Friday, September 24, 2021

Countdown to Christmas 2021 Week 2

 


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Let's stuff some stockings in 2021

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Countdown to Christmas 2021 Midweek 1

 

Around the World for Christmas! First Stop: Argentina

This year, we will be going to climb into Santa’s sleigh and head around the world while he delivers his presents to good boys and girls. We are going to peek in on the celebrations from all of our neighbors celebrating Christmas. Maybe, we will grab a toast or three along the way.

Dress warm; wear your mittens; put your scarf on; wear goggles if you have them. We are on our way!

First stop is Argentina.

Argentina is made up of around 92 percent Catholics, so their celebrations are close to a traditional Catholic celebration filled with Mass and church celebrations. The Argentineans greet you with Feliz Navidad in order to wish you a Merry Christmas.

There are many days of Christmas carols, family gatherings and beautiful decorations in red, green and gold. The doors of the homes are draped in garland, and the Christmas tree may be adorned in lace. Because of the traditional Roman Catholic heritage, the Nativity Scene – persebre – is one of the most important parts of decorating for the holidays. Every family has one, and it is prominently displayed during the season.

Because Christmas falls during a very warm season in Argentina, the Argentineans like to apply cotton balls to the tips of tree branches to simulate snow. You might want to remove your mittens or hats at this point.

Christmas dinner is served on the 24th of December in the evening, and the celebration is followed by a toast for the adults and fireworks to delight the children. Presents are opened at midnight while lovely paper balloons – globos – fly through the night sky, piloted by a lit candle.



Christmas dinner consists of a roast turkey or pork. Stuffed tomatoes, minced pie and puddings accompany the dinner. The main dish could be a roasted duck or a peacock. Another traditional favorite is the ninos enveuettas, which is a combination of minced meat, onions, hardboiled eggs and spices all stuffed into the center of  3-inch strip of steak. This is served with chimichurri. The toast consists of a fruit drink with chunks of fruit. Deserts of dulce de leche (mahvelous caramel) and a lager or two round out the evening.

The blending of Hispanic, European and American traditions make Christmas in Argentina one that most can recognize, but with an amazing combination of blended foods that are sure to delight the taste buds with their spices.

The holiday season is finalized on the 6th of January with the gift of the Three Kings Day being distributed to the children of Argentina. Children place their shoes outside the home, and the Magi come and fill them with gifts. Instead of cookies and milk, Argentinean children put hay and water out for the Magi’s horses. Some children keep their shoes under their beds. Maybe those were the bad kids.

Maybe some of these gifts have found their way into the wrapped presents under the tree.

Jasper Eagle Spirit Totem Pendant Rainbow Obsidian Copper Necklace Southwest Sedona Design




Vintage Swarovski Amber Topaz Earrings, Autumn Teardrop Jewelry
Victorian Style Treasures 





Orange and Black Circular Lamp Works Bead Pendant




HUGE Buckeye Burl Exotic Wood Earrings






Crocheted Baby Lamb w Satin Ribbon Easter Gift




Lilacs Lampwork Earrings, Purple Green Amethyst Handmade Jewelry Gift
Shadow Dog Designs 



Extra Small Wrist Stretch Bracelet for Little Girl




Red Wood and Ochre Riverstone Lightweight 19 inch Necklace Set



Blue Yellow Orange Handmade Polymer Clay Earrings for Women Dangles





Quick, everyone back in the sleigh.

We have a lot more stops to make on our journey around the world for Christmas, and I would not want you to miss the trip.

Enjoy,
Julie and Harry

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Collectible Thimbles and Squeak Ducks

Volume 18 Issue 9, September 2021

What's New in September?

As I write this, Hurricane Ida is bearing down on the Gulf States of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Little Harry’s brother, Bobby Burns, lives in Mississippi, so we’re wishing them well as they get ready to go to higher ground. It’s a very bad storm, and we pray for all the folks in the way.

