Monday, December 28, 2009

Partial Eclipse & Blue Moon on New Year's

On this New Year's Eve there will be a Blue Moon (the second full moon of December) and a partial Eclipse (visible in most of Europe, Africa and Asia).

Approximately every six months we have a Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse is when the shadow of the Moon travels across the surface of the Earth. It will only occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are lined up with the Earth in the middle, and the Moon is on the far side of the Earth from the Sun: when there is a Full Moon.

There were 41 Blue Moons in the twentieth century and there was one of only four during an eclipse. So enjoy this very rare occasion while ringing in the new year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year for us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Which at first sounds like a bad thing, but when you think about it ... it is a good thing! Every day from now until Summer Solstice will be longer! More daylight to get things done; like stringing, beading and wire-work which for me go faster with natural light :)

As you can see last winter was a bit rough here in the Pacific Northwest! We rarely get snow and last year it stuck around for several weeks. Making every day tasks (like driving) quite difficult.

Many of our current holiday traditions center around the winter solstice. Midwinter festivals and celebrations occurring on the longest night of the year, often calling for evergreens, bright illumination, large ongoing fires, feasting, communion with close ones, and evening physical exertion by dancing and singing are examples of cultural winter therapies that have evolved as traditions since the beginnings of civilization.

Christian churches recognized folk elements of the festival in various cultures within the past several hundred years, allowing much of the folklore and traditions of local pagan festivals to be appropriated.

The winter solstice may have been immensely important because communities were not certain of living through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months. Starvation was common in winter between January and April, also known as the famine months. In temperate climates, the midwinter festival was the last feast celebration, before deep winter began. Most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter, so it was almost the only time of year when a supply of fresh meat was available. The majority of wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking at this time. The concentration of the observances were not always on the day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the beginning of the pre-Romanized day, which falls on the previous eve.

Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Deals

12 Days of Christmas Deals at

SilverRoseBeads is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with 12 days of sales! Check back daily for the featured items and promo codes.

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  • Sale begins at 12:01AM on date stated & ends at 11:59PM on the same date. (all times are Eastern Standard Time)

December 14 - 35% off Amethyst (promo code: 35Amethyst)

December 15 - 35% off Diamonds (promo code: 35Diamond)

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2009 Holiday Shipping Cut Off Dates

Want it delivered by December 25?

Find shipping and mailing deadlines for your domestic & international cards and packages here.

Payment Cut-Off Date Mail Class
December 22 Domestic Express Mail
December 20 Domestic Priority or 1st class
December 16 International Express Mail
December 10 International Priority or 1st class Mail

Monday, December 7, 2009

How to create a shimmering Diamond Necklace

These amazing diamonds are a beautiful platinum lavender-pink and shimmer with life! I accented them with a natural lavender-pink pearl, sterling silver stardust beads & locking clasp. This project is very simple but can take quite a bit of time as you must string the diamond beads carefully! These diamond beads have very sharp holes and we strung them on 0.10" nylon coated stainless steel beading wire, but on the first attempt they did cut through the wire.
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Up to 50% off Indigo Blue Beads
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  • Sale begins December 7 and ends December 8 at 11:59PM Eastern (GMT-4:00)
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