Monday, October 1, 2012

October ... from the first to the last!

     My, how time flies!  Doesn't seem anytime since special days of September were featured, and here we are in October with its own very special days, weeks, and themes for the month.
     This month's celebrations include Adopt a Shelter Dog, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Apple Month.  We hope that many dogs from many places will find forever homes this month.  This watercolor helps remind us that dogs need families, too.

Dogs come in all sizes, breeds, and colors.  From big to small, we love them all!

A serious concern for women and girls everywhere is breast cancer.  October has been set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There are fund-raisers of various kinds, with proceeds going to research or other organizations that help women who have been diagnosed.  Many wear clothing or jewelry or carry bags that exhibit the pink breast cancer awareness symbol, such as the earrings below.

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year, with the deciduous tree leaves changing to gorgeous splashes of color throughout much of the country.  We look forward to cooler days and special treats, such as apple cider, and a variety of delicious apples.  Although the apples below won't keep the doctor away, they are delightful to see.

The first week of the month has been designated American Craft month.  Our team has members across the world, not just in America, and every team member is a talented artist/crafter and their work represents a large genre of art forms.  Here is just a tiny sampling of some of their creations.

Just past the middle of October, on the seventeenth, it is World Greeting Card day.  Just think how happy you can make someone by sending them a card in the mail.  Think how happy it will make you to do something for someone else.  And, last but not least, think how the U.S. Post Office would benefit by such a huge mailing!  There are many talented card makers, and here are two of them.

And to wrap it all up, we end the month on October 31 with Halloween.  Witches, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, and all things black and orange.  

Enjoy your October, and remember, buy handmade.  And start with the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street team for unique, well made, wonderful selections!

This post written by Pam Todd, whose hand-crocheted items for people, pets, and homes are featured in her Bags and More by Pam Etsy store.  Pam is a proud member of the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team - Bbest.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September - A Time to Remember and More!

     September is filled with many special days, many of them just for fun.  However, September 11 will always be a day to remember and honor those who perished at the hands of terrorists in New York City when the airliners crashed into the World Trade Center, killing the occupants in those buildings and the rescue workers who tried to save them; in Pennsylvania when the airline passengers chose to crash the terrorist-controlled plane rather than let it reach the White House, and those in the Pentagon. It was a sad day for America and for the world.  Let us always remember the victims and their families and that great loss.
     Today is Labor Day in the United States,  established to honor workers and give them a holiday from their labors.  It is ironic that while businesses and government offices are closed, those in the retail industry are super busy at work today with Labor Day sales in stores across the nation.
     And then on the lighter side, you might be surprised to know that this is National Chicken Month!  Just did a search among my Boomers and Beyond Etsy friends, and here are a few items to represent the chickens!

The third week in September is National Flower Week.  It has been a rather barren summer for flowers in many parts of the country due to the extreme lack of rain this summer.  Now we are getting the effects of Hurricane Isaac in the mid west, and lo and behold a few flowers have perked up in our yard.  The flowers below are always fresh and beautiful since they don't depend on the rain and sun to keep them lovely!

Vintage earrings from Nonnie 60

Lovely tulips from Yankee Girl

A gorgeous flower pendant from Zuda Gay

And in the fourth week of September, we celebrate dogs, one of my favorites!  What joy and company dogs bring to families and service to those in need.  Here are just a few items featuring dogs.

September 15 is Make a Hat day.  Several of the Boomers and Beyond team members have made the adorable hats shown below.

It won't be long until the first day of Autumn.  These beautiful paintings and photos are just a small sample of the beauty that awaits us as the leaves begin to change color.

Whatever days you choose to celebrate in September, may they bring joy and fun, or humility and thoughtfulness, to your lives.  

This post written by Pam Todd, a proud member of the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team, whose Etsy shop, Bags and More by Pam, features high quality, reasonably priced hand-crocheted items for people, pets, and homes.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Bit of Poetic License

A bit of poetic liberty showcasing many of the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team artists.

Skies of blue, we've seen a lot (at least in Indiana)

And clouds of fluffy white (but not much rain, at least in my part of Indiana)

The birds feed hungrily on whatever they can find

The grass (unlike the greens you soon will see) is mostly not (in most parts of Indiana)

Whether blue as the sky, green as the grass (is supposed to be), or white like the clouds, these pieces of art and other creations are some of the best you will see and not just in Indiana!

Whether it be green, blue, or white
You will always be right
When you choose from the team Bbest
You can be sure of the finest, and that's the true test!

This post created by Pam Todd, a member of the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team, and whose Etsy shop, Bags and More by Pam, features hand-crocheted items for people, pets, and homes.  Be sure to enter Bbest team in the Search to see countless more wonderful sselections!