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3rd Crystal Box Done And A Display Tray

Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun (sarcasm intended). However, I did finally get the 3rd crystal box done, but no crystals in it yet.  I’m rearranging after the cleanse.  I’ll show the boxes all loaded after I’m done. To see how I got started on the boxes go here.

Here is the wrapping paper I started with.  As I was digging through the rubble of my life, I found several 'books' of wrapping paper.  I could easily see this on my crystal box.

Here is the wrapping paper I started with. As I was digging through the rubble of my life, I found several ‘books’ of artist wrapping paper I didn’t even know I had.  They had clearance labels on them. (?)  I could easily see this on my crystal box.

The interior of the box.  It was painted a shade of yellow that matches the paper.

The interior of the box. The box was painted a shade of yellow that matches the paper.

One short end.

One short end.

One long side.

One long side.

The 'back' of the box.

The ‘back’ of the box.

The other side of the box. I do love this jungle look!

The other side of the box. I do love this jungle look!

While deciding whether or not to buy more books of ‘scrapbooking’ paper at a local craft store, I spotted a partitioned tray.  I love these little trays.  Could own a dozen of them but they are just too expensive.  But – SURPRISE – it was on sale 40% off AND I had a coupon!

This little box would be perfect on the end table next to the couch full of crystals.  But the interior is too dark for displaying crystals, and yet I did not want to paint the box a permanent color.

This little box would be perfect on the end table next to the couch full of crystals. But the interior is too dark for displaying crystals, and yet I did not want to paint the interior a permanent color.  So I decided to line the box with paper, an easily changeable option.

I measured and drew lines.

I measured and drew lines on scrap paper so I could make sure it fit properly.

A little trimming to adjust for the thickness of the paper and crooked corners and we're good to go.

A little trimming to adjust for the thickness of the paper and crooked corners and we’re good to go. The paper I chose is what the box is sitting on.  I did not want anything that is going to compete too loudly with the crystals.

Insert ready.

Insert ready.  I chose the butterfly for the largest section.

Ready to sit on my end table and hold crystals!

Ready to sit on my end table and hold crystals!  Notice the arrangement of plants down the left side.  And while the sides can be seen to be loose while they are empty, once the crystals are in there the sides will sit firm against the wood.  Ta Da!

 

My Big Crystal Cleanse (And Why I’ll Never Do That Again!)

Last week we had a day that was to have sunshine till evening.  Then the rain would return.  Since I was home I decided to wash and recharge ALL my crystals at once, since quite a few of them had been lying around in boxes and hiding under junk.  There was rain water in the little swimming pool – one of my favorite ways to wash them.  It shouldn’t take long, right? I’d do it when the husband was home for lunch in case the puppy was too much of a challenge. No worries.

OMG. What. An. Idiot.  First of all, did you know that rocks and crystals are actually heavy?  And that polished stones are a very slippery and slide-y? So in comes a bucket to put the ones that can being stacked and ‘dumped’. But then there are all the ones that are fragile or could get chipped or broken.  They could only be stacked in a single layer. And my crystals were in various places in the house.  In and out, in and out, in and out of the house I went.  My enthusiasm began to wane. But then I stopped and looked at what I was putting into the pool.

Aren't they just beautiful? It is calming just to look at them.

Aren’t they just beautiful? It is calming just to look at them.

I was actually able to catch some of the fire in the labradorite heart with my cheapo camera.  Gorgeous!

I was actually able to catch some of the fire in the labradorite heart with my cheapo camera. Gorgeous!

I decided to wash them in batches.  Some of the crystals, like Selenite, are water-soluble.  Those cannot be soaked.  Some of the crystals, like Amethyst and Amber, can’t be left out in the sun for long.  The sun can bleach Amethyst, something I didn’t know in the beginning and so my best cluster isn’t quite what it used to be.   UV rays can actually turn Amber to dust with too much exposure. And thus I sat down to enjoy myself.

The sun was warm and bright and the water warm and clear.  It was a joy to sit there gently washing my crystals, remembering to focus on them totally, noticing the way they were made and how they felt in my hand.  Tuning in to them and the moment. And then the husband announced lunch was over, “Bye!”.  What? Huh? An hour was gone and I hadn’t even gotten half of them done!  I watched him leave with regret.  The puppy was mine now.

