Hello, everyone! It's time for another Weekly Wednesday Roundup! Seeing that it looks like winter has come and gone and the temperatures have started to rise, I thought it'd be quite appropriate to do an outdoor theme. Where do people hang out outside? The patio of course! This week, I've found some really cool items to get your patio and surrounding area set up and ready for hanging out or lounging around. I kept finding things that I wanted to add, so I may end up having to do a part 2 to this one!
Item #1 is from MeridianFurniture
It's a table with a hidden surprise! You've got sunken coolers. Now, you can stow your drinks right at the table and not have to get up to rummage around a cooler somewhere. I could also see the cooler space being used for flowers. I love dual purpose things! When you're done with your party or dinner, the coolers can be hidden under removable wood planks. If you prefer a different stain, others are available. This table is for pick up only (matching benches are available) in Zionsville, Indiana. I'd drive there for it ;)
Item #2 is from HandHWoodSolutions
OH, I have a thing for Adirondack chairs. I don't know what it is about them...probably the shape. These specific chairs have to be assembled (it'd be hard to ship otherwise), and they weigh a lot (300lbs.), so please have someone around to help move it unless you're a world class body builder. These come poly-coated to protect against rot, decay, and water, but after a while, I'd suggest applying another protective coat so these will last for years to come.
Item #3 is from hankbarnes1234
I'm absolutely in love with this suncatcher! The colors are bright, it's framed, and it's simple yet complex! This would be perfect in a window looking out over your patio. Stained glass is fun to look at whether you're inside to see the patterns produced by the sun or just looking at it from outside. There's also a beautiful piece of blown glass in the center! The artist also sells smaller versions of his work if you don't have a large amount of space. Make sure to check out his shop!
Item #4 is from WoodenHomestore
Patios need to have some plant-life included. Maybe beside a bench or between a couple of chairs? These planters are something simple that let the beauty of the flowers stand out. The artist has left these in a natural state, so you can paint or stain them yourself (Make sure you stain and seal if using them outside).
Item #5 is from FabulousFungi
These ceramic mushrooms are really neat and would add a lot of interest to a planter or a bare spot in your landscaping. The color detail is really amazing. The artist hand-sculpted these without the use of molds and then painted and fired them. Pottery has been something that I've been interested in trying but have yet to do so--I'll get around to it one day :) Make sure you bring these in before it frosts to prevent chipping. These aren't the only shapes and sizes the artist has, so if you'd like something different, go check it out.
Item #6 is from Mastergardenproducts
Patios need seating areas, right? This bench takes care of three seats and has a very detailed pattern. Throw on some pillows and maybe a seat cushion, and you're set!
Item #7 is from HomeLiving
What's a patio without some comfy pillows? I really like these three prints together because they accent each other. They are made as covers for inserts, so it's easy to clean them--no need to throw them away, and inserts are washable!. The fabric is waterproof in case you want to carry them to an uncovered area.
Item #8 is from 81MetalArt
Maybe it's only me, but I sometimes forget where one crop stops and another starts...and what's growing where. It's probably not just me because there wouldn't be such a variety of plant markers if I was the only one! I really like these because they have that vintage-feel to them and you don't have to worry about not being able to see what's where (the chalk on slate sticks tends to come off when it rains, you know). It's something different from the norm, and I love it.
Item #9 is from CubbysBottleTrees
I really almost screamed when I came across this. I have wanted a bottle tree for a LONG time, but didn't know where to get one. These trees are really sturdy as they are completely welded instead of spot welded, so the wind won't blow them away, but I'd feel better if I brought the bottles in when a particularly rough storm happened to be coming through. I'd be really upset if one of the gorgeous blue bottles got broken (Note: bottles are not included, but I'd pick the blue). These trees are shipped in two pieces--one fits inside the other, and you plant it just like a regular tree. Love, Love, Love this! Shipped with love, pride, and good karma!
Item#10 is from Sistersteel
No patio area is complete without some sort of sculpture. My first thought was about how much this looked like the flowers from Mario (different colors but still)! I really like that it was welded from salvaged materials. It's making use of items that would've ended up in a dump somewhere. 'Weber' as he's named, is painted celedon green, a primary green, and a purple. He's got really sharp teeth and has his dinner on his tongue. Bugs beware!! I would so add this to my patio area!
