Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Equinox and September’s Craft:Along

It’s Autumn Equinox already; our days and nights are balanced as there is an equal amount of light and dark. This is the time when harvest is winding down. Like the other seasons, there’s a lot of symbolism to be found reflecting this time.

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Apples are an ancient symbol of wisdom. Consider Eve’s apple experience which gave her the knowledge of being part of divinity. Then there’s Hercules’ task to steal the golden apples of immortality from Hera’s Garden of the Hesperides.

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Scarecrows are traditional harvest images, standing guard over farmers’ fields. Did you know that in some cultures, actual people would sit in the fields to frighten away crows and other birds threatening the crops? A scarecrow makes a better substitute.

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Acorns symbolize strength and power. Today I’m writing down my blessings, my own little personal harvest of the many good things in my life. I’ll tuck the little paper strips into my autumn blessing bowl.

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Pomegranates signify fertility. In mythology, they represent Demeter’s daughter Persephone. Demeter was an ancient Greek goddess of grain and the harvest. Hades stole Persephone and carried her off to his underworld realm. Demeter was so sorrowful, crops died and the earth went dormant as she searched for her daughter. By the time she was found, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds which required her to stay in the underworld six months each year beginning at autumn equinox.

September Craft:Along

Today I’m meeting my sister for lunch, shopping, and then dinner to celebrate the equinox. I don’t want to go empty-handed, so I’ve made gifts for her two pups, Sawyer and Chloe.

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I started with one of the optional challenges for Finny and Kelli's September Craft:Along and made two pouches using Amy of The b-line’s Pet Pouch tutorial (featured on Craftzine). Inside each I’ve tucked Doggie Walk bags.

Then I decided Chloe and Sawyer needed new dog collars to go with their little pouches. So I made those using a tutorial created by Keyka Lou (featured on Whipup).

Isn’t it a great day to hang out with your sister?


http://joymariesboutique.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow, apples...wisdom. I can see how Eve learned from that mistake. I just wish that it was as easy as an apple. I am so relieved that God is forgiving.

Have a blessed Day.

Thimbleanna said...

What a great sister you are! When I first saw those little doggy pouches, I thought they were for keeping the waste in until you got to a trash can -- oops!

Shauna said...

Awww, I bet the puppies will love their gifts! :) I'm glad that you and Mom got a chance to hang out today - I've been thinking about her (since it's her "birthing" day - HA!) and you (since it's the Fall Equinox) all day! I hope you are celebrating the day in style, though I would be greatly disappointed if you didn't. ;) Hugs!


Storybook Woods said...

Happy first day of fall. You are the sweetest sister. Clarice

Bridgett said...

Your photos are gorgeous. And those doggy collars are just too cute!

I hope you had a lovely Mabon!


Diane Schuller said...

you are amazing! I love those dog collars and the poop bags.

kim said...

I'll have to try those for Daisy!

FinnyKnits said...

These came out really nice, June - with the matching collars and everything. These dogs are going to be so stylin'!

I should also tell you that your scarecrow is the cutest.