I had laid a sheet (cotton) down on the earth to lay my crystals out in the sun for recharging. I had to take time to explain to the puppy, “No, you may not jump into the middle of the sheet and spin in circles grabbing the sheet.”

And, “No, you may not pounce in a large leap onto the crystals and start digging at them.”.

And, of course, “No you may not grab mouthfuls of crystals and take off across the yard chewing and spitting crystals.”.

I was torn between laughter and exasperation.  Fortunately, he’s a Border Collie puppy so the problems were very short-lived.  Good Ryder!

Shortly thereafter, I noticed that I was roasting.  The temperature had risen 8 degrees, from comfortable to hot. And the water was getting cloudy! That had never happened before with small washings. So off I went back into the house to wash the ‘usual’ way under the faucet. And wash. And wash.  Suddenly a joyful interlude was becoming work.  It’s very hard to be ‘in the moment’ and attune to the crystals when you’re wondering how much longer it’s going to take.  And by longer, I mean by the time I was done three hours had passed.  It never occurred to me it would take so long!  And I had felt a bit rushed! And while the crystals were brightened up over their outing, a bit of something was lost in the process.

The normally deep satisfaction and calm that I usually feel was not present.  Don’t get me wrong, the time wasn’t wasted.  But I think I just spread myself out too thin and was too rushed to have a proper sit down with them.  So I won’t be doing them all at once ever again.  It just isn’t ‘good enough’, if you get my drift. Though having them all done and in one place does bring a smile to my face!

Whew! Done!  Now time to start putting them into the boxes and trays so that they're easily accessable and viewable!

Whew! Done! Now time to start putting them into the boxes and trays I’ve put together so that they’re easily accessible and viewable!

 

2nd Crystal Box Done

I’m on my way to corralling my crystals!  Go here to find out what got me started on the boxes and what they looked like in the beginning.  This is the second one fully loaded:

So, from the lower left corner clockwise around the outside: Rhodonite - Chrysoprase (the two lighter ones are partially tumbled) - Grey Botswana Agate - Fluorite - Orange Calcite - Agate  Geodes (Yeah, I'm a sucker for those little miniature worlds.).  The left center square: Iron Pyrite - Bronzite - Chiastolite (cross stone) - Mookite.  The right center square: Amethyst Cluster - Rough Blue Kyanite.

So, from the lower left corner clockwise around the outside: Rhodonite – Chrysoprase (the two lighter ones are partially tumbled) – Grey Botswana Agate – Fluorite – Rough Orange Calcite – Agate Geodes (Yeah, I’m a sucker for those little miniature worlds.). The left center square: Iron Pyrite – Bronzite – Chiastolite (cross stone) – Mookite. The right center square: Amethyst Cluster – Rough Blue Kyanite.

Unfortunately, I’m finding that even some of my small clusters are too tall for these boxes.  And clusters can’t be stacked on one another or they will break.  So I’m going to have think about this AND look for solutions.  I want them out where they can be seen.  Here is what I put on the side of this box:

I love this egg paper but didn't want to have rectangles of eggs lining the sides of the box. I'm not overly fond of rows of straight lines.  Also the paper isn't quite long enough to cover the sides without patching. Which I didn't want to do either.  So I matched the paint to the writing on the paper and cut different layouts of eggs for all four sides. Ta Da!

I love this egg paper but didn’t want to have rectangles of eggs lining the sides of the box. I’m not overly fond of rows of straight lines. Also the paper isn’t quite long enough to cover the sides without patching. Which I didn’t want to do either. So I matched the paint to the writing on the paper and cut different layouts of eggs for all four sides. Ta Da!

One more long box to go and then on to the square ones!  Hope you’re enjoying my crafty fun!

1st Crystal Box Done (finally)

I have many, many crystals.  Like over 150.  BUT – only around 50 different kinds. I have been buying in bulk fairly cheap.  The idea was to sell the extras to get my money back.  Weellll, I haven’t gotten that far yet. 🙂  Even after I do get rid of a bunch of them, I will need some way to store them so that I can still enjoy them.

Enter small shadow boxes.  The crystals will still be visible, but dust free and cat safe.  Though my cats are pretty good about leaving stuff on my end table alone, anywhere else is fair game.  And I want to set these out so others can enjoy them as well.  Right now they are stored in boxes and plastic tubs and I have to go digging when I want something that isn’t out already.  That’s kinda pointless, right?  They are there to be used and enjoyed.  Not tucked out of sight.

