Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Accidents

Sometimes, accidents are happy.  Like in this necklace:
I was putting away some geodes and this gorgeous pink slice landed next to a polymer piece from Purple Cactus Studio.  At first, I wasn't sure but then decided to go with it.  The colors blended well and it had the potential to be a striking, fun piece.  I've been wanting to make longer necklaces, for myself and for sale.  This seemed like a good piece to try that with.
By using the same colors in the bead embroidery, I think the two focal elements are pulled together.  Add in some colorful pink pearls and vibrant turquoise, this becomes the fun, funky piece I was looking for.

What do you think?  Does this work?

On a not so happy accident note, we had a kitchen fire last week.  Very scary!  Our house is little, less than 800 sq. feet.  So we use up every inch for multiple purposes.  J's desk is in the kitchen, which means her desk chair is  (was) fairly close to the stove.  Must be a gust caused the flames from a pot of boiling water to flare, catching a blanket on the chair.

I was sitting in the living room, 15 feet away and in view of the kitchen.  J was in her bedroom.  When the smoke alarm went off, we were both mystified.  There wasn't any smoke.  Then I looked into the kitchen and oh my goodness!  Flames a foot high down the back of the chair.  And a horrible smell of burning plastic. 

We were able to get the chair out of the house without catching anything else on fire and put the fire out with the garden hose.  The chair is ruined, J has a few blisters on her left hand from where she grabbed the chair, but the house is fine, the pets are fine, and we are very very lucky.

Fires in a fireplace or a campfire are lovely.  In a  house, uncontrolled, not so much.

All in all, I'll stick to the bead accident, thank you.


  1. Oh my gosh, that's so scary! I'm glad all of you are safe and that the fire didn't get too out of control.

    I love the colors in that necklace. The green and purple are so pretty together!

  2. I think it's a beautiful piece. Amazingly I seem to be ending up with pink and turquoise combos (despite what I plan) and I think it's lovely and vibrant. The fire sounds terrifying, but considering what COULD have happened that also sounds lucky.

  3. I've worn this necklace twice - to try it out before I listed it on Etsy. Love the colors in it!

    the fire was definitely terrifying. I did a big garden burn of logs this past weekend. Hopefully, this will appease the fire-gods for a very long time!