Thursday, February 12, 2015

Madame Z's Corner - Rose Quartz

Madame Z provides monthly posts featuring a different healing stone each month. She gathers her info from many different sources including the books: The Pocket Book of Stones; The Way of the Green Witch; Healing Crystals and Gemstones; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones; and Grimoire for a Green Witch; the websites: That Crystal Site; Wings of Spirit; and Healing Crystals for You; as well as relying on personal experience. Healing stones are not a substitute for medical treatment. Anyone with serious medical or emotional issues should consult with a health care professional. When purchasing a healing stone, it is best to buy the stone you are drawn to. Healing stones should be cleansed and charged periodically. We cleanse our personal stones at least once a month, and sometimes more often if we feel they need it. Cleansing can be accomplished by holding the stone in a stream of water. A natural stream is best, but since most of us do not have access to one, filtered water is a good substitute. Some stones should not be placed in water. These stones can be placed in dirt or smudged with white sage. To recharge the stones, place in a sunny window or in moonlight for a few hours.

Our February spotlight stone is the beautiful love stone, Rose Quartz. Legend has it, Eros brought rose quartz to Earth hoping to arouse love among the people. 

Rose quartz is believed to help one attract romance, love, and even their soul mate. Considered a beneficial stone for grief, it is thought to bring a feeling of comfort and unconditional love towards yourself and others. Rose Quartz is believed to bring compassionate feelings, to heal the heart of negative emotions, to re-awaken trust, and to cleanse the aura. A protective stone, it is also thought to help one release stress, dissolve anger, and to calm fear. Rose Quartz is even believed to boost self-esteem and to transform negative energy to positive.

Physically, Rose Quartz is considered effective against radiation- placing it next to a computer is believed to prevent headaches and eye strain. It is also thought to improve sleep quality when placed next to the bed. Fittingly for a love stone, it is believed to increase sexuality and fertility. This beautiful stone is considered helpful in stimulating circulation, and in relieving the pain of shingles and fibromyalgia, too.

Magickally, rose quartz is associated with peace, love, and comfort.

Rose Quartz is a heart chakra stone, believed to help one connect their earth bound existence with their higher, spiritual self. Quartz stones in general, including rose, are thought to amplify and store energy.

Our personal experience with rose quartz energy is of a calming and loving stone. We also experience a feeling of being grounded when in contact with this stone.

Rose Quartz should be cleansed with warm water and charged by moonlight. All quartz will fade over time if exposed to sunlight.
Fading is believed to cause a stone's power to decrease. The energy of rose quartz is thought to be so powerful that it can be felt just by placing in a room.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fray's Focus- Our Remodel Project

Greetings all! Welcome to the premiere of Fray's Focus. My hope is to make this a regular feature on the blog, with each post being unique and informative. This first post, providing a behind the scenes look at the transformation that has been taking place since I arrived a couple months ago, will be a little different than those in the future.

I have had a great time getting acquainted with my fellow staff members: Grimoire, Jezebel, The Human, and of course, getting to know my cousin, Madame Z, better. They made me feel welcome from the first day here and have been very supportive as I adjusted to my new life.

This past month, our work rooms have been getting a makeover. The old carpet that was here when the Humans' bought the place- and that I understand they hated - has been removed and different flooring has been installed. The new flooring looks like hardwood but is actually vinyl. Clean-up is much easier and it looks wonderful. Because it is vinyl we do not have to worry about getting it wet, which is a big plus since we never know what sort of creative projects might come our way.

To prepare for the remodel project, cabinets to store a few items had to be put together. Grimoire and Madame Z took on that task along with the human known as Hubby.

Then, we had to move everything from one room to the other and start ripping up the old carpet. Jezebel oversaw this portion of the project while the Humans' contributed the physical labor.

The human known as Hubby had a buddy who came over the next day to help him finish installing the new floor.

Grimmie, who is always up for hanging around with the guys whenever they are here, ended up covered in sawdust.

Madame Z lent a paw to removing the carpet from the steps. This flooring cannot be installed on them. They will be getting a temporary coat of paint until a different friend of the human known as Hubby has time to finish them.

We all really love the new floor!

We were able to pick up some wild paint for the steps from a local hardware store. We liked it so much we decided to paint the trim, too.

Our pattern and reference books now have a home close to the scale and mailing materials........

and our arts/crafts supplies are all now stored in clear containers. 
It will be so much easier now to find the needed materials to  complete projects.

Finally, we managed to do all this while still keeping the beloved garden look.

We even added this guy to our collection of quirky items that make us smile!

While re-decorating has been fun, we're all itching to get back to work creating new things for the ETSY shops'.

And where was I while all the construction was going on?
 In my office writing this post. After all, somebody around this place had to keep the shops' going!

Until next time, Lady Fray