Spotlight Friday: Post office

Well, this week we had a half a day at School. That meant we could finally get the passports done for our kids. We had to take the trip to down town Post Office, because they where open until 4 and had walk ins, meaning we didn’t need to make an appointment. So after I had filled out all the paperwork I was sitting there watching all the people coming in to mail their packages and letters. How much it changed since the internet, I was thinking.

I remember when I lived in boarding school, every Sunday we where supposed to write letters to our family. I still have a few of those, ones that I had written to my Grandparents in Germany.They where not very long, usually just talking about the weather in a very scraggly cursive hand writing.Not that it is any better now.

During my teenage years I used to write to my friends that lived further away, pages over pages about what is going on, how I was mad at my parents and all that important teenager stuff. My envelopes where either created out of old calendar pages or posters or sometimes just a page out of a catalog. And usually had a ton of stickers on them.

Nowadays I hardly ever sit down anymore to write. Sadly. I do get the urge to write a letter here and there but not as often as I want it to be. I enjoy receiving letters, so I should put in more effort to return the favor.

I had to interrupt here because I felt guilty for not sending any sign of life to one of my friends for a while. So I went off to drop a few lines.

A post office is a customer service facility forming part of a national postal system. Post offices offer mail-related services such as acceptance of letters and parcels; provision of post office boxes; and sale of postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices offer additional services: providing and accepting government forms (such as passport applications), processing government services and fees (such as road tax), and banking services (such as savings accounts and money orders). The chief administrator of a post office is a postmaster.

The term “post office” or “post-office” has been in use since the 1650’s, shortly after the legalization of private mail service in England in 1635. In early Modern England, post ridersmounted couriers – were placed (“posted”) every few hours along post roads at “posting houses” or “post houses” between major cities (“post towns“). These stables or inns permitted important correspondence to travel without delay. In early America, post offices were also known as “stations“. This term and “post house” fell from use as horse and coach service was replaced by railways, aircraft, and automobiles.

Today, “post office” usually refers to postal facilities providing customer service. The term “General Post Office” is sometimes used for the national headquarters of a postal service, even if it does not provide customer service within the building. A postal facility used exclusively for processing mail is instead known as sorting office or delivery office, which may have a large central area known as a “sorting” or “postal hall”. Integrated facilities combining mail processing with railway stations or airports are known as mail exchanges.

This is a picture of a mail sorting place in Germany, I am pretty sure they look very similar all over the world.73775888-p-590_450

Amazing how most of the mail makes it to its intended destination.

Today mail gets to it’s final point pretty quick. Sometimes it puzzles me how it got there that fast.

While in boarding school I remember using air mail paper and envelopes. They where really thin paper, so they wouldn’t weigh as much. I really liked the red and white pattern around the envelope.

Sometimes I would have one of those pages that you write on and then when you where done you would fold them up into a envelope. The recipient had to be very careful opening those letters, so it wouldn’t rip into pieces.  They where called aerogramme, a sheet of lightweight paper, bearing an official postal stamp imprint,that is folded to form its own envelope and can be sent via airmail at special, low rate because of its standard size, light weight, and lack of enclosures.

It looked something like this, I guess every country has it’s own designs.

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This paper is as thin as tissue paper. (see all the info here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerogramme_unfolded,_outer_view.jpg)

Yes, I could drop my letters in my mailbox, put the flag up and then have our mail lady bring it to the post office.

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(If the red flag on your mailbox is up, the carrier should pick up the mail, according to Valerie Welsch, public affairs and communications spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Gateway District in St. Louis. If the flag is not up, the carrier is not required to check every box for outgoing mail.May 22, 2014)

I still prefer to bring my mail to our Post Office. Like that I know it will go out the intended date (sometimes the mail car gets here really late, like after dark late) and like that I get to see the people that work there,if they have a minute to chitchat. They know that my packages are usually all ready, all I want is the print out for proof. Sometimes I get a comment about that my customs form is not readable, and that I should take writing lessons or any joke along those lines. We chitchat about their new grand babies and so on. It feels good to get some human interaction, in this world that seams to get more unpersonal every day.

