Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale

 Good morning lovelies! It's Black Friday, and you know what it means...

To celebrate the arrival of the holidays, ALL the items in my Etsy shop are 20% off. All you need to do is to apply the coupon code above at checkout. This promotion is going all the way through the weekend until the end of Cyber Monday, Dec 2nd, so feel free to take a look at my shop... who knows you might find something to surprise your loved one(s) this holiday season!

Also, don't forget that tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Even if you don't order anything from Terra Mystique, I highly encourage you to support local and small businesses this year.
Go handmade and happy shopping! ❤

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday: Porto Botanical Garden, Portugal (Part I)

Oops, I did it again.
I had this post ready for publishing and forgot to click the orange button. Anyway...

When we think of Autumn we think of golden and crimson woods and crisp air. But that is not exactly the case here in northwestern Portugal. In fact, it's such a weird transition. One day you're sweating in shorts and tee; the next, the rain comes to make you fetch some warm socks and that coat you hadn't worn for at least half an year. It rains for almost an entire month, until you decide to forgive the heat and wish Summer to come back. Then, when it finally stops raining, the freeze comes. It's hard to get out of your oh-so-warm-and-comfy bed in the morning, and leaving the house without at least three layers of clothing is an invite to flu. And, when you step out the door and take a good look around for the first time in weeks, you notice the almost nude trees and only then you realize Winter is almost upon us!

These pictures were taken around a Moon ago. It was one of those rainy days, but I was craving for some pathwalking (not the shamanistic type of pathwalking but literally walking) and dozing away from my everyday life.

The Porto Botanical Garden was created in 1951 on the former manor of João Henrique Andresen. Andresen had acquired the property in 1895 and turned its outer spaces into a romantic garden, where the celebrated portuguese writer Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen spent most of her childhood. This is where she found inspiration for some of her books, like "The Bronze Boy" (O Rapaz de Bronze) and "The Forest" (A Floresta). The Bronze Boy actually came out from the fountain depicted in the fifth picture below.

In time, the property of the Porto Botanical Garden was greatly diminished especially due to urban development, but what I've showed today is only a very small part of it. There's still a rosary, an arboretum, a succulent garden, a small lake... you would need at least an entire morning to walk around and actually see all the amazing places of this Garden. It might not be the most spectacular green space in Porto, but it's indeed an enchanted place, so I'll make sure to bring some more in time! 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Getting ready for holiday season

Alas, the holiday season is upon us and as usual I'm still catching up on my own plans! My first semester is over and in just a few days I'll be starting my internship in Landscape Architecture. It's mindblowing that I'm almost finishing my studies after so many years. On the one hand I can't wait until it's finally over so I can start making a living. On the other, I don't know what might await me behind that door. It all feels crazy.

But at least all those deadlines and the daily 12h+ studying are finally done. Not saying that an internship is not a big deal, but it means that from now on I'll have more time to do other things I like and work on Terra Mystique. This is really important now that Christmas/Yule is coming, especially so I can keep up with orders and promotions.

Speaking of promotions, I'll be hosting a Black Friday Sale on my shop this year! Still haven't decided on the discounts but make sure to keep an eye out for it. :)

With a few days to rest before my internship starts, I have a lot of plans for the next few weeks. There are a lot of tutorials coming up, including holiday-themed. Me and my Mom have been brainstorming and got a few cheap-yet-special ideas to make our new home look pretty for Christmas/Yule. Alas, I'd rather start materializing all these thoughts before I find myself unable to finish it all on time again.

Anyway, there are a lot of things to do today. I'm still planning a new Wanderlust Wednesday for later, so stay tuned for more! ❤
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"To Dance Among the Trees" Lookbook by The Bohemian Collective

Laura Mazurek from Roots & Feathers has released the new lookbook by The Bohemian Collective a few days ago and it mesmerized me so much that I simply had to share it. "To Dance Among the Trees" is a collection of bohemian clothing and accessories by various artists who sell their work online and are indeed extremely talented. And Laura, the head of this amazing collaboration, is so freaking beautiful!

"This collection of artists came together in such a striking way, calling forth the essence of Autumn.  As we dance our way into the winter months... "

All pictures by Laura Mazurek.

