Second Annual Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

About a year ago I joined Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry In a blog hop making jewelry inspired by a country of our choice. I chose Laos, a country I plan to visit some day.

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:


Almost home:



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


About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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4 Responses to Second Annual Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

  1. mtrudinger says:

    Beautiful! I love the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the redwoods. The lampwork bead is gorgeous!

  2. monsoonwendy says:

    Inge it’s a beautiful focal bead and the way you have strung it with the leaves looks great! You live in a lovely part of the world! Wendy

  3. Wow! Miss Inge, I just love that bead that you made. I am always in awe of what people can do with molten glass! I am very connected to moons, especially crescent moons. This piece has that all enveloping beauty of the forest. I and feel the depth of your love of your beautiful home. I apologize for taking so long to come and visit. I have been spending a little time each day in someone’s hometown. Thank you for joining me on the journey! Enjoy the day! Erin

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