Saturday, September 1, 2012

REVEAL DAY: Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

(Read more about the challenge by clicking HERE)

It's REVEAL DAY for the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop sponsored by Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found.

Erin challenged us to the task of creating an accessory that captures the spirit of the nation that we'd be assigned. We could take our inspiration from the climate, the landscape, the colors on a topographical map, the way the people dress or what they eat, the architecture of the cities or the natural landmarks..she left it up to us. My assigned country...

The first thing I thought of was " the hills are alive with the sound of music" - granted if I were a more travelled being I would have had loftier things come to mind. But the fact is I have never been out of the United States, unless you want to count ten miles outside Buffalo to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls! And my very least favorite subject in school was Social Studies AND all things of a historical and geographical nature - I loved MATH! So I knew this wasn't going to be easy.

I did decide to take a Frommer's travel guide from the library so that I could learn more about Austria,  but didn't get too far in it - not enough pictures! I got as far as reviewing the table of contents (do I get points for that?!). From the chapter topics I noted that people travel for many reasons and when they do they are drawn to many different things - some reach out for the culture; fashion;  music and entertainment; or maybe the food. I like the natural beauty of the countryside or if in a city the colors and textures of the buildings and structures. (For instance, while in Boston I love to take photos of all the woods, bricks and stones!)


Though a city such as Vienna would be nice to see one day, I really think I'd be in awe of the Alps!

The shades of color, all the vividness would excite me. So it is no surprise that I chose them for my inspiration.

OH, I did learn one fact...70% of Austria is covered by mountains and the foothills of the Alps! (Extra credit, right?!)

AND here is my inspired bracelet (which my daughter scooped up IMMEDIATELY, total compliment!) Patina focal by Melinda Orr! ...

So you didn't learn too much here but hey, I could of been inspired by my second though -  cocoa! (Swiss Miss y'know?)

Do you have your passport handy, well dig it out because you are about to "hop" around the world...

            Therese Frank  
      Raychelle Heath
             Joan Williams
       Sherri Stoke
              Regina Santerre
          Raida Disbrow
        Kristi Wodek
       Sally Russick
       Melissa Trudinger
          Tracy Stillman
       Sandra Wolberg
       Tanya Goodwin
         Susan Kennedy
         Beth Emery
       Lisa Cone
       Inge von Roos
       Erin Prais-Hintz
       Dee Elgie
       Carolyn Lawson
       Lisa Stukel
       Shelley Graham Turner <<< YOU ARE HERE
              Paige Maxim
       Jenny Davies-Reazor
          Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
              Evelyn Shelby
       Holly Westfall
       Rebecca Siervaag
    Toltec Jewels
              Lee Koopman 
       Laren Dee Barton
              Cindy Wilson
       Kathleen Lange Klik
       Jennifer Justman
       Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
            Lola Surwillo
      Kim Hora
       Leanne Loftus
       Patti Vanderbloemen
       Marcie Carroll
        Marlene Cupo
       Ine Vande Cappelle
            Tammie Everly
            Alice Peterson
       Elisabeth Auld
  Susan McClelland
      D Lynne Bowland
       Denielle Hagerman
        Rebecca Anderson
        Mischelle Fanucchi
       Kari Asbury
       Cece Cormier
       Emma Todd
       Debbie Price


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Marlene Cupo said...

Your sense of humor and style is oh so evident in this post, but the bracelet does take that style to new heights. Great job!

Kashmira Patel said...

LOVED your creation, Shelley! But you SHOULD have included some Swarovskis. Points for guessing why :)

Sherri Stokey said...

hahahaha - I totally went to The Hills Are Alive...., too:) Love the bracelet:)

Linda Y said...

Love what you did Shelley. Great piece. Love the patina on your focal.

Tammie said...

You are soooo funny, but seriously I would have scooped up that delicious bracelet too! Thanks for sharing :-)

Marian Hertzog said...

Love your Austrian creation! I saw Maria Von Trappe too!

Pixiloo said...

Your bracelet is wonderful and I can see why your daughter snapped it up. The colors of the mountains are so evident in the beads you chose.

Jennifer said...

LOL - Wouldnt Swiss Miss be Swiss? The bracelet is great and I can see why it was quickly snapped up.

