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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!!!

A Melange of Handmade - Three for Thursday - June 20, 2019

 

This weeks's Three for Thursday is a melange of items.  Since I have an addiction to words, I wanted to give a brief etymology of the word melange.  The word, which rolls off the tongue to so beautifully, first is first found in French documents around the comes from the 15th century French word meler, meaning 'to mix, mingle."  Meler, in turn, came from the Old French meslance or meslinges (a set of diverse elements).  So, according to The Free Dictionary, the modern word means “a collection of various things.”  Which is the perfect definition of the variety of handmade items I found from artists and am sharing in this post:  The items featured are from three handmade artists:  beautiful original watercolor paintings from Roxanne of watercolorsNmore; fun and handy to have cards of various types from Jacki of Christie Cottage; and a selection of one of a kind handmade jewelry from me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.

 

I hope you enjoy these picks.  And that you will visit the shops of the artists for more handmade beauties.

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - May 31, 2019

 

 

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop M-W-F.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

 

Here are my two for today:

 

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - May 24, 2019

 

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop M-W-F.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

 

Here are my two for today:

 

 

Perfect jewelry for summer fun:  sun & surf pewter charm earrings w/ sparkling sunflower yellow Swarovski crystal dangles! http://bit.ly/GoodDaySunshine1 via @ShadowDogDesign #sdftt #SummerFun #SunEarrings

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - May 17, 2019

 

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop M-W-F.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

 

Here are my two for today:

If you love unique gilded turquoise colored boho jewelry, you'll love these one of a kind pyramid shaped Czech glass earrings! http://bit.ly/GildedPyramids via @ShadowDogDesign #sdftt #Handmade #BohoEarrings

 

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - May 10, 2019

 

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop M-W-F.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

 

Here are my two for today:

 

If you have a good four-footed boy (or girl), you'll LOVE these lightweight silver & black puppy dog earrings! http://bit.ly/WhosAGoodBoyIM via @ShadowDogDesign #sdftt #DogLover #DogEarrings

Friday Twitter Tree - Artisan Handmade - May 3, 2019

 

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop M-W-F.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com

Friday: https://www.shadowdogdesigns.com/blog

 

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each tweet must contain the hashtag #SDFTT

2 other Hashtags may be used.

Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items

Tweet Everyone’s Listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate.)

Limit of three (3) hashtags including #SDFTT.

 

Happy sales!

El Paso Artists Studio Tour 2019

 

 

 

The 12th Annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour will soon be here.  Over 40 artists at 19 studios will participate, bringing unique art to art lovers . . . and also food, drink, and in some instances, entertainment.   The Studio Tour takes place over the course of two weekends:

 

  • El Paso’s  Westside and Upper Valley is Saturday, April 27 (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, April 28 (noon - 5 pm).

  • El Paso’s East, Central, Downton, Northeast and Mission Valley is Saturday, May 4 (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, May 5 (noon - 5 pm).

Flowers are Food for the Soul - Artisan Handmade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank


 

I love this quote from Luther Burbank because it’s true!  For those who are not familiar with Luther Burbank, he was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science, developing more than 800 strains and varieties of plants during his lifetime, including the tasy plumcot (fruit trees being a special passion of his, it seems).  One of my favorite things to do doing the winter months was to constantly browse through Stark Bro's and Burpee Seed Co catalogues (both companies sold quite a few of Burbanks’ seeds and plants after his death), planning my flower beds and vegetable gardens. Looking at the brilliant pictures and dreaming of all the flowers and veggies spring, summer and fall would bring made those winters quite a bit easier to bear.  Even now, living in the Desert Southwest where the winters are mild in comparison, I still dream of the promise of flowers.

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