Friday, September 22, 2017

Countdown to Christmas 2017 Week 2

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

O’ Holy Night

In 1847  Adolphe Adam composed this carol to the words of Placide Cappeau’s Minuit, chrétiens, which translates to Midnight, Christians.
This poem had been penned to celebrate the renovation of the church organ in Roquemaure. It is interesting to note that Cappeau did this as a commission work and was not the least bit interested in religion or Christmas.
It was relatively shortly after the work was written that Adam wrote the music, and it was performed in the Roquemaure church by a local opera singer.
John Dwight, a Unitarian minister eventually took the text and translated it, composed it and arranged it to become the familiar tune we know today. It was written in two different English versions.
The words were written to reflect the birth of Christ and the redemption of man.
This is John Dwight’s version:

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.




Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.




He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.




Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
Enjoy this classic from a very talented artist!

Speaking of talented artists, let’s take a look at what our very own talented artists have to offer for us this year when it comes to getting stocking stuffers and other gifts for friends and family.

Snowman Christmas Cards with Season’s Greetings Phrase

Adore by Nat 

Cream Pearl Red Heart Charm Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels

Christmas Red Bronze Clear Swarovski Pewter Bow Women's Earrings

LadyGreenEyesJewelry 

Red Bead Bracelet For Her

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Coiled Rope Hot Mat For Your Table

Wyvern Designs 

Laser Wood Maple Leaf Pendant

The Singing Beader 

Ruby Red Apple On Black And White Art Print

Colleen Cornelius

BACKWOODS CAMPING SCENE WITH CAMPFIRE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

Kevs Krafts 

Crocheted Newborn Hat Baby Girl Beanie

Magdalene Knits

Christmas Snowman Thimble

Blue Morning Expressions 

Red Berry Beads Handmade Lampwork Glass Berries Half Hole 432bb

Covergirl Beads 

Jingle Bells Red and Gold Swirls Pet Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

SewAmazin 

Red Dangle Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry

Red Green and Gold Holiday Beadwoven Superduo Cuff Handmade Bracelet

KatsAllThat 

Rare Bloodwood Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings

ExoticWoodJewelryAnd 

Hanging Pot Holder and Basket Set in Red and White Cottons

RSSDesignsInFiber

Red Glass Earrings

PrettyGonzo

Bat Mitzvah Kippah Kippot Headcovering Chapel Cap

lindab142 

Cranberry Quartz, Swarovski Pearl Beaded Bracelet

Crafting Memories

Red Sherpa Bead and Pearl Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs

Ruby Red Faceted Glass Heart Charm Sterling Earrings

Diane’s Dangles

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
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Enjoy!
Julie


Friday, September 15, 2017

Countdown to Christmas 2017 Week 1


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Skipped a Month and Studied American History

Volume 14 Issue 9, September 2017

What's New in September?

Blu and I have been doing this since August of 2004, and every month, like clockwork, I put out a monthly newsletter. Except last month. I don’t know whether the vacation I took in July fried my little brain or what happened, but I forgot!

I took my first trip to New Jersey to see family in July and then spent a few days wandering back home. I stopped at places like Williamsburg, Jamestown and York Town, and I spent an afternoon on tour at Civil War sites. I have been watching TURN, Washington’s Spies since it started, and I thought I would go and see some of the places they shot the show from. My sister took me to Revolutionary sites in NJ and I saw the Statue of Liberty. All in all, I had a fascinating July, and utterly forgot what I was doing when I got home.

I took a lot of photos, but most are just snapshots of a trip. However, I saw some beautiful scenery as I drove through Virginia. What a gorgeous state. I even saw the NSA, Quantico and D.C. rush hour traffic. Truly frightening.

This is General George Washington's church pew in Williamsburg. This is the Bruton Parish Church that has been in service since 1660. It was a fascinating thought to be where Washington, Jefferson and Henry worshipped. I included a link, in case you are interested.

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Bracelets: I have gone charm bracelet crazy with the production of a handful of holiday themed charm bracelets. So far, I have Halloween and Christmas, but there are more on the bead board.

Key rings: Since I started, I have had key rings on my To Do list. Well, I got one done! There are many more that will go in my Amazon store.

Thimbles: Starting Christmas 2017 thimbles now.

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.

Tote Bags: These are all around prints, so that means that my patterns can completely cover the bag. My supplier is also doing t-shirts, but I have not designed for them yet.

Print Pieces: I am working on canvases and posters. I have been working on putting together the Scenes from a Car Show series into print.

PS – for those who follow along with our Countdowns to Christmas, this year, we will start on September 15 at noon EST.

Cane buyers! I have had to stop shipping canes as long as the weather is in the 90s. Things were getting baked. Until the temps drop a bit, I have to put the canes on hold. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Baby Birds and Hiking Trails

Volume 14 Issue 7, July 2017

What's New in July?

Wow, it’s getting hot out! In that, I am looking for some cool shade to be in when I am outside, and Blu is lounging on the front porch sharing his water dish with the brazen squirrels.

All of this has slowed down my flower planting, but I am enjoying massive blooms from the bush daisies and the black eyed susans we planted last month. The birds are frolicking in the bird bath when Blu isn’t trying to drink out of it or the squirrels aren’t using it as their own backyard pool.

With all of the heat, I watch the yard through my window more than I play in it. From my window, I can see a lot of interesting characters wandering through. Like these guys:

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Baby wrens wadded up into a mess in the fork of a tree waiting on mom to come and feed them bugs. See all five?

