Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Get out your ice skates!

Monday and Tuesday we had bitter cold temps around 4 degrees with wicked wind. The snow that came on Saturday and Sunday turned to ice and walking the dog was quite the challenge. 

 The bike trail we walk to Collins Cove Beach with our dog each day was an ice rink so Quan Yin was not happy that she had a mini walk. 

After being away for 7 years it is taking time to get acclimated to cold weather. Remembering to wrap up, wear gloves and a hat takes some getting use to. 
Keeping the house warm by adding curtains and plastic on the porch windows was something we did not have to do in Alexandria VA. Things like wrestling with frozen trash cans, shoveling, pouring salt on the stairs and wearing socks 24/7 bring back memories of past winters. 

However, i am loving winter! Something magical about this time of year. It makes one appreciate spring when it arrives! I am so grateful that we are not in Alexandria VA right now during this horrid government shutdown. So many small businesses suffer along with most people who live there. My heart goes out to all those who are waiting for this to resolve. 

Being shut in is giving me more time to work on my new line of jewelry. More eco-friendly paper clay, seashells and sea themed baubles. 

All jewelry and DIY art doll kits are on sale 13% OFF through February 28. No magic code needed. Just in time for Valentine's Day! Lots of romantic handcrafted pieces with semiprecious stones, crystals and Czech glass beads. Gift bag included. Free Shipping $40 and over. 

Monday, January 21, 2019


Wooohoo! We finally got a big batch of snow over the weekend. We were at Sandy Point Beach and Plum Island on Saturday afternoon when the first snowflakes started to fall. It was a stunning sight to watch snowflakes over the ocean. And we even saw a Snowy Owl. WOW! Amazing day. My camera phone just could not capture that moment. Then again, you can't photograph magic most of the time. 

Sandy Point Beach

Saturday afternoon, the city of Salem declared their infamous snow emergency with the Blue Light Parking ban in effect. This puts anyone who does not have a driveway into pure panic mode as cars must be removed off the streets or be towed. There is limited parking available at the public garages so it is a race to get a spot before they fill up. Thankfully we now are living in a home that has a driveway so i no longer have panic attacks when i see the blue lights flashing!

Our snow turned to ice on Sunday so walking the dog was a challenge. She was not happy about it either therefore these photos are not the best. 

I found some great fluffy yarn at the LifeBridge Thrift Shop in Salem and made some pom poms for my boots. My inner child is loving them!

The bike path has not been plowed yet. Too hard to walk to Collins Cove Beach today!

Quan Yin laying on a few warm towels and cuddling with her unicorn after her walk. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Walking on the tundra

Brrrr! It is cold out. No snow yet here in the Witch City but the beach is frozen. Quan Yin bravely walks across the tundra in search of penguins. We are hoping for snow to arrive on Friday.

It was so cold this week that my paper clay froze in my sunporch studio! Until things get warmer i am forced to work in the living room which adds a bit of chaos and mess. It looks like a bead shop exploded in here! No complaints - it is warm and i have a few fur kids keeping me company. 

A sneak peek of wire wrapped seashells with semiprecious stones & pearls. The photos do not do these justice. Will be doing a proper photo shoot soon. Meanwhile i have created a section in our online boutique for Valentines Day gift ideas.

The Million Dollar Question...

Many folks have been asking when i will begin taking new K9 patients here on the North Shore again at Four Paws Acupuncture. It has taken me much longer than i hoped to get my animal acupuncture business back up and running since our move from Alexandria VA. A few health challenges, unpacked boxes and hoops to jump through. As John Lennon sings..."Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

I had to surrender and just decided to go with the flow! Hopefully i will be announcing our launch date sometime in February. Meanwhile we are in the process of making changes to the website. You can follow us on the Four Paws Acupuncture Facebook page for updates on pet food recalls, events, classes and holistic pet care info.

Wishing all a very happy long holiday weekend. Here is hoping the government opens back up ASAP and everyone recoups their back pay. I remember how difficult it was living in Alexandria VA during the last few shut downs for small businesses. Sending love to all!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Island in the Winter

Just a few more photos of Winter Island from Sunday. Another cold day but we both needed some sea therapy to shake off the week!

Frozen tidepools

Can you see the sea fae dancing?

Found a few sea shells and pieces of driftwood. But it was way too cold to really look for much.

 My new line of seashell jewelry & spirit dolls are still in the works. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile there is a big sale happening at our online boutique:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ice Faeries at Collins Cove!

Brrrr! It was 12 degrees out this morning when my husband took our dog out. The beach at Collins Cove is frozen. Gorgeous ice sculptures created by the Ice Fae! 

A few seashells but it was way too cold to take off my gloves and hunt for them!

Quan Yin Kali Wu in her pretty in pink coat. She is hoping for a big snow storm soon. (So am i!)

Wishing all a very magical Saturday from the Witch City, Salem MA!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Rainy Saturday at the PEM

One of our favorite things to do in Salem is visit the Peabody Essex Museum. One of the perks of living in the Witch City is that residents can get in for free. So it is the perfect way to spend a rainy cold day.

