Monday, April 30, 2012

An Enchanted Birthday

Hi everyone,

Today is my 20th birthday!  I can't believe it.   I am in my 20s!  That's kind of scary honestly.  I am no longer a teen!

When I reflect back on the year, I really have aged in so many ways.

I have learned to keep dates with myself, just as I would with anyone else.

If I'd planned to paint all afternoon and someone calls me asking to hang out, I have to keep the date with myself.  That's the most important person to keep promises to.

I've learned you only have to give second chances if the person really deserves them, and in most cases they don't.

I've learned to protect my heart, because it's my most valuable commodity.

I've learned, from Oprah oddly enough, that the past is the past and you can't hold yourself to it.

"When you know better, you do better."

And most beautifully of all, I have learned that there are amazing people who are trustworthy, and kind, and magnificently creative in my life, and all over this planet.  And I've been lucky enough to find them.

I thought I'd share some pictures from my little birthday party I had on Saturday night, photo credit to my Aunt Linda.

I'm not like most people my age.  We spent the evening, after cake of course, playing Trivial Pursuit.

 My mother surprised me with a witch and moon cake.  She knows me so well.


 Here is my beautiful mother.  You can see where I get my inspiration for all the red hair in my art ;)


 The obligatory candle blowing-out picture


All of my beautiful friends.  From the left it's Caitlan, Natasha, Hailey, Caitlin, and Kunduz.

And of course, the presents were so creative and thoughtful.


 A pirate ship.  Not going to lie, I saw this at the thrift store and bought it for myself hahaha.

 Lovely things :).  The journal is from Hailey and is going to be used as a travelling sketchbook.  I plan to keep it in my purse with a pencil so I can create whenever I feel inspired.  And the pink stationary stuff is from Miss Lady, my puppy bff :)  How sweet is that.  Oh, the top I had on in my birthday pictures is from Caitlan, another birthday gift :)  She also gave me one in pink!


 Magical things :).  The little sachets are each a different magical blend, filled with different herbs and oils.  These were handmade by Natasha, who apparently has some witchy blood in her as well.


 And artful things.  These are from Caitlin and Kunduz.  Caitlin has been living in Toronto (so far from me) for school this past year.  But she is a secret reader of my blog.  I often forgets she reads it and then she will mention something about it.  For example, I said to her, "How did you know I have been painting on wood!?"  and she looks at me with this knowing little face, like she's been keeping an eye on me from afar.  Haha!


 And, luckily enough, as sort of a surprise birthday present, I received my art swap from Melanie at Rabbit Hole Art today in the mail!  This is what it looked like before I unwrapped some of the bits and pieces.


And unwrapped.  How sweet and beautiful is everything?!  She send me some rosemary tied with lace, a gorgeous ATC, a beautiful handmade tag, some little tags to use in art, and a mini canvas with "magic" on it.  She knows my taste very well!  Thank you so much Melanie!  Everything is so beautiful and I cherish it greatly.

I also got from my mother some REALLY LONG hair extensions.  They're 24 inches, which on 5'3" me, well it's veryyyy long.  I mostly wanted them to do Lord of the Rings hairstyles!  Super nerd for the win!

I went last night to the lake for my birthday with my dad.

 This was my fortune cookie


This was my gift.  The rules?  Choose one envelope only.  Each one has a different gift inside.  You get to open the other envelopes afterwards, but you have to keep the prize in the first envelope.

Leave it to my dad to formulate such a mad as a hatter plan.

I had to pick two.  Why?  I don't know.  I just knew.  My heart was SCREAMING "Pick two!"

Number one said cash.

Number three said a new laptop.

And number two?


Guess who's going back to Ireland!!!

After all this excitement, what have I been doing in my alone time this birthday weekend?

 Just "being" in here.

 Surrounded by treasures and candlelight.


 And yes I know, my rooms change like the staircases at Hogwarts :)


What's next for year 20?  Though mathematically speaking it's year 21.  I really don't know.  I've never been much good at reading the cards for myself.  For other people, now that's an entirely different story.

Lots of love,
Jenn

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My New Shop!

Hello beautiful people!

First of all I would just like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who was so kind on my last post.
I have really been feeling disheartened and unoriginal lately, and all of your kind words filled me with hope and possibilities.

I have also decided to reply to everyone's comments from now on within my own comment section.  So be on the look out for that (I mean, if you want to :)).  I will of course be making all my usual visits as well.

The reason I am stopping in so very quickly is that I have finally decided to take the next step with my art, and open an Etsy shop!

I don't expect it to be a massive hit, and I don't expect to make a profit with it but I see it as a way of sharing my art with the world.

I get no greater joy than when I ship an item off to one of you lovely folk, and then get an email saying you received it.  It makes me so happy to send my things out.  Like there are little pieces of my heart in every corner of the continent, in different homes.

So without further ado, my shop link is Broomsticks and Lace.

or:

www.broomsticksandlace.etsy.com

I will also be putting an icon in my sidebar soon enough.

