I am taking a quick break starting Monday, November 13 and will be back Sunday, November 19.  Any items purchased during that time will be mailed out Monday, November 20. 

Thank you so much for your patience.  

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Flora and Fauna - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

 

I have always admired Walter Cronkite on so many levels, but mostly as an intelligent and reliable newsman and as a vital, moral human being. Even though he died in 2009, I still remember his plain spoken grace in delivering the news, from moonwalks to war, assassinations to peace treaties and thusands of other topics. A favorite quote of his, made 2005 (but still oh so relevant today), is this one:

 

“I am joining the hundreds of thousands who shall be marching in the Virtual March on Washington to Stop Global Warming in order to demonstrate the concern that we all hold for the future of our planet and all the living things — flora, fauna, human and animal — that exist upon it. The governments of the world have tarried long enough, and the United States is scarcely without doubt the greatest culprit among them.  We the people have the strength to bring our country from our weak-kneed stumbling gait in the last ranks of reason to the leadership of the great march to environmental victory.”

Autumn Art Fest, Saturday, September 23, El Paso, Texas

 

 

 

On Saturday, September 23, people who love great, home grown art festivals will make their way to the house of Rachel and Michael Davis to browse and (hopefully buy) a wide variety of artisan handmade items, amny of which are one of a kind pieces.  The Autumn Art Fest will be held on a large, tree shaded lawn during the prettiest time of the year in the Texas / New Mexico borderlands area.  To be able to take part in the festival was by invitation only and eighteen artists accepted.  So you know the quality of the handmade pieces for sale is extraordinary.

 

Date:  September 23

Time:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission:  Free

Address:  5737 Montoya (in the Upper Valley)

The Magical Number 7 - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

The theme for this week's Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade is "The Magical Number 7."  Throughout the history of mankind, the number 7 has been seen as a number with special magical and / or spiritual significance.  Here are some examples:

  • The number 7 is the number of perfection, security, safety and rest.
  • Used 735 times in the Bible (54 times in the book of Revelation alone), the number 7 is the foundation of God's word. 
  • Seven circles form the symbol called “The Seed of Life”:  six circles symbolize the six days of creation and the central circle symbolizes the day of rest.
  • The number 7 is the sacred spiritual number, “the energy of the mystics."

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. 

The Wearing of the Green - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

Since my family has a LOT of Scots Irish in them, I grew up listening to Irish ballads and bagpipe music.  St. Patrick's Day has always been a favorite celebration (although no watered down green beer for us - had to do it right with Guinness Stout!).  St. Patrick's Day was also celebrated as the start of the spring planting season for gardens and flower beds. Since Ireland is supposed to have forty shades of green, the start of planting season always seemed very appropriate.

The First - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Since I will be winging my way east for a couple of days of R & R in The Big Easy the day I usually post the "Wonerful Handmade Wednesday" blog, the newest edition is posted today, Tuesday, March 1.  Already March!!!  Yikes!  The theme is simple:  the first item posted in each shop.  I hope you enjoy the wide variety of handmade beauties created by the talented artists shared below: 

Blooming Trees: Pink and White - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

I almost hate to admit it because I know many people are having a hard winter with snow and extreme cold.  I almost hate to admit that the weather here has been awesome, short sleeve shirts with a light jacket at night,  I almost hate to admit that many trees are blooming, the pears with their snowy white and the peach and cherries with their perfect pink.  I do have to admit that this warm weather is not normal for this time of the year and unexpected freezing temperatures could undo the fountain of flowers that the warmth has brought.  But I am going to enjoy the warm sun and the beautiful flowering trees while I can!

 

The Language of Flowers - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

There is a language, little known,

Lovers claim it as their own.

Its symbols smile upon the land,

Wrought by nature's wondrous hand ...

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

 

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