Spring Fairy Festival

2015-05-30-SpringFairyFestival-1We went to Crescent Moon Gifts‘ Spring Fairy Festival on Saturday, and we had such a great time! I thought I’d share a quick run-down and some pics with you… Apologies for my phone’s camera not quite being on the ball yesterday! (Click on any of the smaller images if you’d like to see the full-sized version.)

AJ took this pic of me before we headed out, modeling the pieces that I made to wear for the 2015-05-30-SpringFairyFestival-2event. Get a closer look at the pieces at the right… The faerie necklace is a duplicate of a recent design, but with garnet instead of clear quartz. It’s also got pink lepidolite, rose quartz, Swarovski crystal pearls and a cute ceramic faerie pendant. The spiral necklace combines copper, green opal, African jade, tiger’s eye, tiny moss agate hearts, green glass crystals and raku-finished ceramic beads. Both of these pieces are now available for purchase, but have not been listed in my shop. Please get in touch if you’re interested in purchasing either piece.

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We got to Crescent Moon after Little Bear‘s set had started, but were glad that we didn’t miss her entirely. I’ve been a fan of Little Bear’s on Facebook for a while and already thought she was awesome, but listening to her sing was such a treat!

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Then we went out to check out the booths, and one of the first things we saw was this adorable tree… Which I had to take a picture of because it reminded me of the wishing trees at some of Brighid’s sacred sites in Ireland. (As was the intent, I’m sure.) Of course that made me smile.

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The next performance we caught was Chronilus, who were fun. The lovely ladies dancing while they played were also a treat; thanks to April and Bev for their performances! It was so sweet to watch the little faeries following them around!

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AJ and I both fell completely in love with The Fire Inside, who played next on the outdoor stage. This awesome lady kept encouraging the wee faeries to get up and dance along, which tickled us immensely, We really hope that these folks come back to Tacoma in the somewhat near future and we get to see them again.

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Flair Entertainment wrapped things up for the evening, and they had most of the remaining crowd pretty enthralled. I was really impressed by much of their routine, especially the parts of the performance where they were dancing together. So much talent and confidence! We look forward to seeing them do their thing again in the future, as well.

2015-05-30-SpringFairyFestival-9We picked up some small treasures from the folks vending at the festival…

The shiva lingam stone and selenite heart sang to me pretty much the moment that I saw them in Crystal Quarry‘s booth. We picked up mini prints of a few of Rob Carlos‘ pieces, including the gorgeous purple dragon shown at the top of the stack.

Then we fell in love with the gorgeous magnet that we purchased from Herb Leonhard Art, and I’m hoping to also pick up some of his art print pendants to work with in the future. The beautiful scarf in the center spot was something I went on the hunt for because I have issues with energy in crowds, and I’d forgotten to bring something to cover my head. Gratefulhaven Batiks saved the day! The small Quan Yin figure is something we’ve been wanting to add to our altar for a while, and I couldn’t resist the mini I Ching coins from Crescent Moon… I’ll show you what I do with them later.

In order to help ourselves get healthier, we’ve been making a strong effort to cut out most processed sugar and quite a bit of carbs from our diets. We’re already feeling better in a lot of ways, but we couldn’t resist the call of a few sweet treats yesterday. It had literally been years since we’d had a doughnut, so we had to pop into Legendary Doughnuts, where we grabbed a Sex in the City — chocolate doughnut frosted with chocolate and drizzled with salted caramel, which we split for dessert last night — and a blueberries and cream doughsant, which we haven’t savored just yet. Back at the festival, we also picked up a mini loaf of banana bread and a delicious snickerdoodle from Forest Fairy Bakery, which we indulged in once we arrived home since we’d been standing and walking so much all day — we’d definitely gotten some exercise! The banana bread went right into the freezer for safekeeping.2015-05-30-SpringFairyFestival-8

When we got home, AJ wanted to snap a pic of how happy I was, So here’s that — you can just barely see my first sunburn of 2015. Thankfully, even though my chest and shoulders are crimson today, they look much worse than they feel. I’ll have to remember to pick up some sunblock soon!

Because we both have chronic pain and fatigue, we’re still recovering today… But was it worth it? Well, I guess I’ll let my smile speak on my behalf. (In other words, we’re looking forward to next year’s festival!)

