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Twiddling with the Tinsel – ¬† this Holiday season, and loving it so far ūüôā

This year I have decided to participate in the 4th annual Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop.

The idea behind this, is that Handmade components or Art Beads are used to create an ornament of your own design. As a Lampwork Bead Artist and Jewellery Designer this is one ‘Hop’ I could not miss. But before I show you my ornament, let me tell you a little bit about my design and the inspiration behind it.

Christmas is always an interesting event in our family, especially as my husband does not celebrate Christmas per se,  he is a Zoroastrian, from Persian heritage. New Year (Nowruz ) is the biggest day of the year for Zoroastrians, this on March 21st  and is celebrated with prayers in the Fire Temple, a gathering of the family and an exchange of gifts.

At this time of year though, some Zoroastrians celebrate Yalda the Winter Solstice. In Zoroastrian and ancient Iranian traditions, the winter solstice with the longest night of the year is an auspicious day, and used to include customs intended to protect people from misfortune. On this day, people were advised to stay awake most of the night.  To commemorate this day, families would have small parties and gatherings and eat the last remaining fresh fruits from summer.Typically these foods would include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit.

I have used this ancient Persian celebration as inspiration for my ornament, it was a lot of fun to make, especially re-creating the Almond bead in glass.

We  really enjoy all aspects of our respective beliefs and share these with our children. We celebrate these together as a family, all the special days that are important to us both.  My ornament is a little mixture of these cultural and spiritual influences, and sits happily on our Christmas tree, another Jewel in my happy life that I am so grateful for.

Hope you like it

Our Xmas Tree 

Xmas Tree

My Holiday Ornament

My own Handmade Lampwork  glass Robin, pomegranate and almond beads, with Lampwork glass berry headpins, hand forged copper wire nest, bail and hanger with raw silk bow.

DSC_0604Now lets see what all the other lovely folk have created http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2013/12/ornamentbloghop2013.html

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Nothing for weeks on end …and then three or more posts to publish in a day‚Ķ..

A couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in Lori Anderson’s Holiday Gift Swap. This is a first for me, but I liked the idea so signed up, ¬†and awaited details of my parter. ¬†Once we have been assigned our gift swap pal, ¬†we get the know more about each other and then send a gift/ surprise, fit for a best friend.

My partner for this year is the lovely Niky Sayers,  who is the owner of Silverniknats. Niky makes very pretty silver jewellery from quality artisan beads, semi-precious stones and findings, you can find more about her here.

After swapping details and general information about ourselves we both went away to create/purchase a gift to send each other. Niky is a bit of bead hoarder ( sound familiar?) and though the gift itself could contain anything, I felt that Niky would really like to receive a beady gift, perhaps one made by my own fair hands.

So here’s a sneak peek of what is inside her Holiday parcel – I hope she likes them ¬†and Happy Holidays to you all – not long now!

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