Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

What a Difference a Year Makes and Countdowns

Volume 16 Issue 9, September 2019


What's New in September?

We are getting ready for the annual Countdown to Christmas 2019 that we host every year for our handmade artists and friends. It is a place where we showcase the latest and most beautiful handmade gift ideas for anyone on your gift list. Every year, we do 12 weeks of blog posts that carry all of the handmade goodies, and then we do 12 weeks of midweek posts where I go and share little stories about the holidays and showcase more of my friends’ lovely gifts.

This year, we will start on the 20th of September and run until December 6. We open this up to anyone who sells handmade that wishes to share their handicrafts, so you see so much more than my jewelry and bead offerings. I have very talented friends who can knit and crochet, as well as draw, paint and design pretty jewelry. The posts go up on this blog, and if you want to be notified in advance, then sign up for my newsletter and I will try and get posts out monthly.

Until then, September is starting to look like it might be a squally, rainy one for us, and in preparation for grey days, I have been wrapping brightly colored beads and creating new pendants like crazy to stock my keychains for the holidays!



What’s New

Key rings: New Bible verse key rings and purse charms.



Thimbles: It’s Christmas in Florida this month, and my collectible holiday thimble stash is now nine designs richer.


Greeting cards: I have only added five, but I am working on it. Starting with my fractal art cards and other flower work.


You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website.
www.bluemorningexpressions.com


Until next month,

Julie


Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:


Leggings: My supplier has added a great legging line, so I have been experimenting with design and element placement. I have several in my store now and am working on peacock leggings designs.


Posters: I am working on putting descriptions up for my bible verse posters and my hot rod posters. There are more to come.


Bookmarks: I decided that some of my beads and images would translate nicely to bookmarks. Those are on the bench.









Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Christmas in July and Daylilies

Volume 16 Issue 8, August 2019

What's New in August?

As we head into another hot, muggy summer filled with hurricanes and mosquitoes, my desire to create cool, colorful jewelry designs and collectibles is working overtime to lower the temperature outside and inside.

My Christmas collectible thimble inventory gained 9 new designs and is slated to pickup some new Halloween imagery, as well. It has been hot out and after our little excursion into the mountains, we have settled back into the doldrums of summer. With fortune and luck, we will escape a hurricane season like the last few years and only enjoy some cooling rains.

In the meantime, we have been admiring the roadside charm of fields of bright orange daylilies. Oh, and I gained a daughter-in-law with two teenage girls to round out our little family.



What’s New

Key rings: New Bible verse key rings and purse charms.

Thimbles: It’s Christmas in Florida this month, and my collectible holiday thimble stash is now nine designs richer.

Greeting cards: I have only added five, but I am working on it. Starting with my fractal art cards and other flower work.

You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website. www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,
Julie


Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Leggings: My supplier has added a great legging line, so I have been experimenting with design and element placement. I have several in my store now and am working on peacock leggings designs.

Posters: I am working on putting descriptions up for my bible verse posters and my hot rod posters. There are more to come.

Bookmarks: I decided that some of my beads and images would translate nicely to bookmarks. Those are on the bench.






















Sunday, June 30, 2019

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Volume 16 Issue 7, July 2019

What's New in July?

Back from a much needed vacation and ready to tackle the summer sun, heat and hopefully, very few hurricanes. We went off to the Smokies and did a side trip to Illinois to see family and celebrate my birthday. Then back home again to Harry, who had to spend a week playing with his friends at the dog resort. Oh, poor, Harry.

Lots of new ideas to explore for this second half of the year, and with that comes lots of design work and note taking. My plan is to add another book to my author list, but this one is geared towards cross stitching simple designs. I have all these little doodles that need a home, and since I got hooked on coloring in some app on my tablet, I though more and more about those doodles I have laying around.
 
In between doodling and working on new beads, I have spent the summer quietly reading and taking another college course in marketing to keep my brain fresh.

Here is something cool to look at while I do loads of laundry and unpack the truck. From the Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois, Shawnee National Forest.





What’s New


Key rings: New Bible verse key rings and purse charms.


Earrings: I have been busy creating a plethora of new earrings; almost all of them featuring images from art.


Beads: I am working on stocking more polymer clay beads for jewelry. Over the last couple of months, I have been making some 10 and 15 mm beads for my own designs, and will put those extra beads in the shop.


You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website.

www.bluemorningexpressions.com


Until next month,

Julie






Things to Look Forward To:


New Products:


Leggings: My supplier has added a great legging line, so I have been experimenting with design and element placement. I have several in my store now and am working on peacock leggings designs.


