I Challenge You to be Brave…

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So, if you have been following our Facebook and Instagram pages you would know that Mystic Moon Emporium has officially signed up for our first vendor show. My mom and I have been wanting to do a craft show for as  long as I can remember and it occurred to me that I probably have no idea what I am doing – but I’m excited to learn. Part of me is probably a bit scared, but of what? Failing or just of the unknown? If I’m being honest, its probably a bit of both… but that is part of what makes this new experience exciting! As an artist I can’t be afraid to take chances and putting myself out of my comfort zone.  People who don’t take chances…people who don’t take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, deny themselves the ability to grow.

I know the more vendor shows I do, the more comfortable I will become… Thankfully I will have my husband there to help..aha. At the vendor show in May,  we will have some pieces of jewelry, candles and some other homemade trinkets –  there will also be more of a sneak peak into Pens by Thierry. With the way the weather has been lately (freezing rain in April? Really?) I am hoping that it will be a successful weekend!

Until next time,

Ashley ❤

 

 

 

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The Pen Turner’s Wife

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When I tell people that my husband makes pens, I get a lot of surprised looks. It’s not a hobby that most people get into. Then again, Thierry has never been one to follow the crowd. His interests are unique and he likes to take on tasks that most people would find difficult or time-consuming. He’s stubborn and when he sets his mind to something, its pretty hard to get him to back down (a couple of the things I admire about him). Let me tell you about how he got into wood-turning and you’ll see what I mean.

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The wood, or acrylic in this case starts off as a block.

Back in December,  Thierry and I were walking around the farmers market in an attempt to find Christmas presents for our families. His brother is a lawyer so Thierry wanted to find something that he would like and was meaningful. We came to a booth where an older man was selling wooden pens. When Thierry asked the gentleman how much the pens were, both of us were taken aback when we heard one pen was going for as much as a couple hundred dollars. That was way too much money, so we didn’t end up buying any of them – Thierry decided he wanted to make his own instead.

Thierry and my dad drove out-of-town to get supplies (from a store he found online) and eventually got to work, just using a hand drill and other hand tools ( let me just point out that this was three days before we were to be driving out to see said brother for a family Christmas thing). The first day, while everyone told him to give up and accept defeat,  Thierry was determined to make it work. That night, Thierry tossed and turned – admitting that all he could think about was making that pen.

The next day after tirelessly working on this thing while I was at work, he managed to make a gorgeous looking wooden pen that his brother would surely love – even a few of our other family members have made requests. Of course his first attempt was using hand tools which was hard to accomplish in itself. Since then, he has purchased proper tools.

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All the inner parts that go into the pen

After purchasing a lathe and other equipment, Thierry has been having fun since this whole ordeal, improving his wood-turning skills and even taking on acrylic projects as seen below (this would have been impossible with just hand tools).

Other things that he has been able to create since getting the lathe has included: French and regular styled rolling pins.

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The acrylic pen Thierry made for me a few months ago

 

 

Thierry plans to include his creations in Mystic Moon Emporium  sometime soon. **As a side note, if you are interested in seeing more posts about Pens by Thierry please check out the Mystic Moon Emporium Facebook and Instagram pages for frequent updates/posts. 

Until next time,

Ashley<3

 

 

 

 

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Mother of the Bride {Groom}

It’s been crazy the last few weeks!  After months of preparation, we launched the store (Mystic Moon Emporium) in early January, only to have it crash 3 weeks ago. Neither Ashley nor I could figure out what happened, so we got help to get it up and running again.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will come take a look at all the lovely products that have been added. All sales and promotions have been extended indefinitely.  In the meantime, I would like to highlight several bracelets I have that will be available in the store soon………

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I’m very lucky to have such a talented daughter….and one who is open to suggestions.

When Ashley got married, she asked me what kind of corsage I wanted.  Since I was doing the flowers, I didn’t see the point in making myself a corsage. From past experience, I didn’t want anything that I had to pin on my dress because that would be uncomfortable and likely ruin the delicate material, and I didn’t want a wrist corsage as they get in the way and the elastic is generally too tight. Don’t get me wrong, corsages are lovely and a beautiful idea, but not practical…..and they don’t last beyond the day!

