Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gifts from a Wild Fairy

After a stressful 2013, I started the new year by stating here that it was my resolution to stop and smell the roses more, and take a little time to appreciate life's simple pleasures.... What's that saying about the best laid plans?

Things have been more chaotic than ever and the hoped for house move, which has now been dubbed the "Never-Ending Story", has not yet happened because, so far, we've been unable to locate a suitable new abode. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have also been unwell lately, and that, along with a bunch of other little worries, had left me feeling somewhat downhearted. Then a parcel from Ireland arrived at my door.

Sweet Siobhan, from The Wild Fairy blog, had sent me a little package of goodies as a housewarming gift for my future new home, which was the most completely lovely surprise in itself, but the timing couldn't have been more perfect in terms of cheering me up.

Everything was wonderful! First of all, there was a note card with an illustration by artist Mab Graves. Not any illustration, mind you, but my absolute favourite Mab Graves illustration: Tuesday and Wednesday Addams.

Siobhan runs Moonslipper, a small paranormal investigation group based on the south coast of Ireland. The Moonslipper website is just a treasure trove of enchanting things from ghosts to fairies, Chinese Horoscopes to Moon Magic, and tips on clearing clutter and negative energy. Moonslipper also offers spell bottles for sale that are created by Freya, who practices White Magic in the Celtic tradition. They are filled with special herbs and flowers, then sealed to hold their magic for as long as the seal remains unbroken.

Siobhan asked Freya to create some custom spell bottles for me, which are pictured above right. The Little Gothic Delights bottle contains mugwort, honeysuckle and Irish lichen. Morticia's Special Blend contains black rose buds, rose petals, lavender and myrrh. Siobhan tells me that both are "guaranteed to bring love, luck and light into your life"! What could be better than that?!

Pictured above left is the sweetest little Alice necklace that was also included amongst my stash of treats!

Next were six Imp's Ears from the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Imp's Ears are tiny glass vials filled with samples of the most darkly delightful, scented oil blends. If you're not familiar with the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, definitely check out their website when you've got some time. They create hand blended scents "with a dark, romantic Gothic tone", which  "run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends; Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas; and horror/Gothic-themed". They also have scent ranges inspired by authors, artists, books and films.

 And last but not least, Siobhan included an original illustration, from her Fairy and Fantasy Art collection, of an adorable little witch and her cat.

I can't begin to tell you how completely spoilt I feel by these gifts from a Wild Fairy! Thank you so much, Siobhan! ❤


38 comments:

  1. Wonderful gifties, congratulations!

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    1. Yes, very wonderful gifties, Ms Misantropia! Thank you! :)

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  2. Such a thoughtful, generous friend.

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  3. Those scented oil blends sound really nice. What a thoughtful gift.

    Ali

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    1. When I first opened the package, this amazing fragrance wafted out from all the little scent vials, Ali! It was absolutely lovely! :)

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  4. What a lovely gift! I know what you're going through. My man and I are renting this place that has had nothing but problems. The plan was to move out again soon but financially stuff has really sucked and I have been sick nearly every day since moving in four months ago. Not to mention I haven't been able to find work since graduating. It seems like 2014 is turning into a crappy year for a lot of us. : ( I hope it gets better soon.

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    1. I know, sometimes it just feels like everything is going wrong all at once, Ms. Ladyfair. I hope things get better soon for you too! Sending some of that "love, luck and light", from the spell bottles, in your direction. ❤

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  5. Yes, that's my new half year resolution, ha ha! To pay attention to everyday life and find what makes me happy more!

    I love the little spell bottles!~

    I shall be checking out her blog!

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    1. Oooh... I like this idea of a "half year resolution"! It's time for me to do a little resolution rebooting right now! ;D

      Yes, the spell bottles are so sweet and they're somehow even more magical knowing that the ingredients come from the enchanted land of Ireland! I'm sure you'll love Siobhan's blog, Laura! I think it would be soooooooo your cup of (fairy) tea! :)

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  6. Lifted heart and spirits for sure! I'm in awe with each piece! Good and loving wishes for a brilliant future! xoDebi

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    1. Thank you, Debi! ❤ Yes, I was incredibly touched by such a sweet gesture! :)

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  7. Cool Gift dear Lady Emma.....
    ... of the "Spooky Kookies"... about to send "Tina Terror" to a great Collector (and Good Follower as well as good Human Being).... and leaving me with Brother Mortimer of the group from my early Childhood.....
    A great Weekend to you and your Family dear Lady

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    1. Yes, very cool gifts, Dr. Theda! And it's so generous of you to share some of your treasures with your Blogland buddies! :)

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    2. We are dying and want some of my mos "treasured" items to go to these would will enjoys them.... a great week to you dear lady Emma...

