Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Cookies and Stocking Stuffers

Volume 13 Issue 12, December 2016

What's New in December?

I have no idea how it got to be December so fast! One minute I am planting spring flowers and counting butterflies, and the next minute I am designing Christmas cookie plates for kids! Jeepers, it’s gone fast this year.

I know that the cardinals have come back to feast at the bird feeder and the woody woodpecker pair showed up in the yard the other day, so everyone is making their way back to my front yard. The days aren’t any cooler, but the air is getting a little bit drier.

While all of this is going on, I have been busy doing some new projects that include some sparkly things and some artwork things like the Christmas cookie Santa plate. It’s designed to be personalized with a with love and names of your kids and grandkids. Sold on Zazzle where you can customize it yourself.

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Boho Earrings: I went crazy with the boho style and added a lot of new earrings for the free spirit.

Purse Charms: It’s time for the holidays, and I added four beaded purse charm dangles to my inventory. Just a little Christmas spirit to add to your purse.

Pushpins and Magnets: I designed a line of pizza and cookie pins and magnets.

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

Until next month,

Julie & Blu

Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Hotrod magnets: I am finishing up the hotrod magnets, and I have a couple dozen done, but not featured in the shop.

Bangle Bracelets: Have a few bangles done, but adding a lot more.

Print Pieces: I am working on a range of beach theme pieces that include pillows, towels, table clothes and more. In addition, I am doing a lot of floral designs for homes and finishing my hotrods.

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 12

 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There was a Revelation

Or something like that that was the inspiration for this next tune.

It was penned in 1865 in England, but it is a much more popular carol in the United States than it is in its homeland. That may have to do with the music more than the actual carol.

Apparently, a Mr. William Dix was an insurance company manager in the 1800s – yeah, I was just as surprised as you to find out that they had that position filled around about that time, too -  and he got deathly ill. (Think he had insurance?) He was bedridden with depression and close to death.

During that illness, he decided that since he was going to die, a good spiritual renewal was in order. Once he recovered he wrote the words to this carol and a number of other pieces. He titled this The Manger Throne, and it began with a rhetorical question that was answered in the second verse and the third verse was a call to all to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 

It can be called haunting, soulful or any other airy description, but it was dropped onto an English folk song titled Greensleeves. Thus, What Child is This? is sung to a tune already being used by the English. It is not known who actually paired the song with the poem, so we don’t hold Mr. Dix responsible for that since it was published in a book of carols about six or seven years after he wrote it, and that compilation author may have done the pairing.

The focus is the wonder of the shepherds who are marveling at the baby Jesus and murmuring among themselves that this must be the Christ child.

It truly is a beautiful song, and my 40 year old son won’t remember that this was a lullaby that I sang to him when he was tiny.

I promise you, my son’s lullaby sounded nothing like this rendition of What Child is This?

This sweet tune will have you humming all day long, and while you do, here are some things that you might enjoy.

Put them in your shopping cart and hit BUY NOW.

 

Blue Sugar Skull Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Shades of Mauve, Green, and Brown Handmade Fabric Handbag

SimpleEmbroiderySew 

Glamour Girl Over-the-Collar Dog Bandanas

SewAmazin 

Red & Pink Millefiori Flower Fused Glass Oval Pendant

Resetar Glass Art 

Copper Sunset Wire Wrapped Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochon Handmade Pendant

Umeboshi 

Pink Tulip Ring - Round Table Topper Crochet Art Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Hand Felted Decorative Wool Bowl

Wyvern Designs 

 

 

Hand Knit Vintage Rose Lace Shawl

Crafting Memories 1

 

 

Bridal Hair Comb – Pearls for Weddings

Linorstore 

Bumble Bee Thimble

Blue Morning Expressions 

Baby Girl Elephant Water Bottle Labels

Adore by Nat 

Rose Pink Moonstone Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Glass Charm Large Hole Lampwork Bracelet Bead Red Pink Bubbles Dots

Covergirlbeads

Silver Threader Earrings

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Pink Bracelet for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Advertisement for Kranich & Bach Pianos Vintage Postcards

Postcardsintheattic

Pink Pearl Crystal Necklace Three Strands Half Chain Swarovski

The Singing Beader 

Bubblegum Pink Handmade Lampwork Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

 

Kumihimo Dragon Scale Salmon Pink Plus-Size Handmade Bracelet

KatsAllThat 

Pink Rhodonite Oval Gemstone Sterling Size 8 Ring

Dianes Dangles 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings
O Little Town of Bethlehem

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.
Enjoy!
Julie

Friday, November 25, 2016

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 11

 


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It’s a Small Town

It was a small village, but it soon became a big story one night. The little town of Bethlehem is now a Palestinian city that is located around the central part of the West Bank in Palestine. It has around 25,000 people living there, and of course, the economy is tourist driven.

However, one night, a couple thousand plus years ago, it was the scene of a birth that would rock the world. It started its humble journey into history as a small, yet fortified, city ruled by Rehoboam, who was an Israeli king from biblical times. Bethlehem was the home of David, and then, Jesus. Over time, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times.

In the early 1800s, Phillips Brooks, then an Episcopalian priest in Philadelphia took a visit to the city of Bethlehem, and after that visit, he was so inspired by the city and overwhelmed by being in the town of Jesus’ birth that he sat down and wrote a poem.

He took his poem to the organist at his church, who applied a tune as the accompaniment.  He explains that he was so busy thinking about an upcoming lesson that he was teaching that the tune was hastily thrown together for a one evening performance and nothing more. He was at a loss as to the tune and said that divine intervention by an angel gave him the tune.

