A Dragonfly and a Giveaway


How exciting that March is already here…I love this month!  I welcome this warm and vivacious season with wide and open arms!

This month also brings many colorful things, like the beautiful artwork that’s featured on the cover of the new issue of Somerset Studio.

Inside this issue you’ll see my article and artwork on the Last Page.

Here are some close-ups of the details.

I found this feather at a beach in Maine last Summer and it happened to be the perfect element for enhancing a wing.  Also, like usual, I incorporated many other recycled materials, found objects and such.  I know that many of you like to do this too…it’s wonderful to have this in common.

I plan to do more open exploring going forward…with my art as well as in everyday life.  And you…what things are you looking forward to exploring?

And speaking of exploring, after my marvelous visit to Puerto Rico I created a couple of island-inspired jewelry pieces, which I’m offering as a giveaway.

A bright and bold bracelet echoes the colorful buildings that line the streets of Old San Juan…

…while these earrings whisper a soothing tune.

If you’d like to enter a chance to win (both pieces to one winner) please leave a comment (simply say hi, or share what things have been inspiring you lately) to this post by next Friday, March 16th, and I’ll announce the random winner the next morning.

Thanks very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts…happy creative week ahead!



51 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. You are a Master at creating magical creations from found items!! Both my parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately for me, the last time I visited family there was long, long ago. I hope you enjoyed the beauty of the island.

    Have a great weekend,

    Abby

    March 9th, 2012

  2. truly gems. what is inspiring me right now is colorful, childlike, and playful things. wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    March 9th, 2012

  3. Aren’t dragonflies wonderful Becky? I love how their wings sparkle in the sunlight. Your canvas is beautiful. You always make such inspiring jewelry pieces. Have a great weekend!

    March 9th, 2012

  4. Kathi Pilar

    Nature has been inspiring me lately. I was gifted with the largest black feather recently. Still trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s sitting on my kitchen windowsill for now. I know the inspiration will come just like the warm breezes of spring.

    March 9th, 2012

  5. Your artwork and blog are definitely two things that are inspiring me. I must admit though, the blossoms that the early spring has brought are incredibly inspiring too!

    March 9th, 2012

  6. Truly lovely! Lately, I have been inspired by all the vintage photos I have of family. My mother will turn 85 in a couple of weeks, and everything I have been making is centered around that – particularly using old photos of her in various projects. Peace to you!

    March 9th, 2012

  7. I love how you incorporated the feather! The sparkle adds the magical quality of their fragile wings..so beautiful! I knew your trip would inspire you…so much color~ How wonderful! I too love March and embrace her mood swinging weather. Hoping for endless blue to soon paint the sky. It is time for kite season. You know I once had a dragonfly kite… ;D

    Love all the inspiration and color here! It feels like a rainbow….

    March 9th, 2012

  8. Love this post!
    I am knee deep in journals right now. Anything having to do with creating journals is inspiring!

    Must incorporate some feathers…..
    so pretty!

    March 9th, 2012

  9. Deb

    Oh Becky ~ Thank you so much for the chance to win one of your gorgeous and inspirational creations ♥ I love how you’ve incorporated the found feather into your dragonfly canvas ~ it’s these little touches you add that make your work so recognizable xo

    We adopted a Lab almost a month ago & my days have been spent walking and showing Archer his new “forever” home ♥ You’d never know it was only a month by the amount of photos though :-)
    Have a great weekend Becky – it’s been trying to snow all morning!

    March 9th, 2012

  10. Dorothy C.

    I love the iridescent look of the dragonfly and I’m drawn to the purple stone in the bracelet. Beautiful.

    March 9th, 2012

  11. Linda K

    What’s inspiring me today? Your beautiful blog post and your soulful art.Thank you Becky. <3

    March 9th, 2012

  12. Erin

    Hi Becky,
    I just purchased this copy today and haven’t had a chance yet to slowly, very slowly, go through each article, but after reading your blog, I am going to be reading the last page first. Beautiful work.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Erin

    March 9th, 2012

  13. Karen S.

    The Somerset Studio you previewed looks so inviting–bright colors and all. I’m still working on the previous issue, having gotten quite a late start. But it’s worth it! Thanks for sharing ideas and projects.

