Friday, March 22, 2013

Focus On Life Week 12: Observe the Curve

Anyone out there familiar with Horseshoe Curve? It's an engineering marvel located near Altoona, Pennsylvania. I grew up with tales of the Horseshoe Curve and remember my excitement over our school field trip to view this historic landmark. But it's not Horseshoe Curve I am writing about today but its namesake, The Altoona Curve.

The Altoona Curve is a minor league, AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. What better way to observe the curve than to recognize the official start of baseball season next week?


And now we need some beady curves. Don't you just love the curves of these Maruti Beads? I used them in the Going Dutch pattern by Julia Gerlach from BeadAndButton 2012 Peyote Stitch Special.


Please visit Sally's blog to check out the curves of the other participants!

23 comments:

Sally Russick said...

I have to say that beady curves are some of my favorite!!

Alicia said...

Beautiful beads - what are they made of? Your necklace is simply stunning!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Never heard of Horseshoe Curve, but looked it up and would have enjoyed a field trip.

Beti Horvath said...

Impressive curve, hope your team throws effective curves! The jewelry is impressive, too. Good job.

thewovenspoke said...

I lovr your beads and the curves theu represent. I haven't heard of the Horseshoe Curve before.

AntiquityTravelers said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love it!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Alicia, they are really interesting. Part metal and I'm not sure what the middle is - not glass but for sure not plastic or stone. They are supposed to be hand made and I read about them on another blog. As you can tell by the little plastic box, I went a bit crazy when I ordered them!

Adrienne said...

Mmmm, love those beads!

Tanya said...

That is a gorgeous necklace! I think I remember that pattern and, at one point, it was on my "to-do" list. I'm not sure what happened, but I will be digging it out.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Quite the curve ball! yes, baseball on the way is a sign of spring to welcome. Now I'm off to google these other curves :)

Annette said...

Oh, great curves this week! The beads and necklace are so pretty!

Patty Woodland said...

Baseballs and beady balls - perfect curves.

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Brilliant Maruti Beads! I have some, and yet had no idea what they were called. Beautiful jewelry -- grand curves in those fabulous beads! And baseballs too ;)

Anonymous said...

I have been to horseshoe curve! Great place.

Becky Pancake said...

Paula you found a fun way to show curves. Love your necklace.

Islandgirl said...

Never heard of Maruti beads! Googled them and some of them look a bit like some braclets I used to have! Think the baseball og is just perfect for this challenge!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Oh gosh your post brought back a piece of childhood! We used to have to drive through Altoona to visit my Grandparents in NY. All I remember is the awful sulfur smell of the papermill. lol!

Happy Spring!

glassbead, isinglass design said...

That horseshoe curve is something else! Nice beads you've got there too.

Courtney said...

Great curves! And yes, yeah baseball season!!

Patti Van said...

I see curves in all 3 pictures! And, the start of Baseball Season coincides with Spring...another plus! Beautiful beads AND a beautiful necklace!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Paula,
I am very familar with the Horseshoe Curve I have been there many times my Dad grew up in that area of PA. I love your piece made with those beautiful beads.
Therese

Holly said...

Horseshoe Curve, huh? I guess I'm kinda clueless...sorry! ;) But lovely beads...and creations!

Jen Judd said...

Very cool! I'm originally from Bedford, so I've been to a few Curve games...and even took a field trip to the real Horseshoe Curve waaaaay back when. Love those beads...and the connection to my home!!

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