Saturday, September 26, 2015

CC7A :: Indian Summer

It is my month to host our CC7A hop (Creative Continuum of Seven Artists) created by Alicia over at All the Pretty Things

As host, we have all had our turn at picking out a photo for inspiration and creating our own color palette. So for my inspiration I decided to use a photo I took from our place in the Adirondacks. It is one of my favorite spots; standing out on the end of our dock and looking down the lake. 

The photo is from last year in September. Which is when we go up to close the camp for the winter. Our camp is what is called a summer camp because it is not insulated. Which means that when the temperatures start to dip into the 30s at night it just gets to be too cold to be up there. And so by September we board it up for the winter and wait until spring to reopen.

As sad as it makes me to close it up, I do love the trip up this time of year. You can start to feel Fall rolling in with that crisp feel in the air. Fall has some of my favorite colors in the vibrant hues of moody skies and changing leaves. I love all the rich, deep oranges and woody browns. I know it is short lived, but Mother Nature really does put on a show! 

This year I did not make it up to our camp, but instead had a wonderful visit from my sister. September is her birthday month, and she decided to spend it with me! Well at least for one week leading up to the special day. I asked her before she arrived what baubles she wanted me to make for her this year, and she said something in an orange tone - check! And that was absolutely perfect for my September CC7A challenge! 

Her birthday jewelry this year was a combination of special beads pulled into a necklace. I used small round carnelian beads from India my mother-in-law gave me, another carnelian tube bead my friend Christine gifted me and then added one other special touch I had from our mom. I still have a few odds and ends left from our mom's jewelry box that I sparingly use. For this piece I used a small oval focal in a mother of pearl. It gives a nice little swing to the bottom of the focal to this necklace.

I wanted to create something a little different for my sister. This is a lariat style with one long piece of silver chain. I put a large hoop on one end and a tubular focal on the other that slides through the hoop. You can see she wears it up at the throat and lets the focal hang down; just as I designed it. And I think it looks wonderful on her! I also made a sweet little pair of matching earrings in Carnelian faceted, onion cut beads. You can see her wearing both of these pieces plus the cuff I showed you in my last post. I asked her to take a quick picture over on Facebook of her new pieces and she posted this picture back at work where she is all decked out in her new trinkets!

Thanks for letting me host this month Alicia, and for picking my favorite month for me! And now on to the rest of my teamies: Alicia, Therese, Christine, Sally and Monique.

18 comments:

BeadedTail said...

What a beautiful set! I love the lariat style necklace and the color is lovely! It's so nice you were able to use something from your mom's jewelry too to make it extra special for your sister.

BeadedTail said...

What a beautiful set! I love the lariat style necklace and the color is lovely! It's so nice you were able to use something from your mom's jewelry too to make it extra special for your sister.

Therese's Treasures said...

Gorgeous pieces Cynthia, I love the lariat and the earrings. Carnelian is one of my favorite stones the warm hues are so beautiful for fall pieces, my favorite time of year. Your sister look beautiful in her birthday jewelry made with your loving a caring hands, and what makes the lariat more enduring is the parts you used from the special people in your and your sister's lives.
Therese

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Carnelian...it's one of my favorites, too! I don't know how I missed your last post...but I LOVE that cuff! How nice to spend quality time with your sister (your gene pool is certainly chock full of gorgeous)! And, your picture should be framed, my friend - looks so serene!

Natashalh said...

What a beautiful birthday present for you sister! It looks like exactly the right project for an element from your mom's jewelry box.

Christine Altmiller said...

Carnelian ~ it doesn't get much prettier than that. And how you used it strong and sparingly in your sister's special lariat was just perfect! This has great style, beauty and sentimentality. The photo of her wearing your earrings, bracelet, and necklace is so beautiful ~ I love seeing your jewelry being enjoyed!
Thanks for the photo inspiration. As a fellow lover of lakes and summer homes, it saddens me to know you didn't see that view this year. Even though all the posts are not in yet, I may have been the only one who ignored the color pallet...I have a hard time with them. But I ran with that vibe ;-) Thanks for being you!

Janet Bocciardi said...

One of my absolute favorite stones - carnelian! Their color is so perfect for this time of year, too. Great shot of your sister wearing her new jewels. Lucky sister! Hope you're having a great Indian Summer. I too am mourning season's end, but looking out today at cloudy skies and rough water... still gorgeous.

Memories for Life said...

What a fun piece for your sister. I love how you took several different components and put them all together, especially a piece from your mom's collection :)
Great pieces for fall!

Liz E said...

Simplicity with a twist. Warm and lovely!

windrock studio said...

How wonderful to hear about your cabin on the lake and to see that great view and to see your sister wearing her gorgeous birthday jewelry ... I'm totally in love with the earrings, of course!

Veralynne Malone said...

Beautiful and so simple! Great job!

JoJo said...

Love it! And the fall inspired colours too. It's too bad you cant' get a couple of space heaters and bring them to the camp for fall weather. I have a couple that blow hot air and have auto shut offs and they work great for my house.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful set! The pieces look so pretty on your sister. I love the lariat style. Carnelian screams Fall foliage! Your inspiration photo is gorgeous. It is always sad to see summer end. Now we have Fall to look forward to. :)

KJ said...

Very pretty and just the right color for the title "Indian Summer."

Duni said...

The birthday set is very beautiful! How sweet to incorporate something from your Mom :) I love the sunset photo!

Jenny said...

Beautiful! I love the lariat style necklace!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I love fall as well beautiful colors! Yes Mother nature does put on a show for us :) The set you gifted your sister is beautiful! I love your jewelry hops. It's fun to see the different ideas you ladies come up with :)

CraftyHope said...

Oh, your pieces go so well with the gorgeous picture you took. How nice to have a place on the water during the summer. I bet it's lovely. Speaking of lovely, that shade of orange. . .it's juicy and delicious paired with the silver. I adore how you kept it simple in the lariat style. Beautifully done. It looks wonderful on your sister.

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