Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let the beading begin!

I have spent the better part of my day playing with my new beads and jewelry supplies, and although some of the stuff I made is definitely for me, you can expect to see some of this stuff in my upcoming store.
What? A store? you ask. Yes! I would like to (hopefully soon) open an Etsy shop to sell my jewelry. I still have some experimenting to do, and I want to stock up some more on feathers, cord, and semi precious beads, but I am getting a start on some stock already.
Unfortunately, the main hindrance to my opening of a store is the fact that I do not own a decent camera to photograph my creations. And without I fear no one is going to be willing to buy. I am hoping to figure something out with that soon, maybe find someone who has a camera I can borrow or maybe even scrape together enough money somehow to buy my own. 

But, despite my lack of a decent camera, I did get a few crappy pictures of what I made today that I would like to share, just because!

I really enjoy making earrings and when I finally open shop I will probably focus on those. Although I do like wire-wrapping stones and want to get better at it, so I will probably sell pendants like that as well. And I can't wait to get feathers for things! I personally love feathers and I know a lot of other people do, too.

That's it for now lovelies. I know I haven't done a Tumblr Tuesday or Thoughtful Thursday or anything in awhile, but I'm hoping to rectify that in the week to come. So watch for it!

Lady Unlaced

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How was everyone's Christmas?

I haven't updated in almost a week so I thought I would just come by and leave an update for you all. I hope everyone that celebrates it had a lovely Christmas and got all the things they've been pining after! I certainly had a good holiday and got lots of wonderful gifts. My mom bought me a ton of supplies for making jewelry that I've spent the past few days organizing and I can't wait to get creating!
I am also enjoying some new scarves, fuzzy socks, incense, necklaces, and altar pieces from my friends and family, as well as the book Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare that my boyfriend was sweet enough to get for me when he found out I didn't get it for Christmas from anyone. He's amazing like that <3

And now I am lounging in my room, debating on whether or not I want to reorganize it and sipping coffee, enjoying being away from school and homework for awhile.

I sincerely do hope everyone is doing well!

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Yule!

Yep, it's the Winter Solstice today (as well an my mother's birthday) aaaaaaand it's the last day of the fall semester! Yay! I am finally done with all my class work and finals and can relax for a few weeks before I get to do it all over again. I am going to a Yule celebration at my best friend's place tonight where we will exchange gifts and drink wine and do other wonderful things, uninterrupted by homework. I am so excited!

On a sadder note though, my wonderful roommate Rose is moving out and will not be rejoining me in our room next semester as she is moving into a different dorm area. Which kind of sucks. I'm worried I will get stuck with someone unpleasant, so fingers crossed that my new roommate will be at least a little bit decent.

That's all I have for now. I probably won't post again until after Christmas. Happy Holidays to everyone, I hope they are grand for you!

Lady Unlaced

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting close to the end...

Of the semester that is. Classes are officially over and Finals Week is on the immediate horizon. My workload has not been too bad this finals season, but I am a bit stressed over two of my up-coming tests: Applied Statistics and Oceanography. Oceanography I don't think will be a hard test, I'm just worried about not being able to remember it all. We learned a lot in a few short months. Stats is another problem altogether. I am terrified to take the final for that class. I am currently attempting to do some last minute online homework for that class and it is seriously stressing me out. A lot of it doesn't make sense and I can't quite remember learning it. And when I think I've done something right I click the "submit" button only to find out that my answer is incorrect. I hate it. I kept at the same problem for about an hour, looking through the book and my notes trying to figure out what I was supposed to do. I still haven't gotten it right.
Math gives me serious anxiety. I'm not very good at it and no matter what I do I just don't understand most of it. Numbers and me simply do not get along. But I really need to do well enough in this class so that I at least pass it and I don't have to retake it. I don't think I could handle taking it again. I'm nervous that if I'm having this much trouble with the homework then I'm doomed when it comes to the final.

I can't wait until all these tests are over and I can pack up my stuff and go home for a few weeks. My brain hurts and I need a break from teachers trying to shove pointless information into my skull. Don't get me wrong, I love my lit classes -it's just everything else that's driving me insane. Especially math. Most of it is not even useful.

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 15, 2011

(Belated) Wordy Wednesday #2!

I realize that it's Thursday which is when I usually do my "Thoughtful Thursday" but I meant to update yesterday with a piece of writing and I just didn't get to it. It's the end of the semester which mean I'm pretty busy a lot of the time. Unfortunately, I am also crazy-inspired to write my novel as well. Which any other time I would be thrilled about, but now is not the time! I have papers to write and finals to study for! Ah!

But, without further ado, here is a piece of the novel I am currently working on!

Thoughts of the party I was supposed to be attending fled my mind as I hurried back to my apartment. There was no way in hell I wasn’t reporting them to the shifter council. If Sam was free they needed to know. He had been sentenced to a life’s imprisonment and I cursed the council, yet again, for not sentencing the bastard to death. Mostly I’m against killing people, but for him I didn’t feel any pity. I’d probably pull the trigger on him myself if I thought I could get away with it.
            I shoved my key into the lock only to find the door already unlocked. I had definitely not left it that way when I left earlier, I never did. I pushed the door open. The apartment wasn’t trashed like you see in the movies, but it certainly was not in the state I had left it in. Drawers had been pulled out, a few papers thrown around, and the refrigerator door had been left open. A closer look showed a now empty carton of milk and half my leftover pizza missing.
            “Bastards,” I muttered, slamming the door shut. Still upset about the pizza, I started to poke around the opened drawers. I doubt they had broken in just because they were hungry and now I had to figure out what they had taken. I didn’t have much in my little apartment, especially not anything valuable. I had a few pieces of pricey jewelry but none of that seemed to have been touched. 