I have listed thus far my pieces I shared last post, as well as Queen Maeve.  I hope to stock up my shop with lots of original pieces very soon, as I have been painting like mad!

The pieces I currently have listed:

Queen Maeve of Connacht

Maria Owens

Rose Dewitt Bukater

So, if you'd like, stop by and have a look!  Just to get a couple of views on my pieces would thrill me so much.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flurries, Folk Art, and a Bewitched Study

So.....

I woke up this morning after 2 hours of sleep to a Canadian history exam at 9:00 AM, as well as about 8 inches of snow.  

Literally.

The roads were treacherous.  And yes I know it's the end of April.  I suppose most of you can live the Canadian lifestyle vicariously through me, while you observe from afar in the comfort of your seasonally appropriate weather conditions.

I did not take any pictures because it looks pretty similar to when we got snowed in last month, and then had 85 degree weather two weeks later.


I've been lost in thought a lot lately.  Contemplating as always.

My issue is that I have always wanted desperately to be a rural school teacher.  In fact, my dream is to move to Prince Edward Island after graduation and teach there.  I'd love to buy a beautiful 100 year old farmhouse and fill it with art and build a life and a family.

However, the teaching market here is really terrible at the moment.  The benefits teachers receive are really fantastic, so it's a very appealing job.  Thus, there are no available jobs here anymore.  Suddenly I have people coming out of the woodwork whom I've known for years, and when I ask them what they want to do as a career they say teaching.  I used to be unique haha. It's so very disappointing :( 

I find myself gazing into the crystal:


Alas, there was no need.  Last night I looked out my window thinking how amazing it would be if I saw a shooting star.  The moment the thought crossed my mind, one shot across the sky.  It was incredibly magical :)  Like the universe telling me I am exactly where I need to be at this moment.

I've been very magically minded recently.  Remember when the Gypsy Dressing Room was a Witch's Study?  Well now it's both :)


See, still a dressing room with a dressing table.


And jewels :)


And my amazing new corset from Etsy!  The story is called Damsel In This Dress and I HIGHLY recommend this amazingly beautiful piece of fashion architecture!


So I'm back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love.


To a room with some lace and paper flowers,
Back to the gypsy that I was...


My desk of magical things :)


I bought a telescope because as is clear, I love to stargaze.  I visited a B&B in Blarney, Ireland a few years ago.  They had a telescope in the main foyer.  It was the coziest, most beautiful home I have ever seen.  I always wanted a telescope after that.  Plus it reminds me of Harry Potter.

Oh have any of you joined Pottermore?!  My username is SilverQueen30265 if you'd care to add me as a friend.  I most enjoyed exploring the shops in Diagon Alley  (and getting sorted, I am a Gryffindor!).  I want a globe of the moon now.  I don't even know if that's a real thing!  I might have to make one of papier mache.

And onto the final subject.

When I first started painting I'd make a lot of portraiture, and I really enjoyed a Victorian, child-like, primitive quality to my work.  I've sort of gone back to that slightly, painting several personal heroines of mine from movies and literature.  I did these on wooden plaques, and was incredibly impressed with how the texture of the wood absorbed the paint.  It was phenomenal, I highly suggest wood as a painting surface.

Maria Owens (of Practical Magic)


and Rose Dewitt-Bukater (of Titanic)


Also I have been reading an incredible book by Sarah Addison Allen.  I really suggest her work.  It is of the magical realism genre and is really sweet, and fairly light reading.


If you've made it this far, I salute you!

If you're wondering where I've been it's been my exams this past week, as well as next.  I will be coming to visit all of you right after I post this, I promise!  I miss your worlds SO SOOO much.  As you can see mine has returned to normal, in regards to my blog layout/header.  I think this is just the way it's supposed to be, and I need to stop fiddling with it!

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, lots of love from me to you!



Monday, April 9, 2012

My Darling Girl, When Are You Going to Realize That Being Normal is not Necessarily a Virtue!

Hello friends!

I've been in lala land all weekend, trapped in here:


With this:


And these:



Have you ever been afraid to paint over an initial sketch?

I never was until today.  

I started pencilling in a sketch and just kept going and going until this was on my canvas:


Recognize that house at all?  The title of this post is a hint ;)



But alas, the paint had to be applied, and the trees got attacked first.


I'll keep you updated on how I intend to bring this magical house to life under my very paintbrush.

On a different subject, a big thank you to Jessica at A Woodland Fantasy for creating this lovely new blog header for me.  There have been a lot of changes going on around here in the past few weeks and I don't think I am quite content yet.  I'm still fiddling with it all so bear with me.

And on a magical note, for anyone interested in paganism or new age religion, I did a youtube interview for Jacquie, A.K.A. the Moon Mother last week.  Now, the subject of religion is very personal and I debated whether to include the link on my blog.  Since I got a few new followers (hello by the way!) through this interview, I thought I would add it in for those who want to watch.  If this sort of thing offends you please do not watch.


Forgive some of my silly answers, I was extremely nervous!

Lots of love,
Jenn