Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
At Joyworks we always strive to have a nice display of Willow Tree Figurines.
In this ninth year of Willow Tree, Susan Lordi continues to create sculptures that speak in quiet and meaningful ways of healing and hope,love and family. Her newest Figurines capture moments in time which turn them into lifelong memories.
We have carried Willow Tree since the very beginning...I still remember seeing the small display in a booth at the Atlanta Gift Show and thinking that these angels were cute and our customers would love them.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers usually place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.
In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Some Americans also view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today we received a large shipment of Mary Carol's Home Collection.
The collection consists of great vintage fern and bird images as well as vintage inspired cream dishes and stylish platters which make a very pretty table setting.
When we first saw the collection we were very excited because we knew it would fit in our store perfectly and the prices were very affordable.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My neighbors have a beautiful lilac tree. I thought a few blooms might flop over into my yard but not this year. Here are some flowers from my garden...they're just not the same because lilacs smell so good.... I guess I'll have to ask them for a few this evening to add to my arrangement.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
At Joyworks we carry many products with Fleur de lis on them. They have been very popular in the last few years. At first we saw them on home decor items and now we are seeing them on cute t-shirts and jewelry as well.
I thought you might find it interesting to know a little bit about this symbol.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The fleur-de-lys (or fleur-de-lis, plural: fleurs-de-lis; translated from French as "lily flower") is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily and is used both decoratively and symbolically. It may be purely orname
ntal or it may be "at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic", especially in heraldry. While it has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, the fleur-de-lis is particularly associated with the French monarchy on a historical context, and nowadays with the Spanish monarchy as the only remaining monarchs of the House of Bourbon (Anjou Bourbon). It is an enduring symbol of France, but, being regarded most notably as the emblem of the monarchy, was not adopted officially by any of the French republics. On the contrary, as Spain is a constitutional monarchy, the fleur-de-lis symbol is associated with the Spanish King Juan Carlos I (of French dynasty origin) and the Kingdom of Spain. In North America, the fleur-de-lis is often associated with areas formerly settled by France, such as Quebec and Louisiana and with the Francophones in other Canadian provinces. It is also the emblem of the Swiss Municipality of Schlieren, Zürich.
It appears on military insignia and the logos of many different organizations, and during the 20th century it was adopted by various Scouting organizations worldwide for their badges. Architects and designers may use it alone or as a repeated motif in a wide range of contexts, from ironwork to bookbinding. As a religious symbol it may represent the Holy Trinity, or be an iconographic attribute of the archangel Gabriel, notably in representations of the Annunciation. It is also associated with the Virgin Mary.
Since Hurricane Katrina, the fleur de lis has become the unifying (and somewhat defiant) symbol for citizens of New Orleans. The symbol has always been a presence in Louisiana but has become ubiquitous of late. Bearing the symbol on houses, clothing, jewelry, cars, etc. is widely viewed as a symbol of the rebuilding of the city and as a reminder of home
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Some of my favorite displays are in the cream tones....
I always love glass lamps,mirrors in white frames,vintage white pottery,mercury glass,vintage writing,suitcases,hands,finials,urns,candles,bird cages,crystals,trays,shells,domes, glass glitter,crowns,manequins etc...
Monday, May 12, 2008
For the last couple of years cupcakes have become very popular. At Joyworks we have very cute cupcake merchandise. A display idea I saw the other day was to take a cupcake and poke fresh or silk flowers in the top and set it on a stand for a cute table decoration. You could even take a tea cup place it upside down and put the saucer on top--an individual cupcake stand...