Item #11 is from AWineofaKind
When I first saw this, my brain wasn't really thinking, so I was wondering how you'd not just burn the entire barrel up. Like I said I wasn't thinking---I'm sick again with another nasty head cold. I'll have to admit though, I'm still slightly confused but I think that the tubing from a propane tank comes up through the stainless steel burner pan for lighting. This is another recycled piece (I'm getting a little giddy with all the recycled stuff I've found!) that is definitely a conversation piece. You can move this fairly easily with the help of another person (it weighs 120 lbs), or you can roll it if you're on a hard surface. A hinged door was made to allow for quick and ease access to and changing of the propane tank, and a valve has been installed in the stopper to adjust the size of the flame. The maker included a weatherproof cover, so your fire pit will be a lasting addition to your patio oasis.
Item #12 is from LonesomeBurro
I like to lay out to catch some sun during the spring and summer, and this is the perfect lounge for it! It's probably primarily for a swimming pool, but I don't have on, so a patio sun lounger it will be! The head of the lounger has four different heights and is mounted on wheels at one end to make moving and storing a breeze!
Item #13 is from tickledpinkgoods
If you have a garden but want to keep something close to the house that you can hang out the door and grab, this mason jar planter would be a perfect option. I'd probably grow some herbs in it that I use quite a bit. It'd bring some plant life vertically into the patio area. Each of the boards is reclaimed barn or fence wood, so each one is unique. If you have a preference for a specific brand of jar you can let the maker know, otherwise you'll get more than one brand of jar. I love that this has more than one use. You can use it as a planter, or if you get tired of having it outside, just move it in and use it for bathroom toiletries or in a crafting area for supplies!
Item #14 is from LadybgrWorld
Normally, I'm not a fan of gourd birdhouses, but this one is all dolled up and screaming my name! I love the bright colors and the mosaic design, and I'm sure some lucky birds would love it too! This gourd was grown and hollowed out by the maker, so she was definitely invested from the get go. The color on the gourd is actually paper that is triple-protected against UVA/UVB and water. No fading here! Three holes are also drilled in the bottom to allow water to escape and your birds' home to stay dry. I'd definitely suggest this as something that would be a great addition to your patio area and something that would add a unique vibe.
Item #15 is from birdhouse20
Look at this cute little birdhouse! I've never seen one like it! You've got to have a birdhouse or two for your patio. These bird trailers have solid wood sides, a solid bottom, and a metal top. I personally think the top adds to the charm of the bird vehicle. The top is caulked and nailed in place for a water tight seal. Don't want the little birdies getting wet in their home! The birdhouse gets an exterior primer coat prior to the color and is then sanded down for a more distressed look. It also gets an exterior oil based antiquing. There is a clean out hole for you to clean house after the birds have left. Want a more personalized trailer for you birds? The birdhouse comes with an optional license plate that you can have personalized at no additional cost--16 letters max.
Item #16 is from IndustrialEnvy
Now, if you don't want to do traditional furniture or if you want a little something extra to add some umph to your outdoor area, you might want to check out adding a swing bed/chaise lounge porch bed. Wow! If I got on one of these, I don't think I'd be getting up without a good reason! It'd be a really good spot to corral kids during a get together because they're going to be interested in it for sure. Like to sleep outside? This would be great for you. Sleeping outdoors but close to the house for a mid-night bathroom trip. The swing itself is made from solid cedar and is designed to have a higher arm and back for lounging without obscuring your field of vision. Galvanized steel pipes are added for a modern look. Remember I mentioned corralling kids on one of these? If you mention at check out that you have kids, they'll make a simple hanging swing just for them. Maybe you can keep your swing to yourself after all! The steel cables, hanging hardware, custom fit mattress, and pillows are ALL included! Upholstery can be customized as well. Lots of options for a piece that would be the crown jewel of your patio.
I really hope you've enjoyed this outdoor edition of Weekly Wednesday and gotten some ideas for your own patio. I know I have! Get ready to embrace the warmer weather because spring is coming (any Game of Throne fans out there catch that ;) ?). Please feel free to share, link, or tag this post if you'd like so even more people can be patio-ready! And, as always, head over to your favorite handmade sites and show some artists some love!!
This week, Feb.21-Feb.27, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I feel that this is something extremely important that people become more aware of and more educated on because the number of people with an eating disorder is growing astronomically every year. It's not something that only female teenagers have. An eating disorder knows no sex, race, or age. We're seeing more and more children, males, and older adults being diagnosed.
