Happy February to you all! If you're anything like me, you'll be glad to see the back of January. It's such a looooong month - cold, dark, dreary, wet - and with February to follow! And although February is similar weather-wise, it is short, and is followed by March. Which is still a bit chilly, but it does have the promise of Spring. There is light at the end of February's tunnel! Hope for sunnier weather, longer days and light! LIGHT is what I am missing more than anything right now.
In keeping with the peek of light that February brings, this month's theme is birds. Here's one of my favourite poems that I come back to again and again, which perfectly captures the imagery of birds and hope - their fragility and yet their tenacity.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
Here are some bird beads I find particularly inspiring:
And another from The Glass Bunny - too sweet not to also share!
- like me, based in Northern Ireland! Very happy to discover this seller :-)
Now, before I wrap up this post, I want to share some beads from last month's RED theme. Monique of A Half-Baked Notion linked to some beautiful mosaic polymer pendants she had created for a blog hop. She mentioned that because she does not sell her beads, they might not be appropriate to share here on Art Bead Scene. This couldn't be further from the truth! Please, please please - share what you have created with us! We want to see where you are going in your art bead journey - whether you buy from others, or create your own, or both. Here are Monique's pendants - aren't you glad that she shared them?
And now for the BeadBlogger Links ~