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September 2019 - Dreams
Summer is ended, and we return to our busy lives. We musn’t forget to still find time to rest. Proper sleep helps to full bothe the body and mind. This month’s theme is dreams.
For many years people have been interpreting dream. So what does it mean to dream of a mermaid? Unfortunately dreams of mermaids tend to fotell some difficult times ahead or troubles that you are provoking. Deception? Temptaion? Betrayal? The dreams may also signify suspition about something good that has suddenly popped into your life. Is it too good to be true? Are you being naïve? That being said it all depends on if you were the mermaid or if you saw the mermaid. It goes even beyond that. Did you interact with the mermaid? How? Perhaps someone else in your dream only mentioned a mermaid. Apparently there are occasions when dreaming about mermaids can also mean a visit by a good friend is near. Perhaps you have unexpected luck and gains in the near future. If the mermaids were dancing you may be receiving some good news very soon.
Fear not the bad dreams. You are going to be making a non-traditional dream catcher. A talisman used not only to protect you from bad dreams and nightmares, but also to help you watch over loved ones from afar. If used to catch dreams, it need to be hung in the bedroom in a spot where the sun light can hit it. You also want it close to the bed, ideally above it. When the sunrays catch the web, it filters the dreams. The good dreams pass through the web and gently slide down the feathers. Hopefully this energy will be comfort to the sleeper below, allowing them a happier waking mind. The bad dreams are caught in the protective net, similar to that of a spider web, and destroyed. Burnt by the light of the day.
The beads also have different meanings. The bead in the center represents the spider. This is the web weaver; meaning it is the individual who created the dream catcher. If multiple beads appear, it may represent the good dreams, which for whatever reason were unable to pass through the web. However this is not a bad thing. For these dreams have now been immortalized and add strength to the dream catcher as sacred charms.
August 2019 -
July 2019 - Travel
“The sun kissed the edge of the ocean
The sky was ablaze with pink and gold dust
She sat in silence
and watched the splendour unfold before her.”
Summer has arrived and so has warmer weather. It’s a time of year when we get out and about more often. We travel beyound our yards. Perhaps you are just going to a beach near by; maybe you are going for a drive, or you might even be taking a plane. Car, boat, plane, train…your method of travel doesn’t matter. If you are heading out for an escape, you are travelling.
Travel is about more than seeing new places. It can be about giving back or experiencing different cultures and cuisines. On a much deeper level it is about opening yourself up to completely new experiences, or finding comfort in the familiar.
You could also be travelling in a less literal sense. Transitioning from one area in your life to a new one. You could also just be taking a moment to escape into your mind, or fall asleep and visit a new world in your dreams.
This month’s colour is red. Representing fire and blood, red is a colour of life. It stimulates energy within, often increasing enthusiasm and passion. It is a strong confident colour. Full of intensity. It is a colour of action and desire.
Two of your crafts are creating inukshuks (in-ook-shook). They are generally stone monuments erected to look like humans. They are used as signposts to point out directions for travel. Each stone is its own entity, but they must support each other to stay strong and withhold the elements. No one stone is more important than another, and none can function alone.
Your third craft is a travel sized game of Tic Tac Toe. This was originally called terni lapilli, which translates to “three pebbles at a time”. It was first played around the 1st century B.C in the Roman Empire.
- Mini bag
- Piece of paper
- mini sea glass in two colour
- Sand Dollar
- Foam decoration
- Mini wood base
- mini shell
- see glass
- Messenger bag
- Reusable bag
- Mermaid tail key chain
- Pad & pen
- Change wallet
- Galapagos whistle
- Battery travel fan
- Travel tower game
- Salt-water taffy
June 2019 - Making Waves
It’s the tumble and turn of the ocean that helps to shape sea glass. It’s “the motion of the ocean” (to quote the Hairspray song – Can’t stop the beat) that makes beautiful ocean wave art.
As a mermaid you have the opportunity to bring joy into people’s lives; you can be that bit of magic that they might be missing. You represent independence, freedom, charm and seduction. To many you are untouchable. It’s time for you to go out there and leave a positive impression on the world; do the unexpected, but not in a negative way. We’re mermaids after all; we don’t want to cause any trouble, but we do want to mix things up a bit. Follow the intuition. Stop conforming. No more overthinking. Go with your flow in life and make waves.
In order to make waves like a mermaid, you need to be able to kick like a mermaid.
Once you’ve mastered the dolphin kick (both on your front and your back) with a monofin you can add a tail. Remember to start with the tail in a pool before open waters. Now go out there and start making waves.
Swimming without a monofin
- Float on your stomach and hold your body in a straight line
- Press your chest into the water then release (don’t move your shoulders and arms; really engage your core and keep it tight)
- As you release your chest, press your hips into the water (your knees will bend slightly while your legs follow the motion of your hips) and then release your hips
- As your release your hips, snap your chest. This time you’ll also need to focus on your legs – extend your knees while you do so, letting the motion flow through your legs…keeping your feet together, snap them down (almost like a whip)
- Keep Repeating steps 2-4
Swimming with a monofin
If you are not a strong swimmer or become panicked under water, please do not use a monofin.
- Make sure the fin is the right size and isn’t too heavy (sit down and try shaking your feet – you do not want your feet to move around inside the fin. It should be snug without pinching)
- Start by practising in a pool. You do not want an extra variable such as wind, waves, current, reefs, seaweed…when you are first learning. Keep your focus and get used to using the monofin
- Once you are comfortable floating in the pool, try to get out. It’s important to be able to pull yourself out of the water in the event of an emergency
Now that you are ready, it’s time to add the dolphin kick – you do not need to use your arms – keep them at your
String art Tail and Fin
- Wood base
- Sanding sheet
- Brown paint
- Paint brush
- String - 3 colours
- Sea Glass
- Key cover
- Ceramic tail dish
- Bath Burst
- Exfoliating glove
- Leaping frog gummies
May 2019 - Growth
Spring is in the air; flowers are blooming and birds have hatched, so what better to celebrate in May than growth. With growth comes transformation. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are growing. You are transforming. Much like the piece of glass that enters the waves you will collide with society’s rocks, tumble in your own sand, and get beaten by shared waves. No matter where you are in that journey you always emerge beautiful and stronger than before. You must accept that time and persistence will smooth and soften your imperfections, just as the ocean smooths and softens the piece of glass. You are gem.
Once again the colour is purple. Purple represents enlightenment and transformation. To aid with calming the mind, I’ve chosen a light purple.
Tips to help you transform into a mermaid:
- Learn as much as you can about mermaids
- Create a mermaid name
- Have mermaid hair (long, beachy, wavy…) and wear hair accessories
- When on land, wear open-toed shoes, flowing clothing, and shells
- Decide where you’d live (tropical, arctic, deep water, or freshwater)
- Get a tail and bikini style top
- Take mermaid classes or attend mermaid conventions
- Sing or hum a lot
- Never stop being amazed by the things around you
- And of course…swim and have fun
- Flower pot
- Flower pot insert
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- White paint
- Paint Brush
- Sea glass for craft
- Shells for craft
- Can of flowers
- Garden gloves
- Necklace & ring
- Mini shovel
- Swedish Fish
April 2019 - Birth and Renewal
This is the time of year when we celebrate birth and renewal. When I think of things that symbolize rebirth and renewal, sea glass instantly comes to mind. Sea glass starts out as a piece of broken glass, tossed and forgotten by humans. However, after years of tumbling in the ocean an amazing transformation takes place. Eventually the broken piece of glass is renewed; it is born again as a beautiful sea gem.
Folklore about mermaids have a deep history. The birth of these stories goes back thousand of years and exist around the globe.
(Main Craft - Siren Egg)
- Egg shape
- Glue Gun and two sticks of glue
- Textured glass
- Roll of tape
(Mini Craft - Rock Bunny)
- Mini canvas
- Bunny sticker - ears, feet and tail
- Glue stick
- Mini piece of glass
- Wash towel
- Bunny Bag
- Face Mask
Yummy Treat (s):
- Chocolate Eggs
- Kinder Egg
March 2019 - Colour Box
We live in an effervescent and colourful world, which is why I’ve chosen colour to be the focus this month. Colour is powerful. Your reactions to colours are often very personal. Colour affects behaviour, thoughts, and mood.
Colour is often the first thing that attracts people to sea glass. Perhaps it is their favourite colour, or maybe it brings up a memory. However, there is much more to the colour of sea glass than the personal narrative it tells.
- Picture frame
- Two colours of paint and paint brush
- Glue gun and two glue sticks
- Foam embellishments
- Sea Glass
- 180g of assorted Jube Jubes
- Mermaid tail shaped zipper pull
- Mermaid tail novelty pen
and of course:
- 50-100g of additional sea glass
- 15-25g of cool beach finds
Suffering from chronic depression made moving from my home of 40 years to somewhere new extremely difficult. As my mood decreased and my anxiety increased I turned to the sea. The sound of the waves is so calming, and the exhilaration of jumping into the cold water is so refreshing. When people open their boxes, I want them to experience the same calm and joy that I get both at the beach and when I am home crafting.