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Love your bracelet! Your humorous tone was wonderful while reading and I especially like the you have a daughter who claimed your lovely for her own! Mine does that too! :)

stregajewellry said...

Beautiful bracelet, reminds me of mountaintops surrounded by beautiful sky. fun post!

Gale said...

Though I first visited Austria in spring and was in raptures over the mountains, the darker colors of your bracelet remind me of what the folks in one very lovely mountain area (Hallstatt) pointed out: We see the sun for about an hour each day all winter (and in mid-May, winter had ended the week before)! But definitely you should take your daughter there, especially to Innsbruck (that first photo)!!!

LisaS said...

Great shots and comments on Austria. Love your inspiration bracelet ;)

Micheladas said...

Very Beautiful... great job.

beadrecipes said...

Oh, you captured those mountain colours beautifully! Fabulous bracelet!

rosebud101 said...

That bracelet is beautiful, Shirley!!! Can't blame your daughter!

Shaiha said...

I can see why your daughter snapped up the bracelet. It is gorgeous! I especially like how you captured the colors in the mountains on a misty morning.

TesoriTrovati said...

Well I did learn something...all those alps! I knew those hills were alive but I didn't realize there were so many of them! I Love the sweet simplicity of your bracelet. The colors and texture call to mind the rugged beauty of the Austrian landscape. Thank you for taking this journey with me! Enjoy the day. Erin

Patti Van said...

That is a beautiful bracelet! I would have scoooped it up as well! I knew there were alot of mountains, but 70% of the country? Man, I would live there in a heartbeat! Thanks for the tour!

Sharyl said...

Actually, I did learn a lot more than I knew! Loved the photos of the Alps! I've never seen them like that! I don't think THOSE were clips from the "Sound of Music!"

Your bracelet is perfect to represent the Alps. Lovely focal and design. Glad I finally got a chance to get over here to "Austria" to see you! --Sharyl

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

The photos of the alps took my breath away!!! wow, I hadn't had that perspective of Austria and connected it with the long journey in The Sound of Music!! I love you taking me here, and love your bracelet too -- it looks like the landscape of Austria!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

your journey gives me awe of our home, our planet; reverence for our extraordinary world!


SueBeads said...

Beautiful bracelet! I think it would have been hard to design something with this country in mind, but you did great!

Alice said...

When we travel I like to take photos of doors, old buildings, barns, etc. Austria sounds lovely. I can't imagine living close to the amazing Alps, and I wonder if it becomes old hat to those who see it every day.

I love the piece you made and can understand why your daughter quickly snatched it up (smart move on her part).

A Polymer Penchant said...

Daughter's they take what they like don't they - and she appears to have great taste! Lovely texture and style said...

I enjoyed your post - my great grandfather was from Austria, and although it's highly unlikely I'd love to go there someday. The bracelet is gorgeous - great colors and design!

Duffy Blevins said...

This country is beautiful!! I lived in Germany most of my childhood but never got to visit. Your bracelet is really pretty!!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Thanks for the insightful and humorous tour of Austria, Shelley. I bet I could look at a hundred pics of those Alps and never get bored... what a wondrous nation. I did not realize the mountains covered practically the whole country.

One of my favourite TV shows is "Rick Steve's Europe" on PBS (we get Maine's public television here in New Brunswick, Canada. Yay!) I know he featured one of the countries of the Alps, and I was amazed at the houses so precariously perched along those steep foothills. He always shows some out-of-the-way places and people, too, not your usual tourist fare. I tell my kids that's all the travel I'll be doing at my age!

Your bracelet is beautiful, with lots of colour and texture to remind you of your virtual visit to a geological marvel... or at least remind your daughter LOL.

Holly said...

I'm right there with you taking pictures of buildings and bricks and trees and things like that - texture and color are such amazing inspirations, aren't they? I *love* your bracelet! That focal is stunning...

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Shelley,
Thank you for taking me along on your trip to Austria. Your humor made the trip even more pleasurable. I love the mountains and I do not think I would ever tire of seeing the Alps in all their beauty. I love your bracelet it represents the Alps well with the beautiful green and copper colors.

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