Sunday, November 28, 2010

THE FLIGHT OF THE ROUND ROBIN

This is how my journey began. A lowly piece of a necklace started out, very typical of me, clean lines and earth and sky colors, nature, trying to keep that close to me. Simple things mean a lot to me. The large blue raku bead I purchased from Mary Harding a loooong time ago, and I am still mesmerized by it's character. A bit wonky, beautiful color and gorgeous markings, that I think resemble a human as a whole, beautiful and very individual, and of course, not perfect.I am sure by now you have visited Cindy's blog, Sweet Bead Studio, and have heard the story of our wonderful round robin journey, a collaboration of 5 women with so much more than jewelry in common. Besides having a piece of incredible art jewelry to carry with me for the rest of my life, the bigger experience here is that I now carry a bit of the strength, love, and persona of my round robin sisters with me......it is within me always.
We each created a journal to document our journey, this is the cover of mine, and below is a page I added to Vero's journal.
Here is a photo I managed to find of a portion I added to Vero's necklace. I do have to apologize for not having more photos. Either I forgot to take some, or I can't find them. I have a bazillion photos in my computer, but never put anything in files....ugh!
Cindy was gracious enough to send me some beautiful photos of my finished necklace. I wish I had close ups, but seems I was always so excited about sending my package on it's way around the world, that I never thought I would need beautiful photos of our process, or that we would land up in Belle Armoire Jewelry! This has been a dream come true!
I, as always, not being very organized, did not have a pouch for my necklace, and Renate sent me the sweet surprise of the bird stamped pouch she made for me. That gesture reminds me of what these ladies are all about, coming to your aid, whether it was making something or listening over emails of our trials and tribulations. I have never been so touched in my life. I think of this journey as beginning way back to the first few months I started blogging, and I came across a gorgeous blog by the name of L'atelier de Lilibulle. It was soooo gorgeous , sparkles floating through the screen and pictures of the most incredible, colorful little charms made of all sorts of things, I had to go to a translater page and find out what this was all about. I left a comment , I was so mesmerized at the beauty that came from France on the screen, and felt I had to get to know this person. From that first comment, Esther welcomed me beyond words, kindness that I had not experienced, and from there we became friends, and my friends became her friends, and vice versa, and the rr started.
I do know that I am short on photos, and I hope that you can pick up the magazine and share with us our journey. BUT, if anyone knows me, it is really not about the piece of jewelry that I can hold, it is about the heart and soul and the spiritual connection that the necklace created. I have touched the same things that my sisters have touched, and I have felt their love and emotion, and nothing means more than that. Each of these women have been a pivotal part in my growth as an artist, but more importantly as a person. They not only transformed my necklace, they transformed a part of my being, and I am forever grateful.



Like Cindy, I would like to offer these few items as a little giveaway to all of you who always support me, and visit, and come to share in my little world...you ALL mean so much to me.
I have a bezel I filled with a part of my original collage work, and filled with Ice Resin, an etched copper piece I made, you probably would want to oxidize, and the vintage handkerchief they are lying on. I choose a random winner on Thursday also.

Please be sure to visit Renate's blog on Tuesday and Esther's blog on Wednesday for a continuation of the Round Robin story!


To everyone who comes here, thank you as always, from the bottom of my heart!

36 comments:

Melissa Meman said...

Oh Sharon, what a lovely, lovely necklace, and I know how much more it means to have friends around the world contribute to its design and creation! I am loving reading the blogs about this round robin and am a bit jealous :) Congrats on the Belle Armoire feature!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Congrats on being published in Belle Armoire - always exciting! This is a lovely post today resulting in an exquisite creation.

Wireworked said...

Sharon, I always love to visit your blog, not only because of the beautiful jewelry you create but also because of what you write. Your necklace is gorgeous and I am always amazed at the beauty of your Art Journal pages! Such a beautiful post. Hope you are feeling well!!

steufel said...

Oh Sharon, as I wrote at Cindys Blog - I'm so in love with the whole idea and hope to grab a copy of Belle Armoire to read more about your creative collaboration. It's so inspiring and thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Cindy said...

Sharon, your words so beautifully express what was at the heart of our Round Robin project. I wish I could have expressed my thoughts as eloquently as you have here. It sure was the best of times, and I'm so grateful to have shared this experience with you and the other Sisters. :-)

Alice said...

Lovely!!!!! I read Cindy's post last night and couldn't wait to read yours today. Such a lovely friendship was formed by this round robin--and makes for a touching story.

I'm like you, and either forget to take photos of important events etc, or forget where I put them (I do have folders but don't always use them).

Your giveaway prizes are lovely and I'd be happy to win them.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

oh sharito!!! I just found your post, after reading Cindy's . . . amazing! usually I would have read here first, but Renate directed me there. What an amazing experience -I am so happy for you. Gorgeous jewelry to boot, but I know what you mean when you talk about the experience of sharing your art like that. Very, very cool. I had never heard of a jewelry & journal round robin before. What a treasure.
sending love, lenna

Judy said...