 

This is the Etsy Treasury that I put together with some Postal items: post-office

I learned the other day that Etsy made this decision :On October 5, we will be removing links to the Treasuries page from buyer access points, including the homepage, Favorites page and user profile. Existing Treasuries will still be accessible, and we do not have current plans to remove these from the site. External links to Treasury pages will continue to function, and buyers can still purchase available items from these Treasuries.

I don’t quite know yet how I will do my  Spotlights from now on, but I am sure I will figure out something.  I guess it’s time for a overhaul, a change.

 


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Funny Post Office sign by AndTheSignSays

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1929 USPS Pitcairn Aviation Mailwing Mail Plane Biplane NY to Atlanta
by 4wheeldreams

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Superior Nebraska Vintage Town View Postcard Post Office
by SandyCreekCollectables

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Wall Hanging Mail Holder in Straw
Cottage Chic Wood Wall Letter Holder Hand Painted Straw

by OlliesFineThings


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Vintage PSX Rubber Stamp Christmas Mailbox C522 by beckeandbailey

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Post Office New York Antique Postcard UDB cancelled 1906 by TheOldBarnDoor

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Snail Mail Hand Carved Stamp
by SweetSpotStampShop

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Flourish Mailbox Vinyl Decal
by CountryCraftsandVinyl

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Art Mail
by HollyLance

just click on the picture and it will take you to the Zibbet or Artyah shop listing.

 

I am planning on writing some letters this weekend, long overdue. And then hopefully I will get some letters in return.

Got to keep our Post Office busy.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a relaxing weekend.

 

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yes, it’s finally done

Last week I went to my craft store, to check out if my motorcycle was in. Well guess what? They had only ordered one and that was sold even before I got there in the morning. Off to find a person that works there and could help me get one before the birthday party on Saturday. I had to do a rain check and it would be in the following Wednesday, but please don’t come in on Wednesday because it takes us all day to unload the truck and it might be the last thing we take out. Give us a call in the evening.

So I went home, tried to finish my mice so they would be ready by the time I’d have the bike. The helmets gave me quite a fit. The first set I made was too big. biker

Looked more like a mouse wearing a coconut shell!

The second set didn’t want to dry, so I was starting to stress a little. I got them dry, more or less. Fitted them to their individual heads. Cut holes into the helmets so their ears would be able to poke through. Then sew on some black ribbon, so the helmet will stay on when they are doing high speeds on the highway.

Off to knit some motorcycle jackets. And accessories.

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Pretty tiny, isn’t it?

The jackets where quite fiddly, the arms are usually only 4 stitches wide. But I think it worked out quite well. biki It even looks like the mouse developed a little bit of muscle. And then I decided to add a zipper. Of course they needed a scarf, because if you drive fast that wind can get pretty cold and you don’t want to have a stiff neck once you get of the bike.

So the mice where done. And I was counting the hours to Wednesday evening. Looked up the craft stores number because I couldn’t find that receipt.  Oh, there…..keep my fingers crossed that it was there. After the 4th person on the phone I was finally told that they have it and it will be at the register for me to be picked up. So Thursday morning I had planned to be there first thing to pick it up. But as usually my plans don’t work out as I had hoped. My youngest came down with something so I had to postpone for a little bit.

I did manage to pick up the motorcycle and was antsy the whole way home to see if the mice would fit on the bike and how it would look.

I got the mice, some thread, the hot glue gun and some scissors and this was the end result:

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My neighbor said the best mice I have made so far. I think they came out quite cute.

Now all I have to do is make a box , so they can be transported and handed over on Saturday.

I had way too much on my plate this week to take the time to create the spotlight treasuries. I should get back to them next week.

I hope you enjoyed the little mice on a motorcycle slide show. Have a wonderful day and happy creating!

