Thursday, January 26, 2012

14 Tantrum Thursday 1/26/12

Today I am going to do things a little different. 

I have thrown plenty of tantrums over the past few days.  So today I am going to show you some things that inspire me personally and my jewelry creations (both in color and design).

First there is the Ruby.  I am not sure why I have always been attracted to Ruby's, but since I was a child I have always thought that they were one of the BEST gemstones.

Second inspiration I have to say is the forest.  I grew up in the foothills of Northern California and we were surrounded by beautiful trees and forests.  Because the tree's grew so tall the would block out most of the sunlight to the ground.  This caused there to be little to no ground brush.  I walked through trails that looked like this almost every day.  Even when I was young their beauty never escaped me.  For me, this is a look at my past and the beauty around it!

Then there is the dragonfly.  As most of you know I am drawn to them in my art and also in my life.  In some Native American tribes they represent swiftness and activity.  In Japan dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature.  The Japanese love for dragonflies is reflected in the fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan.

For me it has always been a love of their beauty and strength.  I spent many of my childhood days watching the dragonflies clutter around the creek!

There is one more thing that I draw much of my inspiration from. Elizabethan Clothing has always intrigued me.  Although I know that their outfits were 'nasty' and uncomfortable they were beautiful.  The detail that was given to every layer was amazing.  They even designed clothing to layer in a way that would 'reveal' other layers.  Often when I am designing some of my necklaces I think about how it would go with an outfit from that time.

And on the note of inspiration I have to say that one of my biggest is my friends and family.  Over the years I have been graced with a large amount of followers and fans that are even more creative than I am.  I have learned to watch and learn from their creations.  I love watching the different mediums come to life under the watchful eye of their creator.

One of those wonderful people I have been graced to know is Katherine from Katherines Corner.  I was asked to be the co-host of her VERY PRESTIGIOUS Thursdays Favorite Things Hop.  Please join in with me and make this one of her best hops!  I can't tell you how many wonderful blogs I have read and how many new friends I have made from following this hop in the past.

Thursdays Favorite Things Hop is where you can link your favorite post to share with old and new followers, or write a post about your favorite things!

Here are the rules, yes there are rules. But just a few:
  • You must follow Katherines Corner ( Google +, GFC, or email) and today’s co-host   Krafty Max Originals (My Blog)  If you’re a new follower, please let us know
  • Please leave a comment so we know that you stopped by.
  • No adult content blogs.
  • Blogs only please.
  • Follow as many other blogs in the list as you can. Just click and go.
  • Please leave a sincere comment or message on each of the blogs you visit.
Now hop on. and lets share our favorites. If you’d like to post this blog hop on your page please just grab the linky code . Or if you would like to be a co-host please contact me

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  1. Good Morning Krafty Max. I am first to say hello from Katherine's Corner. I am going tweet and FB you. Have wonderful day!

  2. Good morning!!! I am dropping in from Katherine's Corner and wishing you a great day! I am your newest follower and going to do some tweeting! Can't wait to see your new posts each day! Take care...hugs...hope you drop by

  3. Good morning! I am dropping by from Katherine's Corner and love your blog! I am in love with the ruby and dragonflies also! :) See you on twitter!

  4. What a great blog! I'm so glad I found you through Katherine's Corner and am now one of your newest followers. I also signed up for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop - many thanks!

  5. Hello! I am a new follower from Katherine's. Thanks for co-hosting!

  6. I'm so happy to have you as a bloggy friend and as the co host today. What a beautiful post. Biggest Hugs!!!!!

  7. Thanks for co-hosting! I'm already a follower so I've added you to my circle on G+! Have a great weekend!

  8. Following you from Catherine's Corner.

  9. Thanks for being a co-host. I love finding and reading new blogs. Can wait to read more of your post.
    Have a fabulous day,

  10. Hello! New follower from Thur Fave Things hop. I'm a forest girl too. I've not seen the 'big trees' yet but am planning a trip next summer-- hope to explore between San Fran and Portland. I can't wait!

    I've joined in with both my blogs-- but forests are mentioned in the post from my bookblog. ;)

    Thanks for co-hosting!

  11. Hello Krafty Max - what a super blog you have. I am following you thanks to our mutual and kind friend Katherine who has helped me in the past. Talent galore here I see so plenty to keep me occupied.
    Pleasure to 'meet you' and many thanks for co hosting this super hop.

  12. New Follower Here... Loving the blog! Katherine's Corner sent me!

  13. Love this place, new follower from Katherine's Corner w/FNB.

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