Little Women

Little Women an American classic following the lives of the March Sisters...  Okay I'm sure you all know about the book Little Women and if not there is so much on the net about it that me telling you about the story would be, well less amazing than you could read just about anywhere else.  Therefor I'm going to talk about me.  Cause who dose not want to know about me really?   Or at lest the possess involved in designing this bracelet.

I did a bunch of research about the book before starting any of the art.  This is normal and usually brings surprising results and this bracelet's research was true to form.  I needed to represent each sister on a charm encapsulating them in a simple image, when it finally dawned on me that 3 our of 4 of the sisters where artists.  Jo wrote, Beth played the piano, and Amy painted and in the story there art took up a large portion of their minds, hearts, and lives.  How did I not notice this the first dozen time?  Once that was settled it was only Meg and the quote that I needed to figure out and Instagram came to the rescue... well okay one lady on Instagram ct1586.  She gave me the inspiration for Meg's picture and the suggestion for the quote.  She reminded me that Jo was upset that Meg was missing her glove because some guy had taken it.  That is why if you look very closely Meg is missing a glove in her picture.  As for the quote ct1586 gave me several options, but the one that spoke to me was "I'd rather take coffee than complements just now".  Actually I'm not a coffee drinker, but so many people in my life can't function without the magic brew that it just seamed like the right choice blending in a book quote with modern sensibilitys.

Now on the the bead choices and colors.  Once again lot's of research was required to determine the beads and colors.  It took several weeks of looking on Google and thru museum websites, but I got a good handle on what colors where really worn in New England during the Civil War.  With the exception of ball gowns the clothing colors for the most part where muted and a bit on the gray side so I pick colors that looked well together and in the tones and hues of a good many of the examples I could find.  I don't think I saw any one outfit with all 5 of these colors in them, but almost all of the everyday ware that I saw had one of these colors in them.  Plus it's a pretty combination.  As for the beads themselves the choice was partly based on what options I had in the correct colors, but when there where several bead options I got to choose shape based on the book.  So the heart for the loves in the book both romantic and family.  The flowers because it was a story about young women and young women are often referred to as flowers.  Yes I really do over think these things.

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