Hogmanay at Hall House

We are all geared up for the biggest party of the year here at our house! Hogmanay-which most of us know as New Year's Eve-is the only time of year that Ian gets homesick for Scotland.

Ian & the pipers on our lawn>>

He loves Kansas for some crazy reason (he will tell you its because we actually have a SUMMER;) and most of the time he's happier here than he was back home, but no one else in the world understands how to bring in the New Year like Scotland does. They even have TWO official government-recognized days off every year to recover!

So on Hogmanay we throw a party at Hall House complete with family, friends, Celtic jam session and bagpipes. One year we had 5 pipers on the lawn at midnight-and yes, they were louder than the fireworks!!

This year we are making it a bit more special. My beloved grandmother passed away just before Thanksgiving. She was 93 and had lived a long full life but we will miss her!

She always said she didnt want a sad funeral, but a joyful celebration when she went. Last year she was the guest of honor at our New Year celebration so we decided to make this the "Bethel Tucker Memorial Jam Session" and sing a few special songs to celebrate her life as we say goodbye to 2009.

Grandma's Birthday Photo from a few years back

Year End Refer a Friend Contest & Sale ~ $50 Gift Certificate!!

I have had a lot of fun with my new Thyme2dream Facebook Page this year- thank you to everyone who joined!! Now as this year draws to a close, Im aiming to reach 500 fans before the start of 2010 and I decided to make it fun by adding a contest and sale to the festivities!

THE SALE: I still have my Fairy Merry Christmas Sale section open and here is a coupon good for an additional 20% off. Just enter YERAF09 when you check out at Thyme2dream ArtFire now through Dec 31st for 20% off your entire order. NOTE: THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN MY ARTFIRE SHOP (gotta love ArtFire coupons for making it simple;)

THE CONTEST: Entering is simple~1st, fan Thyme2dream on Facebook (if you havent already) THEN, tell a friend about my Facebook page, ask them to fan it AND leave your name in a comment on one of the recent posts on my wall... ie "Flora Fairy referred me"

You each get your name in a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate good towards anything in my ArtFire shop! The more friends you refer the more times your name is in the drawing...;-)

Drawing will be held January 1st, so all comments til then will count

Perfect Last Minute Gift- A Gift Certificate from Thyme2dream

You can even shop for this one in a snowstorm;-).

$25 & $50 Gift Certificates available in Thyme2dream ArtFire. An almost instant gift- I will email the certificate & code to you as soon as I record your order and you print it out for your giftee- simple & quick!!

BONUS: Now through Christmas Day, save 10% on any gift certificate with coupon code LASTMINGC

Fairy Merry Christmas Sale at Thyme2dream

FAIRY MERRY CHRISTMAS SALE I have marked down lots of sparkly holiday sorts of items in the Fairy Merry Christmas Sale section at Thyme2dream ArtFire AND if your order is over $75 you also get your choice of a free fairy wand or any ear cuff up to $18 in value!!

The sale prices are already marked, but if your order is $75 or more please indicate your choice of free gift in the notes to seller section:)

Thyme2dream's Handmade Holiday Wish List on Facebook

Come and join the fun!! I started a new facebook page so I can keep up with friends and artisans over the holiday season- kind of a virtual shopping mall for creative folk!

I really wanted it to be place for everyone to "shop" together this holiday season..please pop by and post your own wish list items from other artist's shops, sales and features from your own shop, anything handmade!!

PLEASE: Handmade, Vintage and Supplies only my aim is to help promote a handmade holiday season...lets band together and make it a great one for all:-)

CONTEST: Win a Thyme2dream Elven Necklace this week

Hey all, Im featured in week 10 of the Kansas City Etsy teams Countdown to Christmas Giveaway! Im offering one of my adjustable choker / necklace pieces in the winners choice of any colour range in my shop! Click the photos or CLICK HERE to visit our KC Etsy blog and enter the contest:)

Winter Wedding Treasury on Etsy

I don't include every treasury Im in on my blog, but this one was so breathtaking I just had to!! Thank You to mysticwynd for including our Ivy Leaf Tiara!! its up til Tuesday, click the photo to visit~

EvenStar Elven Forest Collection is Born

Evenstar (Undómiel in the Elvish tongue) was the name given to Arwen by her grandmother Galadriel..a prophetic name, for she was indeed the Evening Star of her people.

In this new elven forest range, I set the purples & pinks of a twilight sky amidst shimmery starlike crystals and leaves.

These pieces started as a routine custom order, but got out of hand and turned into a whole new jewelry range! I love when that happens!!

So far I only have ear cuff and pendant, but plans are in the works for elven headdress, bracelet, earrings, hair fanices and more..if you would like to order any of those pieces before I list them, just drop me a line.

