I recently received a question on Twitter about our top products for fall. Well, they change every week but I can make a prediction based on our best-selling lines over the last couple of years. So, here are the top 3 fall wind chime products I expect to be in demand for the next two months!
1. Large Winter Gunkali Wind Chimes
Fabian’s Winter Gunkali chime harmonizes the element of water, which empowers the kidneys, according to principles of Chinese Medicine. This chime includes an engraved windplate with the phrase “Feel the Peaceful Memory of Winter”. This is on sale for $100 less than the SRP. You can buy it here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Large-Winter-Gunkali-Wind-Chimes-p/1lwin.htm
2. Soprano Gypsy Windchimes
Escape with a band of wandering gypsies and leave all your worries behind as you listen to the celestial tones produced by this Soprano Gypsy wind chime. Made by Music of the Spheres using only the finest harmonic aluminum tubing, this wind chime is destined to hold a special place in your heart for years to come. You can buy this wind chime for $15.00 less than the SRP. Here’s the link: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Soprano-Gypsy-Windchimes-p/gs.htm
3. Tenor Japanese Windchime
Instantly transform your favorite outdoor space into a Far East retreat when you adorn it with this quality crafted Tenor Japanese wind chime by Music of the Spheres. Blending deep dramatic notes with sustained resonance, this impressive wind chime creates an air of tranquility that hypnotize listeners while easing away tension and stress.
Offered at $90 less than the SRP here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Tenor-Japanese-Windchime-p/jt.htm
We received an interesting request over the weekend. A loyal fan wanted to know if we knew about any famous wind chime hauntings. While we know certain cultures believe wind chimes can either call spirits into a house or draw them away from a house, we haven’t run across any ghostly wind chime stories….. That is, until we went to CreepyPasta.com!
We poured through the different tales on the website to pick the most compelling ghostly wind chime stories. We are repasting the links and summaries below. Oh, and by the way, if you have a REAL haunted wind chime story- please share it!
Wish Upon A Poisionus Flower – Talk about your grandmother’s haunted wind chimes! http://www.crappypasta.com/wish-upon-a-poisonous-flower
Daycare - The wind does blow heavy with the creepy kind….. http://www.creepypasta.com/daycare/
The Townhouse in Waterloo- Miminmal wind chime mentions, but worth it. http://www.creepypasta.com/the-townhouse-in-waterloo/
As we head into a long holiday weekend, I was thinking about picking up a good book. My friends often provide sale pitches on their current reads and I’m constantly looking to become more “well read”. The trouble is that I want diversity when I read. I think many people who read like to venture around the different writing genres. So, as I did my research for a quality weekend book, I came up with this one;
Wind Chime Cafe by Roberta Capizzi! http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Chime-Caf%C3%A9-Novel/dp/0615949258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409323782&sr=8-1&keywords=wind+chime+cafe
Isn’t this perfect! On Amazon, this book has a 5 star rating out of 120+ reviews. The description reads, “When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she’s finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro.”
Now, this isn’t the typical “manly” book that would appeal to me- but it does evolve around a cafe with wind chimes. I am going to give this book a try, after all- it involves the products my business sells. In the meantime, if you are inspired by this book and looking to add more wind chimes into your life, cafe, or garden- click here!
Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com
I was doing a little history homework on wind chimes and came across something interesting. Did you know at one point in China’s history that wind chimes were considered a tool for those who dabbled in the sinister arts?
In South East Asia remains of wind chimes made from bone, wood, bamboo and shells were found about 3000 BC. Chimes were thought to ward off evil spirits. 7,000 years later, the ward off part went away and many people used wind chimes to warn of weather issues or as a way to lure the pure of heart to a house of horrors.
While we know in modern times that wind chimes have nothing to do with evil practices, the Asians didn’t believe this back then. In fact, they would use wind chimes, in place of candles, to start ceremonies or séances!
