Tuesday Treasure: Skulls!

Halloween is coming, so the skulls have come to Lizbeth’s Garden!

Yellow ones from the tropics (they’ll be back in the spring to celebrate Mardi Gras if no one gives them a home before then)

Tropical Sugar Skull Beaded Keyring

Purple ones and turquoise ones from the desert

Purple Sugar Skull Beaded Tassel KeyringSouthwest Blue Sugar Skull Beaded Keyring

And pink ones for the girly girl

Pink Sugar Skull Beaded Tassel KeyringAnd many, many more skulls in Lizbeth’s Garden — traditional black and white, blue, more colors and not just on keyrings — earrings and brooches, too!

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Merry Christmas for me & my family

I had a lovely Christmas. I hope all of you who celebrate did, too. If you didn’t, I am holding you in my thoughts.

For me, the true meaning of Christmas comes at the end of the Christmas Eve church service, when the lights are dimmed, and each person lights their candle from the person next to them. The whole sanctuary gradually fills with a lovely, flickering light, as the congregation sings softly of a magical night long ago and far away. In that moment, we are all one, one worshipful body of people, momentarily letting our cares and worries slip away. Then the music fades away, the candles are extinguished, and we all go out into the cold to go home and wait for the excitement of Christmas morning.

 

Memorial Day Weekend

English: Picture of graves decorated with flag...

English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope you are enjoying your three-day holiday. We have had rain here all day, but I like it, since I am not camping and I don’t want lots of wildfires soon. Stay safe this weekend, and as you enjoy your holiday, don’t forget the reason we have it. I am hoping to get to one of the flag-raisings planned in local cemeteries by veterans service organizations on Monday. We live in this great country with all our freedoms thanks to the soldiers who died for us — let’s remember to honor them on their day, Memorial Day.

Friday Feature: Earrings for my mother-in-law

‘Earrings for my Mother in Law’ by lizbethsgarden

All these earrings are ones I have chosen because I think my mother-in-law would like them. She is totally awesome and I am happy to honor her with a Mother’s Day treasury.Created for the DListers Team Treasury Challenge for April: Mother’s Day


Cobalt blue lampwor…

$21.00

Jennifer Earrings i…

$26.00

Disco Daydreams Cro…

$20.00

Handmade Enamel on …

$25.00

Southwest inspired …

$15.00

Silver and Aqua Bea…

$12.00

Bronze and Blue Top…

$20.00

Dragonfly Teal Earr…

$20.00

Gold Hoop Earrings

$36.00

Steampunk Earrings …

$14.99

Swallowtail Butterf…

$24.00

Knot earrings, Chai…

$10.00

Treble Clef Earring…

$9.60

Floral Jewelry, Spr…

$23.00

Tundra Post Earring…

$10.00

Celtic knot emerald…

$12.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

Decorating for Christmas: Hanging a Garland

I’ve been decorating for Christmas in bits and pieces, as I find the time. {The main thing holding me back is that all the Christmas items are in the very back of the crawl space.}

We kept our Happy Halloween garland up way too long (I won’t even tell you how long) and the space above the table seemed empty without it. A Christmas garland seemed like just the thing. I was going to go to Michaels and buy a premade garland, but then I found myself in the seasonal section at Target and saw the makings of my very own garland.

Red star tinsel (something like ten feet worth), giant candy cane ornaments (although I bought the small size, not the large) and metal snowflakes. Christmas garland, here we come!

Too many pushpins, and half an hour of getting up and down off the chair later, the garland was hung!

The extra tinsel became a lovely wreath for the hall, as seen in the photo at the beginning of the post.

{My apologies for the terrible lighting in the photos}

Sunday Service: Memorial Day

There was an article in the newspaper today about how Memorial Day is losing its significance for Americans, even as we fight two wars. It also mentioned, in passing, a cultural dislike of formal rituals and observances right now.

For myself, I don’t go to any local observances, particularly in the cemeteries, because I live away from where my people are buried, and I feel awkward attending a ceremony for people I do not know. I tend to think that ceremonies for the dead are best confined to those who knew them. What do you think about Memorial Day? Has it become just another shopping/picnic holiday, or does it retain its meaning? Tell me in the comments.

Losar Today

The Gompa being performed in Lachung during th...

Image via Wikipedia

Today is Losar, the first day of the Tibetan New Year celebrations!

From the Wikipedia article:

The Tibetan calendar is made up of twelve lunar months and Losar begins on the first day of the first month. In the monasteries, the celebrations for the Losar begin on the twenty-ninth day of the twelfth month. That is the day before the Tibetan New Year’s Eve. On that day the monasteries do a protector deities’ puja (a special kind of ritual) and begin preparations for the Losar celebrations. The custom that day is to make special noodle called guthuk. It is made of nine different ingredients including dried cheese and various grains. Also, dough balls are given out with various ingredients hidden in them such as chilies, salt, wool, rice and coal. The ingredients one finds hidden in one’s dough ball are supposed to be a lighthearted comment on one’s character. If a person finds chilies in their dough, it means they are talkative. If white-colored ingredients like salt, wool or rice are inside the dough it is considered a good sign. If a person finds coal in the dough it has much the same meaning as finding coal in one’s Christmas stocking; it means you have a “black heart”.

 

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