Getting Organized!

Oh guys, it’s been a while! And if you haven’t read my latest newsletter, I’ve got some plans to be organized and more productive this coming year with bullet journalling! I’m probably going to keep it fairly simple, no crazy art things happening within them, and that’s ok because I plan on arting this year, and likely listing them in my shop 🙂

So… the main reason why I wanted to write this post is because I ordered some passport sized traveller’s journal covers from Beth at her website, Sea Bunny Designs. And man… I’m in love!

Here's what I got in the envelope. The two journals, a lovely bag of tea (I've never had Bigelow's teas yet, so I'm excited to try it!), and a bag of decadent incense of frankincense, myrrh, and clove. *happy sigh*

Here’s what I got in the envelope. The two journals, a lovely bag of tea (I’ve never had Bigelow’s teas yet, so I’m excited to try it!), and a bag of decadent incense of frankincense, myrrh, and clove. *happy sigh*

As you can see, I got a custom one done up with my shop's logo on it for all shop business organization and planning! I gotta say, it's weird seeing my logo on something like this... and so awesome!

As you can see, I got a custom one done up with my shop’s logo on it for all shop business organization and planning! I gotta say, it’s weird seeing my logo on something like this… and so awesome!

These are the inserts Beth made, each journal comes with one. I looove the paper she used for the covers, and the dot graph paper inside is nice and thick too!

These are the inserts Beth made, each journal comes with one. I looove the paper she used for the covers, and the dot graph paper inside is nice and thick too!

Lastly, I made my own inserts while I was waiting for the journal covers to arrive! They're a tad big, so a couple of them that don't have anything written inside yet will get trimmed, and the others will stay the same, no biggie :)

Lastly, I made my own inserts while I was waiting for the journal covers to arrive! They’re a tad big, so a couple of them that don’t have anything written inside yet will get trimmed, and the others will stay the same, no biggie 🙂

So if you’re thinking of getting organized this year too, I’d highly recommend Beth’s journal covers and bullet journalling! You can find the listing for the plain covers here, and custom ones here. She also has Hogwarts houses covers *squee*, and Game of Thrones, as well as River Song’s cover from Doctor Who!

Alright, enough fan-girling, just go check out her shop already!
So, yes, journalling, and keeping things organized! I plan on keeping an insert for tea recipes (I can usually figure out a recipe within one or two tries, so it all goes in the same place), as well as my calendar insert, and perhaps an insert for big picture business plans.
My other purple journal inserts will be for keeping track of my personal life, as well as a journal for spiritual things, of course! Not sure if I’ll need much more than that for that one. Who knows? I could go nuts!

In other news, so long as things keep going well, I’d like to at least look into an herbalism/shamanism course for this year. This one really depends on how well the shop does, as the course is definitely a bit of an investment; however, I think it would do me and the shop quite well, especially in terms of healing teas, broadening my knowledge base, and getting me more connected to the plants I work with for my teas.

This year is looking exciting, I’ve got to say, and it’s all thanks to you guys ❤

Happy new year! May it be filled with all the blessings! ❤

Two new journal options — Wytch of the North

Getting me some of these! I’m always awed at River’s (aka Beth’s) many crafty talents ❤

I posted two new options for my handmade “fauxdori” leather traveler’s notebooks today, and they can be summed up roughly as “plain or fancy”. Plain:Like to keep things simple? This listing is for a “plain” (no cover design) Midori-style leather traveler’s notebook cover, with your name or monogram (or that of a gift recipient) stamped […]

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Lucy’s 2nd Annual Yule Gift Guide — whiskey and incense

Not only is this fantastic, pagan gift guide up (I am rubbing my hands at all the things… ALL THE THINGS!), but Lucy has put my Elven Nog tea up on the list ❤ < 3 ❤

Now… back to ogling!!!

Well, well, well! It’s that time again, innit?😀 As I did around this time last year, I wanted to share some of my favorite discoveries that would make great gifts for the Pagans in your life (or even for yourself!) I believe in supporting small businesses whenever possible, so please make sure you check out […]

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The October Newsletter is Here!

And there’s some good news about shipping that involves tracking, some great news about a gift box option…

AAAAAND SOME AMAZING NEWS ABOUT… a new collection of teas you’ll have to go read to find out about! 😉

Check it out here!
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Yay! Some Autumn Teas!

