Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Year of the Pig: Weekend Gift Guide

February 5th was the Chinese New Years; The Year of the Pig.  The visuals for this celebration are so spectacular.  According to one myth, a long time ago a terrifying sea monster (Nian) would rise from the bottom of the sea.  It would devour man and beast and destroy the town so the villagers were forced to flee to the mountains.  While everyone was fleeing a beggar sought refuge and there was only one old woman who provided it to him.  As a show of gratitude he decorate her home and the entire village in brilliant red.

At Midnight when Nian came it saw the red stopping it in its tracks in anger.  But just then firecrackers were set off scaring the fierce monster.  When the monster looked it could see the beggar all in red laughing and mocking it so it turned and fled.  The villagers realized that they could stop Nian each year by decorating their homes in red and lighting firecrackers at Midnight.  

This is just a very summary for much more details there is a great site you can visit at:

To celebrate (a little late) my selection this week are either Red or Pigs (for the Year of the Pig)
Crocheted Infant Bolero Sweater w Lace Collar Cuffs Autumn Red 12 18 mo on Etsy at Magdalene Knits
Earrings Chandlier Ruby Swarovski Crystals Dangle
on Etsy at Magdalene Jewels
Rainbow Dichroic Red Saturn Lampwork Earrings, Handmade Jewelry Gift on Indie Made at Shadow Dog Designs
Red River Jasper Gemstone Earrings, Handmade Copper Jewelry Gift Women on Indie Made at Shadow Dog Designs
Cardinal, Needlepoint, Plastic Canvas Pattern. PDF on Etsy at
Christie Cottage
Red Bohemian Necklace, Crocheted, Boho Necklace on
IndieMade at Christie Cottage
Vintage Hawaii Postcard, Luau Pig Feast Nani Li'i National Color Card on HipPostcards at Postcards In The Attic
Crochet spa set 4 items THE ORANGE (I know
not red but close :)  on Andrea Wagner Designs
Artisan Eudialyte in Sterling Silver Necklace on Shopify
at Eluna Jewelry
Eudialyte Spiritual Pendant Necklace for Personal Power
on Etsy at Eluna Jewelry
Turquoise Donut Necklace - VIP Sale on Etsy at
Linda B 142
Red Chain Swarovski Earrings on Linor Store
Hand Knit Red Hooded Cowl on Etsy
at Crafting Memories 1
Crochet Rope Necklace Red and Silver on Etsy
at Crafting Memories 1
Dangle Earrings for Women Statement Earrings Gift for Her Sterling Silver Gift for Women Long Earrings Handmade Jewelry Silver Earrings on Etsy at Blonde Peach Jewelry
Red Boho Earrings Long Clip Earrings Comfortable Earrings
 on Etsy at Blonde Peach Jewelry
Pink Pig Kitchen Magnets, Fridge Magnets, Refrigerator Magnets on Shopify at Blue Morning Expressions
Pig Earrings, Animal Earrings, Handmade Earrings, Novelty Earrings on Shopify at Blue Morning Expressions
Red Awareness Crystal Dangle Earrings with Silver Tone Ribbons on ArtFire at Pretty Gonzo
Red Flower Earrings, Red Czech Glass Earrings, Boho Jewelry Dangles, Rustic Handmade, Carved Bone Beads, Sterling Silver, Floral Jewelry on Etsy at Pretty Gonzo
Child Cameo Coral White Jade Pendant Necklace on Etsy
at Rivendell Rock Jewelry
Bali Coral Sterling Silver Pendant Coral Citrine Necklace
on Etsy at Rivendell Rock Jewelry
3 Caladium Variety 5 x 7 Note card Blank Greeting Card Vertical Images Caladium bulbs Flowers on Etsy at
Watercolors N More
Red Mallee Burl, Exotic Wood Earrings, Handcrafted by ExoticWoodButtonsAnd Rare Wood on etsy
at Exotic Wood Jewelry And
Card, Greeting Card, Wedding Card, Anniversary Card, Birthday Card, Blank Note Card, Heart, Personalized Card, Hand-sewn Beads, 4" x5.5" on Etsy at Daisy Blu
Personalized Bridal Shower Photo Album, Hand Beaded corset, Ladies Night, Girl Friend Gift, 5x7, 6x7.5, Bachlorette Brag Book, Girly Album on Etsy at Daisy Blu

13 comments: said...

Thank you for posting all these beautiful gift ideas.

Blonde Peach Jewelry said...

Thanks so much Colleen for including my red heart earrings in this fun post! Sharing.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

Wonderful post - love reading the story of beggar and the monster. Many thanks, Colleen, for sharing all these fab gift ideas and for including two of mine. Will share the post everywhere and pin and schedule tweets throughout the day for the items.

CraftingMemories1 said...

Great selections and I loved the story, especially the old man laughing, cute. Thank you, Colleen, for including my cowl and necklace. I have shared all including this post.

Linda B said...

Thanks for doing the year of the pig and including my items. Have pinned all

Butterfly In The Attic said...

Thanks all for helping promote!

For each item Pinned, Tweeted, Posted to my FB page Network Friends and Group Free Networking...

Did same for the post but also added to Instagram and LinkedIn

Have a blessed day

Suzanne (Rivendell Rock) said...

Thank you for sharing my two pendant necklaces. Delighted to help promoting everything in this gorgeous blog.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

Shared the post all around.

Pinned here:

Tweeted/scheduled here: @ShadowDogDesign

watercolorsNmore said...

Thanks for including my pieces.

Interesting story.

Andrea Wagner said...

Hi CC,

The 28 items were shared on Twitter and Pinterest on the board TWITTER TREE. Thank you for including 2 of my creations!

Andrea w.

PrettyGonzo said...

Thanks, Colleen. I've pinned items to my Handmade Favs board at Pinterest (prettygonzo), & have done some tweeting. Thanks for including me.

Pamela Baker said...

Thank you Colleen - What a great Blog celebrating the Chinese New Year “Year of the Pig”. Your little “pigs” are perfect, as well as all the beautiful Chinese Red items!! Off to promote!


Julie l. Cleveland said...

what a great blog post and so many wonderful handmade goodies to choose from. Thank you for including my pig magnet and pig earrings. So glad that I had pigs to add to the post :) I have shared everything for everyone everywhere have a great weekend,