Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Curious Design Challenge and Blog Hop- Genea Beads & Staci Louise Originals

Hello friends!

Staci and I are SUPER EXCITED to do this special Alice in Wonderland Design Challenge and Blog hop!
Staci and I met through  Lori Andersons Bead Soup blog hop! We were both enamored with each others work. We did trades, shared ideas and became great friends in the process. Through our chats we realized we both LOVED Alice in Wonderland! We combined our love for jewelry, beads and one of our favorite book/movies into this wonderful Alice in Wonderland challenge!

The Cheshire cat has always been one of my favorite characters! I just love the story of Alice in Wonderland with her tales down the rabbit hole. The story is full of wonderful made up words, amazing creatures and whimsy. The Disney movie is full scenes that are so inspiring and colorful.

Did you know I even have a Cheshire cat tattoo?
This tattoo is on my right ankle on the inside of my leg. Under the Cheshire cat are the letters "PLUR," which stand for: Peace, Love, Unity and Respect.
My tattoo was designed after this rave flyer for an Alice in Wonderland themed party called Nocturnal Wonderland. 

Maybe you were a fan of Tim Burton's newest Alice in Wonderland movie.  
I love the amazing colors in the mad hatter's outfit and his over all style.
I am also in love with Alice's dress. Isn't thos photo amazing?

So now that I have shared a few of my favorite Alice in Wonderland things, why don't you see what inspires Staci?
The theme is Alice in Wonderland. I encourage you to read it, or look up some of the stories within the stories and quotes from the book. Lewis Carroll is just amazing, and love his humor and wit. I love his use of made up language inthe Jabberwocky and how he weaves it into the story.

Lewis Carroll(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' The Jabberwock, as illustrated by John Tenniel

He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Perhaps you were a fan of the disney version, and inspired more by the visual whimsy of the film.
Isn't this how we all picture Alice?

And who doesn't adore the sly and odd Cheshire cat?

Painting the roses red, is one of my favorites, because I sing silly songs like that in head as I work on things, always!

And these two shots I just adore for the textures and colors.

All colored images above are copyright of Disney. They are on this page for personal use and fan purposes only, as a way of keeping Disney's Alice in Wonderland movie alive in our memories and increasing the fan base around it. This material may not be used for any commercial or for profitable means in any way without permission from Disney. (taken from this blog)
What we want you to do, is make a piece of jewelry based on the story. It can be based on a scene from the book (whenever I see light blue, I think Alice’s dress, or red and black, “off with her head”). It can represent something- her falling in the rabbit hole, or growing bigger and bigger.

It can incorporate actual beads or pendants depicting characters from the story…….like the rabbit or Cheshire cat, or it can be based on a quote or part of the story that moves you.
OR you can be inpsired by the colors in the pictures above.
I leave you with some more of the original art from
(if you are a bead maker, it may be fun to make some Alice inspired beads or components for this challenge)

What we are hoping is that you will take a break with us, from this very dull world of sums and facts, and get curiouser and curiouser , and delve into Alice’s world.

1. Your piece must be at least 50% handmade. That means it muse handmade components for at least half of it. You may use hand dyed silks, and patina chain (if handmade- like Miss Fickle Media’s components) as part of that 50%. Making your own closures and components counts as well.

2. You must explain your inspiration and the inspiration must come from Alice in Wonderland or Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass.

3. You must participate in the blog hop and help promote it by blogging the week before the hop with a blog (its always fun to tease before the reveal).

4. IF you do all these things, you will qualify to be entered in our drawing for prizes from both Genea and myself, there will be two grand prize winners (and perhaps some small giveaways too). You may also do a giveaway on your blog if you choose. Lets have some fun with this!

5. Sign ups are open for a week (they close Wednesday May 16th). During that time Genea and I will be listing links to beads and components that you may inspire you, or you may even want to use in your creations.
During the month you have to complete your piece, I will add some simple tutorials to help you with your handmade creations.
Blog Hop date is Saturday June 9th.
Please email Staci( your name, blog URL and the email address you'd like to be contacted on (if different then the one you are sending from). Please put ALICE in the subject line.
I am very excited, and I think this is a first for both Genea and myself. So please be patient with us as we pull this all together.
I leave you with some original art from the books, as illustrated by John Tenniel


Diana P. said...

Clearly we were meant to be friends because I too have a cheshire cat tattoo! Mine is from the Lewis Carroll book.

Anonymous said...

Sure sounds like Lot of the tat......xox

Genea said...

Ha ha, we sure were Diana! That is awesome! I have this Lewis Carroll illustration cheshire cat in the tree mug. When my coffee is hot he disappears :D:D:D

I hope you will join us, anonymous! If you would like to be included, please do message Staci!

Thanks! I LOVE it! It was my very first tattoo too :) xoxo

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