You want to know the worst part about all of it? 2 things: (1) The person sitting right next to you could have one; your mom could have one; your boyfriend could have one. Eating disorders are often suffered in silence, and you won't know. (2) I personally feel like we, as a society, have done this to ourselves. I say ourselves as a collective term. No all of us have eating disorders, but we all watch the same media, and we all are exposed to the "ideal" body shapes. We've exposed ourselves and our children to the world of photoshop. We believe that what we see in magazines and on tv is real, but all it is is a bunch of manipulative lies.
One other thing that needs to be said: "IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT WEIGHT!" Some might start out that way, but an eating disorder has so many different levels to it. I think of it like Dante's 7 levels of Hell. Getting to the root cause is like peeling back layers of an onion, and sadly, medical professionals are still peeling away layers. No one knows the actual cause of the eating disorder or why some people get it and others don't.
Here are some statistics* on the severity of the problem:
-20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.
-40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.
-There are several type/sub-types of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa (retricting and restricting/binge-purge types), Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), and additional eating and feeding disorders (Anorexia Athletica, Orthorexia, Diabulimia)
-10-15% of those with anorexia or bulimia are MEN.
-Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. In fact, the mortality rate for Anorexia Nervosa is twelve times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death.
-A common death for those who die from their disorders is heart problems for reasons specific to each type.
There are many people who don't get help because sometimes help needs to be given in an inpatient setting--and it's not covered by insurance, therefore, a lot of people can't afford it. Project Heal is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help those who can't afford treatment. This is something that has been needed for a long time, but there's also the problem many who have recovered face when they're older--finding affordable insurance. Most insurance companies will give insanely high monthly premiums to those that have suffered. I'm talking around $600 a month.
Several companies, including Dove, have tried to fight the media's negative influence by exposing the truth and using models of all sizes and ages.
Celebrities are also speaking out against photoshopping and the body shaming they feel. Cassey Ho, certified pilates and fitness instructor isn't immune to all these pressures. She released a video called, "A Perfect Body" where she shows herself manipulating her body to "fix" it in response to others. People don't realize what their words can do, and once said the damage cannot be undone.
She later released a video detailing her own personal struggle with an eating disorder.
Lean Cuisine reached out (they were revamping their brand) and asked if she would test their Diet Filter (for tv and web). Something about dieting is mentioned every 3 minutes on tv. That's crazy, right?!? She also mentioned how she felt so ashamed to admit that she had had a problem. Why do we, as a society, make eating disorders/mental illnesses something to be ashamed of? They aren't something that someone chooses to have. They're just a sickness, just like a cold or the flu is a sickness, and if you treat someone horribly because of the fact that they have the disorder/illness then that's on your conscious because you'll never know the impact those words had. Kudos to Cassey for coming around and being open about her struggles. She's a role model for all those who watch her videos, and I'm sure her having made this video has saved lives simply by letting people know they aren't alone (remember I said most suffer in silence).and encouraging them to get help.
Why is this so important to me?
I'm sure you're asking yourself this, and I am going to answer it. I feel so strongly about this because I personally suffered from an eating disorder. I struggled for 10 years with Anoerxia Nervosa (restricting/binge-purge type). I'm not going to tell you what my lowest weight was, but I will tell you that the doctors gave me two weeks had I not come in. I know the pain, both emotional and physical, that this disorder causes not only to the patient but also to the family of the patient. It's not just the person with the disorder suffering; the family goes through it too. There are absolutely no words than can describe the torment of these disorders. It's almost like you lose everything--friends, control, life. People don't understand why these things happen. There's not an easy answer to that. Just know that if someone is going through this, don't abandon them...try to understand, but most importantly, make sure you treat others in a way that you want to be treated--don't call others fat or ugly because they will eventually believe it. And with believing it could come serious consequences, even death.
