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A Bounty of Blues - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

The history of blue is very interesting. If you stop and think about it, there is not a lot of natural blue in nature. Most people worldwide do not have blue eyes, blue flowers do not occur without human tinkering, and blue animals are rare -- birds that are blue only live in certain areas. The sky is blue . . . or is it? One interesting theory suggests that before humans had words for the color blue, they actually saw the sky as another color! This theory is supported by the fact that if you never name the color of the sky to a child, and then ask what color it is, he/she will struggle to describe it.  Some describe the sky as colorless and some describe it as white. It seems that only after being told that the sky is blue, and after seeing other blue objects over a period of time, does the sky look blue in their eyes. I wonder now, when I was very young, if I saw the sky as "blue" before or after it was given a color name.  Something to ponder over!

Mother's Day Countdown - Handmade Gifts, Week 4

 

 

The fourth week of the "Mother's Day Countdown 2016" has come and gone.  Hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions on their BluPrint blog, handmade gift ideas are shared by artisans to make Mother's Day shopping extra easy.  Since Mother's Day will be here before you know it, now is the perfect time to start thinking about, and even purchasing, your Mom's gift(s).  Browse the handmade shares for this week and visit the shops of the artists featured for even more lovelies, many of which are one of a kind designs, that will be perfect for even the pickiest Moms!  

Easter Egg Colors - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - March 23, 2016

 

Easter Sunday is almost on us, coming fairly early this year.  In celebration of Easter, I decided to base this Wonderful Handmade Wednesday post on the glorious colors of Easter eggs, since there will be millions dyed, hunted and rolled come Sunday.  There is an old Latin proverb:  "Omne vivum ex ovo," which means "all life comes from an egg."  Many ancient cultures the world over believed the whole universe was created from an egg, the egg an important symbol of life.  Before Christianity, eggs were revered by pagans as a symbols of fertility and resurrection and played important roles in their return-of-spring celebrations.  Christians used Easter eggs (which started to be painted around the 13th century) to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and his resurrection.  However, many scholars point out that ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration falling on the Spring Equinox, a tradition that continues to this day and was picked up by cultures and religions around the world. 

Mother's Day Countdown - Handmade Gifts, Week 3

 

The third week of "Mother's Day Countdown 2016" has come and gone, leaving in its wake many handmade goodies.  Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions / polymerclaybeads are hosting the Countdown on their BluPrint blog, a tradition in its 4th year.  Since Mother's Day will be here before you know it, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your Mom's gift(s).  Browse the handmade shares for this week - many are, by the way, one of a kind creations - visit the shops of the artists featured and buy Mom a beauty that was handmade from the heart.   There is something in this beautiful Countdown collection for even the pickiest Mom!

New One of a Kind, Handmade Jewelry by Shadow Dog Designs

The last two weeks have been busy making, photographing and listing new handmade jewelry in my Shadow Dog Designs shop.  The earrings and necklaces are unique, each a one of a kind designs so you can rest assured you are the only person in the entire universe with a particular piece!  Some designs are boho, some are elegant . . . and all fun.  I hope you enjoy browsing the new designs - and three older designs to make an even 10 showcase.  If something piques your interest and you want to see more photos and a more detailed description, please click the live link below each photo and you will be taken to the individual listing.

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