Sunday, March 27, 2011

an etsy kind of day

I have kind of been neglecting my Etsy sites a little...but for a good reason.  For the past few weeks I have been freelancing at Martha Stewart Living working on a very exciting project... A beautiful Easter Show (more about that later once it airs).  Then this morning I found out that one of my newest items, the felted egg bird nest placecard holders, were featured in the Etsy Newsletter yesterday!  So today, I wanted to take a moment to thank a few of the other great Etsy artisans who have been choosing some of my pieces to put in their treasuries on Etsy.  For those of you who are not all that familiar with Etsy, treasuries are beautiful collections of artists work put together by other members and it works as a cross promotion tool on the site.  Treasuries are also sometimes chosen to be "front page" or the "home page" displays for the website.  When that happens, your site gets tons of traffic and you are almost sure to make sales!  I put together a small collection below of some of the artists who have chosen my work.  Please check out their sites to see more of their work as well.  Spring is finally here...why not treat yourself or someone you love to something fresh, new and handmade ♥

Sunday, March 20, 2011

it really does work!

At 9:50pm on the Vernal Equinox I balanced an egg in its end. 20 minutes later it is still standing!

can you really balance an egg on its end?

Today is the Vernal Equinox ( Vernal meaning "spring" and Equinox meaning "equal night"); which is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  Many of us here on the East Coast have been looking forward to spring after a very long, cold, snowy winter!  Yesterday I was having a conversation with my family about how it has been said that on the Equinox it is supposed to be easier to balance an egg on its end than any other day of the year!  I must admit, I have tried it in the past and had no luck...but it did get me thinking, so I decided to get to my computer this morning and start a "Google" search!  I found many scientific explanations...but perhaps I can best sum it up like this.  "This Vernal Equinox is one of the two times during the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and the spin axis of the Earth points 90 degrees away from the sun. The premise is that aligning the gravitational pull of the Sun with that from the center of the Earth should somehow make it easier to balance any object." (courtesy of Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D)

So tonight I think I may give it another try...why not?  I have a dozen fresh eggs in the fridge from the farmers market...and what if it actually works?  What do you believe?  Have you ever given this little test a try?  Or perhaps you may think it's just another urban legend?