Thursday, November 26, 2015

Original Advent wreath

Advent' is the Christian holy season that leads into Christmas. For most denominations of Christianity, it begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

The word comes from the Latin "adventus," which means "arrival," referring to the coming of the Messiah. While the season clearly deals with the anticipation of Jesus' birth, celebrated on Christmas, it also has certain connotations to the Second Coming, when the Messiah bring salvation and judgment.

Some spend the four weeks leading up to Christmas as a time for fasting, or at the very least a season of penitence. Church services during this season usually include purple vestments and tabernacle colors.

The Advent wreath is part of the long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreathes with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior.

You can buy a very nice Advent wreath or make it yourself. This time some different ideas, lets think out of the box and use things we have already at home.

Original Advent wreath

Original Advent wreath

Original Advent wreath

Friday, November 20, 2015

Peppermint Creek Collective THANKSGIVING collection

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

 Peppermint Creek Collective designers and artists

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Crafts in Latvia

If you ask Latvians about traditional crafts you would receive answers that pottery, ceramics, textiles, wood processing, weaving are the most popular crafts in Latvia with centuries long history.
Before weddings each girl had to prepare dowry and only from the dory potential bridegroom could understood whether the proposed will be diligent, hardworking and handy in handicrafts.  Traditionally average brides’ dowry consists of tablecloths, shirts, ribbons, sheets, blankets, woollen shawls, skirts, gloves and other items needed in households’ everyday life.

Nowadays crafts are not as popular as in time when there were no shops and people made everything by themselves or asked professional craftsmen to produce one or another item. But there are still people in Latvia who are maintaining old skills and working in old way. They know how to make really longstanding product.

I am proud I am LATVIAN


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Edwardian Era in Fashion

Women's clothing during the early 1900s was extremely lavish and cumbersome and, most notably, characterized by the S-shaped figure. The constrictive corset of the decade was designed in 1900 by Mme. Gaches-Sarraute, who studied medicine and recognized the ill-effects of the 19th century corsets. Her new "Health Corset" removed pressure from the waist and diaphragm but resulted in thrusting the bosom forward and the hips back. Women waddled around in the disfiguring contraptions with long, heavy, frilled skirts and puffy, lacy blouses. In 1908, however, a new look for women, with tailored suits, blouses, and skirts, emerged.
gunadesign guna Andersone girl in red Edwardian Era in Fashion
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This image of a girl in red dress from some vintage fashion magazine I found in a flee market. It was in bad shape, but after some digital manipulations it got a new look. In my Society6 shop you can also find different items with this image.