WOOOO HOOO KATHE (ARTMIZ) …YOU WON A GORGOUS GLASS TURKISH EYE PENDANT!!!
Note: I am shipping all the winner’s items so far, this coming Monday
Kathe we found yours at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and it is stunning!! I put a sterling bail on it so it’s ready to design with. It measures about 2″ across and is fused glass done in huge furnaces
“A strong element of many cultures, Evil eye jewelry is primarily found in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. According to the belief, these reflect or absorb the envy of others, thus eliminating ‘evil eye’ effects such as bad luck.
The perception of the Turkish evil eye is common with other cultures but more interestingly, even though the evil eye belief dates back for thousands of years, the Greek Orthodox Christian Church does not dispatch the concept.
Finally its worth mentioning that these pendants are not only used as personal jewelry but many people also hang an evil eye pendant in their car and in other areas for good luck. However today these pendants are also worn by many as items of fashion rather than for any other reasons.”
The port on the Bosphorous Strait was filled with cruise ships from Greece and all over the planet..I took this photo from a taxi window as we sat in traffic on the way to the Blue Mosque
Yummy…this guy was making hard candy over this hot cauldron. He was lifting a string of molten goo as we walked by. Then it went over shaved ice to instantly harden the candy. We were being hounded by a carpet salesman as we walked to the mosque so I didn’t get to stop and buy some….and I regret it!!!
I love how this photo turned out
There is no doubt this was taken in Turkey. I loved the door and window decor here
No No…Please no photos!!!
By the Blue Mosque….handmade Turkish carpets waiting to “fly” off the shelves
Here’s another beautiful shot from the underground aqueduct I loved so much. I could have stayed down there all day. It was such a break from the heat and the history absolutely enveloped you!!!
Starbucks Turkey mugs
This was at the Palace on the hill. It is the remnant of an ancient cistern (above ground aqueduct of sorts). The textures were beautiful and such varied materials
I just love this!!!
This shot in color is just as beautiful but converted to black and white like sterling silver
Sitting at the base of the Blue Mosque for lunch. It took dozens of shots to get this flag the way I wanted it
Are these windows yummy or what????
Remember “Bead Guy” outside the Blue Mosque?? This is a little better photo of him closeup