Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cloth Paper Scissors 2012 Calendar

This years Cloth Paper Scissors 2012 Calendar is a beauty...don't miss it! They asked readers to create a piece of mixed-media art inspired by their home sweet home, their neighborhood, the street they lived on, or where they wished they lived-whatever mixed-media vision came to mind with the phrase "On the street where you live".
My friend Cynthia Dubbers piece "The White House" was chosen for the month of December. She is a wonderful mixed-media artist. Her blog "Crimson Heart Studios" is a treasure! Check it out here and give her a follow. She's also doing a giveaway of a fabulous Journal...don't miss out!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

December's Birthstone is Turquoise

Probably one of the most recognized semiprecious gemstones is existence, Turquoise has been popular since prehistoric times. It occurs naturally in shades ranging from sky blue to grey-green.
Turquoise means "Stone of Turkey". Although Turquoise doesn't actually originate in Turkey, it earned its name because it was traded in Turkish bazaars.
Throughout history, Turquoise has been thought to protect and bring good fortune to those who wear it. The color is even used in hospitals to evoke a calming effect on patients who suffer from anxiety or depression. December could not ask for a birthstone with greater heritage and meaning.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage Garland Tutorial and Giveaway by Crimson Heart Studios

Crimson Heart Studios has one of the most wonderful blogs. It's so full of color and fabulous works of art. Cindy Dubbers is a fabulous mixed media artist and dear friend. Check out her lastest post and giveaway here for a beautiful vintage garland. Be sure to follow her blog because you won't want to miss any future posts!!

Aquamarine Means "Sea Water"

Aquamarine is a blue-green variety of the mineral Beryl. Aquamarine means "sea water" and amulets of this stone engraved with a depiction on Poseidon were believed to protect sailors. It is associated with cleansing, serenity, inspiration, tranquility, peace and strength. It calms fears and helps us get in touch with the nature spirits of the sea, as well as promoting safe travel on water. It is useful for someone seeking closure, as it offers emotional perspective. Aquamarine also is said to protect from perils of the sea, including seasickness.
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