Welcome to another great blog hop hosted by Shelley Graham Turner (of Tori Sophia) and Marlene Cupo (of Amazing Designs). This HBBH is the third and we were supposed to pick any holiday from February or March to celebrate. My partner for this event is the talented jewelry artist Toltec Jewels, host of Jewel School Friends. To see more of her work, please visit her on Pinterest.
We decided to celebrate the Spring Equinox or Ostara, which is March 20 and marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere to celebrate the fertility of the land. It is a time Pagans focus on: the balance between light and dark, rebirth and renewal, and new life. Many symbols of Ostara have been incorporated into the modern celebration of Easter such as: lambs; rabbits; calves; eggs; seeds; ladybugs; caterpillars; daffodils; lilies; milk; and honey. Pastel colors are usually associated with Spring.
That’s why it was such a lovely surprise when I got this:
That’s when I knew Toltec Jewels had not only done her homework on me (my favorite colors are aqua, purple, lime green, and black and I love mixed metals), but had been extremely thoughtful about capturing the dual nature of the holiday. This set is titled “Sunrise of the Spring Equinox.” She used handmade (by her!) anodized aluminum jump-rings in a variation of the Inca Puño weave to look like little flowers, gunmetal finished copper, mystic hematite, Czech glass and Austrian crystals.
She took better pictures than I did (surprise! *wry grin*), so I will steal one to show you a close-up of the lamp work bead by H.J. Sanders of Dichoric Dreams. Someone looked at my banner and thought about my name!
I have to say that if you are lucky enough to get her as a partner on a hop be warned-she will spoil you! She generously sent me handmade incense, a scented candle, lilac oil, a piece of amethyst and a lovely beaded bag all of which can be used in my Ostara celebration.
Bet you’re wanting to know what I made her. Well, I made a set I named “Thicket Fairy Awakening” which features a handmade polymer clay focal, my first ever handmade chain using my super cool new hammers, vintage cobalt and amber glass, modern crystals and Czech glass, and lots of love. You’ll be able to see on the Toltec Jewels blog, but here’s a stolen teaser:
Now please join our Hop and visit the rest of the participants too.
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3-reveal.html
Leanne Loftus http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier https://windbent.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/hbbh3-reveal/
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com/2013/03/reveal-holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html
Marti Conrad http://marticsclay.blogspot.com
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh3.html
Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Tiffany Goff Smith http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh3-reveal.html
Shelley Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/2013/03/reveal-holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html