It took me a long time to get where I am, and I never want to go back. It's not a pleasant place to be, and I doubt I'd come through it alive. I am recovered, but there will always be that little nagging that urges me to go back to it (primarily the nagging though of "you're too fat")--never again. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Does that get the point across as to why this is important? . I've had to learn to channel my stress and verbalize my feelings because I was just a ball of nervousness, depression, and emotions. I've had to take control of my perfectionism and be ok with not going above and beyond. I feel like the worst part about it all is that I had to drag my family with me through this. They shouldn't have had to experience that dark hell; they were innocent in it. No matter how many times I say I'm sorry, I feel like it won't ever be enough. All I can do is try to repair the damage that was done and reform those bonds. Yes, I still have those "I feel fat" days, but I have to realize that what I see and think I feel isn't how it really is. I'll also probably be on medication for the rest of my life. Depression and anxiety aren't the easiest things to beat, plus I have my own health issues that developed from having had the disorder. I live a pretty normal life now, and I'm eternally grateful for that. I'm grateful my family stood by me and helped push me forward when I didn't feel like trying anymore. I'm grateful I'm still here to live a fulfilling life, and I'm grateful that I've found someone who loves me for me...even when I have those "fat" days. There's so much to look forward to.
I encourage you all to become aware of the influences on body image and how they affect people. I encourage you to watch your words because you don't get to see the impact they have one someone; it may make the difference in whether or not someone will get help; it may be what sets a person into a downward spiral. I challenge everyone to try to love who you are and the skin that you're in--it may not be what you think you're supposed to look like but remember, what you see on tv and in magazines isn't real. Be healthy and enjoy life. You only have one.
**All information was obtained from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders and The National Eating Disorders Association.
Hello again, everyone! As you may or may not know, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) just ended and gave us an idea of what the fall/winter 2016 trends are going to be. Now, I didn't watch every single show, but I watched I think 19 or so. I don't think I could sit and watch anymore because I noticed (as I was taking notes) that the themes were getting repetitive. I mean, there are only so many times you want to write "sheer." For this piece, I'm not going to go over every show I watched individually; I'm going to highlight the trends. That's what you want to know, right? I'll also mention some random things related to fashion that I noticed really early on in my viewings.
*The men's stuff in the videos I watched was a total flop, so I'm not even going there!
I want to share a couple of thoughts I had while watching some of the shows before I get started with the trends:
(1) Some of the shows I watched looked like the 80s and 90s had been thrown in a blender and bedazzled. I won't mention which shows, but if you watched any, you know what I'm talking about. It's just a little too much for the eyes. I'm guessing the designers had one too many energy drinks ;)
(2) On a more serious note, I thought that a majority of the models were way too thin; some looked like skeletons. I mention this because some of the other cities in which fashion weeks are held have instated certain health requirements for models. They can't be too thin. I feel like the United States doesn't want to get away from that look, but it is imperative that we do. It does nothing for the body image of young girls and women. The "ideal" needs to change and it needs to do so sooner rather than later. (Off my soap box)
Throughout the shows that I watched there were definitely some common themes. I'm going on the record to say that these will probably be the trends for this coming Fall and Winter :)
Some designers had very colorful collections while others were more subdued with pops of color. Top colors I noted: Black, white (and after Labor Day? I like it.), Rose quartz, Serenity (blue), Bodacious (purple), Sharkskin (gray), Cabernet (deep red), Green Oasis (mossy green), and a variety of browns. For more, check out Pantone's color reports!
Boots were everywhere and in every style. Ankle boots, rain boots, and winter boots (heels and no heels) to be exact. The material composition varied as well.
If you aren't a fan of fringe, I hate to tell you that it's not going away any time soon. It was everywhere for the F/W 2016 clothing lines. I don't wear a lot of finge (well, pretty much never), but I considered it one time back last fall when Kimonos with fringe were coming out. I later thought better of that idea because you know...cats.
There were lots of different fabrics used throughout the many shows for the week, and sometimes multiple textured fabrics appeared in one outfit. There were tweeds, houndstooth, velvety
Several designers used 3D pieces that were raised from the original material. I like the look of this specifically because of the dimension the pieces add to the overall look.
Lots and lots of fur was seen throughout the shows. There were collars, entire coats, cuffs, edgings, etc. Normally when you think of faux fur you think of whites and browns, but this year, along with the browns and whites, there were colorful faux furs.
And, yes, sunglasses are an 'in' accessory for this season. Most of the styles are still big, but some also had a little 80s/90s pizzazz added as well.
As you can see from the photos below, you know there is a lot of print mixing going on. There was plaid with 60s/70s-like print; there was geometric print with floral prints--you name it--it was probably there somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I like print mixing, but sometimes it's a little too much going on.
