Friday, November 13, 2015

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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!

Robin Lynne Showstack-HEARTS' DESIRES JEWELRY



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



The Hop Participants

Tammy Adams (Hostess)http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Renee Hong http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com
Betony Maiden http://beadwenches.blogspot.com/
Coral Law http://abcoraldesign.blogspot.com/
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Jeanette Belmont http://www.onecanvasatatime.com
Shai Williams http://www.ShaihasRamblings.com
Beth McCord http://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/
Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Lori Blanchard https://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/
Deb Fortin http://www.mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Kim Dworak http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Karin Grosset Grange http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/#sec-blog
Shawneen Fagnani http://blondespotpinkshoe.blogspot.com/
Catherine King http://Catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Brook Bock http://artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Melissa Trudinger https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Kathy Lindemerhttp://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/