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Merry Yule and a New Moon



Yesterday was Yule (Yuletide) or the Winter Solstice as many call it. Not only the longest night and darkest / shortest day of the year, it is a time for celebrating the winter season, the coming of the sun again, new beginnings, Love and tradition, and for me the upcoming New Years. It was a special day as well due to the New Moon falling on Yule. Some people choose to rest and relax on a New Moon, but for many The New Moon is a time to start new projects and list goals. This is a perfect time to do the goal and list thing this year.

So what are my goals that I set for this Yule? Well, one was to start writing in this blog more (my last post was in February) and keep the arts and crafts updates coming. To create and make knew products and to paint as much as possible. Simple goals for my business that I can keep up with.

Many of our ancestors celebrated this religious and way of life Holiday. Usually falling on December 21 and known as Solstice Night, they celebrated the "rebirth" of the sun (Oak King, Sun King) which gave warmth and light to the days, an essential part of life. Without the sun, crops and farms would not survive.

Bonfires were lit and gifts of cider, apples, and oranges (representing the sun) were given. Different symbolic elements were used, many in which we still incorporate into our winter holiday celebrations today. The Evergreen is a symbol for immortality because it does not die in the cold harsh winter months, it simply becomes dormant waiting for the return of the sun and warmer weather. Wheat Stalks were used to wish for a represent a good harvest and Flour meant light and life.

Holly and Ivy were used to decorate, but these plants also represented the hope that Nature Sprites would come and join the in the festivities. Holly, a masculine plant, was not only used during this time, but was also kept all year long near the door as an invitation for good fortune. Holly also is a symbol for The Holly King and the Oak King which are a huge part of Celtic/Pagan mythology.

Today's use of Santa Claus incorporates the Holly King, as well as Saint Nicholas and a few others into his current character, and one that I really enjoy. In my opinion, why celebrate just one tradition when we can celebrate many. I see so many people in many religions get so mad because one stole the others traditions and they all feel that their beliefs are right. Although it's nice to see passion for one beliefs, I feel that instead of always fighting over who stole who and who is right, wrong, or evil.. We should try and embrace each other and understand each other instead. I mean most of our traditions come from similar places anyway. I don't agree with the fighting or name calling or the judgmental prejudices we have for each other, and it does go all ways. So now that I totally went off on a tangent, I will get back to Yule with Mistletoe.

Mistletoe (a common plant used today for our winter celebrations) was also hung to represented the feminine side and the seed of the Divine Mother and Goddess. A symbol of peace and goodwill, the Druids would travel deep into the forest to harvest this special plant. According to ancient Druid tradition, Mistletoe was the most sacred plant and was used in a priesthood ceremony held five days after the New Moon following winter solstice. The priests would harvest the branches and give the people sprigs to hang them over doorways for protection. Although Mistletoe has a broad range of symbolism, the most common symbol is that of fertility and love.


Lastly the Yule log, which is still used by many today, was the highlight of the celebration. The log was either harvested from the home owners land or given as a gift. It would be placed in the fireplace and decorated in seasonal greenery, cider or ale, and dusted with flour. The log would be lit with a piece of last years log, and would burn throughout the night bringing light into the home at Solstice.


Well, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Holiday no matter what you celebrate. For me, this is a fun time of the year because I celebrate not only Yule, but Christmas too. No matter what you celebrate,
one should always focus on family, love, and the fact that every ending is a new beginning.

~ Happy Holidays


Licensing with Fantasy Artist Julia Finucane




Thank you for your interest in Julia Finucane and her Artwork. She is always looking for different companies to build a relationship with and license with.

"I am open to discussing different licensing contracts. If you are interested in licensing with me please e-mail me with your proposal."

Julia's artwork is ideal to license with for many different products and merchandise. Some products include greeting cards, magnets, figurines, home decor, jewelry, trinket boxes, fabrics / textiles, t-shirts, publishing, dolls, costumes, and much more. 
To contact Julia, please email her at twocatswitchery@hotmail.com


To view her artwork, please visit her Artist Portfolio.
To learn more about Julia Finucane as an artist, please visit her Artist Bio.

Artist Portfolio for Julia Finucane



Welcome to the Artist Portfolio for Julia Finucane. Please click the images to view the art theme. (Portfolio being updated - More artwork coming soon)
 
 


For Wholesale options, please visit our Wholesale Information Page.

For Licensing options, please visit our Licensing Page.

Artist Portfolio - Fairy and Mermaid Art



Welcome to the Artist Portfolio for Fairy and Mermaid art by Julia Finucane. Please scroll down.

            

Favorite Links and Link Exchange




Below are banners to use when linking Julia's website or store to yours. Right click the image and save to your web space. 
Linked banners to: http://juliafinucane.blogspot.com or http://www.twocatswitchery.com/




Below are some of my fellow artists, FAE (Fantasy Artists of Etsy) team members, and friends. 