See the whole lookbook here, and don't forget to check the featured artists and show them some luv!
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five Facts Friday

[This post was supposed to come live yesterday, but silly-me forgot to confirm the schedule! Sorry about that! :)]

Hey lovelies!
Lately I've been meditating on how fast time goes. It feels like barely a Moon ago I was still sunbathing on my balcony and wandering in summer dresses and shorts by the seashore, but in reality Winter Solstice is drawing near and near! This academic semester is also coming to an end- and I must say I can't wait to finally stop for a few days before I start my internship, which will be a culmination of my nearly 6-year academic life. The last couple of months have been stressful and hasty with so many deadlines and a major landscape architecture project taking all my time and efforts.

Anyway, it's been a long time since my last Five Facts Friday post, so I thought I'd give you guys another little bit of myself this weekend! If you're here thanks to the Take It From Me giveaway, welcome! I thank you for visiting this little world of mine of words and dreams, hoping you will enjoy your stay here. If, on the other hand, you haven't yet entered to win a 20% discount code at my shop, make sure to click the link above!

1. I love intelligent chats under the Moon and Stars. And if I can have a bottle of fresh apple cider in the meanwhile, even better!

2. I have never dyed my hair, aside from a couple of highlights when I was 14. But for ages now, D. has been trying to convince me to dye it dark red. Hmm, should I do his will?

3. I hate speaking in public. It doesn't matter how much I study and rehearse my speech and all those deep breaths before I start... and in my course, public presentations are like our daily monthly bread. Yeek!

4. When I was a kid, I had a cockatoo called Lolita. But a couple of years later, we found out it was a male! Nowadays we still giggle about our (sadly long gone) macho bird with a promiscuous female name.

5. I'm a tree hugger! Didn't I mention that yet?

Thanks again for stopping by! Wishing a peaceful weekend and a lovely Full Moon ☽O☾

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Round about the cauldron go..."

As many of you know, last Friday was All Saints Day, a holiday celebrated in many cultures around the globe by many names, that honors the lives of those who have already departed.

It has its roots in the Aztec festival for the Goddess Mictecacihuatl, The Lady of The Dead, as well as (...)  the Celtic and Pagan holiday of Samhain when bonfires are lit to honor the dead and aid them on their journey. In many cultures, this time is a period where the veils between the worlds are the thinnest, so it is a perfect time for us to pause, honor and pay homage to our ancestors and our loved ones who have passed on.
~Mystic Mamma

Although All Saints Day, as a non-official catholic holiday, is mildly solemnized here in Portugal, the roots of it have slowly died throughout the centuries. Except for a few who vow to have some fun, there aren't such traditions as dressing up, trick or treatin', home decorating or pumpkin carving. Personally, I have never, ever, had a pumpkin for Halloween (sadly for me), and gone is the time I got into dressing up for the spooky night. But I do love this time of the year. As Nature falls to sleep and our mood struggles to makes us ready for Winter, it somehow does feel like life itself changes.

Indeed, the Celts did distinguish only two seasons of the year - the dark half of the year and its opposite. Samhain marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter, as a midpoint between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, as well as the Celtic New Year's eve. It was a time of celebration of the last harvest and preparation to survive the Winter. The cycle of life was also celebrated, by reflecting on deceased kinfolk, setting out their favorite foods and carving out turnips (the first Jack-o-lanters) to attract desired spirits and scare any other spirits unwanted. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

I can never find a good whole pumpkin around here and, once again, I let my busy life take over my spirituality and personal development (tssk, tssk). So the only thing I managed to do for now was this discrete memorial using some stuff I had at home and a herb-infused candle I bought locally. I know it may sound a little sloppy, but my intentions were there...

Too often, we forget where our traditions came from. I agree with Mystic Mamma when she says that we are all connected in this web of life and we are here as result of the energy of those who came to this Earth before us. So honoring all of those who have visibly or even invisibly touched our life and soul is a simple yet great way to celebrate this festival in our modern days. Still, I missed the carved pumpkin!

Even though Samhain/Halloween/All Saints is celebrated on October 31, this year's actual astrological date hits only November 7 (see here). So maybe we're all still on time to meditate on new beginnings, even if there are no pumpkins nor turnips nor candy apples.

I'll always have my spooky familiar though.

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