Everyday Musings

Silent Inspiration

Some days are just too nice to spend too much time looking at a computer screen.

Today is one of those days. The temperature is a perfect 80 degrees. All my work is done and I’m just sitting at the shop, visiting with people as they come and go.

This morning, while Scotch (my dog) and I were in the little enclosed dog park outside my apartment building, I noticed a tiny little mushroom…then a few yards away, another one. Then another. The grass hadn’t been mowed in about a week, and these intrepid little fungi were holding hands (as mushrooms do, connecting with other plants underground via their mycelium), determined to make a go of living in the middle of downtown Tulsa.

These tiny pioneers looked more like delicate little daisies than mushrooms, and while my dog did his morning business, I bent down to study them.

And from that moment forward, it’s been a good day. Sometimes just a little bit of nature in the middle of a concrete jungle will reconnect you to the divine battery charger I know as The Universe.

The Universe also has a kind of mycelium, always reaching out to connect with us…if we’re aware and ready to grab ‘hold.

Life is good. Love is good.

So instead of writing a typical blog post about business or books or making magic, I’m just going to post this photo (credit unknown) and some words from Henry Miller:

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“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

 

From the Laboratory

Sea Salt Spray for Beach Beautiful Hair

One of my favorite summertime hair products is sea salt spray…which turns my frizzy curls into pretty, tame waves. I try to make it to the ACTUAL beach (Pacific ocean) at least once a year, and when I do – just an hour or two walking in the sand with a little ocean spray whirling around my head makes my hair happy.

Unfortunately, too much exposure to salt water can make hair dry and brittle. That’s why sea salt sprays are so popular, because the ingredients can be controlled to give you the same excellent effects of wavy, ocean-kissed hair without the split ends.

Annnd…the great thing about sea salt hair spray is you can make it at home for about 1/10th the price you pay at a beauty supply, hair salon or drug store, and it won’t be full of chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Start with epsom salts (2-3 tablespoons, depending on the strength/hold of the spray you want). Epsom salts aren’t nearly as drying as actual sea salt on the cuticle (outer part) of the hair shaft, but still strong enough to shape the cortex (the middle part). You’ll also need a jar with a lid…big enough to hold about a cup of water.

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You’ll also need a few pinches of pink himalayan salt (to add extra texture and nourishing minerals).

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In addition, you’ll need aloe vera gel (a blob about the size of a nickle), coconut oil (one tablespoon), and a teaspoon of your favorite leave-in conditioner.

And a must for me (but optional): 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Fragrance is a lovely addition (my daughter uses neroli, I love jasmine) to make your hair smell wonderful.

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Finally, you’ll need a spray bottle (I like to use a size I can carry in my purse or pool bag).

To make the sea salt spray, pour a cup of hot water into the jar, add the above ingredients and shake until everything is dissolved. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle and add a pretty label…and there you have it.

Use your sea salt spray on damp hair, and either wrap your hair around your fingers to get pretty ringlets or scrunch (gently) to get beachy waves.

Here’s me with beach hair last summer (at Ventura Beach) and no make-up.

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Here’s my dog, Scotch, with beachy hair, too.

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And lastly, here’s one of my favorite photos of the California coastline, driving along Highway 1.

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Sea salt hair spray is easy and inexpensive to make, and is an essential product here at Luna Joon when the temperatures rise and everyone is heading for the pool or lake (not a lot of ocean beaches here in Oklahoma). Give it a try!

La Vie Bohéme

Off and Running…

Luna Joon has been open for a month and a half, and so far she’s fitting in well with her new bohemian neighborhood.

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It feels good to be a shopkeeper again, and I have my studio on location so I can happily sit and make potions and fashions all day while minding the business.

The apothecary end is coming along, with both Luna Joon and Nightshade and Company lines nearly complete (every time I think I’ve made enough things, a new idea pops into my head).

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I have plenty of pretty Moonbeams to model the clothing and jewelry….

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…and so life is going well in the East Village in Tulsa, in the land of red dirt and tornados.

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Finally…a Brick and Mortar Shop Again!

I’ve been so incredibly busy these past few weeks, now that I’ve found out I’ll be opening an actual storefront in the East Village District of Tulsa. It’s a perfect location in a perfect building…”The 808″ on Third Avenue, downtown.

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I’ve been busy curating clothing, as well making apothecary items and perfumes like mad. Luna Joon will carry both lines: “Luna Joon’s Cosmic Apothecarium” and “Nightshade and Company” (my gothic inspired cornucopia of hauntingly wonderful perfumes, lotions, incenses and other natural body treats).

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Also in The 808, I’ll be collaborating with renown artist, Janet Fadler-Davie…one of Tulsa’s icons in the world of art. The boutique will be located in front of the spacious downstairs of the building, and Janet’s studio and classroom space will be located in the behind Luna’s armoires full of frocks.

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We’re already planning events (Wine and Poetry Nights, Trunk shows, art and fashion themed cocktail parties, fashion shows, live music events and a wide array of art and other classes. We’re also putting our heads together to plan festivals and vendor events sponsored by Luna Joon and The Artist’s Loft of Tulsa.

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(Poetry scrolls in wine glasses).

Stay tuned…especially if you live in the Tulsa area. Lots of magic to come!

Everyday Musings

Laundry Day

I try to stay away from chemical detergents as much as possible, including when washing clothes. I have sensitive skin, and it can get pretty itchy if I use store-bought detergents, pellets or liquid soaps.

