Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone are the June Birthstones.

Pearl is also the gemstone associated with the 3rd and 30th Anniversaries.
Alexandrite is the gemstone for the 55th Anniversary.
Moonstone is the gemstone for the 13th Anniversary.

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Pearls are the only gemstone which is created by living creatures which are shell molluscs. The word pearl comes from the latin word “perna” which means leg which is a reference to the shape of the gem in the shell of the mollusc. Pearls are known to represent purity and innocence.

Alexandrite is one of the most rare gems and discovered relatively recently. According to the legend it was discovered in 1834 and named in honour of the Russian Czar Alexander II. During the daylight it is a bluish green color and at night it possesses purplish red hue. It is believed to symbolise creativity, imagination and intuition.

Moonstone has a shimmery appearance similar to the moon and this is where it’s name comes from. Moonstone is thought to possess calming and balancing powers as well as lunar mystery and magic. These powers are believed to help those with insomina or other sleep disorders and well as those who travel during the night.

Learn more about Birthstones.

Learn moreĀ  about Wedding Anniversary Gemstones.

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Knitting for Beginners

Knitting is a great way to relax, swapping our mobile phone for a pair of knitting needles is a good way to slow down and step away from the busyness of our lives. Knitting is creative and we have a sense of accomplishment as we finish another row. It helps us to de-stress and to unwind.

My top ten tips for knitting beginners are:

  1. Keep it simple, all you need is some yarn and needles to get started.
  2. There are lots of great websites with patterns and instructions for knitting beginners, you don’t need to buy a book.
  3. Choose a light colored yarn so that you can see your stitches easier.
  4. Select a medium worsted weight yarn such as Lions’ Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice.
  5. Bamboo or wood needles are best for beginners because the stitches won’t slide off the needles too easily.
  6. There are different types of needles but I recommend that you begin with traditional straight needles.
  7. Start with a medium sized needle, such as sizes 6, 7 or 8. Generally size 8, ten inch long needles are recommended for beginners.
  8. Choose a simple pattern to start with for example a scarf, focus on learning the basics.
  9. Keep all your knitting supplies in a knitting bag, this way you can easily pick up where you left off, also you can bring your knitting bag with you as you travel.
  10. Take your time, remember that your goal is relaxation and time away from your mobile phone!

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt is a traditional game at Easter time when the Easter Bunny hides Easter Eggs for children and on Easter Sunday the children hunt for the eggs.

The Easter Egg Hunt can be as easy or as difficult as you choose. Easy egg hunts are more suitable for young children where eggs can be easily found. More difficult egg hunts which can include clues might be more suitable for older children leading to hiding places and might keep them occupied for longer! The eggs can be hidden indoors or outdoors, this really depends on your weather. The outdoors Easter Egg Hunt is more fun I think but not very practical here in Ireland if the eggs have to be hidden the night before in time for those keen early-riser egg hunters!

The Easter Bunny hides our eggs indoors and also places the eggs inside plastic egg shells, this keeps the eggs clean is they are not wrapped and makes them easier to find.

Make sure you buy your eggs well in advance of Easter Sunday, I find that the selection of eggs dwindles rapidly during the few days just before Easter.

Each child also needs their own Easter Basket to collect their eggs.

It’s a good idea to know who many eggs have been hidden and keep a count as the children find them. This way you’ll know when all the eggs have been found and the egg hunt is over.

When the egg hunt is over the best part begins – eating the chocolate egg treasures!

Happy Easter!

Easter 2018

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Easter Eggs

It is believed that the word Easter is derived from the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre, she is symbolised by the Hare and Egg. Eggs are a sign of new life and Springtime.

Traditionally chicken eggs were painted and decorated.

Painted Easter Chicken Eggs

This custom has been replaced by chocolate eggs.

Chocolate Easter Egg

Traditionally at Easter the Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs to children.

An Easter Egg Hunt is a traditional Easter Game, eggs are hidden indoors or outdoors by the Easter Bunny and the children hunt for the eggs on Easter Sunday morning.

Easter 2018

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Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs to children on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Bunny is seen as a symbol of Easter and Springtime. The origins of the Easter Bunny are unclear with many different suggestions as to how this tradition started.

The word Easter is derived from the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre. Eostre was symbolised by the Hare and the Egg which represented new life and abundance. New life and abundance are central elements of Springtime.

It is believed that German immigrants to Pennsylvania introduced the concept of the Easter Hare in the 1700s. In their legends the Easter Hare or Bunny brought eggs and treats to the homes of children on Easter Saturday night.

When I was growing up we didn’t have the Easter Bunny but she seems to have crept into our Easter Activities in Ireland over the last 10-15 years. As a family we enjoy the excitement of the Easter Bunny visit and the subsequent Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter 2018

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Easter 2018

Easter 2018 is early this year with Easter Sunday falling on Sunday 1 April 2018.

Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after 21 March, Easter always falls between 22 March and 25 April.

I think of Easter as the midpoint between Winter and Summer, the days are starting to get longer, the grass needs to be cut and quite often we manage to have our first barbecue of the year. However not this year, the weather has been unseasonably cold and wet this March, we haven’t cut our grass yet and the first BBQ of 2018 is still a distant dream.

Happy Easter and I hope you enjoy some of these Easter Ideas!

Easter Bunny

Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Hunt

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Wedding Anniversary Gemstones

Wedding Anniversary

Gemstone
1st Gold
2nd Garnet
3rd Pearls
4th Blue Topaz
5th Sapphire
6th Amethyst
7th Onyx
8th Tourmaline
9th Lapis Lazuli
10th Diamond
11th Turquoise
12th Jade
13th Citrine, Moonstone
14th Opal, Bloodstone
15th Ruby
16th Peridot
17th Watches
18th Cats Eye
19th Aquamarine
20th Emerald
21st Lolite
22nd Spinel
23rd Imperial Topaz
24th Tanzanite
25th Silver
30TH Pearls
35TH Emerald
40TH Ruby
45TH Sapphire
50th Gold
55th Alexandrite
60th Diamond
65th Blue Spinel
70th Sapphire
75th Diamond
80th Ruby