So, I took some of my birthday cheer last spring and bought some boxes.  Three are shadow boxes and 2 are square windowed boxes to hold the larger massage stones.  I have finally gotten around to painting them.  Here’s the first one:

Plain shadow box for $5.

Plain shadow box for $5.

I decided to paint the inside with pearlized white paint.

I decided to paint the inside with pearlized white paint.

This box decided to be green.

This box decided to be green.  I lined the bottom of the sections with white felt to reduce the knocking around sounds.

I decorated with papers.

I decorated with papers.  After gluing the papers on I covered the outside of the box with two coats of varnish.

Long side 2.

Long side 2.

Back short side.

Back short end.

Short front end.

Front short end.

Loaded with crystals.

Loaded with crystals.  Starting with the lower left corner and going around the outside they are as follows:  Malachite – Lapis Lazuli – Tree Agate – Rough Septarian – Rough Black Amber – Fuchsite – Rough Yellow Jasper – Small Agate Geodes.  Now the center boxes left to right:  Moss Agate – Shiva Lingam – Desert Jasper

Two more boxes to finish up.  And I definitely need to pass along my extras.  How many Tree Agates does one person need? 😀

Renaissance Festival 2014 (Part 2) – Loot

So, of course, we have to bring home good stuff as a reminder of our trip.  I am a crystal-aholic and the crystal guy, Ron (Creations of the Sun and Moon) always has sweet deals.

Black Amethyst Druzy Cluster!  I paid a pittance for this!  When I looked this crystal up to learn more about it (it's not in any of my crystal books), I found out just how cheaply I got it.  Ron certainly under priced this one!

Black Amethyst Druzy Cluster! I paid a pittance for this! When I looked this crystal up to learn more about it (it’s not in any of my crystal books), I found out just how cheaply I got it. Ron certainly under priced this one!

Clockwise from the blue crystal at the bottom:  Apatite, Chiastolite (also known as Andalusite and Cross Stone), Mookite (love the purple and spidery veins), an Agate slice (This was actually a necklace but I took the cord off of it.  I love the natural design.  I'm sick of all the dyed slices.), and Bronzite.

Clockwise from the blue crystal at the bottom: Apatite, Chiastolite (also known as Andalusite and Cross Stone), Mookite (love the purple and spidery veins), an Agate slice (This was actually a necklace but I took the cord off of it. I love the natural design. I’m sick of all the dyed slices.), and Bronzite.

Apophylite.  This has been the most difficult crystal I have ever had to photograph. It has a subtle green tint that just wouldn't show up in the pictures. And then the light came through the kitchen window just so and it looked really dark.  So this picture still isn't quite right, but at least you have an idea of the hint of green.

Apophylite. This has been the most difficult crystal I have ever had to photograph. It has a subtle green tint that just wouldn’t show up in the pictures. And then the light came through the kitchen window just so and it looked really dark. So this picture still isn’t quite right, but at least you have an idea of the hint of green.

This is the back of the Apophylite crystal.  The pinkish crystal you saw on the front of it and the crystals here on the back are Stilbite.  The two crystals are frequently found together.

This is the back of the Apophylite crystal. The pinkish crystal you saw on the front of it and the crystals here on the back are Stilbite. The two crystals are frequently found together.

Pink Stilbite with some clear Apophylite crystals.  This cluster is almost the size of a baseball.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Pink Stilbite with some clear Apophylite crystals. This cluster is roughly 2/3rds  the size of a baseball. Isn’t it gorgeous?

This is the back of the cluster.  The clear shiny stuff is Apophylite.  I love the formations.

This is the back of the cluster. The clear crystals at the bottom are Apophylite. I love the formations of the Stilbite.

Of course, Spider Bait had to have his pointy things.  A sword and a knife with a chain and ball.  Don't ask.  Espe decided to see what the fuss was about.

Of course, Spider Bait had to have his pointy things. A sword and a knife with a chain and ball. Don’t ask. Espe decided to see what the fuss was about.

The Broom Pentacle (Brooms of Elder).  I have looked at this necklace a couple of years in a row.  This year I bought it.  I am going to change the cord to a chain at some point.

