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It is almost October. That magical time of year when the weather cools off and the brilliant colors of autumn greet you everywhere. Pumpkin patches pop up and Halloween decorations are in every store. Many celebrations occur during this time of year; Halloween, Day of the Dead, Harvest Festivals, All Saints Day, etc. These celebrations have a long and colorful history. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is observed throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gathering family and friends to celebrate and remember people who have passed away. The official celebration takes place on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd, in connection with Allhallowtide: All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas and All Souls’ Day. Many traditions have been passed down through the generations and include building private altars decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods of the departed. There is evidence that these types of celebrations date back hundreds of years including ancient Aztec festivals with the same themes. Many places in the world have similar celebrations that may include visiting cemeteries and celebrating those who have passed. A famous Hollywood cemetery celebrates every year with many decorations and nighttime movies. These festivals and celebrations may be considered by some to be dark and ominous since they deal with honoring the dead but there is also an element of joy in celebrating being alive.
Halloween, in the traditional sense, revolves around the theme of using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick or treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns, bobbing for apples, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Most of us have fond memories of trick or treating in our neighborhood, wearing an amazing costume and collecting a pillow case full of tasty treats! We here at Lifehearthome.com wish you a very happy Halloween and hope you take advantage of all the wonderful sights and sounds of this colorful season.
Intricately carved wooden boxes with secret panels or special pieces that unlock secret compartments have fascinated and entertained people for centuries. These boxes have been found in most ancient civilizations including Egyptian, Chinese, Mayan, Indian and many others. The idea of a beautifully carved wooden sculpture that can be magically disassembled into a trinket box by taking it apart in a particular order seems to spark the imagination of anyone who sees it. This wooden puzzle gift box is the perfect housewarming or executive gift for those who love something a bit different.
This beautifully carved turtle puzzle box definitely has the “Wow” factor! Upon first glance, it is a stunning wooden sculpture of a majestic turtle atop plants within a pond surrounded by reeds. Upon closer inspection, one notices that it is in actuality an intricately carved puzzle box. The pieces slide together beautifully and reveal hidden compartments – 4 in total, usable to store many small treasures. The workmanship of this incredible piece of art is amazing. It will become a centerpiece in any room. Handmade in Guatemala from mahogany, canxan and cachimbo woods.
For anyone who loves hummingbirds or simply a beautifully sculpted piece of art, this is an item you should definitely look at! Upon first glance, it is a stunning wooden sculpture of a lovely hummingbird hovering over a beautiful flower. But by sliding the hummingbird forward, the magic happens. The pieces slide apart beautifully and reveal hidden compartments – 4 in total, usable to store many small treasures. Handmade in Guatemala from mahogany, ebony, granadillo and guachipilin woods.
posted in Anju Collection
Autumn will be arriving in just a few short days. In Southern California this weekend, it definitely still feels like the middle of summer but we all hope in a few days the crisp air of fall will be here. It is my favorite season. I love everything about the fall; the colors, the cooler weather, the return of pumpkin spice drinks at the local coffee shop and the Halloween decorations that pop up everywhere. It is a magical time that brings a kind of refreshing renewal that is reminiscent of a cool shower after a hot day at the beach. It is a time when parents send their kids off to school and television networks have a new slate of shows to distract and entertain us.
Celebrate this amazing season by treating yourself to a beautiful new piece of pewter jewelry. Bold color and delicate design work together perfectly in this gorgeous necklace and earring set. The bold pink enamel is the perfect background for the beautiful silver leaf design. This simple yet stunning design beautifully represents this time of year. This pewter necklace and earring set is part of our Anju Collection. Anju’s passion for jewelry and design started at a very early age. She was born in the beautiful and colorful state of Rajasthan in India. Surrounded by a rich culture, natural beauty and a creative environment, Anju gained an eclectic eye for beauty and flare. Her exposure to different cultures has been a lasting source of inspiration which springs to life in her unique design concepts. The hallmark of Anju’s jewelry are beautiful designs, immaculate workmanship, detail and quality. Anju believes that jewelry, if properly fashioned, is more than just an accessory, it is an expressive work of art.
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Today, a small asteroid, 2014RC, passed within about a tenth of the moon’s distance from Earth. This asteroid was only discovered a week ago. There was no danger, according to experts, the asteroid did not enter our atmosphere but at its closest it will be about 25,000 miles away. This distance is nearly the same distance as geosynchronous weather and communication satellites. Asteroid 2014 RC will be roughly over New Zealand when it’s closest. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Researchers say that this close approach creates a unique opportunity for them to observe and learn more about asteroids.
Do you ever wonder what might have happened if this asteroid had come closer and actually entered our atmosphere? On February 15, 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor streaked across the Russian sky. This asteroid was approximately as large as 2014RC. Eyewitnesses stated that the Russian asteroid was brighter than the sun as it streaked across the sky. They also felt intense heat from the fireball. Coming within approximately 15 miles of Earth, the Chelyabinsk meteor created a shock wave that broke windows in over 7000 buildings in six different Russian cities.
So just how close would today’s asteroid have to come to enter our atmosphere? To cause a streak in the sky like the Chelyabinsk meteor, the asteroid would have to encounter the lower part of Earth’s atmosphere. This part of the atmosphere, the troposphere, is where most of our weather happens. This layer of atmosphere is within about 7 miles of Earth’s surface. The outer atmosphere, the stratosphere, goes up only to about 29 miles. The 2014EC meteor passed by at approximately 25,000 miles. The orbit of this meteor will bring it back to our neighborhood in the future with another relatively close approach to Earth on September 8-9, 2115.
It is not uncommon for meteors to find their way into our vicinity. Earlier in 2014, there were two other meteors that passed by Earth at a closer distance than today’s meteor. This is a fascinating and exciting field of work to explore if you are interested in studying the universe. For those who appreciate the constellations and our universe in general, you might want to consider checking out our amazing Mova Globe collection. Our constellation globe is a dramatic and beautiful addition to any office or home.
Recently, in the small town of Thousand Oaks, California there was a rare albino cobra on the loose. It was assumed that someone in the local area had kept this exotic and dangerous animal as a pet and it was able to escape from its home. The owner has not come forward yet and quite possibly will keep the ownership quiet since the whole town spent several days on edge until they were able to catch it earlier today. This story made me wonder about all the different types of animals that can be classified as pets from common animals like dogs and cats to the more unique like reptiles, birds, rodents and everything in between. What makes a good pet? I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Are you searching for a companion; a cute and cuddly pet that is happy to see you? Or are you searching for something a bit more unusual; a pet that is interesting and unique? But what is there to do if you live in an area where animals are not permitted or you are just too busy to take care of a pet? We have a great solution! Check out our beautiful Guatemalan beaded lizards and turtles.
The perfect pet for a busy person! The beauty of a Guatemalan lizard or turtle without having to feed it or care for it. These full-size beaded lizards and turtles are beautifully embellished with semi-precious stones. Expertly hand woven by our master artisans in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, these ‘pets’ are covered with a woven beaded “skin” that resembles the actual skin of the real animal. Actual beaded patterns and colors may vary as these are individually created.