Zibbet finds of the week - Where's spring?

Okay, I do know that it's still too early to ask for spring, and I don't even have the right to complain. Winter hasn't been too cold here and we hardly had any snow so far ... and I totally know I jinxed it now and we will probably drown in snow.
I also know that the Southern Hemisphere is heading into fall and I have seen the snow pictures from the US that made me humbly thank the German branch weather gods for sparing us that.
And still ... I have a cold, and right now I am up because I have trouble breathing and I am whiny and I have a sore throat ... heck, give me spring!

Since the weather gods are not that friendly, however, I went for one of my little virtual trips searching for the colors of spring this time keeping up the hope that it is not too far around the corner.

Birds on a branch clutch by Foxbury and Co.
Spring bells Lily of the Valley print by Valentine Photography

Green real flower resin ring by Natural Pretty Things

Spring renewal art card, ACEO by Diane Clancy

Spring Splash pillow cover by Ebi Emporium

Welcome spring pen holder by Harrison Hollow Designs


Quote of the week

It's true. I can get stuck in the IMDb message boards forever and read discussions about movies. This time I ended up in a thread with the title "People above 30, Why you didn't watch Labyrinth at theaters?" Well, I actually saw it at the theater, together with my little brother who liked it so much that we went right back the next day to watch it again.

Sarah is tired of having to babysit her little baby brother, Toby. She asks the Goblin King, Jareth, to take him away. When he really does, however, she goes into the labyrinth to bring Toby back.

Sarah: Give me the child.
Jareth: Sarah, beware. I have been generous up until now, and I can be cruel.
Sarah: Generous? What have you done that's generous?
Jareth: Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken, I took him. You cowered before me. I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down. And I have done it all for you. I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?
Sarah: Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City. For my will is as strong as yours and my ...
Jareth: Stop. Wait. Look, Sarah. Look what I'm offering you. Your dreams.
Sarah: And my kingdom as great.
Jareth: I ask for so little. Just let me rule you and you can have everything that you want.
Sarah: Kingdom as great. Damn. I can never remember that line.
Jareth: Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave.
Sarah: My kingdom as great. My kingdom as great. *pausing* You have no power over me. You have no power over me!

Labyrinth, UK/USA, 1986


Tackle that stash - Under the sea

Isn't it sweet how things sometimes come together even if you have not expected it at all?
This time it was the color blue that pulled it all together.
First of all I found this dyed blue agate slice in my stash. The other day I had made a brooch with a purple agate slice in a wire knit setting. The irregular shape of the agates is easier to set in wire knitting, so that's what I decided on again here.

From there my muse took things into her own hands. I remembered the blue pearls in my drawer and as I like to do, I strung my wire with a whole bunch of them. As you can tell, though, I didn't need that many after all. My plan had been to crochet an extra edge onto the bezel and to fill it with pearls, but the shape of the slice seemed to call for a freeform edge.
That's when I began to see the ocean theme. I don't know what you see in this pendant, but to me it became part of a coral reef and I knew I wanted to have something else on there. I wracked my brain to remember if I might have hidden a fish or maybe a crab charm somewhere, and I was almost ready to go and look for charms to order - which wouldn't have gone together that well with the goal of using my stash - when I remembered my fishes by Melissa Vess. 

Among all of her beautiful beads of which I have not enough by far, Melissa's fishes have always been my favorites. I always felt her love of the ocean and diving made them even more special.
Unfortunately Melissa isn't a lampworker anymore which makes me think even more about how I use her beads in my work.
And there it was, a blue fish which matched the blue of the agate perfectly as if it was made to swim through this underwater world. Bingo!

This one of a kind pendant is available in my DaWanda shop now.


Oldies but Goodies - Silver

What does the color silver mean to you? For me silver is related to the moon like gold is to the sun. I'm very drawn to the moon, so that could be one reason I love silver.
I found a website called Color Meanings and these are some of the things they have to say about silver (click the link to read the whole article):

  • You are considered to be gentle, kind and sensitive if you like silver. White and silver are colors associated with the higher self and spirituality.
  • Where gold is masculine, silver is considered as feminine energy. It is associated with the moon as well as the ebb and flow of tides. Silver color is considered as ‘cleansing, illuminating and showing the way forward’.
  • People who like silver tend to be introspective and often lost in their own world. They are highly artistic, creative and imaginative making them good poets and writers.
  • It is believed that success comes easily to those who like this color. This may be due to the fact that such people are more open to new ideas and possibilities while being resourceful.
  • On the downside, silver loving people can be moody as their moods are reflected by the changes in the lunar cycle. Often they live in a delusional world of fantasies.

Why did I ask this question? This week the JAC Oldies but Goodies Challenge was about the color silver. It's funny, but I only found one piece myself in just silver. I love to combine silver with beads of all kinds, even if it's just a few small ones. I wonder if I should make it a personal challenge to create something in all silver now.
There was no lack of silver at all with the other members, however, as you can see not only in the picture, but in the thread if you click the above link. Have fun!

1 Echoes of Ela
2 Violetmoon's Corner
3 Cat's Wire
4 Jewelry Art by Dawn
5 2 Fab Fristers
6 MC Stoneworks
7 The Crafty Chimp
8 RioRita


Finds of the week - Monkeys

I know it doesn't make sense, but when my cats have one of their five minute fits - which can take up to thirty minutes - I like to call them crazy monkeys. One of those crazy monkeys danced on the table this morning making short breaks to attack the jacket that's hanging over one of the chairs.
If you know me a little, you will not be surprised that from there it was only a small step to today's topic. Time for a little safari again, come with me and we'll look for monkeys (and apes) in the Zibbet jungle!

Oscar postcard by Raspberry Doodles

Monkey head glass ornament from Frugally Found For You

Arabic hugging birthday monkey card by A Crafty Arab

Monkey and ripple baby blanket by Miniature Monkey Creations

Pink monkey quilt by A Gift To Treasure

Monkey animal figurine by Classon Creations


Quote of the week

Have you ever been lost? So lost that you didn't know where you were, not even the town?
That's what happened to Bernard who felt the urge to buy himself a motorbike, take off, not knowing where the trip would end.
Now he's somewhere in the middle of Alaska trying to find his way again. Joel might not be the best person to ask. The state of Alaska paid for his university education on the condition that he has pay it back by working in Alaska as a doctor for a few years. Instead of ending up in a nice hospital and a city apartment, however, Joel is ... well, in the middle of Alaska.

Bernard: Excuse me.
Joel: Yeah.
Bernard: Where am I?
Joel: You know I have been asking myself that same question since I got here. I finally figured out we are somewhere between the end of the line and the middle of nowhere.
Bernard: Oh. Where is that on the map?

Northern Exposure, USA, 1990 - 1995


Tackle that stash - Dagger bead earrings

I have large dagger beads and loads of small ones in my stash. I used them on different pendants and a necklace before, and also on two WIP pieces that are still secret.
This time I had fun making earrings with them, at first just in combination with seed beads until my stash of crystals called me as well.

They are not in my shop, not at the moment at least because some will possibly be a donation for an animal rescue auction, but if you are interested, send me a message.