Kristin Cornell's Aquarriann art. Fellow fantasy artist and FAE Team friend.

Christina Lynn Myers art. Colorful fantasy, big eyed girl artist.

Joanne Schempp art. Fantasy and fairy artist.

Danielle Lutz's Earthy Leather Design. Handmade leather goods.

A Beautiful Disaster. Makeup, fashion, art blog by my good friend Kelly.


Below are some great sites and communities.

Best Psychic Directory logo


Art School Grad. A wonderful team on etsy of professional artists, collectors, and those artists just starting out. I am co-leader of the team, so go check it out.

The Fairy SocietyA community of fantasy and fairy artists.

Fantasy Art Gathering. A great site with links to many talented fantasy artists.

FantasyArtists.org is a nice artist site including fantasy art, fairy art, and sci fi art.



Artist Portfolio - Big Eye Art




Welcome to the Artist Portfolio for Big Eye art by Julia Finucane. Please scroll down.

      

Wholesale Information for Julia Finucane




Welcome to Julia's Wholesale page. Julia's artwork and merchandise is sold for wholesale or re-sale in retail stores and online stores.

Please Note - Wholesale orders are only for retail stores, shop keepers, and official web stores for re-sale. Tax - ID number is required.

Place a Wholesale Order

Email Julia at
She will get back to you usually within 24 hours.

- Include your Tax ID number, shop name, and shipping address.

- Julia uses a 50% price system. Minimum $80 not including shipping.

- Items come labeled with name tags. No price tags are placed.

- Specify the item titles or description, sizes, and quantity of the items you are ordering.

- Specify shipping method. USPS is used unless stated otherwise.

- Specify if you need a rush order or have a deadline. Julia will try to accommodate you.

- Specify your payment method. Paypal is preferred but credit, checks, money orders, and postal checks are accepted. (Check customers must wait for check to clear before order is shipped). 

- Julia will send a complete invoice to your shop or preferred email.

Artist Portfolio - Fantasy and Fairy Tale Art



Welcome to the Artist Portfolio for Fantasy & Fairy Tale Art by Julia Finucane. Please scroll down.

            

Latest News, Events, Updates, and Appearances



Julia, her artwork, & her Tarot cards make appearances throughout the year. She would be so happy to meet you at these events. Stop by, say hi, get a piece signed, get a reading. If you are interested in having me as a guest at your store, festival, fair, or convention, please email me at: twocatswitchery@hotmail.com 

Latest News, Events, and Updates

Upcoming News & Events 2017 
The online Gift shop is up and running at http://www.twocatswitchery.com/
Stop by for fantasy art, metaphysical items, spiritual supplies including ritual herbs and oils, and much more. 

