Tuesday, February 12, 2019

And now a magical zen moment from Winter Island!


 Waves lapping up upon the rocks of Winter Island, Salem MA. You can almost see the elementals dancing on the water. 



This is the place where i gathered the sea water for our Salem Sea Magic Spell Kit.


A collection of sea water, sea salt, seashells and sand all gathered from Winter Island on Fall Equinox, Mabon 2018. Also includes a blue candle with spell on parchment, white sage, crystal and postcards from Salem MA. 

On Sale through Spring Equinox. https://whispersoftheofae.com/images/thumbs/0003946_salem-sea-magick-spell-bag_510.jpeg

Monday, February 11, 2019

Injured Ent of Salem Commons


If you hang out at the Salem Commons you may occasionally see me hugging this ancient Ent tree whenever i am walking by. This tree is HUGE! You cannot capture how magnificent it is in a photo. Sort of like the Grand Canyon photos that everyone tries to take! I am not sure how old this being is, at least 100 years? Who knows what he has seen. (I know trees do not have gender but i feel as if there is a more yang feel to him.) 



We had a wild wind storm over the weekend. Yesterday as i was walking towards the Salem Commons i noticed yellow crime scene tape blocking the entrance and around the tree. Of course everyone ducked under it and paid no heed to it. My dear friend lost a major branch. 


I gathered a few pieces of bark and broken branches so i could place on my earth altar in honor of him. Around 5:00 pm my husband and i returned to gather more branches so i could make wands and spirit dolls. This tree has powerful energy and i would love to have a wand with his magic. I do hope the city of Salem does not cut the entire tree down. I will have to be one of those crazy people who chain themselves to the tree to save it!




This was taken Halloween night 2018. I am sure this tree has several elementals tending to him!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Make a wish!


Wishing Bubble Wand Necklaces
Make a wish!


Created with semiprecious stones, crystals, Czech glass beads, non-tarnish wire and magical charms. Charged with Reiki.

Each bubble wand is unique. A lovely organza ribbon cord is included or add your own chain. 

I love bubbles and this idea came to me one day as i was blowing bubbles and twirling. My inner child likes to play and i allow her to do so. Otherwise she gets cranky and bitchy! I wanted to create something to wear that had several different gemstones with healing properties that was pretty yet whimsical. Viola... my muse came through. 

You can find these handcrafted pieces at The Witchery located on Pickering Wharf in Salem MA 

and our online shoppe:


Friday, February 8, 2019

Valentines Day Gifts for Your Familiar!


Healing Pet Amulets with semiprecious stones and charms for pets who are rescued, in pain, chronically ill and suffer from anxiety. Not a substitution for veterinary care.

May be attached to your pet's collar, crate, cage or placed under their bed. All semiprecious gemstones have been saged, cleared and charged with Reiki.

Available at Sacred Circle in Alexandria VA, Dark Star Philosophia in Rock Port MA and Coon's Cards & Gifts in Salem MA and our online shoppe:https://whispersoftheofae.com/healing-pet-amulets

For more information on holistic therapies and animal acupuncture for pets in the Salem, Beverly and Peabody MA area please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Holistic Dog Class in Salem MA





The Tao of Dog Class: K9 Holistic Therapies & More
​Thursday 4/11/19 7:00- 9:00 pm 
TheWitchery located at Pickering Wharf, Salem MA
​In this 2-hour class, learn about holistic therapies to help ease dog pain and stress. We will cover alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki, laser, acupressure along with Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutrition & crystals for common ailments such as K9 allergies, intestinal upsets, arthritis, hip & elbow dysplasia and more.
  •  Traditional Chinese Medicine• Acupressure
  • Acupuncture & Tui Na
  • Laser Therapy
  • Animal Reiki
  •  Herbal Medicine & Homeopathic Remedies
  •  Bach Flower Remedies
  • K9 Nutrition with Recipes
  •  Aromatherapy
  • Crystal Therapy
  • Western medication used for common K9 ailments and their side effects

$35 Advance $40 At Door 
Purchase Tickets at:
Do to the space limitations of this class only guide dogs are permitted.
Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki master. Owner of Four Paws Acupuncture in Salem MA. She has written four books on holistic medicine and also taught veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for dogs to acupuncturists and veterinarians. Jeanie has been treating people and animals with holistic medicine for more than 25 years. 



Monday, February 4, 2019

Nubi bird watching...


Today our temps went up to 50! Wow. Warm enough to work out in the Practical Magic Salem art studio while Nubi juan Kenobi watched birds from the window. We put a bird feeder outside so the birds would be fed during winter and the cats could watch from the windows. A win-win for all.

Right now the sunporch windows are still decorated for winter with lots of pine cones, snowflakes and gnomes. Looking forward to the spring when i can do a faery garden theme.


Paper clay cabochons are finally dry and ready to paint. Maybe tomorrow. Hoping the weather is warm enough again to work out here. 


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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Imbolc Blessings!



Imbolc Blessings from the Witch City. Collins Cove Beach was covered in ice and snow and you can almost see the faeries ice skating! Gorgeous.


It has been bitter cold here in Salem. I am still trying to get use to being cold again. Learning to layer and wear more clothes. Eventually i will remember how it all works! However, i am loving it. 

