Friday, November 13, 2015


This is it!  Time for the Superstition Blog Hop courtesy of Tammy Adams-Paisley Lizard Designs!

             So... it's Friday the 13th!  Let's start with a little history lesson, shall we?
This date was VERY bad luck for the Knights Templar, a monastic military order.  Popular theory links the superstition to their demise because the members of the Knights Templar were arrested by King Philip IV of France on Friday, October 13, 1307.

        The fear of the number 13 itself is called triskaidekaphobia.  

What does this have to do with Black Cats...well here is one answer... Black cats have played a major role for centuries in folklore, superstition, and mythology. Black cats in the middle ages were believed to be witches' familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Many of these old superstitions about black cats exist to this day.

What does that have to do with Friday the 13th?   We really don't know...perhaps all the Knights Templar had black cats.  An interesting thought to ponder...

While you are doing that, let me tell you about what I made for this challenge.  I was "Lucky" enough to be one of the 13 people that received an adorable polymer Black Cat bead made by the talented Ms. Tammy 
Adams of Paisley Lizard Designs.  

I had the "inkling" (get it?) to make this piece even before I received my adorable black cat bead.  I had purchased the vintage brass broom and the vintage brass spider in a web within a heart stamping on one 
of my bead safaris and just knew that the would be perfect for this challenge.

Using a new "old" brass stamping of a flower, flattened it out and placed the cat bead inside the petals which I then folded over to encompass it like a floral frame.  I punched holes into the broom (and made a loop at the top of it) and the heart stampings and used brass wire to attach it all together along with some onyx beads and vintage brass chain.  I ended it all with a vintage looking  pewter clasp.

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of history-I love reading about the Knights Templar-AND like what I made because I had a BLAST!

Thank you so much Tammy Adams for choosing me and sending me my Lucky Black Cat Polymer bead!


I totally forgot to add all the participants' blog links, so without further ado here they are...

The Hop Participants

Tammy Adams (Hostess)
Renee Hong
Betony Maiden
Coral Law
Lee Koopman
Jeanette Belmont
Shai Williams
Beth McCord
Robin Lynne Showstack
Lori Blanchard
Deb Fortin
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kim Dworak
Divya N
Karin Grosset Grange
Mowse Doyle
Rebecca White
Shawneen Fagnani
Catherine King
Brook Bock
Kari Asbury
Carolyn Lawson
Linda Anderson
Ann Schroeder
Melissa Trudinger
Kathy Lindemer


  1. I love this necklace! It is so totally unique and so fitting with your style.

  2. Thank You Shaiha. I am going to read the blogs tomorrow!

  3. You have made such an interesting and unique piece Robin; I love it :)

  4. Very nicely done, Robin. I love how you worked the brass leaves around the bead. The other accents, and especially that chain, are awesome. So glad you were able to get your blog to cooperate. Thanks for joining the hop.

  5. This is a fabulous necklace! I love the way you made the floral stamping "hug" Tammy's beautiful cat bead. Great work.

  6. I love the brass flower that you used to hold the pendant securely. it adds an organic feel to the crisp edges of the focal. almost makes the kitty look like it's peeking out from behind the bushes. Great chain too.

  7. Love the different elements you have used around the main polymer clay piece. I love those leaves! Awesome piece!

  8. Pretty necklace. The floral stamping made me feel the cat is peeking through the bushes.

  9. Robin what an AWESOME piece! I LOVE that chain! Truly drool worthy! I love how you put the cat in the flowers. Very creative! Gorgeous piece!