Winter has a serenity that no other season can claim. A stillness and a solitude that appeal mightily to my contemplative side. So when Sally Russick of Studio Sublime announced her Inspired by Winter Blog Challenge, I knew it was for me.
Can’t you just breathe in the crisp air and hear the crunch of snow under your feet when you take in this breathtaking photo, shot in Rocky Mountain National Park by John deBord, and featured on Smashing Magazine’s Winter Wonderland photo layout?
DeBord’s photo inspired my Winter Serenity necklace. The photo came with me on my recent trip to San Diego, where I found my focal (a reversible druzy), and a strand of natural matte lapis stones that look like they could have been chipped out of the landscape. They’re softened by freshwater pearls and braided strands of sari silk, tucked into sterling silver jump rings. This is my first attempt to use fiber in a design, and it’s a technique that caught my eye in Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel’s book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.
Special thanks go out to Sally for challenging us to explore the beauty of this season. Ready for more wintry inspiration? Follow these links to see the designs of all the challenge participants:
List of Participants: