Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Laugh Until You Cry - My Favorite Carol

 

I am not out of Christmas carols – but for some reason, another Carol has been on my mind a lot, so without any further ado, here is my favorite Carol!

 


This is the song that I have had stuck in my head ever since I started putting these midweek posts together. Though it is not a Christmas song, it seems appropriate.

Now that I have you laughing, you won’t notice that we are at the end of our little adventure for this year. So, go out and enjoy your holiday, and when you have to laugh, remember Carol and her friends because Tim and Harvey will quickly have you howling in the aisles.

I know that we had some bumps in our journey this year, people were sick and then healed, others lost family members and have had to heal, but through it all, we have stayed upright and moving forward. I wanted to end on a belly laugh with no trace of a tear. I am glad that we had this time together.

Blu wags his tail in happy anticipation of a New Year. I swear, Tim and Harvey will have you wagging your butt like Mrs. HAwiggins, so go have a laugh.

Now, maybe do a little shopping for yourself from these lovely gifts.

 

Lovely Let It Snow Hanging Dish Towel With Hand Knit Topper and Ties

Holly Knitter Creation 

Survivor Heart Shape Ribbon Handmade From Poplar Wood

Kevs Krafts 

Purple Flower Celtic Woven Mat - Irish Crochet Art Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber

 

Purple Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant with Gold Green Accents

2GlassThumbs 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads Etched Light Amethyst Purple Matte 40e

CovergirlBeads 

Chartreuse Lime Green Butterfly on Lavender Purple Flower Colored Photograph

Butterfly in the Attic 

Peace Love Pets Embroidered Womens Sweatshirt – Small

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Handmade Bracelet and Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

 

Purple Fused Art Glass Plate

Resetar Glass Art 

Unicorn Thank You Sticker Labels - Set of 30

AdorebyNat 

Capture

Swarovski Lt. Amethyst Rivoli Chandelier .925 Sterling Silver Earrings

KatsAllThat 

Amethyst Charm Bracelet Set

LinorStore 

Winter Ice Earrings with Swarovski Bicones and SS Findings

CraftingMemories1 

Purple Dangle Earrings for Her

SolanakaiDesigns 

Party Time Spots Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

Sew Amazin 

Short Beaded Pendant Necklace Purple Pearl Mosaic Magnesite Gemstone

The Singing Beader

Butterfly Arrowheads and Purple Amethyst Lampwork Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs

Crystal Drop Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Boho Wrap Bracelet Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Amethyst, Fuchsia, Teal Czech Fire-Polished Beaded Coil Wrap Bracelet

Dianes Dangles

 

 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings
O Little Town of Bethlehem
What Child is This?

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Cookies and Stocking Stuffers

Volume 13 Issue 12, December 2016

What's New in December?

I have no idea how it got to be December so fast! One minute I am planting spring flowers and counting butterflies, and the next minute I am designing Christmas cookie plates for kids! Jeepers, it’s gone fast this year.

I know that the cardinals have come back to feast at the bird feeder and the woody woodpecker pair showed up in the yard the other day, so everyone is making their way back to my front yard. The days aren’t any cooler, but the air is getting a little bit drier.

While all of this is going on, I have been busy doing some new projects that include some sparkly things and some artwork things like the Christmas cookie Santa plate. It’s designed to be personalized with a with love and names of your kids and grandkids. Sold on Zazzle where you can customize it yourself.

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Boho Earrings: I went crazy with the boho style and added a lot of new earrings for the free spirit.

Purse Charms: It’s time for the holidays, and I added four beaded purse charm dangles to my inventory. Just a little Christmas spirit to add to your purse.

Pushpins and Magnets: I designed a line of pizza and cookie pins and magnets.

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 finishing up the hotrod magnets, and I have a couple dozen done, but not featured in the shop.

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

Print Pieces: I am working on a range of beach theme pieces that include pillows, towels, table clothes and more. In addition, I am doing a lot of floral designs for homes and finishing my hotrods.

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 12

 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There was a Revelation

Or something like that that was the inspiration for this next tune.

It was penned in 1865 in England, but it is a much more popular carol in the United States than it is in its homeland. That may have to do with the music more than the actual carol.

Apparently, a Mr. William Dix was an insurance company manager in the 1800s – yeah, I was just as surprised as you to find out that they had that position filled around about that time, too -  and he got deathly ill. (Think he had insurance?) He was bedridden with depression and close to death.

During that illness, he decided that since he was going to die, a good spiritual renewal was in order. Once he recovered he wrote the words to this carol and a number of other pieces. He titled this The Manger Throne, and it began with a rhetorical question that was answered in the second verse and the third verse was a call to all to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 

It can be called haunting, soulful or any other airy description, but it was dropped onto an English folk song titled Greensleeves. Thus, What Child is This? is sung to a tune already being used by the English. It is not known who actually paired the song with the poem, so we don’t hold Mr. Dix responsible for that since it was published in a book of carols about six or seven years after he wrote it, and that compilation author may have done the pairing.

The focus is the wonder of the shepherds who are marveling at the baby Jesus and murmuring among themselves that this must be the Christ child.

It truly is a beautiful song, and my 40 year old son won’t remember that this was a lullaby that I sang to him when he was tiny.

I promise you, my son’s lullaby sounded nothing like this rendition of What Child is This?

This sweet tune will have you humming all day long, and while you do, here are some things that you might enjoy.

Put them in your shopping cart and hit BUY NOW.

 

Blue Sugar Skull Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Shades of Mauve, Green, and Brown Handmade Fabric Handbag

SimpleEmbroiderySew 

Glamour Girl Over-the-Collar Dog Bandanas

SewAmazin 

Red & Pink Millefiori Flower Fused Glass Oval Pendant

Resetar Glass Art 

Copper Sunset Wire Wrapped Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochon Handmade Pendant

Umeboshi 

Pink Tulip Ring - Round Table Topper Crochet Art Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Hand Felted Decorative Wool Bowl

Wyvern Designs 

 

 

Hand Knit Vintage Rose Lace Shawl

Crafting Memories 1

 

 

Bridal Hair Comb – Pearls for Weddings

Linorstore 

Bumble Bee Thimble

Blue Morning Expressions 

Baby Girl Elephant Water Bottle Labels

Adore by Nat 

Rose Pink Moonstone Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Glass Charm Large Hole Lampwork Bracelet Bead Red Pink Bubbles Dots

Covergirlbeads

Silver Threader Earrings

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Pink Bracelet for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Advertisement for Kranich & Bach Pianos Vintage Postcards

Postcardsintheattic

Pink Pearl Crystal Necklace Three Strands Half Chain Swarovski

The Singing Beader 

Bubblegum Pink Handmade Lampwork Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

 

Kumihimo Dragon Scale Salmon Pink Plus-Size Handmade Bracelet

KatsAllThat 

Pink Rhodonite Oval Gemstone Sterling Size 8 Ring

Dianes Dangles 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings
O Little Town of Bethlehem

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Countdown to Christmas 2016 Week 11

 


Christmas Countdown

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. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It’s a Small Town

It was a small village, but it soon became a big story one night. The little town of Bethlehem is now a Palestinian city that is located around the central part of the West Bank in Palestine. It has around 25,000 people living there, and of course, the economy is tourist driven.

However, one night, a couple thousand plus years ago, it was the scene of a birth that would rock the world. It started its humble journey into history as a small, yet fortified, city ruled by Rehoboam, who was an Israeli king from biblical times. Bethlehem was the home of David, and then, Jesus. Over time, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times.

In the early 1800s, Phillips Brooks, then an Episcopalian priest in Philadelphia took a visit to the city of Bethlehem, and after that visit, he was so inspired by the city and overwhelmed by being in the town of Jesus’ birth that he sat down and wrote a poem.

He took his poem to the organist at his church, who applied a tune as the accompaniment.  He explains that he was so busy thinking about an upcoming lesson that he was teaching that the tune was hastily thrown together for a one evening performance and nothing more. He was at a loss as to the tune and said that divine intervention by an angel gave him the tune.

Later the tune did live on and was published as a leaflet and it was published in the book titled The Church Porch, and the editor gave it the name St. Louis. For the life of me, I cannot make the connection as to why or what he was thinking to give it that name.

In Britain, they use another tune for the song called The Ploughboys’ Dream.

None the less, it is another Christmas carol that we can attribute to the United States.

Here is a purely American rendition of this favorite tune.

Now that you are all warm and cozy, and possibly even snuggled up next to a roaring fire, let’s go shopping.

Here are some things that caught my attention this week, maybe you would like to add them to your gift basket, as well.

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle Embroidered Towel

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Victorian Style Bracelet Wedding Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

OOAK Wire Wrapped Quartz Crystal Earrings

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Owl In Flight Necklace

Wyvern Designs 

Tiny Lavender and White Star Stud Earrings

Resetar Glass Art 

Christmas Polar Bear Lampwork Bead Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 

 

Baby Elephant Stickers in Blue and Stripes

AdorebyNat 

Macro Photography Barrel Cactus in Black and White Nature Photograph Desert Life Spiral Zen

Butterfly in the Attic 

Pendant of a Million Stars Dichroic Glass Argentium Silver Wire Wrapped Cabochon

Umeboshi 

 

Large Swarovski Teardrop Links with Crystal AB Bead Chandelier Earrings

KatsAllThat

Angel Earrings

Linorstore

Handmade Multi-layer 3D Crochet with Silver Accents

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Om Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Black Cat Coin Purse

SewAmazin 

Real Pearl Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Sterling Silver Full Persian Chainmaille Bracelet

CraftingMemories1 

Handmade Lampwork Bead Silvered Ivory

Covergirl Beads 

Pewter Spiral Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Sterling Silver Sixteenth 16th Music Note Cut Out Charm Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Netherland Antillean Guilder 10 Cent Coin Pendant

Beadsouk

 

 

Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings

 

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