Making all the art

The inspiration bug has bitten hard over here. Not only for paintings, but I’m feeling the need to make music wash over me again. I’m focusing more on the paintings at the moment, but I have been recording snippets of melody and even lyrics now and again.

It’s funny that I used to think I SHOULD only focus on one or two things, and now I’m like, YAAAASSS, all the things, all the time. I’ve even been planning a couple different meads.  And also (see I told you I just wanna do all the things), I’ve been feeling a very strong pull back into witchcraft, which has fallen very far off to the side in the past few years.
I suppose now’s the time to do things since once the holiday buying season ramps up, I’m not going to have time for anything at all.

But let’s talk about the paintings because I haven’t shared them with you here yet. I currently have 4 that have been printed and are ready to ship when I get the proper sleeves for them, they’re my Elemental Goddesses.

 

Even though I wanted to start putting these up in the shop earlier, turns out I didn’t plan for the extra matting around the prints, and now I have improper sized plastic sleeves to ship the prints in. Sigh.

The reason why I’m waiting to fix that issue is that I am currently in preparations for my first craft market next month, so I’m waiting for funds to be replenished first. However, I’m excited to see what a market is like on the selling side of things!

Lastly, I just finished Her last night, is my Star Goddess. I really loved painting Her, and I think when I order prints, I’m setting one aside for my own wall. Also, nebulas are so fun to paint!

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!

Now Revealing The Secret Project!!

I have been waiting for quite some time to get this project all done, but you know how it is when you do a bigger project, and in my case, the teas had to be JUST RIGHT! I’ve been mentioning working on it here and there over on my Facebook page, so I know there wasn’t much anticipation here on the blog, but yay!!! It’s done! And now for the big reveal!!!

*drumroll*

Hogwarts House Blends

A tea for each house, whichever you’ve been sorted into! You can purchase them individually, or all together to save a few bucks!
This would definitely make a perfectly nerdy gift for your favourite Potterhead!

Each tea is a specially blended dessert tea, so lots of yumminess to find here!

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GRYFFINDOR
Rooibos and honeybush provide a fruity, earthy base for spiced root beer to delight your tongue. A sweet treat as you sit in front of the Gryffindor common room’s fires before going off to do something you perhaps shouldn’t be doing.

Slytherin House Blend
SLYTHERIN
Black tea provides a lovely malty and sweet base for pistachios, cherries and lemongrass. A delicious treat for pistachio pudding lovers, and prestigious witches and wizards alike!

Hufflepuff House Blend
HUFFLEPUFF
Three citrus fruits flavour delicious, spongy cake with a delectable, buttery icing.
Honeybush tea mixed with lemon and orange pieces, calendula petals for a pop of sunny colour. Essences of cake and warm icing swirl in this tasty cup to bring you a lovely cup of dessert.

Ravenclaw House Blend
RAVENCLAW
Green tea blended with sweet blueberries, peppermint to lend a bit of brain power, all atop a creamy cheesecake. All this in a cup of tea? It must be magic!

And if you’re looking to purchase all four, click here!

 

Freyja Recipe Change

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Hey guys! As I mentioned, there will be some recipe changes, part of this is because of where I get my supplies, and the other part is making sure that my teas (especially older blends like Freyja) stay the most delicious they can possibly can!

So what’s changed in the Freyja blend? Peaches have replaced the nectarines (peach was the original plan anyhow), and now there is flavour added to enhance the orange and peach notes.

If I haven’t mentioned it before here, when you add fruits to tea, you really aren’t going to get much flavour from the dried fruit. The only way you could do this naturally is if you had, for example, peach and orange juice to add to the tea. That’s why in most teas (especially the fruity ones), you’ll see that flavour is added.

Anywho! Stay tuned for some more recipe updates, whether it is reblending or discontinuing (sad, I know, but I can’t keep in the shop what doesn’t sell unfortunately, but it does help me focus on what you guys do want to have!).

I hope your Beltaine has been magnificent and full of all the fertility of the season in whichever way you need it!

Mia

Lemon Cakes Tea

Lemon Cakes

Enjoy Sansa’s favourite dessert in this lovely cup of green tea, filled to the brim with buttery lemon cakes.

Green tea blended with lemon pieces, calendula and essence of buttery cake. Enjoy on tense afternoons when you don’t know who to trust and are perhaps plotting revenge on your captors.

Find Sansa’s Lemon Cakes here, and find other story time teas here.

YT Pagan Challenge! Week 1

I’ve been strong-armed into participating in the YouTube Pagan Challenge!! Well, lovingly by Jo 😉

I will likely change up how I video… but I’m (fortunately?) much too tired to have re-recorded it! I don’t want to be as close next time, also on a day that is not so terribly dark! Oh how perfectionism stinks sometimes, nothing is ever good enough! 😛

Anywho, join in if you haven’t already, or take a look at all the witchy videos!! ❤

So What The Heck Is Honeybush Tea?

honeybush

Latin name:
Cyclopia

Species for commercial use:
intermedia
genistoides
maculata
sessiliflora
subternata

Native to:
South Africa

Why is it called honeybush?

