My Swap N Hop Partner and a little bit of Charleston
March 15, 2015
Hello everyone! Long time, no speak! School has been absolutely insane, and my schedule has just been one thing after another. In between getting sick, going on two ski trips (one of which I decided to snowboard on and sprained my ankle. No one was surprised), school, work, and general craziness, I haven't had time to really create any new pieces let alone blog! But I'm on vacation right now, and it's time to talk about my amazing Swap N Hop partner!
Here are some of my favorite pieces of hers. I borrowed the images from her blog; I hope she doesn't mind!
Andrea lives in Wisconsin... that's pretty far from me. I've never been there, but I love winter, so it sounds awesome! We're both the oldest siblings, so that's pretty cool! She and I also have a mutal love for freshwater pearls!
I asked Andrea what ZenithJade meant. I always like to know the story behind artisan company names. Here is her answer:
The word "Zenith" means: "The highest point above the observer's horizon attained by a celestial body." Which fits perfectly for me, as I love astronomy. The word "Jade" is a lovely green stone... this is what The Free Dictionary has to say about jade: "Either of two distinct minerals, nephrite and jadeite, that are generally pale green or white and are used mainly as gemstones or in carving." I have some Burmese jade and it is a pretty expensive stone! I got it when I first started out, and I am pretty sure I got a little sticker shock over the price! LOL! But, I bought it anyway. Very pretty!
I am in Charleston right now, and I found a beautiful place to photograph the beads that Andrea sent me. It was in a cemetary- I hope that's not too morbid or anything! I just found the area to be so spiritual, and for me, creating jewelry and art is a very spiritual thing.
I'm feeling so inspired already! I brought all the beads with me to Charleston so that I could gaze upon their gorgeousness and get ideas. I know we don't have to use all of the beads we were sent, but I want to make it my goal to! Hoarding doesn't let the world see the pretties, and Andrea sent me so many pretties! I'm obsessed. I really didn't discover the world of art beads until recently, so I am so enamored with all of these. I, of course, did not take a picture of what I sent Andrea, so hopefully she will get a chance to take one.