One of my favorite holidays has always been Halloween but not the dark and gloomy part with all the vampires and ghouleys. I prefer to celebrate the changing of the year and the visits with my ancestors. It is part of the season of contemplation while I rest and recharge from summer.
It is any wonder that I couldn't resist this blog hop being hosted by Lee of Strega Jewelry? Especially when she puts it so eloquently.
Danse Macabre illustrates the universal aspect of death. It comes to all, regardless of station in life. Paintings were created with skeletons dancing their way to the grave, sermons were preached cautioning people that the material side of life was unimportant, death is a fate we must all meet, peasant, pauper, priest, pope or noble. So, enjoy life, make the most of it for we are all on our way to the same fate. Life, after all, is a glorious dance with the grave as the finale, dance through it with joy!Since it a celebration of life and the end of life, I wanted bright colors. I wanted flowers and skulls. And I found all of that with a focal I had been hoarding from Blu Mudd ceramics which has sadly closed down. Yeah I know. All in the circle of life.
I really wanted to play up the orange color of the flower in her hair so I went with carnelian beads which I hand-knotted on waxed linen thread. And to bring in a sense of playfulness, there is also a tiny skull at the clasp.
Now a lot of my favorite designers are also joining in on the danse so be sure to check them out also.
Lee Koopman Strega Jewellry
Sam Waghorn Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma Angaza by Changes
Mowse Doyle Mouse Made This
Lori Blanchard Alainn Jewelry
Robin Showstack Hearts Desire Jewelry for You
Amy Jorgensen Hoarders Corner
Nan Smith Wired Nan
Tammy Adams Paisley Lizard
Catherine King Catherine’s Musings
Michelle McCarthy Firefly Designs Studio
Betony Maiden Beadwenches Blog
Becca White Morgana Fey Creations
Kim Dworak Cianci Blue
Tami Norris Tamis Creative Spot
Inge Von Roos Inge’s Blog
Terry Jeanette Carter Tapping Flamingo
Deb Fortin Mohti Studio
Melissa Trudinger Bead Recipes