Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Say Goodbye

For many of us, 2018 has presented us with challenges that we have never had to face before, and for others, this year has brought  peace, prosperity and a sense of  accomplishment. No matter what you had to deal with this year, the one consistent thing in all of this is that we could count on each other to lift us up and help us propel ourselves forward.

Comforting words; gifts that delight; and virtual hugs have been a mainstay this year as our little group faces the passage of time. While not everyone was able to participate this year, they were always in our thoughts as we shared our wares.

Old times should never be forgotten, and old friends should always be held dear. We should drink a cup of kindness for the sake of old times.

This 1788 song may not be a Christmas carol, and quite frankly, we have exhausted the carols of old and new over the last few years, but it is a song that should have us all pause to link arms and sing from the heart.

Whether from the decks of the Titanic or the dance floor in When Sally Met Harry, this song will bring a tear to your eye while warming your heart with hope and good cheer.

It is a song of endings and beginnings, so we shall end our Countdown to Christmas 2018 and begin our preparation for the Countdown to Mother’s Day 2019 with this traditional song.

I hope you enjoy this rendition of this old Scottish tune.


Hurry and stuff the stockings! Here, we will help you get started!


 

Filet Crochet Art For Hanukah Celebrations with a Lit Menorah and White Bird

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Black and White Handbag / Tote

SimpleEmbroiderySew 

Dichroic Fused Glass Dangle Earrings

2GlassThumbs 

Tassel Earrings – Black

lindab142 

Black Clip on Earrings, Pierced Look Dangle Earrings with Faceted Black Czech Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Black Oval Acrylic Cabochon with Rhinestone

Dianes Dangles 

Clip on Earrings Long Silver Earrings Black Onyx Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Music Affirmation Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Black and White Leather Crystal BOHO Wide Cuff 7 1/2 Inch Bracelet

Kats All That 

Wire Wrapped Pendant

Crafting Memories 1 

Central Pier, Blackpool London Street Scene British Double Decker Bus Postcard

Postcards in the Attic 

Black Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Knitted Neck Warmer Victorian Deep Brown w Maroon Tones Wool Acrylic

Magdalene Knits 

Unisex Yoga Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.


Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12


And even more!


War is Over
When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!
Maybe He was Drunk
She was only 13
Sad and Lonely this Holiday Season
It Might Only be a Dream
Dance Through the Streets
Born in a Heat Wave
For a Good Cause
Those Victorians sure were Funny

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

Julie
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Countdown to Christmas 2018 Week 12

Countdown to Christmas 2018
It's that time of the year ...
We have come to the last sleigh ride 
Heartfelt love and good cheer to all! 


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Oh, Those Victorians sure were Funny

It was Christmas Eve.

I begin this way because it is the proper, orthodox, respectable way to begin, and I have been brought up in a proper, orthodox, respectable way, and taught to always do the proper, orthodox, respectable thing; and the habit clings to me.

Of course, as a mere matter of information it is quite unnecessary to mention the date at all. The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story,

Christmas Eve is the ghosts' great gala night. On Christmas Eve they hold their annual fete. On Christmas Eve everybody in Ghostland who IS anybody—or rather, speaking of ghosts, one should say, I suppose, every nobody who IS any nobody—comes out to show himself or herself, to see and to be seen, to promenade about and display their winding-sheets and grave-clothes to each other, to criticise one another's style, and sneer at one another's complexion. 

Finish reading the above book about ghost stories on Christmas Eve here. It is also available in Kindle format, and I have to go back and read the whole thing now that I am hooked. It is part of the Guttenberg project to make old manuscripts available to new readers. 

However, this is the very rabbit hole that I fell down while doing my research on our next song, and soon, you will see why.

This 1963 creation was the result of a collaboration between Edward Pola and George Wyle. This is the only song written by either one of these folks that has made a mark in history; although, Mr. Wyle, along with Sherwood Schwartz, did write the theme song to Gilligan’s Island. We all know THAT song, and we all know THIS song.

Since it was written for him, it was only right that Andy Williams took it to the charts on his very first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. I bet all of us have this album, heard this album or  our parents had the album. This song was never released as a promotional single, as Columbia Records decided to promote Andy’s version of White Christmas from the same album for the Christmas season.

This celebratory song is comprised of all of the activities associated with the Christmas season, and puts the focus on family gatherings and meals together. People got together on Christmas Eve and told “scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of long, long ago.” See where the rabbit hole opened up?