The ironic part of the history of wind chimes is how the played a role in many religious ceremonies. And, in addition to religious ceremonies throughout the world, highly skilled metal workers created the forefather of the wind chime, a clapper-less bell called yong-zhong, which was used as an accompaniment for religious ceremonies in- where else- Asia! Isn’t history funny?
Today, wind chimes are still said to ward off evil spirits. They aren’t used in religious ceremonies as much as years’ past and, according to research, are hardly ever used in black magic practices. So, the next time you are hanging up one of EcoWIndChimes.com’s products, think about history. That wind chime was once feared, embraced, feared again, embraced again, and then become something that soothes the soul both from a decorative standpoint and audio stand point.
Stephen Betzen, EcoWindChimes.com
I read an article recently discussing how candles and wind chimes go hand-in-hand. I was a bit puzzled because I have never heard this before. I looked into the history of this statement and discovered that many people use both candles and wind chimes as part of Cajun séances. WOW!
Regardless of the reason(s) you may want to set up a candle near your Eco Wind Chimes, I figured I would share an easy-to-follow candle making recipe.
A heat source like a hot plate or electric stove
A “double boiler” set up – a large, low pot for boiling water, with an old coffee can set inside it to melt the wax, will do just fine – or a more formal candle wax melting pot
Some wax appropriate for the type of candle you want to make
A wick appropriate for that wax
A mold or container to hold the melted wax
Fragrance or color for the candle, if desired
A match to light it when it’s done
You can choose from various types of candles, and you’ll need to choose the appropriate wax and wick for your project. You can personalize your candle even further by choosing a fragrance or essential oil to scent your candle. There are tons of candle-friendly supply websites online to pick out your supplies.
Once you obtain your safe candle making supplies, simply melt the wax, mix in a bit of oil, pour the hot way into the mold, Inset the wick, and then let everything setup for a few hours. That’s it.
Until next time,
Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com
Many people who buy products on EcoWindChimes.com are doing so in memoriam of a family member or friend. We have engravable wind chimes, which are often decorated with a passed loved one’s name and dates of birth and expiration. These wind chimes are beautiful tributes to departed one’s soul.
We recently received a question on how to use wind chimes as part of the grieving and healing process. While there is no wrong way to have wind chimes be an instrumental part of your own process, we were able to research some unique techniques and suggestions.
First, place the wind chimes outside a room you are often in. The point to using wind chimes for healing therapy is to see and hear them often. If you place them on your back patio but spend most of the time in the front of your home- then your process is going to be counterproductive. Make sure your wind chimes are bout visible and audible from the room in the home where you spend the most time.
Second, light a sandalwood candle or incense to promote the departed spirit’s energy from returning. If you can conjure his or her energy, it is believed that the departed will ring the chime to make you aware of their presence. It is at this time that you can speak your truth, or speak to his or her spirit, and allow unsaid business to be settled and to provoke the start of your healing.
Finally, you want to move the wind chimes out of the house on the anniversary of his or her death. Even if you move them out of the house, or away from their normal outside area, for a day- you are allowing the wind chime to recreate the change of location (life to death symbolically) and acknowledging to yourself – and the spirit- that transition is ok and a part of life.
We truly help these pointers promote healing with the use of our wind chimes.
Stephen Betzen of EcoWindChimes.com
No summer would be complete without making a seashell wind chime. These wind chimes are beautiful, free, and make great gifts. Regardless if you’re an avid crafter, or feel like crafting isn’t your thing, this project is easy-to-do and the results will be stunning!
Here’s what you need:
Sticks, seashells, cotton string, hammer, and thin nails.
How to make your own seashell windchimes by EcoWindChimes.com
1. Gather two, or more sticks, that are at least 3 inches long.
2. Use cotton string of varying lengths; tie one end around a shell and the other end to one of the sticks. Use two same-size pieces of string to connect the sticks. For a more sturdy wind chime, tap each shell with a nail and hammer to make a small hole. Thread the string through the hole, knot it, and repeat. If you live in an area where the winds are very heavy, the hammer and nail method is suggested.