So for Ashley’s wedding, I asked her to make me a bracelet that would compliment my dress and be something I could have as a keepsake of her wedding. That’s what she did and the result is something I will forever cherish!  This bracelet was designed specifically for the wedding so I am calling it the “Mother of the Bride” bracelet.

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“Mother of the Bride” (Mystic Moon Emporium)

I absolutely love this bracelet!! Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, it’s perfect as a corsage substitute and actually has an added longevity beyond the wedding itself. The stones in the bracelet were chosen specifically with the wedding in mind and the crystal spacers added an extra touch of elegance for the occasion.

The main attraction in the “Mother of the Bride” bracelet are the black onyx stones.  Black Onyx is said to absorb and deflect negative energy and help prevent the drain of personal energy.  It also can be used to aid in the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina during times of stress. Another property I really like is that it can stimulate the power of wise decision-making. For anyone who has ever been part of pulling off a wedding, you will appreciate these particular properties.

In keeping with the wedding colour theme, Ashley also chose to use amethyst in the bracelet.  Amethyst is not just another pretty stone. I’ve always loved the purple hues in amethyst and was quite happy to learn it is mostly considered a protective stone in that it helps to purify the mind and clear it of negative thoughts including the negativity of stress and anxiety. Again, these healing properties are very helpful in a wedding setting.

The last stone in the middle of the bracelet is  clear quartz. This is another of my favourite stones.  Clear quartz is an amplifying stone, meaning that if you pair it with another stone, it amplifies its properties. That is something I consider an added bonus!

So there you have it…….a perfect mother of the bride or groom gift and guaranteed to be appreciated and treasured for years to come.  I know that mine will always be a special reminder of my daughter’s special day!

If this is something you think would work for you, contact us to let us know.  We are developing a line of bracelets for mother of the bride and groom as well as the wedding party that will be in the store in coming weeks. In the meantime, there are some lovely bracelets in the store just waiting for you!!  You can find them here.

Here are some other posts you might enjoy….

DIY Cupcakes Your Guests Will Love!

Shower Ideas That Will Leave Everyone Smiling!

Wedding Planning 101 – How to Choose the Best Wedding Venue

3 Best Shower Games Your Guests Will Love

Journey to the Center of the Earth: So you want to be a rock hound?

 

 

 

 

 

Journey to the Center of the Earth: So you want to be a rock hound?

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My crystal journey began almost 6 years ago in college after some strange paranormal encounters. I have always been rather sensitive and somewhat spiritual, but also skeptic. As children, we believe in magic and things thought to be simple to adults, are amazing miracles to a child. Somewhere along the road we stop believing in magic and are then taught to feel embarrassed.  As we grow, we are taught to ask more questions, doubt everything; ask for proof and leave little to blind faith. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it can cause problems. Spirituality and believing in the unknown goes against this and asks us for blind faith in something you cannot see or touch. After experiencing things you cannot explain, your sense of truth tends to be shaken.

My love of stones has since grown into a lifestyle and way of life. I run into skeptics all the time and that’s okay. We all have our own beliefs – its not my place to tell someone what they should believe in. Just to put it out there, stones are by no means a way of replacing medicine – but a tool that can  be used as an addition.

For me, stones are alive. They provide a number of great benefits and have been used for hundreds –  even thousands of years, all around the world. It wasn’t until I started on this journey that I realized how prevalent crystals were. Did you know amber – a stone that most parents give to their teething children to wear- is made from fossilized tree sap? Due to its connection with the throat chakra, Lapis Lazuli was used by ancient Egyptians for religious ceremonies to communicate with the afterlife. Jade has been used by many Asian countries as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. If you’ve ever had heartburn, you’ve likely had Pepto Bismol – a mineral known as Bismuth is in this to give it its healing properties.

Since starting on this journey, my tastes have evolved and I crave more rare stones. For anyone starting out, there are some things to keep in mind when collecting gems.

