Friday, September 23, 2016

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 2


Christmas Countdowns at WiddlyTinks.com

It's that time of the year again!
Time for the 5th annual countdown to Christmas!
Here are some of the great gift ideas for 2016 from our favorite designers and collectors. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Silent Night, Holy Night

 

Last year, we sang our way to the final countdown to Christmas, and this year, we are going to pick up where we left off with many more of the more traditional songs that can be heard sung around the world during the Christmas season. We are going to start with one that I wanted to include last year, but put aside for this year because I had too many great songs to choose from.

In 1818, the marriage of the lyrics of Joseph Mohr and the composition of Franz Xaver Gruber gave us the timeless Christmas song, Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, that remains one of the beloved Christmas carols to this day. In fact, the Bing Crosby version of this song is the third best selling single record of all time. Bing has the number one hit with White Christmas and Elton John holds number two with Candle in the Wind for my trivia buff friends.

Father Mohr had written the lyrics to this carol in 1816 before he became a priest in Austria. As Christmas approached in 1818, he asked Mr. Gruber, who was a schoolmaster and organist, if he would be willing to compose a melody along with a guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass at St. Nicholas parish in Oberndorf. The two men performed the first rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night that evening.

The original manuscript has been lost, but there is one copy in Mohr’s handwriting. The story of the composition between these two men has been retold in a television special, a film and a documentary. The First Silent Night documentary was released in 2014 if you are interested in hearing the whole story.

During World War I, there was an official Christmas truce declared along the Western Front in what was known as No Man’s Land. As the holiday approached, soldiers crossed trenches and exchanged gifts with one another. During this time, the men swapped prisoners, held joint burial ceremonies and offered food to one another. They even engaged in a few games of football.

The one carol they all knew was Silent Night, Holy Night, so they all sung it together. The truce did not last any longer than Christmas, and the commanding officers forbid them from fraternizing in the future.

Thanks to the Internet, here is a copy of the original composition in Mohr’s hand.



There may be no snow on the ground and the Christmas lights may still be in storage, but we can still wish for cooler weather and enjoy these lovely wares to whet our appetite of great things to come over this holiday season.

Without further ado, here are some of the great gift ideas from our friends.

Hand Knit Holiday Tree All Cotton Picture Dishcloth or Washcloth

Holly Knitter Creation

Recycled Wine Bottle Trivet with Embossed Butterfly

Resetar Glass Art

Peace Sign Dream Catcher

Kevs Krafts

Laguna Lace Disc and Sterling Silver Earrings

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Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace with Jasper and Lampwork Bead

Blue Morning Expressions

Peridot Earrings - Tree of Life

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Holiday Handmade Fused Glass Red and Green Dangle Earrings

Umeboshi

Teabag Favors with Green Trees Design for Wedding

Adore by Nat

Jungle Jasper Green Aventurine Artisan Necklace Set

Kats All That

Sterling Silver Musical Instrument Charm Bracelet

The Singing Beader

Glossy Transparent Sage Green Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads

Green Plaid Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

SewAmazin

Irish Celtic Neck warmer Dark Sage Green

Nancy’s Knots Lace and More

Turquoise Green Owl Earrings

SolanaKai Designs

Green Awareness Earrings, Malachite Gemstone

Pretty Gonzo

Glass Pearl Bracelet

Blonde Peach Jewelry

Tree of Life Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs

Green and Ivory Cloth, Potholder, Hot Pad Set

RSS Designs in Fiber

These talented artists are available for special requests or orders, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions about these pieces.

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:

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

Enjoy!

Julie 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 1


Christmas Countdowns at WiddlyTinks.com

It's that time of the year again!
Did you know that this is our 5th annual countdown?
Here are some of the great gift ideas for 2016 from our favorite designers and collectors. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Countdown to the Countdown to Christmas 2016

DSC_0323Every year, Blu and I (that’s me and Blu) host a Countdown to Christmas that runs for 12 weeks from the middle of September until the first weekend or so in December.

The countdown showcases handmade gift ideas, vintage items and some supplies for your crafty do-it-yourselfers to make your own gifts.

Usually, there are around 100 unique, one-of-a-kind gift ideas featured each week. These items are designed to make your gift giving easier.

When you give something that is different from every other gift on the shelf, you are giving something that means you cared enough to select a gift that you thought would be just perfect for the recipient. A blender may become regifted, but a  handmade necklace will become a cherished piece of jewelry.

Make your gift one they will treasure. Give handmade.

Here are some examples of the things you may see in the countdown:

 

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Happy shopping!

Julie and Blu

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hurricanes and Beach Houses

Volume 13 Issue 9, September 2016

What's New in September?

The hurricane season is just getting ramped up, and we’re doing our annual preparedness checks. Trimming trees, cleaning up trimmings and other ways to protect the property. After a month with no rain, it’s nice to be getting rainy days. The flowers all appreciate it, but the birds aren’t happy about a wet feeder.

