A recent weekend away with the children reminded me of the rich inspiration to be found here on our West Coast… The way the beams of sunshine illuminate the emerald waters of the bay at left… the acid contrast of the new growth on the trees… The soft grey of the granite, dappled with shadows and every kind of moss and lichen imaginable… Oh, the moss! I LOVE the moss. I just had to indulge in a series of photos, just to capture a fraction of the colours and textures of the moss.
Over the years I’ve cultivated satisfying carpets of mosses in the front garden, but I’m gobsmacked by the carpets of moss to be found on the arid rocks of the Sunshine Coast. I’m particularly delighted with the aqua green-grey specimen above, which I’ve only seen in a very few spots in BC. Isn’t it the most beautiful colour? It’s like “Silver Mountain” Moss. I’m almost as entranced by the delicate aqua of lichens that hug the seaside rocks… again, a most wonderful shade, and so inspiring.
Freshly recharged and newly inspired, it was easy to toss together this bracelet using the lush colours that filled my head. Perennial Tartooful favorites such as “Labradorite”, “Traces”, “Magical Lamp”, “Blue Desert”, and “Silver Mountain” all help to set the natural, West Coast tone. Note how the band that circles “Traces” feels like the
stones on the beach, or perhaps the rough bark of the trees… The tapestry of pebbles on the beach is captured in “Fossils”, with its wet look and gently rounded accents. It looks the way pebbles appear in shallow tidepools, with their shapes softened through the water. Recently we’ve been ordering this bead very frequently, as there seems
to be a fantastic color variety being produced. Individual examples range dramatically from plum, to slate blue, to silvery green, down into grey and of course, lots of warm coppery rusts. Newcomer “Ancient Palace” gives a hit of rich blue to help balance “Traces”, and captures the blue of a clear sunny sky on the Sunshine Coast.
“Silver Whorl” makes a wonderful nod to one of the natural wonders that we saw on this trip: the changing of the tide at Skookumchuck Narrows. There, one can see the wild eddys and whirlpools that form when the tide rises and rushes to balance a two meter difference in height between the ocean and the inlet.
… You knew I couldn’t resist “Azure Bubbles” for this design, didn’t you? Nope. In fact, I selected two of these beauties for this bracelet design, and placed them right at the heart of the bracelet. I always try to place the beads that I want to set the tone right in the middle of the bracelet. Whether it’s to create a certain theme, or to really
savor a favorite bead, I find that the center grouping ends up being the most prominent. Sigh… love the way that the light glows amber through these “Azure Bubbles”, I had to share two images of them!
Clockwise from clasp: “Freya Lock”, “grey Prism”, “Chalcedony”, “Rolling Waves”, “Ancient Palace”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Jugend”, “Moon Ocean”, “labradorite”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Silver Whorl”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Labradorite”, “Traces”, “Paradise Birds”, “Fossils”, “Silver Mountain”, “Three in One”, “Blue Desert”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Unique”. (Handmade Tassels of Green Jade, Labradorite and Chalcedony by Tartooful’s own, the very talented Melanie).