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03-20-09:Spring Equinox and Sleeping in Flowers

Some projects are worth revisiting. I'm making another Sleeping Lady in the flowers in celebration of the Spring Equinox. The original is no longer with me and I wanted one for myself. Today is the 30th birthday of my youngest son, Said. It is also Persian New Year and Dean, Said's friend is always happy when I say "Eid-eh Shoma Mombarak" on this date.

Here is a post I sent to CITY-o-Clay today:

As things begin to warm up for us up North, things are starting to cool off for Kay in South Africa. Today is the Spring Equinox. Check out this link...

and click to "Cultural aspects of the equinox" and you'll see a very long list of celebrations from around the world that mark this changing of the season.

My youngest son Said, who turns 30 today, has a best friend, Dean. Dean's family is Persian, and for nearly 20 years we've remembered to wish Dean and his family "Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak", on Said's birthday, and it's never failed to warm Dean's heart.

This is a picture of Said and Dean from September 2007.

Here's a little bit of information about Nowruz.

"Rituals and Traditions

"The first day of spring also marks the beginning of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zorastrianism."

These two celebrations are my yearly traditions for the rites of spring.

What are yours?

By examining your own rites of spring and by learning about others, we open doors for inspiration for our art.

For me, I'm reviewing the flower and leaf tutorials...

The other night I had a dream of making a bunch of necklaces that are like this one...

so it must be spring, dreaming of making flower and leaves and draping lei's around people's necks.

I'm also doing sculpting, have a nude female PenPal in the rough, for those who don't know what that is check this link...

I'm re-doing the Sleeping Lady PenPal of 2004. She's no longer with me and I want a replica to keep for myself.

Sculpting, covering a pen, making leaves and flowers, are going to be what's on my work table for the next month or so.

What's on your work table? What are you doing to celebrate the turn of the season?


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