Thanks to the folks who took advantage of my special offer the night before the festival, we miraculously had a bit of spending money after being ridiculously broke for most of May. It was so nice to be out and about, and to sort of temporarily forget our recent extreme poverty and just be able to support some local small businesses in our travels through the festival, since all of our urgent needs were actually taken care of for once. Thanks to all of you who have supported my wee business in the past two weeks and helped us do a complete 180 from the beginning of May! We may be broke again today, but our fridge is full, I’ve got a roast bubbling away in my crockpot, and we have a few days before we have to start worrying about meds again.

All in all, we had such a lovely day yesterday! Thanks for reading and allowing me to share our adventure — and some wonderful local performers, artists and small businesses — with you!

Much love and many bright blessings,
♥ Bri

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Time to play catch up… New pieces, discounts, upcoming auction & grab bags!

2015-05-27-MAY33Heya, friends! I recently sent out questionnaires for fundraiser grab bags, and I’ll be working concurrently on getting the first sets of grab bags together, working on the last of the older custom orders, and making new pieces for my shop over the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to get better about posting them here again as I make new pieces. In the meantime, if you are due a reward and haven’t found the email titled “Grab Bag Questionnaire”, please get in touch and let me know that you haven’t received it.

You can see my newest coupon codes to the left… Just enter the code of your choice during checkout via my shop, either “MAY33” to save 33% on any pre-coupon purchase of at least $25 OR “FREESHIP” for free US S&H on any order of at least $15. Both are good through the end of May.

I’m planning a jewelry auction for the first weekend in June, most likely running from the 4th through the 8th. Keep an eye on my FB page for details as I figure them out; the auction will take place on FB. (If you have a moment to stop by and show my recent posts some love to help boost my signal, I’d appreciate that very much too!)

Oh, and before I forget… For anyone who missed it, here’s the screenshot of the donations your purchases in April helped me to make! I posted this on FB and forgot to share it here a couple of weeks ago.

This isn’t everything I’ve made since my last major jewelry upload, but here are some of the highlights… Some of these are still available in my shop, and I’ll have more added soon! Among my personal favorites of this bunch are the marijuana bud necklaces. As a medical marijuana patient who went from being on high doses of narcotics and many additional pharmaceuticals just to be able to function, to now just using my MMJ and about half of the meds I was on previously — no more narcotics! — along with a healthier diet, I am amazed at how much better I feel.

I’ve been pleased by the response so far, and I’ll continue to make marijuana-themed jewelry because I am a firm supporter of the legalization of marijuana for medical, spiritual and recreational use… Your purchase of any of those pieces will help you show your support for marijuana reform, and will also help make sure that this patient doesn’t have to go without her meds. If there is enough response, I’ll also start donating a percentage of sales of these pieces to organizations working toward reform. If you have suggestions for great orgs that are underfunded, please let me know! I’m always thrilled to have a chance to pay it forward after all of the help we’ve received along our journey out of serious poverty and the chronic threat of a return to homelessness. More

OOAK Wood Nymph Necklace with Art Pendant by Esther Remmington

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This striking, one of a kind necklace combines moss agate, red tiger’s eye (also known as tiger iron), African jade rondelles and large faceted green opal rondelles with shimmery dark gold seed beads, Tibetan silver oak leaves and a lovely art print pendant by Esther Remmington Art. I’ve hung sweet little tinkly bells and a gemstone bauble from the pendant frame.

This is the last pendant featuring Esther’s art that I’ll be able to work with for a while, so if you’re in love, please don’t hesitate to order. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

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

The length is approximately 35″, including the lobster clasp. The pendant hangs down about 4″ from the beaded strand.

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

New pieces listed today!

I’d love to hear what you think of this new bunch of pieces! There’s a little something here for a variety of styles. 🙂

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLet Go & Let Love In: Rose Quartz Necklace with Faerie Art Pendant

This lovely necklace features sparkling pink glass crystals, rose quartz and shimmering lime green seed beads, with a gorgeous art print pendant by Esther Remmington. All findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

The total beaded length, including the lobster clasp, is just about 24.75″.

Rose quartz is associated with the heart chakra. It can help open us to all forms of love; its energies are useful in boosting self-confidence and self-worth. Rose quartz is a powerful but gentle healing stone and can specifically help with encouraging self-awareness, dreamwork, trust, harmony and dispelling negativity. It is also often used in fertility magic.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMjolnir Necklace with Glass Crystals, Tiger’s Eye & Howlite Skulls

This striking necklace features ruby red glass crystals, tiger’s eye, howlite skulls and black seed beads, with an ornate pewter Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) pendant. All findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

The total beaded length, including the lobster clasp, is just about 25 1/8″.

