Monthly Archives: October 2013

Frog Purse from an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK – Elizabeth 1 and Her People

For the last two weeks I have been visiting my mother in England. While there I was fortunate to go the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Queen Elizabeth 1 and her people.

There were plenty of paintings of the Queen, her courtiers, people of the time – it is the National PORTRAIT Gallery. Interesting in their own right, along with the explanations. Always fascinating to think people lived so differently, thought so differently, dressed so differently, than we do today.

What caught my eye, for a long time, was a little purse in the shape of a frog. How inventive, and attractive. Human beings always return to the natural world for design.

Frog purse displayed at National Portrait Gallery - Elizabeth 1 and Her People

Frog purse displayed at National Portrait Gallery – Elizabeth 1 and Her People




Tropical Sunset pearl pendant necklace and earrings

Tropical Sunset brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

When I arrived in Florida I remember being greeted with this incredible orange and blue sunset. This bright pendant is stitched with a Swarovksi glass pearl in petrol encircled with orange and yellow size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Tropical dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Swarovski glass pearl. Brick stitch beadweaving

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.