Twiddling with the Tinsel – this Holiday season, and loving it so far 🙂
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
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.
Now lets see what all the other lovely folk have created http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2013/12/ornamentbloghop2013.html