My entry in the Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop!
I've had my ribbon in the drawer for some time. When I would open the drawer, it would whisper to me..."use me....use me". I could hear it calling even after I shut the drawer. I would take it out, hold it, admire it, then tuck it away..."no, I'm saving you for something special". I thought it was soooo beautiful. Then I happened across the Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop and inspiration came crashing into my brain. I thought of my little bundle of ribbon and just wanted to make something! I was in love with the color of this...from red, to purple to gold. So I opened the drawer and she screamed at me..."USE ME NOW, I'm a sari ribbon" and so I did.
It's never been my style to crash a party...I usually sit quietly and wait for an invitation and then ask what I can bring, or who I can bring, but that day I just went full steam ahead...because the ribbon told me too, it demanded attention and the ribbon really wanted to go to a party. So, I grabbed the ribbon and my clay and got to work....wow....a ribbon blog hop!!! that's cool!!! Not to mention, I've been totally inspirationless when it comes to jewelry, but somehow when I opened the drawer and the ribbon spoke, well....how can you refuse a talking ribbon....really!
Now I wanted to go to the blog hop too! In fact, I've been neglecting the blog and thought the blog might enjoy the party also.
I wanted to be in a room full of artists with all those pretty ribbons..all the luscious jewel colors, I imagined myself with ribbons streaming through my hair like Medussa's snakes, all flowing and blowing in the wind...but beautiful..you know. I stayed up til midnight, stamping, gilding, cutting, tying, and before long, I had a cute little ribbon necklace...I put it aside and went to bed.
Next morning I woke up and thought, hmmm, this is not really finished...I think I'd like to add some more ribbon to my necklace, I think I'll go to the store and buy some. (I couldn't send off to B'Sue for it, as there was not enough time...which is the story of my life, but I digress.
I took my project along and went off on a quest to find some ribbon. From store to store, I asked for Sari Ribbon...and no Sari Ribbon. How can there be no Sari Ribbon? If there is a blog about it, it has to exist.
I'm not really a ribbon person, did I tell you that? I'm sure you can all tell by now. Neither is half of my little town, no one and I mean no one knew what sari ribbon was...... the last place I stopped (why is it always the last place and not the first) I was stearnly informed by the little grey haired lady...in a much too condescending tone..."dearie...that's NOT Sari Ribbon. I rushed home and thought what am I to do...it's Thursday night and the party starts at midnight, I looked at the ribbon crying....why didn't you tell me?
I've just become a party crasher! I've barged into a room with some awesome jewelry artists, none of whom I know and crashed their party and embarassed myself."
The ribbon just sat there a while and finally she spoke..(as if a ribbon could talk..geeze.). She seemed rather mishievious too me... But I did tell you...you were so excited to use me, and I wanted to get out of that drawer, and you were so excited...and I did say....USE ME...I'M JUST A SORRY RIBBON....and she laughed. Hope you all are laughing too.
I will visit you all and say hello and enjoy looking at all your beautiful projects. At least I got out of my jewelry making slump and mixed ribbon and my polymer clay together for something frivolous and fun and hopefully I will make a few friends too!
The beads are a mixture of white and translucent polymer clay, stamped with Lisa Pavelka stamps, baked and then colored with Adirondak alcohol inks. The focal bead is an old thread spool covered with a layer of stamped antique gold Premo clay that was accented with bronze Pearl Ex powder and then baked. the only findings used were the pins inserted into some the clay charms and a few base metal gold spacers. I used knots to tie it all together. It slips over the head and is approximately 20" to the end of the tassles. And the truth is....I really didn't know this was not Sari ribbon until today...the rest of it is pure fiction (just so you know...ribbons can't talk, they only only sing in the shower...or something like that).
I had a lot of fun making my necklace! And looking at everyone else's will be so much fun. Leave a comment if you stop by. Let's party!!
Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop Participants
Michelle Lee Hardy
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Mary Shannon Hicks
Kristina Johansson, Maneki
Lynn Perry Bennett
B'sue Boutiques Creative Group
If you couldn't play this time, no worries. Please come on over on Friday and cruise the blogs and see all the pretty jewelry!
Have you joined B'sue Boutiques Creative Group? If you didn't get in on the hop but would like to post a sari ribbon creation over there, join up and go ahead. PARTICIPANTS: if you're members of the Group, please feel free to post your photos at the Creative Group as well as your blogs, as that way we'll have an album of sari crafted jewelry.