With all the rainy weather, I have spent some days tucked inside listening to it rain and making more beads and jewelry. I have a very long project list that I am working on getting through. I have things on the list like trying new techniques and adding new product lines to my store. Some of my experiments fail spectacularly!

When the beads won’t roll right, I have to turn to doing other things like working on graphics and other projects.

This is a work in progress that will become a line of home accessories, and at some point, something that we can personalize.

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More Beads: I have a whole new line of individual beads listed and am working on finishing a new shape of bead with faux lampwork techniques.

Canes: I am reworking my cane stash. It’s been too hot to ship them, so I have been working on designing new canes.

Watches: I finished five new watches. Two of them have duplicates.

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 adding hotrod magnets to my shops, and since I only have one finished, I am not ready to show them off yet.

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

Hotrod Calendar: I finished two hot rod calendars and a Yellowstone calendar. They will be in the shop shortly.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rocket Launches and Autumn Beads

Volume 13 Issue 8, August 2016

What's New in August?

My flower gardens are in full bloom, and the butterflies are trying to crowd each other out when it comes to landing on my jatroba. I have even been blessed with a couple monarchs as they enjoy the blooms on my milkweed and honeysuckle. I would say that my attempts to turn my yard into a butterfly garden have been fairly successful. My neighbor down the lane put in a bee hive, and I keep adding more flowers, so they have something to eat. I saw a neat trick on how to water bees. It said put pie tin filled with marbles in the yard and add water to it. That way, they have something to sit on (the marbles) while drinking and won’t drown. I have several birdbaths in the yard, so I might do that.

Another thing that has been interesting this year is the overabundance of anoles (lizards). I found a lot of their eggs when I was planting flowers, but there are these little tiny lizards that are less than an inch long running everywhere. Crazy thing for sure! They are so cute!

In between admiring the butterflies and being entertained by the birds, bees and lizards, I have been making some beads. While I didn’t make a lot, I did start to look towards an autumn palette even when the temperature is over 100 degrees.

Today, I watched a rocket launch from my back yard.

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More Beads: While I am working on individual beads and chandelier components, my beads are almost completely sold out, so it’s bead making time around here. I have been working on faux ceramic beads.

Canes: I am almost out of canes, so they are on my list as well. I did one kaleidoscope cane for a magazine project, but I need to make even more! I forgot how much fun they were to make.

Pushpins: There has been a run on baseball pushpins, which has gotten me motivated to start creating more pushpins from my To Do list.

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

Until next month,

Julie & Blu

 

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Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Hotrod magnets: I am adding hotrod magnets to my shops, and since I only have one finished, that’s all I can show you this month.

Bangle Bracelets: My magazine column this issue was about bangle bracelets, and I have been on a kick ever since. I am planning on creating a lot new bangles in the near future, so keep an eye out for them.

Hotrod Calendar: I have one 2017 calendar completed, but I have so many photos that one is just not enough!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Baseballs and Butterflies! It’s Summer!

Volume 13 Issue 7, July 2016

What's New in July?

We are past the halfway point in the year already, and even though the summer is starting to heat up, I am already thinking of fall and all those luscious autumn colors. While it’s not quite reflected in my creativity yet, those colors are lined up and ready to go on my workbench.

This summer has been filled with lots of flowers and butterflies as my yard has been transformed into a butterfly sanctuary by all of the butterfly tempting flowers that are blooming out there. This means that I am surrounded by yellows, oranges and reds with a few whites thrown in for good measure. Although the zebra butterfly is the most prevalent, I have managed to stalk and shoot a yellow swallowtail and a black swallowtail as they flitted among my flowers.

Then there was the day the big, red headed vulture showed up and perched himself in one of my trees. The squirrels froze in mid-jump and stayed that way for 20 minutes while they waited to see if he would leave. Apparently, they cannot distinguish one raptor from another.

Hope you are enjoying your own butterflies and flowers.

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More Beads: While I am working on individual beads and chandelier components, my beads are almost completely sold out, so it’s bead making time around here. I have been working on faux ceramic beads.

Canes: I am almost out of canes, so they are on my list as well. I did one kaleidoscope cane for a magazine project, but I need to make even more! I forgot how much fun they were to make.

Pushpins: There has been a run on baseball pushpins, which has gotten me motivated to start creating more pushpins from my To Do list.

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 adding hotrod magnets to my shops, and since I only have one finished, that’s all I can show you this month.

Bangle Bracelets: My magazine column this issue was about bangle bracelets, and I have been on a kick ever since. I am planning on creating a lot new bangles in the near future, so keep an eye out for them.

Hotrod Calendar: I have one 2017 calendar completed, but I have so many photos that one is just not enough!

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