Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Springtide




















Hi to all,
Tis a favorite time of mine the celebration of Imbolc. January 31- February 2nd
The bringing of new life to the earth. I really am so glad to see it here
already.. I will be enjoying my day with mother earth..
Here is a little history, lore and ways to celebrate the holiday.

Love & light
Bee


IMBOLC:
This season belongs to Brigid, the Celtic goddess The powerful figure of Brighid the Light-Bringer over lights celebrations of the life-giving forces of spring. . The earliest whisperings of Springtide are heard now as a time of the year associated with beginning growth.

Here we plant the "seeds" of our hopes and dreams for the coming summer months.

**This celebration signals the middle of the season of long nights and anticipates the upcoming season of light. Celebrants make Corn Maidens from corn and wheat. The Maidens are dressed up and placed in a cradle known as a "Bride's Bed". A wand, usually tipped with an acorn or other large seed, is placed in the bed with the Maiden. The Maidens are generally kept year round as a symbol of fertility.

Other interrelated interpretations of the festival center around the Irish Goddess Brighid, known for her healing, smithcraft, and poetry gifts. Additional interpretations revolve around the birth of lambs and the lactation of the ewes. Still others celebrate Imbolc as the recovery of the Earth Goddess after giving birth to the Sun God.

**In most parts of the British Isles, February is a harsh and bitter month. In old Scotland, the month fell in the middle of the period known as Faoilleach, the Wolf-month; it was also known as a’ marbh mhiĆ²s, the Dead-month. But although this season was so cold and drear, small but sturdy signs of new life began to appear: Lambs were born and soft rain brought new grass. Ravens begin to build their nests and larks were said to sing with a clearer voice.
**In Ireland, the land was prepared to receive the new seed with spade and plough; calves were born, and fishermen looked eagerly for the end of winter storms and rough seas to launch their boats again. In Scotland, the Old Woman of winter, the Cailleach, is reborn as Bride, Young Maiden of Spring, fragile yet growing stronger each day as the sun rekindles its fire, turning scarcity into abundance. Of her, Alexander Carmichael wrote:
**Bride with her white wand is said to breathe life into the mouth of the dead Winter and to bring him to open his eyes to the tears and the smiles, the sighs and the laughter of Spring. The venom of the cold is said to tremble for its safety on Bride’s Day, and to flee for its life on Patrick’s Day.
TO CELEBRATE IMBOLC TODAY . . .
This is traditionally a time of purification — clean your house! If you have any Christmas greenery lingering, burn it now.
Make your own Brighid’s crosses and hang them up, especially in the kitchen where her influence can bless your food.
Put out food — cake, buttered bread and milk will do — outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Leave a silk ribbon on your doorstep for Brighid to bless: It can then be used for healing purposes.
Meditate upon what you would like to see grow in health and strength this year: for yourself, your family, your community, the Earth, and ask for Bride's blessing upon your prayers

(The following are step-by-step instructions for how to make a Brighid's Cross )
Get a bundle of rushes or straw about 15 inches long.
Take two and cross them at the center.
Fold one back on itself around the other one.
Take a third one and fold it around the second one, parallel to the first. You should now have a T-shaped piece, with one arm having one strand, another having two and the third having three.
Fold a fourth rush around the third one to form a cross again.
Fold a fifth one around the fourth, parallel to the single strand.
Continue folding rushes around the previous one until the central square is about one and a half to two inches wide (this is optional, but the cross gets a bit unwieldy if it's much bigger).
Finally, tie the ends of each arm tightly with wool or other natural fibre. Tidy up the ends with a scissors.

Lamps oh those beautiful Lamps!!











Hi All, Well the sun is out and the sky is BlUE today! I am loving this.. I saw leafs coming out on my apple tree too--> Could it be spring??
Well here is my post on lamps..
Yes lamps too!! We have examples of antique oil to modern electric.. Manufactures from England, Italy, and the USA. The two pattern glass oil lamps (Amber colored to the right & amberina to the far right) & the green electric glass lamp above are USA made from three piece mould pattern named " Moon and Star" introduced in US in 1874 by Adams & Company. In years past they called this pattern called "Palace". A very old glass pattern that has survived the test of time. Thanks to the Weishar Glass and Mould Company. LG Wright Glass Manufacturer's also reproduced this pattern in the sixties. Even in mini lamps --yes mini lamps . That a whole different post :-)
I also have posted a picture of what I call my "Aladdins Lamp".. It is made from silver; made in England.. very antique.. It is a lady's perfume lamp.. Talk about aroma therapy!! I love the detail on it and the the snake handle is so cool!! Then there is the Italian made Millefiori Glass electric lamp.. The is a artistic piece and it is made up of many small multi-colored glass pieces I consider it art glass. This one has cobalt blue colored glass background and was made in the 50's. Well there you have it.. I will try to sometime to photograph all my mini lamps those are really cute..
Sparkle on my friends
Bee

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Andes colorful world




























I truly LOVE, LOVE these.--- I keep them out year round.. These were purchased from artists who live in the Andes Highlands. These pictures do not do them justus.. The pottery is hand thrown with local clays. Then are hand painted by the artists with dyes that are natural paints made from minerals, plants, and insects that are found locally. The detail is just wonderful.. I purchased these as I wanted to enlighten myself to what a individual in a Andean village sees when they look out their window. I live at the edge of a rain forest and they live in one.. Needless to say I was not disappointed with the realism. The artist for the two village scene vases were done by; Francisco Guerreros Coronado.
The Toucan vase was done by a lovely lady; Pancahua Rojas .
Sparkling Bee

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Colorful Antique and Collectable Pitchers






















Hi again, Well today was almost a scary day... No weather to speak of*~* not even rain?? This is the second of several blog entry's I will be posting of different antiques and such that I have.
I am the flea market*~*~ yard sale Queen.. I have done this since I was a young teenager.. But of course it helped that my Great Grandmother was a pack rat!! OOOOoo the stuff she had<-- :-) and my Grandmother is as well. She also operated a second hand store for years. She sold at flea markets into her 80's.. So I guess I come by it naturally and I think in a previous life I was a snooty Victorian in Europe??