Been busy creating a new line of jewelry and art dolls. Details soon..... 

Meanwhile my jewelry line, Eostara's Garden is marked down so we can make room for the new items. Handcrafted one of a kind necklaces, tree of life pendants, bird nests pendants, flower earrings and more. All charged with Reiki. Semiprecious gemstones, crystals and seashells with gorgeous Czech glass crystals. 

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



Unique gifts for Valentines Day, birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to amuse your muse on a cold day...

As arctic air freezes most of the North and Northeast of the country many of us are staying in as much as possible. Yesterday we had a few snow flurries, a small dusting but not much else. This morning the roads were icy with a touch of white. Taking the dog out to pee was an adventure!

Meanwhile... i have had to move my art supplies from the sunporch studio into the living room Way too cold to work out there - so cold that my paper clay froze! 


Paper clay pendants drying before they can be painted. During cold damp weather they take about 3 days to dry. Patience is not one of my virtues but i do love that paper clay is eco-friendly and does not need to be fired.

My muse has been having fun creating a few new spirit dolls with the seashells and driftwood  found on Plum Island, Sandy Point Beach and Winter Island.
These pictures are not the best. Will be taking more when these are finished. They will be residing at The Witchery on Pickering Wharf, Salem MA sometime soon. 

Before i start a spirit doll i usually have some sort of intention. I may get inspired by one something i want to use in the piece or just a thought. Yesterday while deciding what to work with i pulled the Angel card BIRTH. Aha... OK.. thank you for that inspiration!



I found two huge broken lobster claws (or are they crab? over on the beaches by Plum Island. Something so cool about broken shells. Love incorporating them into my work. It looks like it could be some sort of nest or womb for a sea babe. So inside there is a tiny clay head. Though you really cannot see it. 

The moon shells also have sea babes inside them. I love love love finding these moon shells. They symbolize the moon, prosperity and infinity. And they are stunning. We have bowls of them all over the place since we started going to those beaches. Hoping to create some jewelry with them as well. My muse is on overwhelm with all these shell ideas!

Moss and sand were added along with freshwater pearls, Czech glass beads, shimmering threads and a few other shells.

Spiritually pearls soothe the body, mind and soul while healing negativity. They are a symbol of rebirth, birth, new beginnings. The Chinese believe pearls aid in fertility as the help balance the body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles. They are considered yin and a sign of the Moon.




Still not finished but getting there. 


Not the best photo but it was night and i used my phone. She should be photographed hanging on a wall. When she is over at the Witchery there will be a proper photo taken. Still working on her name. Perhaps it will just be Birth. Is that too boring? She has three babes, two are in moon shells and the other is still in her lobster claw womb. 


Another lobster claw babe in progress. This one is taking longer. Using driftwood and a branch i found. The hardest part of these is trying to figure out how to hang them. I am not a left brain person!


Today the winds are brutal so we will be staying in with short dog walks. Hoping to finish these pieces soon. My paper clay pendants are finally dry and ready to paint. Looking forward to making a mess!


More Spirit Dolls, DIY Spirit Doll Kits and Classes at: https://whispersoftheofae.com/nature-spirit-beings-as-art

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Swan Lake....


Yesterday there were 5 swans gliding across the water at Collins Cove in Salem MA. A magical sight and omen! Way too difficult to photograph them with my phone. 




Swans represent magic especially winter magic. They are cold weather birds. And they mate for life. How romantic!

So many fairy tales have swans in them - no wonder since they are so ethereal and seem to come from another realm. This lovely website goes into details about Swan totems and the symbolism of swan magic. Love these messages! https://dreamingandsleeping.com/swan-spirit-animal-symbolism-and-meaning/


I have seen a few swans over at Derby Wharf but never here at Collins Cove. So i take it as a good omen that these magical beings, perhaps angels appeared. 




Swan Soul Mates Tea Infuser


Genuine semiprecious Pink Rose Quartz with bronze swan couple charm on a stainless steel tea ball infuser. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Rose Quartz is known as the stone of love - all types of love! Unconditional love, romantic love, spiritual love, self-love, family love, love of mankind and Angelic love. It is known to calm the mind and relief stress. Wearing Rose Quartz is like taking an ethereal bubble bath. It is also said to be a stone of fertility.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

bits and bobs



During this cold snap my muse has been playing with paper clay again. Who knew it would freeze if left out in the sun porch studio?!  I love working with it since you do not have to fire it. It is also eco-friendly unlike polymer clay - Fimo or Sculpey which are made from PVC which is toxic.



Of course in this weather these pieces are taking forever to dry. So i cannot paint them until they are completely dry. Patience is not one of my virtues!

I have been adding pieces of seashells from my beach excursions. Almost feel as if these are morphing into artifacts from Atlantis! Some will be made into pendants and others into spirit dolls. 


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

Snow!!!!!!!!


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! https://www.salem.com/traffic-and-parking-department/pages/snow-emergency-parking-locations




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. https://whispersoftheofae.com/valentines-day-gifts


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. https://www.facebook.com/4PawsAcupuncture/

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!

xoox
jeanie


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: https://whispersoftheofae.com

And now a magical zen moment from Winter Island!

 Waves lapping up upon the rocks of Winter Island, Salem MA. You can almost see the elementals dancing on the water.  This is the p...