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focus on life: monochromatic experiment

I've just joined Focusing on Life, a photography blog hop devoted to posting one photograph each week based on a theme, organized by Sally of The Studio Sublime. This week's prompt by Sally, for week eight, is to think about viewing what we see in one color, as in a monochromatic photo. We can either set the camera to black and white or alter the photo after in an editing program.

I haven't had much time lately, since I'm in the middle of a move (and therefore also without personal internet at the moment) so I chose to set my camera to the black and white setting and snap a few quick photos during lunch while in my office. Not having used the B/W setting on my camera before, it took many many minutes before I was able to figure it out! When I did I noticed the camera also had a "sepia" setting, which appealed to me even more.

Looking around my office I didn't see anything that might make an interesting photo op until I looked outside. I have a wonderful view of the groomed gardens of the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, as well as the Seat of The Universal House of Justice, which is the Head of the International Baha'i Community.

View from my office window

Office plant

I enjoyed paying attention to the light while taking these photos and wondering what they would look like in sepia tone. I like it! Be sure to stop by Sally's blog The Sublime Studio to have a look at more photo blog postings for week eight!


my bead soup is in France!

I've heard from my partner, Solange in France, that her bead soup has arrived. Now I can post what I sent to her! I wanted to find something that was unique to Israel, but that just didn't happen. I am close to only one bead shop and it's actually quite similar to many of the shops in the States. I looked and looked but there just wasn't a focal bead that I was pleased with.

What I did find was a stone pendant. I loved the shape and that it's turquoise, as stones are one of my favorite materials. There is a lot of turquoise in the Southwest of the United States, where I grew up, so it felt right. Starting with the pendant, I also chose my favorite toggle clasp by TierraCast (Made in the USA).

I've never had a problem with silver and turquoise together, but years ago when I saw turquoise accented with gold I was hooked. On top of that add in warm shades of bronze, rust, brown, green and this redhead is a happy camper!

Following that color thought, I added (left to right above) wood, turquoise nuggets, creamy fresh water pearls, peachy picasso Czech glass, round turquoise, burgundy glass, bronze potato pearls, turquoise tubes and a variety of antique brass accents, like spacers and links, to the soup.

I can't wait to see what my partner does with my choices! I have seen her work and it's beautiful so I expect to be very impressed!


in my studio: new colors - beaded wrap prayer bracelets

My latest requests for Beaded Prayer Bracelets in all new colors. These bracelets will make their way to Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, England and Australia.

Variety of 4 bracelets

One of my favorite new color schemes

Wraps around the wrist 3 times and closes with a lobster clasp

Bracelets have nineteen sets of beads to be counted five times around (the most prominent bead in each set) for a total of ninety-five repetitions, which represents the number of times "Allah-u-Abhá" (God is Most Glorious) is intoned (repeated) daily, for Baha'is.


my bead soup has arrived

My bead package from my partner Solange in France is here. I took my beads to the office today to take photos while it was daylight. Otherwise I would have to wait until Friday!

I love the texture and color of this collection. The clasp stands out as well as the round shells and beautiful polymer clay green birds. And I love birds! The ceramic focal bead adds wonderful color and organic style. This will be much different than my current choice of material: pearls, crystals and seed beads. 

Brass, adventurine, African trade, shell, abalone, and handmade clay beads.

Ceramic Focal Bead and Toggle Clasp - It's mandatory to use both in the design.

Thank you Solange from France! The brain is starting to warm up to some ideas. I may need to make a trip to my local bead store for some brass wire....


bead soup blog party #7

I'm participating in my first Bead Soup Blog Party along with 500 other bead enthusiasts! Everyone is paired up with someone from somewhere in the world and we send our partner a package of beads including a focal bead and decorative clasp. We don't know anything about each other before selecting and sending our bead soup. That's what makes it so much fun!

Everyone posts their bead soup gift on their blogs.  Then we have the fun of designing a new piece of jewelry using beads we may never have chosen for ourselves. Next comes the big "reveal". On a designated day we all post our finished designs on our blogs, and of course will blog hop to see what everyone else has done. I can't wait! I'll be posting what I sent to my partner and what I receive. My reveal date is 6 April, 2013. Please come back by!

Lori of Bead Soup Party paired me with Solange in France. She has an Etsy shop and a blog. I love the pieces posted on her blog this week! I just mailed her bead soup yesterday and am waiting for her package to arrive here in Israel. I love the excitement and the mystery!

Here's a teaser of what I mailed to her, altered of course, so she can't peek!

Bead Soup mailed to France



february: Shrine of the Báb

Haifa, Israel. Shrine and Baha'i Gardens on Mount Carmel. Followers of the Baha'i Faith hope to make Pilgrimage to this Shrine at least once in their lifetime.


Baha'i gardens: orange "treasure" flower

This orange flower is one of the ground covers that grow on the terrace gardens near the Shrine of The Báb in Haifa. It's name is Gazania or "Treasure" flower. 


in my studio: turquoise and pearls

One of my favorite bead color combinations:  Turquoise, bronze pearls and gold.

Turquoise nuggets with metal tubes from my local bead shop in Haifa.

I found these metal discs in Seattle, WA.

I had the pearls and centre stone for some time. Found Czech beads on Etsy.

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