I grew up in Louisville, where my parents and their circle of friends celebrated the Kentucky Derby each year with bigger and bigger parties. When it was my parents’ turn to host, my sister and I joined in the pre-party frenzy. Janet whipped up her legendary cream puffs and it usually fell to me to polish the dozen or so silver mint julep cups used only on this storied day.
Hats were always the crowning jewels of the event, both the ones the women wore (there was usually a contest for most creative), and the silk top hat that was passed from host to host and held the horses’ names each year. Guests had to cheer for the horse they drew, and won the pot if they held the winning name.
So, I just had to sign up for Bobbie Rafferty’s Hats Off Challenge, where our goal was to design a piece of jewelry inspired by one of the extravagant creations Bobbie curated for us. I chose this very interesting hat from the Sculptural category.
The day before Bobbie unveiled the designer hats from which we could choose, I picked up this vintage 1950’s focal at a local bead show. Can you see the face in the mahogany obsidian stone?
My design plays up the browns and corals in the hat and gives a nod to blue in the lampwork flower by Sue Kennedy.
My husband and I will be having our own Derby party this afternoon. (The mint julep cups are polished and waiting!) But not until I hop around to see what all the other Hats Off participants dreamed up for this challenge. And thanks so much to Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry for showing us you don’t have to go to Churchill Downs to enjoy Derby Day! Here's a link to all the participants' blogs:
Arlene Dean www.aglassbash.blogspot.com
Bobbie Rafferty www.beadsong.blogspot.com
Cheryl Dunham www.renaissance-jewelry.blogspot.com
Christine Altmiller www.onekisscreations.blogspot.com
Cindy Wilson www.itsmyseaofdreams.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata www.antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Deanna Riles-Cox https://www.facebook.com/deanna.rilescox
Debbie Rasmussen www.kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Dini Bruinsma https://www.facebook.com/dini.bruinsma
Jasvanti Patel www.jewelrybyjasvant.blogspot.com
Jean Yates www.prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com
Jennifer LaVite www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Karin Slaton www.backstorybeads.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Robin Reed www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Sally Russick www.thestudiosublime.com
Susan Nelson Bowie www.susanbowie.wordpress.com