Posters: I am working on putting descriptions up for my bible verse posters and my hot rod posters. There are more to come.


Bookmarks: I decided that some of my beads and images would translate nicely to bookmarks. Those are on the bench.








Friday, May 31, 2019

Harry and the Hurricane Season

Volume 16 Issue 6, June 2019

What's New in June?

We went right into summer this year with hot, hot, hot temperatures and no real spring storms. However, it is also the first of the hurricane season, and that is always something unpredictable.

I did a little late planting this year and didn’t get my petunias up until just right before Memorial Day. I swear I remember doing that a lot earlier in the past. We have done some more clearing of dead trees and weeds and have everything in top shape for the moment.

The squirrels, bunnies, birds, butterflies and Harry all love to run through the front yard.

As part of my summer make over, we are looking at paint chips and trying to decide what color the house needs to be now. We have been green, yellow and blue, so do we stay with those colors or go crazy and do brown? Ah, the dilemma.

In the meantime, here is a little something that might make you smile. Harry and his sticks and our blue house.



What’s New

Key rings: New Bible verse key rings and purse charms.

Earrings: I have been busy creating a plethora of new earrings; almost all of them featuring images from art.

Beads: I am working on stocking more polymer clay beads for jewelry. Over the last couple of months, I have been making some 10 and 15 mm beads for my own designs, and will put those extra beads in the shop.

You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website. 
www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,
Julie



Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Leggings: My supplier has added a great legging line, so I have been experimenting with design and element placement. I have several in my store now and am working on peacock leggings designs.

Posters: I am working on putting descriptions up for my bible verse posters and my hot rod posters. There are more to come.

Bookmarks: I decided that some of my beads and images would translate nicely to bookmarks. Those are on the bench.























Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mother’s Day Around the World–UK

Mothering Day takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and therefore, changes every year with the calendar.

Mothering Day tradition may be oldest around the world with an approximate start in the 1600s. It was the Early Modern period in Europe and the Baroque Period.

As was custom at the time, children were sent off to work for the rich as either domestic servants or apprentices. The children usually were not given time off during the year, but during Lent, they were granted time to go and worship the Virgin Mary at their Mother Church and see their own Mum.

Children arrived home with fresh picked flowers for Mum and they would make cakes called Mothering Cakes.

At one point, this Sunday was called Refreshment Sunday as the rules of fasting were set aside for a day in honor of the Bible story about feeding the five thousand.

Lent robes were changed from purple to rose for this day, which is partly why the rose is associated with Mother’s Day to date. Eventually, it came around to its Mothering Day name and lost the Refreshment Sunday name.

There was an interruption of Mother’s Day during the Industrial Revolution, but it was revived after World War II.

Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom has long since lost its original meaning of Lent refreshments, but it does still follow the tradition by using the Liturgical calendar and there are a lot of rich almond cakes (Mothering Cakes) baked for Mum.

Another treat is a tray of Mothering Sunday Buns, which are buns with raisins and icing, and in Northern England, they make a pancake of steeped peas fried in butter called carling.

The rose is the official flower of the United Kingdom, which also fits with the rose being the flower of Mother’s Day.

No matter what day Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world, every mother knows that her family appreciates her and the things she does for them by the way they all focus the day on her. As part of that focus, we would like to help you make mom’s day special by shopping from all of our handmade items that are sure to make her day a bit brighter.

Here are just a few ideas for you to  browse, and if you do not see what you want, ask any of the artists if maybe they can help you make something special for mom.

Pink Filet Crochet Rose Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Spa Gift Set

Crafting Memories 1 

Pink Rose Quartz Chunky Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Rhinestone Rose Pink Earrings

Magdalene Jewels 

Rose Quartz Necklace

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Swarovski Pink Pearl Crystal Charm Bracelet with Clam Shell Charms

Victorian Style Treasures 

Rose Quartz Gemstone Statement Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Swarovski 5328 Rose Peach Crystal and Butterfly Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Hearts And Swirls Wood Wall Art

Kevs Krafts 

Light Pink Pearl Fuchsia Crystal Earrings

The Singing Beader 


Pink Rose Bangle Bracelet

Blue Morning Expressions 

You can also shop from the following collections:
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Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the World
India
Ethiopia
Serbia
France
Peru
Germany
Mexico
Japan

Handmade sells out fast, so if you see something you like, you better hurry before someone else sees it. Help us spread the word by sharing these links and this post.

A big, big thank you to all of our artist friends who have been so generous with their time and talents to design, display, do extra blog posts and promote their wares. Without everyone, the countdowns would not be successful, so thank you so much!

Enjoy!
Julie and the hurricane known as Harry