Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Bells Galore!

This has been the summer of weddings, none of which I have been able to go to.  So here's a whoop and hallar for the new Jenny Heglund, Lindsay Swan, and the future Sarah Mcdonald and Allison Molitor!

I certainly have been busy lately.  I've been working on some jewelry for a couple of weddings that are coming up.  My cousin Sarah and her boyfriend Zach, and my good friends Allison and Anthony are all tying the knot in October.  Living so far away and being broke means that I will have to miss both weddings but I'm sure that they will have a wonderful time.

I also got in a 'little' shipment of pearl supplies thanks to my mom owing me for a bit of jewelry that I made her.  They are quickly becoming beautiful pieces and I will share a few pics next week.  Meanwhile I've been working at one job, searching for a second job, and just trying to keep my sanity in tact with jobs in general.

The good news is that I'm also back to editing my books and I'm trying to get in the habit of updating my blog again.  I really missed this over the past few months and I have some great new ideas that will start up this week.  I hope that everyone is having a great fall!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Like They Used to...The Brothers Grimm

For they had ready red-hot iron shoes, in which she had to dance until she fell down dead.

Amputated toes, pecked out eyes, entrails on the floor, and torture that even Dick Cheney would have disapproved of.  If you think that all fairy tales were intended to be pleasant then you must have skipped over these ones.  The brother's Grimm were a twisted pair and it is no wonder that their ingenous tales have been dumbed down through the centuries into the Disney fair that they are now.  Don't get me wrong, I still love Disney movies but you have to read the originals to truly appreciate what those two German brothers did.

Let's not argue over who had the first Cinderella story.  Egypt, China, Greece, France, all claim to have told the original version 2000 to 3000 years ago.  What it really comes down to is that by the early 1800s Cinderella and many other fables had spread to Germany where they were collected by the Grimm's brothers and turned into a series of short stories.  Most were meant to impart morals or warnings for not being good.

One interesting thing of about the Grimm's tales is that even when they were published they were seen as being too gritty and raw for children, which is who they were marketed to back then.  In fact before they were released the second time the brothers were told to go back through their stories and change all of the evil mothers into evil step-mothers to somewhat lesson the shock of how they treated their daughters.  That is why there is no one like them around now.  I'd love to see someone create this gore and have the gall to market it to children!

Not all 210 fables are worth reading, some are repetitive and others don't seem to make much sense.  However if you have a stout stomach and perhaps a bit of a macabre sense of humor I fully suggest finding a copy of the Grimms Fairy Tales that hasn't been 'translated' into something for little kids.  How to tell?  Look up the last few lines of Snow White and search for some version of the phrase at the top of the blog.  If instead you see 'happily ever after' then you know you have the wrong book!

Next Time: The German-Irishman who has stolen my heart...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Finally, FALL!

No, my area doesn't look like this, yet!
Early fall has started to sweep into my life.  This is part of why I wanted to move to Maine, I wanted to try out their famous fall weather.  What surprises me is how many of the locals are not only indifferent to the scenery but hate the fall season.  Those Mainers are officially dubbed as being crazy in my book!  But I'm a bit crazy as well and today you are welcome to come in and find out a bit about that side of me!  I am a woman filled with rituals and with fall being my favorite season it is overflowing with 'firsts' and fun little things that get me into the spirit.

The first official sign of Fall is when one tree, any tree decides to give it up overnight and change colors.  The darkening of a few leaves just won't do it for me.  I want something bold and dramatic.  Something that screams Fall every time that I walk by.  This started in college and is now one of my favorite traditions.  This year it was a little spindly tree, not that remarkable except for how early and quickly it turned from deep green to an almost blood red.  This happened over three weeks ago and the other trees in the area are just starting to catch up!

I love Woodwicks!
The second step is my candles.  I put away all of the Mango Breeze, Melon Madness, and bright summer scents.  Then comes out the wonderful smokey and dark fall candles.  Cider is always a favorite but other scents include Bonfire, Gingerbread, and almost anything with Cinnamon or Nutmeg.

Next I like to set out my handmade gloves, hats, scarves and coats.  I've always known that I'm not a 'shoes' kind of girl.  I usually buy one or two pairs a year and only if my sneakers and hiking shoes from last year have given out.  What I am instead, is a coat girl!  I own at least 5 coats, multiple sweatshirts, and more jackets than pairs of pants!  Now is the time to dust them off and pray for those crisp autumn days.

Then there are the cocoas, ciders, wassil, and hot tea drinks!
That apple tasted even better than it looks!
Maine has added a few more exciting things to do.  Apple picking, corn mazes, and leaf peeping (sounds dirty huh?).

Now you can understand why I love seeing that first tree change colors!

What about you guys?  Do you dread this season as the death of the trees and the first sign of winter or do you pack on the mittens and go hiking for that first fall tree?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wire Willow Part 2

My newest Wire Willow Designs from my Etsy store!