My favorite season is summer. Probably because I live in Alaska and love the long summer nights we enjoy, and favor them as a response to the dark, dreary winters. And this year summer took so long to arrive! Seriously, we had snow only a month ago... It snowed the first two weeks of May, and that is NOT NORMAL!!!.
I am so thankful for summer here in Fairbanks.
I love the flowers that grow here, I love spending time with my family outside, I love my camping memories.
My dad was a forester, so as soon as August would hit and the tree-culling season was over we would go camping. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of camping and exploring the woods during late summer.
My dad, my sister Beth, and me
Now, I love biking with my girls and hanging out on trails with them. This is one of my favorite pictures of my girls and me. We're watching ducks on the river walk in Fairbanks.
Deborah, Abigail, and me behind Pioneer Park several years ago
The best way to welcome summer is with a barbecue, friends and s'mores. We got to hang out with our Life-group a couple of weeks ago, and just enjoy the arrival of the mosquitoes and the sun.
This great photo was taken by my friend, David at our Barbecue
Maybe because I grew up with a botanist for a daddy, maybe because I love to garden, maybe because God has continued to use butterflies powerfully in my life to remind me of His plans for me... for whatever reason, I am drawn to Botanical imagery. Flowers, leaves and butterflies are a constant theme in my jewelry and in my personal life.
I finished this one this week, and it sold within a couple of hours of putting it out.
I didn't even get to take a decent picture.
I love Lucite flowers, particularly combined with Swarovski crystals.
Flowers and butterflies, leaves and outdoors... That's what summer means to me.
These earrings are my latest summer project.
Silk flowers, Swarovski crystals and butterflies.
I'm still in the process of deciding if I like them enough to make more but I think I'll be making a few more just to see what happens. I have a yellow pair, and a pink pair. They are certainly a fun mix of high/low elements, and they have wonderful movement and sparkle.
Thank you for hosting the Summer Elements Blog Hop, Toltec Jewels! Thank you for allowing me to participate. =)
Dear reader, Go forth and discover some other wonderful Summer Blog fun!
The Summer Elements Blog Hop Participants:
Toltec Jewels (Hostess) http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Ailsa Cordner http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/
Christie (Charis Designs) http://charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com/
Susie Harris http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Glick-Zenith http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nelly May http://smellynelly.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Cory Tompkins http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Karen Martinez http://www.fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com/
Solange Collin http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com/
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Anindita Basu http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Andrea Trank http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Becca Sirevaag http://godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com/
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Regina Wood http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW