It's hard to believe that another year is in the books! This year we had to opportunity to travel around Virginia, DC, Maryland, and North Carolina. We started the year with the launch of fly by B.Birdwatcher earrings and collaborations with Khreativ Soy Kandles and Wellevance. I loved working with both talented girl bosses and if you haven't checked out the collabs, make sure to visit the Collaboration tab. We had our best day of the year in March at the Pathway's Natural Living Expo! We were so busy the organizers had to stop our sales one whole hour after the event had closed! What a Blessing!
During the spring, we prepared for our busy season of yoga festivals and added a few new yoga studios to our partnerships. I visited Arizona and picked up some new gemstones while other's added to the #IGotStonedIN campaign. The beginning of summer started off incredibly amazing where we returned to some of our favorite festivals like Oneness Festival and Smoke and Vine, where I almost stepped on a not so pleasant snake!
We had the great opportunity to participate in new summer festivals like Heartful Fest in Richmond and for a few weeks we took up residency on the DC Wharf Waterfront in the MadeInDC tents! It was wonderful meeting tourists who took our stones across America!
In 2018, we worked in Richmond, VA more than in previous years and of course the people of Richmond showed their support! We met awesome peeps at the Jazz Festival, Peace, Love, RVA festival, and our pop-ups around town.
The whole of 2018 I was focused on my October journey to South Africa. It was a homecoming that I had waited 43 years for filled my time there soaking in new cultures and of course hunting for new gemstones. Unintentionally, I collaborated with a jeweler in South Africa to create a mantra band. You never know when or where you will meet a kindred soul to help grow your brand!
The Holidays are always fun for me because I know for each bracelet purchased for a gift someone on Christmas day will gain joy from their gemstones and learning about their energies. So again, I thank you all for our success in 2018 and I look forward to seeing everyone again in 2019!
Welcome to 2019...and the Year of the Pig. Even though the Chinese New Year does not start until February 5th, we would like to express our annual theme which includes many of the Year of the Pig traits. A pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, symbolizing a hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humor and understanding. *https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/pig.htm
Photo Cred: https://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2019.htm
It's been a little over a month since I returned from South Africa and I am excited to announce the release of B.Birdwatcher's IXam Collection. While visiting the Apartheid Museum, we were told to not take photographs so I went old school and took out a pen a paper to jot down my memories. Upon entering, we gained knowledge about the Khoisan people of South Africa and their now extinct language of IXam. The Khoisan are South Africa's oldest inhabitants and are made up of a number of related communities: The Cape Khoi; the Nama; the Koranna; the Griqua and the San - who also often refer to themselves as bushmen. Throughout the day, we learned about how many of the revolutions of South Africa was driven by the taking away of their own language. It touched me to the point where I knew I wanted to name the next collection, IXam.
Later that week, after having a terribly hard time finding gemstones to use for the collection, I found a souvenir with all the gemstones from South Africa and the collection finally had legs. South Africa is known for their diamonds and platinum mines however some of your favorite gemstones are actually mined there. Tiger's Eye, Carnelian, Amethyst, Blue Lace Agate, Aventurine, Citrine, and Rose Quartz to name a few.
Finding the charms I needed to complete the collection came by two awesome designers, one I met in Johannesburg and the other in Capetown. Shirley Larken of The Jewellery Experience at 27 Boxes in Melville. 27 Boxes is a local fashion and design center in Joburg. Shirley actually created the small Africa Charms and also......the Mantra Bracelets located under fly by B.Birdwatcher ( story to come later). Shirley and I bonded quickly and she not only created my charms with lightening fast speed she sent me awesome recommendations for the Capetown leg of our trip,
The second designer was found by my travel buddy, Sheree in the Greenmarket Square Artisan Market that was conveniently located directly in front of our hotel. Lelhaam Alexander, sets up her tent every day in the market and truly reminded me of my weekend vending here in DC. The struggle is always real but much real-er when you have to physically build your own tent!!
So please enjoy the browsing through the collection! These designs have a meaning and a story to tell!
While trippin' through South Africa, literally minutes before I was leaving for my flight back home I found this great Gem and Mineral Shop! This shop had a great selection of crystals and gemstones and unfortunately the Icelandic Spar, which I had planned on going to Iceland to find! What was unique to South Africa was their "Spirit Quartz" sometimes called Cactus Quartz or Porcupine Quartz, it is found only in the Magaliesberg Mountain region of South Africa, first appearing around 2001. *https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/spirit-quartz
Spirit Quartz is a crystal of Harmony and Alignment. It takes all the crystal energies of the main stone and amplifies them over and over again in all the tiny points, each reflecting light back and forth to one another so all can bathe in the combined radiance of the whole.
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2018Mercury retrograde starts on July 26! Learn what Mercury retrograde is and how it can affect your everyday life in our Mercury Retrograde Calendar.
What is “Mercury Retrograde”?We are all influenced when Mercury is in retrograde.
Due to the way our own orbit interacts with those of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.
Several times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backwards. These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.
Perhaps Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2018In 2018, Mercury will be only be retrograde during the date ranges of:
About a week or two before Mercury retrogrades, finish any tasks or projects at hand. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication.
Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, take this time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas? Take a moment to reflect.
Mercury and YouThe type of influence you feel depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes retrograde.
What’s your Zodiac Sign? Click here to find out: “Mercury Retrograde and Zodiac Signs.”
Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when Mercury is in retrograde, and check out your zodiac profile for gardening.
On a recent gemstone sourcing shopping trip, I found this amazing Herkimer Diamond at one of my favorite vendors. After doing some research on the gemstone and wearing it a few days, the stone's healing abilities really came through to me. Its called the Attunement Stone and because it's a double terminated quartz it's master healing properties are very strong.
Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid Light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy. As perfect conduits of the universal Life Force, they are exceptional healing crystals, and are used in meditations, dream and vision work, and advanced spiritualization applications. (https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/herkimer-diamond)
Herkimer Diamonds are ascension stones, and they will take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body. These crystals have powerful metaphysical properties and are strong stones to aid astral travel, as they help to connect the astral plane to the physical plane. They are beautiful and powerful high vibration crystals, that boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. They act as powerful amplifiers when you are using them with a small stone. (https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/herkimer-diamonds.html)
You can visit the Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer NY.
Buddhist prayer beads or malas (Sanskrit: mālā "garland") are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and therefore the term "Buddhist rosary" also appears.
Conventional Buddhist tradition counts the beads at 108, signifying the mortal desires of mankind. The number is attributed to the Mokugenji Sutra wherein Shakyamuni Buddha instructed King Virudhaka to make such beads and recite the Three Jewels of Buddhism. In later years, various Buddhist sects would either retain the number of beads, or divide them into consecutive twos, fours, for brevity or informality. A decorative tassel is sometimes attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one's local tradition. Because prayer beads are often painted in pigment, various traditional schools attribute a consecration ritual by the Sangha to the beads, to "open the eyes" for the purpose of achieving Enlightenment unique to the Karma of each believer.