I loved reading about the journey you girls all took....a journey of that will forever stay with you. I am so excited for you all to have this experience published in Belle Armoire and will hopefully encourage others to do the same, to stretch their minds and talents. You have a beautiful heirloom you will forever treasure.

stregata said...

Sharito, I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of this incredible experience and so thankful for the connection we achieved. It is almost as though every piece of wire we wrapped and attached is also attached to all our hearts - so we will always be connected.
Romizouuuuus
P.S. Please don't add me to the giveaway.

TesoriTrovati said...

I am so delighted to read about these travels, even if they are in my dreams and virtual to places I would love to travel. I think that this round robin was very special. I love doing that sort of thing, it takes you out of your comfort zone but the anticipation is so worth it! And the end result shines. Enjoy the day!
Erin

Marcia Antle said...

Oh my, these necklaces in the Round Robin are just too awesome! I would love to win your give-away. This was such a great idea, I wish you could start it again and let more of us contribute?
THanks.
Marcy
mantle@piedmontcenter.com
www.queenmarcyoriginals.typepad.com

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Such beautiful work and a lovely story.

Leslie said...

Your necklace is fabulous!!

flyingbeader said...

I've always told people that to find heart sisters here on the internet is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I've been challenge, intrigued, happy, surprised, and sadden with each new friend I've found over the years. To share this experience with others makes a heart soar and a soul expand. You've found some wonderful soulmates there.

Esther said...

beautiful post Sharon... really moving.. romizous my sweet friend! don't include me for the give away.

Terri Kahrs said...

Gorgeous post today, Sharon! I've been admiring all of these lovely pieces and am amazed at the talent and creativity of each of these artists - including YOU, My Friend! Congratulations on being published in Belle Armoire!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

mairedodd said...

i do exactly know why this was meaning-full for you... it is about the connection - but what a remembrance you got... and i will bet that you just feel the energy emanating from it...
i also relate to the picture part... when i get excited about things, i neglect to photograph as well...
a beautiful experience - and congratulations on being featured in baj - how wonderful you will be sharing your story with so many readers!

joy said...

Such a heartfelt post, Sharon! I found my way here via Cindy's blog and to hers via Lenna's! What an undertaking for the five of you. Your necklace is beautiful. I can't wait to see this issue of Belle Armoire! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

roc said...

what stunning jewelry...such artistry! i love seeing what you're up to!

~*~Patty S said...

ooo I feel richer just reading your post Sharon...so beautiful...art from the heART and all of the lovely connections that creates are definitely the best.

Congrats also on being published in Belle Armour ... can't wait to see it.
oxo

sundownbeaddesigns said...

What a gorgeous necklace! A treasure to keep that will forever remind you of your friends. Such a special friendship you ladies have. I love reading your story and look forward to the others. Congrats on being featured in BAJ.

Kathy said...

Holy Cow. This sucked the air right out of me! It's amazing. A visual overload. I can't stop looking at it and studying it. This is spectacular. Love the story. - Kathy

Marilyn Rock said...

Congrats on the publication; very well deserving! Beautiful jewelry, journal art and words! xxoo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an honor to be published in Belle Armoire. And it is such a generous and beautiful giveaway. I especially love the story behind it, because that makes it even more special. I'm so glad you came into my blog world. Your jewelry (and other art) is fantastic.

Carol said...

Great story - lovely necklace! Priceless friendships!

quiltingjewel39 said...

Your necklace as well as the others are beautiful and so unique. What I love more than the jewelry is the bonding that went with it and how now you all are apart of each other's lives and you all have so graciously shared all this with us. Congratulations also on the Belle Armoire publishing.

In the Light of the Moon said...

I am so happy for you all..for so many reasons,but most of all for the wonderful friendship bonds you have all shared.I am thrilled to pieces for you!!Big Hugs,Cat...I'm not going to say the necklace is stunning...no words can come out to express its beauty!!( : Cat

In the Light of the Moon said...

Omgosh,I forgot to tell you to please count me in on your wonderful giveaway!!How wonderful!!Hugs,Cat

kimmykats said...

I have so enjoyed the story and the travels that made this such a beautiful piece. A beautiful memory and story to pass on for years. Thank you for sharing.

Cat said...

What a lovely collaboration, made even sweeter by your friendships! What a joy this must have been & still is.

And now your story will be published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, I can't wait to see it!!!

Of course, I would love to win your giveaway, your art is exquisite!

sandi m said...

Sharon,
What a delight reading all the chapters of this wonderful adventure. You all did a beautiful job of adding memories you'll each cherish.
Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for my BAJ issue!
sandi

diane cook said...

Sharon....The pieces are indeed beautiful and your journey with these great ladies is something I truly know you will never forget....
Congratulations my friend =))

umelecky said...

Oh how special to be a part of such a lovely experience. I love the story and the jewelry as well. Congrats on the article Sharon! This is just awesome.

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