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As an artist, I am constantly on the prowl for inspiration, which is not difficult to find in this amazing, color-filled world we are lucky enough to inhabit.

A few days ago, I planted some poppies in the yard–and was so surprised to see one starting to bloom the very next morning! I kept going outside to check on it, and it practically unfolded before my very eyes. The neighbors must think I am crazy (and they may be right), seeing me sit on the ground in my pajamas staring fixedly on the little bloom and clasping my hands with glee.

Here it is at 8:30 am. . .


a closer look:


and 9:15 . . .


and fully awakened by 10 am!


I could barely contain my giddiness! How incredible that something so delicate can emerge so quickly and perfectly from a strange little poke-ey pod like that.

I quickly made my way into the studio, and used this inspiration to finally make something out of the pretty, poppy-red, Czech glass beads that I have been saving for when inspiration strikes.

Here’s what I came up with!

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Brass with 14k gold-filled ear wires, I am really happy with them and am reminded of the beautiful, dainty, bold poppy each time I look at them. You can also view them in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/167593607/poppy-hoops?

Off to find some more inspiration! I hope that you find some of your own this lovely day!