Books About Wind Chimes

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

Are Wind Chimes Evil?

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

 

Candles and Wind Chimes

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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.

What’s Needed:

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

Grieving and wind chimes.

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

Seashell Wind Chimes- DIY

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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 

Boy Loves Wind Chimes, Raises Money for Autism

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.

 

 

Wind chimes and superstitions.

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

 

The Delta Breeze is Today; July 17, 2014

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.

Warmly,
EcoWindChimes.com

 

The Who, What, Where and Why Behind Wind Chimes

There are many reasons why people hang wind chimes. Sailors use them to help detect weather patterns. Spiritual types use them to fend off evil spirits or to bring good luck. Gardeners love them as décor and to also scare away unwanted rodents. Regardless of the reason why, there is no doubt wind chimes are more popular than ever!
Wind chimes use different tones and vibrations designed to calm the mind and soothe the nerves. Think of wind chimes as a way to disengage from the stress of the real world. Feng Shui also uses wind chimes for numerous treatments, believing that the relaxing sounds created by wind chimes could heal and restore the soul. Metal and wood based wind chimes are the most desired wind chimes around. In Feng Shui the amount of rods on a wind chime can predict good fortune or bring good health.

Here at EcoWindCHimes.com, we suggest selecting a wind chime based on the tone, the materials used and where you want to place them and for what purpose. Setting up your wind chimes is sort of simple, regardless of the location you choose. If you plan to hang your wind chimes from your outdoor patio, you will need to use a basic set of C formed hooks that can screw into the ceiling. Any type of hook can be used and there are various selections at your local hardware store. The main concern is to make certain it is strong enough to help your set of wind chimes. If you have large wind chimes (100lb or more), and many people do, you may have to bring in a professional handyman or woman to help you place the wind chimes.
So, wind chimes have lots of purposes and are made from a variety of different materials.

You can place them anywhere indoors or outdoors that you like- just remember, if you are going by Feng Shui practices then the placement and the number of wind chime rods does matter.

Until next time,
EcoWindChimes.com

Popsicle Stick Wind Chimes.

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The summer is upon us. We here at EcoWindChimes.com want to share an amazing and fun summer craft that involves wind chimes and Popsicle sticks.  This activity is good for ages 5 and up.

Here is what you need.

Popsicle sticks

Strings

Clothespins

Glue

Scissors

Stickers, glitter and paint is all option.

 Instructions:

Prepare 10 Popsicle sticks. Put a line of glue on the back of five sticks. Sandwich a piece of string

between a glued stick and an unglued stick; clip them with clothespins to hold the glue securely. Let dry.

Run glue along an unpainted craft stick, lay it horizontally and stick on the five strings as shown (don’t let

the sticks hang too low or they’ll tangle in the wind). Top with another unpainted stick and add

clothespins to hold the glue securely. Once dry, tie the strings together and cut off the excess.

Hang outdoors and let the wind do its work.

(Optional: Once dried, decorate the popsicles sticks with paint, glitter and stickers.)