Friday, October 16, 2009

Expressions of Gratitude



I took a little different twist with this one. I've been designing an Asian Inspiration class. Once I saw Sherri's post yesterday I knew I could incorporate it into the class I was designing. So, you'll be seeing this one in one of my classes in January.

I found some interesting tidbits about the symbolism of chrysanthemums in Asian culture. According to the Teleflora website, Japan holds a celebration each year called the "Festival of Happiness" to celebrate this flower. Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the flower's petals to represent perfection. Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. From the FTD website, in China, the chrysanthemum's association with autumn stems from its tendency to bloom in the fall. Consequently, the ancient Chinese chose the Chrysanthemum ("chu hua") as their Flower for October, a symbol of the rest and ease that followed the season's final harvest. It's also believed that if you put a single petal of the flower into the bottom of a wine glass it will encourage longevity and happiness.

Well, today is release day. You can head on over to the A muse website to purchase these pretties for yourself. BUT.....you do have a chance to win a complete set of the wood mounted stamps!!! See this post for your chance to win. Goodluck and happy stamping!

6 comments:

sherryc said...

georgeous!

cheiron said...

This is STUNNING!

Lori Barnett said...

As Julie would say...."SHUT UP!" as Lori would say..."GIT-ER-DONE!" Basically all I'm trying to tell you is "It's Awesome!" ;)

Rhonda said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for the cool Asian cultural info on the Chrysanthemum!

Elena said...

You are full of info today! What a beautiful card :)

JulieHRR said...

GENIUS!!! You are GENIUS!!!