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Monday
Nov262012

redefined: the wreath

Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons Laurel wreaths date back to Greek mythology— when Daphne, the object of Apollo’s affections, was turned into a laurel tree, he wove its leaves into a headpiece to console himself.

Being a skilled gamesman, tournament winners were awarded crowns of laurel to show their worthiness by bequeathing Apollo’s adornment upon them.

Soon, wreaths of laurel or olive branches became a symbol of honor—awarded to Olympic athletes, battle warriors, eventually as
a standard, stately emblem—and in Roman times, noblemen wore them in a similar vein, or vanity.

Eventually the wreath was closed to form a complete circle—symbolizing eternity—and was used on a greater variety of occasions. Today, not only are wreaths used as year-round decorations, each has a personality all its own—below are just four examples which started with a basic wire wreath form.

Note: due to stronger than anticipated sales, unfortunately the wire wreath from is sold out. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope these projects inspire alternative decorating ideas for the Holidays.

Thursday
Nov222012

giving thanks, 2012

All of us at CB2 are sincerely grateful for the extra efforts made to tweet, click and post—every one of them contributed!—during our 500,000 Meal Drive.

Because of your generosity of time and spirit, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign can continue its mission of feeding the hungry.

We reached our goal days in advance of Thanksgiving so it is with warm hearts that We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday
Nov092012

redefined: origami

The art of folding paper—ori, folding and gami, paper—dates to the 1600s and the most widely known or replicated subject is the crane.

Traditional origami starts with a square piece of paper—usually handmade or hand-printed—and does not allow for cutting or gluing. Intricate designs can be made by using many basic, small folds—or more simple designs are created in high volume for a more intense display.

The legend is that if you create 1000 origami cranes, a wish will be granted by them. Some believe that the crane—like the dragon and tortoise—is a holy creature that lives for a thousand years, hence the quantity, their popularity and mysticism as each folded paper crane represents one year of its life.

Much like paper cranes given as wedding or baby gifts, origami ornaments are full of good wishes, prosperity, health and happiness—powerfully meaningful and charming all year long.

photo courtesy of: Dominic’s pics

Note: scale of ornaments to each other is not actual.

Thursday
Nov082012

holiday favorites: kate

varanasi stool
great lines and I love the weave of the cushion—easily pulled up to a table for any seating need.
origami pup ornament
hypoallergenic and doesn’t bark—
he’s going on all of my packages this year!
orissa brass owl
love his squat shape and texture—works in any vignette, shelf or bookcase.

Thanks to kate, assistant buyer, for this submission.

Wednesday
Oct312012

happy halloween!

photo by: lobo235Enjoy the tricks, the treats—both savory and sweet—be safe and have fun!