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Mermaid Tears is perfect not only for mermaid enthusiastic or sea glass lovers, but also for crafters.

The theme for July's subscription box is Making Waves. The small gifts all have to do with self care. The treats of course are yummy chocolate. The rare coloured piece of glass is deep purple. Plus of course you get the material needed for a craft, 50-100g of additional sea glass, and 15-25g of cool beach finds.

July 2019 - Travel

Craft Items

Gifts

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

Dolphin kick

  1. Float on your stomach and hold your body in a straight line
  2. Press your chest into the water then release (don’t move your shoulders and arms; really engage your core and keep it tight)
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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

Craft Items

String art Tail and Fin

  • Wood base
  • Sanding sheet
  • Brown paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • String - 3 colours
  • Template
  • Stencil
  • Glitter
  • Sea Glass
Gifts
  • Key cover
  • Ceramic tail dish
  • Paper
  • Paperclip
  • Necklace
  • Ring
  • Bath Burst
  • Exfoliating glove
Yummy Treat
  • 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
Craft items:

Flower Pot

  • Flower pot
  • Flower pot insert
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Clay
  • Sparkles
  • White paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sea glass for craft
  • Shells for craft


Gifts:
  • Can of flowers
  • Garden gloves
  • Necklace & ring
  • Grow-a-mermaid
  • Bracelet
  • Seeds
  • Mini shovel
Yummy Treat:
  • 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.


Craft items:

(Main Craft - Siren Egg)

  • Clay
  • Egg shape
  • Glue Gun and two sticks of glue
  • Textured glass
  • Shell
  • Rocks
  • Glitter
  • Roll of tape

(Mini Craft - Rock Bunny)

  • Mini canvas
  • Bunny sticker - ears, feet and tail
  • Stone
  • Moss
  • Glue stick
  • Mini piece of glass
Gifts:
  • Wash towel
  • Bunny Bag
  • Earrings
  • Candle
  • Face Mask
  • Soap
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.

Craft items:
  • Picture frame
  • Two colours of paint and paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Stencil
  • Glue gun and two glue sticks
  • Sharpie
  • Foam embellishments
  • Sea Glass
  • Shells
Snack:
  • 180g of assorted Jube Jubes
Small gift:
  • 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.

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