Carmen Miranda anyone?

No one that is familiar with Carmen Miranda can disagree that she was a colorful character. Her costumes and hats were wild and triggered visions of a vibrant, tropical life. Even her musical productions were fruit baskets come alive.

A week ago in a previous post, “Color Conscious or Fashion Weary,” I posted a picture of a bracelet I used to refer to as the fruity bracelet. This bracelet is a replica of the first fruity bracelet I made. The more I looked at it the more it conjured up images of Carmen Miranda singing “Chica Chica Boom Chic” or “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat.” A little silly, maybe, but Carmen was an intriguing character. Wouldn’t you say?

This entire bracelet is wire-wrapped. For the base beads I used light aquamarine and orange cat’s eye beads. Cat’s eye beads are fiber optic glass beads and have a luminescent, 3d effect. All the bead charms were wrapped and attached directly onto the base bead links. I chose to use colored Artistic wire for this bracelet. I alternated between amber colored wire and “sea foam” colored wire.

I get by with a little help . . .

My sweet, little bichon / poodle Polaris likes to accompany me outside for picture taking. Frankly, she accompanies me everywhere. The other day was particularly sweet when I was taking pictures of earrings. I saw her sitting quietly and contently and thought I’d snap a picture of her. All I got was the back of her head.

She’s usually pretty good at sitting for the camera. But on this afternoon she just wasn’t interested. Every time I called her name she’d turn to look at me and then as I moved the camera up and zoomed in she would turn her head. After about four tries, I got the hint! It was really peculiar, and hilarious. This little dog has attitude! Enjoy some new pictures of earrings I took.

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Color Conscious or Fashion Weary

Summer multi-gemstone hoop earrings.

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Being somewhat an apprentice at handmade jewelry still, I hadn’t given much thought about researching fashion trends and colors and incorporating them into my jewelry. It would be somewhat pretentious to say that I am an avid fashion follower and can’t wait to get my hands on the latest trend, quite the contrary. I’m just a regular gal sharing my craft with the world. I sit in my lax cotton shorts I purchased at Target, t-shirt I got sometime somewhere, and baseball cap as I type this. But I like to dress up once in a while and accessorize, too.

It also doesn’t take a lot of “research” to know what the color trends in fashion are, right? We do it all the time when we want to add something new to our wardrobe. We have no choice. All clothing stores keep up with fashion trends so we don’t have to, no matter if it’s a high end store or not. What’s my point? Continue reading