The Broom Pentacle (Brooms of Elder). I have looked at this necklace a couple of years in a row. This year I bought it. I am going to change the cord to a chain at some point.

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And, of course, we couldn't leave without  the fabulous Cinnamon Almonds!

And, of course, we couldn’t leave without the fabulous Cinnamon Almonds!

Unfortunately, I ran out of money before I shopped in these two places:

https://www.facebook.com/MSotherdenArtGlass   There were some gorgeous lanterns I wanted!

http://ragtradervintage.com/   Oh, the rings and necklaces and pocket watches and…!!!  *sigh*  Ah, the wants!

Hope you enjoyed viewing our spoils!

My Birthday Trip to the Museum (Part 3) (Crystals!)

Yep, I’m late.  Had to pack Saver of Bugs off to her new digs way out in Philly.  *Sniffle*  Hopefully, she’ll find time to get a post up with a few pics of her new home.  (HINT-HINT-HINT!!!)

I luuuvvvve crystals/minerals/rocks etc.  It was too bad that it was the last stop before leaving.  We had to rush* through that section so a lot of the pictures were too blurry to keep and some don’t have what they are on them.  Hope you enjoy the sampling!

*For those of you who don’t know, our dog Jake has bladder cancer.  He can only hold his pee for about 5 hours.  We brought him up to my BFF’s house.  She lives about 30 minutes from the museum.  But there still wasn’t enough time to see everything!  I could have spent the entire day there.

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And, of course, since it was my birthday… I had to have birthday presents!

Stilbite

Stilbite

Wavellite

Wavellite

Kyanite

Kyanite

Thanks for coming along!  Hope you enjoyed the trip to the museum!

New Oracle Deck “Wisdom of the Hidden Realms”

“Wisdom of the Hidden Realms” by Colette Baron-Reid 

I have looked at this deck off and on after seeing it over at JulieLand (http://urthalun.com/).  Not long ago I was hunting unsuccessfully at Half Price Books for a book on Permaculture when this deck popped out at me.  Just one copy only.  After wandering away and coming back I caved and brought it home.

It then sat there on the floor by the couch, untouched,  nagging me on a regular basis about the fact that I had gotten away from Tarot and my cards with all the ‘not fun’ I’d been having.  It was time to get myself centered again.  So I gave in to the urge to ‘clear the decks’ so to speak.  I washed all my card bags and cloths and took some time one evening to sit quietly and put all my decks in order.

All in order and put away in clean bags.

All in order and put away in clean bags.

I then began exploring my new deck.  It is an Oracle deck with 44 cards and a small, easily portable 123 page guidebook.  The meanings are listed under ‘Ally’ (upright) or ‘Challenger’ (reversed).  The deck is based on the idea that magical beings at one time walked beside us, helping to bridge the gap between the realm of Spirit and us here on Earth.  Over time we set them aside and lost our ability to connect with these friends.  ‘Wisdom of the Hidden Realms’ was created to help us reconnect with them.  “They guide us to create a life of peace, purpose, prosperity, and love and to restore balance and healing to our world.”

Here are some pictures from the deck:

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My only complaint so far is the back of the cards.  You can easily see who is reversed.  I don't want to see ahead of time.

My only complaint so far is the back of the cards. You can easily see who is reversed. I don’t want to see ahead of time.

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I do love the art work of this deck.

Crystals

Along with cleaning and ordering my decks, I washed and set all the crystals and stones that I could find out for some sun to recharge.  I think I’m going to get my books out and make a list of all the crystals just to see what all I have.

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Out In The Yard

It has been in the 30’s at night here recently and only 40’s in the daytime.  This necessitated an emergency move of plants into the garage. *sigh*  But what really surprised me is Mr. Toad has shown up again spending a couple of hours a day, in the cold!, soaking in the dog dish.  Go figure.

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Our header today is a new mum I bought (cheap!) to replace one I killed.

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Mugs

This is another favorite.  Sadly our actual American Goldfinches have exchanged their bright yellow coats for their drab olive winter coat.  Winter is here. *sigh*

This is another favorite. Sadly our actual American Goldfinches have exchanged their bright yellow coats for their drab olive winter coat. Winter is here. *sigh*

Well, it’s 10:30.  Not too bad.  Now to edit and post.  Night all!