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Monday, September 25, 2017

Co-hosting You're the Star Blog Hop Extra Week

Wow! an Extra week this month.  Can't wait to see what great posts you add to the linky party.
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Photography by Colleen On Fine Art America - Summer's End
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by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg
WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo ShopHoppingFeatured_zpsf9fab123.jpg
(All features were chosen from the August "You're the Star" blog hop)
Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Bread by A Fireman's Wife

God and Creation by Narrow-Minded Woman
God and Creation
Party Invitations by Howling At the Moon

Plumeria or Frangipani by Comfort Spring
If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
You're a STAR

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu - Mistletoe

Moonlit Night Scene of
Church Surrounded by
Wishbone Mistletoe 
Happy New Year
 Glückliches Neujahr
1913 Vintage Postcard
Found in Etsy Shop:
  Postcards In The Attic 
Continuing with our theme of Christmas flowers and plants our next tradition is Mistletoe.  I can remember as a very small child that when told the Christmas Tradition was to kiss under the mistletoe.  Well at that time I had already had enough of kissing aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. and the mere thought of this being a traditions was horrifying.  I can remember avoiding every doorway if possible and worrying about being caught.

Of course this wonderful Christmas tradition took on a different meaning as I grew in to my teen years.  The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe was adopted by Christians but originated within multiple myths and pagan rituals.
Russian Amazonite Gemstone Round Beaded Necklace Found
in Artfire shop: Dianes Dangles 
From Viking mythology, the story starts with Frigga, goddess of love, and mother to the god of the summer sun, Halder.  Halder had told Frigga he had a premonition that he would die.  Frigga, in an attempt to prevent Halder from being killed, went to the elements of earth, wind, water and fire to create a pact to preserve her son. Which they did because without the god of the summer sun the world wouldn't survive.
Crocheted Irish Knit Sweater & Hat
for Toddlers 2T 3T 4T Custom Order Only
Found in Etsy Shop: MagdaleneKnits
Batik Tree Landscape Original Watercolor Batik on Japanese Rice Paper
Found in Etsy Shop: MarciaMcKinzieArt
Buckeye Burl Earrings, Exotic Wood Large
Dangle handmade ExoticwoodJewelryAnd
Found in Etsy Shop:  Exotic Wood Jewelry And
Unfortunately she had not considered the Mistletoe because it needs neither earth, wind, water or fire.  Loki, the god of evil, took advantage of this mistake and used the poison from the plant to tip arrows that he gave to Hoder the god of winter.  Of course the god of winter would happily get rid of the god of the summer sun and he killed Halder with the poisoned tipped arrow.
Pearl Necklace Choker, White Necklace for Women,
Short Necklace, Vintage Assemblage Jewelry,
Handcrafted Jewelry, Bridal Party Jewelry
Found in Etsy Shop: BlondePeachJewelry
Holiday Snowman Earrings, Swarovski Pearls
Peridot Crystals Handmade Christmas Jewelry
Found in Indie Made Shop:  Shadow Dog Designs
Closeup Of White Sands in New Mexico
Nature Photograph Wall Hanging, Coffee Mugs
and More in Fine Art America Shop:
Photography By Colleen Cornelius
Wire Wrapped Spiral Necklace with Green Pendant,
Wire Jewelry, Gift for Women by Indie Made Shop:
CraftingMemories
Frigga was heartbroken and the natural world and the sky tried to revive Halder for three days with no success.  Frigga's tears fell on the Mistletoe and they became the white berries.  When Frigga seen the white berries she knew that this was a sign of Halder's rebirth.  She was so overjoyed by this sign she kissed everyone who stood under the Mistletoe.
Serpentine Pendant Necklace,
Russian Serpentine Pendant
Serpentine Necklace With Pendant
Large Serpentine Pendant Found in Etsy
Shop:  TheSingingBeader
Gold Threader Chain Earrings |
Chalcedony Gold Earrings | Gemstone Threader Earrings
Minimalist Earrings | Solana Kai Designs
Found in Etsy Shop:  SolanaKaiDesigns
Yellow and Green Beaded Hoop
Women's Earrings | Chenille Stitch Hoop Earrings
Found in Etsy Shop: Lady Green Eyes Jewelry
Swarovski White Pearl Bracelet Victorian Style
 Bracelet Wedding Bracelet Bridal Pearl
Bracelet Victorian Jewelry Found in Etsy Shop:
TreasuresofJewels

