Ornament Thursday – Sprouting Up!

The lotus flower is an ancient symbol of enlightenment sprouting from the Eastern myths of creation. The sun itself was once believed to have sprouted from a giant lotus flower that sprang from the muck and mire of primordial ooze. Blooming from the mud, the lotus a symbol of rebirth and mental purity.

When I designed my bracelet, I used purples for the bottom to represent the muddy depths from which the blossoms emerge. The white symbolizes the lotus reaching heavenward for the blue, which I used to represent the goodness that we all strive towards.

Directions for the bracelet can be found online courtesy of Beads, Baubles & Jewels. 6-hole spacer beads from Humblebeads.com.

This week Ornament Thursday returns with all sorts of craftiness sprouting up from talented bloggers around the world!

Alexa Westerfield – a.k.a. Swelldesigner

Now that’s it’s time for spring, ideas are “sprouting” all over the place. Alexa creates this eye-catching notebook to keep them in order.
Some good karma is sprouting up at the Art Bead Scene with Heather’s Lotus Flower Bracelet
The Brooklyn National Anthem sprouts every year when Cindy’s in Spring mode. See what it inspired this year!
Melanie giggles and remembers a furry friend, brings back an old mold, and sprouts up a beaded LOLhammy ceramic ornament
It’s spring and we’re sprouting all sorts of wonderful art at http design. Michelle is toting her art to the market and Helen revisits a fun art school assignment for her inspiration.
Humblebeads celebrates spring with a Berry Good bracelet inspired by some juicy disk beads.
Jennifer has come up with a cute little necklace to remind you of spring.
Create some spring flair of your own with this easy bead embroidery idea from Katie’s book, Hip to Bead.
Not much of a horticulturist? Me neither! But I love flowers and I enjoy growing these ones with some paper, paint, and rhinestones.
Tea decided to join the fun this month. Check out her quilt blocks and Linda’s purse.
What do Korean playing cards have to do with a sprouting spring? Check out Melissa’s blog to find out.
Michelle just can’t stop creating in green! A little wooden birdhouse becomes a beautiful palace!
Candie shares some happy spring memories with a cheerful felty flower idea!
Jean tells a touching, poignant tale of some beads who help one another, and after a small amount of sturm and drang they get it together and help each other! In fact, they prettify whatever YOU choose! Go see! It’s fun!
Even without a green thumb, Lisa managed to “grow” a garden of sorts this month.
Lynn Kvigne’s used wire and a lentil bead to create a “sprouting” pendant for wire workers who want a bit of a challenge!
Inspired by a river rock shaped like an ancient goddess statue, Hali paints, melts crayons and adds glitter to create a sparkley celebration of Spring.
How does your garden grow? With metal mesh, Czech glass beads and vintage French images all in a row! Margot just returned from Paris where she discovered a treasure trove of vintage paper. This scanned and sized postcard image fit the theme of sprout perfectly and the necklace was in search of a new home…add some teal metal mesh bows and accents and voila…a design sprouts forth!
What does a gal do when she finds herself far from her crafting supplies? Why, she raids her mom’s basement and then puts dear old mama to work! Stop by and you’ll see why mom’s basement is fertile ground for things that sprout!

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10 Comment

  1. Kriss
    March 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful bracelet. The colors are soft and pretty, and the lotus flowers are a great addition. Learning a new craft is wonderful. Learning something new like the Eastern myth of creation is a nice bonus.

  2. Michelle McGee
    March 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    That is GORGEOUS!!! Can I have it?

  3. Beading Help Web Editorial Team
    March 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Really pretty, soft and springy!

  4. Melissa J. Lee
    March 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Gorgeous – I love your cuff-bracelets!

  5. Margot Potter
    March 27, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Oh that is just lovely. Yummy.

    Nice work!


  6. Linda at Make It Mine Mag
    March 27, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Love the colors in the lotus bead. You are amazing with clay, my dear!

  7. Jean
    March 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    This is so totally pretty! I love it! Thanks for sharing! jean

  8. Lorelei
    March 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Nothing better to evoke the feeling of Spring! Thanks Heather, this is gorgeous!

  9. Rebecca
    March 31, 2008 at 12:47 am


    This is so pretty. I’d buy a whole outfit based around that bracelet!

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    April 22, 2008 at 6:53 am

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