The current exhibit is Empresses of the China's Forbidden City. Since my husband and i are both acupuncturists and trained in traditional Chinese medicine we have a bit of an obsession about all things Chinese. And this latest  show is filled with gorgeous art, kimonos and history.

My photos are not the best since you cannot use a flash in the museum. 

My favorite Chinese deity - Kuan Yin, Avalokiteshvara also spelled Guan Yin, Quan Yin. (I love her so much we named our dog Quan Yin!) She is the goddess of compassion and mercy. Her name means She Who Hears the Cries of the World. 

And no trip to the PEM is complete without roaming through their overpriced gift shop and drooling on the merchandise that one can only afford if they win the lottery! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Eostara's Garden Sale

Year End Sale through 2/13/19 on all magical jewelry in the Eostara's Garden Collection. Handcrafted pendants, necklaces and earrings created with semiprecious stones, crystals that are charged with Reiki. 

Lovely one of a kind jewelry for Valentines Day, January & February Birthdays and romantic gifts.

Gift bag included. Free Shipping on all orders $40 & over. 
No magic code needed at checkout.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A hike through Winter Island Salem MA

If you follow this blog you must know by now that i am obsessed with Winter Island! It not only has two magical beaches but there is an old fort known as Fort Pickering that you can hike through.

From Wiki:
"Fort Pickering is a 17th-century historic fort site on Winter Island in Salem, Massachusetts. Fort Pickering operated as a strategic coastal defense and military barracks for Salem Harbor during a variety of periods, serving as a fortification from the Anglo-Dutch Wars through World War II. Construction of the original fort began in 1643 and it saw use as a military installation into the 20th century. Fort Pickering is a First System fortification named for Colonel Timothy Pickering, adjutant general of the Continental Army and secretary of War in 1795. Today, the remains of the fort are open to the public as part of the Winter Island Maritime Park, operated by the City of Salem."

Bunkers for ammunition 

View from hiking the trail above the bunkers

A different view of the lighthouse taken from on top of the bunker trail. Once again i am in awe of the beauty of Winter Island. 

And i am eternally grateful that we were able to move back to Salem MA this 2018. Yes this year was a doozie for the entire planet... at least a few good things happened!

Wishing all a very happy last day of 2018. May 2019 bring us peace of mind, happiness, stability and magic!

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

La Befana Buona Strega Art Doll

La Befana is the legendary good Italian witch aka Buona Strega who delivers goodies on the eve of Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas.

I just finished creating another La Befana Buona Strega art doll. The last one i made was several years ago and she sold. A completely different doll.
Shown below:

I found a few vintage embroidered scarves that looked like my Nonna would have made along with a few vintage head scarves and fabric. I love using recycled fabrics to make these dolls. Her face is made eco-friendly paper clay. 

I added a broom and a magical bottle filled with herbs. She has snow on her cape, at her feet and a touch on the broom. A sari ribbon cord is attached to her back so you can hang her. 

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

The North Shore Beach Tour Continues...

It has been at least 13 years since we have been to Cranes Beach in Ipswich MA. Last time we went was in the middle of the summer and had no idea that parking would be so expensive ... nor did anyone warn us of the wretched green-head flies that bite!

So after more than a decade we decided on the last Saturday of 2018 to once again visit Crane Beach. After all.. it wouldn't be crowded in winter and of course they wouldn't charge for parking... right? WRONG!!!!!!!!

From Wiki:
"Crane Beach was established in 1945 as a gift from Richard T. Crane Jr., son of Richard T. Crane, and his family. Along with Castle Hill and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, it is owned and maintained by The Trustees of Reservations."

This time there was a line (A LINE?) to get into the beach parking lot. (Did i mention it is cold and windy today?) And parking was $10. Really... $10 for what? It is winter! (In summer it is $30!)  Can you say snootie?
But we paid and parked. Hiked over the sandy hills through whipping cold winds to the beach.

Yes it is gorgeous. But not the same magical feel as any of the other beaches we have visited or haunt. Then again, we are not muggles and there were several there today. Perhaps it was crowded with tourists visiting relatives. 

The beach is big, lots of sand. Not many sea shells and the wind was just too wild to enjoy it all. Overall i would say this is my least favorite beach on the North Shore. Ironically it is voted best beach by most! That is fine. I prefer the quiet beaches filled with wild life and no humans!

The highlight of this trip was meeting Dory the horse who seemed to love walking through the waves. A magnificent being and such a handsome boy.

I did love the colors of the sea - vibrant teal greens and dark hues. Too hard to capture on a cell phone camera. Would be a great place to bring your water colors and paint - if the wind is kind. 

There may be more sea shells on a less crowded day or at low tide. I did find an Angel shell which i have not seen on any of the other beaches here so far. Lots of clams, some huge ones and one snail. 

Angel sea shell

We were frozen after walking back to the car. Happy to ride back to Salem and thaw out. Then we hopped back into the car to Winter Island just to get a sense of ahhhhhhhh! More photos tomorrow.

Winter Island Salem MA
Oh Aunty Em!

Get out your ice skates!

Monday and Tuesday we had bitter cold temps around 4 degrees with wicked wind. The snow that came on Saturday and Sunday turned to ice an...