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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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    kye on “whirlpool”:
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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
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Diamonds & Rust Myrtle the Turtle

About this design:

This necklace came about thanks to Martha (Sunny Chick) who told me about this great turtle pendant she bought from our own Lynn G! Of course I had to have one too as she (Myrtle) was so cute! The purple lentil beads I had not had a clue what to do with and the beads that I thought that would work with Myrtle didn't. The small quartz nuggets were an odd purple and part of a leftover from a redo necklace. The rest of the beads I have had and were odds and ends or just forgotten about. I like this piece because it reminds me of the pet turtle I had as a child that lived in a little plastic turtle aquarium with a green plastic palm. tree.


PMC Turtle bead by Lynn G, Quartz Nuggets, Amethyst Nuggests, Amazonite, Sterling Findings

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  1. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Very cute

  2. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Oh Dawn you made a fine place for did a great piece for your diamonds and rust piece…both Shannon and I are so excited to see what you and everyone else was doing! I am dragging my feet I might be waiting until the end! I am so enjoying this though!!!! YFIB Deb

  3. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, my goodness- Dawn this one is adorable!

  4. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Amanda, Deb and Lorrie! This one was so much fun to make! All the colors and beads I thought I would use I didn’t! My husband really likes this one with the lentils. I can’t wait to see what everyone make too. this is so mch fun!

  5. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love this. The turtle is so cute, and pretty at the same time. The necklace is beautiful.

  6. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Dawn! I love, love, love your Myrtle the Turtle design! :D The lentils rock! And your color choices for this piece are fabulous!

  7. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Linda and Martha! I appreciate your kind and supportive words! I too am happy with how she turned out. Sometimes you have to let things meld.

  8. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Way too cute!

  9. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Dawn, what a great necklace for the “Diamonds and Rust” challenge.

    Looks like you found the perfect beads you hadn’t known what to do with them to work with “Myrtle”. And a great childhood memory of your turtle and her aquarium you shared with us all. Love the large purple/tan beads … mimick the lines on her back!! SLS

  10. Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick says:

    SOOO cute! Love these colors!

  11. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Oh so cute, looks like you have a special memory of your turtle too!!!! I like all the beads you used in this one too!!!!!! Great job.. :)

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    this looks great. and the mosaic-looking beads look like a beautifully-colored turtle shell… my 1st pet was a turtle (named Shelley) who lived in a set-up like yours. sorry if I’m a bit incoherent – migraine.

  13. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Dragon Lady! Shannon I too thought the lentils matched her back and I have had those beads for several years! Thannks Mahala and Lynn I am glad you like how she turned out! Eeka glad you had the same pet memories too! So sorry about your migraine feel better soon! I really liked the lentils too. The whole thing rymes Myrtle the Purple Turtle!

  14. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    So lovely, both the combo and the “mignonne” turtle, looks like it just hatched and is making it’s way to the water :)

  15. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Thank-you Johanne! I love to see the little hatchlings scramble to the water and now that you mention it it does look like it is trying to get to the water!

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