Friday, November 25, 2011

The Duchess' Jewels holiday giveaway!

I am giving away a $50.00 gift card to my Etsy shop! This giveaway is open worldwide!




To win this giveaway you must meet the mandatory entry and then do as many additional entries as you like. (Leave a comment and valid email address for each entry)

 
Mandatory Entry: follow The Planet Earth blog - 1 comment

Additional Entries: you may do as many as you like for more chances to win

2) Head over to my Etsy shop The Duchess' Jewels and then come back here and comment which piece would you get if you won - 1 comment

3) Add The Duchess Jewels to your Etsy favorites - 1 comment

4) Like The Duchess' Jewels on Facebook - 2 comments

5) Sign up for The Planet Earth mailing list (no spam, I will be sending notifications out about new creations at my shop). After you sign up make sure to check your email for a confirmation link from me. You need to click on that link, otherwise your subscription won't go through - 2 comments

6) Put The Planet Earth blog Button on your sidebar - 5 comments

7) Put The Duchess' Jewels shop Button on your sidebar - 5 comments

8) Add The Planet Earth to your blog roll - 5 comments

9) Tweet about this giveaway and post a link to your tweet here - 3 comments

10) Blog about this giveaway and post a link here - 3 comments

11) Put a post on your Facebook page about this giveaway and leave a link here - 3 comments

12) Follow me on Twitter DuchessJewels - 3 comments

- This giveaway ends December 23rd at midnight (Central Time)

- The winner will be selected via random.org


P.S. Keep in mind that if you participated in my previous giveaways and my Etsy page and Facebook page are already in your favorites, those don't count - you should do any of the other additional entries now (like tweet, blog and facebook post about this giveaway, grab my blog button etc.)


Good luck to all of you!

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And the winner is Berendina Dykema!!!!!!

Congratulations!!!!!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pin your interests on Pinterest!



What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It is easy to share things you love with your friends on Pinterest.


Fashion

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find anywhere on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite (see my button below this post).

What Can You Do with Pinterest?

Redecorate your Home!

Joy uses Pinterest to save decorating ideas for her new home in LA. She saves patterns, furniture, and accessories that catch her eye.

Plan a Wedding!

Divya and Ben use Pinterest to plan their wedding. Their Moms can leave comments about the dresses, flowers, and ties they pin up.

Find your Style!

Tim uses Pinterest to share his personal style. He pins clothing, shoes and accessories he finds while browsing stores and fashion blogs.

Save your Inspirations!

Sha uses Pinterest to save design inspirations for his job. He can reference inspiring design work to share with his team at Trulia.

Save Your Recipes!

Jessica uses Pinterest to discover new gluten free recipes. She always has a collection of tasty appetizers and deserts she can cook when she’s hungry and looking for ideas.

Pinterest Mission
Pinterest's goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting.  A favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.


If you are interested in joining Pinterest leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you an invite.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Happy pinning and sharing!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book-A-Minute Classic

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ultra-Condensed by Annie Berke

Gatsby

Daisy, I made all this money for you, because I love you.

Daisy

I cannot reciprocate, because I represent the American Dream.

Gatsby

Now I must die, because I also represent the American Dream.
(Gatsby DIES.)


Nick

I hate New Yorkers.

THE END
 
  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My new model! Meet The Duchess!

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Exciting news! I got a new dress form to improve showcasing of my necklaces! She is flash-colored and gorgeous:)! Ladies and gentlemen (mostly ladies here, of course:)) meet The Duchess! Yesterday she had the 1st day of her modeling career!



vintage locket necklace

~~ A stunning and sacred locket to keep the photos of those dear to your heart. This breath-taking vintage Dragon's Breath stone puts on a spectacular show when it catches the light. It has varying shades of red and maroon and sparkling purple speckles suspended inside. A miniature intricate vintage brass butterfly has landed on the locket for a second to take a rest captivated by the beautiful show of colors. The locket measures 22mm x 18mm. It is attached to a delicate vintage brass chain by a beautiful Art Nouveau connector.

vintage necklace

~~ Gorgeous vintage Art Nouveau flower pendant handcrafted by me. It is a unique and beautiful piece. The pendant measures 30mm long and is attached to a 20" long delicate lacy vintage brass chain.





swarovski pendant necklace

~~ I handcrafted this elegant pendant necklace using my signature exquisite antiqued brass and dazzling peacock's eye multicolored swarovski stone. These swarovski stones have shades of green, blue and purple in them. The antique brass chain is 20" long. You can find matching earrings and bracelet in my shop.





