Sometimes it takes me a while to get inspired. I might find elements in different places and hang on to them until an idea pops up then I can put the different pieces together. Most of the time its not right away. That is the case with this set I made recently. I bought these blue and aqua glass beads last year but hadn't made anything with them. I found the octopus charms a couple of months ago and stuck them in my bead bag and essentially forgot about them. Then one day, I was at the Ybor City Saturday Market working on some recycled paper bead jewelry. I came across these blue and aqua glass beads in my bead box and WHAM! Just like that, it hit me. I knew I what I was going to use them for. I stopped what I was doing and gathered all the supplies and started working on the set you see above. Finished it a short amount of time. I have to say, I was impressed! So what was it that made me suddenly become so inspired? Well, I'll show you. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present- Honeymoon Island State Park.
You see it, don't you? Uncanny, huh? I had just been to this beach the day before and took this picture. The seagull was totally by accident, by the way. I just loved the colors of the sand, surf, and sky. As soon as I saw the beads with the nearly identical colors and the black in the bird, a light bulb went off. That's how it is for me sometimes. Inspiration can strike in the strangest ways!
If you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area I'd recommend checking out this beach. It is amazing! And of course, don't forget to stop by the Ybor City Saturday Market and look for me!
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.