Friday, April 11, 2014

Changes & The Boatman's Dream

Dear friends,

I'd like to thank everyone for your advice on my last (short-lived) blogpost.  I've decided to take it down as I want this to be a positive, happy, art-filled place, and that was an incredibly negative experience.

I took everyone's advice to heart, and tried to use my intuition and beliefs to guide what I wanted to do. I have to thank thank thank (many time over again)  Donna of Joyfully Donna who sort of shook some sense into me, very kindly though.  My shop wasn't reflecting who I am, or who I want to market to.  I am not competing with those crazy shops with fake reviews and outrageous claims because we aren't even marketing to the same people.

I want my Etsy shop to radiate love, whimsy, and positivity.  So it got a major makeover!  I don't want to work with the energies I was finding myself working with on a regular basis.  Tawdry business, love affairs, cheating, desperation, obsession.  Yucky feelings!  I want to work with happy people who want to feel good, and receive spiritual guidance!   

www.broomsticksandlace.etsy.com

This is the new shop!  As you can see I have taken a pseudonym for shop purposes, created a new banner, changed my philosophy and filled it with readings, more art, and spells for finding happiness and inner peace.  Prices for these services have been drastically lowered in order to be able to offer my services to more people, and the right people!  This is to be a truly spiritual and artful venture to me, and I finally feel RIGHT about my shop.  I am very happy to do this, and I thank you all for your wonderful support with my previous struggles.

As some of you may know I am working towards my Master's in Esoteric Religious Studies and European History.  Much of my studies were based in the psychology of religion and worked as a counsellor in my university's peer guidance group, as well as with the spiritual centre in my community.  I may be 21 but I am thoroughly experienced with mental illness as I have provided emergency counselling locally, as I live in a city with one of the highest rates of mental illness do to being near the 50th parallel latitude line (having a very dark and dreary winter) and having a heavy reliance on the local resources for jobs and livelihood.  This makes it all the more important to focus on joy and happiness in my business pursuits!  

Despite my knowledge and experience with mental illness and depression, it is important to me that I didn't become a pseudo-psychologist for people through my shop.  Sometimes my best advice for people should have been to see a trained professional, and go to therapy.  These clients were trying to change drastic things in their life with a novelty item purchase, and do to their desperation they were taking it out on me when a few herbs and candles didn't fix every issue they'd ever had. 

Anyway..

As you can also see, my blog got a makeover too!  Out with the old, in with the new.  Let me know what you all think!

Paint happened, and paint happened in a big way.

I'd like to introduce you to 'The Boatman's Dream'.


This is a piece that I reworked to fill with colour and vibrance.




Now in the shop with a couple other new updates!

Blessings,
Jennifer

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carnivals, Caftans & Cottages

Dear friends,

What's new in your lovely worlds?  I've been shopping, finishing up the semester, working on Etsy orders, loving the spring air!

There's still quite a bit of ice but I'm eager to get my blue basketted bike out!  The same one a tiny, magical, summer loving lady (cough cough Debi cough cough) has too!

I've built these wooden puzzles, they come from China and haven't really got instructions, just numbered pieces that are only numbered on the picture and not on the actual piece!  Utterly impossible and they're not perfect, a lot of glue was used.  Paint will happen after finals, I'm thinking candy colours and glitter!  Goblin carnival pieces!


Ahem, ahem… this may be the next endeavour…  I KNOW!  It's big too, 22 inches or so!  Very exciting, just think of the colour options!



And it comes with all these furniture pieces, once again, colour combinations!? Polka dots, stripes!?  Pastels!  This will be amazing!


I'm also absolutely itching to start wearing dresses, and kimonos, and skirts!

The jewelly colours are taunting me, but it's still so snowy!


This is my favourite kimono right now.  I've got about 10, flowy bohemian, patterned gypsy pieces! Those sleeves!



I thought I'd share a few of my favourite newly purchased pieces.  I buy clothes like a mad woman to keep up with my ever-changing style.  Bohemian, mystical, and a bit sweet is the image I love most!









What do you think?

Anything you're excited about this spring?  A new dress or two?  Or 10 haha!

Blessings,

Jennifer







Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Witchify Your Spaces

Hello friends!

I've been thinking a lot about witchy decorating.  Specifically decorating for witches, wiccans, pagans, Halloween enthusiasts, fortune tellers :P

Sounds silly I know but this is something that occupies my mindspace a good amount of time!

I remember when I was 13 and I redecorated my room to my tastes for the first time.  I was inspired by Halloweentown, the Disney Halloween special, and Agatha Cromwell's room.  I don't think it actually looked anything like this, but aren't these pictures a dream?  So Moroccan looking!



Inspiration for what "witchy" decor is has changed.  I do love the forest and the woodsy theme I've discovered through so many beautiful blogs and tumblrs.  The castle schools found in the Worst Witch and Harry Potter:



The Victorian charm of the Owen's house in Practical Magic:


I've read blogs and listened to podcasts that say thrift stores and home decorating stores are the best places to look around Halloween especially!

But lately I've discovered a Dutch film by Walt Disney called "Fuchsia the Mini-Witch".


The school house is a dream!  Posters of runes on the walls, sweet woodsy decor!