New this month:

Pillows: One of my suppliers just offered up a new array of STUFFED pillows for me to create from, and now, I am offering a ton of beach themed home décor in my shop. They also offer matching shower curtains and towels, so those are in limited supply at the moment as I create more patterns.

Travel Book: I published my first book in a series of travel books. It is now available on Amazon and features a tour of Yosemite.

Thimbles: Giraffes and flamingoes are the theme for this month!

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:

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

Tote Bags: These are all around prints, so that means that my patterns can completely cover the bag. My supplier is also doing t-shirts, but I have not designed for them yet.

Print Pieces: I am working on canvases and posters. I have been working on putting together the Scenes from a Car Show series into print.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Peacocks and Tropical Print Pillows

Volume 14 Issue 6, June 2017

What's New in June?

It’s summer. With that comes a lot of new flowers and other colorful additions to our front yard. We just dropped in several black eyed susan plants to brighten up a newly cleared corner of the front yard. We get assaulted regularly by pepper trees that are noxious weeds the size of redwoods, and once that weed was chopped down, there was a sunny space for some more flowers.

I put in two flower boxes in the center of the yard with annuals that added more color to the birdfeeder and bath area, and now, our resident bunny comes and sits in the front yard.

All of these pretty colors have made me miss bead making. It’s been a few months since I have sat down and made beads, so I am planning on just going crazy one of these days and making a lot of new beads. I have had a lot of other projects that have kept me from creating, and now they are done, so I have some more time. Look for more beads.

While you look, check out the colorful creations that wandered through my yard one morning. There were four of them; one was pearly white.

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Hot Rod Mugs: Father’s Day is here, and if you have a gearhead guy, I got a mug for him. I currently have over two dozen hot rod mugs that feature everything from 1932 Fords to the GTO of the 60s with a lot of different cars ready to go soon.

Pillows: One of my suppliers just offered up a new array of STUFFED pillows for me to create from, and now, I am offering a ton of beach themed home décor in my shop. They also offer matching shower curtains and towels, so those are in limited supply at the moment as I create more patterns.

Beads: I am working on some new beads, so watch for them this month.

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.

Shower curtains: My supplier is introducing a new product line that I am working on creating designs for.

Print Pieces: I am working on canvases and posters. I have been working on putting together the Scenes from a Car Show series into print.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

She Was Born in September

 

Another Month of Change

This ninth month of the year ushers in the autumn in the north and the spring in the south. The autumnal equinox and the vernal equinox open the doors for the new seasons. September means seven, and originally, this was the seventh month in the Roman calendar. While the calendar changed, September's name did not. Schools resume; leaves begin to fall; a crispness creeps into the air; and we see colors start to change in the leaves. Minor festivities happen in September, including Talk Like a Pirate Day on the nineteen. Ar, could they come up with no other holiday?

The Personality:

Careful, cautious and organized is she. She is quiet, but she can certainly speak well when she feels like it. She is calm, cool and very sympathetic. She is sensitive and detailed. She is perfect for the medical field. She is an intellectual with a critical eye for the most minute things. She is trustworthy and loyal. She works way too hard and long. She is a writer and a speaker. She loves the law. She is motivated. She is a master of research.

She is great with the sciences, mathematics, legal and medical professions. Her love of learning means that she is always striving to reach for more information. She has a great need for knowledge.

The sign:

Virgo and Libra: The virgin and the scales.

The Stone:

sept-sappThe sapphire shines brightly for the Mercury child. Insight and interpretation come easily to those born in September, and the sapphire reflects those gifts. It is said to help heal fevers and inflammations.

 

 

 

The Flower:

sept-asterThe aster blooms for the September babe. These flowers are the symbol of love, wisdom, faith and light. There are over 600 types of asters, and they come in a rainbow of colors. Their name means Star, and rumor has it that if you want to ward off dragons, plant asters in your garden.

The Color:

The joy of orange and the strength of red combine to make up the color of the September baby.

The Gifts:

Orange Owl Earrings

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Fall Maple and Oak Leaf Coasters in Filet Crochet - Set of 4

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Love is in the Air Valentine Hanging Hand Towel

HollyKnitterCreation

Orange Carnelian Soutache Dangle Women's Earrings

LadyGreenEyesJewelry 

Bicycle Necklace Bike Locket Charm Necklace Victorian Style

Treasures of Jewels 

Autumn Gemstone Earrings

LinorStore 

Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam

Christie Cottage 

Woofs Up Dog Lovers Trifold Fabric Wallet

SewAmazin 

Wood Mom Rules Word-art And Heart Decor Shelf Sitter

Kevs Krafts 

Handmade Polymer Clay Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Movie Night Sticker Labels

AdorebyNat 

Red and Yellow Calsilica with Scarlet Crystal 20 inch Necklace

KatsAllThat 

Rare, Red Mallee Burl Exotic Wood Earrings

ExoticWoodJewelryAnd

Glossy Tangerine Sparkle Lampwork Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Orange Statement Necklace

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Red Orange Gold linked Anklet

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Beaded Flat Spiral Bracelet

CraftingMemories1

 

Red Flower Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Red Carnelian Agate Black Onyx Large Bold Gemstone Beaded Necklace

Dianes Dangles 

Red Sugar Skull Earrings,

Pretty Gonzo 

Don’t see what you want here, then ask someone to make something just for your mom.


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Happy shopping!
Julie and Blu