Friday, March 15, 2013

What do you know About St. Patty's Day?

Did you know: Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day? 
 In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general.

Did you know: Blue was the actual color of St. Pat's and not green?

Did you know: Irish music was outlawed by Queen Elizabeth I? 
During her reign she decreed that all pipers and artists were to be hanged on the spot.

Did you know: The shamrock was a sacred plant in Ireland? 
It symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.

~~Enjoy some Irish finds from Etsy!~~

Irish Flag Colors & Shamrock Crocheted Mug Cozy 

Item: Irish Flag Colors & Shamrock Crocheted Mug Cozy with Repurposed Button
Made from: 100% cotton yarn, repurposed plastic button
Fits: Average-sized mug

This adorable mug cozy was hand crocheted from green, white and orange yarn. Use this to keep your mug and hands cozy or give to a friend or special someone to show you care!

Celtic Knots Pendant
A stylish and fun little pendant - Traditional Irish / Celtic knots decoupaged inside a silver tone bottle cap, then covered with clear resin. This is hung on black organza ribbon with a silver tone barrel bead and silver plated lobster clasp.

A lovely gift for an Irish friend - or wear for St. Patrick's day. 
Pendant will be sent in a pretty organza drawstring gift bag.

Wedding Guest Book Wood Personalized Irish Claddagh Design

This original design book is made of fir and finished with polyurethane. Each book is done free handed, so no 2 will ever be alike. All writing and the design are wood burned and tinted. It measures approx. 11 3/4" x 9". The couples names and wedding date will be burned above the crown.
This is my own design of a claddaugh, using a bride and a grooms arms. The trinity knot is joining the 2 together at the top.

Other designs can be made to match your wedding theme and or colors.

This is NOT a bound book. It is held with binder rings. There are approximately 25 pages of ivory paper included. You can change out the rings for larger ones for a larger book.

Large Soy Candle, 36 ounces Irish Moss, Three Wick

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like an Irish Moss Bowl Candle. The Basket weave design on this white bowl is so pretty and the delicate clovers bring just that brightness of color to make it festive. You choose whether you want the 36 ounces of soy wax to be green or white. 

With the three wicks you'll enjoy hours and hours of beautiful glow and burn time.

Soy wax is a natural product and burns much cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin.

I've used hemp wicks in this candle design. You'll be very pleased with their performance when you trim the wicks before lighting every time. If you burn this candle for longer than 3 hours at a time you may wish to blow them out, trim the wicks and relight for a prettier flame.

Olive Jade and Celtic Heart Ring

This ring is made with a 25mm olive jade stone, with an even guacamole green color throughout the stone. It's topped with a Celtic knot button that is cast in a heart shape and accented with an oxidized finish that shows off the detail. The ring has a wide band that adjusts at the top for a comfortable fit. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring is About to Spring!

I just got back from a wonderful vacation where it is always warm.  There are flowers everywhere and that is what inspired me to share these finds with you.  It won't be long before we all are seeing lovely flowers peaking out!

Wedding Seed Packet - Customized - Favor

Add a unique and memorable touch to your wedding or party with these personalized wildflower seed packets. Each one is and printed in my original artwork, hand cut, and assembled. 

Seed packets will be printed in "Agnes" font with your event name or wedding information. If you wish, you may request a font of your choice and I will let you know if I can accommodate your request. The back of the seed packet can either be printed with the back shown or with your own personal scripture or quote.

Each seed packet is $1.75 and measures approximately 3" X 3 3/4" and contains roughly 1 Tablespoon of wildflower seeds. 

Macro Gerbera printable photograph 

This macro gerbera print looks striking in shocking pink with a contrasting black background. It will look even more striking framed on your wall or perhaps you know a gerbera lover that would appreciate this as a gift! This printable is available in other sizes - choose from the drop down menu to the right.
This downloadable print will be emailed to you upon purchase. Print yourself or take to your favorite photo lab, frame and display! 

Decorative Throw Pillow Cover

Why just frame your art, when you can order a colorful art pillow! This 20" x 20" throw pillow cover is made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric for durability. Green and white grid print is featured on both sides, and cover is finished with a concealed zipper for easy removal. 

Note: If you'd like to purchase both pillow cover and faux down pillow insert or would like to order a different size, please convo me with your request. Also, f you see art in my shop that you'd like made into a pillow, contact me. I'm happy to create something especially for you at no extra cost.

Set of 4 Pink and Pearl Flower Bobby Pins

This Beautiful Set of 4 Pink and Pearl Flower Bobby Pins is fun for all ages. Curly or straight, in a side pin back, just use one or two pins. Or cluster them all. Add them to an up do and they would make a beautiful accessory for bridesmaids and flower girls.

These flowers are assembled on a familiar bobby pin with a small piece of felt, a pearl makes a wonderful center of these pretty little petals.

Tiny Little Flowers Kitten Collar

This listing is for one kitten collar. 

The cat collar fits a cat neck size 5-7 inches and is approximately 1/2 inch wide.

No designer price tag here for any of my cat collars. They are made with 100% cotton fabric so they can be hand-washed if it gets dirty. The clasp is quick release so it is safe for your kitty.

Pink Princess Orchid Lei Vintage Lucite Flowers on Brass chain 

This necklace reminds me of the lei's I received upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport. It's fun, it's festive with stunning, bright vintage lucite flowers arranged on brass components. Each antiqued brass component was hand painted using Ranger/Tim Holtz' Adirondack alcohol inks in wild plum, sealed with Renaissance Wax and then linked to brass chain. Each flower has a Czech glass three petal flower and a 6mm Swarvoski crystal in it's center. Necklace is finished with a Vintaj brass jump ring and brass lobster clasp.

Happy Scrappy Coasters (Set of 4)

Add some color to your home with these fun handmade coasters! These feature aqua, red, white, green, and pink. The bright colors are sure to add a fun style to any room of your home! Buy a set for you or give a set to a friend! :)

These are made from 100% cotton and measure approx. 4.5" x 4.5". They are lined with felt to help prevent leaks.

Double-Strand Beaded Necklace with Ceramic Flower Pendant

Bright and colorful and just in time for spring!

Measuring approx. 16-1/2" long with a 2-1/4" extender chain, this necklace features a light aqua blue square ceramic pendant with a flower outlined in white. It hangs from two strands of beads--one strand with only blue/white bead chips, one strand with the same beads along with some small silver beads at regular intervals. It is finished with a silver-toned lobster claw clasp, and the extender chain has one small silver bead dangling at the end.

This necklace is one-of-a-kind, and cannot be duplicated in my craft studio.