Later the tune did live on and was published as a leaflet and it was published in the book titled The Church Porch, and the editor gave it the name St. Louis. For the life of me, I cannot make the connection as to why or what he was thinking to give it that name.

In Britain, they use another tune for the song called The Ploughboys’ Dream.

None the less, it is another Christmas carol that we can attribute to the United States.

Here is a purely American rendition of this favorite tune.

Now that you are all warm and cozy, and possibly even snuggled up next to a roaring fire, let’s go shopping.

Here are some things that caught my attention this week, maybe you would like to add them to your gift basket, as well.

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle Embroidered Towel

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Victorian Style Bracelet Wedding Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

OOAK Wire Wrapped Quartz Crystal Earrings

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Owl In Flight Necklace

Wyvern Designs 

Tiny Lavender and White Star Stud Earrings

Resetar Glass Art 

Christmas Polar Bear Lampwork Bead Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 

 

Baby Elephant Stickers in Blue and Stripes

AdorebyNat 

Macro Photography Barrel Cactus in Black and White Nature Photograph Desert Life Spiral Zen

Butterfly in the Attic 

Pendant of a Million Stars Dichroic Glass Argentium Silver Wire Wrapped Cabochon

Umeboshi 

 

Large Swarovski Teardrop Links with Crystal AB Bead Chandelier Earrings

KatsAllThat

Angel Earrings

Linorstore

Handmade Multi-layer 3D Crochet with Silver Accents

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Om Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Black Cat Coin Purse

SewAmazin 

Real Pearl Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Sterling Silver Full Persian Chainmaille Bracelet

CraftingMemories1 

Handmade Lampwork Bead Silvered Ivory

Covergirl Beads 

Pewter Spiral Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Sterling Silver Sixteenth 16th Music Note Cut Out Charm Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Netherland Antillean Guilder 10 Cent Coin Pendant

Beadsouk

 

 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings

 

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.
Enjoy!
Julie

Friday, November 18, 2016

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 10

 


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Three? Five? Ten? Who Knows?

 

In the gospel of Matthew, there is a verse that talks about the baby Jesus being visited by magi, but there is no mention of how many there were, where they were from or even if they were royalty. It only says that they brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold when they came to visit.

Hence, someone, somewhere assumed there were three. They also assumed that because those were all expensive gifts for the time that these visitors were royalty.

If you further research the word magi, you may find that it is plural for the word magus, which in Latin means a follower of Zoroaster or as he was known in Iran, Zarathustra.

Zarathustra was a prophet and religious leader of one of the oldest religion – Zoroastrianism –, which is an interesting mix of astrology, monotheism and other beliefs. This religion serves to offer parts that other religions have freely borrowed along the way. If you are interested, here is a link to even more information. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism 

I don’t want to run down the rabbit hole with this, but thought it was interesting enough to mention because the word magi then went on to mean magic or magician. The bible is full of stories about magicians and sorcerers in both the old and the new testaments.

So, anyway! The only reason that the song and the traditions depict three magi is because there were three gifts even though there is no mention in the gospel of Matthew of the number of magicians that appeared at the manger.

Another tradition is the three names that they somehow managed to get throughout history. In some made up story, the names of the Magi—Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar—and their status as kings from the Orient became some sort of legend. So when John Henry Hopkins, Jr. sat down to write a piece for a Christmas pageant for Epiphany he was putting on, he grabbed hold of the traditional story and ran with it.

Mr. Hopkins was a journalist turned lawyer turned clergy turned songwriter in the 1850s. He  originally wrote the lyrics to We Three Kings as a piece with three solos and a joined chorus for the play. As was the tradition, he wrote the lyrics and borrowed the music from something written literally, in the Middle Ages. Due to the song’s sad and plodding tune, it has been traced back to songs of that wonderfully uplifting time.

We Three Kings has gone on to be the first Christmas carol from the United States to be included in collections of Christmas carols. I, personally, have always liked this particular carol. Maybe, it’s the music. Smile

Their name grabbed my attention.

The Mediaeval Baebes!

Now you know where they got the idea that this was a Medieval tune. 

I am not sure if you are uplifted or lulled into a sense of wellbeing by these delightful sirens that reminded me of a scene from O’ Brother Where Art Though?, but it’s time to go shopping, and what better things to shop for than gold.

Cross Pearl Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Floral Wall Hanging Clock Handmade From Ash Wood

Kevs Krafts 

Handmade Pocket Prayer Cloth - Self Control

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Gold Honey Beaded Bracelet Seed Bead Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

Sparkle Stripes Santa Claus Case, Padded Phone Case

SewAmazin 

Golden Quartz Pendant with Bamboo Jasper Desert Gold Nugget Necklace

Kats All That 

Turquoise Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Clip on Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Amber Art Glass Platter or Tray

Resetar Glass Art 

Snowman Christmas Cards with Season’s Greetings Phrase

Adore by Nat 

Golden Bright Orange Cactus Blossom on Black & White

Butterfly in the Attic 

Amber Cat's Eye Round Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochon Clip Earrings

Umeboshi 

Red Rose Garden Motif - Irish Crochet Flower Art Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Art Glass Pendant Butterscotch Lampwork Glass Bead Sterling Silver

Covergirl Beads 

Snow Quartz and Brown Bicone Earrings

Crafting Memories 1 

Fuchsia Pink and Brown Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Wolf Paw Print Earrings

Wyvern Designs Jewelry

Hand Knit Dishcloth Bright Sunny Yellow

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Gold and Silver Music Note Earrings Treble Clef Long Dangling Hoops

The Singing Beader 

Black Gold Crochet Wire Necklace

Linor Store Jewelry

Sterling Silver Gold Two Tone Beaded Coil Bracelet Memory Wire

Dianes Dangles 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.
Enjoy!
Julie