    March 9th, 2012

  14. Congrats on your Somerset publication! Your pieces are simply lovely….and very inspiring.

    March 9th, 2012

  15. peggy

    just wanted to say “hi” and have a chance to win another one of your wonderful giveaways! haven’t been inspired to create anything lately — hopefully this lull will change …

    March 9th, 2012

  16. Becky your work is beautiful! I love your birds and bees! Can’t wait to read and see more of you.

    March 9th, 2012

  17. Patricia Wolf

    Hi Becky! So nice to see what you’re up to. Love your jewelry!!! I’ve been exploring digital art using photoshop. Takes some practice but I’m getting the hang of it. Have a great day!

    March 10th, 2012

  18. Sarah Webb

    Love your blog!!! I have been obsessed with all things paper lately. I love the look of old books becoming something new!!! Happy Saturday ;0

    March 10th, 2012

  19. Melanie

    Your creations are so beautiful and inspiring! I would love a chance to win one of your beautiful pieces !! Wishing you many blessings!

    March 10th, 2012

  20. I am always so inspired by the beautiful things you create with the most ordinary objects.

    March 10th, 2012

  21. Veronik Van Kirk

    already wrote to you. so now just want to say Count Me In.

    March 10th, 2012

  22. These pieces are fabulous! I love the incorporated feather. You always have wonderful ideas and your pieces have that gentle feel that I love. The jewelry is amazing too! You make me want to try making something my self, although I’ve never made jewelry before. :)

    March 10th, 2012

  23. Good morning, Becky,
    I read your article and loved it-I’m a big fan of dragonflies too! You have a wonderful way with words (as well as art!). Thanks so much for the beautiful give-aways, hugs,
    Tami

    March 10th, 2012

  24. Estella Magnuson

    I love your work, it always gives me a good feeling and a smile. Thank you for sharing.

    March 10th, 2012

  25. joy

    Hi, Becky! Thanks for your reply to my e-mail! I subscribe to your blog via e-mail; but am unable to make a comment there. So, when I tried to access your blog; I couldn’t get in.

    Anyhoo – just wanted to comment on your article in Somerset Studio and the last page, too! Wonderfully written and beautiful photos, too! My collage work has slowed considerably in the last year, but I still collect little things along the way. Never know when I might want to create with them!

    Thanks for the chance to win such lovely items!!

    March 10th, 2012

  26. Jani Howe

    Hi Becky! It’s so good to find someone who loves dragonflies as I do! I use them often in my cards and collages, but what a super idea to put in the feather!! Clever girl!

    I am always, always searching for ideas for using discarded, unloved, has-been things in my work; a dropped feather, a ticket stub, even a tiny diary key found in a parking lot! All is grist for my mill, and the mind is always looking at odd ‘found’ things for ways to find new life for them! Keep up the wonderful work!

    March 10th, 2012

  27. I´ve finally received my Somerset copy yesterday so I could see your dragonfly, and I love it – you make me feel like a glitter lover ;-)
    Your bracelet is beautiful as well, and I´d love to wear it this summer!

    March 10th, 2012

  28. Linda Abbott

    I love the dragonfly piece, you have taken an ordinary found object and moved it into a magical place. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us. I love the Puerto Rican inspired jewelry, just the right touch of color for the summer. Colors can be so inspiring, I just bought a huge early bouquet of miniature sunflowers, while we still have a whole bunch of snow on the ground, I just couldn’t resist! The color just gets me dreaming of summer fields, blue skies and whispy white clouds. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

    March 10th, 2012

  29. Maureen

    Oh my goodness Becky …I am inspired by all of your beautiful creations. I love to see all the pretty things every time you post something new. These jewelry pieces and colors definitely make me think of someplace warm and sunny. I am very excited to have a chance to win them.

    March 10th, 2012

  30. Mindy irwin

    Beautiful!!! I also love the sea urchins you used in the earring photo!!

    March 10th, 2012

  31. sue

    Love that piece, but then there is nothing that you have done that I don’t like :) I am going to try and do that dragonfly, well, not that exact one but one like it. It is a lovely day here in Victoria, BC and we are off to the park, with camera in hand and dogs along for the ride. :)
    Have a great weekend Becky and talk to you soon.

