Walking Life’s Path

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around here as much as I once was. Well, that is if you’ve been around for awhile.

Firstly, last month, at the very beginning of June, my beloved companion cat, Sooky, passed away. It was a very hard week after he left his physical body. However, he let me know that he is still with me, and not really going anywhere. I had wondered if he would meet our other cat who passed quite a while ago, and go adventuring with him, but it seems he is quite content to hang out not only with me here, but also in the patch of astral forest I call home where I meet with my Gods. This kind of makes me laugh, because much as in life, I can usually find him sleeping, though there is definitely play too!

Dealing with death is obviously difficult, but also fascinating process. I always kind of keep mental notes of how I feel and react to things, and this was no different. There were many tears, of course, a night of getting drunk and keening, yes. But there was also this interesting and almost immediate acknowledgement that where we laid his body in the ground, his bones and flesh, is no longer where he is. He has left it, so clearly was that point made to me, and I’m sure it was not only my own mind pushing me to that, but him as well.

I certainly miss his physical presence, there’s not a doubt about it, he was quite cuddly, enjoyed belly rubs, and would drool on you the happier he got. Kinda gross, but also fucking adorable.
I would say he will be missed, and his physical self will be, but I don’t have to miss him since I can be with him whenever I want. And even when he wants as well.

Besides our loss, this past while has just been more on the fallow side, spiritually. I recognize that this is to be expected since I had about 5 years of non-stop crap to work through that spurred on pretty much everything from my Gods solidly coming into my life, to finding a career as an entrepreneur, to planning the usual things in life such as getting a vehicle, planning to buy a house, and planning what we’d like our future to be.

A lot of this past year has been focusing on my shop, and seeing where we could go with its success, not only for the shop, but our life in general.

I’m excited for the future, as usual, and I feel a stronger connection to my spirituality right now because of Sooky. I know my Gods will still be around, but I’m also ok with the focus being on my physical, human life right now. Insofar as blogging, though, it makes it kind of boring for a blog that’s about spirituality, connected to a shop that sells things based on that spirituality.

So, if you’d still like to keep up with shop stuff and pictures of nature and my other furry companions, you can follow on Facebook or Instagram. I make no promises to blog as I used to, as I can’t possibly know what I’ll feel about it in the future, but I do plan to continue making tea, and art (yes, there will be some paintings being listed hopefully soon), and perhaps other things as I feel pulled to.

I hope you are all so very well ❤

Midsummer Tea

Midsummer

This utterly yummy tea is one of my favourite summertime flavour combinations: raspberries and peaches! It’s a blend of honeybush tea, black tea, peach pieces, rosehips, and calendula petals. Ripe berries and sunrays ❤

This would make an excellent iced tea for those long hot summer days.

You can find Midsummer tea here.

Zodiac Teas!!

Finally done, and oh so yummy! These twelve teas are quite fruity, and very dessert-like, yum!

Aries
rooibos, peaches and cream, and a hint of cinnamon

Taurus
black tea, coconut and chai spices (cinnamon, clove, and ginger)

Gemini
green tea, strawberry, spearmint, and sweet vanilla cream

Taurus

Cancer
honeybush tea, cantaloupe, lemon myrtle, a little twist of lime, and a whole lot of juicy melon flavour

Leo
rooibos, pineapple, orange, and delicious cream; a scrumptious pineapple and orange creamsicle

Virgo
black tea, blueberries and cream, rosehips and a swirl of cornflower petals

Cancer

Libra
green tea with a lovely blend of lemon myrtle, lavender, calendula, and creamy goodness; like a fancy bowl of ice cream

Scorpio 
honeybush, blackberries, rosehips, and hazelnut; truly a fancy dessert in a cup

Sagittarius
rooibos, banana, papaya, and guava

 

Scorpio

Capricorn
black tea, almonds, and strawberries; marzipan and strawberry jam

Aquarius
green tea, grapefruit, lemongrass, hibiscus, orange, and coconut

Pisces
honeybush, cherries, and vanilla cream

Capricorn

This group of tea has definitely been a lesson in the fact that knowing when I’m going to be done formulating is not always very predictable! I had been hoping to finish them by the end of April, in fact I had 9 or 10 of them finished! However, a few teas were just not working out for me, flavours weren’t turning out how I wanted them, and then reformulation had to happen.
It’s also a lesson that sometimes flavours that work in baked goods, or food that we actually eat doesn’t translate very well with the ingredients I have for tea. And that’s ok, because now I know!

