Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mama, we lub you, XOXO, from Julia and Laura - my Designer Quest entry

On the Australian Beading Forum where I'm a member, every few months, we have a challenge called the Designer Quest. All the participants would buy one of two different coloured bead packs prepared by a sponsor, and we would all create a piece using the same sets of beads. The closing date for the current DQ was midnight yesterday. I decided to go with the orange pack to challenge myself, as those were not my usual colours. The inspiration of the piece came from the dagger beads in the pack, which reminded me of feathers, and this is what I've come up with.


The names of the two little owlets, Julia and Laura, came from my best friend’s daughters. A little while ago, I made a necklace using some scrap fabrics I got from my friend’s tailor, and named the piece after her. When her daughters saw the pictures on my blog, Laura sent me this cute email:

“To Auntie Caroline (godmother),
Why does Mommy get to be called a jewellery Celina? Mommy gets to have her name in your website too and for me and Julia get to be DAUGHTERS it is not fair and please pretty please be in your website called Julia and Laura?
Love Laura
P.S see u soon.”

To make it up to them, I promised that I would soon make a necklace in their names. With this in mind, I made the owls with bronze clay, and hand dyed a piece of white lace in matching colours to use as a base. Have used most of the beads in the pack except for some seedies, and didn’t add any extra beads. Am quite happy with how this turns out. Hopefully it will get the seal of approval from the two darling princesses. Thanks for looking, and please click on the photos if you'd like a larger view.

30 comments:

  1. Caroline,

    this is beautiful as always - your work is just stunning.The owls are just adorable. I am sure that the girls will be thrilled with the creation they have inspired
    Sonya

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  2. I'm with wide open eyes ... It's a fantastic design and I love it!!!
    I'm sure the two girls will give their approval ... :-)

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  3. Thank you both, Sonya and Lyra. I'm off to work now. Will email my friend this evening and tell the girls about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they like it. Cheers! :)

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  4. Beautiful colors, texture, and components.
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  5. Thanks for the lovely comment, Eva Maria. :) Have a great day!

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  6. Caroline, what a gorgeous necklace! The beadwork is wonderful, and I'm in love with those owls. I'm sure that Laura and Julia will be thrilled. :)

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  7. Hello,Caroline:-)
    Beautiful,moody colors and fantastic idea with the Owls.Very unique design and the variety of materials used in the necklace emphasise its originality.
    Warm Greetings-Halinka-

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  8. Hello Saturday Sequins, Eva and Halinka,
    Thank you for your comments, ladies. Glad you like the piece. :)

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  9. Hi, Auntie Caroline,

    Hi I am Laura, I am happy to know that you made a jewelry that is named after me and Julia. I love your jewelry.

    I will hope that you will come or we will go to Australia for Easter.
    P.S. I have a rabbit called Choco and a bad thing is that Sunshine/ Sunny died :(:(:(:(:(

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  10. Hello Laura sweetie,
    Thank you for writing. I'm so pleased to know that you like the necklace, but I'm sad to hear that Sunshine has died. :( I'm sure Sunshine is now in hamsters' heaven. I hope you, Julia and Mommy can all come next Eater, and we can go to the Easter Show together. Otherwise Uncle Stephen and I will see you in HK. Please say hi to Mommy, Julia and Choco for me.
    XXX
    Auntie Caroline.

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  11. Hi, Auntie Caroline.

    How are you, I'm Julia and i seriously LOVE the necklace. The colors you use are so nice and the owls are so carefully decorated. I think the necklaces you design are so cool!
    I cannot wait for you to come and visit us in hong kong and cannot wait for the Easter Show! Para is happy and cannot wait to see you! (Choco hates me :( )

    Love, Julia :P
    XXXXX

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  12. Hello Julia sweetheart,
    So good to hear from you, and I'm so glad that you like the necklace. As it's named after you and Laura, it means a lot to me that you two like it. :) Can't wait to see you, Laura, Mommy and Para too. I'm sorry to hear that Choco doesn't like you though - maybe you should try feeding him/her some carrots, and hopefully he/she will become your friend. Take care sweetie.
    XXX
    Auntie Caroline.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous and stunning creation as always, Caroline.... LOVE the Owls and i'm glad Julia & Laura like the necklace... :)

    Love Jassyjewels....aka Debbi... <3

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog, leaving such a lovely comment and following, Deb. Very much appreciated. :)

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  15. Just one word - amazing!
    Greetings,
    Susy

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  16. Estoy enamorada de tu trabajo!!!!
    Me encantaría que algún día yo pudiera crear cosas tan lindas como tu!!!!!
    Un cariñoso saludo!!!

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  17. Thank you, ladies, for commenting on the piece. I'm pleased to know that you like it. Have a great day!:)

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  18. It's both cute and amazing! Glad the girls got their names on your jewelry, sorry for the hamster.

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  19. Thank you for visiting and leaving your comment, Peikkonen. The girls are very cute and I'm so glad that they like the necklace. :)

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  20. Che splendidi lavori!! Che meravigliosa combinazione di tecniche e materiali!! Le tue creazioni sono un piacere per la vista!
    Davvero complimenti!
    Betty

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  21. wow, Great Beadwork, Greeting Jenny

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  22. Each of your projects is surprising, I'm just delighted:-)))

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  23. Thank you for the lovely comments, Betty, JB-Bead-Design and Hannah. I'm very pleased that you like the necklace. :)

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  24. Bonjour,
    J'ai visité votre blog et j'ai été ébloui par de si belles réalisations. J'aime beaucoup votre travail. Amicalement.
    maryy

    Hello,
    I visited your blog and I was dazzled by such beautiful achievements. I love your work. Friendly.(traduction Google)
    Maryy

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  25. Hello Maryy,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'm thrilled that you like my work. Have a great day!

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  26. Fantastic theme, colors, and elements :-)
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  27. Hello Mary
    I just happened to get here and I like your work very well.
    Your owls are gorgeous.
    Greetings...
    Silke

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