Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Challenge of Travel Blog Hop Reveal Day by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry

Have you ever dreamed of a South Pacific adventure?  Hawaii, BoraBora, Tahiti, Fiji?  How about even further? Many paradise setting weddings have taken place in the Federated States of Micronesia. The four islands are rustic, unspoiled by “civilization” and provide unending adventures.
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!
The Federated States of Micronesia are (politically correct) referred to as being Polynesian outlier. For me, the polymer clay beads I created for this necklace, are very Polynesian. 

 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
Niky Sayers
Therese Frank
Raychelle Heath
Joan Williams
Sherri Stokey
Regina Santerre
Raida Disbrow
Kristi Wodek
Sally Russick
Melissa Trudinger
Tracy Stillman
Sandra Wolberg
Tanya Goodwin
Susan Kennedy
Beth Emery
Lisa Cone
Tanya Boden
Inge von Roos
Erin Prais-Hintz
Dee Elgie
Carolyn Lawson
Lisa Stukel
Elly Snare
Shelley Graham Turner
Mallory Hoffman
Paige Maxim
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Evelyn Shelby
Holly Westfall
Rebecca Siervaag
Toltec Jewels
Lee Koopman
Laren Dee Barton
Cindy Wilson
Kathleen Lange Klik
Shaiha Williams
Jennifer Justman
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Lola Surwillo
Kim Hora
Leanne Loftus
Patti Vanderbloemen
Marcie Carroll
Marlene Cupo - YOU ARE HERE
Ine Vande Cappelle
Tammie Everly
Alice Peterson
Elisabeth Auld
Susan McClelland
D Lynne Bowland
Denielle Hagerman
Rebecca Anderson
Mischelle Fanucchi
Kari Asbury
Cece Cormier
Emma Todd
Debbie Price


  1. Fascinating! I loved the journey and how your built your necklace from various pieces of inspiration along the way. The piece about the stone currency is completely new to me, and I like how to integrated that into your necklace!

  2. What a nice idea. As a teacher I have never gotten such a thing and I know your child's teacher will be very touched. Teachers usually get most supplies needed or will buy them or have specific things in mind that may be hard to know. If there are elem. age kids then crayons, coloured pencils, erasers, pencils, little sharpeners, prizes for the kids such as stickers or other little things are always needed and used
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  3. Oooohhh - you make me want to be there.

  4. Your necklace is perfect for the challenge! Great work.

  5. Beautiful, wild and rustic, Marlene, you perfectly captured FSM's identity. Nice job!

  6. THis is lovely... and I think Canadian change weighs a lot!

  7. Very rustic and really using what would be available in the native environment to add to your design.

  8. Marlene,those pics made me think of my all-time favourite musical, R&H's "South Pacific". I think you made great choices for your jewellery elements (and there were so many to consider). That "money" looks just like its inspiration, doesn't it? Imagine the buying power!

  9. Thanks for sharing your inspiration, I liked retracing the journey you took. Your piece looks great!

  10. How beautiful.. I love everything about your blog..

  11. I love how you incorporated so many inspirations into one piece and then made them all work so well together. The necklace is just gorgeous!

  12. Now see, my first thought of inspiration for this island nation is water --- but I LOVE how you came about your inspriationn elements! Fascinating! Your four elements work so perfectly together! Your design is beautiful

  13. Thanks for the tour -your inspiration pieces turned out beautifully ;)

  14. Loved hearing about your inspiration for your necklace, looks fantastic!

  15. WOW! This is beautiful! Love how everything came together in synchronicity, how your clay focal looks exactly like stone, how you've shared the journey of your art along with your journey to the islands! Smiled that Lisa Lodge gave you the cool fruit, and the lava, coral, and fibers come together to be a BEAUTIFUL necklace! It IS a paradise! Excellent travels.

    Your journey takes me to Peace and Tranquility.


    P.S. And Sparkles to you too, Marlene!

  16. What is that blue doughnut pendant? is that a lapiz stone? I love the color... thanks for sharing Marlene...


  17. I sure do like the way you gave us a tour and picked up inspiring objects along the path. Isn't that what we do when we visit somewhere? Great way to incorporate all into a fab necklace.
    P.S. I like the idea of "stone currency".

  18. What an education this blog hop has been! I love the way you incorporated the main elements of these Pacific Islands into your necklace. Beautifuly done!

  19. That focal is a real stand-out Marlene, awesome work!

  20. Wonderful piece and gorgeous inspiration :)

  21. Thank you for taking us on this wonderful walk of inspiration! I loved seeing how you came up with the ideas for your components, and the final design of the necklace is lovely! That focal is amazing ;)

  22. What a great tour! The FSM is very similar to the Kiribati that I researched.

    I love that every bead and component in your necklace came from your research of this wonderful place.

  23. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with and this time was no exception. I love how you drew inspiration from so many different aspects and tied them all together into one wonderful necklace.

  24. I am very excited to get to know your nation. I really knew nothing about it! I found it fascinating where your inspiration led you. From the lava beads to the stone focal to the breadfruit...fascinating! Thank you for joining me on the journey around the world, Miss Marlene! Enjoy the day. Erin

  25. So interesting and what an amazing piece of art you created - perfect for your chosen country!


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