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Celestial Ornaments and Jewelry

14 Nov '16

Coming Soon!

We're so excited about the upcoming holiday season and will be adding jewelry to our online store soon. Each item will be uniquely handcrafted and ship gift ready in a red or navy velour pouch for the holidays or any occasion.  Add your name to our email list (aettra.com) to be the first to know about upcoming sales and new gift items.


14 Nov '16

November's 'Supermoon'

Don't miss tonight's 'Supermoon.'  What makes this moon so special is that it's the closest the full moon will come to earth in it's lunar orbit since 1948.  This will not happen again until 2034.  To learn more cool stuff about supermoons head over to nasa.gov.  
I hope you have a great view from where you are! 
20 Jun '16

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice 2016!

Simply put, the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and occurs when the earth tilts most toward the sun.  This marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  

This year the solstice is extra special because it's the first time in almost 70 years it has coincided with a full moon!  

Even though summer only officially started today we've had above average record breaking temps in Chicago since late May.  The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting it's going to be a hot one..and they're usually right!  

To celebrate the beginning of the summer season stop by our store (aettra.com) for 20% off all orders through 6/27 plus free shipping with code: SOLSTICEWEEK. 








11 Nov '15
25 Oct '15

Displaying Ornaments

Most people think about displaying ornaments during the Christmas season.  They are most often used to decorate the tree for a month or less then get packed away until the next Christmas season. 

There are a variety of ways to display ornament.  Many can be displayed year-round. For Instance, I have a small collection of Art Glass ornaments that are arranged in a bowl on my dining room table.  Several were purchased in Venice, Italy and I consider them works of art because of their unique designs and colors.

Over the years, I've come across many ways to display ornaments during the holidays and beyond.  Here are just a few to think about:

1.  Try filling a vase with your favorite ornaments in a monochromatic or multi-color display.  This is a great option in place of a Christmas tree if you'll be traveling or want to make a small space festive.  

2.  Attach ornaments to a wreath or make an ornament wreath of your own.  You might need to visit your local craft store for a wreath form and hot glue gun to do the job.  Simply glue the ornaments to the wreath as closely together as possible, add a hanger for display or use it as a centerpiece.

3.  Use well placed ornaments to dress up holiday greenery on a banister, across a fireplace, around a door or as a centerpiece.  

4.  Use ornament stands and/or a metal Christmas tree to display special ornaments or to bring Christmas to small spaces.  I fell in love with metal trees after seeing one beautifully decorated as part of an Australian Christmas display.  Visit aettra.com to see the ornament stands we think are a great way to display ornaments all year long.