Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What is in a Name?

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare

These perennial flowering plants come in over one hundred species and thousands of hybrids and variations.

As breeders have perfected the rose, they have bestowed these colorful garden and cut flower beauties with names that honor some very famous folks. The “Diana” is named after the Princess of Wales, and she has had a number of roses named for her.

There are also variations like the Claude Monet and the Amadeus. The Caesar and the Elizabeth Taylor live together side by side in the garden, too.

The first rose to be named was the Dorothy Perkins after the grower’s granddaughter in the 1800s in the United States. The Perkins family is still a huge grower of roses.

Rose is a French word that was borrowed from the Latin word rosa that was borrowed from a Greek word that was borrowed from an Old Persian word that was borrowed from … well, you get the idea. It is thought to have come from the Parthian word wâr.

The rose has a small berry known as the rose hip that has almost been eliminated from the cultivated flowers because it takes up room on the bud, and today’s growers want to pack the petals in as tightly as possible. The hip is rich in Vitamin C and the richest of all plant sources. Thrushes and waxwings love the hips, and their droppings help cultivate the wild roses. Rose hips are used in jams and jellies.

The thorns are not true thorns so much as they are considered prickles and are there to aid the rose in its ability to climb over other plants by giving it a way to hold onto them as it vines. The prickles also help keep them from being eaten by animals except for deer who apparently have no problem munching on petals and thorns.

Roses have been cultivated in all civilizations and have been seen in art as far back as the ancient Babylonians. Egyptian tombs have had rose paintings buried within them, and there are records dating back to 500 B.C. of Greek and Chinese gardens being populated with roses.

The breeding of roses begun in the 17th century in Europe with the introduction of the Chinese rose. Empress Josephine of France was a big breeder of roses in the 19th century.

The rose is one of the most popular garden shrubs worldwide, and the rose is available in a variety of colors with the exception of blue. There is no blue pigment in the rose family that would allow breeders to capture a true blue or purple flower. Breeders have introduced dyes into the flowers that offer a blue tint, and with genetic modification, breeders are working on a GMO blue rose.

The rose is a perfect cut flower and the fragrance is found in perfumes and soaps. One long stem red rose is the universal symbol for “I love you”.

You will find the rose used symbolically throughout history.


This blooming beauty was found in the garden of Sarah Winchester of the Winchester rifle fame. (Now a new movie featuring Helen Mirren.) I went through the house; it wasn’t that creepy. It was rather sad. Sarah’s brain did all of her haunting. photo ©jcleveland

While a rose may not come in blue or purple, many of these handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day do. Shop now or forever lose the chance to buy some unique, one of a kind pieces.

Lovely Lavender Bunny Hand Knitted Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth


Crocheted Toddler Sweater Lilac Cotton Yarn, Headband, Easter, Spring 4T

Magdalene Knits 

Lavender Heart Beaded with Plum Purple 3D Roses

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Purple Swarovski Pink Beaded Dangle Women's Earrings

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Purple Violets in Green Vase


Purple Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Purple Easter Bunny Spring Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle


Lampwork Beads EDP Premium Purple Handmade Glass Etched Opaque 254e

Covergirl Beads 

Czech Serpentine Cobalt Blue, Turquoise and Gray Black Agate Necklace

Kats All That 

Midnight Rainbow Dichroic Fused Glass Dangle Earrings


Pearl Gemstone Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Tudor Cross Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Purple Mosaic Necklace

The Singing Beader

Necklaces for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Amethyst Spike Necklace and Earrings Set



Kevs Krafts 

Amethyst Gemstone Nugget White Freshwater Pearl Long Necklace 41 Inch

Dianes Dangles 

Vintage Violet Amethyst Brass Drop Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Hope that you enjoyed these gorgeous creations. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact any of the above artists, and I am sure that they will be more than happy to create something just for you.

If you want to see more, here are some more links:

Week 1

Week 2

And even more!


Enjoy, and share this blog post and all of these handmade items with your friends and family! We handmade artists always appreciate a good share. Smile


Friday, March 16, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


When spring rolls around, and Mother’s Day, the tulip is starting its journey into the world. I had the great fortune to enjoy Tulip Fest in Washington State in 2014, and from there, I gathered all sorts of gorgeous photos that show off the startling color of these and other spring flowers.

Often the tulip is included in Mother’s Day bouquets since they are bright and bold in size and color. They are wonderful showcase flowers.


Rows and rows of red and yellow tulips dash over the hill in this Tulip Fest photo in Washington State 2014. © jcleveland

These darlings of the Netherlands have been cultivated in a huge variety of variations. The variegated patterns that we sometimes see in these flowers started as a result of a virus within the flower in the 17th century, thus creating “broken” flowers.

Tulips wandered into the Netherlands from Asia where they had been in existence for years. It wasn’t until the Ottoman Empire that someone other than the Asians noticed these showy flowers. Henceforth: TULIP MANIA struck the world!

