Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winner of Mondays with Mary Giveaway

For Mondays with Mary yesterday
I promised this shrine to a blogging friend
that participates in the hop!

Le Sanctuare - The Sanctuary

I put in four numbers (for the four participants)
into the random number generator
on random.org
and it gave me

Kate Steeper

Congratulations Kate!! 
Please send me your postal address and
I will mail the shrine to you!

Please come back next Monday
and see what I am giving away then!
Maybe I will give a sneak preview later
this week!

Have a wonderful week

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mondays with Mary - join in with me!

A pile of old wooden drawers from an unwanted cupboard

a walk on the beach
collecting some shells

and some old junk is given new life

Stella Maris
Star of the Sea

The halfmoon or cows horns
is a universal symbol for the
divine feminine
luna or the moon

the soft reflective light of the moon
is seen as feminine, as opposed
to the harsh bright light of the masculine sun

I filled the tiny plastic containers with tiny
sea shells and turned them into legs for the shrine

At the back is a tiny tarot card The Moon that
i made long ago

Previously this shrine contained a mermaid
but then I found this old vintage statue of Mary
that looks like it may have washed up on the beach
like the Star of the Sea

If you would like to play along
with Mondays with Mary
and share anything Mary
please link up below and your post
will go into the hat for this week's 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Give-away on Mondays with Mary

On Monday 24 Feb 2014 you are invited
to join with me in my weekly
Mondays with Mary.

but with an added sweetness!

I will be giving something beautiful and handmade
and something imbued with the image or spirit of Mary
away every week.  The winner will be announced
the following Monday.

This week I am gifting this beautiful
small shrine called Le Sanctuare, the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary. Le Sanctuaire.    
I took a small canvas and turned into a shadowbox which I covered in  vintage French papers.  
The image of Mary I created in clay and then painted it and placed her 
inside the small shrine.

I embellished the shrine with german glass glitter and a multitude of miniature roses. 
 Her halo is tiny rhinestones and and at the top of the sanctuary is a beautiful rhinestone crown.

And of course, it will arrive beautifully packed in tissue paper and voile bag with rose petals and
pink salts and frankincense and things beautiful and fragrant and blessed.
I have been very fortunate to travel to some mystical places
and have collected dust and holy waters from these places as well as
second class relics. 
I will add blessed rose petals touched to a second class St Therese relic to the mixture of blessed pink salt and frankincense and crushed rose petals.

Goddesses have perennially been associated with flowers. 
 The rose is a symbol of resurrection and gives scars and death a mystical significance.  
The Mystical Rose can also be a lotus, the symbol of spring, which grew in the Jordan valley in bible times.    The rose is the western symbol of wholeness and it is also like the virgin, whole and intact, a flower unfolding.  
The Cosmic Rose in the Hindu tradition is meant to describe the beauty of the divine Mother.  
The rose is the mystic center of perfect and unsullied sanctity. 
 Dante wrote of Mary : Here is the rose wherein the word of God was made incarnate.

Dimensions : 12 x 9 x 3 cm

Part of the Sacred in the Ordinary series of shrines.
All my shrines come with a catalogue number, name and label.

Shrine Series : Sacred in the Ordinary
Number : 101
Name : Le Sanctuaire

If you play along, please leave a comment after you have linked up
and send us to your blog so that we can visit you too.
Your name will go into a hat for the draw of this beautiful
shrine and I will announce the winner at the next Mondays with Mary.

Let's have some beautiful fun!!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Monday with Mary new blog hop AND Give-away

Cloister of the Heart

Please grab my Mondays with Mary badge
in the side margin
and play along every Monday!

The gracious Rebecca started Mornings with Mary
months ago, and it became one of my favourite
link ups.  However, due to her busy travel
schedule Mornings with Mary is no more.
But I am continuing with Mondays with Mary

And to spice things up,
I will offer a give away for all those
who do participate
anywhere in the world.

Mondays with Mary
is not a religious event -
it is a celebration of all
things Feminine and Divinely Feminine.

Whatever this means to YOU.

and in whatever way you want to celebrate
the Divine Feminine
in your belief, in your creativity,
in your ideas and expression

The philosopher Thomas Moore, in his wonderful works on Soul, 
really defines it for me. Everyone has a Soul and thus a religion of the Soul, 
and that may be found in the enchantment of everyday living, in art as a sacred undertaking, 
or it may be found in the practise and application of a holy book and its teachings.