Monday, July 18, 2011

My latest creation - a special order for a bride-to-be!
































Beautiful ornate Turkish style vintage silver chandeliers adorned with stunning emerald swarovski crystals and matching vintage czech glass beads! These send tons of sprakles in all directions!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Les Creations de Florence

Another favorite Etsy artist of mine Florence of Les Creations de Florence makes this gorgeous hand painted glass in French Provence style!



I contacted Florence and asked if she would mind for her lovely creations to be featured on my blog. Florence graciously agreed to the feature.



A few words from the artist:
"I was born and raised in Paris and now living in beautiful coastal Connecticut, USA.
My current passion is creating beautiful hand-painted glass that I sell on Etsy and to all my adorable friends. I also love to draw; play with clay, fabric, felt; make jewelry, cook and garden. I just heart handmade!

All my glass and ceramic pieces are unique in design and inspired by nature, world cultures and current trends. Each glassware piece begins with clear glass. I use vivid and transparent glass paints with a variety of techniques including sponging, brushes and fine point painting to create an intricate and unique design for every piece.

My signature "Gribouillage" pieces are named after the French word that means scribbling ~ it is a unique technique that my friends and clients adore."

Spring Bouquet Soap

Blushie

Isn't this a BEAUTIFUL soap? That's the most beautiful soap I've ever seen! Looks like a blooming spring bouquet! It's made by a wonderful artisan Megan from Etsy shop Blushie. She has tons of other pretty flowery things in her shop. Go check it out for yourself!
Blushie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 By: Janice Papola 
"Delicious pies made with fresh strawberries. Top with whipped cream if you like."

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
15 Min
Ready In:
2 Hrs 30 Min


Ingredients

  • 2 (8 inch) pie shells, baked
  • 2 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin

Directions

   1. In a saucepan, mix together the sugar and corn starch; make sure to 
       blend corn starch in completely. Add boiling water, and cook over medium
       heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mix, and stir
       until smooth. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

   2. Place strawberries in baked pie shells; position berries with points facing 
       up. Pour cooled gel mixture over strawberries.

   3. Refrigerate until set. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 167 | Total Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 0mg
Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database

Source:Allrecipes

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"The Good Wife's Guide"

This is an actual article from the Housekeeping Monthly Magazine 13 May 1955


Ø       Have dinner ready.  Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.  Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

Ø       Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.  He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.


Ø       Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him.  His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Ø       Clear away the clutter.  Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

Ø       Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then tables.

Ø       Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by.  Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.  After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Ø       Prepare the childrens.  Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes.  They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.  Minimize all noise.  At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, or vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

Ø       Be happy to see him.

Ø       Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Ø       Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.  Let him talk first-remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Ø       Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.  Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

Ø       Your goal: to make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself.

Ø       Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.

Ø       Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night.  Count this as a minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

Ø       Make him comfortable.  Have him lean back in a chair or have him lie down in the bedroom.  Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

Ø       Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.  Speak in low, soothing and pleasant voice.

Ø       Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.  Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.  You have no right to question him.

Ø      A good wife always knows her place.


Source: http://www.101funjokes.com/womens_jokes_2.htm
Image source:www.ultraswank.net

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer 2011 Fashion Trends

What fashion trend will emerge this season?  Let’s start planning summer and do some cleaning in your wardrobe. These are some of trends to get passionate about in 2011 summer fashion.


VINTAGE WHITE:
This season, The Classic White color has been a loyal favorite between the top designers. From teenagers to grownups solid colored suits all ages and nearly all types of occasion. White is a symbol of purity and naturalness that why it is eternal color. White is the new black, this season forget the little black dress, little white dress to be seen in.
This spring/ Summer Fashion Trends for 2011, the 1970’s are making big return from Boho chic to 70’s long trousers with blouses for the day time, shimmering dresses for evening. Don’t forget to maxi skirt, maxi dress.
Photo collage: prlog


FEATHERS AND FRINGING:
The Feathers and Fringe!! What a great way to spice up your wardrobe this spring/ summer 2011 Fashion trends. The feather-trimmed dresses   back the old time Hollywood vogue.
The playful and dramatic accents, in variety of color of fun color. Charming feather gowns and dresses are to be seen in proms and parties.

Handbag puck513





NEON COLORS:
One of the outstanding spring summer 2011 trends- Neons. All over color or trim Neon will be a great way to make expression this spring and summer. Bright rainbow colors are mixed and matched with neons. Such as electric blue, hot pink, lime green, purple, fluorescent orange and yellow.

