Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Use the Muse contest - Royal Renaissance
A while back I entered this contest with hopes of being inspired. The beads within the kit were identified before the kit was received with a secret 'muse' component - that was not to be revealed to the participants until the kit was received and to the outside world when the contest was over.
My hope was realized - I was inspired! I was instantly taken with the colors, and the kit itself came bundled up in the neatest packaging.
The time frame was short for this contest, so there was no time to delay in deciding what I wanted to do. The rules were simple, use any or all of the components in the kit and incorporate whatever I wanted from my own stash. The only real rule - must use the 'muse'.
The muse turned out to be a beautiful brass filigree component. I have never worked with such a piece, I found it challenging and fun. You can see it at the top of the gallery of entries page. And while you're there - take a look at all those beautiful entries!
And the prizes for the winners? A treasure chest of mouth watering crystals, brass components and neat charms.
Royalty and renaissance immediately came to mind as I looked at these beads. My added components - size 15/0 Metallic Dark Olive Green Gold Luster beads; size 11/0 iridescent purple beads and 4mm center hole sew on Swarovski stones in Golden Shadow.
After snapping some photos last night, I noticed that the colors looked quite a bit different (on my monitor anyway) when I used different back grounds - the green seems to be much more visible on the blue background.
I look forward to the next contest sponsored by The Beaders Muse.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman