Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thoughts on Valentine's Day

Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere--it's Valentine's Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection come from?

The origins of Valentine's Day are murky. We do know that the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February--the saint day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. But somewhere along the way, Valentine's Day came to represent romance. You can watch a romantic movie right here, "The Kiss," produced by Thomas Edison back in 1900. The romance we associate with Valentine's Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14th. During the Middle Ages, human lovebirds recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" wrote William Shakespeare. 
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning expressed love this way:

How do I love thee; let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach. . .

Do you write poetry? We also hear these sentiments in love songs, such as this funny old tune, "Aba Daba Honeymoon." How many love songs can you think of that could send your message on Valentine's Day? 

"Will you be my Valentine?" Nowadays, people often ask this of their loved ones in greeting cards. Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were 
hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and 
ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine. Perhaps you will give or receive a card today or celebrate your family or that special someone in another way. Valentine's Day also gives people a chance to reflect on the meaning of love. What do you think makes true love? 
Source: America's Library

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 - Year Of The Pig

Tuesday February 5th 2019 rings in the Chinese or Lunar New Year, which runs until February 20th.

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take the twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earth and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang, the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs can be opposite.

Not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.

They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even with boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak.

Men born in the year of the Pig are optimistic and gentle. They are very focused. Once they decide on a goal, they’ll put everything into it.

They are not the best with money. Though cool-headed, they are also gullible. They trust others easily and are often scammed. This can cause them to lose a fortune.

These men are also quiet. They love learning but don’t really know how to put their knowledge into words. They’re not conversationalists, but treat everyone warmly. This results in a large social circle. 

Women born in the year of the Pig are full of excitement. They attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely. Combined with their easygoing personality, they gain everyone’s trust.

However, they are sometimes over-friendly. In their excitement, they can forget to give others personal space.

They also have good fortune with wealth. As long as they keep at it, the efforts will not go to waste. Though they don’t start with an advantage, their hard work will keep money flowing in.

At home, they are highly organized. If the room is messy, they’d stay up the entire night to clean it up. These women love children too. Playing with children is one of the things that bring them the greatest joy.

Celebrate the year of the Pig with a wonderful Asian inspired Lucky Yen Bracelet!
Until February 20th, we are offering the matching earrings for FREE!!
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fashion Trends We're Watching In 2019

The 2018 obsession with all things celestial was all-encompassing, and while the universe still captures our collective imagination, next year we’re excited to bring a little more of our attention back down to Earth, embracing the bounty of inspiration right here on our home planet. “We’re officially declaring 2019 the year of being real,” explains Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “And Etsy sellers are leading the charge with all-natural products, a focus on sustainability, and decor cues sourced straight from Mother Earth.” From warm sandstone hues to pretty pressed flowers, the trends topping next year’s list encourage us to celebrate all the awesomeness around us—and we mean all of it. (That’s right: maximalism is back, too!) “We’re calling it now: Burnt orange is
about to be everywhere,” says Dayna. “I’m excited to see this earthy hue take over our homes and outfits.” So if you need us, we’ll be lounging on the couch in our new favorite burnt orange linen jumpsuit, nestled under a cozy burnt orange printed throw, admiring our growing collection of burnt orange statement earrings—and making Dayna’s dreams come true.

And it's true! Last weekend I took my 13 year old daughter out for a little 'mommy-daughter time' at the mall and after stopping for coffee we started window shopping to pick up a few items of clothing for her. Well I thought I was back in 1970 with Burnt Oranges and Earth Tones being the dominant colors and corduroy mini skirts being the main clothing item to adorn all the long legged mannequins from one side of the mall to the other, and in every isle! I thought I heard Austin Powers exclaim 'Just GROOVY Baby!!' in a couple of the stores.

So come visit us at Handmade Jewelry Haven to get YOUR groove on with one of our Dragon Bracelets or perhaps a one of a kind Seaglass Necklace!
(source: Etsy Blog)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Beachcombing Magazine Review

I thought I would share with you my thoughts on my newest magazine subscription.

I haven't subscribed to magazines for many years as, well, the internet came along, and it had an abundant array of stuff to read, and it was 'free'.
However, as some of you know, I decided to join the Bead Society of Palm Beach (which I am loving - another post :) and all of the lovely ladies there told me that I just haven't LIVED until I subscribed to Bead and Button. Which I did. In fact, I enjoy getting that magazine so much that I also got a subscription to 'Antique Bottle & Glass Collector' magazine - mainly to try and help identify seaglass shards that I find. So when I got a notification about Beachcombing Magazine, I immediately subscribed.

Well, to tell you I love it would be an understatement! It was a little on the pricey side for me at almost $40 for an annual subscription, however after receiving the magazine, I now think they have under-priced themselves! The magazine is easily twice the size of a standard magazine and it is just beautifully put together. The professionally photographed images are big and bright and the articles were intriguing.

One of the things I loved about this inaugural issue was the introduction of the contributors along with how to reach them on social media. I followed a few of them and to my surprise, some followed back and some I conversed with, such as Jason Sandy, who is an American 'Mudlarker' in London. Don't know what a 'Mudlarker' is? I didn't either! But I found out that they are very similar to Seaglassers, as they search through mud at low tide along rivers for artifacts. His article in the magazine was aptly named, 'Pirates Of The River Thames'. He can be found on Instagram @jasonmudlark . 

Another great article was 'The Collector Interview' with Leilani Yee. Her GORGEOUS collections of shells and seaglass from her home state of Hawaii were just breathtaking!

The featured item in this issue was Yellow Seaglass. Yellow is one of the rarest colors of seaglass that can be found, maybe 1 in every 6000 pieces found! The article had wonderful full color photos and great facts on its make and origin.

Really I could go on and on about this magazine and would highly recommend you getting this for yourself or perhaps someone you know that is a Beachcomber?
You can subscribe here: Beachcoming Magazine.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year on a Wordless Wednesday!

Here's to wishing everyone a Happy New Year from us to you!

What are YOU hoping for this year?

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Monday, December 31, 2018

January's Birthstone with Gift Guide!

The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate.

The garnet is found all over the world, including Wyoming, Czech Republic, Greece, Russian, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India.

The folklore on garnet is extensive. Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. Some even called it the “Gem of Faith,” and it’s believed that to those who wear it and do good, more good will come. (Conversely, it was also said to bring very bad fortune to those who commit bad acts while wearing it.)

The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship. With that legend in mind, give a garnet to someone whose friendship you deeply value.

The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age. Other references go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in their jewelry and carvings. The Egyptians even said it was the symbol of life. The garnet was very popular with the Romans in the 3rd and 4th Century.

This gemstone was also used as a talisman for protection both by warriors going into battle and to those who wanted to ward off pestilence and plague. Some ancient healers and wise men even placed garnets in wounds and praised its healing powers.

Garnet jewelry has been a fixture throughout the ages. Garnets were often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages.

The Victorians made garnets very popular during that time period. Some of the loveliest garnet jewelry from that era mimics its pomegranate namesake, with clusters of tiny red gems forming a larger statement piece.

Today, the garnet can be found in a range of jewelry pieces and styles, from beautiful rings to stunning tiaras. Since the garnet can come in a range of colors, rare garnets in green or blue make breathtaking pieces, especially in pendants or drop earrings.
Source: The American Gem Society

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