When Erin at Treasures Found / Tesori Trovati posted her Challenge of Travel: Staycation challenge, I had just spent my last few weeks exploring Washington, DC. My house had just been packed up and I was just about to leave for our new life in Brussels, Belgium. I knew that I wasn’t ready to jump right into this kind of challenge and highlight Brussels (maybe next year) but Washington, DC – oh yes – I could highlight Washington easily.
I have had the privilege of living and working in the Washington, DC are for the last 6 1/2 years. Who knew that when we said yes to a posting in Washington that I would fall hopelessly, completely, totally in love with the place. I don’t have enough adjectives to describe how much I enjoy being and living in Washington. I am getting a little teary-eyed as I write this thinking about all of the things I like about it. The confident architecture, the stately National Mall, rugged Great Falls, the trees…oh the trees….cherry trees, magnolias, conifers, maples…. so, so many trees. There, I am smiling from ear to ear just thinking about it.
When thinking about what I should make to honor my time in Washington, I thought about what got me started in jewelry making. Cindy Wimmer, who was first my friend, become my mentor and taught me how to make my first piece – a rosary for my then 2nd grader on his first communion. When I think of Cindy, I think of all of the things that she taught me and what I saw her wear. Cindy has a bracelet which she wears over and over again that I love. It is a simple wire bangle with coiled wire and a lovely large silver heart bead at the hand worked clasp. (BTW, you can find the bracelet in the book Wire Style 2). I love the style of the bracelet and thought that I could do something similar but with a little more color. When I think of color, I immediately think of Kerry Bogert. Kerry has a similar piece in Totally Twisted but it uses more colors that I wanted. I thought I could use the simplicity of Cindy’s piece with some of the color from Kerry’s and this is what I came up with.
This piece is made of sterling silver filled wire (14g and 22 g) with beads from HMB studios (I had to use red and blue, right?). It is a simple bangle to make and even easier to wear. I love it already. It now just needs a good pass in the tumbler (I have to figure out how to use it here in Europe) and it will be perfect.
Thank you Erin for organizing the challenge. Please be sure to visit all of the artists who will tell you all about their hometown. You can click here for the complete list.
Until next time,