Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Alenka

Today we are celebrating Alenka's birthday with a butterfly-inspired hop. She loves these beautiful little creatures that she calls METULJI!  

I do love the amazing colors these little guys can come in, along with lots of other small creatures in our world. For a bit of fun eye candy, check out my pinterest board for some inspiration.

Alenka is an amazing polymer artist who creates beautiful beads, cabachons and even something called 'inchies' out of polymer clay. She has such an eye for color, and I simply love her heavy use of vivid spring colors like yellows, oranges and sprout green. If you haven't seen some of her other work then check out the interview I wrote on Alenka a year ago right about this time in our March/ April issue of Bead Chat Magazine (Pages 86-89). Just look at those sweet flower earrings she made! And one of my all-time favorite pieces ever ... the zipper heart. Her creativity knows no limits.





Ok, so on with the hop. I confess that I love looking at butterflies out in the yard, on a hike or up at our cabin in the Adirondacks. We always get a large variety of admirals, and several with vivid reds and oranges. But when it comes to jewelry I don't usually use butterfly shapes. But I knew this hop was coming up, so I purchased a beautiful silver piece that slips on to a licorice leather band. So I created a simple, rustic bracelet for the hop.

Be sure to check out everyone else celebrating Alenka's special day: Alenka (our host), Monique, Beti, Kathy, Kepi, Christine, Amy, Dini, Alicia, Sheila, Therese, Rebecca, Rachel, Liz, Ana, Jasvanti, Carolyn and Nan. That makes 19 of us (including me) ... happy hopping!

24 comments:

bailaora said...

elegant project!!!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Simple and classic; I love it!

Amy S. said...

How does the phrase go? "Less is more!" I love your piece. That silver butterfly is darling and I would most definitely wear this bracelet!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Butterflies are so inspiring! I love the simplicity of your bracelet. Great to wear with a pair of jeans!

JoJo said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
The bracelet is simply beautiful, one that I would wear often.
Therese

Christine Altmiller said...

True Cynthia today ~ a beautiful, understated, very wearable piece then showing some of the best art of the hostess :-) You are a gift to the beady blog world, that is for sure.
Alenka's zipper piece knocked me out the first time I saw it and it still does! And her inchies ~ those little squares have so much beauty in them!

Duni said...

Classic! I bet your daughters want one! The zipper heart pendant is unique and fabulous!!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

A lovely and classic design, Cynthia... would be at home with any style :)

Thanks for sharing the Bead Chat link. I don't always catch it when you publish :(

Beti Horvath said...

Wow! I almost missed your sleek sophisticated design while looking at Alenka's pretties. But you have really created a piece that honors the butterfly design. Beautiful!

Kepi said...

I love the simplicity of your bracelet, I would have that as my go too bracelet - perfect in its design!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the leather bracelet-very elegant and pretty.

Pepita said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you very much for having joined me in this blog hop!
You always come up with a beautiful design even if it's a simple one.
And you left me speechless with your post about me ... thank you again :-)
Alenka

Caron Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Alenka! This is a lovely design Cynthia - beautifully done as always!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Well Happy Birthday to Alenka! I am just loving that butterfly bracelet ;)

Nan Smith said...

Classic bracelet! I love it!

sheilaposter said...

what got me excited was the fact that you participated in the Game of Thrones blog hop. I love that show too but couldn't think of anything to make. How fun to create jewelry for that show We could have a character with a butterfly for his stigel. the butterfly knight

Liz E said...

I went to your pinterest link and got lost for a long while. After all that color and pageantry it's interesting to see that you decided to go with simplicity. I love simplicity because it brings us inward. When we are always seeking to be razzle dazzled we miss out on the stillness. Great choice.

Dini Bruinsma said...

Very elegant, classic and stylish, all these things at the same time... Love♥ this design!

Mama Zen said...

That bracelet is gorgeous!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I love the simplicity of this bracelet...you can wear it solo or stacked! I have very few flowers in my yard....lots of green stuff though...so I miss seeing butterflies!

Jasvanti Patel said...

Your butterfly bracelet is beautiful!!

Memories for Life said...

Love her polymer flowers! And your bracelet is a perfect tribute to her love of butterflies :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love butterflies, too!
You've created a lovely and elegant bracelet!

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