Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mother's Day Around the World - Ethiopia

Once the fall rainy season is over, Ethiopians begin their Antrosht festival honoring the mothers in their communities. The festival lasts for three days and everyone comes home to celebrate  their moms with large feasts.

They do not come empty-handed, either. Daughters are responsible for bringing the butter, vegetables, spices and cheese, and the sons bring home the meats that include lamb or bull.

Everything gets mixed together into a traditional hash. They still make mom cook the hash, though.

Then the entire family spends the rest of their time singing and dancing with mothers and daughters spreading butter on their faces and chests as part of the ceremonial dances, and the men sing of heroes and how they honor their families.



Mother’s Day in Ethiopia is traditionally celebrated in the fall. Even though some areas they celebrate on the second Sunday in May, the fall, when the rains stop, is the true Mother’s Day celebration for Ethiopia.

As we get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day, here are some gift ideas for mom, even if you are making her cook.

Orange and White Bracelet, African Helix Stitch

CraftingMemories1 

Personalized Pet Photo Album

Daisyblu 

Mother Goddess Earrings, Fertility Earrings, Tribal African Bead Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Hanging Potholder Set of 2

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Dark Steel Gray, Silver, Etched 088efs

Covergirl Beads 

Giraffe, Giraffes family, Note Card, 5 x 7

WatercolorsNMore 

Giraffe Kitchen Magnets, Fridge Magnets, Refrigerator Magnets

Blue Morning Expressions 

Rainbow Ice Handmade Clear Textured Dichroic Glass Dangle Earring

2 Glass Thumbs 

Turquoise Gold Elephant Necklace - Hand Painted Locket Necklace

Treasures of Jewels 

Lion Scene Desk Clock With Quartz 1-7/16 Clock Insert

Kevs Krafts 

Antique Postcard Real Photo RPPC of A Little Boy in a Safari Hat 1904-1918

Postcards in the Attic 

Rustic African Turquoise Nugget, Smoky Quartz Brass 21 inch Necklace

Kats All That 

Colorful Wooden Bead Stretch Bracelet

The Singing Beader 

Carved Bone Flower Necklace, Green African Opal Handmade Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

Murano Glass Earrings Amethyst Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels

Unique Dangle Earrings Handmade Jewelry Clip on Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 


If you do not see what you want in this list, maybe one of these talented artists would be happy to help you get the right gift. The photos take you to their store where you can contact them.

You can also shop from the following collections:
Week 1

Week 2
Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the World
India

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.


Enjoy!


Julie and the hurricane known as Harry

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mother's Day Around the World - India


On the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is celebrated in India since it is such a diverse culture, this country has adapted the western version of honoring mother. The same focus as the rest of the world is given to the importance of mothers and how they have sacrificed for their children and family.


The goddess Durga is pictured above.

The Hindus, on the other hand, celebrate the goddess Durga, who is also known as the Divine Mother during a festival that lasts for 10 days. The festival, Durga Puja, celebrates how good overcomes evil. This festival is earmarked with feasts, celebrations and gifts given to family and friends.

No matter how mothers are celebrated, they remain the focus of family and given honor.

In honor of the women in your life, we suggest any one of these handmade items that are sure to please.

Red Creek Jasper Necklace

Solanakai Designs 

Cowboy Rodeo Christmas Ornament Handmade From Birch Wood

Kevs Krafts 

Brown Lampwork Beaded Necklace with Red Stripe Agates

Blue Morning Expressions 

Sunny Yellow and Orange Crochet Art Table Topper

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Unique Gorgeous Dragonfly Cameo Necklace

Treasures of Jewels 

Brown Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirlbeads 

Autumn Gemstone Earrings

Linorstore 

Terracotta and Red Coral Tribal Necklace, Mali Beads Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Hand Knit Brioche Scarf Navy and Autumn

CraftingMemories1 

Chunky Statement Necklace Handmade Jewelry One of a Kind Necklace Recycled Jewelry Floral Necklace for Women Gift for Her

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Cola Brown Sparkling Handmade Dichroic Glass Cabochon Dangle Earrings in Sterling Silver Settings

2Glassthumbs 

Red Brown Crystal Black Beaded Women's Necklace

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry



If you do not see what you want in this list, maybe one of these talented artists would be happy to help you get the right git. The photos take you to their store where you can contact them.

You can also shop from the following collections:

Week 1

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.

Enjoy!
Julie and the hurricane known as Harry































Friday, March 8, 2019

Mother’s Day Countdown 2019 Week 1




It's that time of the year again! 
Time to shop for the women who you want to honor in your life. 
Once again, we have the gifts that are sure to please.
Buy soon as handmade sells out quickly.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Cedar Waxwings and Spring Promotions

Volume 16 Issue 3, March 2019


What's New in March?
As is our tradition here at Blue Morning Expressions, we are once again hosting our annual Mother’s Day Countdown featuring our friends who create some fantastic handmade gifts. From jewelry to stained glass to handknits to gifts for mom’s dogs, we have it all. Bookmark our blog and come back and see each week’s gift ideas. We run this for 9 weeks with a midweek post. This year, we are featuring the Mother’s Day traditions around the world. March 9, 2019 is Week 1.

In addition to the upcoming handmade extravaganza, we will be finishing up our posters and other print items. As the weather starts to warm up and stay sunny, it makes for a great incentive to start making more beads and other colorful goodies.

Harry has completed his kindergarten classes (as many as I am going to take anyway), and we will be starting the beginner agility course on the 1st of March. It should run us both ragged and tired, but hopefully, successful.
Until then, here are some robins and cedar waxwings enjoying berries in our backyard.








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 ...

Earrings: I have been busy creating a lot of simple earrings that have some sparkle and make statements. Primarily, I have been focused on charms and crystals for the moment.
Thimbles: 2019 Mother’s Day and a number of puppy and cat thimbles are now up for sale.

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: Many of my bible verse posters are now available online, but I am still writing up the descriptions, so they may be hard to find. I also had time to add a dozen or so hot rod posters.
Bookmarks: I decided that some of my beads and images would translate nicely to bookmarks. Those are on the bench.























Monday, December 31, 2018

Puppy Presents and Harry’s First Christmas

Volume 16 Issue 1, January 2019

What's New in January?

Who knows what the New Year will bring? Since so much of my focus this year has been on hot rods, prints and other custom art, I may continue the focus for awhile as I work towards fulfilling a list of potential products. I know that there are a number of products that I want to finishing designing like peacock leggings and other clothing. Plus, I want to go back to caning and making beads. For now, I will work towards cleaning up my studio and putting all of the tools and supplies back where they belong. It was a wild Christmas season this year!

Harry is bigger and less inclined to sleep while I work, so I get 10 minutes of work and then 20 minutes of cleaning up whatever mess he made while I was not looking at him for those 10 minutes. Soon, he will be a dog and past this funny puppy stage. I will miss it as I forget about the times he ate my hairbrush, bank statement, rough manuscript draft and all of the other things that found their way into his mouth.

For now, he is enjoying being a puppy and going to puppy kindergarten. Harry’s first Christmas with his gift from his cat friend in Rhode Island, Gonze.

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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