Today is the reveal day for the Summer Elements Blog Hop hosted by Rita from Toltec Jewels at Jewel School Friends. Here is her post for the reveal - she's made a mouthwatering blueberry necklace. I'd wear the heck out of that :D
The idea of the hop is to share an element of summer, perhaps create something inspired by it.
To me, summer is nature. To me, summer is flowers and their scent. To me, summer is the Song and Dance Festival that takes place every couple of years and the first of which was held in 1869. And I decided to try and share all of this with you.
The national flower, and certainly one of my favourites, is the cornflower:
|Image not mine - I didn't see any wild cornflowers blooming yesterday, when I set out to find them.|
|The garden variety.|
And some pictures of a field of rye. Rye is the type of crop most often associate with the cornflower, the name of the flower translated directly from Estonian would be rye flower.
For the reveal I created a pendant, using motifs from Estonian national embroidery. I embroidered a cornflower, some daisies and two crop heads. The background is white linen and the pendant is framed with black matte seed beads. Blue, black and white are Estonian national colours.
And finally, a taste of the Song Festival I mentioned.
Sorry about the poor quality of video, but this is one of my favourite songs that has been performed at the festival. This was recorded in 2004, so it was before I got a chance to be one of the singers. I have participated twice, in 2007 and 2009, and both times were amazing. I would translate the title as Beatuful Land and the first lines as Summer is beautiful and so is the evening... So it kind of fits the hop :)
Oh yes, and while I'm on the topic, here's a link to a very powerful performance from 2011. *Hint, hint*
The Summer Elements Blog Hop Participants:
Toltec Jewels (Hostess) http://www.
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-
Cheri Reed http://
Ailsa Cordner http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.
Christie (Charis Designs) http://charisdesignsjewelry.
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.
Susie Harris http://jewelleryjunkie.
Andrea Glick-Zenith http://zenithjade.blogspot.
Nelly May http://smellynelly.blogspot.
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.
Cory Tompkins http://tealwaterdesigns.
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.
Gina Hockett http://freestyleelements.
Karen Martinez http://www.fairiesmarket.
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.
Solange Collin http://www.blog.
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.
Anindita Basu http://alankarshilpa.
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.
Andrea Trank http://heavenlanecreations.
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://
Mischelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.
Tanty Sri Hartanti http://tjewellicious.
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Becca Sirevaag http://godsartistinresidence.
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.
Regina Wood http://www.gina-design.
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.
Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/