zondag 7 september 2014

Strong Women Wear Anchors!  

A link to the past first…
During World War I, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps allowed women to enlist.
More than 12,000 enlisted and about 400 died during the war. In World War II,
a total of 350,000 women served in the U.S. military. More than 60,000 women
served as Army nurses and over 14,000 served as Navy Nurses.
And so it is nowadays, there are still a lot of women serving, worldwide.
Strong women!!!

In war times this song was sung very often in the Royal Navy and US States Navy;
 Eternal_Father,_Strong_to_Save "
Originally a
poem, written in 1860 by William Whiting of Winchester.

There is a modern version, with a verse for Women too!

Female Sailors

 O God, protect the women who,
in service, faith in Thee renew;
O guide devoted hands of skill
And bless their work within Thy will;
Inspire their lives that they may be
Examples fair on land and sea.

Lines 1-4, Merle E. Strickland, 1972, and adapted by James D. Shannon, 1973.
Lines 5-6, Beatrice M. Truitt, 1948

And last but not least, 'we’ Dutchies, also have a female sailor!
A very young and strong woman, her name is Laura Dekker here's the link to her story

Rita, thank you for inspiring us Bloggers almost from month to month, you colour our lives!
Strong women wear Anchors, and tattoos…
Source; Tattoosnet

Source; Anchor tattoos

Do they like jewellery too?  Yes, I think so…  (-:
I made a bracelet (-:  and earrings. 

Based on  the theme for this blog & the tattoos.

With Diana's beautiful Anchor Charms! 2 Glass hearts made by me,
lovely Naos beads, Aquamarine,
Blue Agate, Sodalite  & Freshwater Pearls.

Naos - Wavey Fish Beads - Freshwater Pearls from Anne Betenson - JewelleryQuarter on Etsy



Participating Artists

 Featured & Honored Artist:        Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes ** You are here **

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        

Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads

woensdag 3 september 2014

Let's talk about ♥FRIT baby, let's talk about ♥that and me...

Since I bought my first little bag filled with those tiny little chips of glass,
I fell in love with frit! It colours my beads and my days!
Imagine, you can design with whatever colour of glass you want,
with whatever colour or kind of  frit you like.
The outcome is always a surprise!


You can 'draw' with it, dip in it with a glass blob,
or roll a glass bead in it. Mixing & matching glass and frit!
The possibilities are endless...
That Frit Girl  -Here is her shop - was looking for
volunteers to test some new frits, a while ago. I responded and
the testing began last week...  It was so nice, playing!
The beads with the frit I have been testing so far, can be found
on her website.  Together with lots of other beautiful examples made
by different fellow bead makers!
That Frit Girl, Leslie, wrote about her 'new tester' me :-)
on her blog, and she's also on Facebook showing her blends etc.

Have fun admiring the beautiful frit and all the beads showcased
when visiting her site and blog!