So there's a quick taste. I'm loving writing for this character, she's so much fun!
Until next time lovelies!

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #7!

A lot of cool stuff has been popping up on my Tumblr dashboard lately and now it is time to share some of that wonderfulness with you :)

That last one is relevant to my life currently. It's the last two weeks of the semester which means paper writing, last minute projects, and lots of studying x.x

Lady Unlaced

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exploring Tarot: The Begininng

I have been thinking about doing (weekly?) posts on the Major Arcana of the tarot deck and I was wondering how many of my readers would be interested in that. Leave a comment for me with your thoughts?

I used to study tarot and practice spreads (mostly for myself) all the time, but I've gotten pretty rusty recently. Finding time to dedicate to occult studies is difficult when you're in college. But winter break is fast approaching and I figured this is the perfect opportunity to refresh my memory and share with my readers.

I have two tarot decks, but I really only use my Sharman-Caselli deck (a variation of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck) which I received as a gift from my mother. For those of you who are interested in tarot, it is an old piece of lore that it is best to use a deck that has been given to you as a gift. Now, this is not to say that you cannot go out and buy yourself your own cards -you certainly can. Once cleansed you can work on making the deck personal to you (with your energy) and I'm sure they will work just fine.

Anyways, that is the deck I use and the book I mostly stick to happens to be the little guide book that came with them by Juliet Sharman-Burke. It's a compact and easy-to-read book that I find really helpful.

I also supplement my readings with the use of my pendulum and rune stones. I can talk about those a bit in the future as well if people are interested.

So let me know your thoughts!

Lady Unlaced

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Full Moon Tonight

That's right lovelies, tonight is the Full Moon! I missed the eclipse unfortunately, but that doesn't mean I'm going to let that get me down. And if you're witchy like me, then you know that this is the perfect time for spellcrafting. The mother Moon is shining bright in the sky, and all magickal acts are sure to be aided and watched over by the Goddess.

Need some ideas on how to celebrate and honour the Full Moon tonight? I am here to help! :D

*Cast a circle outside under the moon. Have with you a candle (white or black preferably) and a slip of paper with something you want to release written on it. This can be anything -a bad habit, negative thoughts, etc. Call on the energy of the Moon and ask for its aid to help you to banish this from your life. Burn the paper over the candle flame. Take the time to ground your energy and then bask in the glow of the moon.

*Spend some time by the water. Water and the Moon are very closely associated. Find a beach and appreciate the waves of the ocean, or if you’re at a lake or pond just admire the water’s serenity and beauty. Walk along the shore and soak up the moonlight.

*Go for a walk! It can be through the woods or just down the road. Take the time to reflect on yourself and enjoy the night.

*Howl at the moon! Let your primal side take over and be a wolf! Be a creature of the night!

*Take this time to lay out crystals, water, divination tools, and anything you’d like to cleanse and give a lunar charge under the moonlight.

*Spend time in your garden, frolicking with the fae. Leave them gifts of moon-shaped treats and sugary delights!

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 8, 2011

(Thoughtful Thursday #3) Things That People Have A Right To

  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of speech
  • Happiness
  • Marry whoever they want, regardless of gender/sex
  • Have an abortion if they so choose
  • Wear what they want and not be treated poorly for it
  • Respect unless they have disrespected you
  • Privacy
  • Read, watch or listen to whatever they like
But no one has the right to take away these rights or try to dictate how others live their life.
It's not difficult people; be kind, be respectful, and be yourself. Don't judge others. Don't encroach on other people's happiness. As long as they are not harming you in any way, there is no need to attack them, verbally or physically. 
Do no stoop to the level of a bully. Defend yourself as necessary but do not seek out violence or arguments. Live peacefully and lovingly; you'll be much happier that way.

It surprises me how many people cannot grasp these simple concepts. We are all human beings and we should treat each other as such.

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #6!

Number 6 already, that means it's been 6 weeks since I started this which is kind of awesome. 
This is what's been stuck in my head thanks to Tumblr...

I really love that last one and I was so happy when it showed up on my dash a few days back. I actually have it printed out and on one of my dorm room walls. There is just something so adorably twisted about it, don't you think?

As for the second one, I will say this: I fully believe that your sex life is no one's business but your own. No one has the right to pass judgement on your character because of the amount of sex you have. That is all.

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello December (Thoughtful Thursday #2!)

It is exceptionally warm out here in Massachusetts for the first of December. Usually by now there is snow on the ground and the temperature has dropped down to thoroughly cold. But it hasn't -well, it did briefly in October; we got a huge blizzard and it was freezing out for about a week. But for the past two weeks or so the temperature has fluctuated between 40 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It's just weird...

And, honestly, probably not a good sign when it comes to global weather in general. I don't know much about climate change and global warming and all that, but something is not quite right.

And everyone around me is really starting to get into the holiday spirit. I love the Christmas/Yule season, don't get me wrong, but with all this warm weather it's hard to summon up some holiday cheer. I'm trying, I don't even like the cold or the snow, but I'm struggling. I'm in a tank-top today (with a cardigan over it, but still!) which makes it a little difficult to feel like breaking out the Christmas decorations.

Hopefully the holiday spirit will take root in me soon. I really do love the feeling of the Christmas season and I'd like to be able to embrace it fully rather than being thrown off by the wonky weather.

Lady Unlaced

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