Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Handmade items for Gifting

With Christmas only 86! days away, now is the time to think about those handmade gifts for family and friends. I love finding that special something for someone! This week I found a charming website: Casual Cottage with cozy gifts with lots of feminine touches. The travel tissue holder above is just one example of the lovely items Marilyn hand-crafts. Get to know her better on her blog: Cottage Reflections

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Winner! Shelley of I'm Still Standing

The winner of our 1st blog giveaway is:

Shelley!



Thanks for following us & letting us know what you think of our blogs with your comments.
Shelley, please email me at silverrosebeads@gmail.com with your mailing address, so I can send you the Dove Peace pendant.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bats - Spooky or Lucky?

With Halloween around the corner, I decided to take a closer look at bats and their many different meanings around the world. Here is what I have found:
In Western Culture, the bat is often a symbol of the night and its foreboding nature. The bat is a primary animal associated with fictional characters of the night, both villains like Dracula and heroes like Batman. Among some Native Americans, such as the Creek, Cherokee and Apache, the bat is a trickster spirit. Chinese lore claims the bat is a symbol of longevity and happiness, and is similarly lucky in Poland and geographical Macedonia and among the Kwakiutl and Arabs. ~Wiki
Bats are sensitive creatures. They use echolocation to navigate & find or hunt for food. The majority of bats are insectivorous, feeding on small insects such as the mosquito.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Day of Autumn

Ah ... the changing of the leaves, the cool crisp air, the 'sun-showers' in the Pacific Northwest all signal that Fall is here! Time to cozy up with the family & get ready for the upcoming holidays :)



Now is the time when I try to think of gifts for my family & friends. Something special that suits them and their interests. Jewelry is always a go to gift for me. With all the carved beads, different gemstones, pearls & shell beads there is so much to make!

I like giving handmade items best & I stumbled across Jamie of Destination Handmade on Etsy. Her shop is full of wonderful handmade items like totes, change purses & business card holders! Get to know her better by reading her blog: Destination Handmade Blog.



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Monday, September 21, 2009

International Day of Peace

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The International Day of Peace occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. ~Wiki

To celebrate International Day of Peace, I have decided to give away one Dove pendant. I created the Dove pendant to honor the need for peace in all areas of our lives. Please see the video above for details on how it was created. There are two ways to enter the give away contest:

1. Follow SilverRoseBlogs (every follower = one entry)

2. Comment on one of our Blog entries (every comment = one entry)

The winner will be randomly selected from the entries on September 27th & will be announced on Monday September 28th.



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*No promo code needed

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*Website only, eBay items excluded

*Sale begins Sept 21 and ends Sept 24 at 11:59PM Eastern (GMT -4:00)

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Healthy Living - Visual Treats

While attempting a healthier lifestyle, we here at SilverRoseBeads have realized that sometimes the best treats are visual!



If you are planning a diet or a change in lifestyle, it can be hard to think of a reward. In the past, I have rewarded myself with special treats of the edible variety. This of course lead to an unhealthy way of life. But now with each milestone reached: pounds lost, weekly exercise goal, new dress size; I try to find something delicious for my eyes :) Beads are a ready treat! Making myself something special to remember the milestone serves the purpose of a reward and reminds me when I see it of all my hard work so far!

Another great treat is handmade soap! See Robin's handmade soaps here: Sweet Little Memories. These soaps smell & look so tasty! Robin is a very talented lady!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Birthstones: Sapphire, Peridot, Agate & Moonstone




September Birthstones: Sapphire, Peridot, Agate & Moonstone


The traditional birthstones for September are Sapphire & Peridot. The modern birthstone for September is Sapphire, the mythical birthstone is Agate and the Ayurvedic birthstone is Moonstone.

Sapphire is a member of the corundum family and can be any color except red or pinkish-orange. Red corundum are Rubies and pinkish-orange are padparadscha. Sapphire has a hardness of 9.0 on Mohs scale; second in hardness only to diamonds!

The cost of natural sapphire varies depending on their color, clarity, size, cut, and overall quality as well as geographic origin. Significant sapphire deposits are found in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, East Africa and in the United States at various locations (Gem Mountain) and in the Missouri River near Helena, Montana. Sapphire and rubies are often found together in the same area, but one gem is usually more abundant.

See our Sapphire, Peridot, Agate & Moonstone Beads and create a handmade gift for your favorite September Babe.

Speaking of handmade ... I have found some lovely handmade decoupage art. See Yana's art here: Dawanda or Artfire & read about her on her blog: Handmade by decoupage art.
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