my Spark binder.  However, with the month already half over I just had to do my September Art Bead Scene challenge piece.

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Autumn Earrings Fall into Place

Our Pacific Northwest ArtFire Guild just had a challenge to create something from a childhood memory of the Fall season.  Even though I'd actually been the one to come up with it (!) I stalled til the very last minute.

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I Like to Ride my Bicycle

When I saw this month's ABS Challenge painting I thought about how much I've missed riding my bike!  I grew up in the country and my brothers and I used to ride all over hill and dale and follow local railroad tracks to get to our small town's general store and its soda machine with Nehi grape pop.  That and a bag of Lay's potato chips were the fuel that drove us.

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Shadows in the Rose Garden

Rose Garden artisan necklace

Natural Denim Blue Sponge Coral Beads from Happy Mango Beads

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Celebrating Independence Day with Friendship

A guild I belong to, the Pacific Northwest ArtFire Guild, had a challenge to create something in the theme of Independence Day. Since we include British Columbia in our guild, Independence Day rather than the Fourth of July seemed appropriate.

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Ophelia's Return to Innocence and Purity

Shakespeare's Hamlet and Ophelia's part in it starts out like a classic Hollywood movie.  So much so that I can imagine even the first sets of audiences in London wanting to yell out in frustration when one or the other doesn't profess their love for the other.  At least in a Hollywood love story we are usually rewarded in the end with the hero and heroine's embrace and love ever after.  But alas, this is a tragedy.

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Hide and Seek Artisan Necklace: My First ABS Challenge entry!

I decided this month I would participate in my first Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge.  Fortunately the inspiration painting inspired me!  

Vintage Button bead embroidered necklace by Honey from the Bee

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