I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they're known as the "Lent Lily." Cheerful yellow daffodils signal the end of winter cold and the return of warmer days. Because the daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, it is also symbolic of hope.
Get ready, Isle of Palms Beach Fest is coming March 9th. The image above is from last year. What fun we had meeting with all of our customers and sharing good times singing and dancing with The Tams!
This year the Shem Creek Boogie Band and the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues band are set to perform.
For more details, visit the IOP website.
Before we leave the topic of Magnolia Gardens, we want to make sure to mention the peacocks and peahens they have there. Our favorite thing is the Audubon Swamp Gardens, please visit if you haven't already!
Our creative director Caroline Gray was snapped in this image from Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, SC. Wonderful place to visit if you're in the area. Plan almost a whole day if you're going to do all the tours available.
We wanted to remind everyone to get their custom orders in for Father's Day before the end of January. We won't actually start production until middle February but we need some advance time to finalize designs. The process is pretty simple -- you tell us your theme(s) and we'll help you design the perfect belt, dog collar, wallet, key fob, or other item.
Of course, custom orders are not just for Father's Day! We do custom orders all year long! But at busy times such as Father's Day and Christmas we do the production in batches to make the leather shop more efficient.
Please fill out our short form (click link) or email us at support@charlestonbelt to get started. We guarantee you'll have great fun doing the project with us and it will result in a truly one-of-a-kind gift! Some inspirations below.
We're kicking off the new year with a giveaway on Amazon. We are giving away 2 belts in our cowboy hat/boot design. This is a limited edition belt, and we are excited to be able to offer this to jumpstart the new year. Just click the link below to be included. And a special bonus for the non-winners -- if you enter and don't win you will be eligible for a special promotion for 40% off for a limited time. Yay 2019!!
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GOOD LUCK!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
While I Breathe, I Hope. Many of you may not recognize the South Carolina motto, but I believe you will understand its message immediately. I originally wrote a blog on Hope in December 2015, and I feel it's still very relevant today. I've often thought that a person can endure almost anything, as long as they know there is hope -- hope for a different tomorrow, to be healed, for a loved one to return, whatever circumstances apply. Without hope, it can be hard to find the strength to carry one's burdens. Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) said, "Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." I quote Martin Luther with reticence due to his reputation of anti-Judaism and antisemitism -- but I do so because I believe the message of hope is strong and transcends these beliefs, and indeed transcends all beliefs -- it is a universal message. Someone erected the artwork in the photo on the beach at Hunting Island, and when I saw it I thought of the state motto. So on our journey, we learn to hope, and to provide hope to others, as it is a critical component in our survival. As always, I invite your comments on this.
According to Merriam-Webster.
: one living in a lowland area especially in the southeastern U.S.
NOTE: This term is most common in South Carolina, where it is used in the names of businesses, organizations, and public facilities as well as a term for South Carolinians in general.
OK . It fits, we're definitely sandlappers!
We got excited about Amazon's free shipping promotion for non-prime members so we decided to create a private sale to show our appreciation for subscribers -- 15% off the entire inventory through 2018 Nov 26. Only subscribers to our newsletter and our social followers have access to this special private sale. For charlestonbelt.com purchases or Amazon.com purchases enter promo code 15MEMBERONLY at checkout to get the special. Happy shopping! Fine print -- this promotion does not apply to custom products or gift cards.
For a limited time, starting November 5, 2018, non-Prime customers will get free shipping on all eligible items fulfilled and shipped by Amazon with no minimum purchase required. (The minimum order total for free shipping to non-Prime customers is normally $25.) For more information about this holiday promotion, see About Free Shipping by Amazon.
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