I don't really know what else to call this trend other than neck tying---neck ties was a bit misleading. I first didn't think anything of them because I thought, "surely not." Well, I was wrong, they kept showing up. Maybe it's something more in the place of jewelry. If you don't have jewelry or having an extra amount of fabric around your neck, this is definitely a trend for you.
It looks like flowy is still in for Fall and Winter this time. The sheer fabrics used lended themselves well to a flowy nature. The flowiness was seen in skirts, shirts, dresses, pants, you name it.
We have a little bit of everything in this category. Some things are returning while others aren't.
Long Charm Necklaces
Sometimes designers get things wrong, but sometimes it's bad wrong.
1. Men in florals. No words.
2. Furry Nails--There are no words for this either.
3. Channeling Truffula trees. I can see a resemblance here.
4. Platform Shoes. These definitely don't need to come back, but they were seen in more than one show.
5. Coats made out of Christmas tree garland. Nope.
6. Crazy hair clips from your childhood. Remember those plastic clips? Yeah. They need to stay there...in your memory.
7. And last....Star Wars like outfits.
Alrighty. So that's my assessment of the NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 shows. While I personally, don't like many of the outfits presented, I'm sure I'm far outnumbered. Maybe I just don't have that appreciation for certain fashion styles. I will have to say, though, Marchesa and Reem Acra won my heart. <3<3 Gorgeousness!
Hello, everyone! I thought I'd change it up a bit this time by doing a Harry Potter themed roundup. I haven't read the books, even though I DID try---just couldn't get into them. As for the movies, I hadn't seen those either...until a couple of weeks ago. I'll have to say they are definitely worth watching, and if you have the time (perhaps a lazy weekend), binge through them--that's what we did. I'm glad my boyfriend convinced me to watch them--and I was probably the biggest skeptic there was. So, to celebrate my FINALLY watching and ENJOYING the movies, I want to feature some of my favorite Harry Potter handmade finds. There are several, so this will be a longer than normal post. Warning...spoilers are ahead :)
Let's get started!
Item #1 is from ArmTheLaser
I'm a fan of wood creations, so these obviously caught my attention. These coasters are made from maple wood that has been hand-selected and are hand-sanded, laser etched, stained, and sealed. I'm really glad they are sealed because the condensation from your drink would ruin them. The laser etching is very well done and very detailed. The coasters come in a set of 4, and as the artist stated, "would make a great addition to any wizard or muggle's home." (Muggles are those without magical abilities.)
Item #2 is from StudioSeventyNine
Ah, good ole "Mischief Managed." This first appears in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. It is a phrase linked with the Marauder's Map--specifically closing it. The map was used to see where people were in Hogwarts, so the possessor(s) could sneak about using it's secret passageways (I included a link for more information). To "erase" the contents of the map, all the possessor had to do was to say "mischief managed," and they were safe. The artist behind this piece used a wooden plank and weathered it along with including the infamous phrase. I could see this as excellent shelf or wall art for a Potter fan!
Item #3 is from Yarning4aHome
Oh, Dobby! I had to save this one for last. At first you think Dobby is going to be a mean little booger because he shows up and Harry's aunt and uncle's home during a very important dinner. Dobby can levitate things and chooses to "lift" a cake and levitate it to the main room where he drops it onto the wife of the couple the aunt and uncle are entertaining. Yep. That's how we first meet this little house elf. We later find out he has good intentions, and Harry frees Dobby by tricking Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby a sock. He shows up off an on throughout the movies, but his last appearance had me bawling. He dies saving Harry Potter and his friends due to being hit by Bellatrix Lestrange's knife when disapparating. He says, "Such a beautiful place it is, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter." I died. I ugly cried. I yelled, "Dobby!!!!" "Why?" I was torn up through the rest of the movie. Oh, dear Dobby.
I saw this cute little crocheted Dobby and knew I had to feature him here. I can crochet, but not like this! I can't switch colors. The maker says you can pick different colors for his smock, but I like the original ones pictured rather well. He's also a good size for cuddling at 15.5 inches. This cutie is meant for a nursery, but I'd put him in my room in a place of honor with my Grumpy Cat!
