Spring Has Sprung!

About a week and a half ago I opened up my mailbox, and to my delight there was a package from!  Here's a peek of what I received:


I've always loved Spring.  The feeling that everything is made new and fresh gives me hope and excitement for whatever is to come.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I always knew that Spring was coming when I saw the first crocus poking its green leaves up out of the (sometimes still snowy) ground, and the first robin redbreast sitting in our crabapple tree.  As the days got warmer, I knew I would see waxy yellow buttercups and lavender purple bells along with brightly colored tulips, daffodils and delicately scented apple blossoms.

Along with the first signs of Spring inevitably came cleansing rains and, many years, another dusting of snow before the season was officially in swing.

"Spring Beauty"

The colors and design in the Blossoms and Bird Stoneware Pendant were the inspiration for this necklace, that consists of three strands from which the pendant hangs from a handmade sterling silver bail.


The first strand is made from matte red 6/0 seed beads that echo the gorgeous red color from the robin's breast.

The second strand is made from crystal 3mm Faceted Bicone Crystal beads representing the inevitability of that last dusting of snow sometime in late March, sprinkled with delicately shaded turquoise fluorite saucers representing the cleansing rain during the month of April.

The third strand is made from beautiful Amazonite roundels wire-wrapped with sterling silver wire, Metallite 6mm Antique Silver Oval Links, and tiny Czech bell flowers.


If you are interested in owning a piece of Pacific Northwest Spring, I will be listing this necklace in my Etsy shop within the next day or so.

I have another spring-themed necklace in the works, so check back soon!

Necessary Legal Stuff: I have received the following products free of charge from Artbeads and I am honestly reviewing them. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received: Stoneware Rectangle Pendant - Blossoms and Bird, 10mm Red w/ Light Picasso Lentil, Metallite 6mm Antique Silver Oval Link, and Metallite 13x7mm Antique Silver Floral Oval Rectangle Bead.
Cindy said...

Molly, your Spring necklace is absolutely beautiful! I love how you pulled the colors from the pendant and added the multiple many details. Must have been time-consuming, but worth it! :-)

stregata said...

Looks like you have all the elements representing spring and it is lovely!

Davinia said...

The focal bead is just darling and you've captured the colours in the strands beautifully. I love it.

Riki Schumacher said...

Molly, this is so pretty. What a great job you did. I love it. The colors are so pretty together, and love the multiple strands. Hugs, Riki

Anonymous said...

such a pretty necklace! love all the colors together.

Barbara Lewis said...

Absolutely beautiful, Molly. Red and turquoise together ... stunning ... and just enough "bling!"

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

You are amazing, dear friend.
I want to be you when I grow up!

I've missed you, thought of you a lot, lots has been going on, that's why i'm just now getting to your blog.
i'm going to your etsy shop and hope there's nothing in there that has my name on it!! LOL

I love you, I miss you, Jan

Tami Roth said...

Oh Molly, that birdie is just precious!!! I'm sure he loves the colors and beauty that you chose for him!
Pure talent!!!!
Tami said...

Beautiful! Molly, I really enjoy the way you balance your designs. You have a really nice eye for putting together pieces that flow.
And I just adore pale blue with red!

Lorelei said...

STUNNING necklace! I love the pendant you chose, and the beads compliment it perfectly!!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

The textures of the beads add such sophistication to the bird bead!!! Don't you just love spring in the desert. The smell of orange and lemon blossoms are so intoxicating

diane said...

What a beautiful job you did pulling all the colors out of this gorgeous pendant and adding multiple strands! And, your symbolism for each is really inspiring =) Beautiful always, my friend!!