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Winter solstice a ritual for release and renewal

Winter solstice a ritual for release and renewal

keep softening even when (especially when) it’s hard. leaning into the present moment aligns your soul to the future you desire. 

Winter solstice marks the onset of winter and the darkest day of the year. with the darkest day of the year, however, we have the cycle turning over to move back toward the light. Such a powerful reminder that as soon as we hit our darkest point, there is a light on the other side. Once cycle closes and another begins. this is a wonderful time to create a ceremony to release anything no longer serving you and welcome in blessings and possibility. This year it feels especially potent to honor all the darkness experienced in our lives and across the world.

Creating ceremony & ritual always leaves me with the sense of wholeness and assurance that I am on my path. I believe we all have a vast inner sanctuary, which if accessed regularly keeps us aligned with our soul’s purpose, our north star.  

December 21st holds a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. The stars align tonight in great conjunction to create the Christmas star (for the first time in over 800 years) which i’m seeing as a blessing, a cosmic sign for the weariness this year inflicted. 2020 was an intense year leaving so many of us feeling unsafe, unsteady and unsupported. Yet rather than label this year as one long awful experience, I’m looking to bring another layer of understanding to it. With so much change came awareness. With awareness came so much unlearning. Unlearning offered an invitation to assess. Assess the aspects within us that so often get in our way. This year gave us a chance for a new perspective. a chance to sit with uncertainty. A chance to relax the hold of a known reality. I find that by not knowing what the future has in store we often find the qualities we need to grow. By learning to how embrace all our experiences in life, even though we may not like them, we may wish they hadn’t happened, yet by finding a way to soften into the truth of them and their inevitable lessons, may in fact bring us the greatest rewards.

These lives of ours carry so much. Grief, sorrow, joy, loss, hope, bitterness, curiosity, anger, passion, shame, regret, fear, faith and love. Tonight, with the potency of this solstice I’m looking deep within my bones at all i’ve carried this life. I'm looking to soften into the hurts release the need to carry the weight of loneliness in my spirit. Tonight i will sit with it all, hold it close like a beloved, lean into the feelings and listen to the wisdom it offers and with a deep bow, release it into the darkness.

I invite you to do the same. What wants to be heard, felt, and seen for release within you? How are you being called to grow? Taking time to listen, to nurture yourself is not only incredibly healing, it is necessary for your own evolution, after all, you are the reason you are here.

So together on this dark cosmic night let's set it all free and grow the light within alongside the light that is returning.

may the longtime light shine upon you,

all love surround you and the pure light within you,

guide your way home

Here are some ideas for creating your own container for ritual tonight:

Gather some of the items in your home you love. I used vintage home decor items from The Garage Collective. I love (to bring in joy) candles (to remember my light) crystals (energy allies to magnify intentions), oracle cards (divine wisdom), dried herbs (honoring the earth) and orange slices (welcoming the sun) and a list of of all I’m releasing, forgiving and calling in. once you’ve created a small sacred space simply light your candles and pause.

         

 Once you’ve sat in silence with your altar for a moment, you can write out your intentions, or say them aloud or sing, or read a blessing, or dance, even cry!!! Then if it feels right to you, burn the words, herbs and essential oils in a heat safe bowl as your cauldron. I then close the ritual in gratitude, misting myself with a clearing spray followed with 3 deep breaths honoring my past, present and future.

Here’s to nurturing yourself, to your healing, to the community and all our relations. Wishing you deep and lasting peace tonight, this Christmas and into the new year.

Many blessings from my heart to yours.

-bridget

Bridget Ambrose

@becrowbe

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Less stress MORE Fun!

Less stress MORE Fun!

It’s normal to be stressed out during the holidays! But we can work to manage our stress and relax during the craziest season of the year!
Let it go! Create to-do lists and prioritize the most important things first.

Go outside! Take a walk, do your favorite hike, or just feel the sun on your skin.

Think like a kid on Christmas morning and relax with your favorite holiday movie or warm drink! (Sip on it our DoubleM Pottery mugs)

Practice Gratitude and breathing techniques (do this while lighting one of the TGC candes and using our match strikers!)

ENJOY yourself and get ready for the new year!

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping

Furoshiki Gift Wrapping

        What is Furoshiki?

Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth or fabric used for gift wrapping, transporting items, fashion, and home decor. The word refers both to the craft and to the cloth itself, which usually has an elegant, decorative design. Furoshiki has become increasingly popular with cultures around the world as it has transformed the art of gift-giving.

        Little History Lesson:

Furoshiki originated in Japan around 710 B.C. during the Nara period. During this time, cloth that an object was wrapped in was referred to as tsutsumi, meaning “package” or “present.” It was primarily used to wrap important goods and treasures found in Japanese temples. During the Heian period, which lasted from 794 to 1185, the cloth was called koromo utsumi, and it was mostly used to wrap clothing.

        Shopping List:

Fabric or a Tea Towel and Some Dried Florals or Tree Branches.

Both of these are available in the shop.....click HERE!

         

        How To: 

         

            This You TUBE from Pointful things was fun to watch and peaceful.

                                                CLICK HERE + ENJOY!!

                                                               XOXO,

                                                                Kristin

 

 

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IG Series: LIFEstyled

IG Series: LIFEstyled

Heyyyyy, FRIENDS!

