Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Wreaths

We can trace the wreath back to the Romans when they would hang a wreath on their doors to show a sign of their status or a victory in battle.

Wealthy Roman women wore them as headdresses at weddings and other special occasions.

Everyone is familiar with the laurel wreath as adornment for Emperors and presented to winners in the Olympics.

Wreath comes from the word writhen and describes the twisting and turning of evergreen boughs that make up a wreath.


The origin of today’s wreaths could have started with the English custom of kissing boughs, which were common before people began to put up Christmas trees.

Kissing boughs were made up of five wooden hoops twisted with greens like evergreen, holly, ivy or rosemary. In the center of the hoops were red apples and the bottom hoop had a candle and a mistletoe ball that hung down.

Like the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, these gift ideas will get you lots of kisses from your gift recipients.

Poinsettia Coasters Set of 2

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Snowman Charm Bracelet, Handmade Czech Red Cranberry Christmas Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures

Hand Knit Shawl

Crafting Memories 

Fingerless gloves crochet

Andrea Designs 

Holly Earrings Heart Charms

Pretty Gonzo 

Vintage Holly Leaves and Berries Throw Pillow

Colleen Cornelius 




Crocheted Newborn Christmas Maryjanes Headband Antique White Red Silk Rose

Magdalene Knits 

XLarge Buckeye Burl Wooden and Resin Dangle Oval Earrings

ExoticWoodJewelryAnd 

Red Green Christmas Earrings, Swarovski Ornament Jewelry Gift Holidays

Shadow Dog Designs 

Christmas Wine Charms

Lindab142 

Red Green and Gold Holiday Beadwoven Superduo Cuff Handmade Bracelet

Kats All That 



Friends Fishing Trip Christmas Ornament Handmade From Birch Plywood

Kev’s Krafts 

Lamp Work Bead Santa Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Large Hole Lampwork Beads, Christmas Holiday Bead Set, Red Green White

Covergirl Beads 

Santa Christmas Key Chain, Holiday Key Ring

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 4

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 5

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 6

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 7

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 8

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 9

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 10

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 11

Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Bells

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Candles

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Lights

Christmas Traditions – The Pickle

Christmas Traditions – The Poinsettia

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Trees

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Cards

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Gifts

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.

Shop now!

Julie

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Pillows and Matching Mugs

Volume 16 Issue 12, December 2019

What's New in December?

Blue Morning Expressions is on the last week of the annual countdown to Christmas featuring all handmade gift ideas, and what a year it has been! We have been delighted to share some fantastic knitwear from Andrea Designs, some fun and funky jewelry from both Shadow Dog Design and Pretty Gonzo. The Singing Beader has delighted us with her music themed jewelry and RSS Designs in Fiber has showcased some of her fantastic crochet work.

In addition to our countdowns, we have been getting ready to head into winter as best we can do down here in Florida. That means spending time with the windows open and enjoying fairly cool and dry weather. It also means ordering the annual basket of oranges to send home to family and friends.

The yard has been covered with what we call Florida snow, which is really a ground cover weed more commonly known as Mexican clover. The benefit of the clover is that the bees love it, so we leave it alone and mourn the loss of grass.
Taking stock and getting ready to head into 2020. Here is to many happy days ahead and may the wind be at our back.


What’s New

Mugs: It isn’t Christmas without a Christmas mug or two.

Pillows: It’s Christmas time in the design studio Many Christmas pillows have been created.

Greeting cards: I am working diligently to get my one word charms translated into greeting cards and cross stitch patterns in the works.

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.

Posters: I am working on my one word posters and wall hangings. There are also wood blocks to be added.

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























Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Traditions - Christmas Presents

This tradition is fairly simple to figure out.

The Magi brought gifts, so gift giving must be the way to celebrate.

New Revised Standard Version of Matthew 2:112 describes the visit of the Magi in this manner:

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage."

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.


Since we cannot just give gifts, we must create ways to make the surprise all that much more entertaining. We have gifts delivered by fat, jolly men in red suits, impish little elves and left in stockings, boots, shoes, under the tree and even in the barn.

Some countries open gifts for a number of days, and some countries only open them on Christmas morning. The traditions that surround gift giving and their openings vary from culture to culture.

No matter what day you give your gifts, any one of these gift ideas are wonderful choices for your loved ones to open.

