Ornaments for Your Inner Christmas Tree

2014 Christmas TreeWhat is a Christmas tree if not a special messenger to the child in each of us? There it stands with its open branches so ready to bring us into the world of dreams and delight. We can smell the strong essence of earth and forest. We can see the deep green that symbolizes growth and fertility. We can feel renewed, as if life has just begun this very moment! Read More »

Personalized Ornaments – What’s in a Name?

Baby Girl in Stocking - Personalized Ornament Baby's First Christmas - Personalized Ornaments Baby Boy in Stocking - Personalized Ornament

There are many common threads that bind us all together. We all have a name, a date of birth, and various benchmarks that highlight each life’s journey. Even though we all share these threads, each one is also uniquely our own.

For example, your name may be Mary—a name shared with hundreds of thousands of other people. But no other Mary has walked in your shoes, experienced what you have experienced or seen what you have seen. For you, it is not just another name. It’s YOUR name. It encapsulates who you are:  your likes and dislikes, your triumphs and tragedies, your great loves and your great losses. For you the name Mary is the unique story Read More »

Harvest Ornaments

Autumn is an exciting time. For many of us, as summer rolls away with its copper sun, there’s a welcome cooling. We can feel the necessary cycle of the seasons in the longer nights, the call of the wind, the stretching shadows. Whether we await snow, cold rain, or just a slight drop in temperature, we all experience this transformation. After all, we are certainly connected with the world around us. There might be one tree in your neighborhood that is a burst of orange and red. Or, perhaps your whole street is lined with a leafy fullness that is breath taking. You might live in the country where the pumpkins become fuller each day. You might be in the city where autumn seems to seep into shop windows with artistic displays. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. You are where you are for a reason and the change is beautiful.
So then, what a great idea to celebrate the cycle of life! The cycle of seasons! Why not allow a whole new vision? There’s the turning of fall and the leaves drenched in a whole rainbow of reds. There’s the afternoon sun shining on one maple tree as the leaves sway in fire- orange. There’s a cornucopia outside. Fruits and vegetables. There’s a cornucopia in you. Gratitude and memories. Why not bring all of it into your home as a reflection of your appreciation?
Harvest ornaments do exactly that. They reflect the transformation in each of us personally and in the expansive outdoors. They remind us of the intensity of this yearly experience that is so easy to overlook. They remind us that Christmas is so close! They’re fun. They mark a time of back-to-school and trick-or-treat. They lift us into the moment.
For example, the beaded ornaments also titled the “Kolkata Mistletoe” are embroidered in a gold weave with daisies, halos and the color of pearls. They can hang at your front entrance while they await the Christmas tree! They easily connect summer to autumn to Christmas! Their light appearance and fall colors remind us of where we are now and the excitement to come!

The autumn delights ornament is handcrafted and gifts you with the tree of your dreams. You can squint and look outside and envision all of your favorite seasonal images hanging from a large pine. You can do this. But you know it’s your imagination. How wonderful to make it real and solid right there on the dining room table before you! Or on your nightstand so you can breathe in the delights before you go to sleep!
Then, Halloween is not just for children. The masks and playfulness born of the change itself can be seen as bright lights as we enter the coldest months of the year. For example, the Purrfect Halloween figurine includes a trick-or-treat bag, a cat, a witch’s hat and a pumpkin! What more can you ask for? It’s community! Life is about sharing.

However you bring in autumn, whatever the ornaments you choose, you will certainly know within your heart that these handcrafted items open your eyes to that which you may not have seen before. Ornaments certainly have their use. They look good on book cases and bring a new sense of unique décor to your home. But they’re more than useful. As the seasons change (and change they will) they bring the solid images of the most beautiful truths right into your soul. Whether you glimpse at them, or stare, the harvest ornament can wake us all up to the magnificent yes of our universe.

Animal Ornaments as Symbols

Personalized Dog OrnamentDo you find yourself referring to your pets as people? Do you almost consider them to be your own children? If so, you share this sentiment with plenty of other pet lovers around the world. Animals do a lot for people, and many caring people like to take the time to remember them. The next time you need to purchase the perfect Christmas gift for another pet lover, why not consider buying a pet ornament?  Animals symbolize our connection with nature and pets give us a chance to serve and protect as well as be on the receiving end of loyalty, friendship and love.  What a bond we have with our best friends!  Want to know more about what a particular animal symbolizes?  You can find everything you need to know about animal symbolism here.

Christmas tree ornaments never go out of fashion. I Love My Cat - personalized ornament with your cat's nameThey are always the perfect gift, even for that friend, family member, or coworker who already seems to have everything. This is especially true when you select a high-quality ornament that will be treasured for years in the future. You can make sure that you and the favorite animal that inspired your purchase, will always be remembered too by choosing an ornament that actually looks like your pet and many ornaments also are available to personalize with your pet’s name.  There are also many nice pet memorial ornaments for your pets that are no longer with you.

Personalized Cat OrnamentsPet ornaments make a great gift for children and adults. Many people refuse to even put away their animal ornaments when the holiday season ends. Some folks come up with very creative ways to decorate with their ornaments all year around. I have seen strands of bird ornaments hung outside on a deck or patio to be enjoyed during the summer. Why hide away these memorable decorations for eleven months of the year anyway?

