Verda Vests are back in stock!

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Very stoked to announce that Verda Vests are back in the shop! These are hands down my favorite pieces to make, a true labor of love. The fabric is hand painted and heat set with beeswax, for a weatherproof finish and beautiful sheen. These vests also feature hand stitched braided trim along the yoke, antique brass snaps, front welt pockets, and a rose-embroidered inside pocket.

Each vest comes with a beeswax bar and instructions for re-application as needed.  Check out photos below to see the details, and find them in the shop here.

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Earth and Sky Meditation

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Here is a simple meditation to ground and expand, and carry with you throughout the day. All you need is 10 minutes and a quiet place to sit.

1. Get comfortable. Sit on the floor or the earth (if outside) – use a folded blanket or pillow if you like. Have a clock or phone ready and set it for 10 minutes, or however long you prefer to meditate.

2. Feel your lower body get heavy. Imagine it connecting to the energies of the earth – the soil, metals, roots, rocks, fungi, bones and blood. Connect deeper and deeper through the layers of time.

3. Feel your upper body connect to the sky, and outer space – the sun, the moon, the clouds, the stars, the outer planets, nebulae, meteors, the spaciousness and solitude and expansion.

4. Now experience them simultaneously, connecting lower body to the energies of the earth, and upper body to the energies of space. Perhaps your spine begins to uncurl and stretch.

5. Finally, focus on your solar plexus, where these energies meet. Solar = sun, which is positioned in space yet nourishes the earth. Visualize sunlight hitting the ground from which green tendrils emerge to meet it. Feel this energy in your solar plexus.

6. End your meditation by trying to hold all three energy connections at once – upper body, lower body, solar plexus. Breathe deep and feel the expansion.

You can carry this with you through the rest of your day, noting your feet connecting to the earth, the crown of your head connecting to the sky, and your solar plexus expanding out to both. Consider that the heart is located just above the solar plexus – perhaps it is our portal to the beyond.

I always light one of my beeswax votives before I start meditation, holding a soft gaze on the flame until I feel present, centered, and ready to begin. You can find my beeswax votives here. You could also try out the Witch’s Brew Bath Soak prior to your meditation, to assist in visualization.

I hope you enjoy this meditation and let me know what you think in the comments! ❤

*New* Moondust Tanks in the shop!

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The new Moondust tank from the Cauldron Collection is in the shop! Made with a bamboo cotton jersey, these tanks are super soft and lightweight like your favorite vintage tshirt. Handdyed with botanical dyes, handwashed with bronners soap and a splash of rose water, triple rinsed for color fastness. Features raw edges, center back seam, and front pocket. Find them here

April 2018 Markets

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It’s market time! Looking forward to shifting from my winter production lair and getting back to spring and summer markets. 🙂 I have lots of new pieces from the Cauldron Collection and apothecary goods are fully stocked.

Fremont Markets are weather-pending but I always post day of on my Instagram account (@corvidaegoods) when I am there. Thrilled to be participating at the Black Owl Market again – this one is not to be missed! See ya at the markets!!

DIY Lavender Mint Body Scrub

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Salt scrubs are a simple and inexpensive way to incorporate herbs and oils into your skin care routine. Salt in itself is a wonderful material to work with – it draws out toxins and negative energy, and fine sea salt makes an excellent exfoliant. This lavender mint salt scrub is perfect for helping you wake up in the morning, after a work out to soothe tired/sore muscles, or in the evening to scrub the day off. If you have sensitive skin, you can also try replacing the salt with sugar, which is less abrasive. Here’s the recipe and instructions —

Ingredients:

3/4 C. fine grain sea salt
3 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP honey
2 TBSP dried lavender buds
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

Combine your salt, olive oil, and honey in a bowl and mix well.
Measure out your lavender – if you have a mortar and pestle grind it up a bit first to soften it and release more of its fragrance.
Add lavender to the bowl and mix well.
Drop in your essential oils, and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into a jar and cap it until ready for use.

Additional notes:
I don’t recommend using the scrub after shaving, it will sting!
The resulting mixture will be somewhat crumbly – you can add more oil if  you like, just remember that it can make your bath tub/shower floor slippery.
Because lavender is so fragrant, you could make this scrub without essential oils and it will still smell yummy – especially if you grind up the lavender a bit first.
The oil and honey tend to work its way to the bottom of the jar, so I always just set the capped jar upside down when it’s not in use.

This recipe is an excerpt from my zine, DIY Herbal Bath Kit, which you can find here.

To pair your salt scrub with a handmade, all-natural soap, check out these items in the shop:

Honey Soap Bar

Meadow Soap Bar

Luna Soap Bar

Honey Rose Soap Bar

Visions Soap Bar

Cedar Soap Bar

I hope you enjoy this, and let me know what you think in the comments! ❤