Photo Collage: becomegorgeous
ELECTRIC PRINTS:
This spring/ summer trend for 2011 designers are breaking the traditional rule of print by mixing unique patterns together. This season mixes different type of floral and animal prints. The dominated patterns themes of the season are plaids, paisley, floral, animal print, stripes and even fruit.  Be confident and wear them all at once.

Photo collage: source


FOLKLORE:
Recall your memories and back to a countryside where you used to spend holidays. Take hold of the nature with a fragile yet not naive cut-out detailing, lace, floral prints and crochet.  The key word is Arts-and Crafts.

Photo Collage: TheMogulMom







PUNK FASHION / BIKER CHIC:
Despite the fact punk is unlikely to become main stream again at any time. The greatest counterculture will always be with us for better or worse. Military (AKA combat) design has been recreated for the fashion trend 2011. Punk-rock edge presenting leather, ripped stocking, studs and safely pins versus biker chic style with zipped sleeves and combat boots are addition.

PAJAMAS:
Pajamas this spring / summer season 2011 fascinated the fashion minds. Inspired with the 1990’s trend string tie pants, silk pyjamas, kimonos, sarongs and other types all the way white and pastel colors.




STRIPES:
The spring and summer season 2011 the hot pattern will be stripes and seen in the Catwalk.  The designers showed stripes across the board from skinny, base toned to bold, electric and you would be astonished to see how many designers are in stripes. These are including Seaside stripes; these stripes are ready for a day by the sea. Navy and white marine colors.  If you are adventurous you can wear stripes in any outfit, that including tops, jackets and skirts
Handbag Bayanhippo


LACE:
Laces and embroideries has been about for a long time and made strong arrival last year, its look like to continue during Spring/Summer 2011.  Particularly with the beach wear industry. A full body lace dress twist and feminine and perfect dress for the evening wear. Lace can be used from head to toe. The stylish lace fashion is moving away from the standard white to such as pink and res colors. Especially lace skirt can be wear daily; they can be worn with a plain classic top and still look amazing.
BALLET EVERYWHERE:
The fashion inspires a movie to shamelessly steal for trend. The success of the movie Black Swan starting Natalie Portman, ballet costumes have come to be one of the latest fashion trends for Spring/summer 2011. Tutus, ballet shoes and leg warmers are all part of this year trend. As always you can mix and match these pieces to design an outfit which suits you.

BELTS:



Wide use of belts has become fashionable last year season and until now belts do not lose their popularity. Wear a belt with a dress to emphasize your middle, pair it with a skirt or trousers to finish the look, or add a piece to make the outfit more unusual.

These are key fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2011! Hope this was helpful and remember you don't need to practice trends to be stylish.  Following fashion trends is meant to be fun, so don't take it too seriously! Wear what you like and what you feel comfortable in. Because not every fashion trend will suit your body shape or style, not every color will suit your coloring.  Wear what suits for you, not what works for somebody else!

Photo collage: stylehog
Sources: http://www.todayshottrends.net/271404/spring-summer-fashion-trends-for-2011.html

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Dress Jessica Simpson $99.99
Handbag Aldo $32.00
Shoes L.A.M.B. $273.75

Summer Bloom



















Dress Jessica Simpson $99.99
Clutch Brighton $110.00
Shoes Not Too Coy $83.30

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rhubarb Raspberry Crisp

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 lbs rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small piees
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup hazelnuts, skinned, toasted, and chopped (optional)
1/2 pint fresh raspberries




METHOD:
1. Heat oven to 350. Combine rhubarb, granulated sugar, and orange zest and juice in large bowl. Stir to combine.

2. In another bowl combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Rub butter into flour mixture with your fingers until it is well incorporated and large crumbs form. Add oats and nuts and combine.

3. Put rhubarb into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish, scatter raspberries evenly over surface, and cover with topping.

4. Bake until topping is brown and crisp and juices are bubbling, about 45 min. Let cool slightly before serving.

Photo: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/raspberry--rhubarb-crisp-10000000659329/

Top 9 Things You Don't Want to Hear During Surgery

Things you don't want to hear during surgery:
  1. Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
  2. "Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness."
  3. Bo! Bo! Come back with that. Bad dog!
  4. Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
  5. Hand me that... uh... that uh... that thingy there.
  6. Oh no! Where's my Rolex.
  7. Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived from 500 ml of this stuff before?
  8. There go the lights again?
  9. "Ya know, there's big money in kidneys? and this guy's got two of 'em."
Source:http://www.101funjokes.com/top_10_lists_2.htm

