Viva la Vino!

 

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March is just about to draw to a close, and with it, our Celebrate Women month. But don’t let that stop you from creating beautiful designs for beautiful ladies all through the year, like this glittery design with a stamp from Stampingbella. I think she looks a little like me! To all you colorful, creative women who live your life in color every day, I wish you all a joyful Salut! Skal! Slainte! And my favorite . . . Cent’anni!

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

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Gifts from the Heart

 

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There are certain people in our lives who truly are special. Every day we spend with them feels like a gift, a simple token or an expensive treasure. These  people may come and go through our lives, but the gifts they leave for us always remain in our hearts. Celebrate the special women in your life, and treasure the time that you are given with them. Celebrate their lives, cherish their memories, and share the colors they have woven for you with the world.

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Vernal Equinox

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The moment the sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator is the Equinox, from the Latin “equal night.”  In the northern hemisphere, it’s called the Vernal Equinox. In the southern hemisphere, this is the moment of the Autumnal Equinox. This day is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. The ancient Egyptians pointed the Great Sphinx directly toward the rising sun on the day of the Vernal Equinox. Every Equinox celebrates the “official” change of seasons, which makes them so special. Naturally, spring is my favorite season, especially here in the American deep South. While I don’t have any particular rituals for the coming of spring, I do take a moment to read my favorite bit of spring poetry, William Wordsworth’s The Daffodils.

Wordsworth was overtaken by the sight of ten thousand daffodils “tossing their heads in sprightly dance” in a field by the bay. Celebrate the seasons in your life, and live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Colorful Women

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I had a lot of fun making this colorful stamped and embellished card. Every time I use this sistahoodabellas stamp from Stamping Bella, I give the ladies different hair colors and dresses every time. Then I add fun glittery highlights with Martha Stewarts’s glitter glue, which features amazingly tiny applicator tips for even the tiniest details. I stamp and heat emboss the image, then add color with copic markers. What I love best about copics is how you can add layers of color by using a single marker. To make the lady in pink, I use one light layer of copic ciao Sand E33.  The lady in green is the same copic but with two layers. The lady in the bright orange is about 4 layers, all in the same sand color! Their flexibility is amazing. The colorful shading is done with a sponge applicator. I love the way this unique ribbon technique adds just the right amount of glimmer to the design, and is perfect for those small scraps of sheer ribbon.

This card goes out to all my crafty, colorful, glittery friends who give in to their creative fancies and live their lives in color!

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my friends and family around the world!

Live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW

Earth Goddess

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Every culture has connected women and the earth through art, literature, poetry, and song. While Father Time can be cruel and unforgiving, Mother Earth is generous and kind. Earth Goddesses and Mother Earth mythology have long been connected with fertility, planting and the harvest. In the Western zodiac, the earth sign Virgo is pictured with a bundle of wheat. The ancient Greeks and Romans honored many Earth gods and goddesses, the most well-known is Athena/Minerva, who was the goddess of agriculture, along with wisdom and war. Demeter/Ceres taught the Greeks to sow seed and reap rich harvests of wheat and barley.

The Roman goddess Flora ruled the flowers and the season of spring, while the goddess Terra personified the Earth. The Graces, also known as the Greek Charities, of joy, charm and and beauty returned to Earth every spring to bestow their gifts upon mortal women.

Norse mythology celebrated the harvest goddess Sif, along with Gefjon, who is the goddess of ploughing. In Norway, Sami mythology shares the story of Rana Niejta, the goddess of spring and fertility, who would warm the south-facing mountainsides to provide food for the reindeer. The Finnish goddess of the harvest, Rauni, was also kind to the Rowan trees, which provided protection from malevolent beings.

The ancient Egyptians worshiped Renenutat, the goddess of nourishment and the harvest, pictured with the head of a cobra. Sopdat, the goddess of fertility, wore a red dress and a star on her head, believed to be the star Sirius. Sirius would appear in the July sky, after which the Nile River would begin its flooding, providing water and nourishment for the parched Egyptian soil.

In Hindu mythology, the godess of the earth, Bhûmi, was often pictured with four arms, carrying a pomegranate, a water vessel, a bowl of healing herbs and vegetables. Phra Mae Thoran, also known as Sowathara, is a Buddhist goddess of water and the earth. You will often find her sculptures near fountains, twisting the water out of her long hair.

The Aztecs celebrated with Mayahuel, the goddess of the maguey plant of Mexico, an agave used to make tequila. Huixtocihuatl, the goddess of fertility, was also the goddess of salt and salt water. The Incans worshiped Sara Mama, the goddess of grain and maize, and a friend to the willow trees. Pachamama, translated as Mother Earth, or more accurately Mother World, was the goddess of planting and harvesting. She is also believed to cause earthquakes.

In Sumerian mythology, Nidaba is the goddess of writing, learning and the harvest. She is pictured with flowing hair, and a horned tiara with ears of corn and a crescent moon. In Africa, Mbaba Mwana Waresa is the Zulu goddess of agriculture. The ancient Celts celebrated Rosmerta, the goddess of fertility and abundance, like a cornucopia.

Kostroma is the East Slavic fertility goddess celebrated by burning a scarecrow during a town festival, to provide fertility to the soil. Zemes-mãte is the Latvian goddess of the earth. Dzydzilelya is the Polish goddess of love and fertility, much like the Roman goddess Venus.

These ancient earth goddesses have much in common, but celebrations of women and the earth are still around today. Catholics around the world celebrate the feast of Santa Lucia, or St. Lucy, by making special homemade pasta cooked without wheat flour called cuccia, and biscotti shaped like eyes.

Today, we can celebrate our own earth goddess traditions through a simple card design. To create the look of a sun-dried Tuscan wall, I used a thick Canson art paper and swirled it with Fresh Ink’s brilliant blendable colors in Fig, Red Currant, and Chamomile. The stamped images were heat embossed for a little extra dimension.

In praise of Mother Earth and Earth Goddesses across the globe, live you life in color!

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Mom’s Spring Day

 

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March is my favorite spring month! In the South, March is just about the only month that feels like spring before the temperatures climb. Up North, the signs of spring poke through the thawing ground as the first pale crocuses and dew drops emerge. Spring is about renewal and rebirth, a fresh awakening to the sleepy winter season. So it’s only fitting that the start of spring is a great way to salute moms around the world.

Today we salute the beautiful nature of motherhood, and all the mothers in our lives who inspire and renew us all. You have shown us all how to live our lives in color!

Michele Sig NEW