The wizard's house is extra cute, patchwork, wood, bookshelves.  Love his starry cloak!

I like this magical look the best ;)

I try to add in a bit of everything in my own space, candles, Moroccan and Eastern influences, flowers and plants, different coloured furniture, lace, Victorian influences, with just a dash of Stevie Nicks!


Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Blessings,
Jennifer









Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tea With the Fairies and True Love

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day, I haven't popped by since before then!

I had a lovely one, with promise rings and chocolates and teddy bears!


I found some human sized teacups in the Goblin Mine Woodland (ok ok I may have made them myself ;))


Aren't they charming?  Cheshire cat stripy handles and pink and yellow spots!  Perfect for a tea with the fairies on a bright Beltane day.  Dreaming of spring!!!!


Dreaming so much of spring that I bought a tree to brighten things up in here!  He reminds me of Disney World, palm trees galore!


And greenery bedecking the fireplace!


Spring come soon?  I'll update when the first foot of snow melts ;)

Blessings and love,
Jennifer



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Keeping Vs. Collecting & Goblins in the Shop!

Hello dear friends,

Through all of the hubbub that involves bringing oodles of donation bags to the local thrift store, I wonder to myself:  what to keep what to collect?

I consider myself a collector of curious findings, little objects (and big) that tug on my heart strings and demand that I bring them home!

In all of the loudness I sometimes get my wires crossed I think and hear the wrong voices, or hear the voices that I should really ignore.  In other words it is important to my sanity that I keep the collecting to a mentally healthy level.

I also see it as enjoying something for a little while and then passing it on, freeing up space for new things to come home with me.  I haven't got a lot of space, and I must be selective.  Do you ever find yourself starting to resent something you've bought, wishing you hadn't bought it or that you'd like to get rid of that?  I was getting that feeling with so many of my belongings, many of them thrift store or yard sale findings from my teenage years.  I am no minimalist, I continue to be a collector of oddness and whimsy, just trying to keep it down to a smaller scale.

These have been my ponderings since my big space overhaul, I do like everything neat and tidy and putting anything in storage breaks my heart (or makes me worry my collecting has gone overboard!)  I have added since the paint job though!  A new bedspread, white with pink and orange to go with the room without too much of that delightful yet overpoweringly bright raspberry colour.  A sweet little studio mirror and cork board.  A Rowena Ravenclaw diadem.  Two sweet little signs.

Hope everyone is having a lovely week.

Love,
Jenn





PS. Wanted to let everyone know I've popped the Goblin Mine Woodland in the shop!  Feel free to take a peek!



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sweet, Fresh, Pink and Yellow Spaces

Hello friends!

My apologies for being missing from your sweet blogs comment sections for a week or so.  

I have been spring cleaning.  I know it's not spring yet but February 2nd or so and Candlemas mark the beginning of the light season emerging in my heart!

It just feels like a time to freshen things up.

So I cleaned.  And painted.  And brought a dozen bags to the thrift shop, abandoned about 10 pieces of broken furniture at the end of the driveway for garbage collectors, and made one big huge shopping trip to Target for new, tough closet pieces!

The Bedroom


Oh my goodness that is some hot pink!  I really wanted a pink - purple in between colour, darker and more fortune teller than that baby pink that had been on my walls since I was 17.


I am so in love with my clear desk space!


Tiny space for an altar and my horoscope wall hanging!


The new studio!  So much tidier :)


The paint in this room was REALLY REALLY dinged up.  I spent hours spackling all the teeny tiny holes I'd made hanging up different things on my walls.  My old headboard wasn't attached to my bed base and would slide down and mark the heck out of the walls.


I did everything myself (for the most part, mama helped wash the walls and love helped touch up my slightly-messy-in-spots paint job) and boy is painting hard work?!  My arms are still so sore!

The Dressing Room


This space was sooo sooo cluttered.  It's such a tiny room it needed less furniture and heavy drapery and more airiness and spaciousness.


My dresser is the neatest I've ever seen it!


Shoe storage :)


My favourite part, my new closet system.  So organized and no stress!

Hope you all enjoyed my spaces, this was sooo much work especially during the university year but it was so worth it!  I promise not to let the treasures take over my life again!


Friday, January 24, 2014

The Cozy Canadian Witch's Cottage

Hello friends!

Thank you for your dear sweet comments on The Goblin Mine Woodland, the Goblins are quite happy to hear you think they're adorable :P

I have been deep in my Canadian history studies, concocting ideas for paintings.

I am planning a new series of Canada themed folk paintings that will be debuting one by one soon so watch this space :)

In the mean time I got some beautiful new blue goldstone runes for Etsy readings.


And am starting a collection of jewel toned potion bottles.


And have hung this stunning tapestry from India with moons and stars and the astrological wheel on it above my altar and fortune telling desk.


Carefully choosing crystal by crystal to hold and meditate on, angelite has been my favourite for anxiety lately.


Snuggled under my Hudson's Bay Company blanket, so historical and Canadian.  If you don't know the history the Hudson's Bay Company was founded in 1670 and is the oldest corporation in North America.  It started by trading these blankets to the Aboriginal peoples for furs.


Hope your winter is cozy and snuggly and full of love!

Blessings,
Jennifer