I decided to plan it around Canada Day which is July 1 and July 4th , Independence Day in the U.S.A.. The response I've had has been phenomenal considering it's my first time attempting this and my blog is still a baby!!!
I hope you have fun hopping and seeing what everyone has created! The list is below.
I have had several fabulous ideas about pieces to create but so far none of them have worked out in reality. It's been a fun exercise thinking about my fabulous country and what objects symbolize it for me. There are many things that are distinctly Canadian and you may not be aware of them so I will share a few here.
Delicious and featured on many menus in Toronto which has fabulous eateries. I have heard it's becoming popular in NYC and Chicago! So keep your eyes open for a taste of Canada coming your way in the future. For this challenge I wanted to make a poutine brooch using polymer clay but it turned out to be too big of a challenge for me . I've only just started experimenting with Polymer clay and have found the learning curve quite steep! I made some Canuck food jewelry but I'm not quite finished so I will post them later in the day.( poor showing for the host, eh?)
This picture shows my failed clay cane which was supposed to become a beautiful white trillium which is the official flower for my province of Ontario. As you can see I have a long way to go before I can make jewelry from polymer clay canes!!!
Hockey used to be a Canadian sport but it has expanded south of the 49th parallel and has become an international sport. I still like to think of it as Canadian. Lacrosse was originally a native Canadian sport that was adopted and adapted by Canadian arenas to make use of the rinks during off season for hockey. Similar to hockey but played in summer with netted sticks ,rubber balls and hunky men running in shorts!!! Pretty exciting game too! Of course having a boyfriend in high school who was a lacrosse star added to my excitement. I spent many hot, sultry summer evenings watching the boys attack the little black ball and each other. Have I mentioned it's a more violent game than hockey?
I attempted to make a lacrosse stick brooch but got stumped with the netting!
The more I have reflected on what makes Canada Canadian ,the more ideas I discover. The only difficulty has been translating these ideas into jewelry. Even though I created this blog hop I'm afraid I haven't met the challenge very well. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created for their countries.
I'm still struggling with the concept of a Bieber Bangle!!!!! In a certain age group all over the world he is our most famous Canadian!
Here are this years participants with their Blog and their country of inspiration.
the country in brackets is where they now live.
Nan Smith (host): wirednan.blogspot.ca Canada
Dini Bruinsma: http://angazabychanges.blogspot.ca The Netherlands
Stephanie Weiss : http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com USA
Ana Cravidao (ACBeads) :http://acbeads.blogspot.com. Portugal
Liz E :firstname.lastname@example.org. USA
Vera: veradesigns.blogspot.com Germany (USA)
Andra : http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com Romania
Delilah: http://mssdelilah.wordpress.com Romania
Jessica Murray: http://whimsicalweavings.blogspot.com USA
Rebecca : http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.ca/ France (USA)
LiliKrist: http://pcbylik.blogspot.com Indonesia
N Vakentine Studio : www.nvalentine.blogspot.com Canada
Karin: maverickbeads.blogspot.ca Calgary, Canada
Diah Anggreni : http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com Indonesia
Karen : www.overthemoon-design.com Australia
Cath Thomas : http://samohtac.blogspot.ca Switzerland
Asri Wahyuningsih : http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com USA
Crysalis Jewelry Design Denmark ( Canada)
Jasvanti Patel: www.jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com USA
Lola: http://beadlolabead.blogspot.ca USA
Beccy Peterson Sweden (USA)
Paula Hisel : www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com USA
Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com Germany
Laurie Vyselaar: Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com. USA
Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com USA
Anindita Basu: www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com USA
Please check out their blogs to read their stories and enjoy their creations.
Nan from Canada.....Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks!