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Valentines Day Gift Ideas! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it.  It is a day that started with pagan roots, associated with the Roman festival, Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February (February 13-15), Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders, Romulus and Remus.  Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed around 496 A.D. when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. It is not known, however, which of three St. Valentines (all of whom were martyred) Pope Gelasius was honoring.  In 1381, Geoffrey Chaucer, a famous English poet, first associated St. Valentine's Day with romance in a poem he wrote in honor of the engagement between Richard II and Anne of Bohemia.  The engagement, the mating season of birds, St. Valentine’s Day and true love were all linked . . .  and it’s been a day for lovers ever since.  

Go Ahead, Treat Yourself to Handmade! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

Summer is slowing drawing to an end and, for many children, school has already started.  Summer has probably been a whirlwind of activities, traveling, family outings, cook outs and shopping for school.  With all that in mind, it’s time for YOU to treat YOURSELF to something handmade from the heart.  Browsing through the shops of Indiemade artist friends, I found a wide range of items.  Anyone is guaranteed to brighten up your day or at least pique your interest to see what other handmade wonders the artists have in their studios.  If you see something you particularly like, please click on the live link below the photo for more information, photos and the price.  Go ahead!  Enjoy the selections!

New Handmade Items from the Cross Partners in Promotion Group

 

The very talented members of the Cross Partners in Promotion group share new handmade items for all the world to see.  There is always a wide range of handmade beauties to be found:  from all styles of jewelry to hand knitted and crocheted items; from dog bandanas to polymer clay thumbtacks and fun party stickers, plus more.  You never know what will be shared next.  And you can always find something for even the pickiest gift receiver!

Peacefully Pink - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

Even though the color pink is not a favorite color, I have come to respect it.  That came about when I read an article stating that a person can sell more at handmade art shows if they wear a pastel pink colored shirt.  In color psychology, light pink is a positive color inspiring warm, comforting thoughts and is a sign of peace and hope.  According to the article, when you wore pink, people found you more thoughtful and insightful and you were more trusted.  The author, who sold at shows, swore by wearing pink and said her sales definitely increased once she made the change.

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