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A Nod To My Favorite Dr.

About this design:

Theodor S. Geisel. What a creative spirit, poet and illustrator. I've always loved his stories. So when I saw the red fishie and blue fishie I knew what I had to make. Sadly, I never wrote him to tell him how much I enjoyed his work.
I first tried using the fishies by stringing but it was obvious that it wouldn't work. they hung upside down, flat.. That's when I decided to put them on a background of water.


11/0 Seed Beads, 25 mm long Glass Lampworked Fishies, 6 mm Crystal Rounds, Magnetic Clasp

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beady, what a sweet way to remember our childhood favorites & their author. I agree, stringing them would not have had the same effect. I love the way you placed the fish on top the stitching–giving a 3-D feel of them swimming. This was a clever solution for sure. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish……and a friend to swim along with… :)

  2. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    Wild and crazy necklace! At first I thought the fish were cookies. Quickly my brain adjusted. You did the water very well. This necklace would sure be a conversation starter. I love how you kind of paint with beads.

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beady, fantastic Dr. Seuss necklace! Wish I had one when I was teaching. I have a Cat in the Hat T-shirt from one of our Reading Nights. I also love Shel Silverstein poems.

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Pam, I like Shel’s work too. I think his work has a lot of insightful messages to share. When I saw a wooden focal for sale here at Lima, I immediately thought of one of his books and made a necklace set based on it — ‘The Missing Piece’. I’m sure you’ve stated before, but what grades were you teaching? My mind isn’t what it used to be…..

  5. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I love this….what a great tribute!! I get to buy his books for my little neighbor next door. I know they are starting a collection.

  6. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for 20 of my 25 years. The last 5, I taught kinder through 5th grade Gifted and Talented pull out program. It was a fun time of teaching and a 3 day field trip each year except the first year because of swine flu.

  7. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Wow. This is a masterpiece! I have no words to describe the creativity. I would go into the library in junior high school! And read the Dr Seuss books. You never get too old for them. The fish are beautiful. What a great tribute.

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Pam, I think those are great ages to teach. Not that I have any experience, but it seems that at that age teachers can really make a difference before too many negative influence sets in. How special to be able to have a hand in helping children. I remember with much fondness teachers who actually cared and took real interest in their students. My art teacher was amazing in high school–he absolutely loved what he did and shared that love with all of us.

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thank you all for your comments.
    Yes – I also remember some of my teachers. The ones who really cared.
    Today I knocked over a box of beads. Happens to me more frequently than I’d like to admit. The boxes always land opened and face down. I usually brush them into a dust pan. But it’s so messy and hard to separate the beads from the dog and cat hairs. But today I remembered that I bought a Neabot. It’s a little vacuum with a cannister attached. It worked great for picking up all those 11/0 seed beads. They went into the cannister and the dog hairs went into the back of the little machine. It has lots of attachments and is great for dog grooming.
    From Amazon

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I remember the Dr.Seuss’s books. I frequently read them to my K-1 class. Bright colors, inventive words, off the wall pictures… just what little ones need.
    Your fishes are cute and the way you have used them is so clever and artistic. Love the necklace.

    Pam, my first 5 years of teaching I taught art in public school, high school, jr. high (yuck) and elementary not all at the same time. That is when I discovered that grades 3 and 4 were great to work with. They were old enough to learn more difficult techniques but not old enough to be disinterested. Grades 5 and 6 were tolerable, 7 and 8 were a pain in the wazoo! The End of the bio.

  11. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    This is fabulous Beady! It’s so artistic. I love the glass fishies—they’re swimming & making little bubbles! You always do such incredible seed bead work.

  12. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks LRC and Moogie.
    Reading to 5 and 6 year olds sounds like such fun. I’ll bet they loved it.

  13. Sweet Melissa
    Sweet Melissa says:

    Wow! Great composition! How long did this take to make if you don’t mind m asking? Looks like a lot of time went into this. It’s awesome!

  14. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    SM – Thanks so much. I can’t really tell you how long it took. I’m not good at keeping track. But it was a few days. I started with the little fishie blocks, then added the top touches. The netted chain was pretty easy but took lots of thread. The center beads were harder – many do overs to get it to hang well.

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