I left in the heat of summer and now am returning to almost fall like temperatures outside today. Before I turn the page on summer I have a few things I want to share with you today.
First of all I have some Happy Mail that I received over the summer.
This first image is of a wonderfl collection of crystals that my dear blog friend Stacy sent me... she has a lovely blog called Magic Love Crow. Thank you Stacy, I really love these!
The large crystal in back is "Clear" quartz, it is used to clear the air. Next is an upturned white heart which is Selenite, it is said it holds no negativity. In front is a Heart shaped Rose quartz crystal which is for love and peace. More rose quartz and then the ones that almost look like purple jelly beans are Amethyst, they are for all over good healing.
I know all of those things to be true, for when I hold them in my hands, I love how they feel. Rolling them through my fingers and looking at them really do give me a sense of calm, perhaps similar to holding prayer beads... but maybe more.... below are some fascinating things that quartz is used for....
Here are some other amazing things quartz is used for...
Quartz (silica) source
As a crystal, quartz is used as a semiprecious gem stone. Crystalline varieties include amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, smoky quartz, etc. Cryptocrystalline forms include agate, jasper, onyx, etc. Because of its piezoelectric properties quartz is used for pressure gauges, oscillators, resonators and wave stabilizes; because of its ability to rotate the plane of polarization of light and its transparency in ultraviolet rays, it is used in heat-ray lamps, prism and spectrographic lenses. Also used in manufacturing glass, paints, abrasives, refractory materials and precision instruments. Silica is also used in manufacture of computer chips, glass and refractory materials.
Next I want to share a few photos of my late summer garden, taken a couple of weeks ago. If you look closely, you will see a pretty Black Swallow-tail Butterfly in the phlox. This butterfly was almost constantly fluttering its wings and I must have taken about 20 bad images before I even got this just OK one!
Below are just a couple of photos of the phlox and day lilies.
And then there was more Happy Mail....
Another blog friend over in the UK recently closed down her brick and mortar store and is now selling only online. I ordered a few books and cards from her and this is one that I simply adore! The book is titled Hand in Hand to Fairyland and the image is by Rene Cloke. Thank you Barbara, I loved every thing so much! You must visit her shop and blog March of Time Books.
And even More Happy Mail...
And now summer is dwindling down to just a few more days but another blog friend has jump started my Fall decorating by informing me that I had won her blog contest and she sent me these fantastic new and vintage decor and crafting items! Wow! I was thrilled! Thank you Pam! Make sure to visit her at Virginia Retro blog. And yes Pam, I saw your post and I do know I am one of those lazy bloggers! Hahaha!
But look at this, Pam made that adorable card for me and look how it perfectly matches my old tablecloth! Darling!
Here are all the goodies I won from Pam's blog contest!
Cute, Cute, Cute!
To finish off my post today, I want to share a little page from the 1960's book, Music Through the Year, art by Robert J. Lee, poem by Rose Flyeman.
Happy Fall to All!
I promise I will visit every one of your blogs and I WILL be back soon!
~~ Diane ~~