In case you missed it, September’s newsletter went out last week (which you can find here and sign up if you like!). And in it, I revealed three new teas for the cooler weather that is (hopefully) coming!

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Inspired by cool evenings at the fair and the sweetest treats, a blend of black tea, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts. But that’s not all, they’re covered in a light and decadent dusting of sweetest maple sugar.

You can find Maple Roasted Nuts here.

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Beware the Evil Queen’s apples, lest you fall prey to their ill effects, such as wanting more tea!

A fantastic tea that tastes just like apple crisp. Honeybush tea provides a warm, fruity base for a simple blend of apples, cinnamon, and oats, mixed with a goodly amount of brown sugar, of course!

Poison Apple Crisp tea is to be found here.

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You must hurry before the carriage turns back into a tiny pumpkin, so come on and sip awhile until the bell tolls the midnight hour!

A delicious pumpkin spiced chai, you’ll start with a base of a deep and dark black tea, then nutmeg, ginger, clove, and cinnamon will warm you inside and out. Finishes with a delightfully familiar creamy dollop bringing out that pumpkin flavour, whilst apples and pumpkin seeds remind you of the harvest season.

This delightful Pumpkin Carriage tea can be found here.

 

I hope you enjoy having a gander at the new delicious teas! I know I’m enjoying drinking them (the best part about being a tea-maker!).

 

Mia

First Harvest

Lughnasadh

Oh dear gentle readers! I do so very much hope you all are having a fantastic Lughnasadh! ❤
Not much other than herbs and raspberries are being harvested here, though there will be an enormous crop of tomatoes this year soon! All the salsa, tomato sauce, and paste! Wee!!

Other than that, there’s a lot of reflection for me today on how well my shop has been going, I couldn’t be happier that I began this journey that I share with you guys and all my beloved customers! And not only the shop, but what the future holds now that we feel comfortable enough to start laying down some solid plans. Things are a happening. ❤ ❤ ❤

I wish all the blessings of the wilds and waters to you!

Mia

Naming the Unnamable — Wytch of the North

Oh, so much this! All of this!

I’ve had a problem calling my Gods by Their names since I began working with Them. I also see in hindsight how much those specific names have kept me narrowly on a path to know who They really are, sometimes keeping me from actually knowing Them outside of the names we have for Them.

It’s good to be able to research, but for me at least, I know this all works out much better when I allow Them to show who They are, to listen to my intuition.

Love, love, love.

So, you’ve probably noticed the general lack of content posts around here after this one went live. I do intend to keep posting more than just shop promotion here, when I have time, but in the wake of what were some pretty big changes in my path, I’ve needed some time to sort out what […]

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Summertime

I always say that I love each season as it comes, and I do! They’re all my favourite when I’m enjoying them. And right now, I’m in love with Summer.

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There’s been lots of barbequing, watering and weeding in the gardens, riding on the trail, and just generally enjoying being outside in the warmth and the green. Flowers have been blooming, lavender, a second round for the fuschias, hibiscus, and now the portulaca has begun to flower its many different coloured blooms. The strawberry plants are sending out shoots for new strawberry babies (which I think is telling me I need to plan a strawberry bed).

It’s so easy and peaceful outside right now. Sure, it may get a little overly-hot now and then, but that’s what a shaded deck and cold iced tea (or beer) is for!

I know I’ve mentioned my favourite place in the world, Kincardine, before, and we finally got out there yesterday to enjoy the beach. That place calls to me, and once it’s possible, I know we’ll be moving there. There’s nowhere else I’d really rather live. London was good, very tree-dense for an Ontarian city! There are plenty of different kinds of food to be had too. Vancouver was gorgeous, feeling like a small town with how many trees there are, and space between houses. The enormous, fantastic-smelling cedars, and the mountains, they are something I really do miss (not to mention the people <3). Moncton, I could really care less about. I was born and raised for a while there, but meh. I never found it appealing, to be honest. I could totally live in Nova Scotia or PEI, but not New Brunswick so much, unless on the coast.

