Inspiration Found in Nature

We like the idea of finding inspiration in everyday objects. Although we can always appreciate gorgeous architecture or amazing artwork, it can be easy to overlook the small things all around us that are often equally beautiful. We highly encourage you to stop and smell the roses every once in a while — literally! There’s just something about taking the time to stroll around your neighborhood and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that can be really relaxing and energizing at the same time.

We were recently inspired by a couple of everyday “hidden treasures” found in nature: bird’s nests and pea pods.

We love the idea of tiny somethings being nestled in a protective shell or nest. They can symbolize many things, including growth, vulnerability, and temporary beauty. We say “temporary” because eventually eggs will hatch, and (chances are) the pea pods will be eaten….maybe with a little bit of ranch dressing. 🙂

The pieces pictured, however, are a more permanent way to enjoy these small samples of nature! We will be offering classes for you to learn how to create woven wire pea pods and bird’s nests to wear as pendants, earrings or charms. Trade out the freshwater pearls in the nest for small blue beads to create a robin’s nest, or find some speckled gems for a quail’s nest. As for the pea pods, why not create orange or pink pea pods? Pink peas may not be the norm, but there’s nothing that says nature can’t be open to a bit of creative interpretation!

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Beads with Meaning

We love creating jewelry (shocking, right?) and half the fun of creating fabulous pieces is getting to select amazing beads to use in our necklaces, bracelets & earrings. Although we consider ourselves to be a progressive group of gals, we do not believe that all beads are created equal. There are those in the bead world that stand out head-and-shoulders above the rest, and we are fortunate enough to be able to feature some of those very beads in our store!

Pictured below are just a few samples of beads created by local artists and other amazing individuals:

Deborah Anderson of A Thousand Canes
In 1993 Deborah started working with polymer clay with her daughter, Marah, and has been hooked ever since. She and Desiree McCrorey are the founding members for the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild in San Jose, California.  A few of our fave beads from Deborah’s collection: her Beatles series! Visit her blog at www.athousandcanes.wordpress.com.

JC Herrell of JC Herrell Glass
While working as a corporate trainer, JC began to teach herself lampworking in 2000. In January 2005, addicted to melting glass and having established the roots of her current business, she began making beads full time. JC creates designs with fine, straight lines inspired by a long history of architectural interest. in her home studio on the Mendocino coast in northern California. We love the urban whimsy of her streetlight series! Visit her website at www.jcherrell.com.

Jan & Gary of Global Marketplace/Kazuri Beads
This husband & wife team travel the country selling Kazuri handmade clay beads. Buying these beads enhances the lives of disadvantaged families of the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya and helps in promoting fair trade in Africa. What started out as a backyard business (literally!) has expanded to become a help center for women in need of steady jobs. Watch inspiring videos about the Kazuri story at www.kazuribeadsusa.com.

Come to Blue Door Beads to see these inspiring beads in person and go home with one (or more!) for your next jewelry project.