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Hot, Hot, Hot Dogs Days of Summer - Artisan Handmade


The dog days of summer are here and the temperatures have gotten hot, hot, hot.  It seems heat records have been shattered worldwide, especially in places that normally don’t get that hot.  Weird weather all over. Climate change is real, folks! 


So, just how did the term "Dog Days of Summer" come about?  Depending on latitude and longitude, the Dog Days usually start the beginning of July and end the beginning of September in the Northern Hemisphere and between early January to early March in the Southern Hemisphere.  Most people believe the phrase "dog days" developed by observing domestic dogs (such as our Seamus) laying around in shady areas during hot days. Another old myth, first attributed to Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist, stated in his Natural History that rabid dogs are supposed to be more common during this time of the year because the heat drives them mad.  He advised feeding dogs chicken manure to curb the tendency!!!



Orange and Yellow Chandelier Earrings with 2-Inch Long Dangles Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions



The term "Dog Days" (dies caniculares) was actually coined by the ancient Romans.  In days before modern light pollution and smog, the stars were extremely bright, the brightest star being Sirius in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog).  Sirius was so bright that the Romans thought the Earth received additional year round heat from it. During the summer months, Canis Major rises and sets with the sun.  Because of this, the Romans believed the long stretch of hot, humid weather was made worse by the Dog Star radiating its extra heat with the sun. Plagues and other diseases abounded in Rome and many other places during hot weather where people lived and worked in close contact - not to mention the problems of sanitation! 




Multicolored Wood Bead and Chain Necklace Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader 



The Dog Days were also believed to be an evil time in other cultures.  The ancient Egyptians used Sirius (called "Sopdet" by them, named after a destructive but fertile goddess) as a "watchdog" for the start of the annual flooding of the Nile River.  A brown dog was sacrificed to try to appease the rage of Sirius at the beginning of the Dog Days - mostly Sopdet found the sacrifice inadequate.  The ancient Greeks were the ones who actually named the star Sirius after "seirios", meaning "scorching." When the Greeks plotted out the constellations, Sirius became the companion dog of the hunter Orion.  Alcaeus, a Greek lyric poet, advised his listeners to "steep your lungs in wine" before the arrival of the dog star since "women are at their foulest but men are weak since they are parched in head and knees." Many writers in Medieval Europe described the Dog Days as a time of heat, death, crop failure and famine.  As late as 1813, the Clavis Calendarium, published by John Brady, declared the Dog Days where "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour . . . dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid causing man to burning fevers, hysterics and phrensies." And a saying developed in India during English Colonial days, "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun . . . "




Mr and Mrs Quilled Spring / Summer Wedding Bride and Groom Card / Anniversary Card Handmade by Abhilasha of Paper Simplicity



The Dog Days of Summer . . . I am so glad to live in the time of modern air conditioning and good hygiene.  And am so happy to share a life with our Shadow Dog. Seamus does indeed get languid during the Dog Days of summer - he particularly loves to dig a hole in the ground and lie in it.  But he is definitely not prone to "phrensies" (unless the Wicked Cat Two Houses Down treks across our backyard or a skunk ends up in a trash can). Then I don’t blame him for “phrensis.”


Because most of us are experiencing hot, hot, hot weather (except for Abhilasha who lives in the Land Down Under), I thought it would be fun to pull together a blog of handmade items from artist friends in blazing hot colors.  I hope you enjoy these artisan picks . . . and, if something catches your eye and you want more information, please click on the photo or link to be taken to the item. 




Teardrop Shaped BumbleBee Jasper and Sterling Pendant Necklace on Black Leather Cord Handmade by Diane of DianesDangles



Crocheted Soft Yellow 4-ply Mohair Infant Cloche / Hat with Crocheted Flowers Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Nepalese Ornate Butterscotch Resin and Mother of Pearl Earrings Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




You Pick Any 8' x 10" Florida Art Watercolor Print Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Orange Sunflower Polymer Clay Pendant Necklace, 16" Adjustable Length, Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry




Copper Wire Wrapped Orange Glass Donut Pendant with Black Bead Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage




Shiny Light Red Lampwork Glass Beads with Fine Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads




Yellow Floral Polymer Clay Pendant Necklace with Jonquil and Mint Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Orange Glass Bead and Silver Cat Dangles Cat Lover Earrings Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures




Colorful Mandala Earrings with Buddha Charms and Rudraksha Seeds Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Summer Sun Sunrise on the Beach Earrings with Yellow Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




Orange and Pink Round Chandelier Earrings with 3-Inch Long Dangles Handmade by Julie and Harry of Blue Morning Expressions




Multicolored Small Hoop Earrings with Antique Brass Handmade by Connie of Thesingingbeader 