May Handcrafted Faves

Peony Frills by Fizz Studio
Rose City Handmade Soap by Haus of Gloi
Green Plant Print Set by Instant Graphics
Calendula Flower Tea Bath by Era Dans L’Herbe
Red Fox Necklace by Hand Painted Jewelry Co
Bee Spirit Pagan Prayer Beads by The Wytch of the North
Refillable Hand Tooled Leather Journal by Amanita Grove

April Handcrafted Faves

Easter Eggs by Craft Factory Boutique
Flower Earrings by Amber Sky
Moon Print by Birch Bliss
Fox & Flowers by Becca Who Designs
Flower Crown by Kis for Kani
Flower Light Garland by Light Blossoms
Calming Flowers Bath Soak by From the Earth Apothecary

Iced Teas!

They’re back! And already I’ve been sipping on them, muahaha! And now you get to as well! Wee!

Top Left: Black Lemon, Tart Berry, Tropical Ambrosia, Strawberry Mojito, Gingered Peach, Midnight Mango, Magical Melon (centre)

I’ve also been a busy bee thinking up new recipes that I will be getting up in the shop soon! In the meantime, there are a few reformulated blends back up as well!

Thor‘s blend now is a lovely mix of spearmint and peppermint with a little sprinkling of safflower.

Sweetroll has a base of black tea and calendula petals, and the delicious flavours of buttery pastry and creamy, sticky, gooey icing. So much yum!

And lastly for today, Second Breakfast Tea is back! It’s a traditional robust and malty English Breakfast tea blend, and so very comforting as you wake up and get ready to go on your next adventure!

Happy sipping, guys! ❤

March Handcrafted Faves

Floral Crown by  By Yana Accessories
Easter Wreath by Botanika Studio
Deer Pillow by Fab Funky Pillows
Flowering Redbud Trees” photograph by Country Dreaming
Air Plant Crystal Kit by AURAMORE
Moth Wings Cape by Costurero Real
Red Fox Woodland Pillow by HCJ Designs

New Game of Thrones Teas!

If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve made some Game of Thrones House tea blends! Listed fresh this week, there’s Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, and Baratheon.

From top left clockwise: Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon

From top left clockwise: Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon

HOUSE STARK
A no-nonsense tea for a straightforward Stark. A deeply bold, and strong blend of black teas, the smaller leaves allowing for a more intense infusion of caffeine. This is the tea to fuel you when the hard work needs doing.

organic black tea

HOUSE TARGARYEN
Lime curd tart topped with luscious blackberries. A refined and delicious blend of some of the best Westeros fields and orchards had to offer the Targaryen family before their exile not long ago.

organic green tea, organic hibiscus, organic lemon myrtle leaves, organic cornflower, flavour

HOUSE LANNISTER
A mulled wine-like tea to keep your wits about you as you plot your next grab for power. Having access to all the best spices, what else would a Lannister do with them but add them to a wine? Green tea, lemongrass, rosehips, cloves, and swirling with calendula petals. Sweet and complex.

organic green tea, organic rosehips, organic lemongrass, organic cloves, organic calendula, flavour

HOUSE BARATHEON
A scrumptious cake studded with orange, cherry, and apple; drizzled in buttery caramel. A hearty and fortifying black tea sure to fuel a Baratheon’s conquering nature.

organic black tea, organic cherries, organic apples, organic orange pieces, flavour

Clicking on each of the names above will take you to their listing page, and clicking on the image will take you to a house teas pack! Instead of paying 40$ for all four teas, save 5$! Exactly like getting the Hogwarts House Blends pack!

February Handcrafted Faves

Foxy Love by Studio Taro Shop
Rhodonite Self-Love Necklace by Wrap Me A Crystal
The Great Rite (amirite?!) Incense by Blue Moon Magick Shop
Freyja Candle by The Wytch of the North
Aphrodite by Emily Balivet
Night In Massage Oil by Green Envy Cosmetics
Tree of Love Dreamcatcher by Seidkona Cascadia

Nice Girls vs. Kind Women

Woolgathering & Wildcrafting

This post is a bit of a departure from my normal blog material (namely— nature, plants, poetry, ecology and metaphor), but with the coming march on Washington this weekend, and the potency of so many women standing in their power across the county— proclaiming, in hard set voices and many-faceted hearts, that we will not stand by and see any section of the population belittled — has me thinking of the old ways that are ready to die. The tired ways of seeing that are about to expire. It has set me thinking, most particularly, about a concept in our culture that is utterly, and completely, worn out.

The nice girl.

You know what I mean. You might even be one yourself.

>> Nice Girls <<

At some point growing up I internalized the idea of needing to be a “nice girl.” It was never something my parents proffered, it…

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