Good Evening my Sweetlings,
I've spent the past few weeks being very quiet, spending the vast majority of my time in silence. I feel as though I've barely spoken to anybody, and my voice has been used more for singing to myself than in holding conversations. I've been spending a lot of time getting lost in books, reading voraciously and letting the pages pile up in towers around me like a fort. Or else getting lost in the click, click, click of needles as I practice my knitting, being taken back to the years I spent as a little girl curled up with my Mum, my head in her lap, listening to that comforting clicking sound. I've also found myself gravitating towards listening to the music of my early teens, which I particularly enjoy doing whilst I do my work. For the record I still really enjoy My Chemical Romance!
In the evening I've been curling up with Steven in bed along with our newest addition to the family (who I'll introduce a little bit further down!), playing games of 'What Do You Think About...' taken from Veronica Varlow and laughing myself to tears over Dave Gorman's Found Poems (if you don't know what those are, you need to find out!)
I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures taken in September and the past few days, they somehow feel very quiet to me.
I bought these amazing Totoro tights on Ebay a few weeks back, but they didn't fit quite how I wanted them to so I decided to turn them into awesome arm warmers instead. I wore them to go to the vets today to pick up medicine for my sweet Bear, since he has a cold.
I've been doing an increasing amount of Chakra work with my Reflexology clients as of late so I decided to buy this book to learn more about them. I was also attracted to this specific book because the reviews said it was very easy and simple to follow, which is generally what I look for in books for my Holistic bookshelf. This book, Chakras Made Easy, was really enjoyable and easy to read and gives clear examples of what to expect in balanced and unbalanced chakras as well as multiple ways to balance them. I've been realising for a while now that my own Throat Chakra has needed some major work, which relates quite well to my recent need for silence and time for healing, so I'm now focusing on working with that energy.
Another book I've read and really enjoyed in the past week has been Shape Shifters: Shaman Women in Contemporary Society which I could not put down. I've been interested in Shamanism for the past few years and collections of interviews are some of my favorite books to read, so this was perfect for me. My favorite interviews of all were the one above with Petey Stevens, and one with the lady in the picture below who is a Voudou High Priestess named Luisah Teish.
The above quote is from Petey's interview and it really made an impact on me:
As a child I was called "over-sensitive" or "over-emotional". Those labels never helped me understand my behavior. I now realize that there is no such thing as "over-sensitive." That was someone else's reaction to my sensitivity. There are many degrees of sensitivity and mine was acute and intense. I was an out-of-control healer trying to take on and process everyone's problems and emotions. I needed to let go of the negativity around my sensitivity, learn to make a separation from others and mostly learn to control my psychic energy.
Luisah Teish's interview made me laugh so much. The way she expresses herself is so open, genuine, honest and inspiring and I particularly enjoyed the Voudou creation stories she told and when she spoke about why Voudou has such a bad name when she describes it as such an open, accepting and forgiving religion.
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the models for my best friend's first book of knitting patterns! When I got my copy and looked at the inside cover I was so excited, and also couldn't stop laughing at my name in the credits. Crumpet is what Steff has been calling me ever since we first met, and this is what she always calls me when we see each other in person. Everybody else who hears it gradually starts using it too until everybody is calling me Crumpet!
I was so thrilled to be the picture on the inside cover! Due to the fact that I modeled exclusively hand based knits my face didn't end up in the book, but I like the fact that there are these cute little mysterious hands throughout the book and they're mine!
For anybody who enjoys knitting anything whimsical and adorable I cannot recommend Steph's book Woodland Knits enough. I am so, so proud of her that I can't even begin to put it into words and she has worked so hard on all of her patterns.
TinyOwlKnits & Crumpet descend upon Glastonbury! I love this picture so much and I had it secreted away for what feels like forever! The patterns for both of these pieces are in the book, and I have to say I totally adore that hood for now and forever, it is the cutest thing.
As promised, here is our newest addition to the family, Ronon! Steven and I were discussing getting a new baby rat for quite a while, especially after we lost our beloved Sev. The cage felt too quiet with only two boys, even if they are the size of bricks! We bought this little one home about a week ago and it honestly feels as though we've had him for months because he is the tamest, friendliest, sweetest and most playful little rat I have ever met. The day after we got him he was sitting on my chest licking my face all over, and ever since he has been spending every night with us in bed, racing around, jumping on our hands and hopping about with pure glee. I'll give you lots of cookies if you can tell me where his name is from!
Practicing my knitting, I've been making lots of rat blankets for the coming colder months. Rats love anything knitted, or at least mine do.
My beloved Aloe Vera plant had another baby! This plant has been with us for about 3 years now and she is so full of joy and love that it just emanates from her. All of the plants in here originated from the biggest one at the back.
This gorgeous dreamcatcher is from the lovely Megan of Live Well and Breathe. I am so thrilled with it and have it hanging outside the door of my treatment room.
This is what my perfume making looks like! Lots of little bottles filled with all sorts of intriguing liquids. I've recently been making lots of perfumes for the shop including old favorites and never before released scents. I'll make a proper post on this soon!