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OK, I’ll admit it…. I love the challenges run by the AJE group, they are so much fun to participate in. I really enjoy rising to the challenge of a never-ending supply of ideas and themes, from the talented group of ladies that make up this team.

This months theme is just magical too, and I couldn’t wait to get started and create something that hopefully reflects  just a little of the magic of fireflies.

Though I currently reside in the UK, I have lived in several other countries and love to travel with my family.  Travel allows us to experience the wonder of other cultures, customs and the beauty of nature and animals that exist  in other parts of the world, in person, rather than viewed through a television screen, laptop or cinema.

For me, the memories and experience of travel continue to shape and influence my life and this months theme took me right back to the yard in Naperville IL, where I saw my first firefly with my young children. My neighbour Jul, showed us how to catch them gently with butterfly nets and pop them into jam jars to observe for a while, before setting them free. They are truly amazing little insects and provided a lot of joy and wonderment to my boys in their younger years. Fireflies, cicadas, chipmunks and raccoons are all fond memories of my time in midwest.

Like a packet of childhood sweets, or my mothers Welsh cakes, those little fireflies trigger a whole host of happy family memories of my time in America.

So to celebrate the wonder of these little creatures and the beauty of nature I give to you my firefly muse.


          Firefly sprites 

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Firefly   headpins  

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   Fireflies amongst the rushes

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 Firefly      Goddess of the forest 

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Now to see what others have made for this challenge: –


Guest Designers:
Melissa Trudinger – https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Mary Detray – http://www.brassrabbitstudio.com/blog

Keren Panthaki – https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams – http://www.paisleylizard.com/
Veralynne Malone – www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Terri Del Signore – http://artisticaos.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers – http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Susan Delphine Delaney – https://susandolphindelaney.wordpress.com


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This month I have decided to join in with the AJE theme challenge of March Hares,  and the reveal day is today, yay!

The idea, is primarily to have fun, whilst creating some sort of jewellery element or piece that fits within the Hare theme, chosen by the talented pool of artists within the AJE team. I find that challenges are a great way to nudge your creative muse into shape, taking you out of the comfort zone you are currently residing in. This is one of the reasons I like them so much,  but I also really enjoy the reveal date. Seeing what other artists have created from the same seed of an idea, and how that has been interpreted is always a bit of a treat.

I thought that I would create some Hare beads of my own rather than make a piece of jewellery or use another artists art bead to fulfill the remit of this challenge.

Up until now, I have not made a hare or rabbit bead out of glass. I am not sure why, I do indeed own a rabbit, Jim, our family pet. Jim is also a girl and not a boy ( long story involving two vets to confirm the he/she bit). Jim is our rescue rabbit and not only did they get the girl/ boy thing wrong when we adopted her, but they forgot to tell us that she would indeed one day be rather large.. . She is a cross between a Rex and a Giant rabbit, utterly adorable , daft and quite a character. And although she is not a Hare, she was quite handy to take some sketches from.

As a result of my live inspiration, there is a little piece of Jim in each of the following beads I am about to show you.

Firstly,  I made a few beads with the Hares Moon gazing upwards, as so often depicted in books and other artists impressions of these animals.

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Then I made a few more Hare beads, slightly smaller, crouching down but still gazing up, I played around with a few different shades and colours of glass.

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Next,  I thought it would be a bit of fun to make a Hare sculpted head bead with Jim in mind. She has enormous ears and they can often be seen pointed in opposing directions, usually when we are chasing her around the garden trying to encourage her to go back into her cage so that Foxy Loxy doesn’t make a meal out of her.

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And finally I created few Hare sketched beads, these were definitely the most challenging, but the end result was worth it.

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It was fun taking part in this challenge, thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed my creative Hare journey, now I am off to see what the others have made in the March Hare AJE challenge.

AJE Team
Heather – Hidden Ridge Studio
Keren Panthaki   YOU ARE HERE
Karin Grosset Grange – Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on  the AJE Pinterest page)

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