And how are you doing today?! I hope that no matter where you are, the sun is shining in your world… I’m in a pretty great mood today, these summer holidays I’m having right now are just the BEST and I wish they never had to end! I just don’t understand these people who say “Oh I could never stop working, I’d be bored…” Bored! What the hell is boredom??!! I could easily fill the rest of my life with fun and exciting things and never be bored, ever! It has been a gorgeous day here in Wellington today and my bestie KB and I have had the day off together which always makes the day fun… We went into the city early and visited the Arts and Crafts market which is in Wellington every Saturday. I have only been once, ever because I work on Saturday… it’s an OK market, I give it a 5/10… the wares are quite pricey and a few imported clothing stalls are creeping in there, undercutting everyone… I found myself longingly stroking a rainbow coloured maxi-dress at one of these stalls and realised that these stalls can so easily take business away from the artist across the way, selling her lovely badges…. ( I didn’t buy the dress!)
We did find a stall that we really liked, unfortunately the lady selling her gorgeous wares doesn’t have any pics online so I can’t show you her cool stuff, except for the one we bought!
I’m a big fan of beautiful glass mosaic candle holders, and I just could not WAIT for it to get dark so I could see those lovely colours light up…. We bought it to add to our altar… Our altar is our special magical place, where I keep all of my most sacred and beautiful healing crystals, where out Buddha statue lives, where we light candles with prayers for our loved ones on earth and above, where we put our wishes and manifestation lists and pray for wonderful things to come into our lives… it’s a much-loved and nurtured part of the home and this beautiful candle holder was just made to go there…
Want to see it all lit up???
Beautiful! The Witch who made this was just lovely and KB was so enchanted by her wares, I had to restrain her from buying the whole stall!
The only thing was… this new and gorgeous candle holder did not match the mandala on the altar, and I just had to do something about that. KB and I are both Leo’s, so very much into our decor, and I couldn’t have my candle holder clashing with my mandala! No way! So I got out my hook and some lovely coloured wool, and hooked us a brand spanking new mandala, full of new and enlivening swirly goodness, just like that!
It had to match the pinks and blues of the candle holder, the greens of the fern and the prayer flags, plus a bit of purple in the flags too, and it looks just fab!
I did a bit of a different edge on this one, I stopped on the increase row and edged it then and there, making it into a ummm… oooh… a 12 sided hexagon…. I only know up to deca- I’m sure all of you will remind me! I attempted to make these very pointy, but succeeded in minimal pointage which was OK by me. Oh, and then a picot edge. Because I’m obsessed.
Would you like to see how I use my mandalas for magical purposes?
Beautiful clear quartz points and apophylyte pieces, sending the healing vibes out into the world! See if you can tune in and feel it too! Hope you can!
Do you know, I was sooooooooooo excited about sharing the candle holder and matching mandala with you, I’ve bumped this post up to today, and put the Noro flowers off for next time… I’ve got posts backing up here, like you wouldn’t believe, so I’ll be back to show you my gorgeous flowers, which are so lovely I want to make something lovely for myself from the wool instead! But I keep reminding myself, there was only one ball at the shop, that’s why I haven’t bought it until now, when I found a project that would work with that tiny amount. *sigh*
I’ve got six more days of holiday left, before I’m back into it! I’m trying to motivate myself to get some of the five (FIVE!!! how did that happen??) assignments I have due in the next month sorted… Five sounds like a lot for just one and a half papers, so I’m trying my usual trick of “30 minutes of study, one hour of fun” which sounds a bit lazy as I type it here for the world to see, but in reality, works extremely well! Who else out there is a student? How do you keep yourself motivated to write yet another 3000 word assignment?
Last word today is from Raymond…
…..Who has been having some very cat-like adventures lately that I’ll tell you about very soon!
Have a lovely day, and thank you for popping in!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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