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It has been an exciting year here at Michaelian Home and we look forward to even more excitement in the new year! Our customers have come to expect the highest quality products and unrivaled customer service. We are constantly adding new products and new lines so that you have more opportunities to find that perfect item that you know is going to stand the test of time in terms of quality, function and design. We strive to create products that will make your spaces unique and on trend.
An example of this is the fresh color theme of GOLD, RASPBERRY and SULFUR and the variety of Michaelian Home products that you can mix and match to achieve this sophisticated fun look for your own space. Camp Chevron Gold, a luxury cotton hooked rug, a 100% silk scarf, our detailed 'Em' Needlepoint Pillow and the rich texture of our Mix and Match Turkish Pillows show off this gorgeous palette. Shop for them today!
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC is a local treasure. Its history is steeped with poetry and surprisingly, goat herding. In its honor, Michaelian Home has designed several new printed, embellished, Sandburg-inspired, goat pillows, they will surely delight the ‘kid’ in everyone. You can see the new detailed pillows pictured above with actual Sandburg Goats. We also have some existing handmade needlepoint goat inspired pillows that are sure to get your goat. You can find those here: https://www.michaelianhome.com/NCU-798-Billy-Goat-16x20-Needlepoint-Pillow_p_1418.html
Carl Sandburg was known as the Poet of the People. He was a writer, poet and songwriter. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry. He also won another Pulitzer for his biography of Abraham Lincoln, a prolific body of work which is astounding in magnitude. His poetry captured the struggles of the working class in the early 1900s and thus captured the hearts of the nation. Active politically, he wrote on the issues of freedom and humanity. He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day” and is considered to be a major figure in contemporary literature. "Trying to write briefly about Carl Sandburg," said a friend of the poet, "is like trying to picture the Grand Canyon in one black and white snapshot."
Though he was born and raised in Illinois, he moved to Flat Rock, North Carolina in 1945. The name of the 246 acre estate was Connemara and here he and his wife raised their daughters while he continued to write. It is said that he would stay up all night writing in his ‘crazy corner’, then he would eat breakfast with his family and then retire to bed about 10 o’clock in the morning. He liked to hike and created many trails on the estate and would often disappear on a trail to write.
Lillian or ‘Paula’ as Carl liked to call her, started raising goats when he was
still a struggling poet in the midwest.
She became interested in genetics and how to increase milk production. By the time they moved to Flat Rock, she was
already famous for her breeding and had established national prominence in the
field. The name Paula Sandburg became a
household name in goat breeding, She
continued to breed goats, mostly
Nubians, Saanens and Toggenburgs in North
ran a commercial dairy on the farm and at one time had a herd of about 200
goats. Locals say that they used to see Carl driving around town doing errands
with goats in his car! Supposedly this is not surprising to anyone that knew
Carl. One reporter stated that when he visited Carl to interview him in his Michigan home, it was so
cold outside that Carl led fifteen goats into his living room to get warm
during the interview.
Try being a goat: put on a face of calm contemplations.
Look people in the eye as though unaware they gaze at you.
Read their innermost hidden secrets.
Then turn away toward other horizons chewing your cud.
- Excerpt from From Daybreak to Good Night: Poems for Children by Carl Sandburg
Carl died in 1967 of natural causes and his wife died ten years later. Today the Connemara estate is a National Historic Site and you can tour the home, hike the trails that Carl frequented, and visit with goats that still carry Mrs. Sandburg’s goat's bloodlines. The current herd is kept to about 15 goats and they don’t milk them but every spring you can see new kids (goat kids!) toddling about the barn. The site is indeed a national treasure where history comes to life for ‘kids’ of all ages. Find out more or plan your visit here: https://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm
Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries. It is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar-solar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. That is 15 days of celebrations with specific rituals and traditions for each day! 15 days! Many Chinese businesses completely shut down for about 3 weeks to allow for celebrations. Since China is such an integral part of the global economy this has a ripple effect throughout the world. U.S. companies (our included!) have to prepare months in advance knowing that Chinese business grinds to a halt during this period of festivities.
Chinese New Year is such an important holiday in areas with large asian descent populations that even the New York City Public Schools and San Francisco schools have declared today a holiday and the schools are closed. The first day of celebrations (today!) are typically marked with firework celebrations and everyone trying to make as much noise as possible to ward off evil spirits,misfortune and to hail only good things for the coming year! Money is given in red paper envelopes, windows are decorated with red paper cut-outs with the words 'good fortune', 'wealth', 'happiness' and houses are thorougly cleaned to 'sweep away' bad fortune and make way for good luck.
According to the Chinese zodiac, those born under the sign of the monkey are said to be intelligent, optimistic, romantic, sociable, confident, agile, curious as well as restless and reckless. Lucky numbers for the year are 1,7 and 8 and lucky colors are white, gold and blue.
Now that you are armed with more information about this incredible global holiday, join in on the fun! From our home to yours, Michaelian Home wishes good fortune for the new lunar year to everyone! I don't know about you but I certainly feel inspired to celebrate for the next 15 days straight! Happy New Year all you Monkeys!