This year Erin changed the challenge to making jewelry inspired by where we live. According to Erin: “The Challenge goes like this… investigate something special about your own hometown. Go for a walk, sample some new cuisine, talk to the locals and see what they love about where you live. Then make something creative to showcase what you have discovered.”
I live in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains about half way between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley. That means it is half an hour to the beach in Santa Cruz and to the airport in San Jose. My house is three miles from the highway down a one-lane windy road.
Here is the view from my deck:
The redwood trees here are beautiful, but are only about 100 years old. The redwoods in an old growth forest are more beautiful and some of the trees are over 2000 years old. There are several old growth forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Near here are Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
My nieces in Big Basin:
Here is the necklace I made inspired by the mountains and redwoods. I started by making a large, lampwork focal bead and then made a necklace.
To read about everyone else’s staycation go to Erin’s blog linked here