Stocking Pets OrnamentWhat kind of an animal ornament can you buy? The choice is easy for a pet- lover in your social circle. You can find some lovely ornaments which feature cats, dogs, birds, and even mice. The selection of an animal ornament that appears similar to their own pet will really demonstrate how much you care about the recipient too. Everybody enjoys having their own beloved pet noticed and admired by others and there are ornaments for almost every dog and cat breed available.

Don’t wait for Christmas to make your purchase. This would be a good gift to give for any type of welcome event. In fact, you can even find special ornaments that mark a birthday, wedding, graduation, or birth.

If your friend does not own any pets right now, but simply loves nature, you might consider choosing a cute squirrel, fox, or deer. Of course, you can really get into the spirit of the Christmas season by selecting a reindeer ornament. Reindeer ornaments come in natural looking styles, but  you can also find one with a bright red nose.

The Panda symbolizes peace and good fortune.Other animal ornaments can be very symbolic. They do not always have to represent an actual pet. A wise looking owl would be the perfect gift for a recent graduate. A pair of birds would be sure to please newlyweds. Baby chicks or kittens would be perfect for a new birth. Of course, chicks and bunny rabbits would be great to include in Easter baskets. Most events and holidays have some animals which traditionally symbolize meanings and messages.  Great Dreams offers an index of animal symbols here.

Try stringing forest animal ornaments at your kitchen window or use an ornament stand to display an animal ornament that symbolizes something special to you.  Keep it nearby at your desk or nightstand.

Do you need a special gift for a friend?  Do you want to make a statement or have a reminder of what is important to you?  Maybe you would just like to treat yourself.  Ornaments.com and their partners have just the animal ornament you are looking for.

 

What are Wearable Ornaments?

Novica's Coconut shell and horn beaded necklace, 'Rainbow Delight' (Ghana)      Novica's Sterling silver cuff bracelet, 'Royal Princess' (Thailand)

As much as we love our Christmas trees (and we do) we know that some ornaments are meant for the human embrace. In other words, we yearn for them next to our hearts and skin.  When we go online and find something brilliant we might think…wow that will look great on my tree. Other times we think…wow that will look great on me! What makes the difference?  A little bell rings.  We can’t move our eyes away from it. We visualize it on our fingers or wrists. We know how it will feel with just the right shirt or scarf.  We relate to the color and cut of a topaz so deeply it’s beyond thought. It’s knowledge. We know it beyond words. The coral on the ornament is so very red. Or the workmanship of the silver is so very detailed. Let’s put it this way. Some things cling to us and we cling to them. These are wearable ornaments.  If our tree mirrors the beauty of the world, we can certainly let our bodies mirror our intimacy with that same beauty.

What exactly is a wearable ornament though?

First, it’s unique. It can look like a sunburst with topaz, a snake of wood and jade, a dragon bracelet of braided silver or a blood stone. It’s a cat made of abalone that wants to purr up next to your shoulder, a butterfly that just landed on your wrist. It can be made of citrine, peridot, jade, amethyst, stones known since antiquity for their healing qualities. It can reflect the exotic, the unknown, the other side of the earth . These are not every day factory made items. These sing of their individuality, just like you!

Next, it’s loved.  The people who craft the ornament are as important as the ornament itself. Someone after all made this piece of art so you could be wearing it. Once faceless and possibly nameless this artist is forever identified now and living. As you wear it this love passes into you and strengthens your heart as you move through the day.  It’s the love of a Malaysian woman in bold colored silks and laces who sits patiently on her floor as she carves the silver before inlaying the mother of pearl. It’s the love of a Brazilian man who tips his hat against the sun to observe with certainty as he sculpts recycled paper into an exquisite bracelet. Their time and love is now your time and love. It is passed to you.

Next, it’s an object of expertise.  As natural and authentic as it might be, as unique as it is, in order for an item to take on the stamp of a wearable ornament it also must be at the top of its craft.  This can easily be observed in the detail and balance of the Peridot Waterfall earrings.  We can also see this in the Pearl Flower necklace.  The detail involved in both pieces is necessary for the silver to fall just right. The measurements and symmetry must be without flaw.

Novica's Peridot waterfall earrings, 'Scintillating Leaves' (Thailand)        Novica's Pearl flower necklace, 'Tree of Life' (Thailand)

Wear your Ornaments

 Finally, there needs to be authenticity. It needs to express your reality, the way you see life, the way you relate to the world. Some of us look for certain stones, others feel drawn to images of animals or birds. Whatever we reach for, whether a thick bracelet or a thin one, it will speak of your perspective, your most absolute vision of a world you have every right to create.

A wearable ornament is not just a piece of jewelry therefore. It’s much more. It’s as if you have taken your own soul and observed it real well then chosen something that looks the most like it. It’s hard to find a wearable ornament of course. They are few and far between. It’s rare when we see many of them together but here they are. The best way to choose one is to move through each slowly. Your Christmas tree of the past, present and future knows. Your Christmas tree lives for this.  One day you will see the perfect ornament for yourself and you will put it on and love what you see. That’s because you see yourself.