Tiger’s eye is a great stone for protection; it is used to protect against the evil eye or Mal Occhio/Malocchio. It aids in clear thinking, insight, mental focus, patience, balance and strength. It is also very useful as a grounding tool.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAmber & Howlite Necklace with Ornate Key Pendant

This sweet and simple necklace features amber chips, howlite and shimmery clear Preciosa seed beads, with an ornate key pendant. All findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

The total beaded length, including the lobster clasp, is just about 20.75″.

Amber has wonderful metaphysical properties, including strong healing and protection energies. Wear to rid yourself of negative or funky energy, help yourself find emotional balance and allay fears. Amber is a solar “gemstone” (it is actually fossilized tree resin) which positively radiates warm, soothing energy; it is actually known for turning negative energy that it absorbs into positive healing energy. It is often associated with the sacral and solar plexus chakras but can be used to help heal and balance any part of the body. Traditionally, amber has been used to seal a deal, including marriage, and has been carried by warriors and lovers for good fortune. It is used to foster unconditional love and heal emotional wounds. May help ease symptoms of digestive disorders, respiratory ailments, fibromyalgia and many other health concerns.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSkully Key Necklace with Snowflake Obsidian & Black Glass Crystals

This glam necklace features extra-glossy black glass crystals, snowflake obsidian, howlite skulls and black seed beads, with an ornate key pendant. All findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

The total beaded length, including the lobster clasp, is just about 25.75″.

Obsidian is a fantastic protection stone; it repels negativity and helps dissolve confusion and untruth. Obsidian aids in healing traumas and emotional wounds, including those from past lives. It is a stone of strength, compassion, honesty and clear sight. This is also a stone connected to death and rebirth, and its energy can aid in divinatory practice.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLovie Dovie Daisies: Necklace with Howlite & Rose Quartz

This lovely necklace features sapphire blue glass crystals, black-splattered turquoise glass beads, rose quartz, howlite and shimmery clear Preciosa seed beads, along with a polymer clay daisy pendant from LovieDovieMomma Creations. All findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

The total beaded length, including the lobster clasp, is just about 25.25″.

Howlite is a stress reliever, used for easing insomnia and quieting the mind. It can aid in astral journeying and gaining insight. Howlite is also useful for correcting negative behavior and absorbing anger. Additionally, this stone can foster patience and greater awareness.

I’ve also listed some earrings and bracelets. Visit my shop to find the listings for these new pieces.

New Pieces

After a very busy 2 days, this morning has seen 22 new items added to my shop! Here’s a peek, in no particular order… I’d love to hear what you think! (If you’re on Facebook, why not pop over when you have a sec to catch up on everything going on over there?) We are continuing to add at least 50% of all incoming funds from sales to our emergency moving fund, so every single sale is a HUGE deal to us. Thanks so much for all of your love and support, friends!

New Listings & Coupon

I’ve listed my newest batch of pieces. I’ve posted nearly 20 new pieces in the past few days, and most of them are still available in my shop. Since we’re trying to raise funds to make our suddenly impending move to Seattle happen, I have a new offer available for you… Use the code “SEATTLE” to save 15% on all non-clearance ready to ship pieces!

Thanks so much, as always, for all of your support! ♥

Peace & Love in the Faerie Tree: OOAK Art Pendant Necklace

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This piece features natural howlite, silver-plated spacers, faux howlite peace signs, aqua glass crystals, pewter butterflies, and Czech glass beads. The glass-domed pendant from Windy Paints has a tiny painting of a striking tree on a sparkly background sealed inside.

100% of the funds received from the sale of this item will be deposited directly into our moving fund. You can read about The “Home” Project here. ♥ Big thanks to Marie from Cassy Marie Creations for donating this gorgeous pendant to help with our fundraising efforts!

Howlite is a stress reliever, used for easing insomnia and quieting the mind. It can aid in astral journeying and gaining insight. Howlite is also useful for correcting negative behavior and absorbing anger. Additionally, this stone can foster patience and greater awareness.

For more info and/or to purchase: http://bit.ly/1nDHcnO.

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