In honor of National Bird Day – January 5, 2018

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To all our bird lover friends – We are offering 25% on all bird canvas designs today only in honor of National Bird Day.  Choose from our wide selection including scarlet tanagers, scarlet finch, red headed buntings, hummingbirds, parrots, peacocks, herons, pelicans, swans, bluebirds, mallards, owls, roosters, flamingos, rufus-bellied Niltava, silver-eared Mesia, Pacific swallows, yellow-throated Laughingthrush, peregrine falcons, hens, doves, toucans, owls, seagulls, and eagles.   Check it out; there’s something for everyone.

Excerpt from www.nationalbirdday.com

Why National Bird Day?

  • The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration.
  • Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.
  • Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
  • Many of the world’s parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss.
  • Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds kept in captivity.
  • The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.

Beautiful Tefillin Bag Wins Ribbon at Maryland State Fair

Will you just look at that gorgeous tefillin bag! It is simply delicious to behold. Judges at the Maryland State Fair agree and awarded the tefillin bag a place of honor in the Home Crafts exhibit. Needless to say, the design behind this work of art is none other than Pepita’s Tefillin Pinwheel with some color customization and personalization. Congratulations to awesomely talented customer Ellen for this worthy win and thanks a million for sending us a photo!

March 23 is National Puppy Day

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Today is National Puppy Day!  The point is to adopt a puppy from a shelter and provide a loving home.  Try adopting a needlepoint puppy design too.  25% off all puppy and dog needlepoint canvases today only.   (I’m almost done stitching the puppy in the image above – I stitched with mohair and angora threads – it’s beautiful and realistic looking, and it doesn’t bark!)

 

March 15 is National Pears Helene Day

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25% off all pear and dessert canvases in honor of National Pears Helene Day.

From www.nationaldaycalendar.com:

March 15th is National Pears Hélène Day.  This food holiday is about the delicious smooth french dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice ream and chocolate sauce.

Pears Helene is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffior and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

Over time, simpler versions of Pears Hélène have been modified by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds.  These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert.

National Floral Design Day is February 28th

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25% off all Floral Design needlepoint canvases (that’s a lot of canvases) in honor of this fragrant flowery day.

From www.nationaldaycalendar.com:

National Floral Design Day is observed annually on February 28th.  For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form.  This is the day we celebrate that art form.  It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.

Floral design is a multi-billion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.

From great, historic gardens to a bridal bouquet on that special day floral designers have an eye for color, style and perspective. Floral design can complete a space, complementing existing structures and bringing brightness and color to them.

As with many arts, floral design has traditional roots hearkening back to Egyptian temple offerings to gods. Design changed from era to era, each having distinct customs and traditions.