Autumn Sparkles: Reflections on the season!

Though later than normal, autumn sparkles if you take a good look around you!

autumn sparkles

autumn sparkles

I need to talk about beads, but I also want to talk about autumn leaves. Couldn’t this post be about both?

autumn sparkles

autumn sparkles

I rarely work in autumn colours, but I actually created an entire Bead Journal Project (BJP) series, working with fallen leaves from 2014. I collected, pressed, and bead embroidered a series of 12 leaves (actually 13, but I didn’t like one of them). I’m really a blue/green type of girl, but I did slip in a couple of fall colours! All suitable for pendants, or brooches! If you want to learn more, I have a class coming up in November.

autumn sparkles

Check out my much-neglected blog, at http://artfuldreamer.blogspot.com, to see many of my earlier projects (BJP posts, 2014 and earlier). I have ignored it, but it does contain a ton of photos, and details of my process!!! Facebook and Instagram (amd_artfuldreamer) are time suckers, but I hope to revive my blog! Okay, I’ll never give up Instagram, but Facebook is just getting annoying!!

Fall coloured ones! The skinny one is the one I liked the least. Probably because it includes brown, yet also because the shape is quite different from the others. I decided that if I ever made a wall hanging out of this series, that I would include this piece on the back. LOL!

autumn sparkles

autumn sparkles

I love working with natural objects! I’ve talked about working with stones and driftwood before, but look! I’ve even attached acorn caps to one of my 2011 BJP pieces.

autumn sparkles

I’m not sure these qualify as autumn sparkles, but I’ve used leaves in paper bowls. It’s about time I made a few more. I think it’s a simple process! It includes balloons, paper, inclusions (including dried, and skeleton leaves), and a glue-like stickum (not really a word) substance. I did offer a class a few years ago, showing how beads could be incorporated in this process. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very popular. So, I guess I need to keep these to myself! But what if I use a version of this process to make paper jewelery? I must think about this some more!

autumn sparkles

autumn sparkles

I stitched leaves!!! Designed and made in a workshop! I ignored the instructor’s instructions entirely, so won’t give her name! Once a rebel, always a rebel!

autumn sparkles

I want to make a freeform peyote leaf pendant! I did make one Russian Leaf, but didn’t really enjoy the process. Perhaps if I practice! Look at these! Not mine, of course!!!

mylovelybeads.com

autumn sparkles

spoilrottenbeads.com.uk

autumn sparkles

Autumn sparkles are late in Toronto, but I do enjoy the cooler weather! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, visiting family, and dreaming up new projects to share? What did you do?

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