Hope grows!

Hope grows!

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. And through troubled seas our faith grows. Hold on! God with throw you an anchor!

If you like to purchase this little anchor- it is available on our link:   Southern Shells and Pearls.   Click on image to see this item and all our jewelry.

Where did the Easter Bunny Come from?

Where did the Easter Bunny Come from?

 

The Easter Bunny: first appears in German traditions as early as 1682.  The Easter Bunny had similarities to Santa Clause, bringing colored eggs and candy to good children at Eastertide.

 

In Medieval Church Art: The rabbit is sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary.  It was believed that rabbits, like the Virgin Mary, could give virgin birth.

 Note the tiny rabbit in Mary’s pocket in the image to the right. 

Rabbits are often seen in art as a a symbol of fertility, since they give birth to large litters.

 

Did you know that female rabbits can conceive while still pregnant?  The egg is also seen as fertility symbol, so it is easy to see why the two were linked together.  In addition springtime is a time of new births.   

Eggs were often a custom to give up for lint. In the past the only way to preserve them was to boil them. They were served on Easter and decorated as part of the celebration. Often the eggs were dyed red- for the blood of Christ or dyed green in honor of springtime.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sea Turtles are ancient creatures

Sea Turtles are ancient creatures

Sea Turtles are ancient creatures, and have been on the earth for over 100 million years. Please wear our necklaces and earrings set as a reminder to all humans, that we must protect the creatures of this earth. Our sea turtles are threatened today by fishing nets, loss of nesting and feeding sites due to coastal development and ocean pollution.

Order it now;  SEA TURTLE NECKLACE AND EARRING SET: SOUTHERN SHELL AND JEWELS. 

Princess Alexandra a trend setter—Collier De Chein

Princess Alexandra a trend setter—Collier De Chein

HM Queen Alexandra

Princess Alexandra was a beauty that would not let a a disfigurement get the best of her.  She was said to have an awful scar on her neck.

She worn lovely high collar dresses for daywear, but low-cut evening wear presented a problem.  She took to wearing layers of pearls and diamonds around her neck. Soon it became the trend in fashion of her day.  The style of jewelry style was called collier de chein meaning collar necklace.

Strange behavior in the 1800’s.

Strange behavior in the 1800’s.

In London 1854. George Campbell and John Challis lured men into a fancy ball dressed to the nines as women. They were arrested on the intent to commit an unnatural offence. One of the men was claimed to be a preacher and on mission of research, the other claimed poor health. The charges were dropped.

During the age of petticoats and layers of crinolines, this was not the only case of such drag balls. High society men and even royalty were known to dress up as woman and woman dressed as men for a night of fun and mischief.