Yellow and Blue Hand Stamped Mandala Blank Greeting Cards, Set of 2 with Envelopes, Handmade by Abhilasha of PaperSimplicity  



Quantum Trillion Cut Lemon Quartz and Sterling Pendant Necklace Handmade by Diane of DianesDangles




Newborn Baby Girl Crocheted Yellow Sundress Yellow with a Flower and Matching Maryjanes, 0-3 month, Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneKnits




Swarovski Sunflower Yellow and Antique Brass Chandelier Earrings Handmade by Kathy of KatsAllThat




Florida Oranges Note Card from Watercolor Print, 5" x 7" Frameable Art, Handmade by Roxanne of watercolorsNmore




Sunburst Clip on Earrings with Red and Turquoise Beads Handmade by Sharon of BlondePeachJewelry 




Orange, Yellow and Camoflauge Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam Appliques Handmade by Jacki of Christie Cottage




Shiny Medium Lemon Yellow Lampwork Glass Beads with Fine Silver Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads 




Topaz Quartz Gemstone Pendant Earrings with Gold Bezeled Setting Handmade by Pamela of MagdaleneJewels




Swarovski Red Pearl, Crystal and Silver Bracelet Handmade by Linda of VictorianStyleTreasures



Mother Goddess Dangle Earrings with Tribal African Beads Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo  




Orange, Red and Green Boho Sun Enamel Earrings Handmade Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs



By the way, here's one of the ways Seamus tries to stay cool during the dog days - although he'd MUCH rather be inside in the AC than in a hole he dug in the ground! 




I hope you enjoyed each and every one of these hot, hot, hot summer handmade creations!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a blog comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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Thanks Catherine

Hot, hot, hot blog post

Hello Catherine! Thank you for another interesting and informative post. We sure thought some crazy things in the past! Love all of the beautiful handmade items here. Promoting.

Interesting article.

Thanks for hosting this informative and interesting blog feature.

Appreciate you including my listings.

Dog Days of Summer Blog

You certainly did your homework researching the “Mad Dogs of Summer”!
Well, as the English would say - “ Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen, go out in the mid-day Sun”!!!...

Great Items featured in your very colorful Blog! Thanks much.
Off to promote - tweeting and pinning!


Cute Seamus!

What a colorful blog, Catherine! Beautiful "hot" items! Thank you for including my multicolored hoop earrings. Will get all items pinned and shared!

I forgot ...

I missed thanking you for sharing my colorful wood bead necklace, too! Thank you!

That was from me! lol

Not sure why it was showing Anonymous.

Hi Catherine, Very

Hi Catherine, Very informative post as wonderful collection too choose from. I liked color theme too

Good read It’s interesting

Good read

It’s interesting how perceptions have changed. I never read about sacrificing a brown dog.

The weather is hot. Although not like normal for us in Oklahoma. I am thankful for air conditioning. I have my thermostat set at 80. When I go somewhere I freeze because they will have their thermostat set at 68.

Lazy Days of Summer!

I love the warm shades of orange, red and yellow that is the focal for this great collection. Thank you for including my earrings. Will tweet, pin and FB.......

The Dog Days and Seamus!

Definitely a red hot collection for these dog days of summer. Seamus looks so comfortable! Thank you so much for promoting us!

Fantastic Handmade - and Interesting Post!

Thanks so much for this fantastic Dog Days of Summer handmade summer gift guide! Will be sharing everything at Pinterest and doing some pinning too. The picture of Seamus is such a fabulous addition! He's such a handsome cutie!

Very interesting info about the dog days! I never knew where the phrase "mad dogs and Englishmen" came from. Also so interesting about how these hot days of summer were considered evil, unhealthy, dangerous, and all manner of foul. lol. Most of my life, I've merely tolerated summer, most of those summers lived in one city or the other. Had a couple of fun crazy summers when a teen, though, and loved the 3 summers when I lived in Southern RI, near the ocean, where the breezes are awesome. The temps were almost always comfy there. :)

Thank you Catherine, lovely

Thank you Catherine, lovely hot summer collection, will share.

Thank you Catherine

Thank you Catherine for sharing this wonderful blog. Great info on the Dog Days of Summer.

Thanks for including my cat earrings and bracelet.

Shared on pinterest and ready to share elsewhere.

Seamus is so cute.

Hot and Phrensied Here, as well as Foul

Yep, it's summer! The air is heavy and damp, and I am at my most foul LOL - as for the phrensied one, he is passed out under my chair. Thank you so much for the Dog Days lesson. I like the Dog Star story better, but no matter what you call it, it can be miserable, so all of these cheerful, summer yellows should make it easier to bear. Thank you for including my orange and yellow polymer clay earrings - both sets. I have shared far and wide. Many ice cubes to the poor hot pup from the dirt eating Harry.

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