Mary Travers, The Angel Who Taught Me to Sing

I dont usually cry when famous people die, but I did tonight when I heard that Mary Travers had passed away. Peter Paul and Mary's first album came out the month I was born, and I remember as a little girl hugging up close to the hi-fi speakers to immerse myself in the amazingly rich sounds of "an angel and two cellos playing guitars" and smiling back at the happy lady on the In The Wind album cover while I listened. I remember my dad explaining the importance of event in the photograph on the back cover- Peter Paul & Mary singing Blowin in the Wind at Martin Luther King's famous March on Washington.

Mary taught me to sing harmony with passion and to be proud of my alto voice that I always worried was a little weird. She and my mom were the only two women I remember singing me to sleep at night:). In tribute, here are videos of some of my favorite songs from the early days of Peter Paul and Mary:

Mary said of this song:
If I had to pick one song, my softest spot, it would be "Blowing in the Wind." If you could imagine the March on Washington with Martin Luther King and singing that song in front of a quarter of a million people, black and white, who believed they could make America more generous and compassionate in a nonviolent way, you begin to know how incredible that belief was.

And still is. To sing the line, "How many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free?" in front of some crummy little building that refuses to admit Jews in 1983, the song elicits the same response now as it did then. It adresses the same questions. "How many deaths will it take till they know that too many people have died?" Sing that line in a prison yard where political prisoners from El Salvador are being kept. Or sing it with Bishop Tu Tu. Same response. Same questions.

Joe Smith, Off The Record, London, 1989, pp. 161-162

Mary's amazing voice ringing out over Sydney Harbor

I love her harmonies soaring on the chorus of this song!!

Probably my very FAVORITE song Peter Paul and Mary ever did...the way it builds is amazing....they could do more with three voices, two guitars and a bass than anyone I ever heard (okay there is a horn section in the back of this, but it wasnt needed, lol)

Finally, a couple of very happy Spiritual Songs to send her home...

We will really miss you Mary, I hope to see you again one day "in that land where Im bound" on that "great day in the morning" :-)

Under A Violet Moon

I love purple by ANY name..here are a couple of pieces in my new Under a Violet Moon range.

Under A Violet Moon 'Bajoran' ear cuff/earring

As you may have guessed, these pieces are indeed named after the magical Blackmore's Night song (video below;)

Under A Violet Moon Circlet

And just in case you wanted to know what former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is up to these days (yeah, the Smoke on the Water dude;)... here he is playing Renaissance Rock with the beautiful Candice Night:

Dragon Days of Summer 25% off Sale at Thyme2dream ArtFire

Yes, I know thats a really corny fairy pun...I must be hanging around Ian too much;).

BUT the point is..now through Sunday August 23rd (I extended it a week!!) save 25% on your total order through my ArtFire Shop only. This is a secret sale for people who read my blog, Facebook or Twitter so you MUST mention this post in the notes to seller section when you check out to get the discount! I will refund the discount through Paypal or send a revised invoice for you, whichever you prefer.

Sale includes EVERYTHING listed at Thyme2dream ArtFire: fairy tiaras, elven headdress, circlets, ear cuffs, faery jewelry and more...even already marked down sale items! As always, the buy 3 or more items get free shipping offer also applies.

I've added several new designs this summer, including some new Victorian Twilight pieces, the Golden Slumbers collection , new 'Bajoran' Ear Cuffs and Peacock Fan Tiara. We also have a group of special sale items already marked down.

REMEMBER this is in my ArtFire shop only- if you see something on Etsy you like that isnt yet listed on ArtFire just let me know and I will post it there for you. Also, remember to mention this post to get your discount- its not advertised in my shop, just here Facebook and Twitter...it IS okay to tell your friends tho;-)

I Entered a Contest~ Please Vote AND Get 10% off BEADS:)

I entered my first ever actual jewelry contest this past week because one of my favorite online bead suppliers-Abeadstore.com- was offering BEADS as the prize! I entered my Rivendell Spring Earrings, made with the gorgeous Azuro Peridot leaves that I have only found there:

The cool thing about this contest is that just for voting you get 10% off any purchase in their shop made now through August 31st(even if you dont vote for me;)..So- FOLLOW THIS LINK and vote!!

Handmade Weddings Inspiration

We were honored to be included on Inventing Weddings: Etsy Handmade Wedding Inspirations last week...if you are planning a wedding you should definitely include this GORGEOUS blog on your inspirations list!!

That's our Sapphire & Ice Wedding Tiara in the lower right hand corner... click on the photo or visit http://inventingweddings.blogspot.com/2009/07/blue-on-something-blue.html for information on all the beautiful pieces featured here.

