Merry Beltane! Save 33% & get free shipping!

Good afternoon, lovelies!

First, I would like to extend Beltane greetings to each of you, from me and AJ.

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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.

Also, since sales were so slow in April and only two people took¬†advantage of my 20% off Mother’s Day offer, I’ve decided to go bigger for Beltane! ūüėȬ†Use the code “MERRYBELTANE” to save 33% on everything in my shop; spend at least $33 after the discount and I’ll also refund domestic S&H. Orders placed today will be shipped out tomorrow, in plenty of time for Mother’s Day delivery.

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This offer will be good for just five uses or until Sunday night, whichever comes first.

Thanks so much for being here, being you and being awesome!
‚̧¬†Bri

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Today only, save 33%!

2015-03-29-Flash33From now until midnight Pacific time, use the code “FLASH33” to take a whopping 33% off your non-custom order from my shop!

We’ve got a friend visiting from out of town this week who’s offered to help us run errands Monday afternoon, so we’d like to be able to afford to do so and stock up on a few things that are normally difficult for us to come by! This would help us out a lot, as many of the buses here stop early and I have to do a lot of walking — with chronic pain and a cane for back support — to run certain errands on a regular basis… I love walking when I’m feeling up to it, but don’t always feel up to it when I need to do it. Anyway, that’s why this particular whopper of a discount will only be available for 24 hours. ūüėČ

There are still earrings available in my shop that have been marked down as low as $4.99. You can use the code on them as well!

Here’s a look at some of the new pieces that I posted yesterday; as I type, all of them are still available. I’d love to hear what you think! Which is your favorite?

New baubles & fundraiser ending!

Now that hubby’s been bouncing back a bit, I’ve been able to jump back into beading mode, and I’ve got some unique new baubles to share with you. Here are the pieces added to my shop yesterday, along with a custom necklace.

After another few days working on pieces for the shop — some of which may also end up in grab bags next month — I’ll be focusing on catching up on custom orders again. I’ll also be going to the post office this coming week and will be announcing a flash sale for tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for that if you’re looking for a deal.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESHere are the new pieces that I worked on last night! I’ll be listing them in my shop today… As each item is listed, I post them on Twitter and Pinterest. I try to keep up with Instagram as well, but sometimes I fall behind because I get frustrated¬†typing on a little touchscreen. I also post the new pieces to Facebook within 24 hours of being added to my shop, but I have to spread those out or none of my posts are seen by anyone, so they’re not usually posted immediately after the pieces are listed. So you have several options for following along!

I’d love to hear what you think of these pieces, and which is your favorite. (My reach on Facebook has been sinking again, so if you have a minute to join the conversation over there and perhaps show some of my other recent posts some love, that would mean the world to me.)

Our fundraiser has just a few days left, and the prospects for meeting our goal are not looking good. If you’d like to take a look, please visit the campaign page¬†and consider whether you may be able to contribute. There are some awesome rewards available for everyone who does! I’ll be planning another fundraiser soon, most likely in the form of a sale event or auction, to help us get the funds that we need to replace AJ’s work laptop and get a platform so that our bed is no longer a mattress on the floor. (We are incredibly grateful to have a decent mattress, but it’s hard for us to get up and down with a mattress on the floor, both having chronic pain.)

Thank you all for being here, being you, and being awesome! I am so blessed to have such an amazing network of friends and supporters, and I am so grateful that you’re here.

Much love and many blessings,
Bri

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.

Morrighan: Goddess of Rebirth | Raku Pentacle Necklace w/ Unakite

This piece was inspired by a desire to celebrate a side of Morrighan that many seem quick to dismiss or ignore.

Unakite is a wonderful healing and grounding stone which can help to balance spiritual and mundane aspects of life. It is great for removing obstacles to personal progress, self-confidence, courage, and letting go of harmful, negative emotion. It energy is gentle and the stone is recommended for use in promoting safe pregnancy.

For more info or to order, click here.

Peace, Love & Metamorphosis: Sweet Hippie Necklace w/ Raku Beads

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This OOAK necklace features small peridot, sunstone, quartz and amethyst beads, wood, tiny hematite spacers, faux howlite peace signs, raku-fired tree of life beads and lotus focal, large fancy citrine beads, pewter and pink Swarovski crystal butterflies, two large natural blue labradorite beads, and pressed Czech glass butterflies and flowers. The findings are all silver-finished pewter; everything is strung on sturdy 49-strand nylon-coated steel flexwire.

This piece has really sweet, fun energy. For more pics/info or to order: http://bit.ly/1iCEc6u.

The total length is about 26″.