Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Happiest Place on Earth

Hello friends!

While it's been a month or so since I returned from Orlando, Disney is still swimming in my head.  Disney World is TRULY one of my favourite places in the world. As a Disney Princess obsessed child who grew into a Disney Princess obsessed young lady, I tear up every time I think of Florida and Disney World.  It is really a place where dreams come true!

I was happy to come home, but I look at these pictures and long to be back there!

I thought I'd share a few of my favourite parts of the happiest place on earth, in case any of you haven't been there before or are Disney obsessed like yours truly..

Jamie loves Gaston so I had to snap a picture of his statue ;)

Rapunzel's tower!

My favourite ride, the Haunted Mansion, I also love the film they made that is based on this wonderful ride.

Merida in the parade! One of my most favourite Disney princesses!

This is my favourite shop at Disney World. They sell Christmas ornaments and all things Christmassy. It smells of Christmas trees and cinnamon inside and the shopkeepers are dressed in Victorian outfits. I got a glittering Cinderella ornament as a souvenir.

Magic Kingdom is my favourite of the parks, but Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are really awesome as well.  They are much less busy and can definitely be done in half a day each if you're selective of what you do there. I have never been to Epcot, and can't say whether or not it would truly interest me because of this fact. One day I will go! It was my last priority on this trip and we simply ran out of time, and energy!

This is Cinderella's carriage from the recent Cinderella film starring Lily James of Downton Abbey. A film that tugged so hard on my heart strings and spoke to my soul!  Oh I do believe I would be Cinderella if I were any Disney princess.

And this is my favourite thing at Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life.

As you can tell, I love Disney. I'm a child at heart, and this place is one of my favourite places on planet earth. I know I will return again in the future, it is just too magical not to.

Love from,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Walpurgis Night Child

Hello friends!

I am just coming off of what seems to be a confusing, hectic, and occasionally delightful time each year.  My birthday, April 30, which coincides with Beltane and Walpurgisnight.

As I've just finished my studies, and the official graduation ceremony will be in June, I have been looking for work.

As many of you know my dream position is in a library, working with books all day.  However, I've landed a wonderful office position working for a great company for the summer.  Jobs are scarce around here and I worried I might have ended up working somewhere that would make me miserable; so I am very pleased to have found such a great opportunity.

The librarian position will come in time.  I have applied for several positions in libraries but they all want 6-12 months library experience and a high school diploma, and don't seem to care about my degree in history (may as well be a degree in library studies for the amount of time I spent in them); nor the years of technological experience on the software they use in the libraries.  It is truly an employers market.  I would love to volunteer in order to get experience but I have to use that time to work, as most people would understand there just aren't an extra 8 hours in the day to volunteer when you work full time.

Alas sometimes the outside world is not such a magical place.  It seems I get this way each year around my birthday, as it always coincides with end of term, or in this case end of studies point blank.

It is a strange feeling of not knowing where you're going in life, which to control freaks like me is very scary.  I suppose we all feel this way sometimes

My birthday, however, was delightful.  I was gifted a fairy wand from my dear friend Natasha; the one who held the Mad Tea Party birthday party a couple of months ago.

It has a rose quartz sphere on one end and an amethyst point on the other.  It is so filled with magic and beauty, I'm in love with it!

I've been lucky to have the last couple of weeks off after finishing my studies, coming home from Florida, and finishing babysitting Remington.  I've found my inspiration once more.  I spend a lot of time browsing Pinterest and Tumblr, and plotting out new creations.  I've been indulging in books once more, it is very difficult to find time to read as a university student.  When you have the time you don't want to read because you've been forced to read 20 chapters of dry, dull material for homework that week.

I've also decided to trim my locks and add in some gold.  My hair looks so short in this picture!  I promise it is still very much long. I am loving having blonde in it!

Last but not least, this was my birthday gift to myself (ok one of several).  I pink sapphire ring surrounded by white sapphires.  I am calling it my fairy princess ring ;)  It is so magical, I can't stop staring at it.  I told Jamie he could replace it someday with an emerald but until then the fairy princess ring stays on my wedding finger hehe!

Oh and I have started a Tumblr blog!  I am not sure how many people use Tumblr but I thought I'd let everyone know in case they were interested in checking it out.

My Tumblr is : Broomsticks & Lace Tumblr

I hope everyone is well, I do hope to be back soon with some pictures from the happiest place on earth!

Lots of love,

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, 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