Friday, 19 May 2017
A warm welcome to this weeks Free on Friday. This post was going to be very short because I am full of cold - cough, splutter, atishoo! I hope you are all saying "Bless You" because I need it. I wondered where the saying came from and I copied this from Wikipedia:
National Geographic reports that during the plague of AD 590, "Pope Gregory I ordered unceasing prayer for divine intercession. Part of his command was that anyone sneezing be blessed immediately ("God bless you"), since sneezing was often the first sign that someone was falling ill with the plague." By AD 750, it became customary to say "God bless you" as a response to one sneezing.
The practice of blessing someone who sneezes dates as far back as at least AD 77, although it is far older than most specific explanations can account for. Some have offered an explanation suggesting that people once held the folk belief that a person's soul could be thrown from their body when they sneezed, that sneezing otherwise opened the body to invasion by the Devil or evil spirits, or that sneezing was the body's effort to force out an invading evil presence. In these cases, "God bless you" or "bless you" is used as a sort of shield against evil. The Irish Folk story "Master and Man" by Thomas Crofton Croker, collected by William Butler Yeats, describes this variation. Moreover, in the past some people may have thought that the heart stops beating during a sneeze, and that the phrase "God bless you" encourages the heart to continue beating.
In some cultures, sneezing is seen as a sign of good fortune or God's beneficence. As such, alternative responses to sneezing are the German word Gesundheit (meaning "health") sometimes adopted by English speakers, the Irish word sláinte (meaning "good health"), the Spanish salud (also meaning "health") and the Hebrew laBri'ut (colloquial) or liVriut (classic) (both spelled: "לבריאות") (meaning "to health").
In Persian culture, sneezing sometimes is called "sabr =صبر," meaning "to wait or be patient." And when trying to do something or go somewhere and suddenly sneezing, one should stop or sit for a few minutes and then re-start. By this act the "bad thing" passes and one will be saved. This is observed in Indian culture as well.
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So now you know the origin of "Bless You"! Today I have a flower for you. I photographed and cut out this beautiful rose, I hope you like it. See you soon, have a great weekend x Angela x
Friday, 12 May 2017
A warm welcome to Crafting With Jack and another Free on Friday. Today I have some Bird Children pages for you and a beautiful rose that I photographed. Hope you enjoy these pictures, feel free to make requests for something different.
See you soon x
Friday, 5 May 2017
Welcome to Free on Friday at Crafting With Jack. How has your week gone? I have had a good week, made some cards, went out with a friend, spent far too much time looking at the hundreds of tadpoles swimming around in my ponds :) I also did a spot of weeding, I have a bit of a problem with bindweed in my garden. As fast as I pull it out it starts growing again. The trouble is it is inclines to strangle everything if you are not on top of it. It is an attractive flower and sure is easy to grow! Here are some pictures for you:
I did this one from a small black and white image from Gutenberg. And remember- the only difference between a weed and a flower is it is usually growing in the wrong place! See you soon, have a great weekend x
Friday, 28 April 2017
A warm welcome to Free on Friday at Crafting With Jack.
This is one of my latest cards, I still have some of these lovely nature pictures left, but I think it's time to move on to another group of images. this week I have been trying to sort out my die cuts. I have been storing them in A6 pockets, cut from a photo album and they have a white middle piece, so it is not always easy to find things.. I came up with this idea. I have put my smaller die cuts into card pocket pages. Now this idea is not perfect, the pockets are a bit small, but the die cuts are more visible. I keep them in a Really Useful storage box, which is just slightly bigger than the pocket pages. I have just tied the pages together at the moment and put the bigger stuff underneath. I don't know if they make these pocket pages with bigger pockets, but I shall pop over to Amazon and find out!
Today I have a little bird for you, I hope you like him/her!
Monday, 24 April 2017
If you join the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook you can get a free digi every month for as long as you colour and enter the image. This month's image is a baby owl.
I coloured the owl with my promarkers, scanned it and completed the rest in PSE.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
I have done a few more cards today - amazing what you can get done when your husband is out for the day! He has been helping redecorate my son's house and has been out all week.
A little challenge for you. Post a picture of your craft room when you are in the middle of creating. Add your link to your post so I can come and see your photographs. This is what my craft room looks like when I am creating. I think maybe this will go, get some stuff out, not quite right - get some more stuff out - not really - get some more stuff out. It does all get put away again when I have finished, I use the floor space too. Is it the way I have stuff stored that makes everything so difficult - do you have a better way? Let me know - please!
I look forward to some helpful answers or at least pictures of rooms like mine so I know I am not alone :) Join me tomorrow for Free on Friday x