Item #4 is from CherryPitCrafts
Alrighty...to the butterbeer. We have a frappuccino on the secret menu at Starbucks for this one (they're going to kill me for sharing that link..haha) . I've made it many times...so many that I have it memorized. I also was curious enough to try it because I love the heavenly toffee nut syrup...mmmm. I have a feeling that this candle would put me in a candle coma..you know---they smell so good that you stare off in a daze. This shop's candles are made from 100% soy and are therefore eco-friendly...Yay! I love eco-friendly items. These also burn longer (this specific candle is estimated at 70 hours) and do not produce soot. That's always a plus. I remember my Dad burning a candle on one of their top shelves and the black soot that was left on the wall, so opt for soy. The maker also mentions that the oils or phalate free, which is another plus for me. I'm drooling just thinking about this candle!
Item #5 is from IridescentlyCharming
The "up to no good" phrase is another phrase tied to the Marauder's map mentioned earlier in the post. If there's a special phrase to close the map, there has to be one to open it, right? Right you are! This is what had to be said to make the map appear. Of course, sneaking around, you are up to no good, so it's a great phrase for it. I like how the artist designed this with Harry's glasses and his scar because I didn't remember this from the movie (I was sick at the time, so give me a little bit of a break), and I've seen several prints without the symbols to link it to the movie. This print is instantly downloadable and printable after purchase. Great for desk decor or wall art.
Item #6 is from SimplistiCreations
This is what is called a time turner. It's essentially a time machine in a necklace. Hermione had been given one of these from Professor McGonagall to help with her increased course load, but she (Hermione) wasn't to mention it to anyone, which is why we see Ron constantly asking "when did she get here" in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was later used to go back in time to prevent two deaths (I'll stop there and not spoil the rest for you). The original time turner was actually made of metal, but I thought this piece embodied a more handmade feel than a lot of the others I saw whilst browsing. The maker of this time turner uses either Baltic birch (which she later stains) or Oak for the wood and uses a laser cutter to achieve the detail. After assembling the pieces and attaching the turner to a 30-inch chain, the wood is treated to protect it. Note: doesn't actually take you back in time :)
Item #7 is from InstantGoodVibes
So, after watching all of the movies, I saw a post on Facebook that mentioned the sorting quiz was back up and running on Pottermore. I was curious to see what house I'd be sorted into, so I took it. I'm a Slytherin. I wasn't thrilled with this at first, but I read the description of those sorted into the Slytherin house and felt quite a bit better. My boyfriend said he was Gryffindor, but I had him take it, too...he's a Ravenclaw. Since I got sorted into that house, I thought it'd be appropriate to share this artwork with you. This isn't a printable like the quote from earlier. It artist actually prints the image on archival paper and ships them with great care. And, yes, there are crests for the other houses as well :)
Item #8 is from PositivelyBewitched
Yes, yes, I know. A mandrake is one ugly little creature, but a very important one. When unearthed for replanting, the mandrake screams. As a baby mandrake the scream only knocks one out. In the movie the students had to wear ear protection, but Neville still passes out. Once a mandrake is mature, the scream is fatal. The root is used to make a restorative draught for those who have been petrified. This handcrafted mandrake plant sculpture is made from clay, which is sculpted and painted to look like the little creature in the photo. The detail in this piece is exquisite, and it looks just like the ones in the movie. The artist mentions that the clay is covered in a glass to make it mostly waterproof but not to fully drown in water. It's meant to look like you're the wizard practicing herbology for Dr. Sprout's class (appropriate name, haha).
Item #9 is from cristallejewelry
I have another piece of jewelry for you! "wingardium leviosa" is a levitation charm and is the first spell learned by students at Hogwarts. Just make sure you really pronounce the "o" in "leviosa" or you won't get it right! I love that the maker used a brass feather as the base as it was what was used in the film. The words are hand-stamped, and the ring is shaped. It's adjustable but only available in sizes 5-7. Stylish and neat for fans!
Item #10 is from slushieprints
You won't learn what's behind this until the very last movie. Snape had been in love with Harry's mother since he'd met her. He even made a deal with Dumbledore to protect her from Voldemort, but when that went awry, he protecting Harry. In one scene, you see Snape send off his patronus (a doe, which was also Harry's mother's patronus) and Dumbledore asks, "after all this time?" to which Snape replies, "Always." It was an undying love that Snape had for Harry's mother. This pillow shows that love. The image and word are screen printed onto a cotton pillow cover (looks like linen). You can also get an insert if you don't have one. This would be a great addition to anyone's decor, not just a fan's.
