Spring is Coming necklace

Say thanks with a hostess gift

Who doesn’t like a gift?

Collaborheartist member and friend Cindy Chavez presented me with a hostess gift box when she came to my studio to play beads. The joy of its contents continues to amaze me because it contained items designed to coax my creative muse to play.

Contents of Hostess gift box from C. Chavez

© 2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, hostess gift

Cindy’s choice of a pale turquoise glass bead strand from her private stash fit perfectly with the glazed and fired focal, a four-inch centerpiece designed to attract attention.

bead board layout featuring Dorcas Midkiff focal

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, bead layout with Dorcas Midkiff focal

I added jasper rounds and bone spacers and liked what I saw on the bead board. In a flash, the first necklace of 2014 was born.

The completed 16” necklace is meant to be worn choker-style, although an extender adds five inches to the finished length. I named it “Spring is Coming.”

Spring is Coming necklace

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Spring is Coming” necklace

My gift box contained four faces in all plus two pair of wings. The outrageous raku pieces were done for Cindy by artist Dorcas Midkiff who lives in Eden, NC. Each piece is unique to itself in design and coloring.

To learn more about Dorcas, I visited her Etsy site: Wondrous Strange. After losing all track of time, I clicked over to Dorcas’ blog, Wondrous Strange Design.  This time I set a timer.

Thanks to my exploration, I could easily understand Cindy’s captivation with the art of Dorcas Midkiff.

NOTE: If you don’t know of my talented friend Cindy, check out her website. Look closely at The Time Queen, an Egyptian silk neck piece Cindy created for her “Body Armor” collection.

Egyptian time queen by Cindy Chavez

©2014, Cindy Chavez, The Time Queen, Egyptian silk neck piece created with Dorcas Midkiff raku

I highlighted Cindy’s work in a previous blog post.

How thoughtful of her to pick from items she loves. She’s inspired me to do hostess presentations in a whole new way. I so appreciate the consideration that went into my gift, and value the new fun artisan I’ve now met online.

Inspiration spurred me to incorporate the Dorcas Midkiff raku face and wings into a mixed media creation of my own.

Soul Self by Mary Ellen Merrigan

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Soul Self, raku face and wings by Dorcas Midkiff

Ssshhh! Gotta go. My muse is talking again. I’ll be back to share this mixed media presentation in another post.

How will you use your stash to inspire another beader?