Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Night of the Witches

Dear friends,

I am writing to you all on my birthday today.  It is Walpurgis Night, the Night of the Witches; and tomorrow is Beltane.  It is exactly half a year past Halloween tonight.

Walpurgis Night (in German folklore) the night of 30 April (May Day's eve), when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with their gods..."
Brocken is the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken spectre and for witches' revels which reputedly took place there on Walpurgis night.
The Brocken Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. The phenomenon was first reported on the Brocken.
Oxford Phrase & Fable.



It is a gloomy day, which just makes me feel like lighting candles and reading cards; listening to the rain fall outside and this beautiful song:


                 

I have had very peaceful birthdays the past few years, I enjoy being able to reflect on what is different in each birthday blog post, it's nice to look back and see how my life has changed.  What lessons I have learned, things I miss, things I'd like to go back to, things I'd still like to work on. 

My first birthday blog post was when I turned 20, and looking back on that I was only just finishing my first year of uni, and was innocently looking forward to what was to come.  I'd been gifted a trip to Europe, but ended up being unable to go due to illness in my immediate family.  The summer immediately following I also fell in love.  That trip to Europe will still happen, a little later than planned perhaps.  It will likely be a honeymoon trip!  No, not engaged, we're just dreaming away about the future!


My 21st birthday last year was followed by my first visit to Disneyworld.  I believe last year was the first birthday I'd felt I was on track to where I was supposed to be going.  This past year has been a year of working out kinks.  Learning how to be a good friend, partner, and business person.  Being the kind of person I can be proud of.  The days of worrying that others will have negative ideas of me are long gone.  This year, and especially the past few months, I've learned to care what I think of me.


This year is a blessing, I am thankful for each and every person who has been in my life.  Especially each and every one of you beautiful women who I've become acquainted with through art, magic, mindfulness.  You are all so special and inspire me each and every day 



I have a new (old) 1960s dressing table, birthday cards stuck in the sides of the mirror.  Two special pieces of paper stick out amongst the rest.


Stevie Nicks here I come!!!

Love to you all, and thank you from this 22 year old on her birthday!!!

Blessings,
Jenn







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Fortune Teller's Happiness

Dear Friends,

Blessed Springtime to you all!  I hope you've all finally seen the last of your snow, and the snow on the ground is melting and showing the first signs of the hot weather to come.

I have felt so much lighter in the past couple of weeks.

I have done several very positive readings and felt grateful for the type of clients I have been able to attract with the shop makeover, and the advice of each and every one of you.

I've spent time with these little ones:


My beautiful niece Madelynn is now 7 months old, can you believe that?  And Remington is a grown dog!

Prepare to pass out of cuteness at the next couple of pictures:


When Maddy crawls around on the floor Remington can't help but nuzzle her.  That's all he is doing here.  Gently just sort of hugging her, not even licking her or anything.  I just want to cry looking at these two together.  Such a sweet little team.  That pup is the sweetest, kindest dog in the world, I have never seen such a gentle soul!


I have put up a wall of my art that is currently in my possession, almost all of these pieces are in my shop (also available for art swapping with friends!)  I just love to be able to see my art on a regular basis, you put so much love and time into a piece it's nice to be able to enjoy it!


I also purchased a fairy tale mirror!  Isn't this just magical for a dressing table.  I feel a bit like the fairy queen Titania sitting and combing her hair!


And speaking of fairies; toadstools and rabbits, to hold a crystal collection!

I suppose the goal is to create an enchanted forest inside of the house!?  Seems like that's what I'm aspiring to most days!



Blessings and love dear friends!  Thank you for all your love, art, and kindness, you are all soooo dear to me!

Love,
Jenn




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