Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year Special!

Our special holiday discounts on olive wood ornaments, magnets and nativity sets, along with all of our other items was so popular during December that we have decided to extend this sale through the month of January in celebration the New Year. 
There are only a few hand-carved nativity sets remaining.  Each one is made from the highest quality olive wood and is painstakingly carved by local artisans.  Save 15% now on any of our in-stock nativity sets, or on any special orders placed during the month of January. 

This is a great time to take advantage of reduced prices to procure those special Christmas items you always think of too late when the holidays roll around. Take advantage of our “baker’s dozen” offer on handmade olive wood ornaments - buy twelve and pick another one for free!

Stock-up now on our unique handmade Christmas cards and save 20% on any purchase of single or pre-packaged sets of cards.

Save 10% on any of our jewelry, stoneware, mosaics or other handmade items when you visit our showroom in January.

From our family to yours, have a most blessed 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hours at FTE

In honor of the upcoming holiday observances, From The Earth will be closed December 24-26 for Christmas, and again on December 31-January 2 for New Years.

To all of our customers and friends, we wish you a most Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Christmas Message

Peace on earth,
and goodwill to all men!

The From The Earth family would like to wish all of our friends, customers and blog readers a most joyous Christmas, and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nabad Art Gallery's "Trendsetting" Exhibition

From The Earth is pleased to inform our readers of special community events from time-to-time that serve to promote the work of local artisans.  

This month we would like to invite you to visit the the Nabad Art Gallery nestled in charming Jabal Amman just off of Rainbow Street.  This area is a cultural sub-center attracting many who travel to Amman with its local shops, galleries, and restaurants.  The Nabad Art Gallery is an innovative cultural space that showcases contemporary work by established and emerging artists from Jordan and throughout the Levantine region. 

From 6 December until 5 January
the gallery will feature an exhibit entitled “Trendsetting,” displaying the work of two budding yet accomplished artists, Rula Atalla and Samar Habayeb.  The jewelry collection of ceramic artist Rula Atalla will be showcased alongside the decorative furniture collection of young Jordanian designer, Samar Habayeb.

Atalla’s exhibition is a mixed-media collection of pieces created from beads and tiles made by a group of intellectually-challenged children from Amman.  This will be her first exhibition displaying her talents using a medium other than clay.

Habayeb’s work merges contemporary colors with traditional Arabic calligraphy.  Her exhibition displays bold furniture fabricated with a variety of materials such as fiberglass, metals, ceramic and resin.  She contrasts traditional Islamic motifs with modern materials and design in a marriage of practicality and beauty.

Both of these artists challenge conventional ideas in favor of new perspectives.

The gallery is open daily except Fridays, from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM, and again from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Written by: Anisha Patel

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Origin of "Honeymoon"

Did You Know the word “honeymoon” has several sources of origin?  Since we at From The Earth are celebrating Nadeen’s, our Workroom Supervisor’s, recent marriage, we felt it only fitting to write this month’s DYK article about the origins of this marriage tradition.

The very first reference to what we might consider a honeymoon comes from the Bible in Deuteronomy 25:5 where it says, “When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, and bring happiness to his wife whom he has taken.”  Don’t you wish we could still follow that precept?!

The Merriam-Webster dictionary reports the etymology of honeymoon as coming from "the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest."   

Another source for the term may come from the ancient tradition in many parts of Europe where newly married couples were provided with enough mead to last a month, thus ensuring happiness and fertility.  (Mead is a light alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey.)  Thus, the combination of “honey,” and the idea of a lunar month, “moon,” to get “honeymoon;” or as the French say, "lune de miel."

Written by: William W. Hendry