The closest to scary ghost stories we have today is the telling of A Christmas Carol.

Originally, the song was for The Andy Williams Show, and he sang it every year, and from there, it expanded to other artists and became a lovely standard that we enjoy every Christmas season. It was never a chart topper, but it has been included in the list of the top holiday songs over generations. It has a lot of fans, and we all know the words.

Covered by the likes of Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Patti LaBelle and by Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat for The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas, the original Andy Williams remains my favorite, and I hope that it is yours, too. Note the Moon River intro.


Sing along!


It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year

On those notes, let’s load up our gift bags and start to finish up our shopping.

Hand Knit Brioche Scarf Navy and Autumn

Crafting Memories 1


The Garden Wall

Colleen Cornelius 

Mens Yin Yang Bracelet,

Pretty Gonzo 

Gemstone Drop Earrings

Linorstore 

Wedding Photo Album

Daisyblu 


Sunflower Boho Dangle Earrings with Orange and Brown Beads and Jasper Gemstones 2-inches Long

Blue Morning Expressions 

Brown Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Rustic Kitchen Basket and Mat

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Carved Bone Leaf and Dzi Etched Brown Eye Agate Antique Brass Necklace

Kats All That 

Starburst Jasper and Pearls Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Knitted Cowl NeckWarmer in Chocolate Brown with Topaz Sequins

 Magdalene Knits 

Brown Beaded Choker Necklace 15.5 Inch Rustic Copper Brass Ant. Silver

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Lampwork Bead Shiny Opaque Dark Red Brown Reddish Glossy 452g

Covergirl Beads 

Golden Brown and Red Tiger Faceted Gemstone Beaded Necklace 21 inch

Dianes Dangles 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11

And even more!
War is Over
When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!
Maybe He was Drunk
She was only 13
Sad and Lonely this Holiday Season
It Might Only be a Dream
Dance Through the Streets
Born in a Heat Wave
For a Good Cause

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

Julie
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Monday, December 3, 2018

A Pair of Buzzards in a Pine Tree

Volume 15 Issue 12, December 2018

What's New in December?

We are once again going to be at the Indian River Mall for the H.A.L.O. no-kill shelter arts and crafts show on December 3 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so if you are in our area, stop by the mall and see our beads in person. This is our last in-person show of the year.

I have been busy creating new pieces that work well as stocking stuffers, and the keyrings for the guys are hard to keep in stock!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity with getting ready for the holidays personally and sharing all of our handmade friend’s offerings across the world.

Our front yard has been a busy place as birds and squirrels alike have been reminded that they like the feeder full of goodies for them. Even in Florida, they like the luxury of lounging around in the feeder. All of my flowers have either died back or are in winter mode. There are sycamore leaves all over the ground, and our maple is turning red. It’s becoming winter here.

Nothing says the holidays like a pair of buzzards in a pine tree.

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What’s New

Key rings: I am taking the key rings one step further and creating purse charms and rings. With lots of beads and things. Have them started, but nothing to show yet. Soon ...

Cuff Bracelets: I added peacock bracelets and matching earrings to the stock here and for the show. I am going to take the peacocks and create bookmarks as my newest project.

Magnets: WOW—lots and lots of them and all types of images.

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 one new set ready in my shop and more in design mode.

Posters: Many of my bible verse posters are available in my Etsy shop and soon to be in my webstore.

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

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

Until next month,

Julie

Friday, November 30, 2018

Countdown to Christmas 2018 Week 11

Countdown to Christmas 2018
Here we are again! 
The annual sharing of the gift ideas!
Let the sleigh ride begin...


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For a Good Cause

The year was 1983 and the reporting out of Ethiopia was not good. The extreme famine was the worst that had hit the country in 100 years, and the government at the time was held accountable for the blame of untold deaths. Particularly during the 1983 to 1985 stretch.

Because of reports of the disaster from Michael Buerk of the BBC, the news caught the attention of Bob Geldolf of The Boomtown Rats and his partner, Paula Yates, who was a television presenter. They were so disturbed by what they saw in an Oct. 23rd report that they could not get it out of their heads even as they went about their normal daily living.

As so happened, Paula was doing a presentation during a live music show a few days later and one of the guests was the group Ultravox. Their front man, Midge Ure was talking to Paula backstage when Bob called her. Bob and Midge were old friends, and Bob asked to speak to him.

