Alternative Wedding Ring

From one of my favourite Etsy shops,  Rickson Jewellery. I wear a ring I bought here, over two years ago, every day.

This Unique Alternative Raw Diamond engagement ring is pure simplicity and elegance. It’s a non traditional, white gold and diamond engagement ring featuring a huge gray rough diamond. I love the contrast between the consistency and purity of the twisted white gold, and the rawness of the rough grey diamond. This piece is made to order and will have a different raw diamond. Tell me what colour, size and style you’d like and I’ll find the perfect diamond for you. Photo shows a 5ct grey diamond!

Where the Wild Things Are: A Pagan Appreciation for History

Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, March, 1, 2003.

Do you care about history?

I love reading a bit here and there. I studied history in high school. I would have taken it in college but it wasn’t available among my optional courses.

Mostly I like reading about women in history ancient history and old cultures and customs. Being a Pagan/ Witchy type person I tend to read about superstitions and old traditions connected to nature and ceremonies too. I once spent several hours in the public library reading about wedding traditions and omens. That was long before my own wedding.

When I first heard of Wicca I went to the library to read about it. I wanted to know where it came from and who was involved. How did they feel about the things that matter most to me? That’s all history too. Most, of the people who created Wicca are no longer here to tell us their side of things. If you go even farther back, the first Witches and Pagans are hopelessly lost to us. We couldn’t even come up with a reliable source to know who the first Witch really was. Just some woman gathering herbs and helping people I would guess. But, you can’t know. That’s something lost to history.

History gives us a past, an anchor. Whatever else you learn about, it’s all current or in the future. Nothing but history teaches you about mistakes, conquests, people and possibilities that have come before you.

Not everyone appreciates history. Some think of it as just dusty old books that don’t matter any more. But, I think differently. How can you follow your path if you don’t know where you’ve been and what you’ve passed along the way?

Oh Martha!

Maybe too much decoration really. But, I wouldn’t protest too much if it were to appear for any wedding I attend.

Meringue Bouquet Cake

Any cake frosted in buttercream can be decorated with crisp meringue flowers in shades of white. On this cake, some flowers are piped in one piece and baked in the oven, while others are piped petal by petal, baked, assembled with more meringue, and baked again; the overall effect is that of a heavily embroidered bodice.

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: White Winter Weddings

Best Wishes Will and Kate!

I’m watching the Royal Wedding. Switching between CTV and CBC, both are talking about different things but CTV seems to be keeping it more in the present rather than rehashing everything and anything. It was nice to see Diana a bit in old news though. Poor Mom, wouldn’t she love to be here, meeting Kate and wishing them well.

Am I the only one having a bit of a cry? Two young people with so much ahead of them, so much extra pressure for them too. I hope all goes well with the wedding, I don’t see why it wouldn’t. I bet it is planned and checked to within an inch of it’s life. There is probably very little room for error, or surprises.