Spotlight Friday: Motorcycle and mice.

We are invited to a birthday party in about 2 weeks, some German friends from us. They are only here until retirement and then will go back. In their free time the enjoy riding through the country sides on their motorcycle.

So it wasn’t really hard for me to figure out what I could make as a present.

Can you guess?

Yes, a mouse couple riding a motorcycle.

So I went online to see if there would be any motorcycle in the right size for my mice. It took  me a few hours to find the right one. The other day I went to see if the store where I found it at had one on hand. Sadly they where sold out, but I was promised that it should be in in a few days. In the mean time I am getting the mouse couple ready.

 

In Germany the bikers wear a full leather outfit. Leather pants, jacket , gloves and a helmet.

motorradbekleidung All out of security reasons.  You don’t have any metal around you if you happen to end up on the street.The so called crunch zone.  So the leather is a little bit of protection.

When I see bike riders driver around here in the USA, at least here in South Carolina,  on their bikes I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to protect themselves a little. Often they are on their motorcycles with short pants, no helmet, just a tank top and I have even seen them riding in flip flops.

Since 2014 you have to have all these items if you are on a bike in Germany :

  • passendem Motorradhelm,   /  fitted helmed
  • Motorradhandschuhen,          /   gloves
  • eng anliegender Motorradjacke, / tight fitting motorcycle jacket
  • Rückenprotektor, falls nicht in Motorradjacke integriert,  /  back protection if it’s not integrated in the jacked
  • Motorradhose,   / motorcycle pants
  • Motorradstiefeln mit ausreichendem Knöchelschutz / motorcycle boots with enough ankle protection

Since 1976 there is a helmet obligation for anything that moves with a motor on two wheels over 20 km/h = 12.43 mph, in Germany.

 Even though there was clearly proof that helmets saved lives, and it was emphasized to wear them there was no law passed anywhere in the world to make it mandatory before 1961. People didn’t wear them because they thought they looked uncool.  Australia did introduce a helmet mandatory law in 1961.
In 1966 the US introduced the Highway safety act. The Act required the Secretary of Transportation to set uniform standards for state highway safety programs. One of these standards, issued in 1967, dealt with motorcycle safety. It included the requirement that states adopt universal helmet use laws — laws that mandate helmet use by all motorcycle riders. States that failed to comply would lose a portion of their federal-aid highway construction funds.
By 1975, 47 States had introduced this helmet law.  But after this law was revoked, more than half removed the mandatory law.
Over the last years the use of helmets has declined.  Sadly the deaths have increased.
I got my mice ready and tried to figure out how I could make a tight fitting “leather” pants. It was quite tight in some places…..  I ran out of needles….needl
but I think they turned out quite good. Oh just noticed, one mouse still needs whiskers. I guess I got to wrapped up in the pants.
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My next knitting task will be figuring out how to make a “leather” jacket for the couple.
In the mean time I am also working on the helmets.
This is what I have so far       helm
It will take a few days until I can start cutting it into shape. The glue water mixture will have to fully dry first.
 This is my motorcycle collection that I put together from Artyah and Zibbet shops. Click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shops.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Paper Motorcycle Die Cut Set of 12
by TheHoppeShoppe

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Dirt Bike Word Art, Personalized Child Art, Gift for Boy
by bymyword

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Motorcycle Puzzle – Motorbike – for Shelf or Tabletop – Home Decor – Transportation Decor
by WoodNCreations

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Harley Motorcycle Lover Sign ‘ Ride It Like You Stole It ‘ – Primitive, Folk Art, Country
by AndTheSignSays

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AVANT GARDE Cropped Leather Motorcycle Biker Chic Jacket xs s
by thecatmeows

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Black leather motorcycle tool bag / small saddle bag
by RobertiCustoms

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Cece Rider Motorcycle Rocker
by customwoodshack

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Knitting Cloth Pattern – MOTORCYCLE – PDF
by ezcareknits

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Rustic Motorcycle Racer Steel Heart Ornament
by becreations

 

and here is my motorcycle treasury from Etsy

motorcycles

 

I hope I will get my mice motorcycle this week so I can show you the finished product of my biking mouse couple.

