The lovely Erin of Treasures Found : Inspiration is Everywhere is hosting an incredible blog hop challenge - pick an area of the world and a country (or get assigned one randomly) and use that as inspiration.  I picked Oceania - mostly because we are obsessed with going diving on the Great Barrier Reef someday - but let Erin pick the country.  I got the island country of Nauru, 9 square miles and less than 10,000 people.


Before it gained independence in 1968, it wasn't treated very well.  And due to phosphate strip mining, it's not doing so hot now.  BUT - it retains the beauty of an ocean jewel, so that's what I focused on.  I looked through my stash to find something that looked like that deep, beautiful blue of the ocean and happened upon a earring pair from Artisan Clay.  I hesitated briefly about splitting up a matched set, and then decided it was so perfect laying over a coral (I think) focal from Dakota Stones that it was worth it.  Now what to use as a necklace?  I looked at chunky beach glass-like nuggets, then turquoise, then asked my daughter Emma her opinion.  She pulled out my tin of blue glass fish shaped beads that couldn't be more perfect - a little literal but to quote my son Michael, "Whatevs."  I added small gold seed beads in between the fish to highlight the coral.  Of course one strand of fishes is swimming the other way - cause that's how I roll these days :-)





Be sure to check out what these other fabulous folks have made...and thanks for stopping by!

Name
Blog
Region Chosen
Inspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart
Africa
Burkina Faso
Niky Sayers
Africa
Egypt
Therese Frank
Africa
Kenya
Raychelle Heath
Africa
Lesotho
Joan Williams
Africa
Mauritania
Sherri Stokey
Africa
Senegal
Regina Santerre
Africa
Seychelles
Raida Disbrow
Africa
Tanzania
Kristi Wodek
Africa
Zimbabwe
Sally Russick
Americas
Brazil
Melissa Trudinger
Americas
Mexico
Tracy Stillman
Americas
USA
Sandra Wolberg
Asia
India
Tanya Goodwin
Asia
Japan
Susan Kennedy
Asia
Japan
Beth Emery
Asia
Japan
Lisa Cone
Asia
Japan
Tanya Boden
Asia
Japan
Inge von Roos
Asia
Laos
Erin Prais-Hintz
Asia
Nepal
Dee Elgie
Asia
Phillipines
Carolyn Lawson
Asia
South Korea
Lisa Stukel
Asia
Sri Lanka
Elly Snare
Asia
Thailand
Shelley Graham Turner
Europe
Austria
Mallory Hoffman
Europe
Bosnia Herzegovina
Paige Maxim
Europe
France
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Europe
Germany
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Europe
Greece
Evelyn Shelby
Europe
Iceland
Holly Westfall
Europe
Ireland
Rebecca Siervaag
Europe
Ireland
Toltec Jewels
Europe
Ireland
Lee Koopman
Europe
Ireland
Laren Dee Barton
Europe
Italy
Cindy Wilson
Europe
Norway
Kathleen Lange Klik
Europe
Poland
Shaiha Williams
Europe
Portugal
Jennifer Justman
Europe
Romania
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Europe
Spain
Lola Surwillo
Europe
Sweden
Kim Hora
Europe
Switzerland
Leanne Loftus
Europe
The Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemen
Europe
The Netherlands
Marcie Carroll
Europe
Turkey
Marlene Cupo
Oceania
Federated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappelle
Oceania
Fiji
Tammie Everly
Oceania
Guam
Alice Peterson
Oceania
Kiribati
Elisabeth Auld
Oceania
Nauru
Susan McClelland
Oceania
New Zealand
D Lynne Bowland
Oceania
New Zealand
Denielle Hagerman
Oceania
New Zeland
Rebecca Anderson
Oceania
Papua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi
Oceania
Samoa
Kari Asbury
Oceania
Solomon Islands
Cece Cormier
Oceania
Tonga
Emma Todd
Oceania
Tuvalu
Debbie Price
Oceania
Vanuatu




25 Comments

  1. Oceania is such a fasinating and little known area. Your beautiful blue fish and the focal depict its beauty wonderfully. (an so what if the fish aren't swimming all the same way, they reverse directions in the water too!)

