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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A New Beginning


"Feast of the waxing light, restore our hope!"

Today is the first day of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. In the sky tonight the four stars of Corvus the Crow are visible beneath the waning moon. It feels like a day of repair, healing and getting back on track-but not quite there yet. Seeing the sea this coming weekend will bring a much needed connection to nature and the underwater world.

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I grew up on the beach in Malibu, California and began traveling to Europe at a young age. Although my heart belongs to the sea and life at the beach, I loved the history and old-world feeling of Paris and London compared to my sunshine filled beach life at home. I often found myself searching through antique stores and vintage shops during my travels in Europe. Dusty leather bound books, prints, vintage handbags, and old apothecary bottles were my favorite things to collect. After attending colleges in California, Hawaii and England I graduated with a degree in illustration and I planned to become a children's book illustrator, but then I took a course on bookmaking and letterpress at Otis College of Design in Los Angeles and I began making my own books. As my handmade book collection grew I decided I really wanted to recreate more of the beautiful antique books and other things I remember finding in the little shops in Europe and that's when WANDERING MERMAID was born. I like to think of my ETSY shop as the mysterious little vintage shop you find down a hidden alleyway . You never know what you will find ❤