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  8. Delightful package...And thanks for the links. moonslipper looks like a great site to curl up with on a cold and stormy night
    ...:)...
    blessings

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    1. Moonslipper is such an interesting site, Sacred Keep! I think it would be just your cup of tea! :)

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  9. Special gifts for a special lady ;o) They were meant to come to you, when you needed them most ;o)
    I am sorry you are still not feeling well and other things are getting you down!
    I did ask for your address a while back, because I wanted to send you something? If you would like it, my e-mail address is stacy8@rogers.com
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thank you so much, Magic Love Crow! ❤ Yes, they really turned up at the perfect moment.

      Oh, I'm sooooo sorry! I missed your comment asking for the address! I've emailed you. :)

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  10. When we embrace the wee good bits of life, the bad ones (even the huge ones) are easier to bear. So enjoy all the goodies and move forward! ♥

    Love the illustration and the bottles!

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    1. Thanks, Magaly! ❤ Yes, the illustration is so sweet, and I'm keeping those spell bottles close... gotta love a little "love, luck and light"! :)

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  11. Isn't it amazing how someone's thoughtfulness comes along just at the right time? You have been gifted in more ways than one.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Nightwind! The gifts are lovely, but it is the gesture itself that is truly the most wonderful part. :)

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  12. What fabulous things! Little treasure boxes of goodies, thoughtfully chosen, are the very best. I'm sorry to hear you've been through a tough time and I really this is the start of things getting better.

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    1. Thank you, Rhissanna! ❤ I'm very behind in responding to comments and I'm feeling a lot better now. :) Siobhan's kind gesture really did help. We all know the downside to the internet, but the wonderful community we have here is really beyond measure!

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  13. Oh such a lovely, thoughtful collection of treasures. Just right for brightening up a gloomy day. I do hope you find a new home soon, there's nothing worse than being stuck in limbo.

    I LOVE the illustration!

    I hope you feel better soon.
    Have a perfect day :)

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! ❤ Yes, it really did brighten a gloomy day, and rebooted my outlook. :) I've made up my mind to stop stressing about the house move. I've handed the issue over to the Universe to do its thing now. ;)

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  14. Aww I got a bit teary reading this post Emma! Such beautiful gifts from one gorgeous, thoughtful, generous and supportive lady to another ❤

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    1. Thank you, sweetie! ❤ Siobhan is such a doll! We've got a wonderful little community here in Blogland, and I'm so glad you're part of it now! xo

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  15. The gifts were perfect, the timing was perfect and I'm glad it cheered you up, Emma! Now that you have such a lovely housewarming gift, surely the new house can't be far behind? I hope so. Sounds like you've been struggling lately ... ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Insomniac's Attic! ❤ Yes, I was letting circumstances get the better of me, and made myself sick in the process. It was a bit of a wake-up call really, and I've got a different perspective on things now. :)

      The house move is quite the saga. I had no idea the area we wanted to move to would present such problems. It's not that it's all that great, but there's apparently a sought after public school there (NOT the one my son goes to, I might add! Haha.) and a lot of people want to be in the zone for that school. We've discovered that both rent and house prices are up to 40% above what they should be, and for absolute rubbish, in many cases. I've asked the Universe for a sign at this point. ;)

      Hope all is going well with ongoing construction of the Little Gothic Cottage in the Spooky Forest?

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear you've been unwell, I've not yet read that post but I do hope it's nothing too serious! My laptop died last week and I've just got myself a new one so I'm a little behind on all my blog reading!

    What a lovely package of wonders from your very sweet friend! I couldn't think of anything better to brighten a day than BPAL and Mab Graves! I simply adore Mab's work, I was quite sad to miss out on her horror card set (I kept meaning to purchase them but never quite got around to it until they were sold out!) She has a new piece called 'The Entomologist's Daughter' which I am absolutely DYING to get my hands on!

    I wish you all the luck in the world with regards to your house move and I hope this year starts going in the direction you hope for! <3

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! ❤ Not serious, just an ongoing stomach issue with a hiatus hernia/gastroesophageal reflux disorder. The doctor decided to try me on a new medication and my body reacted very badly to it. I was really feeling ill for a couple of weeks. I'm back to the old medication now, and a lot better! :)

      My computer died too, but my husband managed to resuscitate it, by wiping it clean and reloading everything. It took several days to get it going again. Thankfully, most things were backed up, but I did lose some stuff. *sigh* I'm glad you've got yourself a new laptop and you're back online! :)

      I checked out 'The Entomologist's Daughter' and it is so YOU!!! Yes, you must make it yours! :D

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  17. Oh, I see we're Inspired by similar things! Morticia Addams was probably the biggest influence on My Style and Aesthetic... Timeless Eccentricity! I recently did a makeover of my Art Studio and Addams Family Style was what Influenced how it turned out because I didn't have to compromise to accommodate the Family. *Winks*



    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Hi Dawn! Lovely to meet you! I've just been over to your wonderful blog and I adore your Art Studio!

      The alligator with the tiara in your banner is brilliant!!! :D

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  18. It's always good to have wonderful friends. I wear The Last Unicorn from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I adore their products.

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    1. Yes, Siobhan is an utter sweetie, Goth Gardener! :) I love the BPAL site. I can waste an inordinate amount of time just browsing around and enjoying all the delightfully gothic-y goodness.

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