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Spotlight Friday: Passport and traveling

A little while ago, my cousin and I where taking about taking a trip, maybe visiting them in Germany in the near future.

So I went to see if our passports are still up to date. Well guess what? Only one out of 4 was still valid. That would be mine. Phew!!! because for mine I would have to make an appointment in Atlanta. Not knowing how long the wait for that would be. Then make arrangements that my kids are taken to and from School. Atlanta is about a 3 hour drive from here. Well I guess I could count myself lucky, that I don’t have to go further like other Germans that live on the West Coast. But as I said mine is still good for another 5 years.

So I checked online to see what the rates are right now for an American passport

Passport Service Type Passport Fee Expedite Passport Fee
New Passport Age 15 and Younger $80.00 $60.00
Lost or Stolen Passport $80 (Child) $110 (Adult) $60.00
1st Passport Card $15 (Child) $30 (Adult) $60.00
Passport Renewal $110.00

and then you still have to add the $25 Execution fee and the $15 for the picture . Oh boy, better scrape our pennies together.

Off I went to make a phone call to our closest post office.

Guess what, they only do passports between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. “no, thank you, Mam. I will not need an appointment today. I am not going to take my kids out of School for that.” But she did give me two post offices that do passports between  8:30 am and 3:30 pm / 4 pm on a walk in basis.

So now all I had to do is check for the next 1/2 day in my kids schedule and tell hubby to take a day off, because we both need to be there to sign their application.

What an act, just to get a document that allows you to travel abroad.

King Henry V of England is credited with having invented what some consider the first true passport, as a means of helping his subjects prove who they were in foreign lands. The earliest reference to these documents is found in a 1414 Act of Parliament.At that time, documents like these could be issued by the king to anyone, whether they were English or not. Foreign nationals even got theirs free of charge, while English subjects had to pay.

It was in the early 20th century that passports as we would recognize them today began to be used.

Many countries issue only one passport to each national . When passport holders apply for a new passport (commonly, due to expiration of an old passport or lack of blank pages), they may be required to surrender the old passport for invalidation. In some circumstances an expired passport is not required to be surrendered or invalidated (for example, if it contains an unexpired visa).

Under the law of most countries, passports are government property, and may be limited or revoked at any time, usually on specified grounds, and possibly subject to judicial review. In many countries, surrender of the passport is a condition of granting bail in lieu of imprisonment for a pending criminal trial.

Each country sets its own conditions for the issue of passports. Passports have a limited validity, usually between 5 and 10 years.

Many countries require a remaining passport validity of no less than six months on arrival, as well as having at least two to four blank pages. A friend of mine just found this out the hard way this year. She had to get new passports asap, because she was told by the airline that they will not let the person on the flight,if you don’t have the six month grace period, because the airline will get hit with a fee if they let you fly.

Since a few years now there is the biometric passport, I think since 2004. A biometric passport, also known as an e-passport, ePassport or a digital passport, is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers. It uses contactless smart card technology, including a microprocessor chip (computer chip) and antenna (for both power to the chip and communication) embedded in the front or back cover, or center page, of the passport.

The currently standardized biometrics used for this type of identification system are facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and iris recognition. These were adopted after assessment of several different kinds of biometrics including retinal scan. The ICAO (The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation) defines the biometric file formats and communication protocols to be used in passports.

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(source: http://www.slideshare.net/iamaproudindian/machine-readable-travel-documents-mrtd-biometric-passport)

A lot of information in a little piece of paper/ plastic. So you want to make sure you don’t loose it while you are traveling.

