November 2010 | Elysian Studios

Artists at Play: November Art Bead Scene Challenge

Thanksgiving: Simple Appreciation for Our Blessings

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into universal terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.”Franklin D. Roosevelt, from speech to Congress, 1941


Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” appeared on the pages of The Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943.


William Formsby Halsall’s “The Mayflower on Her Arrival in Plymouth Harbor” shows the ship at dawn after her landing in Plymouth Harbor, and is portrayed as a symbol of the beginning of a new era. The vessel left England in September 1620 and after a grueling 66-day journey marked by disease, which claimed two lives, the ship dropped anchor inside the hook tip of Cape Cod in November .


“Embarkation of the Pilgrims”by Edgar Parker after Robert Weir.  In 1836, the United States government commissioned Robert W. Weir to paint “The Picture of the Embarkation of the Pilgrims from Delfthaven in Holland “for filling the vacant panels in the rotunda of the Capital” in Washington, D.C. It was one of several large scale paintings chosen to represent significant historical moments leading to the founding of the American Republic. Completed in 1843, it depicts the Pilgrim families gathered around their pastor, John Robinson, for a farewell service on the deck of the Speedwell before its departure from Holland.

Elysian Studios wishes everyone

a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Holiday Shopping: The Websites that Revolutionized Shopping:

I was so excited to see this spread in This month’s issue of Luck Magazine!  Up against big retailers of Amazon, Net-A-Porter, Ebay and Shopbop, here comes the powerful influence of Etsy, Big Cartel and Bloggers!  Now small studios and self-employed artisans have the ability to sell their products in the same manner as big designers, and  Elysian Studios will be supporting and promoting some of these artists throughout the holiday season!  It is now easier than ever to obtain high-quality, unique handcrafted items!

Here’s what was said in the article:

websites-that-revolutionized-shopping-etsy-322-1125677 ETSY.COM makes it possible to do something inconceivable a few years back: buy a one-of-a-kind bud vase—or gorgeous stationery or gown—designed by an unknown artisan with no other retail outlet. The main downside of the mega-site is that it can be difficult to sort through the bejillions of handmade and vintage offerings.*

    *Note from Elysian Studios:  We will be featuring treasuries based on themes that will help make shopping easier!  This is where the bloggers come into play!             websites-that-revolutionized-shopping-bigcartel-322-1183825 BIGCARTEL.COM is like an e-mentor for new designers, making it easy for anyone to set up shop online. What previously required a programmer and thousands of dollars is now an afternoon’s project—and costs, at most, 20 bucks per month.

                    websites-that-revolutionized-shopping-bloggers-322-5434845   BLOGGERS

Bloggers who really shape tastes and drive products include Grace Bonney with her home-centric DESIGNSPONGE.COM, Rumi Neely with FASHIONTOAST.COM (she’s now the face of Forever 21 ads, after all), and the two exceptionally chic Southern California-based surf and skateboarding designers who run BLEACHBLACK.COM.

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Election Day: November 2, 2010