With hurricane season just ramping up, we’ve been doing a lot around here to get ready for it, so there have been less bead days than tree trimming days. It looks to be an active season—again. 

We spent a couple days taking our first vacation in at least two years. We headed home to see family in Illinois and introduce Harry to relatives he hadn’t met. He was the perfect puppy and got lots of pets and treats. He wowed them with his tail wagging and his happy barks.

When all else fails, your pups will bring a smile to your face. May you have a smile when you look at this photo of the traveling dog with his new squeak duck and bucket of treats! Gifts from his friend, Sir Gonze!

 

What’s New

Summer Earrings:  In addition to fractal earrings, I added some pretty flowers and other colorful beads.

Thimbles: New Christmas and nurse thimbles, as well as faith-based thimbles with bible verses.

New Book: The Joy of Jewelry Making Create for fun. Sell for Profit.  Is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

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:

Pushpins: I have too many themes to mention here, but from teachers to nurses to friends, I am doing designs as quickly as I can.

Statement Beads: Working on large beads for ZOOM calls and being on camera. Both earrings and pendant necklaces.

Prints and Posters: Bible verse posters and other art featuring hot rods and more are in production.

 

 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Two Titmouse and Christmas Thimbles

 

Volume 18 Issue 8, August 2021

What's New in August?

The hurricane season is ramping up for us. At this writing, there is a low that is threatening us. It could develop into a depression in the next day or so, and then just swamp us with much needed rain. If you’re going to have a storm, it’s best if it develops close and doesn’t have time to become too dangerous—other than flooding, of course.

We took a short jaunt to Illinois for a few days and the weather was beautiful. There were lush green trees, fields of pumpkins beginning to bloom and the corn was almost ready for harvest. The dog parks were emerald green and filled with plenty of friends for Harry to play with. He ran and ran and ran, which was good because then he had to ride and ride and ride in a car. Family was fine and the price of homes were enticing.

These little tufted titmouse—titmice? - were a pleasant surprise in the birdfeeder this year. Who knew the titmouse was a Florida visitor?

 

What’s New

Summer Earrings:  In addition to fractal earrings, I added some pretty flowers and other colorful beads.

Thimbles: New Christmas and nurse thimbles, as well as faith-based thimbles with bible verses.

New Book: The Joy of Jewelry Making Create for fun. Sell for Profit.  Is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

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:

Pushpins: I have too many themes to mention here, but from teachers to nurses to friends, I am doing designs as quickly as I can.

Statement Beads: Working on large beads for ZOOM calls and being on camera. Both earrings and pendant necklaces.

Prints and Posters: Bible verse posters and other art featuring hot rods and more are in production.

 

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Giant Leopard Moths and Pink Flamingo Earrings

Volume 18 Issue 7, July 2021

What's New in July?

My goodness it’s been hot this year. When I look around the country, Florida is a cool spot compared to the Pacific Northwest and all of my favorite spots in California and Montana. It’s going to be a long summer I fear. My hurricane map already has three named storms on it, and we aren’t even done with June yet.

I propose cool drinks and lots of shade for July. If we can keep the humidity down, we can keep the mosquitos at bay. Unfortunately, we’ve already had a week of rain, which we needed, but it did make it bug heaven down here. The flowers are very appreciative even when the temperatures climb into the 90s.

I don’t know what exciting thing July will bring, but I am planning on making more colorful and fun earring beads, so keep an eye out for those.

This is a giant leopard moth having my plumeria for lunch. I had to relocate him by moving him over to a more (in my opinion) appetizing honeysuckle bush. I hope to see him in adult mode at some point. He looks like he is a very cool moth. One I’ve never seen around. Stay tuned for more photos, hopefully.

What’s New

Summer Earrings: In addition to fractal earrings, I added some pretty flowers and other colorful beads.

Thimbles: New Christmas and nurse thimbles.