A Sailors Christmas Vintage Postcard
Digital Art Wall Hanging, Coffee Mugs
Throw Pillows and More Found in
Fine Art America Shop: Postcards In The Attic - DIGITAL
Mistletoe is an unusual plant in that it is parasite that feeds off the sap of other trees.  I primarily burrows its roots deep into apple trees but will attached to others.  Rarely it implants itself in the oak tree.  In the times of the Druids this rare symbiotic relationship was actually worshiped and celebrated.  They believe that the Oak Mistletoe carried magical powers and would protect them.  In the days leading to the winter solstice the carried out rites which included a ceremonious harvest of the sacred mistletoe.
Yellow and Green Spree Handmade
Polymer Clay Beads, Polymer Clay Beads for Sale,
Jewelry Making Supplies Found in Shop:  Polymer Clay Beads
African Opal and Turquoise Salwag Pucalet
Handmade Adjustable Necklace Found in ArtFire Shop
KatsAllThat
Glossy Grasshopper Green Handmade
Lampwork Beads Silver 213gfs
Found in Shop:  CoverGirlBeads
Spooky Spots and Spirals Halloween
Dog Bandana, Medium, Reversible Collar Slipcover
From Etsy Shop:  SewAmazin
Merry Christmas Holiday Gift Tags with
Red and Green Ribbon - Set of 24
From Amazon Shop:  Adore By Nat
The Romans associated the Mistletoe with their god of fertility and harvest, Saturn.  The Mistletoe was regarded it as sacred and it was a part of their celebration of Saturnalia.  The Christian tradition says if a couple kisses under the Mistletoe their love will last for an eternity.  It is amazing how many of our Christian customs have roots found in mythology and pagan ritual.
AFFECTIONATE DEER COUPLE IN HEART SHAPE
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT HANDMADE
FROM CHERRY WOOD BY KEVSKRAFTS
Found in Etsy Shop:  KevsKrafts
White Crochet Flower Brooch or Pin
Handmade Multi-layer 3D Crochet with Silver Accents
also Pendant or Applique Found in Etsy Shop:
RSSDesignsInFiber
The information for this post was found on: https://travelfranceonline.com/mistletoe-christmas-plants-symbolism/

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pinterest Party; You Pin Us We Pin You

Good morning, I am hoping everyone is having a relaxing weekend.  So Let's Party! that is Pinterest Party!
Pinterest Party
Pinterest can generate a lot of traffic to your site fast, it has become a key in self promotion and showing off your products.  By having others repin and "like" your pins it moves yours towards that top bracket (where we all want to be!)

For this to be successful there will be some rules and instructions. Please note we are using InLinkz for our pins to promote, click, like and repin, makes it sooo much easier :)
#ButterflysPin
There have been many questions about where to place the hashtag "#ButterflysPin so I am including a clip to hopefully help show where to place it.
Pinterest party example

Easy Tweet: Please post this button to your blog to spread the word :)
grab button for Pinterest Party At ButterflyInTheAttic
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:
Instructions:
Only 2 Items per person
Each Tweet must contain one of these corresponding hashtag 
Monday - #CCMTT
Wednesday - #EJWTT
Friday - #BAFTT

Tweet Everyone’s listings as they are written. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not. Those who do not tweet others or tweet others correctly will be removed.)

(NOTE:  Important only use these #'s for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.
Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic
Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items


https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cluster-of-toadstools-in-fairy-garden-colleen-cornelius.html
New Blog Post "Photography by Colleen On Fine Art America - Summer's End" http://www.butterflyintheattic.com/2017/09/photography-by-colleen-on-fine-art_19.html?spref=tw @ButterflysAttic #Photograph #BAFTT
  
https://www.etsy.com/listing/278821480/hartford-connecticut-hotel-bond-grand?ref=listings_manager_grid
Hartford Connecticut Hotel Bond Grand Historical Building Street Vintage #Postcard http://etsy.me/2w8Z8y1 via @Etsy @ButterflysAttic #BAFTT
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get the InLinkz code

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photography by Colleen On Fine Art America - Summer's End

This week's features is a Collection of Photographs that show the signs of Summer's End.  The wonderful photos would be a great way to decorate your home by bringing a little outside inside.

For my listings on Fine Art America (which includes: mugs, totes, tees, and much more) go to https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/colleen-cornelius.html

"Cluster Of Toadstools In Fairy Garden" Fine Art Photography
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cluster-of-toadstools-in-fairy-garden-colleen-cornelius.html
"Cluster Of Toadstools In Fairy Garden" Fine Art Photography Duvet
https://fineartamerica.com/products/cluster-of-toadstools-in-fairy-garden-colleen-cornelius-duvet-cover.html
Photograph titled "Tangerine Orange Toadstool"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tangerine-orange-toadstool-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "Tangerine Orange Toadstool" Throw Pillow
https://fineartamerica.com/products/tangerine-orange-toadstool-colleen-cornelius-throw-pillow.html
Photograph titled "Mustard Yellow Toadstool"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/mustard-yellow-toadstool-colleen-cornelius.html
 "Mustard Yellow Toadstool" on Tote Bag
https://fineartamerica.com/products/mustard-yellow-toadstool-colleen-cornelius-tote-bag.html
Photograph titled "Tombstone Wildflowers And Grass"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tombstone-wildflowers-and-grass-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "Honey Brown Wheat Grass"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/honey-brown-wheat-grass-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "Apples Of My Eye"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/apples-of-my-eye-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "Trapped In White Sands"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/trapped-in-white-sands-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "Feather In The Wind 2"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/feather-in-the-wind-2-colleen-cornelius.html
Photograph titled "The Garden Wall"
https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-garden-wall-colleen-cornelius.html
Missed my last post?  You can catch up by clicking here:
http://www.butterflyintheattic.com/2017/09/photography-by-colleen-on-fine-art_12.html