Wednesday, 31 October 2007

All Hallows' Eve

Hallowe'en has a long history: over 2000 years ago, the pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain was held on 31st October. This was considered to be the last night of Autumn before the onset of Winter. It celebrated the end of the harvest and the beginning of the Celtic new year on 1st November, which made 31st October the Celtic New Year's Eve. The Druids or Celtic high priests believed that the supernatural world drew closer to the physical world on this night: a time when living beings were more susceptible to the power and influence of magic.

The word Hallow is old English for saint. All Hallows' Eve is the night before All Hallows or All Saints, which falls on 1st November ~ All Hallows eventually became known as Hallowe'en.

However you may choose to celebrate this day, remember that there are unseen influences in our lives ~ maybe we just need to believe...

Happy Hallowe'en!

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Coastal Dreams

Last week, one of my favourite magazines appeared in on the newstand. Living so far from the UK, Coast does take a while to arrive ~ while I am dipping into October's issue, no doubt you will be enjoying the November copy.

Life has been so hectic that I haven't had time to dip into it yet, but I plan to rectify that this week.

I recently completed this lighthouse bookmark, which was a gift from my sister Elise quite some time ago. I had been busy working on other needlework projects, so did not start this cross-stitch until a few weeks ago. I am delighted with the result, as the colours are so vibrant and contrast well with the blue background, although I have to admit that it was a challenge, as the stitches are tiny!

Two summers ago, Paul and I visited Nova Scotia. We stayed in a house by the ocean and found this beautiful coastal tableware in the kitchen. I fell in love with it and was determined to own a set. After searching on eBay for several weeks, I bid for this set and the seller kindly packaged and shipped it to me. She did such a great job that all 16 pieces arrived intact.

I'm saving it for the day when I have my own coastal kitchen.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Is that a FREE candle I smell?

Heather has started a new blog to give away a free candle every month. This month's giveaway is a Home & Garden Party Warm Cinnamon Pumpkin. The draw starts on the 1st of the month and ends on the last Monday of the month. To enter, follow the instructions on her post...good luck!

Thursday, 25 October 2007

A Warm Welcome

How exciting! The first post of a new blog. If you are reading this, I would like to offer a warm welcome. The title of this blog may have you wondering what I am going to write about, although the tagline does give you some clues. I want this blog to reflect the changing seasons; to showcase some of the crafts that I enjoy and to share the scents of home. The title of my blog refers to my dream of living by the Ocean, where the wild roses grow. Please join me on this voyage of discovery...