So please grab the badge
and spread the word
and be back here on Monday
and I will reveal the give-away


Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday with Mary - Mary of the Blue Apples

Our Lady of the Blue Apples

In the region of Languedoc and Rennes in France,
 legends and myths prevail.
Religion, culture and stories are intertwined almost
In this Cathar region there are many hints and clues
to the true story behind the story.
These include the region and castle known as
the 'Blue Apples', references to the Holy Grail,
buried gold and devotion to the Blessed Virgin and
to Mary Magdalene.

This is the grail watermark of the Merovingian kings of the Rennes
said to be fruit of the vine or the royal bloodline of Mary Magdalene.
Merovingian grail watermark

The Priory of Sion was tied with the Knights Templar and claims of the Merovingian kings to be descendents of the Davidic bloodline through the lineage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Many of the Parisian elite belonged to this secret society, including the French music composer Claude Debussy, listed as Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. 

I visited this region two years ago and was
fascinated by all the lore and created a tiny altar
for Our Lady of the Blue Apples.

The tiny statue is the Vierge Noire de Paris or Notre Dame as the French refer
to her.  I bought this statue in the Latin Quarter in Paris.
Archangel Michael is regarded as the Great Protector by the Knights
Templar.  You can see the black and white chequered floor - traditional
of the Knights Templar's masonic temples.
Of course you cannot miss the tiny blue 'apples' or grapes in the holy grail.

A wonderful Mary week to you!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Grow Your Blog Giveaway Today!

This beautiful reliquary shrine from the
Shards of Beauty series
is going to ...........................


Thank you Shane for participating and congratulations!
May this shrine bring you much joy!!

Please send me your postal address to
and I will send her to you.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Mornings with Mary

I am making the most of the summer sunshine!
I am sitting under my 'Sacred Heart tree'.  That is not
its real name - in fact, I do not know what these trees
are called, but they are all over my garden - the just
pop up and become these incredible umbrellas of light
and shade.
The leaves are heart shaped and one in every
ten or twenty turns red right from the start,
till it drops.

The fragrance of summer roses on the breeze

Water drops glistening on the Christ Thorn

Peace as light as a baby's breath

A warm morning with Mary to you

and if you are looking for my GYB blog post
and giveaway
you will find it here


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Five more days for Grow Your Blog give-away

There are five more days left for my
give-away in the Grow Your Blog party.

If you would like your name to go into the draw,
please leave a comment.
My GYB post can be found here 

and this is my give-away

A Shard of Beauty

An ancient relic from The Temple of Mary

You can read the full story here

And you can see other such finds at

The winner will be announced here on
Saturday 15 February 2014

good luck!! and blessings


Compassion for animals that share this world with us

Animals share this beautiful planet with us and unfortunately
they often pay a terrible price for our lifestyle.

I share here with you a call from 
Compassion in World Farming

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Dear Hettienne,

These pigs in China were living in a totally barren, dark shed – stuffed into tiny stalls, lined up as if they were sausages already in a packet. One sow was so large she could not fit into her crate. Her hind legs were resting on the back of the pig in the neighbouring stall and her own back was pressed hard against the bars. The suffering was palpable.
One of the farmers told us that the pigs’ manure went straight into the river. The bright green, polluted waterway at the back of the farmhouse suggested that he was telling the truth.
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This is just one example of the horrors I uncovered during my global investigation into the factory farming crisis. I found overflowing farm waste making water-supplies undrinkable and polluting the air so much that it was causing families to become ill; the environment being completely trashed to grow feed for factory farmed animals; and animals all over the world enduring a terrible conveyor belt of cruelty.
As you may know, my investigation has just been released as Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Bloomsbury – one of the world’s most influential publishers. Thanks to the support of people like you, the evidence we’ve gathered is also opening new doors among politicians, journalists and members of the public. This is our chance to say ‘enough is enough’ to the tidal wave of destruction caused by factory farming. But we must keep up the momentum. Will you help?
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If we work together we can:
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Philip Lymbery
Chief Executive
Compassion in World Farming
 Philip Lymbery
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With matched funding, your donation can do twice as much to end animal suffering. With your help we can tackle the factory farming crisis head-on, so please dig deep and give whatever you can today.
Case study of Chinese pigs taken from Farmageddon, an investigative account of the true cost of cheap meat, by Philip Lymbery with Isabel Oakeshott.