Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t added a post since 2012. Happy Fall! Life has been busy and full of twists and turns, the kind you don’t quite see coming and on occasion would rather do without. While I haven’t been posting much myself, I have enjoyed reading many other blogs about Christmas and other subjects across the web as often as possible.
It’s hard not to miss the fact that Christmas merchandise is popping up all over the place. Somehow I’m feeling tardy for the party and not quite up to speed on the Christmas thing yet. My lovely cousin already has her tree up and decorated…in October! She posted a picture on Facebook no less!
Well, no tree yet but I did pick up a few fabulous ornaments while on vacation last month. I haven’t had a real vacation in a long time, so I went pretty big and all the way to Italy. One of my favorite stops was Venice and the island of Murano which is famous for it’s unique brand of glassmaking. Although I wanted to buy every single ornament in sight, my artistic eye and backpack space limited me to the treasures below:
Historically, Venice was a very famous trade and commerce port. Murano’s reputation for glassmaking began when the Venetian Republic ordered all glassmakers to move their foundries to the island in 1291 fearing the destruction of it’s mostly wooden buildings from fire. The glassmakers became very prominent citizens and enjoyed many privileges but were not allowed to leave the Republic. Many did take the risk of leaving and took their crafts as far as the Netherlands and England. By the end of the 16th Century, nearly half of the islands citizens were involved in the glassmaking industry. As you can see, the craft is very much alive and well today.