Past Events
July 7, 2015: The new online gift shop is up and running. Check it out at http://www.twocatswitchery.com/
May 2, 2015:  Solo Art Exhibit, Love, Light, and Magick, 1374 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
April 24, 2015Impact Artist Galleries Members show. 5-8:30 PM Buffalo, NY
April 17, 2015Evolution ZEN, a Wearable Art Fashion Show at UB Center for the Arts in Amherst, NY.
February 27, 2015Beyond Reality - Fantasy Exhibit, Impact Artist Gallery, Buffalo, NY
January 23, 201510x10 for $2o Fundraiser, Impact Artist Gallery, Buffalo, NY
January 18, 2015Wine on 3rd, Niagara Falls NY, Reception 6:30 - 9 PM. I have my original painting "Lets Fly Together."
December 5 - 24, 2014Holiday Show "Gifted", 464 Gallery, Buffalo, NY. I have my jewelry boxes and prints available.
November 19 - December 19, 2014Holiday Show and Market at Impact Artist Gallery, Buffalo, NY. I will have a full wall of artwork on display.
September 26, 2014: "MUSE" Art Exhibit at Impact Artist Gallery, Buffalo NY
September 12, 2014Member Show at 464 Gallery, Buffalo NY
August 31, 2014Veterans Art Festival & Car Show @ Niawanda Park, City of Tonawanda, 14150 
August 16 - 22, 2014: “Fourth Friday in the Falls” Fundraiser for Impact Gallery @ 447 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. My artwork will be up for auction.
July 9, - August 29, 2014: Empower, Members Show. Art Reception & Poetry reading. Impact Artist Gallery, Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main Street, 5th floor. I have my original "Space Queen" and my Wearable art outfit "Paper Florets" displayed.
July 26, 2014: Oasis - Garden Walk Show at Urban Roots Garden Center. 428 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213
June 27 - 28, 2014: City of Night: Art, History, & Culture event & VIP Preview Night. @ Silo City, 100 Childs Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. 464 Gallery Art Festival, Music, & Food http://www.cityofnightbuffalo.com
April 30 - June 28, 2014: Fine Art, Health and Healing Artist Reception @ Impact Artist Gallery in Buffalo, NY. 5:30 - 8:00 pm. My pieces "Slice of Devotion" & "Trapped behind the Hat" are displayed.
May 18, 2014Fine Art, Health and Healing Festival @ Impact Artist Gallery in Buffalo, NY. 11:00 - 5:00 pm.
April 6, 2014: Impact Artist Gallery presents "Evolution" Wearable Art Fashion Show @ Tonawanda Castle. Doors Open at Noon. Fashion designer artist
March 28, 20143D Paper Show @ Impact Artist Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Artist Reception at 5:30 - 8:00 pm. My piece "Carnaval" is displayed
December 6, 2013: Holiday Market Gifted @ 464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Opening December 6 from 6-11 pm.
November 16, 2013: Holiday Market Opening Night, Impact Gallery, Buffalo NY at the Tri-main building of Main street. Runs through December 21, 2013.
November 16, 2013: Buffalo Woman's Gifts show in Asbury Hall at Babeville.
October, 25 2013: 464 Galleries Halloween art show. Stop by to see my new painting "Stitches. 
September 12, 2013: Check out New items by Julia at 464 Gallery on Amherst St in Buffalo, NY. Items include Originals, prints, & Jewelry boxes.
September 11, 2013: Iprintfromhome Celebration & Gallery show. 5-7pm, Kenmore NY
September 2, 2013: Art fest & Car Show @ Niawanda Park, City of Tonawanda. 9am-3pm
August 31, 2013: Steampunk Festival @ Lenard Oaks Estate Winery. 5-10pm, Medina NY
August 17, 2013: the 2nd annual CITY OF NIGHT. A celebration of all the things that make Buffalo, NY great. 4pm-2am @ Silo City.
August 3, 2013: Surge Art Exhibit. 6-10pm @ 464 Gallery, Amherst Street, Buffalo NY.
July 21, 2013: @ the Fisher Estate in the City of Tonawanda (413 main st. 14150) from 11- 5pm. Art / yard sale. Come for artwork, crafts, yard sale items. 
June 16, 2013: I will be vending at the Discover Amherst Street Festival in Buffalo, NY. Time is 12 - 5pm, Stop by and say hi. 
May 15, 2013: Happy Birthday to ME!!! 
November 6, 2012: Sacred & Spiritual herb bundles are now available. All hand grown, picks, cleaned, & bundled in my home kitchen.
November 4, 2012: Many new items up for the Holiday season in my Etsy shop. Keep coming back for more.
October 31, 2012Happy Halloween everyone!
October 20, 2012Julia's art book is now available on amazon
October 17, 2012My Etsy gift shop is stocked with many new items that I am so excited about including... Fantasy art, crafts, tarot readings, & spiritual supplies. 
September 26, 2012Many updates and items added to the gift shop. Great for shopping!
September 19, 2012Look for Julia's artwort at FenconShe will have artwork available in the Print Shop area. Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it will run Sept. 21 - 23, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza North Dallas/Galleria.
August 7, 2012: Look for "How To" videos on You Tube made by Julia. Videos include artwork and DIY natural flea sprays to name a few.
July 2, 2012Look for Julia's artwort at ConvergenceShe will have artwork available in the Art Show area & Print Shop. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, it will run July 5 - 8, 2012 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington.
June 18, 2012: Julia's BOOK is now available is hardcover. A great collectors item. Same content as the soft cover, but is more durable. You can now order.
May 22, 2012: Look for Julia's artwork at CONduit. She will have artwork available in the Art Show area & Print Shop. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the con is being held at the Downtown Radisson from May 25 - 27, 2012
May 22, 2012: Look for Julia's artwork at Balticon 46. She will have artwork available in the Print Shop in the Art Show area. Located in Baltimore, MD, the con is being held at the Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn from May 25 - 28, 2012
April 24, 2012: Julia's BOOK is out. You can now order the art book by Julia Finucane. Titled Fantasy & Fairy Tales: The Art of Julia Finucane, this is a great book to add to any collection. Written & illustrated by Julia, this book is near and dear to her heart. For more information and images of the book interior, view my Book Info Page.


April 6, 2012: Look for Julia's artwork at Eeriecon 14. She will have artwork available in the Print Shop in the Art Show area. Located in Niagara Falls, NY, the con is being held at the Days Inn at the Falls from April 27 - 29, 2012
*Please Note - Julia will not be present in person, but will be there in spirit. 
February 8, 2012: Julia's drawing "Holly Berry Birds" has been published in Art Wanted 2012 Day Calendar on February 8th, 2012. Click on the image below to purchase this awesome calendar featuring 365 different artists from around the world.