Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Visit to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade

Dear friends,

I have flown to Florida and am now back in my Northern Kingdom.  There is nothing like home sweet home, and I am so happy to be back.  I adore taking trips and going on adventures, but there is nothing quite like home.  As Bilbo Baggins says "It's a dangerous business going out your door.  You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

In my case I was swept off to a world of riding fire-breathing dragons and broomsticks, where mermaids dwell in lakes and owls carry the mail.

Where English style cottages are snow-capped in 90 degree heat.

And colourful sweets line the shelves of Honeyduke's.

Wizardly snowmen in Gryffindor scarves remind us of Christmas at Hogwarts.

Where ancient castles house school children.

And a witch stirring a cauldron signifies a place to stop for a drink.

Owls carry the mail from a tower of windows.

Magical books are stacked higher than the sky. (Flourish and Blotts was unfortunately not a store you could actually enter to this Ravenclaw's dismay.)

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes come to life.

And a magical menagerie keeps animals in cages suspended from the ceiling.

Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment has my dream decor!

Gringott's sits with a fire breathing dragon atop its highest tower.

Gringott, the founder of Gringott's bank, the safest place in the world, is commemorated in a statue outside.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express!

I hope you enjoyed this journey to the world of Harry Potter with me!  I had an amazing time in Orlando, and I will share pictures of my visit to Disney in the near future!

Love from,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ostara, Herbs, and Mad Tea Parties

Hello friends!

Firstly, I have redesigned my blog to suit a little forest girl like myself!  I am longing for green forests and trees once more...

My my March is a busy and buzzing time.

The Spring Equinox has arrived, despite the frigid temperatures we are experiencing here in the North.

We are still buried under the snow.  I am a Northern girl, I must embrace this, though I do admit I long for warmer days sitting under trees reading books a la Frodo Baggins and picking wildflowers.

I was lucky to get out and snap a few shots on Ostara.  In my Damsel in this Dress corset and with flowers in my hair.

As a hedge witch I am embraced herbal remedies and magicks.  I have organized my little herb cupboard with burlap ribbons and rustic mason jars.  I think it looks delightfully primitive and old fashioned.

I was blessed to attend a Mad Tea Party last weekend.  My dear friend Natasha decided that for her birthday party she would host an unbirthday party for all of her friends!  As she is allergic to gluten all of the desserts were gluten free, and they were so yummy!  Cupcakes, cherry tarts, chocolate fondue, macaroons!  And non-gluten free tea cup and tea pot shaped cucumber sandwiches that were simply divine.

Natasha's home is filled with trinkets and whimsical pieces that her and her family have collected throughout the years on their travels and adventures.

The have a little shrine to scotch in their dining room that has been in place since their travels to Scotland last year!  

I am finished my semester, actually pretty much my entire undergraduate degree next week.  I snapped this picture of the moon as I left my class last week, twinkling above the twilight skies and beyond the skeleton tree.

Soon this eternal Mickey Mouse devotee and Potterhead will be off to this castle..

And this one too!

I shall see you when I return!

Love from,

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sisters of the Moon

Dear friends,

Last night was the full moon.

Something I really wanted to focus on this year was to really celebrate the cycles and patterns of nature and the universe around me, instead of just observing them quickly as they go past me, too caught up in my own life to make a big fuss.

I try to sit down at the beginning of the month and look ahead at what changes are to come.  The monthly moon cycles, the seasonal changes.  The spring equinox is soon, and though we are still buried under a foot of snow (as I hear is something a lot of people can relate to) I can feel spring in the air.  The days are lengthening and the clocks go forward this weekend.

It is something that affects everyone's lives, the weather, the changes in seasons.  The small talk we all participate in is mostly related to these cycles of nature.  They are such a huge part of our lives.

So whether religious, or secular, we are all taking part in the observing of the changing cycles of nature.

As the Earth is what I worship, I feel acknowledging and celebrating these cycles and changes are of crucial importance to my spirituality.

I believe in the green wood, the first snow drops of March and the constant yet ever-changing rhythm of the moon.

I believe in the trees, and the birds, and the soil beneath my feet.

I believe in the wind and the rivers and constellations in the night sky.

It is what we all take part in, every day, but what some choose to deem as being sacred.

If you haven't heard of Drawing Down the Moon, it is simply the practice of standing under the full moon and absorbing its energy.  Its light, its power, its radiance.  This can be as simple or as complicated as you like, there are no rules to me.  It is all about being a child of this earth and a child of spirit.  There are rituals, if you would like, or you can simply gaze at the moon and feel her power enveloping you and filling you with light.

I have been choosing to celebrate the moons, full and dark, and the changes in seasons; as well as the changes within me that they create.  I try not to complicate things.  Being a forest dweller, and one who chooses to live away from city lights, these are the things that are sacred to me.  My religion is nature, as simple as that.