But Kincardine. My love. I told my husband-man that I’m married to Kincardine. That when we move there, it’ll have as much priority as him, lol. In a sense, I’m probably not wrong about it though. It’s a place I actually want to go out into town and walk around. I feel safe there, and people are incredibly friendly (a woman yesterday sung happy birthday to my mom because she heard my dad say so at the DQ counter; I asked mom if they had known the woman when we lived there… nope!).
What I think also helps is that the town celebrates it’s Scottish heritage, which translates often to the old importance of hospitality. I find that’s something that isn’t really emphasised in North American places where there is not any sort of specific culture (even a North American culture). Plus I’m in love with all the Celtic culture that’s celebrated there. There’s a Celtic festival every summer, Highland dancers, Celtic musicians, and Scottish Games. And a bag-pipe band every Saturday in the summer.

The husband-man also asked if perhaps I was a selkie from around Kincardine. I said there may be different kinds of unseelie creatures there, from long before the Scots came to occupy that bit of land… but I wouldn’t put it out of mind that perhaps a selkie or few had come over and made their home there.

I don’t think I’m kidding when I say I’m in love with Kincardine.

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But besides all that being in love with a place, enjoying the summer with my gardens and trails around here has been good. I collected my first garden haul with my niece, so we’ve got snap peas, yellow wax beans, raspberries, three kinds of basil, rosemary, oregano, sage, and thyme. The herbs will be drying, later harvests of basil will be made into pesto, and the rosemary thyme and sage into a healing salve with some plantain. But this little batch will be dried for spicing food.

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So as for the shop, there has been frustration with Canada Post and the Postal Workers’ Union being wishy washy about whether or not they’re going to have a service disruption. Looks like they won’t let that come to pass, so that’s good!
I have some tea ideas to be working on, and reworking some older recipes that need a quick update to my current tea making system. AAAAAAND… a very SEKRIT PROJECT! This is unlike what I’ve done before, and I am so excited about it, I. CANNOT. EVEN. 😀

And so, dear gentle reader, I hope you are enjoying your season, whether it’s summer or winter, and I offer many blessings of the wilds and waters.

Mia

A CALL: Channel Anger, Banish Fear and Hate

This is so important right now. I’ve been so disheartened by everything happening right now, all the terrible things we’ve been doing to one another… if I can relieve some anger and hate from the region I live in, and others do the same, I think we can help reason and love work its way through. ❤

 

I have received an urgent message this afternoon, confirmed through another reader. It was from The Morrigan and Brighid for all who are able and willing, anywhere in the world. While the whole mes…

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Scarlet Aurora

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A new necklace, a new necklace!!!

Ok, though seriously, after this one, I’m done for a while, which is fine since I’m well rounded out now!

This beauty is from Sebastian over at The Serpent’s Garden. And I have to say, this necklace is so fabulous in all the many senses of that word! Pictures don’t do it justice because it is so much more amazing and colourful in person. It’s actually bigger than I thought it would be too, which is awesome since I like decently sized jewellery! Not too hot, not too cold 😉

I also can’t stop staring into the pendant, it is captivating, and I loooooooooove it!!! The colours to be found in it are gorgeous! Then don’t even get me started on the beads of the actual necklace, oh wait, isn’t that what I’m doing in this post??? 😉

The beads are so saturated and rich with colour, honestly it’s awesome! I love finding ways to bring more colour into my life, because let’s be honest, there’s a weird beige-ness to north American colours. But this necklace is not to be mistaken whatsoever, there’s no hiding it, and Seb really has an eye for beautiful beads, not to mention that gorgeous pendant (oh wait, I already did mention it… ugh… I LOVES IT, MY PRECIOUS!).

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JUST LOOK AT IT!!!

So, besides getting something shiny and gorgeous to wear, there was an actual purpose for this necklace. One of them was getting birthday bling, the other was to serve as a connection with Queen Maeve, as my necklace from Beth serves the same purpose with Baldr. I was contemplating getting something custom done for Her, as I hadn’t seen anything that quite fit.
But wouldn’t you know it, when I had a gander, this beauty pinged me. It very much reminds me of some interactions with Her, the saturation that I mentioned. It’s just very much yes.

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So I’ll just leave this here for you to gawk at 😉
And if this tickles your fancy, go on and have a loot at Seb’s other offerings, because he makes some pretty amazing stuff!!!

 

Mia

❤ ❤ ❤