Festival of Lights.

May your home and heart be filled with shining lights of joy.
Mabel is celebrating Night 2 of Hanukkah this eve.

Mable Hanukkah  2011Mabel Holds the USA post office stamp. “This festive new Hanukkah (Forever®) stamp design commemorates a joyous annual festival celebrated by Jewish people around the world. In the stamp art, letters spelling out the word “Hanukkah” are backed by eight colorful shapes, symbolizing the eight days and nights of the celebration. The second “k” appears on the silhouette of a dreidel, a spinning top that children traditionally play with during Hanukkah.
The celebration of Hanukkah dates back over two millennia. Tradition relates how a miracle took place during the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated. The remaining supply of sacramental oil, thought to be enough for only one day, burned for eight days. Today, family members gather each night during the festival to light candles on a special candleholder called a menorah. Art director Ethel Kessler worked with illustrator Suzanne Kleinwaks on the new design.

The new Hanukkah stamps are being issued in panes of 20 self-adhesive Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Made in the USA. https://shop.usps.com

Hear ye Hear ye…Upcoming Events


Twinkles, Hear Ye Hear Ye

Twinkles is Back in town! Even though it’s not really cold it is, after all, December. Twinkles missed her friends and has come on back for the winter! As you may remember she is a true snow goddess check it out on The Individuals Page/Stories continued page of our site. (Note she is towards the bottom of the page, it is in alphabetical order.)

Today not only is Twinkles  announcing her arrival but also some up and coming events, starting this Friday and Saturday!

Friday Dec 16: We are part of the Whole Foods, Garden City Holiday Cheer: 

“The Sounds of Effie Kalas for Buy Local Night!
Friday, December 16th 4:30-6:30 pm

Join us and enjoy the music of Effie Kalas of the Bootsy Brown Singer Songwriter Tour at Whole Foods Market. Shop local this holiday season!  Visit with many of our favorite local vendors, (That’s where we fit in) grab dinner and then head out for the Garden City Center Holiday Stroll! “ ….The Botanical Beauties will be at Whole Foods with a full line of fun gifts ready for you, your friends or perhaps that “hostess with the mostess” gift! Sounds like a grand time, for fun, families, and everyone. Grab some Holiday Spirit and stroll! (Maybe Rock Roll and Stroll?)

• Saturday Dec 17:  3:30 pm. Don’t live in RI? Not to worry, how about coming to Uxbridge MA. This will be an open house afternoon with the full Botanical Beauties Line out for one and all to see and enjoy. Email us for directions and more information. Email: Botanicalbb3@gmail.com

• Sunday Afternoon Feb 5: We are setting up for a Uxbridge Food Pantry Fund Raiser. The Pampered Chef will be doing a food and product demo, The Botanical Beauties and Beasties will be out and about as well. All in time for an easy Valentines Day gift! Share the Food, Share the love. If you are not the email invitation list, not to worry, just email us for directions and more information. You don’t even have to be there to help out the food pantry. We will take straight out donations for them or The Pampered Chef will be sending them a check based on products sold. Email: Botanicalbb3@gmail.com

Exciting….Meet Gordy! A man of the Fall Season….

Meet Gordy!
Gordy says Hello to each and every one of you. (click for larger image)
Gordy is the newest member of the Botaniumus Community. Since he is an Artist, and an Arts Journalist, he is the one that will be conducting our Artist Series Interviews.  We hope to start this very soon and to continue through the winter and beyond. We are still looking for a clever name!  Email Gordy all your cool ideas at  Gordy@gmail.com.
Gordy enjoys creating all types of art and places no limits on himself. Naturally, his bend is for ECO art, he loves to recreate and make “Objects D’Art” while keeping all his materials as green as possible. To that end, he now only shoots digital when he has a camera in hand, the chemicals of traditional film and processing is not something he wants to contribute to the world. His sculptures tend to be from “found or recycled materials, and he uses recycled paper for all his 2D work. He has been known to dance when the mood strikes, and “create for fun” when inspiration strikes! He also works as the Arts Journalist for the Local Paper of Botaniumus called Twine, Twigs Figura and News, or commonly called TTFN. (It’s ok to smile if you are a Tigger fan!)
Gordy is made from Gourds, Palm Tree Trunk, mixed floral and even a bit of a live Key West Iguana!
Since Gordy’s body and head are made of Gourds he has also become our Thanksgiving Card, he is the 7th in the series of our Eco Holiday Cards. (see below)
Holiday card possibilities
Holiday cards available now! - We are at Whole Foods outside, or in the entrance, for the next 2 weeks. Come on by, say Hi and you can buy Gordy, made from Gourds, just in time for Thanksgiving! All are printed on post consumer recycled paper.
Hope to see you at Garden City Whole Foods tomorrow! 

Doodles, next step sketches?

Wikipedia: “A sketch “done extempore” is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purpose: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principal. Sketching is generally a prescribed part of the studies of art students.”

The sketches of some individual artists have become very well-known, including those of Leonardo da Vinci which have become art objects in their own right, with many pages showing finished studies as well as sketches.

The term “sketchbook” usually means  a book of plank paper on which an artist can, (or has already) drawn sketches. Does anyone have a Doodlebook? My sketches seem more like doodles…. but, if a sketch is as stated above ( rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work. ) then these are sketches? I am no Leonardo but I share anyways! Take the poll below and vote for Sketch or Doodle.