Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sea Shells

Final page for the 2007 -2008 BJP

This one took some doing, as I posted earlier I had done a Paua shell planning to use it for the month of May BUT it was too big for the frames I have, so it was back to the drawing board.


I had a block as far as what to do for my last page & with it being summer I ended up spending lots of time in the garden & avoided my beading table because of my lack of ideas - yeah don't ya hate these empty spaces when it comes to beading ideas LOL


I did all kinds of things to avoid beading, even cleaning up my craft room, which looked like a tornado had hit it & in doing so, I found some delightful fabric I had got while down in New Zealand earlier this year. It featured a Paua shell along with a Mussel & a Kina or Sea Urchin & another shell in colour with the rest of the shells in sepia colours. I embroidered the 4 coloured shells & this is the result


I have to say it is not my favorite of this series but hey I still think it rocks so that's what counts, right?

I still don't know why my pictures won't open to full size but you can check out a larger picture here

16 comments:

KV said...

This is great, Ellen! I so enjoyed your sea theme this year.


Kathy V in NM

beadbabe49 said...

me too...and I think this one is one of my favorites.

artandtea said...

Hi Ellen,

Congratulations on finishing! I just finished, too.
Your page is beautiful- so much texture and movement. I love it and the contrast in colors!
Now on to a new BJP year!
-Karen

abeadlady said...

Just gorgeous, Ellen! Doesn't it feel good to have finished? I still haven't framed mine, but will soon.
Arline

Murphy said...

Ellen, your Under the Sea collection is gorgeous! It's hard to pick a favorite and I'm glad I don't have to. ;-)
They will look amazing all together on the wall!

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you girls, it sure feels good to have finally finished & just in time LOL Just call em the Queen of the last minute ha ha haa

Arline I bought a dozen frames on line last year before we started the BJP so that I had them all ready to go...

pam T said...

WOW... love this one!
pam T

Helaine said...

I think this is a great last page. Those shells just pop out with vibrant color.

So what is the theme for next years?

Hugs, Helaine

Joslyn - Wildspirit Tart said...

I love it!! :)

a2susan said...

I love all your pieces! I hope you think of making one of the books some people have because I would like to buy one. I loved your theme.

Susan

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you!

Helaine I am keeping my theme close for the moment but you'll know before the end of September ;9

Susan do you mean the book like Robin had done? I did think about it but haven't checked it out, I will do tho & thank you for the compliment

purplepaint said...

This is gorgeous! You caught the rainbow shimmer of the shells beautifully! I'm very impressed!

Kiwi Ellen said...

Thank you purplepaint, I have always loved the colours of the Paua shell..

Tracey N. said...

I have to you Kiwi Ellen that your pieces for the 2007 BJP are one of the reasons i decided to give 2008 a try! Your work is amazing. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment about my piece. I truyly appreciate it! Tracey N.
http://abeadifulmess.blogspot.com/

The Lone Beader said...

Very nice!!! :D

freebird said...

I like this page. It's different than your others. Sort of a finale piece.