Purple Beaded 3D Irish Crochet Flower Pin – Pendant

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Swarovski Violet Crystal Rivoli Earrings, Long Dangle Earrings

Victoria Style Treasures


Purple Swarovski Crystal Memory Bracelet

Magdalene Jewels 

Women's High Heel Shoes Christmas Ornament

Kevs Krafts 

Wire Kippah Kippot Yarmulke Purple - Silver Beads

lindab142 

Close Up of Ultraviolet Iris Portrait

Colleen Cornelius 

Knit Turquoise Scarf, Handmade Scarf, Gift for Her

Crafting Memories 

Great Blue Heron Note Card 5x7 Watercolor print

Watercolorsnmore 

Lavender Purple Brown Dragonfly Earrings, Swarovski Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

St. Dymphna Rosary Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Czech Gold-washed Lilac Picasso Heart, Bronze Niobium, Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Crochet Pillow Sham

Wyvern Designs Home 

Macrame wrap, adjustable clasp, The purple rose bracelet

Andrea Designs 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Premium Purple EDP Etched Matte 254e

Covergirl Beads 


Purple Flower Dangle Earrings with Chains and Swarovski Crystals

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 4

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 5

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 6

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 7

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 8

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 9

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 10

Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Bells

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Candles

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Lights

Christmas Traditions – The Pickle

Christmas Traditions – The Poinsettia

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Trees

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Cards

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.

Shop now!

Julie

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Cards

We can thank the U.K. for starting the traditional Christmas card tradition.

In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, who was a senior civil servant, set up what would become known in later years as the Post Office. At the time, it was called the Public Record Office, and Sir Cole was an Assistant Keeper. He pondered the question of how ordinary people could benefit from this office of records.

He pooled his ponderance with the artistic talents of John Horsely, and they designed the very first Christmas card. Capitalism being what it is, they sold the cards for a shilling apiece, which comes out to a eight cents in today’s money.

This image is of the first Christmas card, and it depicts the poor being helped in the outer panels and the center panel gave us a glimpse of a traditional Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings and all of the family members.

Even before Twitter, someone was offended by the image and expressed outrage publicly. It shows a small child partaking in a sip of wine. There were only 1,000 of these cards printed and sold, so you can imagine the worth they have to a collector today.

As people began to use the new postal system, the idea of Christmas cards soon became popular among the masses. Since the original postal system was expensive, only rich people could afford to send mail or cards, but thanks to the help from Sir Cole, the Penny Post was created.  That was for the rest of us to use.

The Penny Post (the price of a stamp) was made possible by the invention of the railways, which allowed the mail to move at a lower price than the traditional horse and wagon. The half-penny card could be sent cheaper since the envelope was unsealed.

In 1860, the first mass produced Christmas cards were introduced to the public and the post office treated them like post cards and only charged a half penny.

The cards were usually created with nativity scenes, but as those fun loving Victorians came around, the cards began to depict birds like robins, snow scenes that reminded them of past bad winters and other Victorian type art. The postal workers were even called the Robin postmen since they wore red uniforms.

By the 1840, America got in on the act and started to send Christmas cards, but only the wealthy could afford to send cards.

A printer by the name of Louis Prang, who was originally from Germany and worked on the first cards, became the first to mass produce cards in the United States that were affordable for everyone. He liked plants, flowers and children on his cards.

In 1915, John C. Hall and his two brothers started what would become known as Hallmark cards.

The very first personalized Christmas cards were sent from Annie Oakley to her family and friends in the United States. She happened to be in Scotland at Christmas and had cards made that featured her photo on the front. She was wearing tartan.

From there, it became common to create your own Christmas cards. These cards were more fragile than the commercially printed ones, so they were usually hand delivered.

We can thank the Danes for the custom of using seals from charities to close the envelope. They saw the cards as a perfect way to help charities get donations and make the envelopes more colorful. That was a suggestion from a postal employee in the early 1900s, and the first year they sold the seals, the charities sold over four million.  From there, it took off across Europe and across the ocean to the United States.

Whether you make your own cards or send commercially produced cards, you are letting loved ones know that you wish them the best for the holiday. Another way to shower them with love and affection is to buy them a handmade gift from talented artists like the ones below:

Bar necklace

Andrea Designs 

Flower Pendant Beaded Crochet Necklace with Earrings

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Ford Mustang 8 x 10 Wood Wall Art Portrait Handmade From 3mil Birch plywood

Kevs Krafts 

Dark Indigo Blue Swarovski Crystals and Gold Filled Earrings

Victorian Style Treasures 

Chai earrings within a Star of David Charm Jewish Earrings - Blue and White

lindab142 

Crocheted Loden Sweater w Hood Baby Boy Navy Blue 18-24 mo

Magdalene Knits 

Knit Hat, Unisex Beanie, Slouchy Hat

Crafting Memories 1 

Montana Blue Crystal Teardrop and White Pearl

Kats All That 

Exotic Wood, Afzelia Pendant Faceted Agate Beaded Necklace

Exoticwoodjewelryand 

Dragonfly Earrings, Pewter Swirling Blue Handmade Jewelry Gift Women

Shadow Dog Designs 

Cobalt Blue Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Navy Blue Pearl And Clear Crystal Beaded Bracelet

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Ink Blue Etched Matte Frosted 058e

Covergirl Beads 

Blue and Yellow Flower Handmade polymer clay earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 


In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 4

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 5

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 6

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 7

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 8

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 9

Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Bells

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Candles

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Lights

Christmas Traditions – The Pickle

Christmas Traditions – The Poinsettia

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Trees

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.

Shop now!

Julie