Thursday, August 6, 2015

Inspired by Reading: Swamplandia! By Karen Russel

For this months book project I focused on the color purple, the trees in the swamp, and the alligators.
Ossie wears a purple turban, a purple skirt, and a purple ribbon in her hair. Purple is often associated with Spirituality, Faith, Magic, Mysticism. It is associated with the seventh chakra located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of connection to ones spirit.
The swamp cypress trees with their visible roots above the water line are described throughout the book. As well as the melaleuca tree, the invasive tree that was planted with hopes of a brighter future but all it did was take over like a cancer.
And of course who could forget the 'Seths' , all the alligators, that the story has. These are the lifeblood of the Bigtree families survival in the swamp. They are the only reason Swamplandia! Theme park exists.

I used artisan made wood beads, purple glass triangles, purple and green Czech glass rondells, purple alligators and a decoupage wood artisan focal the reminded me of the swampy trees and roots. Oh, and an alligator clasp!
Thanks Andrew! For a fun meet up and book club night.
Here are the participants for this month.

Andrew Thornton, Amy Roadman, Dawn Berkebile, Terri Greenawalt, Laurel Ross, Nancy Noyes-Ward, and Marie D'Onofrio


  1. Such a fun necklace Allison! I love all of the unusual components you used!

  2. This is a great necklace! Pretty and full of so many different inspirations from the book. I love the little alligators and the clasp!

  3. I love how the warm rich tones of the wood paired with the purple. It's a nice color combo. And I also like that the toggle is in the front, so you get to see the little alligator! Good job! Thanks so much for participating!

  4. What a fun necklace. Love the pendant that is so tropical and swamp like and the sweet alligator clasp. The wooden beads are very cool. Great piece!!

  5. I like how each component of your necklace represented some thing from the book. And the little alligators are so fun.

  6. I love the colors and textures of this piece, and the way they play up the beautiful focal. Great placement of the alligator clasp!

  7. Those purple alligators are adorable! I agree that your focal has a sort of swampy feel and just love your mix of colors and textures.


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