Simple pleasures, big gratitude & a blessed Imbolc!

February begins with Imbolc — which, to me, is all about new life, new beginnings, and gratitude for the little things that bring us joy. So I decided to share something that I’m grateful for each day this month, and I invite you to share what you’re grateful for in the comments for each of these daily posts on my Facebook page, or right here on the blog. (If you’re on FB, your interaction with my posts goes a long way to help boost my signal to the feeds of other page fans!)

2015-02-01-GratitudeToday, I am incredibly grateful to have woken up with an empty sink. I was exhausted but still managed to empty the sink before bed. This can be tough thanks to chronic back pain and illness — especially when I’d much rather be working on jewelry! — but I’ve been working hard to stay on top of it. I’m incredibly grateful and a wee bit proud of the fact that I’ve done a pretty good job of it since we moved in. (AJ would help, but the poor guy’s dealing with a flare-up of an old hand injury and I won’t let him.)

A lot of my gratitude right now has to do with the amazing help we’ve received on our journey to finding and making a real home. Our dishes came from the dollar store, the storage containers from the grocery store, and everything else in this photo was purchased via our Amazon wish list. Since your support has led to every single purchase we’ve made in our new home, YOU all helped make this possible. Thank you so much, from the bottom of both of our hearts!

Much love and a blessed Imbolc to you!
Bri

(PS: There is a flash sale happening in my shop right now! Save 20% on everything through tomorrow night.)

Merry Beltane!

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Wishing everyone Beltane blessings! We’ve shed the darkness of the winter and reawakened to the light half of the year. Today is a celebration of fertility and generosity, as both are important contributors to the abundance of the late summer and fall. In Medieval England, villagers would participate in a custom known as “bringing in the May”, in which they would go into the woods and gather flowers and greenery. The collections were used for decoration, as well as rituals involving protection. Beltane is one of the two times a year the veil thins, and it’s said that many would place rowan branches over their windows and doors for protection against unscrupulous visitors. It’s also said that, in some villages, flowers that were collected would be brought door-to-door and shared in exchange for delicious goodies, similar to trick-or-treating.

It was looked down upon for someone to be stingy with their food at this time, because the generous sharing of food, a sustaining substance, among the village was believed to be necessary “in order that the cosmic circuit of life’s substance may be kept in motion (trees, flocks, harvests, etc.).”* I believe in a similar concept, that it is through giving that we receive, and in this spirit, I invite everyone to join us in performing at least one act of generosity today. It doesn’t have to be monetary; give a few minutes of your time to someone who needs help with something, give of your heart to someone who needs some love, offer some extra patience to others while you’re out and about today. Come back to Baubles & Blessings later and share your contribution to the cosmic circuit of kindness and goodwill.

Love,
Bri & AJ


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Words: AJ Spellman
Image: Bri Crofton

*Williamson, J. (1986). The Oak king, the Holly King, and the Unicorn: the Myths and Symbolism of the Unicorn Tapestries.

DIY Gift Idea: Painted Mason Jar Vases

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Check out this lovely DIY from Please Note, for painted mason jar vases. I admit that these caught my eye because the stag made me think of Cernunnos. 

http://www.pleasenotepaper.com/2012/04/diy-mason-jar-vases.html

 

DIY Gift Idea: Sweet Orange Lip Balm

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Years ago, I made a bunch of different types of bath and body products, and I LOVED my natural lip balm! This DIY is for sweet orange flavored balm, but you could change things up with another flavor too.

http://hiphome.blogspot.com/2012/01/all-natural-lip-balm.html

DIY Gift Idea: Chalkboard Tray

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I love this! It could be so handy and adorable in use for spellwork ~ words for a group to recite together, or drawing sigils, etc. Draw a rune or crystal grid outline. Use to draw diagrams for little witches. The possibilities are endless! 

http://www.hellolidy.com/2012/11/20/diy-chalkboard-tray/

DIY Gift Idea: Gold Leaf Paper Mache Bowls

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What an awesome handmade gift idea!

http://www.kellimurray.com/2012/09/18/gold-leaf-paper-mache-bowls/

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

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Happy Thanksgivukkah! 

Check out the coloring pages for kids and all kinds of other holiday info and fun at the Thanksgivukkah website!

Image source: JewishBoston.com

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