Challenge of Music: select a song and create an accessory that evokes that theme song.
When it comes to music, I gravitate towards punk, ska, new wave 80's and new rave. Green Day, The Toasters, Duran Duran and The Sunshine Underground are my favorite bands in those genre. Their styles define my taste in music. But when it comes to selecting a song that inspires me, there has always been one that speaks to me like no other. It reminds me of all the wonderful people, places and things I love in this world. I hear it playing in my head from time to time. I sometimes (very poorly) sing it in the shower or as I am working on designs in my studio. It makes me happy when I am sad. It reminds me of all that I am grateful for. It is my anthem....What a wonderful world!
Louis Armstrong first recorded "What a wonderful world" in 1968. The song was written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele (as George Douglas). It actually was a bigger hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number one on the music charts, than it was in the United States. This was due to ABC Records not liking the song and therefore did not promote it.
So when I signed up for Erin Prais-Hintz's Challenge of Music, it wasn't long afterwards that I knew this would be the song I would choose. As I mentioned earlier, "What a wonderful world" reminds me of all that I am grateful for.
So I thought about key events in my life;
...those that make me smile:
annual family vacation and my wedding day
...the ones that define me:
my BFA in photojournalism
my BFA in photojournalism
and our first home
and decided to create a bracelet.
So I printed out photos of these key events in my life:
-me with my family after my college graduation at RIT
-annual vacation with my husband's family in the Adirondack Mountains
-the day I married my one true love beside the Concord Point Lighthouse
-the first home Brenton and I bought in Maryland and the dog we adopted (and love more than anything)
I glued the photos into Tierra Cast frames that I purchased from Rio Grande with Diamond Glaze from The Queen's Ink. I then attached them to a really fun circle chain from Lima Beads, adding drilled seeds that I purchased from my favorite local bead shop in Maryland, The Twisted Bead. The matte silver ball headpins are from CLBeads. I finished the bracelet with a Blue Moon clasp from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.
The addition of the seeds, in case you are wondering, represents life and new beginnings. I lot of aspects of my life have the color brown incorporated into them ie; my wedding colors, my business packaging, the furniture in my house, RIT's school colors. Bizarre coincidence, if I do say so myself!
I added a tiny tag with the word "Life" on it. I created it with tin that I purchased from Old Forge Hardware and a metal stamp that I purchased from Fire Mountain Gems.
I really enjoyed participating in this wonderful blog hop created by the lovely and ultra talented Erin Prais-Hintz. Please check out the other participants:Marcie Abney
Lori Bowring Michaud
Malin de Koning
Kathleen Lange Klik