Altan & New Pieces

2018-02-09-Mairead-Gift-Blue-Triskele-Sodalite-Aquamarine-SterlingAJ and I will be heading off to see Altan in Seattle in just two and a half weeks. Eep! This is our first concert in almost 9 years. Music is a huge deal to both of us and we have been absolutely enamored of Altan for the past five years. They introduced us to traditional Celtic folk music and sparked a love affair that only burns more brightly over time. So, needless to say, we are excited.

I asked Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan’s incredibly talented frontwoman, what her favorite color is. She told me that she likes blue, so I made the piece above as a gift that we’ll bring with us to the show. I hope that she loves it! The beads are sodalite, aquamarine and sterling silver. The pendant is a handmade focal which can be used as an essential oil diffuser, made by the lovely Christine at Beadfreaky.

I’ve just listed some brand new pieces to the shop, as well. I’d love to hear what you think of these. 🙂

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New Jewelry

Since I’ve been so bad about posting lately, I thought I’d share some of my newest pieces. ❤ Many of these are still available in my shop, and there are some available items not included here. Check out yesterday’s post for a coupon code to save 20%!

 

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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

New offers & items!

I’ve been working on new pieces for the shop, including these talismans (or charms, if you prefer) — four of the five are still available as I type. All are meant to be hung on the wall, over an altar, in front of a window as a suncatcher, etc. All were made to help with protection and grounding. I’m working on a few with love and healing in mind now; those should be added to the shop in the next day or two.

2015-01-22-10BUCKSI’ve also got new coupon codes for you!

– Spend $40 & receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $10+! Coupon will expire 3/31. One coupon per customer, sent to your PayPal email address once I’ve received order confirmation. Use code “10BUCKS” to claim this offer.
– Or use the code “FREE-SHIP” to get free US S&H on any order of $25 or more! Use this code as many times as you’d like.
– Also, receive a small free gift with each order from my shop!

And don’t forget to check out our fundraising event for some awesome rewards!

I hope that you are all doing well! We’re still getting settled, but I hope to have things totally back to normal — actually better than what had been normal for us in TN — in the very near future. Thanks so much for being here and for all of your amazing support, friends!

Blessings,
Bri

New Raffle & Recent Creations

There’s a new raffle running over on my Facebook page! This piece, named after the movie “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” — and its spirit of perseverance, strength & remaining true to oneself — features a limited edition key from Art by Starla Moore, created just for The Home Project & not available anywhere else! Perfect for showing your GLBT pride or love of diversity, balancing chakras, or wearing simply because you like it. This key will help unlock our dreams, and hopefully yours as well!

Click on the image above for all of the details if you’re interested in participating. The first prize is the piece pictured, as well as a $20 gift code for Baubles & Blessings. There will also be two $20 gift codes for my shop awarded to runners-up. Tickets start at just $3! You may also claim a free ticket with any purchase of at least $25.

I’ve also been adding new pieces to my shop recently. I’d love to hear what you think of these new pieces! I announced a flash sale on FB yesterday; use the code “FLASH20” to take 20% off all non-clearance items for the next 17 hours! The sale ends at midnight Eastern time; pieces that are specifically part of The Home Project are exempt, but ALL sales will add to our fundraising effort! While some of these were custom orders and a few have sold, many are still available in my shop.

 

More new pieces!

More new pieces in the shop, and still more to come! ♥

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