Item #11 is from WJMRDesigns
If you don't know the story behind the socks, you need to read about house elves. House elves are housekeepers who are loyal and protective to their masters. They also have their own form of magic. House elves will remain unquestionable loyal to their master until the master presents them with clothes. In Dobby's case, he was presented with a sock by his unaware master, Lucius Malfoy. 'Dobby is a free elf!" I really loved this as soon as I saw it. We all have those socks that turn up missing a mate, so this is a great way to find the match and show your love for Harry Potter at the same time!
Item #12 is from evilqueenjewelry
This necklace's pendant is what is called the deathly hallows. The deathly hallows symbol represents three very important things: (1) the cloak of invisibility, (2) the Elder wand, and (3) the resurrection stone. These were supposedly a fable (which you can read here), but turned out to be real. They were made by Death, and if one were to possess all three, he/she would be the "Master of Death." Powerful combination, huh? (For further information on the three parts, check this out.) This pendant is made from Tibetan silver/silvertone brass and comes on a nickel free chain on one of three different lengths.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, learning, and seeing jewelry in this edition! I found it rather fun, although reliving Dobby's death was painful :) If you haven't seen the movies, I really suggest that you go watch them ASAP! Not kidding you, they are good and worth the watch.
Head on over to your favorite handmade sites and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
Hello again everyone! Happy Wednesday to each of you! I hope this finds you well. This week, I'm going to feature some of my favorite jewelry I found whilst browsing Etsy. There are so many pretty pieces on there; it's crazy! I enjoy looking though ;)
Item #1 is from waterlilyandvine
I was just like "wow" when I saw this one. The blue fringe and the combination of wires is really quite pretty. The main portion of the necklace is interwoven fringe and various colored wire. I'm sure the weaving took a lot of patience, but it paid off because the effect is wonderful--very highly detailed. The hanging fringe adds more visual interest but doesn't take away from the main area and still has beads interspersed. Check out her shop for more of her original jewelry! For all of those who love fashion--the blue is one of Pantone's Spring/Summer 2016 colors!
Item #2 is from Serrelynda
I saw this cuff bracelet, and my mouth dropped. It's so intricately detailed, which you usually see with really feminine pieces, but it also has a bit of masculinity about it to produce a very desirable, visual balance. My great aunt was from Scotland, so I recognized the thistle immediately. I've never been but would love to go. The base part of the cuff is stamped silver-plated brass and has a silver-plated brass thistle bolted to the center. I like that the maker truly gave a custom fit with the silver chain and fold-over clasps because I wouldn't want this cuff moving around and it's true beauty not being seen.
Item #3 is from VERSETHREE
The first thing that caught my eye about this bracelet was actually the packaging, believe it or not. The quote on the bottom really spoke to me. I've always had a hard time fitting in because I thought I was a weirdo...and I though a "weirdo" was a bad thing for the longest time. After years of being a "weirdo" I've learned not to think of it as something bad because it's not. It's what makes me different from everyone else; it's my own uniqueness. I also know how it feels to finally find a group that I belong to. A lot of people don't really worry about packaging, but that's part of the allure of an item for me. This maker has nailed packing on the head! Now, I absolutely love the bright colors of the bead which is from Peru (hand-painted). I feel like the maker is trying to bring in part of a culture he or she wants to share with you. These bracelets are very simple, but the simplicity is what makes them gorgeous! This bracelet is adjustable and can fit a range of wrist sizes.
Item #4 is from NestPrettyThingsShop
I don't know what it is about this necklace, but I love how it came together. Maybe it's the color combination. There are two chains of green glass beads with the longer being attached to a gold triangle. A pop of color has been added as a bright orange dangle bead. This piece is very subtle but also very striking.
Item #5 is from BejeweledSoul
I've always been a fan of stacked bracelets, and this is a set of two. The wire and the sari fabric give this bracelet remarkable texture and brillant color. Natural freshwater pearls, a crystal rhinestone rondelle charm, a copper fleur-de-lis, and czech glass beads add more visual interest to the piece. Each piece definitely stands out against the fabrics instead of blending in. You can wear these two together or one their own, but I love the warm and cool color combination with them together.
Item #6 is from UndertheIvy2
When I first saw these, I thought they were real! The actually aren't real but instead are created by hand! These are really neat and also different from your ordinary earrings--great for expressing yourself through jewelry. I hate glitter, but the use is so subtle that I hardly noticed and thought it was just an iridescent sheen applied. Swarovski crystals top off this amazing set of earrings.