I found some nice traveling accessories on Zibbet and ArtYah. If you would like to take a closer look, just click on the picture. It will take you to the corresponding shop.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Passport wallet
by HoneysuckleBarn

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PASSPORT CASE, Passport cover, travel wallet, snap closure, two pockets
by JustMeToo

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Passport Cover//Cards & Tissues Holder/Handmade Mini Wallet/Travel Accessory
by TheSunshineBoutique

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Hot pink clutch, diva wallet, girls purse, travel wallet, black clutch
by RobynFayeDesigns

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USA & Canada Map | Fabric map to sew or color | Travel embroidery kit
by Leeess

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personalized leather passport holder & luggage tag in set, personalized travel set, personalized passenger’s set, leather passport cover
by Araga

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Passport Travel Journal, Ancient Map Diary, Adventure Old Geography Map, Diary of Europe Journey, My trip Journal, Log your Trip
by Dorothyjane

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Passport Travel Wallet, Rustic Leather Distressed Charcoal Black
by RusticLeather

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Silver Passport Charms
by Kraft Supplies 4 U

and here are the Etsy Passport items that I found, here the link for the treasury.

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Ok, now I have done it. I am getting antsy to go and travel. We have not had a vacation in 5 years. I think it is about time that we go explore more of this wonderful planet again.

Guess it is time to get those passports done, so we are ready.

Where is your favorite place to travel to?

 

Spotlight Friday: what is in the cards?

My personal life is quite a whirl wind lately. I am getting pulled in so many different directions. And often I don’t know what to do , so I get stagnant. Nothing I really like doing. But I have to be careful of not overdoing it to not put too much stress on my health and end up in  that bad place again.

I am a very intuitive person. Often my decision base more on feelings than facts.  Intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.

So it happened  that a few days ago I was given the chance to get a free card reading.

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To many this might sound weird. But I do believe in that your body and mind send out waves or have different auras, for others to pick up in what kind of state of mind or what mood you are in at the moment.  How this works online without having the person sitting right in front of you, is still a riddle to me.

I have never had a person on person reading. I might have to take that step and find out how this would be. What am I so nervous about?

So when I got the message over FB that I could get a reading, I was really excited. Joella Notte – Art Sould Studio is her page if you’d like to look her up.

It was going to be a Tarot reading.

“The earliest known tarot decks weren’t designed with mysticism in mind; they were actually meant for playing a game similar to modern-day bridge.” By the mid-18th century, the mystical applications for cards had spread from Italy to other parts of Europe.

Etteilla was the first to issue a revised tarot deck specifically designed for occult purposes rather than game playing. In keeping with the belief that tarot cards are derived from the Book of Thoth, Etteilla’s tarot contained themes related to ancient Egypt.

The variety of decks in use is almost endless, and grows yearly. And there is no standard number of cards across all decks.The types of cards, the suits and their meanings are the same, the illustrations vary greatly.

In most people’s minds, “Tarot card reading” means a woman in flowing robes, leaning over a small table in a dark candlelit room, foretelling what bad things will come.

That is not really what Tarot cards are about, they are not even really meant to tell your fortune or future.

So Joella asked me to send her one question I had, that I wanted answered.

Once the cards are shuffled and the deck has been cut, the reader lays out the cards in a pattern called the spread.

This is how my spread looked like. spread

Each position in the spread has a meaning, and there are many different types of spreads.Once the cards are laid out, their meanings are interpreted based on their positions and their neighboring cards.

To learn the art of Tarot-card reading, you can read books, take courses and even become certified. Courses are taught online and in classes through Tarot organizations and through independent Tarot teachers.

My reading was spot on. She tuned right into what emotional turmoil is raging in me at the moment.

The reading pointed out what I deep down already knew what I need to do to change some things. But for some reason I couldn’t let go. It gave me reassurance that I am  on the right track. I just need to trust in myself and go for it.

How can randomly drawn cards have any relevance to someone’s life and what’s happening in it?

The cards don’t tell you what you should do or what specifically is going to happen in your future, but rather the possibilities depending on the path you take.

