Sunday, October 8, 2017

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu - Holly

The Holly is an evergreen plant baring bright red berries through the winter.  It brightens the long winter day and because of its sharp thorns it represented the masculine counterpart to the feminine Ivy.  In Celtic tradition this beautiful plant symbolized death and rebirth.  During Roman rule Christian's avoided persecution by adorning their homes with wreathes of Holly.  While Romans recognized it as a symbol of their god of harvest and fertility, Christians secretly used it to represent Jesus.  The thorny leaves represented the crown He wore, the evergreen color represented eternal life and the red berries the blood He shed for our sins.  This adaptation of a pagan and Roman symbol is still used today to celebrate Christmas. For more information you can go to these sites:
A Sailors Christmas Canvas Print
A Sailors Christmas canvas print by Colleen Cornelius.   Bring your artwork to life with the texture and depth of a stretched canvas print. Your image gets printed onto one of our premium canvases and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5" x 1.5" stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8" x 5/8" stretcher bars (museum wrap). Your canvas print will be delivered to you "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails

Red Sherpa Bead and Pearl Necklace, Nepal Ethnic Glass Handmade Tribal Jewelry for Women
Combining the rustic beauty of old recycled glass beads with the elegance of white pearls, the SUNDARA HĀRA necklace is a unique beauty for the woman who adores handmade ethnic jewelry.  The one of a kind necklace features old Nepali Sherpa red orange glass rondelles with gleaming pewter floral bead caps.  The glowing semi baroque white pearls are an eye catching  juxtaposition to the Sherpa beads.

Smoky Quartz Faceted Gemstone Beaded Necklace 
These smoky quartz stones are a lovely shade of brown and the topaz and green crystals give these stones a lovely complement of color. Smoky Quartz 10mm faceted round gemstones accented with Swarovski Round Crystals in a two-tone color of Fern/Topaz. Strung with nylon braided beading cord. Hand knotted between each bead with dark green cord. Smoky quartz is a grey, to brown translucent variety of quartz.