Item #7 is from Gypsymoondesigns
Now, I can't wear chandelier earrings because of my long hair, but I'd be willing to give these a shot. They're really eye-catching and different from the standard chandelier earring I'm used to seeing. These have had patina added by hand and have been sealed. I love how the green has a subtleness about it that allows the beads to stand out without looking like they're too much. The length of this set is another trend for Spring and Summer--the longer the better but primarily shoulder-grazing.
Item #8 is from RebelOcean
I'm not a fan of antlers, but that's the case for those that go on the wall. I surprised myself with this ring. I really like it. It's different..very unique...definitely something that will get you noticed. The antlers have been cast in sterling silver and burnished to show the detailing--and there is a lot of detail, very intricate. It is also adjustable, which is awesome for those hot days when sized rings don't fit. I'm really impressed with this.
I hope you all have enjoyed this jewelry-filled edition of Weekly Wednesday. I know I enjoyed all the browsing I got to do ;) Please go on over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love!
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well! I thought it would be a good time to post about the significance of certain gemstones and crystals since I previously did a post about symbol meanings. Gemstones and crystals have just as complicated (if not more complicated) explanations than symbols. One type of gemstone might have several different types, and the significance depends on which type you have chosen. Many are also associated with various healing effects and emotional properties. I'm only going to cover a few because the world of gemstones and crystals is so vast, and I'm going to bullet point the information because there is A LOT of information!
-Some of the oldest stones to be made into jewelry
-Mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai
-Almost all Turquoise is found in areas with volcanic or thermal histories.
-Properties: honest and clear communication, luck, protection, stress relief, clearing the mind, power
-Chakra(s) associated : Fifth chakra (throat)
-Tales: (1) In Tibet, turquoise was more valuable than gold and was exchanged as currency.
-Not a single stone. Pyrite runs through it.
-Traditionally a stone of royalty
-Protection stone--especially against psychic and physical attacks
-Helps create and maintain a connection between physical and celestial powers
-Properties: Wisdom, Intuition, expanded consciousness, courage, objectivity, truth
-Chakra(s) associated: Fifth chakra (throat)
-Tales: (1) Dreaming of the stone fortells love that will be forever faithful. (2) To remember your dreams, sleep with a cabochon of the stone under your pillow.
-Brown, red, and blue versions
-Said to protect from the evil eye
-More of a mental stone than a physical one.
-Properties: Confidence building, enhances willpower/integrity, Clarity, luck, protection, healing
-Chakra(s) associated: Third chakra (solar plexus)
-Tales: (1) Historically Tiger Eye has been used in protective medicine as Roman soldiers would wear engraved stones during battle
-Known as the love stone
-Properties: love (all types--self, family, platonic, etc), stress relief, self-esteem
-Chakra(s) associated: Fourth chakra (heart)
-Tales: (1) Your marriage can have more sparkle and fire if you have rose quartz under your pillow.
-Often called the stone of opportunity
-Composed mainly of Quartz
-Also found in blue, yellow, and red forms
-Properties: creativity, mental clarity, friendship, prosperity, luck
-Chakra(s) associated: Fourth chakra (heart)
-Most prized form are the blue and blue-green varieties.
-Also found in clear, yellow, orange, gray, and black forms
-Properties: loyalty, honesty, diminishes confusion, tranquility
-Chakra(s) associated: Fifth chakra (Throat)
-Tales: (1) It was once believed that kyanite hanging from a human hair could track the earth's magnetic force, so early travelers used it as a compass.
-Background colors can be gray, brown, and black.
-Form of marble that develops from limestone.
-The patterns in this stone are caused by iron oxides that form as lines.
-Undergoes transformations from heat and pressure in the earth and results in layer formation.
-Properties: Creativity, stress relief, self-awareness, self-discipline, clarity
-Chakra(s) associated: Second chakra (Sacral); Fifth chakra (Throat)
Hope you enjoyed learning about these stones! Comment and let me know if there are any others you are curious about!
**Meanings and spiritual information are not prescription, diagnostic, or healthcare information. Please see a doctor for all health-related issues.**
Information was obtained from crystal-cure.com, jewelryinfoplace.com, meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com,and gemstonemeaning.us. These are the sites I found in my research, and I was not paid to use them :)
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.