This is my pitcher entry. We have modern and antique examples here; Northwood Glass Company, Fenton Glass Company, Weishar Glass & Mould Company, Wright Glass Company, Woods of England, and even a North Ridge Pottery Company's -->Coco Pot. ( Which was purchased by a lady who produced a book on Northridge Pottery and it made the cover of the book.) These item date from the oldest -- mid 1800's the coin spot pitcher to 1980 the azul blue pitcher.
I have a love for pattern glass and I consider my self a expert in that particular area.
Anyway Happy Hunting
Bee

Monday, January 22, 2007

Yo- Ho - Ho- and a Bottle of Rum























Well with all the talk of Johnny ( to die for) Depp- In the "Pirates of the Caribbean".. I thought my first blog entry on my antiques and collectibles stash would have to be of my lofty crew.. The Buccaneer+ Polly, the Boatman , The Old Salt, and of course; The Smuggler. They are character wall masks made by The Bosson Company of Congleton, Cheshire, England beginning in 1944, Bossons closed their doors in 1996. These particular wall masks are dating from the fifties . Bossons were very famous for their animal sculpts and Dickens as well as several others..










So here to you be Me Bucco's










Bee

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Garden Gate


A Gardner’s Thoughts…

Well most of you all know I am the gardening maniac.. I have been planting things since I was about 9 years old… Of course my methods now are propelled with a little more education.. None the less I still enjoy it today as I did at the tender age of 9.. I post today as I have been noticing a change in the price of commercially sold seeds. Vegetable especially? About five years ago I started graphing the price change and it has increased by 30 percent over that period… I know that in the past when seed companies have bad years the price increases are not so noticeable but there is just a limited supply of the particular seed for sale.. Even in some years there were none for sale in certain varieties of vegetables. This year it has become very expense for the top quality organic seeds as well as others. I have always kept records of my seed purchases I usually buy from the same companies as well.. I hope this trend does not continue... As it will make it quite spendy for the beginning gardener who wants to grow quality vegetables.. The trial and error with seeds for the beginner is a given. In fact it is not unusual for a beginner to get less than 50 percent germination of there planted seeds. Thus a lot of money could be spent…? I am not sure of the reason for this.. My only thought is that our government has bought up so many family farms that they are now able to regulate how much seed will be sold and the price it will be sold for?? I really hope this is not the case??? I have collected my own seeds for years now.. But it is a talent that is learned with trial and error.. So for those who garden saving you own home grown seeds may not be a bad idea.. I am expanding my seed collections this year to all my favorite varieties.


OK, I am off my soap box.

I found some old seed advertisements and seed package images that I have I thought I would share….

Bee

Monday, January 15, 2007

Harrison Fisher's Lovley Ladies























Hi All, As I was browsing through some files today and I found my Lovely Ladies!
I love Harrison Fisher's work so here is a sampling.
I also included a link to a brief summery of ;
" Harrison Fisher".
Oh these are just so beautiful I love them!!
The era as well!!
Sparkles
Bee





Sunday, January 14, 2007

Lets Try Beta


Well , I did it. I changed to Beta on the "Blog Spot". I am not sure if I like it yet?? Seems I had a little work to do to get things back the way I like them. But patience pays off. I just turned on my "Faerie Celts" CD and worked away.. Trial and error too<--- So I am done for today... Snowed a little yesterday and still very cold.. I so hope spring is coming soon.. I start working outside the end of this month.. So I hope it is warmer??

So here's to trying new things in 2007...




Have a Sparkling day


Bee




Friday, January 12, 2007

Kirks Folly jewelry Displays





Hi All, Well I survived another wind, rain, freezing rain,& snow bombardment! Now alls I have to do is catch up on all the sleep I lost the past two months!..
Here are some photos of my KF jewels and how I display them.. From the Powder Room, to the Living Room, to my head<-- LOL. The two barretts are ; "Pave' Snowflake" on top, and the "Ice Queen" below. I told BriteRaven I would wear them both but I had to wait for the pave snow -flake as it was on wait list... I just recieved it today.. So here is the back of my head in all its sparkling glory!!
Sorry it looks blurry but those darn crystals reflect really bad when trying to get a photo!!!!! The pillow is how I display my pins; this is not all. I need to update this photo. I spread them out on three pillows.

Have a Sparkling Day

Bee

Friday, January 05, 2007

Exit Holiday Decorations









Hi all, Well here isthe last of the holiday decorations.. I put up also a photo of the holiday card exchange and how I displayed them.. It was truly lovely.. I miss it already now that its down.. The rest of the photo's are of new tree decorations I got his year.. In the fantasy theme!! <--- Of course===> LOL

HNY
Bee