Posts in : Kate Mesta Designs

  • Sep
    24

    Celebrating our Past


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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.

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    To celebrate, we are happy to bring to you some amazing Kate Mesta dog tag necklaces that we hope you will love as much as we do. Check out our whole collection at www.lifehearthome.com.

     

     

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  • Sep
    01

    Celebrate Your Patriotic Side


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    Happy Labor Day! Show your patriotic side with this beautiful, handcrafted Kate Mesta original necklace. This gorgeous necklace features a beautiful American Flag charm made from sparkling crystals. This flag is highlighted by the brilliant blue background and the engraved word “Freedom.” These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.

    Kate Mesta Patriotic Freedom Dog Tag Necklace

    Kate Mesta Patriotic Freedom Dog Tag Necklace

    Do you like the idea of one of a kind jewelry for any occasion? Are you looking for something different that is on the cutting edge of fashion? Look no further. We are excited to be able to bring to you the amazing jewelry of Kate Mesta! Kate Mesta is famous for creating one of a kind, wearable art. She creates all of her jewelry in her studio in Laguna Beach, California and her work has been featured at many celebrity events. She has even created a special “Dancing with the Stars” line. Her jewelry takes the typical dogtag necklace idea and spins it around to make truly one of a kind artwork that you can wear. Each necklace or cuff bracelet is made one at a time by hand so no two are exactly alike. Her jewelry has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Ellen Degeneres, Dick Van Dyke and Sharon Osbourne to name a few. Owning a piece of Kate Mesta jewelry is like owning a piece of art that you can wear!

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  • Aug
    12

    World Elephant Day!


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    World Elephant Day has arrived! On August 12, 2012 the first World Elephant Day was launched to draw attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures all over the world, yet we are dangerously close to losing this magnificent animal forever. Since 2012, strides have been made to educate people about the escalation of poaching, habitat loss and elephant mistreatment in captivity. On this special day, we need to celebrate the elephant and learn about ways to help protect these beautiful animals. Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair says it well: “We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” Here are some sobering facts:

    • The Asian Elephant is considered endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide
    • The African Elephant is considered threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide
    • The Asian and African elephant are two different species and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed
    • 2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years
    • The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000-$200,000
    • Asian elephants range in 14 countries. In the past 50 years, the Asian elephant range has shrunk by over 70%
    • In Asia, there are approximately 70,000 people to 1 elephant across their range
    • There were over 100,000 elephants in Thailand at the beginning of last century. There are less than 4000 today.
    • One out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is a captive animal

    Here are some positive things you can do:

    • Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products
    • Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat
    • Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit
    • Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants
    • Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products
    • Be aware of elephant habitat – do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats.
    • Educate people about elephants
    • Use your love of elephants and World Elephant Day, August 12, to start a conversation with the next person you meet.

    To celebrate the magnificent elephant, lifehearthome.com is proud to spotlight our beautiful collection of elephant themed products featuring our stunning Kate Mesta elephant necklace. You might also enjoy the cute zipper pull from Thailand or the beaded elephant keychain from Guatemala.

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    Elephant Collection

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  • Aug
    06

    Owls – Mythology, Wisdom and Beauty


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    From Native American legends to Harry Potter, the owl has always played an important role in history and literature. In Greek mythology, the owl is sacred to Athena, the goddess of learning and is also depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and wealth. Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight and as the keeper of sacred knowledge. West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed the owl as a messenger of secrets and as the companion to seers and mystics. In medieval times, it was thought that owls were actually witches or wizards in disguise and even today, the owl is considered to be a witch’s familiar or an animal soul linked to a spiritual person. The owl has fascinated us for centuries. Its unusual characteristics and amazing beauty make it the center figure of many legend and campfire story. Just the mention of this nocturnal animal brings many images to mind from the wise owl in Winnie the Pooh to the cartoon owl who would answer that memorable question “Just how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?”

    We want to celebrate this beautiful and mysterious nocturnal animal with our very special Owl Collection! This collection features several items among the most unique are the backpack and zipper pull made with traditional Hmong designs. These items are part of our fair trade gift selection from Thailand and feature beautiful Hmong fabric work and vibrant colors. We also have two wonderful carved pieces from India; a wooden labyrinth game in a cute owl shape and also a beautifully carved owl puzzle box. Finally, we have included the wonderful Bohemian Owl Necklace by Kate Mesta. Get in on the “owl” trend with this cool bohemian inspired necklace featuring a beautiful silver owl. The owl signifies wisdom and intelligence which makes this necklace a perfect gift for someone who values these qualities. A stunning addition to your jewelry collection or a amazing gift for a loved one. These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.

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    Our Owl Collection – featuring traditional Hmong designs, wooden pieces and a beautiful Kate Mesta necklace!

    So whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one with a special fondness for owls, you should definitely check out this wonderful collection brought to you by lifehearthome.com.

     

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  • Jul
    26

    Namaste


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    Namaste is roughly translated as “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you.” This greeting has become part of popular culture and has been worldly accepted as a sign of peace. This unique Kate Mesta design highlights this wonderful sentiment with a beautiful floral background. Get in on this popular trend by purchasing one of these unique pieces of wearable art. These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.

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    Namaste Dogtag Necklace by Kate Mesta

    Do you like the idea of one of a kind jewelry for any occasion? Are you looking for something different that is on the cutting edge of fashion? Look no further. We are excited to be able to bring to you the amazing jewelry of Kate Mesta! Kate Mesta is famous for creating one of a kind, wearable art. She creates all of her jewelry in her studio in Laguna Beach, California and her work has been featured at many celebrity events. She has even created a special “Dancing with the Stars” line. Her jewelry takes the typical dogtag necklace idea and spins it around to make truly one of a kind artwork that you can wear. Each necklace or cuff bracelet is made one at a time by hand so no two are exactly alike. Her jewelry has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Ellen Degeneres, Dick Van Dyke and Sharon Osbourne to name a few. Owning a piece of Kate Mesta jewelry is like owning a piece of art that you can wear!

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