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Friday, October 28, 2011

Five Spooktacular Halloween Crafts - Five on Friday

Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is observed on October 31.  Activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, watching horror movies, and telling scary stories are commonly associated with Halloween.

Historically Halloween is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in). The name of the festival historically by the Celts in the British Isles is derived from Old Irish and means "summer's end".

The word Halloween was first used in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Eve ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.

Here are 5 Halloween crafts for this week's five on Friday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Sound of White - Meaning and Symbolism of the Color White

First of all, is white considered a color?

Well, that will depend on whom you ask. If you ask a scientist, you will likely be told that while black is the absence of light or color, white is considered to be the presence of all colors. However, if you were to ask an artist, you may be told the reverse: white is the absence of color, black is all colors.

Regardless of the debate between science and art, white is often thought to symbolize purity, cleanliness, neutrality and innocence. Culturally, in most Western countries, white is the color commonly chosen for bridal gowns. In the East, it's the color for mourning and funerals. White is often associated with hospitals, doctors, nurses, and dentists. Angels are typically depicted as wearing white. In many cultures white represents openness and truth. White has an inherent cold quality.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Five Beautiful Carved Burl Wood

Five on Friday today is...Burl wood!

Burl wood is a type of fast growing, abnormal growth found on some trees. Burl wood grows because the tree has experienced some sort of environmental stress or damage. This is often caused by either a fungal attack or an attack by insects. In order to celebrate this wonderfully beautiful and unique wood here are 5 things made from burl wood for Five on Friday.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Five of the Biggest and Best Craft Fairs in the World

It's Five on Friday ..  this week, let's look at some of the biggest and best craft fairs in the world.
Have you been to any of these? Plan to attend? Leave us comments and let us know!!

If you don't see the links, look for the 'Read More' link....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

See You Tomorrow - at the Canton Market!

"With a lilt of Irish laughter." OOAK Pendant.
We've been so busy this week making final preparations for the Canton Market that there simply has been no time for writing a blog post. (Well, at least not one that would have been worth reading. I'd probably have started adding to my list of things to do in the middle of it!).  So, this message, while technically it is a blog post, it's not really our usual type of blog entry - as you would have realized.

If you're in the Jackson, MS area we hope you will come and see us at the Canton Market tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 13, 2011) in Canton, MS.  Our booth is #26 located at the Old Jail Museum grounds on East Fulton Street. We are on the East side, facing the cemetery. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Five Interesting and Unusual Hand Crafted Leather Items - it's Five on Friday!

Leather has been used by man for centuries. Pieces of leather dating from 1300 B.C. have been found in Egypt. Primitive societies in Europe, Asia and North America all developed methods and use of leather goods independently of one another. The Greeks were using leather garments as far back as about 1200 B.C., and the use of leather later spread throughout the Roman Empire. In Middle Ages, the Chinese also were using leather. The Indians of North America had developed skills in working with leather before the coming of the white man.  I'm sure you are used to seeing many items created with leather.  Quite common are clothes, shoes, bags, belts and the like.  Today's Five on Friday shows you five interesting and unusual hand crafted leather items.

If you don't see the information below, look for the "Read More" link!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Methods for Polishing Jewelry

If you have worked with, or own, metal jewelry for any length of time, you will eventually need to restore the shine it had when it was new. I will be providing just a few methods for helping to restore that wonderful shine.


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