So very niiice!..... Hope everyone is taking some time to relax and enjoy!
Stop by Emily Henderson to view all the other awesomely creative miniatures. Thank you, Emily - such Fun!
IT is upon us... Fretting about how much to do in how little time. I am the first one to make the list and begin the search for those perfect gifts at quite the frenetic pace. It all becomes a whirlwind of activity for that one day in the not too distant future. The mutter to myself "Is this enjoyable?" is reflected on the faces and echoed in the voices of fellow shoppers. Yet if we just slow down to reflect on the real meaning of the season, IT speaks to us when we:
Celebrate the joy of love
Feel the hope for peace
Acknowledge the spirit by opening our hearts to the world
The only nod to gifts is the giving of yourself. Happy Holidays with contentment to all!
Utilitarian... it has such a nice ring to it, don't you agree? I especially love the items in my kitchen that have been passed down through the ages without loss of practicality and... utility! These lovely pieces represent the best of design and invention at a time when low tech meant no tech. And, they bring a certain ease and beauty into kitchen-works. From red handled bakelite choppers and servers to rippled glass storage jars and hand decorated salt boxes, vintage kitchenware still charms us with its pleasing simplicity and usefulness. Made in America - with pride. Happy cooking!
Vintage Kitchenware available for sale here
All-Hallows-Eve harkens back 2000 years to Celtic festivals commemorating the end of summer harvests. These festivities, celebrated on the November 1st New Year of Samhain (pronounced sow-en) were replete with celebratory offerings of food and drink to the spirits. It was believed the night before the New Year - October 31st - allowed both bad and good spirits from the dead to mingle amongst the living. Celts dressed in outlandish costumes - known as guising - and roamed the community begging for food while hoping to scare away the evil spirits. Hallowed out turnips were used as lights to guide these 'guisers' through the darkness and bonfires were lit to honor Pagan gods. Faeries were said to be present during Samhain protecting these beggars from the evil spirits. It was believed that people who gave food to the beggars were rewarded; those that did not were punished.
Over the next several hundred years, Christianity's influence replaced the Pagan rituals of All Hallowmas, with All Saints Day as a church designated holiday. All Souls Day / All Saints Day was celebrated in England by going 'a-souling' door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the dead. Halloween was not celebrated by the early settlers of the United States as they were Protestant and as such did not believe in saints. It was the Irish immigrants during the mid 1800's that brought the custom of making Jack-o'Lanterns from pumpkins and the tradition of Trick-or-Treating as we know it today. Happy Halloween! Trick-or-Treat!
Kindness becomes its own motive. We are made kind by becoming kind.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American Social Writer
Kindness seems to be the word of the week for me. It has popped up - in conversation, during a book discussion, and in the news; significantly enough as to not be a coincidence. So what does it mean to Be Kind? Here is my short list:
There is so much more to Being Kind.... As psychologists tell us real kindness changes people.
What does Being Kind mean to you?
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'Take ye a cuppe o' kindnesse
For auld lang syne'
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Winners will be announced after a random drawing of names by the end Monday, 31 October. Good Luck!
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