Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions are once again hosting the popular "Mother's Day Countdown” on their BluPrint blog. Last year's Mother's Day Countdown 2016 was a resounding success so a 2017 version, which started last week, is up and running. Mother's Day will be here before we all know it! Now is the perfect time to start browsing gift ideas and buying that perfect gift(s) for your Mum. Any one of the handmade (many of which are one of a kind) and vintage items shared this week are perfect. Visit the shops of the artists featured and buy Mum something that was handmade from the heart or that will re-live as a vintage piece.
From time immemorial, the number 3 has played an important part in everyday human life. Three is considered the fundamental number, a synthesis of 1 and 2 representing the unity of heaven and earth. Number 3 points to the intellectual and spiritual order, the divine qualities in the cosmos and in people. It is often viewed as a number of good fortune. In numerology, people with a number 3 personality are optimistic, creative curious, good-natured and helpful. But they may also be naive and proud, with a tendency to exaggerate and give promises easily.
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."
With Valentine’s Day less than three weeks away, you can’t help but to notice all the red heart cards, boxes of heart-shaped candy, red cupids and the like. Red is a very emotionally intense color. Since it is the color of fire and blood, it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power and determination. Red also can signify passion, desire, and love (hence it’s use for Valentine’s Day). It enhances the human metabolism by increasing the respiration rate and raising blood pressure. Stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red since it has very high visibility. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage and confidence and is a color found in many national flags. Red is the color for the base or root chakra, located at the base of the spine, allowing us to be grounded and connected to universal energies.
One of my favorite sayings is from Carl Sandburg: “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” I don’t know about the other artists that are included in this post, but I often dream about a design, especially one I am trying to figure out, whether it be a color combination or a new wire wrap technique. Maybe “dream” is not exactly the right word, but a design can come to me in that state between wakefulness and sleep where my mind comes up with all sorts of weird stuff.
Anyway, the handmade items in this post are the first ones listed (at least at the time this was posted) in the shops of the Indiemade artists featured here. Most are one of a kind items . . . and all are a “dream” to have. Enjoy.
How many are with me in thinking that Christmas gets earlier each and every year? It has a tendency to sneak up on a person until, like today, it suddenly starts hollering at you: CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE! Yikes!!! So I decided it was time to start sharing handmade items from artist friends that will make perfect Christmas gifts. And to make it even better, many of these beauties can be worn way past the holiday season, many even all year long.
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!
Maybe it’s because I spent a good part of the week before last in a much greener part of the state, but blues and greens have been much on my mind lately. In the Desert Southwest, the color blue is extremely well represented with our huge, ever changing blue skies. But since the monsoon rains have been virtually nonexistent so far, the desert is still a toasty brown. I long for the rains and the land to green up like it normally does this time of the year and be a perfect complement to the blue skies.
June is the traditional month to get married. But how did that tradition start? Inquiring minds want to know! I found two major thoughts on the start of the tradition of June weddings:
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!