Back to the Renaissance

We're off to Michigan and cooler climes this weekend to sell our wares at the Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire at Kimball Pines Park in Battle Creek. We will be there this coming weekend, July 23-24th for the Celtic Gathering (which leaves me to wonder if Ian will be Pirate or Highlander for this weekend:) If you are in the area, please stop by & say hello- mention this post and I will give you a free $5 ear cuff!

PS~ YES, our online shops will all stay open~we are internet gypsies and work on the road...my Christmas in July Sale contines on ArtFire too;-)

Sales & Freebies and New Stuff Oh my

I went a little silly with the sales this week, but Im having fun so you might as well enjoy it too. There are several savings options for you this weekend in Thyme2dream shops at ArtFire & Etsy:

1)The Christmas in July Sale is in full swing on Artfire- all sorts of handmade goodies are on sale through July 26th, and I have an entire section in my shop devoted to it- including several brand new pieces like the Forest Fairy Bajoran cuff at left:)

2)Im offering a FREE $5 EAR CUFF with any order from my Etsy shop now through Sunday July 19th. You can even choose your own wire and crytsal colour..just leave me a note in the notes to seller section when you check out.

3) My FACEBOOK Fan Page sale continues through Sunday- sign up as a fan (if you arent one already:), leave a comment on my Facebook Page and save 20% off your entire order from my ARTFIRE shop.(oh and yes, it does include the SALE items already marked down on Artfire for sale #1;)

The Thyme2dream ArtFire sale
includes great deals on Elven Headdress, Circlets, Tiaras and Crowns as well as my every popular Ear Cuffs, Ear Vines and Bohemian Wraps..OH, and Ian's Pirate Ear Wraps are on sale as well....its a great weekend to shop!!

Pirates ~ Get Yer Buccan-Ear Wraps Here

Yes I know thats funny~ until you hear Ian say it about 20 times an hour at a Renaissance Festival: "Arrggh Matey's Roll up and get Yer Buccan Earwraps 'ere" (all in a thick Cornish accent, ala Long John Silver from the Disney version of Treasure Island). I suppose its a fitting way to introduce our new ear decor tho- Ian's version of our Bohemian Wraps made especially for Pirates.

Now those of you who have followed my blog for long know that my hubby has a perfectly delightful accent of his own-being a native of Edinburgh Scotland-but after a Renfest or two, he decided he would have more fun using a made up accent, and thats when he chose the Pirates of Cornwall for his inspiration~ "Aye me lover, this baint be no cheap jewels 'ere, only the best for me 'earties" and suchlike...

The Green Havens Ear Wrap

After spending a fest or two selling our regular Boho wraps to lots of folk in Pirate garb, Ian started to dream up designs with Pirate stories behind them, added a little corny play on words and the Buccan-Ear Wraps were born.

"Did you hear about the deaf Pirate?
He had no BuccanEars..."
(bad joke groan here;).

Our Buccan Ear Wrap collection so far includes The Green Havens, Port & Starboard, The Stormy Seas and in honor of our favorite Caribbean Pirates, The Black Pearl.

They are available and ON SALE now in Thyme2dream ArtFire, as well as in Ian's Etsy Shop, Dragon Rider Circlets

OH- and you get a FREE PIRATE JOKE with every listing;-)

Facebook Fan Page Sale!!

Attention Elven Fae, faeries, Renaissance Festivarians, and fairy jewelry lovers everywhere- Im having a sale to celebrate my new look on Facebook.

Thyme2dream on Facebook

! To get in on the savings, just join my fan page on facebook, leave a comment on the wall and receive 20% off your total order from Thyme2dream ARTFIRE only. Now through Sunday, July 19th.

And for all my friends with Facebook pages, check out this cool MASHABLE article on how to Get your own Embeddable Facebook Fan Boxes;-)

The Circlet Wizard's Newest Elven Headdress

Ians latest: a gorgeous Elven Headdress that I have decided to make the centrepiece for our new Withywindle Wedding Collection (More about that soon;).

We have this ON SALE NOW,along with other Circlets, Crowns & Tiaras as part of our Christmas in July Sale on Artfire

My Bright-Eyed Grandson, Aidan

This is my new cellphone wallpaper:) He's such a happy baby!! Almost 4 months old now!

Victorian Twilight Collection

No, I didnt name these after the Vampire books;-) BUT I do think there is a bit of a goth feel to this colour range and I quite enjoyed creating all the pieces to go with it!

This will be a limited collection- I bought the very last supply of those gorgeous lavender leaves from my supplier, and havent found them anywhere else so when they are gone these designs will be retired...