Top 10 Things to do at the Mall

10. At the bottom of an escalator, scream "MY SHOELACES! AAAGH!"

9. At the stylist, ask to have the hair on your back permed.

8. Ask a saleswoman whether a particular shade of panties matches the color of your beard.

7. Sneak up on saleswomen at the perfume counter and spray them with your own bottle of Eau de Swanke.

6. Collect stacks of paint brochures and hand them out as religious tracts.

5. At the pet store, ask if they have bulk discounts on gerbils, and whether there's much meat on them.

4. Hand a stack of pants back to the changing room attendant and scornfully announce that none of them are "leak proof".

3. Ask appliance personnel if they have any TVs that play only in Spanish.

2. Try pants on backwards at the Gap. Ask the salesperson if they make your butt look big.

1. Show people your driver's license and demand to know "whether they've seen this man."


Source:http://www.101funjokes.com/top_ten_lists.htm

New Medications for Women


St. Mon's Wort
Plant extract that treats mom's depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to six hours.

E m p t y N e s t r o g e n
Highly effective suppository that eliminates melancholy by enhancing the memory of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn't wait till they moved out.

P e p t o b i m b o
Liquid silicone for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and improves flirting.

D u m e r o l
When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low I.Q., causing enjoyment of country western music.

F l i p i t o r
Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

A n t i b o y o t i c s
When administered to teenage girls, is highly effective in improving grades, freeing up phone lines, and reducing money spent on make-up.

M e n i c i l l i n
Potent anti boyotic for older women. Increases resistance to such lines as, "You make me want to be a better person ... can we get naked now?"

B u y a g r a
Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency and duration of spending spree.

J a c k A s s p i r i n
Relieves headache caused by a man who can't remember your anniversary or phone number.

A n t i-t a l k s i d e n t
A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers.

And the best:

D a m i t o l
Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 hours.


Source:http://www.101funjokes.com/woman_jokes_3.htm

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Forsyte Saga

I have read The Forsyte Saga for the first time in high school and it has been my favorite ever since (I am 32 now and I have read a lot of other things since that time). The writing in this book is so masterful that it has captured my heart forever. John Galsworthy is viewed as one of the first writers of the Edwardian era who challenged some of the ideals of society depicted in the preceding literature of Victorian England. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for this work in 1932.

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THE FORSYTE SAGA
By William Lyon Phelps

    It is impossible to say what books of our time will be read at the close of this century; it is probable that many of the poems and tales of Kipling, the lyrics of Housman, dramatic narra­tives by Masefield, some plays by Shaw and Barrie, will for a long time survive their authors.

    Among the novels, I do not know of any that has or ought to have a better chance for the future than the books written about the family of the Forsytes by John Galsworthy. They at present hold about the same place in contempo­rary English literature as is held in France by Romain Rolland's Jean Christophe. Both are works of great length which reflect with remark­able accuracy the political, social, commercial, artistic life and activity of the twentieth cen­tury, the one in England, the other on the Con­tinent.

    Entirely apart from their appeal as good novels, that is to say, apart from one's natural interest in the plot and in the characters, both are social documents of great value. If the future historian wishes to know English and Continental society in the first quarter of the twentieth century, he will do well to give atten­tion and reflexion to these two works of "fic­tion."

John Galsworthy was just under forty when in 1906 he published a novel called The Man of Property. He had produced very little before this, but it took no especial critical penetration to discover that the new book was a masterpiece. The family of the Forsytes bore a striking re­semblance to one another in basic traits and ways of thinking, yet each was sharply indi­vidualised.

A new group of persons had been added to British fiction. The word "Property," as in Tennyson's Northern Farmer, was the key­note, and before long it began to appear that one of the most dramatic of contrasts was to be used as the subject.  This is the struggle between the idea of Property and the idea of Beauty-be­tween the commercial, acquisitive temperament and the more detached, but equally passionate artistic temperament.

    Even in the pursuit of beauty Mr. Soames Forsyte never forgot the idea of property. He was a first-class business man in the city, but he was also an expert judge of paintings, which he added to his collection. Oil and canvas do not completely satisfy any healthy business man; so Soames added to his collection, as the master­piece in his gallery, an exquisitely beautiful woman whom he made his wife.

The philosophy of love comes in here. What is love?  Is it exclusively the idea of possession, which often is no more dignified than the preda­tory instinct or is it the unalloyed wish that the object of one's love should be as happy and se­cure as possible? No one can truly and sin­cerely love Beauty either in the abstract or in the concrete if one's eyes are clouded by preda­tory desire.  One must look at beauty without the wish to possess it if one is really to appreci­ate beauty. A first-class French chef would look into the big front window of a confectioner's shop and fully appreciate the art and taste that created those delectable edibles; but a hungry boy who looked at the same objects would not appreciate them critically at all.