Well, the flowers smell like honey, which I imagine is like heaven!

What is the flavour like?

If you’ve had rooibos before, you’ll know that rooibos tastes sweet, woody, and nutty. Honeybush is fairly similar, but in place of the more woody/nutty flavour, honeybush tastes quite fruity. If you have a sniff of plain honeybush tea, you won’t smell any particular fruit, but that general sweet fruit smell. When you drink it, it’s much the same as the smell, there’s a nice and sweet earthiness to it, and then a lovely fruit-like flavour.

Ok, I love fruity flavours, so how do I brew it?

Unlike brewing tea from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), honeybush, like rooibos, does not become bitter if you over-brew it. That means you can totally forget about it, but please, don’t put it in the microwave to reheat it… that’s such an injustice to tea!! Stick it in a pot on the stove instead and heat until it is ALMOST boiling.

Also, you’ll notice that it is composed of small pieces of what looks like (and is) bark! If you’re someone who doesn’t like drinking tea pieces, make sure you use a fine-mesh basket infuser instead of a ball.

  • put 1 tsp of honeybush tea into your tea ball or infuser
  • put that infuser in your tea cup
  • bring water to 93°C 200°F (that will be just before it starts to boil)
  • add 1cup or 8oz to your teacup
  • steep between 5-10 minutes (I tend to go the whole 10 min)

What about health benefits?

  • no caffeine! so if you’re caffeine-sensitive, or would like to have a cuppa before bed, this is a perfect brew to imbibe!

There are some other reported benefits, including antioxidants, protecting from inflammation diseases, phytoestrogens, and combating tumours…
HOWEVER!
I am not a doctor, and there doesn’t seem to have been enough large-scale research to determine with confidence that honeybush tea will actually help you out with these health issues.
Drinking tea period is a much healthier choice over many other mass-produced, over-sugared drinks. And adding a new tea you may never have tried before is a fantastic way to enjoy lots of variety and yumminess in your healthier drink choices!

 

Ok, not-doctor-lady, what about the magickal properties of this tea?

While not much seems to be associated with honeybush tea, from my own experiences with it, like most tea bases, it really takes on the qualities of the ingredients added to it.

However, as a base, this tea in particular adds a grounded energy to the tea, not hard, and immovable, but the soft, life-giving kind of grounded.

I would suggest it is a good tea for magicks concerning:
love, relationships, fertility, creation, nurturing life, enjoying sweet moments & celebration.

 

So if you’re thinking you’d like to try out some honeybush tea now that you know a lot more about it, I have a few honeybush blends in my shop!

Imbolg
Hufflepuff 
Dark Moon

Freyja

Shipping Prices Change

Just an administrative note to let you all know that my shipping prices have changed. Don’t worry, you’ll be paying less when you make a purchase!

After having sold enough orders to see exactly what each shipment was going to cost (as I have found estimated prices on Canada Post have been more than what actually gets charged).

So, for the prices!
Shipping within Canada has gone from 3.50$ USD to 2.50$ USD (3.43$ CDN)

To the US, shipping has gone from 5.50$ USD to 4.00$ USD

Internationally, shipping has gone from 10.00$ USD to 6.00$ USD

So if you were thinking of making a purchase, but were leery on the shipping costs, now you need not worry as much!!

 

Cozy Nights Tea

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Warm and sweet, a cup with the dark, roasted flavour of black tea blended with the sweet and nutty taste of rooibos to start. Then comes the Belgian milk chocolate and almonds.

Curl up on a cold winter’s night as you sip this dessert in a cup. Have some laughs with those you love, and play some board games as you weather the storms in good company.

Check out Cozy Nights tea, or you can find my other seasonal blends here.

Tea for Forseti

Forseti

Before I get into this lovely tea, yay for light boxes! I was going to list this yesterday, and what happened? Well the clouds decided to make it super dark out ALL DAY. Which isn’t very long seeing as I’m in the Northern Hemisphere! So I broke down and finally made a light box… which admittedly took like 5 minutes to build… yep.

So here is Forseti’s Tea! When deciding what ingredients to blend for Him, I thought of what kind of mood I would need to be in to make decisions, to use good judgement  in my life whether it’s deciding career moves, or mediating between people, or anything else that has many sides to the problem that needs to be factored in so that I can make the best decision for all involved.
And this tea was created.

Chamomile to calm the mind, though not quite enough to make one sleepy! Lemon and lemon balm provide a boost to get your thinker a thinking, whilst lavender and fennel allow purity and clarity of mind. It’s quite a lovely, gentle tea.

 

If you are looking for another Deity’s tea, check out my Devotional Teas section.