SO…I make my own laundry soap. It works really, really well and it makes my clothes smell wonderful (walking into my closet is always a sensory pleasure)…and it keeps my grouchy skin happy.

Several of my friends have asked me how I make my own laundry soap, because I brag about it so much.  It’s so simple and inexpensive to make, and a little goes a long way.

Here’s my recipe: (It’s so easy, you’ll laugh).

Take one bar of soap, one cup of borax (you can find it in the laundry section at the supermarket) and one cup of baking soda.

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Chop or grate the soap and add it to the borax and baking soda.

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Next, stick the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until the soap turns to powder and all the ingredients are well blended.

Since I like to smell a little bit like a clean dirty hippie, I add lavender and patchouli essential oils to my blended powder, and mix it all up in a bowl (I don’t like to use oils with my kitchen Ninja…they tend to gum up the blades).

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Next I put my powder in a vintage jar and store it next to my homemade dryer sheets. You can use your laundry soap in any high efficiency machine, and it’s also great for doing hand-washing (when your prettiest lingerie needs tender loving care). Use about two tablespoons for regular washer loads, and about a teaspoon when hand washing.

And THAT, my dears, is how you make bomb laundry soap.

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Everyday Musings

The Snow Moon

Tonight marks February’s Snow Moon, so named because (although the days are getting longer) we are still in winter’s firm grip…and snow is mother earth’s way of painting the world in soft, sparkling white magic.

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In addition to the banishing ritual many of us are doing tonight (see previous posts) the Snow Moon is also a good time to enter a period of self-reflection and meditation about what you want to “grow” when the spring equinox occurs next month.

It’s time to order your seed catalogs and plan your garden. Take a moment to blend an earthy perfume to wear when the weather warms (my personal favorite is a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla). Go through your closet and purge. If you haven’t worn something in the last month, turn the hanger around…and if you haven’t worn it by the equinox, it’s time for a trip to Goodwill. Make a list of Farmer’s Markets that will be cropping up in your area over the next couple of months, and start purchasing the majority of your food there (if possible). Write a poem about how you’ve outgrown your own skin.

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The Snow Moon is also the closest to Valentines Day, so light a candle to the patron saint of love and marriage (pink or white candles work well, especially when anointed with rose absolute oil).

If you’re looking for love, on St Valentine’s Day, fasten a yellow crocus or yellow flower in your buttonhole or in your hair, and say three times:

St Valentine, the lover’s friend,
I ask this flower my love to send.

…then let the universe take her course.

 

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Cleaning House

The full moon is only two days away, and as promised, here are the instructions for the sister ritual we will be doing. It will send our combined energies and intentions into the universe, which is a very powerful and effective way to get rid of negativity, malevolent entities…as well as corrupt and greedy people who would use our lands and our laws to benefit themselves at the expense of others.

First and foremost: only light can drive out darkness…so NEVER wish harm on another when dealing in spiritual matters. That’s dark attempting to drive out darkness, and that almost always creates chaos and makes matters worse. So here’s how I’m going to go about the banishing ritual.

First I made my black salt, adding charcoal to sea salt (with a few drops of clove oil) and thoroughly blending the ingredients.

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Then I gathered my other things: a black candle (if you don’t have a black candle, use any candle you have on hand, including a tealight), parchment paper, a photo of the person or thing I want banished from doing harm, dried basil, a sage wand, a fireproof container and frankincense oil. I also grabbed one of my favorite quartz crystals (good energy) and put everything on my sacred space created especially for the ritual.

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The first thing I will do Friday is light the sage wand and clear the air around my sacred space. Then I will write my intention (prayer) on the piece of parchment. This is a very personal thing, and each person should use their own words to express what they would like to ask of the divine Source (however you see Him or Her or It…I am a Christian so I will implore the Source of All Creation and the sender of Jesus the Christ and all the saints to hear my prayer). Remember, rituals are highly personal and your own intuition and inner knowledge should guide  your words. Write your prayer or intention on the parchment. Take the photo of the thing you would like banished and mark an “X” across it in black ink (a sharpie works well).

Next, take your frankincense or other essential oil and anoint your candle, thinking about your intention. Sometimes it helps to express this intention out loud while you are oiling your candle.

Light your candle and read the prayer or intention on your parchment. Imagine the person or thing you want banished packing their bags and leaving. Imagine that person, persons or thing moving into the horizon until they/it becomes a small dot, then disappears completely. Send that person or thing on their way (far, far away) with kindness. I know this can be difficult, but it is necessary to always keep rituals positive. Then imagine what you want to see in his, their or its place. I will be imagining a White House filled with light, justice and people who truly want to move our country forward in peace, love, tolerance and opportunity for all Americans.

Next, SAFELY burn the photo and the parchment in your fireproof container, and mix the ashes with the black salt. Add your herb or herbs, and imagine the black salt binding (soaking up) what you are banishing. Also, black salt will provide protection for you from the banished person/thing. That person/thing will no longer be able to cause you so much stress and anxiety.

Pour a few drops of your essential oil into the ashes and salt, and repeat the words “I bind you from causing harm, I bind you in peace”. Then take the ashes and salt and put them into a container (paper bag, plastic ziplock bag, muslin sack…whatever you have on hand).

Then take that container and bury it or throw it in a body of water. You can also simply toss it in the garbage, but remove the garbage from your house immediately. Wipe your hands clean with three swift claps…

And, the ritual is complete.