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Heralding the Summer Solstice

Having a November birthday and a “winter” color chart, as well as growing up in the Midwest, it is no wonder that I am not a big fan of summer.  So, it took some thought on my part as to how I might combat the summertime blues and rejoice in the heat and humidity of Hotlanta.  And voilá – heralding the summer solstice did just that – because it will be cold again in only six short months… 

Summer Solstice by AnnWilkinson
by AnnWilkinson

From and The solstice occurs twice in each circuit of the earth around the sun. A circuit of the sun is a year, so there are two solstices a year, winter and summer. The summer solstice is in late June in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice is in late December.  In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstices are reversed.

Summer Solstice by whitemagic

by whitemagic

The word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol,” meaning sun, and “sister,” to stand still. The summer solstice occurs when the sun appears to be at its greatest and the day is at its longest. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.”  In 2009, the summer solstice will occur on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere.

The following are a few more of my favorite summer solstice items found on etsy:

Summer Solstice Pendant by StellarLightDesigns

by StellarLightDesigns

Summer Solstice by sagefox

by sagefox

by djamedesigns

by djamesdesigns

by whatiminto

by whatiminto

Summer Solstice Filigree Carved Goose Egg

by eggstreme

by foxygknits (Couldn't help including this, but I did put myself last!)

by foxygknits (Couldn't help including this, but I did put myself last!)



Art from the ♥

Artist: Sharon Paradiso

Company Name:  Seedlings: Jewelry Because.

Etsy website: 

Peas and Carrots Earrings

Peas and Carrot Earrings

A friend recently asked me, “What does because mean in your company name.” The meaning is two-fold.  First and foremost, I want what I make to be natural and easy…something you can wear any time “just because.”  The second meaning has to do with why I give a portion of sales to Heifer International.  Although I feel strange getting paid for doing something I love, I don’t feel strange turning that into sustainable resources and education for a community.

Ghana Sky Earrings

Ghana Sky Earrings

The mission of Heifer International is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  For more than 60 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.  Since 1944, they have helped 48 million people through training in livestock development and livestock gifts that multiply. Heifer currently works in more than 57 countries, including the U.S. 

Every gift of an animal provides direct benefits such as milk, eggs, wool and fertilizer, as well as indirect benefits that increase family incomes for better housing, nutrition, health care and school fees for children. Recipients “pass on the gift” of offspring of their cows, goats and other livestock to others in an ever-widening circle of hope.

Sharon explained how she came to support Heifer International:  My first encounter with Heifer International was Christmas several years ago when my sister purchased a portion of a heifer as a gift in my name. The next Christmas she gifted beehives, which I thought was really special since our maternal grandmother had been a beekeeper, and we grew up with honey.

When I started Seedlings: Jewelry Because., I didn’t want it to just be about selling jewelry. One of the joys I get is watching people get excited when they discover my jewelry, put on a pair of earrings and love them, and know that their purchase is going to help communities to become self-reliant.

Crazy Moon Earrings

Crazy Moon Earrings

My parents raised my sister and me to be self-reliant (raising a garden, learning how to sew, etc.) so it is very important to me to support groups that can do the same on a larger scale. We have been fortunate to be blessed with resources, support and talent, and if we don’t share whatever we have at our disposal, it is then not a true blessing.

Seedling Leaves Earrings

Seedling Leaves Earrings

To meet other artisans in the area, I recently joined the North Georgia Etsy Street Team. I was thrilled to discover they sponsor an etsy shop that donates to regional charities picked by team members.

Across the Universe Bracelet

Across the Universe Bracelet

Seedlings: Jewelry Because. features handmade jewelry inspired and created from natural materials (including recycled materials wherever possible). I work mostly in silver, copper, shell, pearl, glass, and I’m branching out into stones such as aventurine and turquoise. Additionally, I’ve set three green goals for myself this year:

  • move to 100% recycled or ethically sourced materials
  • use fair trade or recycled beads when possible
  • be mindful about toxic chemicals, and replace them with less harmful ones where possible

Twenty percent of sales go directly to Heifer International on a monthly basis.  Keep track of our progress on our own Team Heifer Page:


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Art from the ♥

Filed under: Art From the Heart — foxygknits @ 9:00 am
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Artist: Arthur Simo

My name is Arthur Simo. I am 16 years old, and I have Autism.  I love to paint because I have fun creating each picture.  Also I love to play nintendo, watch movies and read about sharks, space, Universe, dinosaurs, aliens, castles, Egypt and love to collect fossils. I skate, ride horses and bike. I am taking a Tai Kwon Do class, and I am a green belt.

King Sulu

King Sulu

Arthur joined etsy in April 2008. He continues: Welcome to my shop. I invite you to look into my world full of art, because art is my life; here I will show you a vision of my own nature into my pictures. I will paint as I imagine them, no as I see them. I have no rules, because art for me is freedom. I invite you to see through my eyes and discover the road to unlock the mysteries of Autism. 

Atlantic Creatures

Atlantic Creatures

While out on Arthur’s etsy shop, I noticed that he had a “PIF” item.  PIF stands for Pay it Forward.  All PIF sellers ask is that you do something nice for someone else or, if you are an etsy seller, list a PIF item for others to enjoy.  Arthur is selling his Rolling on a Train by SIMO: 

Rolling on a Train digital file

Rolling on a Train digital file

If you would like this PIF item, all I ask is that you pay the listing and design fee, then list a PIF in your store or do some random act of kindness for someone else!  For more really neat items, just search for PIF; there are a LOT of DO-GOODERS out there! Seriously, the Karmic rewards are beautiful!

Well, I decided to do PIF because I love to buy PIF.  Anyway I need to work with my hands for my occupational therapy, and I will try to list a few different items. This PIF will be a digital file I will be sending to you.  This is an original design done by me; you can print it and put in you own colors or give it to your children for them to color it. I am sure they will love the train. Have a nice day.

NOTE FROM ARTHUR: If you want an original train painting done by me, let me know and I will put it up for sale.  

Editor’s Note: If Arthur’s Rolling on a Train digital file happens not to be available, just send him a convo, and he will relist.

From the Autism Speaks website:

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges.  Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 166 children, affecting four times as many boys as girls.  The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure are unknown.

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