Bob was haunted by Ethiopia and asked Midge to meet him for lunch where they could discuss ideas about how to help the situation.

They decided that the best course of action would be to make a charity record.

That is when they got on the phone and called Sting and Simon Le Bon, and both were more than happy to participate. They saw Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet and he was in. Bob suddenly realized that he had headliners, and if they were willing, so would many others. As it turned out, other musicians said yes and people were all eager to participate.

The key was that the musicians would not be paid, and that they had to find a way to make, press and release the record without paying anyone a dime. UK music magazines offered free ad space, the artist’s sleeve was free, the distribution of it was free and the record company did not charge for their work.

The biggest challenge was coming up with a song, and since they did not want to pay royalties, Bob and Midge wrote it themselves.

It had to be a Christmas song, and it had to be done in one day in November in order to hit the streets, collect the money and get it to Ethiopia.

After some ribbing back and forth about tinny music on cheap keyboards, Midge wrote a melody and Bob borrowed from a song he was working on for The Boomtown Rats, and Do They Know It’s Christmas was born.

They jumped into Bob’s studio, got Midge to do the production and Bob’s engineer to lay the backing tracks, keyboards and drum machine samplings for free. Midge did the original vocal guide before Sting and Simon Le Bon dropped by to lend their vocals to the tracks.

While the studio was hard at work engineering the song, Bob was on the phone asking everyone he knew to participate. Only three people turned him down, and their names are sworn to secrecy. Those who wanted to but could not make the one day recording session like David Bowie and Paul McCartney did recorded messages that are on the B-side of this record.

Groups like the Thompson Twins, who were on tour at the time, wanted to participate, but couldn’t, so they donated part of the proceeds from their current single to the cause.

Bob had a booking with BBC Radio to discuss his latest album, but used his air time to promote the charity record. This helped secure more artists to the project.

The press showed up the day on November 25th to watch the parade of musicians head into the studio to record this record. The Daily Mirror had exclusive inside access to the studio where they took a team photo before the recording started.

As the backing track rolled, the artists all got into a group and sang “feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time” over and over. As the group session ended, the individual artists headed to the studio to do their solo parts.

Phil Collins brought his drums with him and played live drums over the recorded track after all of the vocals were finished. Since he was a perfectionist, there were two takes of the drums; although, only one was needed.

While most of the stars of this record were UK artists, Kool & the Gang from the US was there since they shared a record label with Bob and happened to be in town at the time.

The song was released on December 3, 1984. It had a launch party on the 7th and hit the UK charts at number one the next week. It sold 200,000 copies  in the first two days. MTV ran the video and it hit the US airwaves on the 10th. It sold 1.9 million copies in 11 days.

The video featured footage from the recording session, and this is what I have selected as our song. So many familiar faces.


They called themselves Band Aid and wanted to raise 70,000 pounds for the cause; they raised over 8 million pounds. This now famous Christmas song has been re-released a number of times with different participants as it has been used to raise money for other humanitarian causes.

It is good to give.

Speaking of giving, here are some wonderful gift ideas that you can give those on your shopping list.

Poinsettia Coasters Set of 2

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Necklaces for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Vintage Christmas - Bell and Snowbird

Colleen Cornelius 

Santa Christmas Key Chain, Holiday Key Ring

Blue Morning Expressions 

Candy Cane Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Santa Face Head Christmas Holiday Earrings Lampwork Glass Gift Boxed

The Singing Beader 

Lampwork and Lava Stretch Bracelet Black Green

Covergirl Beads 

Candy Cane Red White Beaded Christmas Silver Heart Hair Clip 45mm

Dianes Dangles 

Red Rocaille Bead Bracelet

Crafting Memories 1 

Silver Christmas Tree Earrings w Swarovski Crystals Red & Green

Magdalene Jewels 

Santa Christmas Earrings, Holiday Jewelry Handmade Gift Red Swarovski

Shadow Dog Designs 

Red Cinnabar and Swarovski Red and Green Crystal .925 Dangle Earrings

KatsAllThat 

Christmas Tree Earrings

Linorstore 


Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10

And even more!
War is Over
When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!
Maybe He was Drunk
She was only 13
Sad and Lonely this Holiday Season
It Might Only be a Dream
Dance Through the Streets
Born in a Heat Wave

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

Julie
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