Women's Christmas Tree Charm Bracelet | Red Green Silver Charm Bracelet | Reindeer Christmas Tree Charm Bracelet | Lady Green Eyes Jewelry
Red Candy Jade, Red, Green and Clear Swarovski Crystal, Pewter Charms Christmas Bracelet.
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas accessory? This whimsical bracelet full of elegance and charm should check off that box for you.
The center focal pewter charm is an enchanting reindeer; sparkling Swarovski crystals in the colours of red, green and clear dangle sweetly from the antlers of the reindeer. 
The base of this charm bracelet is a silver plated link bracelet.
Ruby Red Berries
Ruby Red Berries of Toyon Heteromeles Arbutifolia California Fine Art Photograph 
Photograph titled "Ruby Red Berries" is a closeup photo of the brilliant ruby red berries that decorate the Heteromeles Arbutifolia bush commonly known as Toyon bush.  Located in a Palm Desert California Country Club 
Photograph taken in Palm Desert California
Clip on Earrings for Adults, Brass Earrings, Green Dangle Earrings, Handcrafted Jewelry, Long Drop Earrings, Glass Earrings, Gift for Her
You will love the way these clip on earrings for adults look and feel! These brass earrings feature soft rubber inserts on the clip backs that make them very comfortable to wear. The green dangle earrings have Czech glass beads, antique bead caps and emerald green Swarovski crystals. Pretty antique brass links dangle from the glass beads
Red Green Seed Bead Christmas Holiday Earrings Surgical Steel Wires
Oval red and green Christmas holiday earrings were made with glass seed beads and jeweler's wire shaped by hand into ovals. Earrings have surgical steel earring wires. Surgical steel wires are recommended for those who are allergic to nickel plating.
The earring ovals are approximately 1 inch (25mm) long and the earrings dangle from the earring wires 2 inches (5cm) long.
They are pretty and sparkly and perfect for the Christmas holidays. Or wear with any red or green outfit.
Etched light red lampwork beads Reddish Orange Silver 428efs
Etched opaque light red handmade glass lampwork beads wrapped in fine silver with a matte bead finish.
Beautiful bright red beads hand made using opaque light red glass. These light reddish orange romantic beads make a statement and stand out in the crowd.
Landscape print from original watercolor batik painting green purple forest distressed look vintage-like McKinzie
This is a giclee print on acid free fine art paper using archival inks. 
Unframed and unmatted. There is a 1 inch white border surrounding the print, allowing for easy framing. The work can be framed with the deckled edges hidden or in a floater frame emphasizing the deckled edges
Red Green and Gold Holiday Beadwoven Superduo Cuff Handmade Bracelet
Enjoy the rich colors of the Christmas holidays within this elegant Czech superduo beadwoven cuff style bracelet. To infuse the holiday traditional colors I selected emerald green Czech superduo glass beads to run down the center. For the outer edges I selected ruby red Czech superduo glass beads. Running along the outer edge I used Miyuki Japanese galvanized gold glass seed beads to add a richer look to the bracelet. On each end I created loops using TOHO gold glass seed beads. For the closure I chose a gold plated trigger clasp. Both the chain and the trigger clasp are connected using high quality 24k gold plated snapeez jump rings by Via Murano.
Womens Kippah - Bat Mitzvah Kippah Kippot Headcovering Chapel Cap- Silver and Red Swarovski Crystals 4"
Womens Kippah - Bat Mitzvah Kippah Kippot Headcovering Chapel Cap- Silver and Red Swarovski Crystals 4"
Shield Charm Earrings, Boho Earrings, Long Gemstone Dangles, Rainforest Jasper Earring, Bohemian Jewelry
These Vikings-inspired boho earrings feature shiny warrior shield charms, rainforest jasper drops, and rustic bone rondelle spacer beads. The shield charms were made in the USA of lead-free pewter, and they have an ornate granulation design with a boss on the front. The rainforest jasper drops are tear-shaped and have a green variegated pattern with natural nodules and hints of quartz. The bone spacers are a rustic off-white, with areas of light brown. I like the extra tribal quality that they add to this special pair.
Earrings for Women, Handmade Earrings, Fashion Earrings, Women Earrings
Miami fans might recognize these orange and green swirled heart earrings with 4mm matching Swarovski crystal bicones are mounted on goldtone leverback earwires. Each bead is handmade. They are around 1-inch long.
Santa Claus Zipper Cases, Padded Phone Case, Stocking Stuffer, Grab Bag Gift
Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus padded cases are unique stocking stuffers, perfect for holding small gifts, jewelry, candy, money or gift cards. Hang one on your tree for two gifts in one!
Great gift idea for Secret Santa gift exchanges and grab bags! They are re-usable and re-giftable!
Green Earrings Turquoise Teardrop with Picasso Czech Glass Earrings Victorian Style Gift for Her
What a gorgeous pair of Czech glass teardrop earrings for the Fall and Winter Season. A lovely pair of earrings to wear back to school or to the office.
These turquoise teardrop earrings are designed with Czech's glass beads. They have a gorgeous Czech Picasso Teardrop bead that is turquoise in color. I have paired them with a Czech turquoise Druk bead along with some wonderful filigree bead caps. Such a beautiful romantic Victorian style earrings.
Handmade Beaded Flat Spiral Bracelet, Beaded Jewelry, Gift for Women
Do you want a piece of jewelry that screams autumn?  This is the bracelet for you!
I made this beautiful bracelet with faceted round honey beads, green Rocaille beads and red Miyuki beads, a gold toggle clasp and FireLine. The red seed beads look bright orange next to the honey faceted beads giving this bracelet its vibrant spark.
This bracelet is 8 inches long and ¼ inches wide.  The inside circumference is about 7 ¼ inches. If your wrist is about 6.5 inches then this bracelet will fit you loosely.  If your wrist is 7 inches then this bracelet will fit but it will be snug.
Crocheted Christmas Red Jumper Infant w Snowflake Applique and Matching Hat
Perfect for your little Baby Girl to wear during the Christmas Holidays or Winter Months. This Hand Crocheted Jumper is sized 12 mo; and was crocheted using Plymouth DreamBaby Yarn in Red. The Trim around the collar and sleeves were crocheted using a Picot Lace Stitch with Bernat's Baby Soft Yarn in White. 
The Snowflake applique's on the Jumper and Hat are also hand crocheted. The Jumper closes with a tiny Pearlized Button in White. The little Jumper would also look perfect with a little "onsie" underneath.
Girl Surround by a Frame of Mistletoe Kelly Green Vintage Postcard Irish Girl Christmas Greeting Card
Beautiful green vintage postcard with a portrait of a little girl (looks Irish because of all the green) encircled by a wreath of mistletoe tied at the bottom with a red bow. 
Type: Divided back
Size: Standard Vintage 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
Publisher NA
Printer: NA
Artist: Unknown
Series: 47H
Print Year: 1909 based on postage
Postage: 1 Cent Franklin
Cancellation: Brooklin Iowa Dec 24 1909
KillStrike: Railroad
Special Features: Christmas
Place/Subject/Quote: From Front: "With Fond Christmas Wishes"
Santa Snowman Merry Christmas Gift Tags for the Holidays
Christmas is the season to be jolly! How fun these Christmas tags are! In each set of this listing, you will receive 12 (twelve) Santa Snowman Merry Christmas Gift Tags, pre-strung with ribbon for your convenience. All you need to do is tie them to your thoughtful and wonderful wrapped gifts.  Add this cute tag as a final touch. These are one of a kind Christmas tags with 4 (four) different cute images included in a set. There are Santa Claus, Snowman, Angel, and Rudolph graphics. Each tag has Merry Christmas phrase on the top. You will not get these adorable Holiday gift tags anywhere else. These certainly would make your gifts extra special!
Each tag is measured about 2 inch (5.08cm) in a scalloped circle shape.


