Monday, 26 May 2014

May Goddess and the Bead Retreat

May is always the month that I organise our annual Bead Retreat so I wanted my Goddess for this month to be about that.  This year we stayed at Endmoor Farm for the the whole week and it was lots of fun!  Sitting round a huge kitchen table beading with some of my best friends is always guaranteed to make me smile and this time was no exception.

For my Goddess, I started out by making her a scenic cabochon from polymer clay featuring a little sheep to represent the farm where we stayed (there were lambs being born while we were there and running round the farmyard).  Her face was made in blue and white for the sky.  I used lots of white beads with a little bit of sparkle and a flat backed crystal to represent the fun we all had.  There are 14 multi-coloured fp crystals at the bottom, one for each of us that stayed.  She is a happy little Goddess because I was happy while I stitched her. :o)

The week before we went out there I also made another Goddess.  It was my friend's birthday on the Sunday and I wanted to make her a present so came up with the idea of doing a Goddess with flowers and bees as she likes bees.  I love the Springtime feel to this one and I think she liked it too. :o)


I know I'm a little late with my April Goddess, not because she was a problem to stitch, but because she needed a companion piece and he was!

April is the month that we lost my Nanna, then a year later, my Grandad so it always reminds me of them.  It is also the time that lots of daffodils are about - the flowers my Nanna always used to buy me for Easter.  With such a lot of connections to them how could my April Goddess be anything other than a tribute to my Nanna?  The daffodil connection is obvious.  I finished her quite early on but decided it would be unfair not to give her a companion as my Grandparents were pretty inseparable.  He has a lovely colourful heart as my Grandad was a painter and decorator and used lots of colour.  The black and white cabochon represents the humbugs he always used to eat, the poppy is for his army service and the star because that's what he was - and is.