  1. It can get very expensive. This is one of the biggest things I want to point out because people are often surprised when I tell them how much I have paid for some of my stones. To put it in perspective, gemstones are made in particular conditions. Some of these stones have been developing over hundreds/thousands of years – that sort of time can’t be synthesized. Like our fossil fuels, these stones are in limited supply and sometimes only found in few locations. So of course, they are rare and therefore expensive!  As another example, Moldavite is a very rare stone that was created when a meteorite crashed into earth a long time ago; the bed of sand created from this event was heated to create glass and mixed with the meteorite resulting in Moldavite. This stone is said to cleanse the Pineal Gland and is most commonly found in the Czech Republic. Stones are commonly priced based on weight so for even small amounts of this stone it can be fairly expensive. It is important to do your research and make sure you are aware of where you are getting your stones from and shop the market to get the best deals. There have been a few vendors that Thierry and I have run into that didn’t know the value of what they were selling and as a result we scored on some great finds. This ties into my next point…
  2. Know your sources, be weary of scamming vendors selling fake products. This point again emphasizes the point of knowing where stones are coming from. There are some out there that are selling great quality products but not knowing it, and then there are others that know the value of gems but are selling fake products. I have first hand experience with this which has made me increasingly weary. A lot of reliable sources will have some sort of relationship with a third party or some sources will get their stones from a mine directly. A great example of this is that there are some sellers out there that advertise quartz pieces that are actually glass – knowing the difference through observation is key. As another example, I have found sources advertising aura quartz- aura quartz is a stone that is heat treated with gold causing its unique shimmer and can get very expensive. Some sellers will claim they are selling these unique stones but they are actually synthesized quartz or dyed quartz.
  3. Treat your stones with respect and know how to store/use without ruining them. It is common knowledge in the stone community that if you don’t take care of your stones, you won’t get much use of them. If you take care of them then they will last you a long time. Knowing how to store them based on their unique qualities can help protect them against damage. For example, stones like citrine and amethyst, when stored in the sun can fade in colour – the colour fade doesn’t effect their properties but if you have a AAA quality stone, it could make a huge difference in appearance. In the crystal world, there are those that believe that putting stones in water and drinking the water will allow you to benefit from the metaphysical properties of the stone. This brings up a couple questions in terms of the stone maintenance : 1. Will the stone be ruined in water? and 2. is the stone toxic if I ingest the water its been soaking in? Both are important to know! For example, Selenite (a form of gypsum) when submerged in water will dissolve. Malachite, when ingested is toxic. It is important to do your research and be aware when ingesting stone water.
  4. Cleansing is important. There are many ways to cleanse stones- many of which go based on the four elements of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. Some stones absorb negative energy where others do not. Air- through intent or aura ; water- setting your stones out in the light of a full moon or soaking in salt water (be careful with this one!) ;Earth – burying your stone int he ground by a tree ; fire- most commonly used, smudging – using white sage and burning the sage allowing the smoke to cleanse the stone. Smudging can be generally used to cleanse a space but that’s for another post.

In the last while, I have learned so much about stones and collecting them yet there is still so much I feel I do not know. I’ve been pretty fortunate to have a husband that shares in my interest of gems. Its been pretty awesome to be able to teach my mom everything I know and even the rest of my family!

Now that you have been prepared for what you are getting into, its time to get into actually learning about gems. There are so many types of stones out there but for first time collectors, I have prepared a list that every rock hound should have when starting.

Clear quartz – One of the most common stones, this is an amplifier and will amplify the effects of any other stone it accompanies.

Rose Quartz – Another member of the Quartz family, associated with the heart chakra this attracts love to the owner

Tigers eye – Associated most commonly with the root and Sacral chakras and is a good grounding stone

Amethyst- Another very common stone in the Quartz family- associated with the brow chakra and is great for meditation.

Selenite – Great energy stone that attracts positive energy to the owner.

Citrine – Known as the stone of success, also part of the quartz family and is essentially heat treated amethyst. Great for if you are working towards a goal or for students.

A Grounding stone – Whether its Tourmaline, obsidian, onyx or smokey quartz, these stones are great for grounding/protection against psychic attack. Great for people who are sensitive or prone to more intense emotion.

Through my travels, I have always made it a top priority to find crystal stores nearby. I have been able to pick out great ones and some that are not so great. Overall, this is just the beginning of what I have learned in my 6+ years as a rock hound. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

-Ashley ❤