Her words specifically:
"Design at least one piece inspired by the series, by the characters or the setting, the costumes or the story, even a particularly inspiring line from the show."Immediately, I thought of Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge. As much as I enjoy these shows for their interesting plots, characters, and historical references, I keep watching in large part for the clothing and jewelry. Remember the fashion show Lady Mary attended in Season 5 where she said "Oh, yummy" about one of the dresses on a model? That's pretty much how I have felt about both of these shows since episode 1, season 1. Stunning stuff!
I also thought of Grantchester and Vera and The Bletchley Circle and Endeavor and Inspector Lewis. Then I went old school and thought of Little House on the Prairie and Facts of Life and, heaven help me, The Donny and Marie Show. I know, I'm dating myself.
In the end, these are the pieces I came up with:
|The pendant is actually a cluster clasp of glass beads from a vintage necklace I found at a garage sale. The other beads are also glass. The rose is from my stepfather's garden.|
|Here's a close up of the back of the clasp / pendant. The stamped letters read JAPAN.|
This necklace was inspired by the character Hildegard Staunton (played by the lovely Pheline Roggan) in episode 1 of Grantchester. I could see the character wearing this necklace in post-WWII England with a sweater set, wool skirt and shiny black heels.
This pair of earrings was inspired by Mrs. Isobel Crawley (played perfectly by Penelope Wilton) from Downton Abbey. They're kind of old-fashioned in that they are twist on earrings. The faceted beads are much more shiny in person, and the silver / pearl flowers are rather feminine, I think. I could see her wearing these on a social outing that is less formal than dinner at the great house. Don't you love her relationship with the Dowager Countess? God love Maggie Smith - Lady Violet is hands down my favorite character on the show. She always has the best lines!
These were inspired by Lady Mary's character, also form Downton. They are quite simple, but they're long & dark with a bit of sparkle & swing - kind of like Mary. Michelle Dockery does such a great job portraying this character, from the sibling rivalry to the grieving widow to the woman taking charge of her heritage and romantic life. I have moments when I think she is cruel, but her granny puts her in her place often enough to humble her. (Remember the line "A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears" Lady Violet zinged her way after she insulted Lady Edith, AGAIN? Love it.)
|The connector is from Kabela Designs, and the chain came from Stinky Dog Beads.|
|Green-yellow pearls, garnet rounds, Czech glass, glass / brass chain, faceted glass seed beads, faceted glass round as the pendant.|
For anyone interested, Downton Abbey's current costumer, Anna Robbins, has a Twitter account where she posts about the clothing & accessories used in the show. It's rather fun to read.
Please visit the other participants to ooh and ahh over their creations. The list is below:
Melissa Trudinger https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/ (the hostess)
Karen Mitchell http://overthemoon-design.com/
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Karen Martinez http://www.fairiesmarket.com/
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com
Lindsay Starr http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.com/
Mona Arnott http://bijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.com/
Lee Koopman https://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/
Shaiha Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com
Elisabeth Auld http://www.beadsforbusygals.com
Kelly Schermerhorn http://meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com (you're here!)
Dini Bruinsma http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl