Midwinter Feast of Light: Reviving the Magical Foods of Imbolc

What a wonderful post! Wishing a merry and blessed Imbolc to all celebrating this week (since the date may change, depending on whom you ask). Personally, we are celebrating “Imbolc Week” because we have lots of plans for this holiday — but, realistically, with limited energy and chronic illness/pain, we often end up disappointed when we can’t do holidays on holidays. We’re working on adapting and creating new traditions for ourselves and plan to share as we go. Feel free to do the same below. ❤

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I love the ancient feast days of the pagan calendar. Celebrating the turn of the “great wheel of the year” through the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days, these “holy days” are the origin of most of our modern holidays. And no matter what ancestral culture you descend from, it’s a pretty safe bet that most of your beloved holiday foods were once “holy foods”, ritually prepared and consumed to bring fertility, good harvest and prosperity to the land.

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Which is why Jennifer and I are once again busy in the kitchen. We’re preparing to celebrate one the oldest and most magical holy days of the ancient calendar- the upcoming Midwinter Festival of Light. Falling at the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox, it can be dated as far back as the Neolithic when megalithic chambers marked the light of the rising sun on…

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Fundraiser extended through 4/15!

Hey friends! It’s been pointed out to me that I forgot to change the expiry date for coupons on GoFundMe. My intention was that all coupons would be good for at least 60 days, I goofed and forgot to update that after the campaign had been running for a bit.

I also asked last night about whether y’all thought I should extend the campaign until this weekend or mid-month, and most people who responded via Facebook seemed to think the extension was a good idea…

So the campaign will be extended just this once, and all coupon codes issued as rewards will be good until the end of August. 😉 Thanks so much for all of your support, dears! ❤

You can visit the campaign here.

Spring has Sprung: Elegant Aventurine & Fancy Silver Leaf Necklace

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This elegant necklace combines faceted green aventurine beads with wee peridot glass crystals and silver-plated spacers and accent beads. The square silver beads feature a beautiful sun design; there are also a few oak leaf beads in the upper portion of the necklace. The large leaf pendant is just lovely; suspended from it are several glass crystal baubles, as well as an aventurine bauble hung from the tip. Additionally, there is an aventurine cabochon in silver plated setting in front of the leaf.

All metal components are silver-finished base metals or Tibetan silver.

The length is approximately 23″, including the lobster clasp. The pendant hangs down about 4.25″ from the beaded strand.

As with most of my necklaces, this piece could easily be shortened at no extra charge. Please allow extra time for making alterations, and contact me prior to purchasing to make sure that I am able to fulfill your request. If you require a longer length, please purchase an inexpensive extender chain from the add-on section of my shop or get in touch to discuss a custom order.

Everything is strung on sturdy, flexible, nylon-coated 49-strand stainless steel beading wire.

Just 10 days left for grab bags & other exclusive rewards!

Friends, we are $690 away from our fundraising goal, with just 10 days to go. $690 would go a long way towards furnishing the rest of our apartment with things like a bed frame for our mattress, a sturdy work table, shelves and a better organization system for my beads and other supplies. AJ is also desperately in need of a new laptop for work.

Please take a moment to consider whether you may be able to make a contribution, and remember that there are some lovely rewards available, all of which are worth more than the contribution required to claim them. Sharing this campaign with friends who you think may be interested would also be much appreciated.

This fundraiser brought in nearly $1,000 in its first few days. Can we drum up another $690 in a week? Please also remember that we’ll be splitting anything over our goal with another family we know who is in desperate need of help.

We’ll be shooting a video for you on Monday, so you can see the progress we’ve made since our last video. We just need AJ’s new shoes to arrive, as he has foot problems that are currently preventing him from being able to stand or walk — and I’ve been planning to be in the video this time, so I need him to shoot it.

Much love and many blessings to all of you, and the happiest of holidays to all celebrating right now!
Bri

Flash sale & catching up!

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Heya, friends! I just realized that I haven’t posted anywhere but Facebook for almost a month, because things have been so hectic with moving and everything related to it. Things should start settling a bit after we get internet set up tomorrow and I get all of my beads sorted and supplies restocked, and I’m planning on sharing the progress with you… We’ll be posting a wee video as soon as possible, to give you a tour of our new space so far!

I’ll be setting up an email newsletter as soon as possible, and am hoping to have some pretty exciting new goodies for you this year… Like the VIP memberships and goodie bags you can snag as rewards for contributing to our GoFundMe campaign. Every single reward level offers rewards worth more than the contribution required to claim the reward! (You can also RSVP to the FB event to receive updates there.)

I also have some other stuff to catch up on once we have regular internet service, like inbox/email messages; announcing monthly prize winners for the past few months; a new “Ask Bri!” Q&A post; the official wrap-up post for last month’s auction, and more, Please bear with me through the hiccups of getting situated, and I’ll have things back to normal — or better! — as soon as I possibly can. Thanks so much for your patience and support, everyone! It really means the world to us, This cross-country move has already been amazing for us, but it’s also been a bit of a huge undertaking — and we’re looking forward to being totally settled in.

Much love and many blessings to you for 2015! I hope that you all enjoyed whatever winter holidays you may celebrate, and that your year is off to a wonderful start.

::: Going Batty ::: Emergency Fundraiser!

Heya, lovelies! The other day, I came across some beautiful baby bats via Baby Bats and Buddies of Bats QLD who have been orphaned during a crazy heatwave going on over in Australia. I thought that I could make some special pieces and do a fundraiser to try to help them out. (See the post about the orphans here: http://on.fb.me/1AmwmbR.)

When I went to start up my laptop yesterday morning, I discovered that the screen has died. So of course my head exploded slightly. I’d had under $80 in sales the first 2/3 of this month (partially thanks to being so busy with moving) and AJ’s computer –– which I’m typing on now — is already on its last legs. We were hoping to be able to replace it by the end of the year, and then work on replacing mine. There’s no way that we can share a single computer with how much we both need them for work, so I’ve decided to do a combo fundraiser. Here are the details…

– Use the code “GOINGBATTY” to save 20% on everything in my shop!
– An additional 20% of the original price will be donated to Bats QLD to help provide care for the orphans.
– Remaining funds will go to pay for a new laptop.

{Feeling extra generous? If you pay full price for any item(s) in my shop during the fundraising period, I will donate a full 50% of your purchase price, after PayPal fees, to Bats QLD!}

This fundraiser/offer will run through November 28th. Please help spread the word! Your purchase will help to provide care for orphaned baby bats while also helping a broke, disabled artist with a very important emergency expense.

Browse my wares here: bit.ly/blessedbaubles.

Thanks so much for your time and attention! ♥ I have a big event coming up next weekend, but after that am planning to update y’all about our journey to Tacoma and work on another “Ask Bri” post.

Creative Blog Hop

If you’re not familiar with Heather’s work, please check out her blog and shop. She is just wonderful and I have been in love with her spirit dolls since I first saw them. I was honored to be linked to in the blog hop that she’s participated in this week, and I’m looking forward to posting my own addition next week! 🙂

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