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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes on this Winter Solstice Day



Warm Winter Wishes on this lovely 
❤ Winter Solstice Day ❤

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Today is the day that I love to clean, organize and prepare for the cold winter months ahead. Tucking away the light summer comforters and bringing the warm down duvets out, organizing files, getting ready for the new year, new ideas, and new adventures ❤


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Sewing the signatures to an Antiques Spell Book



        
It's been a crazy busy season in my studio. Lots of orders, especially custom orders, and I had such a great time making each one.
A custom book mixing mermaids and a nautical theme

     










 
I especially love making my antiqued books. Each one is so special to me











Taking a break in my studio with some hot green tea



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But as Christmas Day approaches, usually around the Winter Solstice, things slow down in the studio and I can spend time with family and friends, shopping, wrapping gifts and baking with my kids.
Nothing is better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night

The beautiful birch tree in front of our home ♥











Birch: For New Beginnings
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If  you have a birch tree near your home or can find a birch candle at a shop (World Market has some lovely ones!) get some for the a Winter Solstice wish! Birch is perfect when you are involved with new beginnings and fresh starts and because the tree is sacred to the Earth Mother, it is said that she takes a personal interest in every request made beneath its branches. I love to take the fallen birch branches from the birch tree outside my studio window and make a small wreath by simply twisting the thin branches around each other. Make sure to only use fallen birch branches, as it is considered bad luck to break the branches from a birch tree. Sometimes I add a white winter flower to the top of the wreath or some other winter bloom. Once you’ve made your wreath you can make your wish! When making a wish under your birch wreath you must mention the Earth Mother’s name which will summon her help in any matter. I usually hang my wreath outside my studio door or by my nightstand, and I also make two for my boys to hang beside their beds. 


☆☆ Happy Winter Solstice ☆☆






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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 ❤