Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Art Elements April COM challenge

Sounds of time, like waves that flow
Endless hours that come and go.....

This month's COM for Art Elements is from Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions and was a beautiful swirly lampwork glass bead that reminded me so much of the sea and it inspired just a few quick lines of creative writing as I sat down to write this blog.. they have been in my head since the arrival of the bead.

Unfortunately for me this month has been one of the crappiest in the longest time as we lost our beautiful, young Simmy Cat...

... he was just a year old and leaves behind his sister 'Mudgy who has really struggled with his passing and of course our Gordy with whom Simmy used to play 'proper cat fighting' games but he was so good with Gordy who was brain damaged at birth (for those that don't know) and although he is 4 now Simmy being a big boy at such a young age could play with a cat that has no 'gentle button' but no malice.  Between him and 'Mudgy they helped Gordy in ways I could never have imagined or expected.  He is sorely missed by all of us and of course this impacted on the last couple of weeks, my creativity disappeared down a deep dark hole and is only really just coming back out....


When I first saw this beautiful bead and heard the sounds of the sea in my head, I reached for my bookcase and my rather dusty book of Chinese Knots - I love knots!  I had a small clean up in the studio and found my limited stash of silky cord.  

Now I love reading, everything and anything, although I do have a penchant for animal stories and like most people now I have the digital device for reading books downloaded BUT my most favourite thing in the world is holding a real book, smelling the pages and touching each leaf as I make my way through the story.  I lose myself in a good book.  As a result I love bookmarks and each bookmark I own can tell a story of their own.  I wanted this bead to be the 'anchor' of my bookmark - I don't know about you but for me objects can hold memories and although I didn't create this bead it instantly reminded me of standing on the beach, the wind blowing in my hair and the smell of the sand, the sea... I lived near the beach several times as a child and I love the solitude, the reflection of memories, it seemed a good fit to my recent loss.

Unfortunately  my concentration has been so intermittant that I have only managed the 'concept' of my bookmark but I like it so far, I will be finishing this at some point, there is always a book that needs a bookmark!  

Don't forget to blog hop around those that joined in this challenge to see what everyone else has been creating.

Guest Designers:

Sarajo Wentling

Deb Stewart

Art Elements Team:

Sue Kennedy

Laney Mead

Lesley Watt

Claire Fabian

Karen Totten

Cooky Schock

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Caroline Dewison

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Niky Sayers

Lindsay Starr

Jen Cameron


  1. What a great idea to use knots - simple but so striking. I love it!

  2. I am so sorry you lost a pet! I had made some pretty simple bookmarks once and my brother said that using one makes the book look nobler :) I am sure that this bookmark with such an exquisite bead will double the pleasures of reading :)

  3. It's looking good so far... great idea to use as a bookmark.

    So sorry about Simmy.... so hard to lose them so young. Love and hugs Laney xxx❤xxx

  4. I just love this! The Chinese knotting is the perfect thing to highlight this beautiful focal bead. My heart breaks for you about Simmy:-( Sending hugs.

  5. I like it Laney, can't wait to see it done! Gorgeous bead!

  6. Those knots are amazing! Wow! I can hardly wait to see it finished.
    I am so sorry about Simmy Cat. It's just heartbreaking when they leave us.

  7. That's gorgeous! I've always loved Chinese knots too, look forward to seeing it finished x

  8. Oh knotting! It is gorgeous - and yes to objects with memories. I hope you and the furry kids are starting to heal and get on better. So sorry!

  9. I'm so sorry about Simmy Cat X I totally adore your book mark, your knots are beautiful and I love that you were thinking out of the box never in a million years would I think to use a bead as a book mark!

  10. Looks great so far - can't wait to see the finished piece!

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss! Sending hugs! I'm amazed you were able to create at all... I hope you'll share when it's done.


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