Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: In a Garden


The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is “In a Garden”…

Our Team’s interpretations…

Lesley Watt: WIP – playing around with ideas. Flowers, birds and bunnies in my garden this week.

Lesley Watt: And a few more stylised flowers…

Cathy Spivey Mendola: My green garden goddess. Protector of flora & fauna. Green face is ceramic raku I made way back in the day when I used to play with clay. Beaded and wired, she has a butterfly dangling (which I really wanted it to be a Luna moth-but didn’t have one!) she hangs from green & gold luminous freshwater pearls and seed beads.

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Karen Totten: Blossom beads I made over the weekend… not yet glazed, but soon!

Caroline Dewison: Garden bird beads, made in porcelain

Jenny Davies-Reazor: I started this focal on Earth Day while teaching this class at Let’s Bead in Rochester. I finished it this week- for me!

Jenny Davies-Reazor: Bit of a stretch- but they will work! Garden- flower fairy. This piece was made as a prize for a group I am in…. “Daily Fae-sion” but it was so appropriate this week!

Jenny Davies-Reazor: Garden inspired bead embroidery. Treating myself to an afternoon off!

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Dragonfly treasure box. Beaded Czech glass dragonfly button on painted wooden box. To keep all your secret garden treasures in-like butterfly wings, maple leaf seed pods, bird feathers etc.

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Claire Fabian: Not really “a garden“ but a lovely reminder how nature conquers every space given the chance 🙂 This is in the backyard of our apartment house where all our bikes are kept (yes, nearly everyone has a bike here but not a car). This bike seems to be forgotten….



Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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    Cathy! I’m so jealous of that green garden goddess necklace, I have turned green with envy.

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