The wife of Soames finds him odious, so odious that we cannot altogether acquit her of guilt in marrying him; and Soames, who as a Man of Property expected her to fulfill her contract, did not make himself more physically attractive by insisting on his rights. She left him for a man of exactly the opposite temperament.

When Mr. Galsworthy finished this fine novel, he had no intention of going on with the history of the family. He wrote many other novels and some remarkable plays, but nothing made the impression on readers that had been produced by the Forsyte family. Nearly twenty years later he returned to the theme, and at once his power as a novelist seemed to rise; there is some­thing in this family that calls out his highest powers.  When he discovered that he had writ­ten five works of fiction on the Forsytes, three long novels and two short stories, of which the brief interlude called Indian Summer of a For­syte is an impeccable and I hope imperishable work of art, he hit upon the happy idea of assem­bling them into one prose epic, and calling the whole thing by the ironical title of The For­syte Saga.  It is my belief that for many years to come the name of John Galsworthy will be associated with this work, in what I fervently hope will be its expanded form.

    For since the assembling of the five pieces Mr. Galsworthy has published several other novels dealing with the family.  -The White Monkey, The Silver Spoon and in 1928 he wrote FINIS with Swan Song. Here he kills Soames, and while he probably does not feel quite so sad as Thackeray felt when he killed Colonel New­come, I venture to say that he does not gaze on the corpse of Soames with indifferent eyes. For to my mind the most interesting single feature of this whole mighty epic is the development of the character of this man.

Clyde Fitch used to say something that is no doubt true of many works of the imagination; he said that he would carefully plan a play, write his first act, and definitely decide what the leading characters should say and do in the sub­sequent portions of the work. Then these pro­vokingly independent characters seemed to ac­quire, not only an independent existence, but a power of will so strong that they insisted on doing and saying all kinds of things which he tried in vain to prevent.

In The Man of Property Soames Forsyte is a repulsive character; he is hated by his wife, by the reader, and by the author. But in these later books Soames becomes almost an admi­rable person, and we may say of him at the end in reviewing his life, that nothing became him like the leaving of it-for he died nobly. Long before this catastrophe, however, we have learned to admire, respect, and almost to love Soames. Is it possible that Mr. Galsworthy had any notion of this spiritual progress when he wrote The Man of Property, or is it that in living so long with Soames he began to see his good points?

Sources: http://www.wlpf.org/THEFORSYTESAGA.htm
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_galsworthy.jpg

Ancient Legends of The Sacred Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a Universal symbol found in many spiritual traditions around the world. It symbolizes life itself, with it's branches reaching for the Heavens "Father Sky" and it's buried roots, linking to "Mother Earth".

Many ancient mythical stories come from the idea that all living beings are born from the earth; the source of life and sustenance for all.

Legends say that
The Sacred Dove sits in the branches of the Tree of Life and appears with the fruit of the tree and the waters of life.

The tree has become a symbol of
love, wisdom, rebirth, strength, redemption, friendship, bounty and encouragement.

Sources: The Druids of Turtle Island, AltReligion.About.com


History and Myths Behind The Tree of Life



1. The Assyrians-
To the Babylonians, The Tree of Life had magical fruit, which could only be picked by the gods. Dire consequences befell any mortal who dared to pluck from it. The Tree found its way into the Judeo-Christian legend of Adam and Eve...
~ George Sassoon and Rodney Dale, The Manna Machine
2. The Celts-
When a Celtic tribe cleared a new land for settlement, they always left a great tree in the middle, known in Ireland as the "crann bethadh", or Tree of Life, it embodied the security and integrity of the Celtic people.
Chieftains were inaugurated at the sacred tree, for, with its roots stretching down to the lower world,and its branches reaching to the upper world, it connected him with the power of both the heavens and the worlds beneath.
~ Mara Freeman 1998

3. Judeo-Christians-
In the Book of Genesis, The Tree of Life is planted by God in the Garden of Eden (Paradise), the fruit gives everlasting life.
God also planted the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" (Genesis 2:9). After eating from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil", Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden to prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life.
~ Wikipedia
4. The Kabbalists-
The Tree of Life, is a mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism to describe the path to God and the manner in which He created the world.
The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a map of creation. The tree of life has been called the "cosmology" of the Kabbalah. Some believe the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah corresponds to the Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis.
~ Wikipedia
Image: The Visionary Art of Willow Arlenea - Goddesses


Sources: http://www.squidoo.com/tree-of-life
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_life