Thursday, March 27, 2008

Brooklyn's National Anthem Inspires OT!

When March comes around, I go into spring mode. It can snow, sleet and rain and it doesn't faze me in the least. It's spring. March is spring to me no matter how much snow may appear. Others will look at a spring snow storm and feel depressed. I gleefully rub my hands together and say, "BBAWWWHHHAAA your days are numbered snow! It's March! You'll be nothing but water in a few days!"

So, I'm in Spring Mode and along with that comes an old two line poem:

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris,
I wonder where the flowers is

Apparently my favorite spring time jingle is more familiarly known as The Brooklyn National Anthem and appeared in print around 1945. But regardless whose anthem it originally was, it's mine every spring.

Like the rhymes says, where is the flowers? Today, I've made my flowers sprout in glass. I used enamels to paint a flower onto the glass and fused it between two layers. Used a little blue Artistic Wire to mimic my spring sky and strung it on a rollo chain with anodized jump rings.

So now, check out what the OT Girlz have sprouted for today!

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.

Art Bead Scene
Some good karma is sprouting up at the Art Bead Scene with Heather's Lotus Flower Bracelet

Cindy Gimbrone
The Brooklyn National Anthem sprouts every year when Cindy's in Spring mode. See what it inspired this year!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie giggles and remembers a furry friend, brings back an old mold, and sprouts up a beaded LOLhammy ceramic ornament.

Helen Bradley and Michelle Zimmerman at http design
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 Heynen of Jangles
Jennifer has come up with a cute little necklace to remind you of spring.

Katie's Beading Blog
Create some spring flair of your own with this easy bead embroidery idea from Katie's book, Hip to Bead.

Kriss Cramer - Spring Is In The Air
Not much of a horticulturist? Me neither! But I love flowers and I enjoy growing these ones with some paper, paint, and rhinestones.

Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine
Tea decided to join the fun this month. Check out her quilt blocks and Linda's purse.

Melissa J. Lee - Strands of Beads
What do Korean playing cards have to do with a sprouting spring? Check out Melissa's blog to find out.

Michelle McGee - S-P-R-O-U-T
Michelle just can't stop creating in green! A little wooden birdhouse becomes a beautiful palace!

Savvy Crafter
Candie shares some happy spring memories with a cheerful felty flower idea!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
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!

Spring is Sprouting for Joolz by Lisa
Even without a green thumb, Lisa managed to "grow" a garden of sorts this month.

Sprouting Up with Beading Help Web
Lynn Kvigne's used wire and a lentil bead to create a "sprouting" pendant for wire workers who want a bit of a challenge!

The Goddess ROCKS!
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.

The Impatient Blogger
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!

Vintage Girl Teams Up With Her Vintage Momma!
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!


Margot Potter said...

VERY COOL! I love this! You really make awesome things, my friend.

Sorry I wasn't ready yet when you stopped by...I was feeding the pigs and the chickens and the dog and the kid...and then when everyone is fed and happy, I get to post! I was up early, just preoccupied with my farm chores!

Rock on!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hey no problem - seems I'm glued to the computer this morning and I can't get up! LOL!

Many thanks!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

this has an appeal which is totally charming. I love it. I would buy it and wear it all over town, with all sorts of outfits! I like this look so much! adorable necklace, Cindy, and well done!jean!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Jean! Glad you like it! :-)

Katie Hacker said...

Love your ode to spring! The poem cracks me right up.

Lisa said...

I love the necklace! PS...we are looking at 90 degrees here today. Spring sprang and left in a hurry!

JenniferJangles said...

THis pendant is sooo great. I love the mixing of the colored metals with the silver and the glass. It goes together nicely. I hope we see more like this down the road.

Kriss said...

Beautiful! I love how the flower floats in the glass and is suspended by wires. Really pretty.

Michelle McGee said...

Loving that pendant!!!! I must have one!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Great pendant! I also love the touch touch of color you added with the anodized jump rings. Uh, I hope you're right about spring - it's snowing here as I write this. (Oh, and by the way, thanks for your comment - the modern hato sets are not as nice as Mom's, but we're saving Mom's set for my son, when he's old enough to play!)

Linda Augsburg said...

You are so optimistic about spring coming. It's snowing here again and I'm just not that optimistic that there won't be a few more days like this.

Fun color combos with the wire and the enamels. I love that since it's between the layers it has that dimension.

Heather Powers said...

Let spring & art bloom in full force over there for you Cindy!

Arrow said...

This is giving me spring fever, I love it!