Thursday, 30 May 2013

Excited as this is a new adventure!

Being a complete novice at both blogging and jewellry design! I decided in a mad moment to join a history blog bop and challenge myself.....ladies and gentlemen my bead stash groweth along with my indecision. So a good excuse to try.
Beady Eyed Bunny has set the second history blog bop and I have chosen the 1 area that didn't seem to be covered - Early Russia...could there have been a reason for this? 
Any way the reveal is on 1st June not long so I had better get working!
Beady Eyed Bunny.
Ok so lets see what I did -

Well I tried to check out the web link that was listed as early Russian - some great information! It seems early Russian ladies felt that it was not good to exhibit their hair, so worea head dress, it was considered dangerous allowing evil forces to play on their families.
Therefore they had elaborate jewelled headdresses and long links that started from the headdress and fell by their ears or may be attached to the ears.
I tried to look for some art work from the time but there wasn't too much available. I looked at some art and drawings (some reconstructed versions) and there is a theme of highly decorated head coverings and pearls every where.
A sketch of typical clothing from 10th century

And strangely I am in love with pearls at the moment - so looking at my own few items I decided to make a bracelet with pearls, currently I have been getting a surprise package of beads from
The Curiosity Shop on Etsy so I choose to use my April selection which had some beautiful glass beads and copper fittings.
I also included beads from Smitten Beads they have the beautiful large pearls in my design.

I have had a wonderful time taking part and thanks to Beady Eyed Bunny for running me through how to start a blog and contribute.
Please take a look through the other contributors work as well.
Leah Curtis - Indus Valley - 
Laney Mead - Māori -
Becca - Art Nouveau -
Melissa - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Tracy Stillman - Native American -
Gerda - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Liz E - Native North American -
Ahowin - Māori (New Zealand)  - 
Jasvanti - Indus Valley -
Lizzie - Art Nouveau - 
Julia Hay - Merovingian -
Dini - Celtic -
Caroline - Art Nouveau - 
Charlie - Moche of Peru - 
Karin - China -
Niky Sayers - Rome - 
Marcia Dunne - Celctic and Mourning Jewelry -
anafiassa - Mesopotamia -
Kokopelli - Native American -
Christa - Native American -
Clair - Roman -
Susan Bowie - Native American -
Gloria Allen - English Romanticism -
Sheila Garrett - Early Russia -


  1. Welcome to the blog world, Sheila! I'm so glad you could get your blog started. Thanks for taking part. I can't wait to see what you make - Early Russia is a great choice!

  2. Great bracelet! I love pearls too. Once you get the romance started with pearls it never goes away, sometimes it fades in the background for a while but it tends to resurface. I started my blog so I could be part of the Bead Soup Blog Party, and now I'm hooked. It's such fun. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future :D

  3. Lovely work - great first blog post & hope to see more of you in the future!

  4. Lovely creations, Sheila! The pearls are lovely. I like how the multiple strands add a lot of depth and make the pieces more substantial. Thanks again for joining the hop!

  5. What a lovely bracelet, the different size pearls really add texture to the piece. You can't beat some lovely freshwater pearls in a jewellery design :-)

  6. Oh, I love pearls... and you made such a pretty bracelet with them! Lovely work... thank you so much for sharing. :D

  7. What a nice way to start a new adventure! You've used some lovely colours in your piece (and I too love pearls) so I do hope that you'll share more with us soon :)

  8. Great start and fantastic work, beautiful colour.

  9. Thanks for all your kind words - I have really loved taking part. Can't wait todo another soon x

  10. Lovely bracelet! And hope to see you on some other blog hops!

  11. Welcome to Blogger-country :-) You made a ♥very nice pair of earrings♥. Where would we be without pearls :-)Have fun blogging!

  12. Those colors look great. And some nice facts about Russia and the head dresses.

  13. Really pretty- I love those earrings!!! And I love pearls too:) Great job!