3. Tie a 24-inch string to the top stick and use this main string to hang your seashell wind chimes up.
That’s it, these seashell wind chimes are THIS easy to make! We’ve seen people spray paint their seashell wind chimes with metallic colors and then glitter. Other people write the names of those they shared their vacations with right on the seashells. We encourage you get creative with your seashell wind chimes, maybe even donate them to be auctioned off at local charity events or sold at a Farmer’s Market event.
In the meantime, if you want to check out our collection of USA sourced and made wind chimes, please visit our “browse by ear” section here: http://www.ecowindchimes.com/Shop-Wind-Chimes-By-Sound-s/3.htm
We here at EcoWindChimes.com love this story. An Ontario boy with Autism has inspired a campaign to raise money benefiting research and treatment of the disease. As the video shows, “ Tyler been fascinated by wind chimes since he was three years old. He has amassed a sizeable collection with close to 100 chimes of every size.”
While the company the boy loves is a competitor, it doesn’t matter to us because there is a lot of good going on as a result. We find it amazing that the boy can identify the chimes by ear. It is an amazing gift! In fact, you can watch the video and see the boy for yourself by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-3MVlREBrU
While you can buy our wind chimes by ear, we’re not sure any of our customers can come close to Tyler’s amazing ability to identify the chimes simply by sound. Are you up for the challenge? If so, send us a video showing the same ability. In the meantime, make sure to show Tyler some love by sharing this story on Twitter using the hashtag #tylersstory.
We here at EcoWindChimes.com often read letters from our customers. One customer’s letter mentioned the various wind chime superstitions that exist to this day. While we read a lot about luck and wind chimes or ghosts and wind chimes, the superstition topic had us intrigued. After a little digging, here is what we found out when it comes to wind chimes, certain cultures and superstitions;
#1. It’s believed (in Ireland anyway) that wind chimes scare the demons away from your door and they can’t enter your home and cause bad things to happen.
#2. If you hang wind chimes in your bathroom (according to the French), you welcome evil spirits into your home and your mouth and actions will be filled with unclean motives.
#3. If a wind chime rings after 4pm on a Sunday (thanks Italy), then someone in the home will become ill or engaged. We couldn’t find what deciphers the illness from the marriage proposal, so I guess it is a tossup in Italy if you hear the chimes after 4pm on a Sunday!
#4. In England, if you put wind chimes in the home, you are hopeful a baby will be on the way for yourself or your children. No evidence on if this works or not, but the English swear it helps with issues of fertility.
#5. Hanging wind chimes in an old barn will draw ghosts to the farm and your crops will prosper. Again, there is no evidence as to if this is true or explanation as to why the presence of ghosts will cause crops to prosper- but the superstition exists.
We hope you enjoyed these superstitions as much as us here at EcoWindChimes.com.
Until next time,
Stephen Betzen, Owner
Wind chime enthusiasts are in love with today. Why? Well, meteorologists have confirmed a strong breeze in the San Francisco area. One local newspaper wrote, “Feel that breeze? That’s the sensation that comes with cooling in the Sacramento region. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of just 87 degrees on Thursday in Sacramento, which is about a half dozen degrees below normal for mid-July. The Delta breeze was pushing into the Central Valley via the Carquinez Strait. At 5 a.m. Thursday many valley temperatures were running 5 to 10 degrees cooler than 24 hours earlier.”
The reason this is big news in the wind chime community, especially for us here at EcoWindChimes.com, is the constant breeze will allow wind chimes to chime continuously throughout the day. If wind is too strong, chimes can clank and sound a bit unpleasant. Without any wind the chimes can be a beautiful décor piece but offer no calming noise to the mind. A light breeze is always appreciated by wind chime lovers, but a continued breeze is something magical!
We are requesting all people who live in the area to send us photos or video of their wind chimes reacting to this magnificent Delta Breeze.