They are bulb plants that cannot be grown in all locations much to my dismay. Even with the bulbs hibernating in the freezer over the “winter”, they still are not cooperative in Florida. It’s potted tulips for us.

The word tulip is derived from Turkish word(s) that translate to “turban” that the shape of the flower closely represents. It is believed that the cultivation of these flowers first began in the 10th century in Persia. The first tulips to be cultivated upon the shores of the United States is thought to have happened in Salem, MA in the 1840s near Spring Pond.

Today, over 3 BILLION bulbs are annually produced for export from the Netherlands.

Since we have been speaking of great, colorful eye candy, here is some more for you. Buy any one of these beauties for Mom. She would really like it if you bought her ALL of them!

Pink with White Flower Medallions Dog Bandana


Hand Knit Fabulous Four Corner Flower Cotton Picture Dish Cloth


Red And Black Crystal Earrings

The Singing Beader 

The Scarlet Bugler Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Siam Tulip Flower Earrings w Jonquil Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Heart Bead Lampwork Coral Orange Glass Ivory Band Silver Focal 20mm

Covergirl Beads 

Red Heart Stud Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Red and White Flowers Lace Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Red Flower Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Red Earrings for Women Earrings With Diamonds

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Red Charm Bracelet


Red Flower Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Czech Ruby Travertine and Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings


Hope that you enjoyed these gorgeous creations. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact any of the above artists, and I am sure that they will be more than happy to create something just for you.

If you want to see more, here are some more links:

Week 1

Enjoy, and share this blog post and all of these handmade items with your friends and family! We handmade artists always appreciate a good share. Smile 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Birdbaths and Car Art

Volume 15 Issue 3, March 2018

What's New in March?

Once again, it is time to start thinking about where I will be putting my flowers in the yard this spring. Some place where I and the birds can enjoy them. The bird feeder has been full of new birds this year, and I found out the other day that cedar waxwings were a resident of Florida at some point as they were feeding each other berries from one of my landscape plants.

My next adventure is to grab some mealworms and feed the meat eaters! I don’t know what will arrive when I set it out, but I am up for the adventure. My birdbath is a popular hangout with the robins, and they managed to splash and drink it dry one afternoon.

On the creative front, I am printing posters and rounding up art that can be converted into small designs like key chains and bracelets. My hot rods are now in magnet, key chain and poster form.

Here is an example of the robins’ day at the beach!


What’s New

Posters: I have been working diligently to get my posters together, and those that are not hot rods are soon to follow.

Charms: I decided not to keep all the charms to myself, and started offering them for sale in my shop. They are located under the bead section.

Magnets: New hummingbird and giraffe magnets join the lineup. Hot rod magnets are also available. Right now, I only have the Fords done.

You will find all of my beads, canes and finished jewelry on my website.

Until next month,


Things to Look Forward To:

New Products:

Cross Stitch Patterns: As many of you may have noticed, my cross stitch patterns are almost all loaded on the website. I have another 20 or so to add before I can start doing more designing.

Key rings: I am working on developing a ton of new key rings that will include my hot rods and National Park photos.

Coasters: Another new product is a line of drink coasters that go with my mugs. Still have not put them all together yet, but am working on it.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Big 30 Percent OFF Sale on Beads, Canes, Gifts and Jewelry


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I just want to make sure you don't miss a single thing that I have added to my website! beads and polymer clay canes
Big 30% OFF Sale

Grab your shopping cart and hit the aisles of beads, jewelry, canes and other goodies like thimbles, magnets and waterslide decals.

Use coupon code:


and get 30% off your order before shipping. No minimum, but it does expire on the 28th of February, so shop now. PLUS! I have a lot of one of a kind pieces that are first come, first serve, so if you have had your eye on some of my beads, get them now. This discount is not available on my patterns, books or any of the print items like mugs, posters or pillows.

Here are some of the awesome things included in the sale:

New 2018 Mother's Day thimble

Set of 4 Giraffe Magnets - set in metal bezels with strong heavy-duty magnets

Set of 6 Colorful Hummingbird magnets also set in bezels with heavy-duty magnets attached.

You love the beads, and here are some of my newest beads:

And more beads here. 


Ready to Give Gifts

It's time to start thinking about Mother's Day, so I have compiled a few gift ideas for you.

From handmade collectible thimbles:

To Charm Bracelets:

and Beaded Necklaces

You'll find all types of gift ideas for those on your gift list.
Use the coupon code Feb2018 for 30% off on anything on the site, including sale items.

Remember! Shipping is one price for all the goodies you can stuff in your basket AND domestic orders over $50 ship FREE!

Just a note:
For those who follow my Mother's Day Countdowns on my blog, 2018 will begin on March 09, 2018 and run for nine weeks. I will TRY to do biweekly newsletters to let you see all the wonderful Mom gifts all of my handmade friends have created, but if I do not, the posts will be posted on my blog:

Now, go shopping before someone buys up all the beads! :)


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