Im also introducing a new style with this range- the corded choker/necklace as shown here- these are so easy to wear, they adjust from 13-25 inches so can be worn with a variety of necklines and styles...I even had one customer tell me she wears hers as a circlet (with the focal bit hanging on the forehead) with one of her elven costumes:-)


Ear Cuff Test Drive Sale At Thyme2dream

Never worn an ear cuff? Wonder how it would work for you? I decided to give everyone a chance to try one out. For a limited time Im offering the basic Thyme2dream ear cuffs at my cost with free shipping- the perfect way to take one for a "test drive" (but you DO get to keep it;)

~Click here to VISIT MY EAR CUFF SALE~

NOTE: sorry its been so long since I updated here...Im finally catching up from a long couple of months of work and health snafus and plan to be more regular here again now:) Stay Tuned for a Midsummer Dream Sale next week in my ArtFire and SilkFair shops!!

Fun at the Faire

Yes, we really did make it back from Norman..I have just been VERY busy catching up since then:) I will do a proper post again soon, but in the meantime here are some photos from the Medieval Fair.

At right, Ian the circlet sellin Wizard in our Thyme2dream tent

Judith, our new elven friend in her Dragonrider Circlet, and Thyme2dream ear cuff and Inara bracelet/arm cuff

Our leather crafty friend Dave and Mary in their matching Dragon Rider circlets...he made us the most WONDERFUL leather pouches in trade..very handy for renfair garb that has nae pockets;-)

Our friend Oren and his wife made us newbies feel so welcome~looks great in his circlet and a new manly style of ear cuff I made at his request!!

Gypsy Starchild Heads for the Faire

Im SO excited!! Our very first Renaissance Festival is coming up in two weeks and preparations are down to the wire...We will be at the Medieval Fair in Norman, Oklahoma April 3-5. We just got our booth assignment and it looks GREAT. Here's the map- our booth is where the purple heart is...right in the middle of the southwest section of the fair, between the Gypsy Stage and the Gryphon Stage!!:)

Special note for any of our Renfaire friends~ If you plan to attend this event, please stop by my Facebook event page and rsvp...Im offering 10% discount on your entire purchase at the fair if you do.

Hope to see you there!!:)

An Ear Cuff by Any Other Name

So what exactly IS an ear Cuff, ear vine, Bohemian Wrap??

Whilst getting ready for our first live shows this spring, Ian has been busy making displays and getting our tent ready. In the midst of this, we realised that in order to talk to one another coherently about Thyme2dream ear decor, some of my pieces need better names!

SO~ as of now~ the
Emerald Forest Elven Ear Cuff at left and all cuffs with embellishments that sit on the ear are officially called Ear Vines.

My ever popular simple cuff is still called an ear cuff:) This is one of the first cuff designs I made, and still one of my top sellers.. And YES you can request this one in any Swarovski colour they make~no extra charge! I also have "ear cuffs" with wee gemstone shape beads; hearts, stars, and moons

Then we have the Bohemian Wraps...Ian with his cheeky sense of humour came up with the name for this style a while ago. He is a big Queen fan and thought it would be funny if my ear wraps which are rather boho and gypsy in style were named after Bohemian Rhapsody...I do humor him sometimes;)

So far, these are called 2 in 1 Ear Cuff Dangles..rather a pedantic name, but the idea is there. With this style, the basic ear cuff at top is embellished by the addition of one or more danglie bits. They are "2 in 1" because I make them so they can be worn with or without the dangles..kind of fun!

New Administrative Assistant @ Thyme2dream

I have been saying I really need some help with admin, so Ive finally decided to hire an administrative assistant..here she is working away:

Okay, not really..that would actually be my adorable baby niece for whom the Sophia Collection was named. Looks like shes an admin in waiting tho:)

Sapphire & Ice Elven Forest Collection

Im finally getting my wedding shop,www.thyme2dreamweddings.etsy.com up and running!

The Sapphire & Ice collection was a delight to make..I love the sparkly blues and shimmery white pearls- perfect for weddings that want a spot of colour, dont you think?

Celtic Fiddle Fire

Ive been a fan of acoustic music all my life and have been privileged to hear some amazing fiddle players live from the time I was very young. In my not at all humble opinion, Duncan Chisolm is the absolute best Celtic fiddle player in the world. He plays with the amazing Scottish Folk Rock band Wolfstone, but his solo work is where his playing gets a chance to shine...here is a 2007 performance with Ivan Drever, one of the founders of Wolfstone

That's My Boys!

Im a grandma! My son, Matthew and his new baby boy Aidan Daniel, born this morning at 7:54am. We are all totally chuffed to welcome this delightful 'little fire' into our family..mother & baby are doing well, and dad is recovering, lol

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