Otherwise known as: the garden that is my backyard.
Just look at those subtle shades of pink and red, set off by the white and yellow. Perfect bead design example.
These little irises started out as a teeny tiny clump, left over from whoever used to garden in my yard. Every year, they spread a bit more. They only last a few days, but that shading of violet, of umbre blues... and again with the white and yellow accent. Seems like nature knows there needs to be contrast for a "pop," to set a design off.
Maybe it's my Dutch heritage (all four grandparents come from the Netherlands), but I'm a sucker for tulips. Not my favorite flower, but definitely in my top 5. Especially since you bury bulbs in the fall and then, after waiting all winter, this beauty arrives. We have tulips in lots of colors, but this purply-pink is a favorite.
|Red bleeding heart|
|One of about 500 tulips. Really.|
The shading of colors stuns me. And, maybe explains why I love beads, since seed beads is the only medium I've found that allows shading like this. Tiny detail. And the mix of translucent and opaque. (Don't you just love those words?)
|Jaynee's necklace - a perfect example of translucent and opaque, with some druzies added for good measure.|