Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winter Enchantment or Not!

 We had a beautiful snowfall last night with big puffy snowflakes. When we awoke this morning everything was coated....the branches and pines were heavy with snow and it sparkled  like a winter wonderland. Oh so pretty! But.....

in a few short days the snow will be gone (yay!!)...I like a little... not a lot. I have had my share of New England winters that last forever, I much prefer the Tennessee winters.

Speaking of part of's blogging program we were asked to create a "Winter Enchantment" design that represents what you find beautiful or inspirational about the winter season. 

I find many winter days dark and over cast, but once a snow has fallen it is full of light and shine. I tried to portray that in this layered necklace I call "Winter Solstice" .

I chose Swarovski crystals and Czech glass to add the shine to this piece as well as some vintage rosary beads. Layers of gunmetal chain were added to reflect the dark skies. I love the combination of the two, each play off the other so nicely. 

Artbeads is also having a super giveaway a ‘Road to Tucson’ Sweepstakes! The grand prize is a trip for two to Tucson, Arizona to attend the 2012 Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase! This fantastic prize package includes round-trip airfare for two to Tucson, Arizona and 3 nights accommodation. The winner will also attend classes with well-known beading instructors and have access to the biggest shows. Spend 3 fun-filled days in Tucson surrounded by gems, minerals, fossils, beads and other bead lovers! What could be more fabulous!

I have received these beads free of charge from in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.   


  1. Yes, a little snow can be lovely.
    Your necklace really reflects the dark skies and the ice...

  2. Beautiful necklace! I think you did a wonderful job of portraying the feeling of winter.

  3. OMG, Judy, "Winter Solstice" is not only gorgeous but it captures the true elements of winter. The thing I like most about snow is the reflective quality of the light, just as you were saying. The gray skies are pushed aside, if only for a little while.

  4. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful them both. Thanks for entering the giveaway...I bet you found it :-).

  5. Ooops...thanks so much for the play list...hee hee!

  6. Stay warm and drink lots of hot chocolate. I feel very guilty, here in Oregon we are having sunshine. Love the new necklace! Evie

  7. Judy, your necklace is gorgeous. I love the combination of dark chain and clear cystals. This one is so lush!! I have a project laid out now with this combination.