Monday, February 08, 2010

The Victorian Garden Bee Skep Focal Bead

February is when the seed catalogs arrive to remind me spring is not far away. Always a welcome site in my mailbox, I look forward to seeing warm sun and rich red tomatoes even if it's only in a picture from one of my favorite catalogs, Cook's Garden...



I'm reminded of gardens planted in the Victorian Style and brought back to life by expert gardeners. One of my favorites is the Pilgrim's Rest, an award winner at the Chelsea Garden Show last year.

In Colonial and Victorian times, keeping and encouraging bees in your garden for pollination was common and a bee skep like this one from Bee Craft



It's this tradition and a wishing for spring to arrive that inspired by latest polymer clay bead creation, The Victorian Garden Bee Skep.



Even if spring isn't here, I can create beads that remind me that eventually, spring will arrive.

10 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Love it! Reminds me that I need to get back to the bee themed jewelry I had planned for last fall before I moved...wonder where all the bees went? I know they are in a box someplace.....
Enjoy the day!
Erin

rosebud101 said...

Cindy, I'm sure hoping spring comes soon.

Michelle said...

I'm counting down to spring as well...I love the seed catalogs! It screams new, fresh beginnings!
Bead Happy!
Michelle

Lynn said...

wow - you have captured the essence of a garden in this bead perfectly. Well, at least my kind of garden - rustic, mature, earthy. LOVE IT!

Cyndi L said...

I'm holding out for spring too! thanks for the uplift, Cindy :-)

Garden tips said...

Great site. I look forward to reading more.

Jeannie said...

Cindy I love the Garden Bee Skep. Trade ya.
Even though the calendar says "spring begins", here in Minnesota we have to wait at least another month...sometimes more.

Lisa Crone said...

Mmm, great sentiment! I have my fingers crossed for spring, it is getting close, at least that is what I think the birds were chirping about this morning. It was a wonderful sound!

maryharding said...

Beautiful piece. Love the way it came out and the colors.

Abeille à miel said...

I'm a beekeeper, but also a beginning jewelry designer. I've made some skep beads in the last months (waiting for spring/bee season), but nothing like this! What lovely work! :)