Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fairy Tale/Spring Bead Hop..... "Leap Frog"

Hello dear friends,

As you will have read previously, I am participating in the Fairytale/Spring bead challenge organised by
Lori Anderson.

My swap partner is Erin Prais-Hintz from Treasures Found.

You can see pictures of the lovely jewelry components she sent me here.

I have (loosely) based my necklace on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm - "The Frog Prince".
The gist of the tale is that a Princess took a walk in the woods, sitting down to rest beside a pool. A golden ball she had been playing with rolled to the ground and into the pool. A frog appeared asking the princess why she was so upset...

"Whilst she was speaking, a frog put its head out of the water, and said, 'Princess, why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she, 'what can you do for me, you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring.' The frog said, 'I want not your pearls, and jewels, and fine clothes; but if you will love me, and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate, and sleep upon your bed, I will bring you your ball again." ......

Of course she was a little scared, did not like the suggestion (well we are talking frogs here!)
More than your average leap of faith was required.....!

"Leap Frog" necklace. 
Can you see the little jade frog, pearls and golden ball?
Also fluorite, crystals and lucite flower.

Take a LEAP, simple truth pendant by Erin.

Ceramic focal by Lisa Peters, green goldstone. (looks so black here!)

Sweet little vintaj butterfly, smokey quartz nuggets, faceted green goldstone.

As the fairy tale goes, from memory, the frog was a prince, etc...... Of course there was a happy ending.....!

Most people would agree that fairy tales are for children.. I  personally think we make our own luck and future. 

However often a LEAP of faith is required to initiate a change, it can be a little scary, more often than not there will be rewards to come, if not straight away, then down the track...

I am slowly making that leap ( more like a small hop)......! 

Please click on the links below to take you to see the other blogs and items other participants in the Fairytale/Spring  bead hop.

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Courtney Breul, Beads By Breul 
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Evelyn Hall, Dragon Lady Evelyn
Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
Tara Plote, Newbie Beader
Christine Brandel, A Hot Piece of Glass
Lisa Sittniewski, Alterity Art
Joanna Matuszczyk, Filcowe
Jenni Connolly, Jenni Bead  You are here!
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Sally Russick, Wireworked
Mary McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found 
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Shai Williams, Shaia's Ramblings
Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass

Hope you are having a good weekend, enjoy your  blog hopping.


Nadege, said...

Lovely story and wonderful looking necklace, great to see the finished product so well presented.

Jenni said...

Thank you Nadege.I was sorely disappointed with my photos, felt they were too cold looking... should have not been so lazy and taken a trip to photoshop! Oh well!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I love how your lovely necklace and story are intertwined. Great job.

Pixybug Designs said...

Lovely design and great beads! Very fun! There is also a modern fairy tale story called The Frog Princess, by E D Baker. They are a wonderful series of stories and go perfectly with this design!

Courtney said...

I love this. The frog and Erin's Leap pendant! Perfection! I love the story that accompanies.

TesoriTrovati said...

Wow Jenni! That is not only a beautifully designed necklace, but I just love the thought that went into it. I didn't think that you would use the LEAP pendant I sent with this but I am so glad you did (would you post this to my Simple Truths Flickr group?). That really brings the fairy tale full circle for me. Taking pictures is tricky. I have one mega powered light source, always on macro, and then all I really do in Picasa is hit the auto correct most times. I do love the way you styled the photo on the pages of a story. Very fairy tale indeed! I am delighted to call you friend, Jenni. I am so glad that we were paired together.

Enjoy the day!

P.S. Do you know who made the lampwork beads you sent me? I realized at 1am this morning when I wrote that that I didn't know. If you do know, I will update my post with a link.

Loretta said...

I love your Leap of Faith Necklace, and your story too!

Elisabeth said...

wow! Really incredible! I agree about making your own luck by making leap - good luck :-)

Pretty Things said...

I love that purple flower accent at the pendant! And I love the story you told and the many different bits of the necklace -- they all work together and it's amazing!

Aquariart said...

Gorgeous work. Love the wire color with your magical little bits and the frog story. Enchanting! I think adults need fairy tales too. Sometimes life is a little too intense and we need a new dream.

Jenny said...

A beautiful necklace!

Lisa said...

Fairytale and necklace are perfect! I love the smokey quartz nuggets, so mysterious.

Jenni said...

Thank you to everyone who has so kindly left comments. I appreciate your support and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting each blog to see everyones very different works of art.

Dana said...

Wonderful story and a great necklace to go with it. It is hard to take that leap of faith but so worth it in the end.

Anonymous said...

Wow Jenni! You did such a wonderful job! A beautiful "Leap of Faith"!

Cindy said...

Jenni - what a beautiful necklace made from a great group of beads from Erin! It's really neat to see one of her Simple Truths pieces in use....and with a great sentiment. I think I'm a bit like you, taking small hops rather than big leaps, but hopefully they're steps in the right direction!

Jenni said...

Hello Dana, Sally and Cindy. Thank you so much for visiting and your sweet comments. I just love the blogging community, such a wonderful supportive group of friends..

Deb said...

Wow, you did a fabulous job! I love the theme and your photos.
Deb x

Jenni said...

Thank you Deb for dropping by and your kind comment.

Fire Phoenix said...

I love this design - brilliant job :)

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking...I love the color scheme in this piece. Definitly not what you would expect from a fairy tale piece...truly wonderful!

earthlyjewels said...

what a cute story and the piece you created to go with it!

Holly said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love all the thought that went into it. :) I agree, that most people do think fairy tales are for children, and that would be true about many we know of now, that have been "Disney'fied"... however, some originate from much darker stories! Much of the original Brothers Grimm were quite dark, dramatic and scary.

Rebecca said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the 'leap' charm. You've really captured the story in this piece.

Joanna Matuszczyk said...

Mysterious, elegant and magic. Beautiful necklace!

Jenni said...

Thank you everyone who has visited and commented on my Fairy tale/Spring necklace - Leap Frog. I have loved hearing from you and so thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyones wonderful and such varied pieces. Roll on the next one...!

Tara P. said...

It's gorgeous - and love the LEAP pendant! What a great necklace!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh so sweet! One of my favorite saying is "Leap and the net will appear!" ... because I am sooo not a leaper! It reminds me to loosen up. : )


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