How many days until….Mardi Gras – or pitchers and catchers report?

In an extraordinary  confluence of important events – Mardi Gras and reporting day for pitchers and catchers in Major League Baseball are falling within a couple of days with each other.  Thus, you are welcome to forward to your boyfriend/husband/significant other lovebird.  Remarkably, said day is a mere 13-14 days from this day, Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

So….let’s get straight to the jewelry attached to this significant series of days, shall we?  Start with Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, that last day of debauchery before the fasting and theoretical self deprivation that goes on before the bustin’ out that is Easter. Mardi Gras falls this year on the 12th of February.   Connie Bates of Fahrenheit NY has created (conveniently) a necklace called “Mardi Gras” – it’s a lovely combination of color and stones and sparkle and jingle that make us think of the parties and parades and general noise going on around us. Nothing says Mardi Gras like a stack of beads!  This spirited Flamenco  coil bracelet from Ayala Bar is Mardi Gras in spirit.  Of course, the jingle of medals and colorful beads in Andrea Barnett’s beautiful bracelet is pretty much a Mardi Gra party on your arm, but we’ll save Andrea‘s stuff for the Lenten season…because we can.

Not least – and perhaps very significant – how many days until pitchers and catchers (and poor injured players) report to spring training for Major League Baseball?  They report on February 11.   Could we find a baseball-linked piece of jewelry here?  No, but you can find something that will knock it out of the park.  Look around and take your pick.  Today, we pick these – choosing to pretend that I am hanging a little baseball replica – when indeed it’s an delicate signature necklace from artisan jeweler Judy Bliss crystal pendant with tiny seed pearl accents.

Celebrate the festivities of the cold days of winter, a little warmer in the southern region – where we celbrate Mardi Gras and the earliest days of baseball.