We wanted to let you all know we have a NEW IG series called: LIFEstyled. We dropped our first series by the @cheese.pretty.please on Friday! During this series you will find different how to’s using the products we love from our collective. This series will feature our instagram friends who can DIY like no other!

TGC is very excited to show how our products can be used in different ways and give you exciting tips and tricks for the NEW YEAR!

The owner of @cheese.pretty.please, Rebekah Halvorsen wants you all to know that “Truffle Gouda, Humboldt Fog, French Brie and Aged Cheddar are my top picks for the holiday season! A nice variety so everyone can find something they like!"

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Up Your Table-scape Game

Up Your Table-scape Game

Simple ways to up your table-scape and make the art of eating that much better. 

  • Transfer your olive oil into a beautiful vessel, such as our gold olive oil cruet. Pretty enough to leave on your table or counter permanently. 
  • Use design-swoony salt & pepper shakers.
  • Serve hors d'oeuvres on a beautiful wooden cutting board
  • Invest in cloth napkins. Trust us on this. Makes leftovers feel fancy.
  • Decant this. Even the cheapest of wines taste better in a beautiful decanter.

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DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

We know, we know...pumpkins are everywhere....but who doesn't love a DIY pampering face mask?! Fun to make while burning our seasonal, signature fall pumpkin candle and binging on Hocus Pocus for the tenth time. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree: Can use the pumpkin puree from any pumpkins you have at home, or pick up a small can at the grocery store. 
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp milk (any kind of milk; almond, oat, etc)

Steps:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. We also love warming it up a bit by heating the milk ingredient prior to adding. Just make sure not too hot when ready to apply to skin.
  • Gently wash face and neck.
  • Apply pumpkin mask, light Garage Collective Pumpkin Candle, sit for 15-20 minutes and enjoy. 
  • Wash off either in shower or with a warm washcloth and follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

 

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It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...

It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...

It's apple picking time! A super fun fall activity and also a great excuse to infuse some fresh apples into happy hour. Below, is a roundup of some fall-infused (and super easy to make), cocktails. Sip and enjoy! 

Apple Cider Sangria 

Ingredients:

  • Apple, pear and orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Dry red wine
  • Apple Cider 

Instructions:

  • Cut the fruit up in small chunks
  • Combine the fruit with sugar and cinnamon in large serving bowl and let it stand at room temperature for at one- two hours (the sugar helps break down the fruit)
  • Add the bottle of red wine.
  • When read to serve, pour half the glass with red wine mixture and top off with apple cider
  • Have fun with garnishes! We like to add a sprig of rosemary or cinnamon stick.
  • Sip, repeat and enjoy! 

Apple Cider Mule 

Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider
  • Vodka
  • Lime
  • Ginger Beer 

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup vodka, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1/4 cup apple cider into a copper mug or serving glass of your choice. Add about 1/3 cup ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with lime.

Cranberry Apple Margarita 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • Ice
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar for rimming glass

Instructions:

  • On a small plate, mix together equal parts of brown sugar and granulated sugar until evenly mixed. Dip the rim of each glass in a little bit of water, and then in the sugar mixture to coat rim. 
  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, apple cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
  • Shake, shake, shake and pour into cocktail glass. 

 

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Get your creative on. A few tools and tips to up your pumpkin carving game this Halloween season.

  • Break out the power tools. Use a power drill to create a series of uniform dots all over your pumpkin. Just make sure to space out your dots so you don't create one large hole.

  • For a spooky, glowing pumpkin, don't carve all the way through. Use a lemon zester to scrape away layers at a time for a multi-dimensional look. 
  • Cookie cutters can be used for so much more than just yummy cookies. Use the cookie cutters as a stencil to carve from, or use a hammer or  mallet to push them through. Etsy has a great collection of Halloween-themed cookie cutters to choose from.
  • If you are just not feeling the whole "carving thing," grab some paint (with a brush or spray paint) and have fun decorating. We love this look via Good Housekeeping: paint the entire pumpkin black and then use faux flowers to create a crescent moon.

One final tip.....save your pumpkin seeds....clean em off, drizzle some olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown for a delicious fall snack.

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Fall in love with Earth Tones

Fall in love with Earth Tones

With leaves starting to fall and pumpkins beginning to be put out on display, we find ourselves attracted to natural hues. Call it being aligned with the fall season, but the right blend of neutrals just makes us calmer and ready for a hot toddy. Color is such a powerful force and one that can control our mood. 

According to Fashionista, Trend-forecasting agency WGSN aptly calls these shades nourishing earth tones. "A growing body of research shows that we have a deep-rooted bond with the environment and being outside in nature can have a restorative effect on the body and mind," writes WGSN's Head of Color Jenny Clark, who spearheads research and development of the company's seasonal color palettes. "Being surrounded by nature-inspired colors will feel more restful and calming to a consumer navigating a challenging world."

Indulge in your senses and surround yourself with almond browns, honey yellows and olive greens. We have a collection of new rugs, pillows and accent pieces to fill your home with for the fall season and beyond. 

Oak Pillow: This shade is always a classic.

Emery Rug: A vintage, one-of-a-kind earthy beauty.

                                      

Paper Mache Bowls

Marble Dish: Hold your favorite sage or soap

                                     

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