For me it was more of a little nudge to get off my  butt and do what I know I have to do.

My take on reading cards has nothing to do with occult, bad voodoo or  anything like that. I think people who do readings have this gift to pick up on peoples energies and vibes. They read you and then can tell what is going on and help you to understand yourself better. Help you to make that decision  that you already deep down know, but for some reason ignore.

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What is in the cards?  I titled this whole Spotlight for today, as well as the treasuries that I put together. The first one is from Etsy, just click on the link and you can take a closer look at the items.

This second treasury is a mixture of Zibbet and Artyah items. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the particular shop.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Tarot Card The Empress Altered Art Earrings
by Threecats

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The Chariot (Le Chariot), Framed Tarot Card Assemblage
by Pandorasbox

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CAT TAROT Altered Art Charm Bracelet by artjewelryforyou

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Dragonfly Reversible Spread Cloth Embroidered, Tarot Cloth, Rune Casting Cloth
by SeleneMoonGoddess

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Gypsy Fortune Teller Wine & Drink Glass Charms Set of 6 Ouija Board, Fortune Game, More
by Threecats

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Psychic Tarot Reading- Full Ten Cards Spread
by Serena

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Badgers Print
by catbirdcraft

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Crystal Ball Psychic Reading / Scrying
by Serena

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Witches Signs Cats Tarot Card readings halloween decorations party Astrology Witches Plaques Primitives Vintage Gypsies primitive black cat
by SleepyHollowPrims

 

I would love to hear your take on reading cards. Did you ever have cards read to you? Do you think it’s all humbug?

I want to wish you a wonderful and successful day!

servus, Frauke

Spotlight Friday : Music in my heart

I hope you didn’t miss me too much last Friday. We had my Cousin and her family here for a short week from Germany. We hadn’t seen each other in about 5 years, so I decided not to get on the internet. We enjoyed every minute.

On Monday it was time for back to School!  Two weeks before that I took advantage of registering my kids online, so the registration day at school would go faster. I had asked my little one if she would be interested in anything else like sports or music etc.

“na, I’m good I am already doing school TV” ( She has to be in school in the mornings before 7:15 am)  Ok,  I thought, we will just wait and see if anything comes along that will strike her fancy further down the road.

Wednesday she came home with a bunch of papers for me to fill out and said: “Mama, I would like to learn how to play the Violin or Viola. Can you fill out this paper?”

It said to go online and register, so I did.

I was not quite sure what a Viola was, I knew a Violin and a Cello, but don’t remember ever hearing anything about a Viola.  Well, off I go to google…

VIOLA: an instrument of the violin family, larger than the violin and tuned a fifth lower.

I think he explains it quite nicely.

We still have to wait for a little time until she will start. I am excited for her. She did learn the obligatory recorder in school last year and she loved it.

When I was younger I learned to play the recorder as well, then later changed over to a Tenor flute. Loved the deep sound this made.

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It was a little tall for me in the beginning. I still have the flute, but have not played it in a very long time.

Maybe it is time to pull it out again and start practicing.  In my teenage years I also taught myself how to play the guitar. It was a little hard to be self taught but it was enough for just me. I did sell my guitar before we move to the US. Why? I don’t know.

I do still want to learn how to play the piano. Right now we do not have enough room for one, even just a keyboard. But maybe one day.

I grew up listening to classic music and I still love listening to it today, well actually any kind of music that makes me feel good.

So from September on we will have someone practicing a string instrument, I hope she will not get discouraged from the learning curve in the beginning. I remember from boarding school, one of my room mates learned how to play the violin. And it was quite a torture for our ears in the first few weeks. She did get better and I enjoyed listening to her practice hours.

Maybe my little one and I could team up and practice together, because I am quite rusty at playing my Tenor flute.

