Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3 Reveal: Spring Equinox

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:

Inca Puño variation, chainmaille closeup

Inca Puño variation, chainmaille closeup

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.

Sunrise of the Spring Equinox by Toltec Jewels

Sunrise of the Spring Equinox by Toltec Jewels

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!

Picture courtesy of Toltec Jewels.

Picture courtesy of Toltec Jewels.

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:

HBBH3_Windbent_2

Close-up of my necklace courtesy of Toltec Jewels

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

Chris Schlicht http://marshellswaps.blogspot.com/p/visiting-bloggers-reveal-day.html

Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3-reveal.html

Gina Hockett–http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh-3-celebrate-carnival-day.html

Jennifer Reno http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/2013/03/its-holiday-bling-blog-hop-time.html

Laura Reed http://marshellswaps.blogspot.com/p/visiting-bloggers-reveal-day.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

Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html

Rita/ Toltec Jewels http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3-celebrating.html

Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh3.html

Sarah Goode http://pookledo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/marshellswaps-holiday-blog-hop-march.html

Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3-reveal-happy.html

Sonya Stille  http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html

Tammie Everly http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/holiday-bling-blog-hop-3-st-pattys-day.html

Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

Tiffany Goff Smith http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh3-reveal.html

Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/2013/03/hbbh-3-the-reveal.html

Shelley Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/2013/03/reveal-holiday-bling-blog-hop-3.html

About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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15 Responses to Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3 Reveal: Spring Equinox

  1. What a beautiful set, Lennis… such great energy in the colourful rings! You really are spoiled!

  2. Sonya Stille says:

    Wow this a really cool necklace. Lucky girl.

  3. Marti C. says:

    Beautiful pieces, love that wind bent tree focal! Nice job on all!

  4. Gina Hockett says:

    I found the story behind Ostara fascinating. Beautiful jewelry from Rita! Love the colors, too!

  5. That’s your first handmade chain ever?!? Wow, I never would have known that. The necklace you made her is awesome! Great job 🙂

    • windbent says:

      Thanks Jennifer! I didn’t really take good pictures of what I made so I figured I’d send you over to her site rather than stealing all of her photos. I’m really proud of it and glad she will be the one wearing it–I’m sure you can see why after looking at what she sent me!

  6. Tammie says:

    Great post and such cool pieces. This really was a great hop 🙂

  7. Marlene Cupo says:

    The focal in Rita’s piece is so PERFECT for the holiday celebration you chose. So happy you are happy with it. Thanks so much for joining us in this Holiday Celebration.

  8. What a fun blog hop – I think we’re all anxious to celebrate Spring! Both of you made amazing pieces that capture the holiday perfectly!

  9. Lennis! The copper with the blue is so incredible. The shades you use really make the copper pop…but I love me some copper so maybe that’s why it’s speaking to me…no, its shouting at me …COME GET ME!! Watch out Rita, I may just make you a little visit (#rubbinghandstogether)…Love it!

  10. both are really beautiful pieces! this was a fun hop, and so fun to see what everyone made and which holidays they used to inspire!

  11. Lennis, you are so welcome to post all the photos you want — please do as your jewelry art is exquisite, and deserves photos galore!

    The day I attended the Abraham-Hicks workshop was the first time I wore “Thicket Fairy Awakening” — I choose something very special for these events, as the jewelry will be infused with the energy that creates universes! of course, the jewelry I choose already is full of this energy anyway! So far you and Margot Potter are the only designers that have been chosen for this grand event!

    Firstly, your focal is incredible — the magical fairy seems *real,* with detail and a vibrancy that, next to my heart, gives me joy and gentle appreciation. And the chain you created is like water — flowing, gentle, comfortable, and beautiful. I love how the clasp is in the front, and how this makes the jewelry so easy to wear. My arms don’t lift upwards well, and I can wrap myself up in the beauty with an effortlessness and ease that feels magical. Very special.

    I also have to express my awe for the earrings! I LOVE them. The finest leaves and flattering shape, the gorgeous Czech glass and sparkling chandelier style all come together to make them the finest earrings — my favorite ever!

    Sexy, yet innocent. Magical, yet earthy. Custom made, yet vast infinite beauty.

    You saw and created magically, honoring that “gemfairy” in my soul, and I’m beyond happy. I’m so honored.

    I love you & I thank you,
    Rita

  12. Sandra says:

    I love the fairy necklace you made her 🙂

  13. You are a lucky girl, Lennis – Rita’s necklace is spectacular. And her focal piece does seem Windbent!

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