Look at this sunset!
Here is some Wikipedia information about:The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an independent, sovereign island nation, made up of four states from west to east: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It comprises approximately 607 islands (270 sq mi) of area in the Western Pacific Ocean as part of the Caroline Islands, spread over almost 1,678 mi longitudinally just north of the equator, some 2,485 mi southwest of the main islands of Hawaii and about 1,802 mi north of eastern Australia. Each of its four states is centered around one or more main high islands, and all but Kosrae include numerous outlying atolls. The capital is Palikir, located on Pohnpei Island, and the largest city being Weno, is located in the Chuuk Atoll.
The FSM was formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a United Nations Trust Territory under U.S. administration, but it formed its own constitutional government on May 10, 1979, becoming a sovereign state after independence was attained on November 3, 1986 under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. The FSM has a seat in the United Nations.
The topography of the islands is basically ancient lava cones rising out of the ocean and surrounding land and vegetation that has developed over generations. This was my first thought in creating something to represent all four of the states – LAVA BEADS.
The surrounding waters are a mass of coral filled seas, which delight scuba divers and researchers have been observing for many years. Ahh, my second inspiration – Coral.
The inhabitants are simple people who live on what they can harvest from the sea and land. One of their main staples is breadfruit. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to fresh-baked bread. OK add one more item.
I was fascinated reading about the ancient practice, in the state of Yap, of using huge stones for currency. Apparently the age, size and intricacy of the stone, determined the degree of wealth for its owner. Sounds perfect for a focal!
From the granite clay Yap "currency" focal,
to the lava beads and the coral accents, they all are. I strung them on green waxed linen cord which continues up wrapping around forest toned Sari silk and end in a knotted and lava bead closure. Did you notice the "breadfruit" beads, courtesy of Lisa Lodge?
So here now, is my tribute to this fascinating place on the globe, that was so much fun to visit, if only from the chair in front of my computer.
Thank you Erin for a great blog hop and the opportunity it brought me.
Here are the other participants, so have fun in your travels!
Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.ca/
Niky Sayers http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk/
Therese Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Raychelle Heath http://abeadloveaffair.blogspot.com
Joan Williams www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com
Sherri Stokey http://www.KnotJustMacrame.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com
Raida Disbrow http://havanabeads.blogspot.com
Kristi Wodek http://livedinlife.blogspot.com
Sally Russick http://www.thestudiosublime.com
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Sandra Wolberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de
Tanya Goodwin http://pixiloo.blogspot.com
Susan Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Beth Emery http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Tanya Boden http://fusionmusebangkok.blogspot.com/
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Erin Prais-Hintz http://treasures-found.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Lisa Stukel http://carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com
Elly Snare http://themagicsquarefoundation.wordpress.com
Shelley Graham Turner http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Mallory Hoffman http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Paige Maxim http://www.pmaximdesigns.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Evelyn Shelby http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Holly Westfall http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Siervaag http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Toltec Jewels http://toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman http://StregaJewellry.wordpress.com
Laren Dee Barton http://larendeedesigns.blogspot.com
Cindy Wilson http://www.mommysdreamcreations.blogspot.com
Kathleen Lange Klik http://ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Justman http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com
Lola Surwillo http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kim Hora http://www.kimmkats.com
Leanne Loftus http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Patti Vanderbloemen http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Marcie Carroll http://labellajoya.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com - YOU ARE HERE
Ine Vande Cappelle http://jewelsbyine.blogspot.com
Tammie Everly http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/
Alice Peterson http://www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Elisabeth Auld http://www.beadsforbusygals.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com/
D Lynne Bowland http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.com
Denielle Hagerman http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Rebecca Anderson http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Mischelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Cece Cormier http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Debbie Price http://greenshoot.blogspot.com