Aug 30, 2013

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop: Tacoma, Washington



I must admit that some of my favorite challenges are the ones that Ms. Erin of Treasures Found.  She hosts a challenge every three months that really cause a person to ponder and research before coming up with a design.

The challenge this time was to travel to our home town or in my case the town that I currently live in, Tacoma Washington.  Tacoma is truly the home of my heart and one of the few places that I could be reasonably imagine myself living in.  I think that it comes from my childhood with a mother who moved us around so much that I felt like a gypsy and the only mother-daughter trip that we ever took.  For my eighteenth birthday, we took a trip to Seattle.  The town immediately entranced me and I swore that I would live there when I 'grew' up.

In between then and now, I have lived all over the States and spent several years living right next to the German/Nederlands border (remind me to tell you about smuggling coolie loaches one of these days).  Yet I kept gravitating towards Seattle.  I don't think that I will ever live there because of the cost of renting let alone buying a house.  Tacoma,  however, is the second largest city in Washington.





This is truly a wonderful city to live in.  We have an old growth forest  that is part of one of our city parks.  There are a couple beaches to walk along.  We have the blue, blue water of the bay.  We have theatres, great restaurants all without parking issues.  Also Seattle is only thirty miles away with all that it has to offer such as Fusion Beads, and Pike Place Market.

Besides Tacoma has the Museum of Glass founded by Dale Chihuly.  My plan was to go visit it since that wonderful glass was the theme of my designs.  Issues with both my and the hubby's health interfered with that plan. So I wasn't able to get pictures any of the pieces there but I do have my own to offer.



Just look at the depths in this focal.  It was made by MonaRaeBeads and even more gorgeous in person.  The colors...the blues and greens really remind of Tacoma.






To continue along the lines of glass, the boro glass beads in these earring were designed by Java Beads who is based in Washington state also.  The brass dangles are from the Patina Queen.

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18 comments:

  1. I am really loving reading these stories and seeing the pieces people are making in response to their homes! And Tacoma sounds like a lovely place to live! Greetings from Australia Shaiha, Wendy

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  2. Love it! I'm in CA now, but I grew up in Bellevue and my closest Aunt lives in Tacoma so I've been many times! I love how you've captured the art scene of the pacific northwest so well in your post!

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  3. Oh, I do love Chihuly glass! How awesome to live near there! That glass piece you chose as a focal is absolutely amazing! The whole piece does reflect the beautiful colors of your town.

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  4. Looks like you have the best of both worlds, Shai. Love the glass designs, you have really allowed the awesome beads to take center stage!

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  5. What a beautiful place, though I don't know that I could survive the weather of the Pacific Northwest. Lovely necklace, the depth of color in the focal bead is beautiful!

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  6. Lovely pieces - love the colors of those beads! Tacoma sounds like an awesome place to live or visit! I have been to Oregon but I seriously want to visit Washington!

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  7. Tacoma looks like a brilliant place to live. Funnily enough, my husband and I keep saying that we want to move to Washington state to live for a few years! Maybe one day? The pieces you've made are gorgeous, and they actually do make me think of Washington state when I look at them. Perhaps it's something about the relaxed vibe? Great work :)

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  8. Tacoma sounds like a wonderful and interesting place. We have been all across the U.S. but have yet to make it to the North West coast.

    Your necklace and earrings are lovely. I'm a sucker for lampwork beads!

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  9. That is a gorgeous necklace and a gorgeous focal bead! I love the earrings as well.

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  10. Beautiful piece. I hope you can get to the Museum soon. It is wonderful!

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  11. I do so love lampwork beads, and thank you for the close-up of that blue-green one. I so see colors in places. Thank you for the descriptive tour.

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  12. Oh, really lovely! The depth of those beads is great. What a shame you weren't able to go visit the museum. I do love his glass work, but what you've done with these glass beads is fab too!!

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  13. Shame that your plan to visit the glass museum didn't work out (just like mine to visit the Hessian State Library, which happened to be closed this week, meh). Gorgeous necklace and earrings, elegant yet simple and not taking away from the beauty of the beads.

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  14. Love the beads you chose, and yes, what else but glass if you're in Tacoma!!

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  15. We saw some amazing Chihuly pieces this summer on trips to Connecticut and Pittsburgh. I must say, I envy you living within driving distance of Fusion Beads! Can't even imagine what a treat it would be to walk in their door! I'm in love with those earrings - the perfect dangles for Fall!!

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  16. Beautiful jewellery! Your design frames the lampwork glass so well. And the colours, especially in the necklace are lovely.

    Thanks for the introduction to Tacoma!

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  17. Miss Shaiha! I am so honored that you participated in the hop. It makes me extremely happy to know that my hops challenge you (in a good way) and get you to think! That has always been my goal. I have never been to Tacoma, but I was in Seattle once for a trade show. I love the Pike Place Market! And seeing the mountain from the ride to the airport. I still remember how soaring that vista was! Dale Chihuly attended UW-Madison. He is much beloved in Wisconsin. It would indeed be a treat to visit that museum! I love that you used glass from local artists as well! Such beautiful inspiration! Thanks for joining me on the staycation journey! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  18. Have always heard about what a wonderful part of the US Washington state is, and envy you your corner of it. Your jewelry is stunning.

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