Come at me 2018!

Well folks, another year has come and gone and I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. When I reflect on 2017 there’s little I recall fondly. My personal life wasn’t terrible but the world as a whole was hurting and as an empath, I spent a lot of my time feeling sad on the behalf of others. I did get to experience some personal growth and challenged myself to do new and intimidating things. I did so with success. I flew across the ocean with my best friend and visited two countries on a completely different continent from my own. Beautiful England and lively Ireland. I would definitely say this trip was the highlight of my 2017. I got to meet my best online friend Emily after years and years, and we spent a few days with her at her quaint little flat in London. The culture and vibe in both London and Dublin was intoxicating, I can see why they’re such favourable tourist destinations. I can’t wait to go back, preferably with my partner in tow. He’d absolutely love Ireland, especially since so much of our ancestry originated there.

My year was filled with lessons and some I learned and some I undoubtedly missed. New year’s day was the first Full Moon of the year and it was also a super moon (at one point it had a rainbow around it). I went to my cousin’s to spend the evening reflecting on our past year together. We burned candles, incense, and smudged sage. We did a Year ahead Tarot spread each, we did tea readings, we discussed our goals moving into the new year. We made little brooms with bells and anointed the gifts we exchanged by smudging them, rubbing them with Frankincense oil, and putting them in the full super moon. She made a herb blend to burn while focusing her intent on the year ahead while I made an oil blend. Then in true “us” fashion we snuggled up in bed and laughed at memes. Here are a few photos from our night!

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Finally, my “resolutions”. I’m on day 2 of not smoking in the new year, it’s an ambitious goal but I really want to quit and I hope if I really really want to quit, that will be enough to keep me away from it.

Besides that I just wish to learn as much as possible in the new year. Be more positive, work on my skills and hobbies, and indulge in the things I enjoy.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

My $13 Herb Box.

Good evening guys!! I did this a few weeks ago but was super lazy about posting about it. I was really excited about the project and knew eventually I’d share so the day has finally come at long last. (Well a few weeks later lol)

A while back I was looking on Etsy at Wiccan herb boxes and I really loved the idea of having something to keep my herbs organized in a really tasteful way instead of just having a buttload of bottles askew on my dresser. I found one on Etsy that was around $80 for a glass top tea box with various herbs included and I showed my cousin / close friend Amy to see if she thought it was worth the price. Of course regardless of the price, someone put time and effort into it and deserves to put whatever price on it they wish, but Amy reminded me that I am a creative and capable person and I could make one myself for a lot cheaper. I was skeptical at first but I knew she was right so I decided to keep my eyes peeled for a suitable box.

I ended up going into Michael’s with my bestie Sahtera for some supplies for her wreath making business and I spotted a glass top tea box for only $13.99. Boom. I was ecstatic because I already had the herbs to fill it and didn’t need to spend any more than that and this one was bigger than the one on Etsy and even included a drawer.

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I also bought the two pendants you see on top of it but that’s irrelevant. (But also they were only $5 so get your butts to Michael’s!!).

ANYWAY, I had plans to paint the box but I really preferred the look of a dark wood stain, it just felt more natural for what I was trying to accomplish. While this box was meant to be for storing herbs, I still had an aesthetic in mind.

I didn’t have any wood stain so I had to get creative and spent days googling, pinteresting, and youtubing various DIY wood stain methods. The only one that would achieve the look I wanted with the supplies I already had on hand, was coffee grounds.

I literally took a spoonful of Folger’s Instant Coffee and added a few drops of warm water. I stirred it until the grounds had dissolved and I was left with a nearly black syrup-y liquid. I was extremely hesitant to use this because I was worried it would dry sticky, or mold, or spontaneously combust, you know the usual irrational fears we have when trying something new. I applied it with a paint brush and it actually dried quite quickly. I covered it with an acrylic clear coat to protect it and oh my gossssh, it looks gorgeous ya’ll.

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My essential oils and herb bottles fit perfectly inside and hell even my smudging sage fit!

So for $13 and a little time and love, I ended up with something I actually like better than the $80 version I thought was out of my area of creative expertise. Long story short, try the thing even if the thing seems daunting.

Blessed be!