Monday, February 6, 2012

Here comes the Sun



I would like to introduce you to our co-host this week : Linda of Gemma's House.  Here she describes herself :


Inspiration Avenue is a favorite blogging site of mine. I enjoy the challenges and the friendships here.
My name is Linda Manzo but  my blog uses the name "gemma".
( that is what my grandchildren call me.)
Right now I work full time managing an elementary school library, reading stories to students,
circulating library books and trying to keep the library in order, fun and interesting to the patrons.
I love Art.
In the future I hope to pursue art full time but for now I enjoy the IA and other art challenges on the web.
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The challenge for this week :

HERE COMES THE SUN

We are at the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. 
I love the SUN and honor the many celebrations beckoning the return of the sun, and
preparing for the upcoming Spring.
For centuries Christians have celebrated this time with a celebration of lights
called Candlemas.




On the old Celtic calendar Imbolc is a celebration of the first signs of spring:
the melting of January snows, the first blooms, the heaviness of animals expecting birth.
It is a time of awakening, of new life, of new potential. A rebirth of light.




Also celebrated at this time St Brigid's feast Day:




Often the St. Brigid cross is made




St Brigid's cross

Though a Christian symbol  it possibly derives from the pagan sunwheel. It is usually made from rushes or, less often, straw.
It comprises a woven square in the centre and four radials tied at the ends. It is often hung in kitchens in Ireland.

I sincerely hope that you will be inspired by this theme.
What do these celebrations mean to you?
I am looking forward to visiting all of you and your entries.



Gemma co-hosting with Hettienne


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24 comments:

craftydvl said...

Hello, and thank you Gemma and everyone here at I.A. ! (-: Up late, so here is my (earlybird) posting: http://craftydvl.blogspot.com/2012/02/inspiration-avenue-here-comes-sun.html

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous theme! I was searching for a name for the painting I just completed, and the entire time I was working on it, I was thinking about fire and mysticism. Thank you so much for inspiring a name for my new piece! I used a new process that I've been studying for a little while: reverse painting and collage on plexiglass. I hope you'll like " Brighid's Flame."

The Paper Princess said...

Awesome theme - I am loving the guest challenges!

I am thrilled to follow you through Linky Followers and hope you'll reciprocate!

Have a fabulous week!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Yvonne said...

Just trying to see your sample for the Here Comes The Sun Challenge! Am I the only one who can't see the samples? I just see a white box with a little red cross in the corner.

Yvonne said...

Just trying to see your sample for the Here Comes The Sun Challenge! Am I the only one who can't see the samples? I just see a white box with a little red cross in the corner.

Hettienne said...

I am not sure why some cannot see the images - am trying to figure the problem out - it does not help that I can see the images!!

Shelinwa said...

IA team working on the images STAY TUNED

Hettienne said...

The image problem has been resolved! Enjoy the challenge everyone

peggy gatto said...

I hosted a challenge for st Brigid last week, so I was ready and happen to love this idea!!

peggy gatto said...

linky not accepting
http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2012/02/inspiration-ave-st-brigid.html

Grannie Annie said...

Awesome challenge thanks!

IMGIRL said...

Thank you Hettienne and Gemma's House for co-hosting the challenge this week! I am looking forward to all the beautiful submissions. I am really going to have to think about this one.

gma said...

What a pleasure to co-host IA this week. Thanks Hettienne. Can't wait to see all the entries.
xx

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

Oh, hello! I see it on there now. I think I just had a moment ( I refuse to specify whether it was a "senior" or a "blonde" moment).

Anne said...

Wonderful challenge, so inspirational! Keep creative! <3

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It was fun seeing the preview bits this week. I plan to also add the Linky Followers to my site. I'm not a fan of Google, so I love that we now have a choice. Not sure if we are now supposed to also add our link here, but I'm going to, at least this first time:

http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2012/02/inspiration-avenue-sun.html

Thanks go to Gemma for this challenge and Hettiene as her co-host.

see you there! said...

I had a heck of a time figuring out Mr. Linky and then I think I linked twice. Hope to see everyone's entries this morning.

Darla

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thanks, Linda, for a fun challenge. I can't wait to go around and visit all the entries this week.

Not sure what I did wrong, but I could not get my thumbnail to show up. Sheesh!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Kidding! I see it is there now!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Thanks for the challenge.
Stay inspired!

priti.lisa said...

Well my icon looks just like me :/

I thank you Hettienne and Gemma!
Sooper-dooper theme.
Gemma you were just what was needed♥♥♥

http://pritistudio.blogspot.com/2012/02/here-comes-sun.html

priti.lisa said...

Well my icon looks just like me :/

I thank you Hettienne and Gemma!
Sooper-dooper theme.
Gemma you were just what was needed♥♥♥

http://pritistudio.blogspot.com/2012/02/here-comes-sun.html

IMGIRL said...

Thank you Hettienne and Gemma!
I enjoyed this challenge and can't wait to see all the submissions!

XO
Kim

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