New Book: The Joy of Jewelry Making Create for fun. Sell for Profit. Is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

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:

Pushpins: I have too many themes to mention here, but from teachers to nurses to friends, I am doing designs as quickly as I can.

Statement Beads: Working on large beads for ZOOM calls and being on camera. Both earrings and pendant necklaces.

Prints and Posters: Bible verse posters and other art featuring hot rods and more are in production.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Volume 18 Issue 6, June 2021

What's New in June?

The long-awaited publication of The Joy of Jewelry Making happened. It has been on my desk for over four years while I worked on everything but that. Now, it’s on the bookshelves at Amazon and available as an e-book.

The summer is rushing in here in Florida, and as part of our summer plans, we have added a lot of native wildflowers to keep our bees, butterflies and birds happy. We had a wonderful spring showing of butterflies all over the yard, so we would like to repeat that again next year.

I am anxiously watching my milkweed for signs that little monarchs are marching along the leaves. Since they start up so tiny, I am not sure if I have missed any of them. We also planted a lot of black-eyed susans and cosmos. I planted a lot of seeds and only have about a dozen plants. I must be really bad at seed planting! The ones I do have I am fussy over like a hen with chicks. Moving them in and out of the sun; making sure they have water and propping them up when they look like they’re drooping. Only to have them die.

Took a little side trip a couple weekends ago and stopped by Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Gainesville, Florida. I thought I collected everything under the sun! Nope, Big Daddy has me beat!

What’s New

Summer Earrings: Lots of new earrings featuring summer and tropical art work. Paired with crystals.

Thimbles: I started some new Christmas thimbles and one for your sister or your nana.

New Book: The Joy of Jewelry Making Create for fun. Sell for Profit.

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:

Pushpins: I have too many themes to mention here, but from teachers to nurses to friends, I am doing designs as quickly as I can.

Statement Beads: Working on large beads for ZOOM calls and being on camera. Both earrings and pendant necklaces.

Prints and Posters: Bible verse posters and other art featuring hot rods and more are in production.

 

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pure Elegance

White adds class and elegance to a design. It signifies purity and innocence. It goes with everything and when combined with other colors, it creates pastels. White opens up space in a design, which gives it depth and breadth. It is simple and can  play alone like a long strand of pearls. When you are looking for a comfortable design choice that will go with anything, make it predominately white.

White Opal

October babies prefer this fiery stone. Approximately 97 percent of these stones come from Australia, which makes it the national gemstone of Australia. This is also known  as the milk opal.

White Opal


White Spinel

Most of the white spinel you see on the market is now synthetic. This stone naturally occurred in Sri Lanka, but those white stones are now lost.



White Star Sapphire

Found in white as well as blue, the white star sapphire is the birthstone of April. A single light source will send off these brilliant rays of light.

White Star Sapphire

In addition to these lovely gemstones, you will also find these white components in jewelry: pearls, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, howlite, aventurine and even bone.

Looking for something elegant for mom? Look no further!

Boho chic, adjustable beaded macrame bracelet, The black tulip

Andrea Designs 

Gold White Flower Beaded Bracelet, Handmade Wedding Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Swarovski Pearl Earrings Wedding White Sterling Silver Flower Hooks

Magdalene Jewels 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, White Etched Matte

Covergirl Beads 

Wedding Kippah - Womens kippah - Wire Beaded Kippah

lindab142 

Gardenias, Note Card, 5 x 7,Greeting Card, Blank

watercolorsnmore 

Dressy White Baroque Pearl and Crystal AB Earrings Sterling Lever Back

The Singing Beader 

Healers Hand Cross Necklace, Southwest Bone Turquoise Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Red and White Superduo Snakeskin Beadwoven Handmade Cuff Bracelet

KatsAllThat 

Westie Bangle Bracelets for Women, Adjustable Dog Jewelry

Blue Morning Expressions 

Don't see what you are looking for?
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Green with Envy

Red is for Passion

Who Has Time for the Blues?

Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.
Enjoy
Julie