    March 10th, 2012

  32. Oh, I love the dragonfly! I wish we had more here in this part of Montana, but I rarely see them! The jewels are just beautiful. They would be a lovely gift! Jamie V in MT
    http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
    jamievowell@yahoo.com

    March 10th, 2012

  33. That is just beautiful, I love dragonflies, ever since I saw the movie dragonfly, I remember the saying “It’s belief that gets you there”.
    And that is a glorious thing to beleive.
    Much love, Di@Cottage-wishes

    March 10th, 2012

  34. Becky
    I am especially looking forward to Somerset arriving knowing it contains your art.
    That feather was awaiting your arrival to be included in your art and what a precious wing it makes.
    I am always exploring to see what I can use, the teeniest scraps of lace, ephemera or to spy a perfect button, nothing is safe lol.
    I would love to win, it would bring some sunshine to the dreich Scottish days.
    Wishes
    Lynne

    March 10th, 2012

  35. Absolutely beautiful, I find myself being drawn to all shades of blue this spring!

    March 10th, 2012

  36. So pretty, Becky!! I love how you’ve glittered the feather ;)

    I appreciate a chance to win the lovely jewelry you’ve created too, I know my daughter would love it!!

    March 10th, 2012

  37. I’m looking forward to reading your article in Somerset magazine. You create beautiful artwork. And jewelry! gorgeous!

    March 10th, 2012

  38. Thank you all ladies, for sharing your thoughts/inspirations…and thank you for the generous and kind words about my artwork. I appreciate this very, very much…thank you!

    March 10th, 2012

  39. thanks for the tip about your giveaway. the puerto rico-inspired pieces are delicious. count me in! xo

    March 10th, 2012

  40. ANNE-AZ

    Your pieces are beautiful! I have to say I am truly intrigued by your creativity using found objects and giving them new life and purpose.

    March 11th, 2012

  41. Becky, your dragonfly is beautiful! So happy to be back visiting blogs and such. I have missed yoU!

    March 11th, 2012

  42. love the way you’ve incorporated that feather in the dragonfly’s wing! very sweet! your jewelry pieces are just lovely too ….you will be drawing the winning name on my BIRTHDAY! Yea! Maybe it will be my lucky day! I would love an opportunity to win….Merci Becky! ;)

    March 12th, 2012

  43. laura huffman

    so glad I’m home in time to join the giveaway. so lovely Becky. just got some new beads to play with. hope I can find time. enjoy your week. very large trees inspire and awe me. love walking and just gazing on their beauty. brings me close to God.

    March 12th, 2012

  44. Congratulations on your Dragonfly article. Magical and mystical and so beautiful. I used to be afraid of them but now I adore watching them at our pond. So Beautiful! Your jewelry certainly does remind me of the colorful buildings in San Juan Puerto Rico that I saw when I visited a few years ago. Those earrings are calling me with their serenity. I am exploring ways to reduce my need to worry about everything. It will be a challenge however I am up for it. Please include me in your generous give. Thank you dear…

    March 14th, 2012

  45. Jan H

    Your pieces are always so inspiring! I’ve just finished a really long time of being injured…graduated from P/T today! And part of the recovery has been feeling well enough to get back to crafting, so seeing your inspiring pieces is exciting! I’m enjoying exploring for myself, so this was a perfect message!

    March 15th, 2012

  46. So glad you’re feeling better Jan…and back to creating too!

    March 15th, 2012

  47. That dragonfly is glorious!
    Your vision is simply lovely.

    March 15th, 2012

  48. Diana

    Hi Becky,
    Thanks for the chance at your give away! I love reading your blog, thanks so much for sharing.

    March 15th, 2012

  49. Gita

    Visiting your blog is like being in a dream.
    Thank you for sharing these creations.

    March 16th, 2012

  50. Hi Becky!

    Love the dragonfly, and love even more that you incorporated the found feather. What a lovely touch it gives! I sure can see why Somerset liked it so much!! Gosh, how I would love to live in your brain for a little bit and see things the way you do! I sooo admire your talent!

    The jewelry pieces are simply charming, too. I love the colors…they speak to me!

    Thank you for offering this fun giveaway!
    Hugs to you!
    Knee deep in the 2 wedding thingy! But having fun, too!
    Becky

    March 16th, 2012

  51. You know, I didn’t even see the feather as I looked at it in the magazine pic, I love seeing these close up photos, it’s gorgeous!! The jewelry is lovely, as well. :)

    March 18th, 2012

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