Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Flowers of the Gods

The story starts with the simple song of a flute that distracted the goddess of the hunt, Diana. Since it ruined her hunt, she severely punished the fluting shepherd to the point where he lost his eyes. Wonderful tale, right? It doesn’t really get any better other than she felt terrible about the whole thing. The shedding of innocent blood on the ground gave rise to the Dianthus caryophyllus that we know as the carnation.

Another version of the story has the carnation being named after Zeus because dios means Zeus and anthos means flower. Dianthus. Either way, the carnation is the flower of the gods.

Christian legend has the flower being birthed from the Virgin Mary’s tears on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion making it the symbol of a mother’s love.

White carnations in the Netherlands are used to remember veterans; in France, the purple carnation is a traditional funeral flower, and in some places, May Day is celebrated with bright red carnations that symbolize socialism and the labor movement.

The lovely carnation is the premier flower of Mother’s Day. It can be found in large bouquets and is usually given to the mothers during a church service.


The carnation is naturally found in pink, red, yellow, scarlet and white, which makes it ideal for dying whatever color you choose.

  • White carnations are for purity and luck.
  • Light red carnations mean admiration.
  • Dark red carnations offer love and affection.
  • Pink is gratitude.
  • Yellows is rejection or disappointment.
  • Purple is capriciousness.

The first carnations came to the United States from France in 1852, and they are the second most popular cut flower after the lovely rose.

You can eat them and brew them as a tea to restore energy and reduce stress.

Let’s take a look at some of the lovely pinks that we can find from our handmade artists that capture the color of the carnation.

Ravishing Red Hand Knitted Cotton Skull Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth


Pink Lace Flower Scarf

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Little Ice Drops Dichroic Fused Glass Post Stud Earrings


Dangle Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Dahlia and Aster Blossoms Womens Trifold Wallet


Opalite Pink Drop Antique Brass Women's Necklace

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Light Pink Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 


Kevs Krafts 

Pink Crystal Earrings Bridal Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Etched Light Pastel Pink Lampwork Glass Beads Fine Silver Matte

Covergirl Beads 

Czech Rose Gold Square w Maple Leaf Preciosa Celsian Crystal Earrings


Lilies, ACEO or 5 x 7 Note Card


St. Agatha Rosary Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Mixed Gemstone Necklace, Agate Jasper Elegant Handmade Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

Artisan Floral Lampwork Beaded Bracelet w Golden Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Dark Indian Pink and Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Pink Rhodocrosite Natural Gemstone Sterling Pendant Black Leather Cord Artisan Jewelry

Dianes Dangles 

Hope that you enjoyed these gorgeous creations. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact any of the above artists, and I am sure that they will be more than happy to create something just for you.

If you want to see more, here are some more links:

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And even more!


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Enjoy, and share this blog post and all of these handmade items with your friends and family! We handmade artists always appreciate a good share. Smile



  1. Thank you Julie for sharing this informative post about the carnation flower! Have promoted all of the lovely pink handmade items and your post.

  2. I never knew this about carnations! I have to admit that I love the pink best! Thank you for this lovely post and all the great finds! Sharing!

  3. Thanks so much, Julie! Enjoyed reading! Pinned each and shared post to FB.

  4. Julie, Thanks for including my floral wallet in this week's post featuring carnations. Pinned each item and shared the post, scheduled tweets for later this week.

  5. Thank you Julie, I have shared on Pintrest, G+ and Twitter! :) I love carnations because they last so long! Thank you for the info, it is really interesting!

  6. Thank you Julie for a wonderful mid week post. Will be sharing on all social sites.

  7. Another beautiful Blog from the history of the Carnation to the beautiful Pink Jewelry featured. Thank you for including my Lampwork Bracelet among these very talents artisans!

  8. How interesting - and gorgeous handmade creations too! :) Thanks for including my St. Agatha pink awareness chaplet bracelet. Will be pinning all item and sharing the blog at the usual places. Thanks again! Hugs from me and Le Gonze!

  9. Neat post.

    Thanks for including my lilies. tweeted.

  10. What an interesting post about carnations, Julie, especially the myths of how they came to be part of the world. Also what the colors of the carnations mean - fascinating. All the handmade beauties you also feature are perfect ideas for Mother's Day gifts. Many thanks for including my mixed gemstone necklace. Have pinned, wanelo-ed and scheduled tweets for the items and shared the post everywhere. Seamus sends many joyous tail wags (:

  11. Interesting reading about the carnation, thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful Mother's Day gifts. Thanks Julie for including my earrings. Off to share.

  12. Enjoyed your post about carnations and lovely handmade items. Thanks for inclding my lampwork beads.