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  2. I def (I have a teenage daughter - can you tell) love the necklace:) It was tots (hahaha) worth breaking up the earring pair:)

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  3. I think you did a great job of evoking an island nation, very pretty. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Hey there! Love the necklace - and you get to do another of some sort with the other earring! I like the fish beads. And the directional swimming! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love the necklace.. great job.

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  6. Those blue fish are perfect for an island nation. Your necklace is gorgeous.

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  7. The blue "crackle" in that focal bead is so cool...how could you NOT use your "fishy beads" when they coordinate so perfectly! I have learned so much geography on this blog hop...thank goodness Erin will not have a test at the end! Beautiful job!

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  8. Your necklace perfectly depicts this island nation. Did not know anything about it till I read your blog. So I followed your link and did some reading, and learnt that all the phosphate on the island originated from sea bird droppings! Thanks for the tour!

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  9. Elisabeth, I have been continually amazed today by these nations I DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED! Worse, the way some of these beautiful places have been exploited in the past, they could have become uninhabitable. And what a sad day that would be! These erstwhile paradises are home to wonderful people. Thank you for shining a light, Elisabeth. That is a gorgeous necklace (totally worth sacrificing a "pair", IMHO), and it is delightful that one school of fish has determined they will NOT follow the crowd! I envy you your design "team" LOL

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  10. This is gorgeous, love your intepretation... Did you make all those fish beads?! It is a shame about the island... What should be a tropical paradise unfortunately is not! I hope you get to the Barrier reef soon.. It is beautiful.
    Jenni

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  11. Elisabeth--I love that your family gets involved in your jewelry-making and that you incorporate their ideas and saying in what you write! It's so delightful!

    The necklace turned out wonderfully. So your daughter chose well! And your son's "whatevs" was right on track! It's a lovely team effort--yes, we'll give you a little credit in all this too! :-)

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  12. P.S. I bet you've traveled to so many places I would like to go. I have been to Australia twice though and to the Great Barrier Reef once about 15 years ago. Hope YOU get to go too!

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  13. Its always fun to learn about someplace new - I had never heard of this island before. -Your necklace turned out beautifully ;)

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  14. Love the necklace, the fish add a real touch of whimsy to it!

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  15. I may be slightly partial, but daughters by the name of Emma are always right about design choices! Bravo team, it's very fitting, beautiful selections all around

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  16. Such a cool blog hop!

    Love the color of your necklace and the fact the fishes are going both ways. Very beautiful necklace.

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  17. Perfect! Love the color and the fish! Indeed it represents a "jewel" in the middle of the ocean.

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  18. I love the fish! It looks like a whole school of them are swimming around the focal.

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  19. Oh Elisabeth! This is just lovely! The colors are so evocative of that island paradise. Love! <3

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  20. Elisabeth! What a lovely necklace! Those fish are so great, love them! The whole feel of the necklace evokes the feeling I got when I looked at your image, the stark yet tropical feel, just perfectly!

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  21. What a beautiful necklace! I just love the colors and those sweet little fish!

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  22. Those fish beads were perfect! The necklace gives the feeling of swimming in warm tropical waters.

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  23. I love it! Those fish beads are perfect. Your daughter gets an A+ for picking them out! The colors are the most beautiful marine blue. So crystal clear like the water. That pendant you made is so pretty. I have something very similar and I am always stumped as to how to use it, but I love the treatment you gave it. The blue cracked glass looks just like and atoll in the Pacific! Thank you for joining me on the journey around the world, Miss Elisabeth! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  24. Perfect Elisabeth! I never heard of that country before, I'm going to have to do a little research!

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  25. Great design! Every aspect works beautifully and has the feel of a tropical island surrounded by turquoise colored water.

    I sure hope the land will someday return to it's natural state. The cause of it's current state is really disheartening.

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