This is my Music collection from ArtYah, click on the photo and it will take you to the corresponding shop.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage The Music Man Vocals and Piano Book 32 Pages Musical
by cookiecuttercat

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Music Lovers Personalized Photo Pendant Necklace or Key chain Piano Jewelry
by HandmadeInChico

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Tape Measure Music Love Retractable Measuring Tape
by AllAboutTheButtons

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Music Note Coffee Mug Rug | Raw Edge Applique Patchwork Mug Rug | Snack Mat |
by jen113

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White Hair Bow with Musical Notes Music Notes Hair Bow 4.5″ x 3.5″ Handmde New
by Maria32

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Renoir Copper Clip Earrings Three Notes Musical 1950s Vintage Jewelry
by VintageJewelryStore

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Peace, Love and Music Mini Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch

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Vintage Sheet Music Lot Yankee Doodle Dandy Robert E lee Annie Get Your Gun
by cookiecuttercat

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Still Life of Violin and Music Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch

 

What is your favorite music you listen to?  For me it really depends on the mood. It can go from Heavy Metal to Instrumental or Folklore all in one day, I do love listening to my R&B from the early 90’s though. Drives my little one nuts.

music-in-my-heart

this collection makes me want to turn my music up and dance. Find it right here, this link will take you to the Etsy treasury so you can take a closer look.

Also I found quite a collection on Zibbet, that I would like to share with you.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Fabric Buttons, Covered Buttons, Muscial Buttons, Vintage Buttons, Music Buttons, Brown Buttons, Piano Buttons, Muscial Note, 0.8 Inch Buttons 5’s
by Retronana

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Music Treble Clef Tree Cross Stitch Pattern***L@@K***
by LONE WOLF CROSS-STITCH PATTERNS LOOK

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Metro Music I (A Portrait of a Subway Musician)
by Egilpatr

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Music Box by JustBelieveCreations

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Mini Music Note Cookies (Four Dozen)
by CakeItToTheLimit

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Silver wire crochet musical clef pendant with pearl
by CatsWire

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Handmade Pottery Turtle Rattle / Shaker / Instrument – Native American Inspired – Wall decoration
by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Little Purple Flutist Owl Print
by MoreThanZeroArt

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Antique Phonograph Blank Card
by Hollenmark Card Design

You see something you like, just click on the picture and you will be able to take a closer look.

Now I would like to wish you a wonderful day filled with wonderful music! 

Spotlight Friday: piercing

The other day we finally made out trip to North Carolina. It had been in the planning for a long time. For ages if you ask my oldest. She was one of the reasons we made the trip. For quite some time she had asked me if she could get a nose piercing. When we had talked about it we agreed that she needed to be at least 15 and pay for it from her earned money and be done with her NJROTC, because they do not allow you to wear any jewelry with your uniform.

Well after we had that agreement I had looked up what regulations are for nose piercing here in South Carolina. After finding all the information, I was thinking, maybe I should of done this first!?

The first link I had found was this one  http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/tattooing-and-body-piercing.aspx  where it said

South Carolina S.C. Code § 44-34-10 to 44-34-110 Tattooing. Prohibits tattooing anyone under the age of 21.  If a person is at least 18, they may get a tattoo with parental consent.
S.C. Code § 44-32-10 to 44-32-120 Body Piercing Facility. Prohibits anyone from performing body piercing on an individual under age 18.

Well, maybe I should of checked with the laws first.  It didn’t even cross my mind to be honest. I had mine done 20+ years ago in a jewelry shop with the “gun” they use to pierce ears.  I did find out though that this is not done in the US anymore. You will have to go to a tattoo shop to get your nose pierced. Oh boy, a total new can of worms that I just opened up.

I did find some shops, that looked good to me but they all disclaimed that here in SC you have to have parents and Doctors consent to get a nose piercing and at least 16 years old. When she had her yearly physical to get the sports physical we asked the Doc. Of course she said no.

Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are well represented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummified remains ever discovered were sporting earrings, attesting to the existence of the practice more than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BC. Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tongue piercings were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Nipple and genital piercing have also been practiced by various cultures, with nipple piercing dating back at least to Ancient Rome while genital piercing is described in Ancient India c. 320 to 550 CE. The history of navel piercing is less clear. The practice of body piercing has waxed and waned in Western culture, but it has experienced an increase of popularity since World War II, with sites other than the ears gaining subcultural popularity in the 1970s and spreading to mainstream in the 1990s.

The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.

You can find into depth information about all the piercings and their history 

When I searched our neighboring States I found out that they had different regulations. We live pretty much in the middle of South Carolina, so it was either direction not more than 1.5 hours.  Plus going up North would mean we could stop in at IKEA which we love to go to, but don’t get to go very often.

So we found a Tattoo/ Piercing shop that had very good reviews and I kept my fingers crossed that it was all true.  And it was, the store was very clean, the staff was very friendly and explained everything into detail. Everything was sterile and the piercing artist really made my kid feel comfortable and walked her through every step. She is told to come back in 4 weeks for a check up. I don’t remember me having that when I had mine pierced.

I never had anything against my daughter piercing her nose. How can I say no, when I have a pierced nose  myself. We did talk about the aesthetics and how much would be too much, and what it would mean when wanting to work in certain fields. We agreed on that this is the only one I will allow, besides ear piercing, as long as she lives in our house.

So now you know a little bit more about body piercing and it’s history.

Wow, Etsy was full of jewelry for piercing. So I narrowed it down to nose piercing. (Click on it and it will take you to the Treasury on Etsy) Or do your own search for piercing jewelry.

nose-piercing

It was a little tougher on Zibbet to find just nose piercings. So I added other piercing jewelry into the mix. Just click on the picture if you would like to take a closer look.


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A 2mm Tiny Amethyst in Sterling Silver Nose Stud by GazitJewelry

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Cartilage ear cuff “Gold Tender LOVE” – no piercing-fake piercing ear wires- wire writing
by KOZLOVA

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Beautiful Brass Flower Earrings – Tribal Jewelry by ronyibiza

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Ear Cuff Sterling Silver Pearl Pink Freshwater
by stonehorsedesigns

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Modern sterling Silver Dangle Earrings for Pierced ears,
by Menno

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Gold Belly Ring Bellybutton Jewelry Body Jewelry
by stonehorsedesigns

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Elf Ears – Enchanted Night, elven ears, elf ear cuff, elf ear wrap, elf cosplay jewelry
by SilverElfJewelry

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Horn And Shell Plug – Piercing Plugs – Tribal Plugs – Unique Plugs – Artistic Plugs
by ronyibiza

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18g little vine hoops– primitive series– handmade by thebeadedlily
by thebeadedlily

These are the ear piercing jewelry that I have found on ArtYah, I think some beautiful pieces.


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Hand carved White Jade calla lily bead earrings . 925 sterling silver earwires by BethShanIreland

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Cat on Lime Green Wooden Dangle Earrings
by wowwy

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Mini Tea Cup Earrings
by HagAndNagAntiques

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Dandelion Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Handmade Earrings – Dangle Earrings
by silvermustangs

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Feather and Beetle-wing boho earrings on birdy earwires
by BethShanIreland

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Beaded colorful hoop earrings, geometric earrings modern art earrings
by lutita

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Tribal Feather Earrings, Long Dangle Gemstone Earrings, Aztec Bohemian Jewelry
by morethanprettythings

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Large Textured Copper Earrings with Turquoise
by SilverandEarth

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Sterling silver teardrop stud earrings Understated jewelry Minimalist earrings
by Freesize

Do you have any body parts pierced? Which ones?

I did have 3 holes pierced into my earlobes on both sides. I did wear earrings in all of them for the longest. But the last few years, I hardly even wear any earrings. Don’t know why. But after seeing all those wonderful creations I might just have to change my mind.

 

Here is a link from another blogger, going a little bit more into detail about body piercings if you would like to read more about it.

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