While I love to study the crafts of others, it is truly something unique and personal to me that I practice. My relationship to the world around me, and the heartbeat of the earth.

Books are one of my life's passions, but they do not contain the secrets of the moon, or the trees, or the winds.  It is necessary to go outside and gaze up at that moon to feel its power, and its energy.  You may be surprised at what you find out there in the wild wood.

Many blessings,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fiery Hair and Icy Winds

Hello my friends!

Long time no talk!  I've been trapped inside a little lethargic with icy conditions and -40 wind chills keeping my hibernating.

Truth be told 2015 has hit me like a truck, with a whole whack of unnecessary drama to go along with it.

But here I've found this place again.  Always.  

With fiery hair and leaves and flowers.  Awaiting spring soooo patiently.  I long to dance among the trees once more.

I received gifts and swap parcels from several friends.  Here is from instagram.com/monoi_moon, a dear illustrator friend from Italy who drew me with my raven hair and fairy corset.

And a sweet tea cup bed with a ginger fairy from Titania's Tea Party who received one of my goblins in exchange.

And a beautiful moonshine necklace and crystal, along with beautiful vintage treats from my beloved sister Sara at Snovits Apple who has found Instagram and is sharing bits of her sweet lacey Victorian world on there regularly.

I created this sunflowers and garnets ring for my stepmother's birthday, sculpted and painted then bedecked with raw garnets.

And this Pokemon (Keldeo) sculpture for Valentine's day for Jamie.  My it was hard to sculpt I was so out of my element but I think he was happy!

As well as a couple of moons who have gone off to live in Australia.  Hoping the journey will be safe!

Escapes to my sketchbook are well needed breaks from real world deadlines and home upkeep.

And this little baby is my new nephew!  Little Kobe!

In all of this I am learning to meditate as a daily practice, do Kundalini yoga weekly along with daily morning and evening low impact yoga sessions, as well as running and doing my favourite workout videos.  I'm a spiritual health nut these days!  

The semester is quickly coming to an end, along with my undergrad degree.  I am starting to look for jobs, as there is no work to be found in the libraries around here yet.  It will come.  I must be patient.  So will spring, my favourite time.

I promise to continue blogging, though I will be honest I am much more present on Instagram these days.  I suggest following me there at BroomsticksandLace if you do not already.  I am hosting a giveaway that will be ending tomorrow.  You can also find me on Facebook at Broomsticks and Lace where I share my Instagram posts as well as a few other exclusive tidbits from time to time.

Thank you for still being here, always, as I learn and grow.

I hope to see you all soon!

Love from Jenn

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Happy and Blessed Yule

Hello friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!

This years festivities have left me more than exhausted, looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet now that the hustle and bustle has subsided.

The dark season is ending, the longer days are coming.

I was blessed to receive many gifts, but most of all I was blessed to spend so much happy, cozy, loving time with my friends and family.  

Oh and I spotted this familiar fella when driving down the street the other day.  He happily obliged when I asked to take his picture.  He was walking around outside and smoking a cigarette hehehe.

I snuggled so much with my favourite little guy Oscar.  Oh and for those that have asked when I'm going to get a dog of my own, I do have one!  Remington, the golden retriever, is my family dog.  I am lucky to have many wonderful pups in my life and don't have to clean up after any of them ;)

I love this time of year because I always start going outside more after Christmas, as the days get longer and; although it is frigid out, I can feel that the seasons are turning and spring will soon arrive.

I have created some new little ones from the goblin mine woodland that I will soon share.  There will be more but these two are a sneak peak, a pixie and a ghost with her baby!

I've also been making fairy jewels.  This piece is called the Fairy Queen's Coronation ring and has sold but there will be more coming in the new year.

Thank you all for being a part of my 2014.  I am looking forward to what the next year has in store!

My love and blessings,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy St. Lucia Day ~ Audrey Eclectic St. Lucia Blog Procession

Happy St. Lucia Day friends!

As a dweller of the Northern Woods, I adore all that this Scandinavian holiday stands for.  It is the Festival of light, a time to celebrate the nights knowing that soon the days will be longer once more.

Of course it is also a time to celebrate the days, no matter how short they are, and the beautiful season of Winter where all is quiet and peaceful for a short time.

Here in the northern part of Canada we also have dark cold winters, with frosted trees and dark nights.

As night approaches we are peaceful and merry, because we know that the dark season will soon pass. My dear pup Remington is a true King of winter, always frolicking in the snow no matter how cold or dark it is.

And as the nights turn dark, we light our homes with candles and stars, to remind us that even through the darkest night there is light, hope, and joy.

Happy St. Lucia Day and God Jul!

Thank you to Heather for hosting this sweet and cozy blog procession.  I loved writing this post.  Hop over to her blog Audrey Eclectic for more processions and post about St. Lucia Day and a Scandinavian Christmas.

My love and blessings,