ShadowDogDesigns said...

Always love reading about the plants associated with Christmas. Fascinating read about holly, Colleen. Also so many beauties are shared here - perfect representations of the red green and red of holly! Many thanks for including my Sherpa bead necklace. Will share the post and each item.

Linda B said...

Interesting to see the hollies. Jolly collection of handmade items. Thanks for including my red kippah.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Colleen, for including my painting. Pinned and tweeted all items.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Colleen, how wonderful to be included in the fun of sharing all of these beautiful creations!! <3

Kathy (Lady Green Eyes Jewelry)

Connie Morilak said...

Thank you, Colleen! I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful red and green creations and sharing them on Pinterest and Twitter. Thank you for including my seed bead earrings!

DianesDangles said...

Thank you for including my smokey quartz necklace. Will share!

PrettyGonzo said...

Thanks for this special extra promotion for the Countdown, and for including my jasper shield earrings. Happy Columbus Day to you - and happy sales to you and everybody! Will be sharing ... :)

Blonde Peach Jewelry said...

Thank you very much Colleen for this extra promotion of all of us in the Christmas Countdown. I really appreciate all of your hard work. Enjoyed reading about the holly as well!

Julie l. Cleveland said...

What a great post, Colleen. I enjoyed the story about the holly. I have a very small holly bush that lives in my yard, but was unaware of the significance of it for Christmas. Thank you for including my Miami Hurricanes heart earrings, too. Shared everywhere! J

CraftingMemories1 said...

Great selections, Colleen. Thank you so much for including my bracelet. Shared all.

Donna SewAmazin said...

Thanks so much for including my Santa Claus cases in this week's post. We have holly bushes in our yard and they are quite prolific! The birds love the berries.

Pinned and tweeted each item and the post. :-)

VictorianStyleTreasures said...

Fabulous collection Colleen. Thank you for including my earrings. Will be sharing.