Did you think it was me? Don’t worry, it’s coming. Lucky chum. Instead…

Yesterday had a great girls’ nite dinner – delicious food, lovely company, on point conversation. Then…one of my friends relates a story about meeting up with the on-again-off-again man of hers. *sigh* You didn’t let him into the heart again, did you? we chastised (guilty as charged).

We get it, he’s a good man but with boyish tendencies (the immature ones not the endearing ones) — commitment issues, wanting to prove himself before settling down, you know, yada yada life life life. We like him. We adore him. He, not that it matters, is handsome, tall, European (where the gooood hand-dipped chocolates are from), younger, intelligent, smart, driven, owns his home, has tight ties with his family, has close knit bunch of loyal friends, has a great career and even better smile. (Yes, he’s for real.)

But he made mistakes. She made mistakes. He made some more. Hence, You didn’t let him into the heart again, did you? Of course, as people do, he changed, he grew up, he grew some, and our boy stepped up and put a ring on it, à la Beyoncé.

The best is that it came from left field. Detour right. Risk. Venture. Hit target. Encountered forcefield. Shock. Push button. Release shield. Open heart. Yes.

*Jumpy claps*

♡ Hello, lovely to meet you


I have less time, less tolerance for bullshit, more interest in good taste, more confidence in my own judgement. The culture with which I surround myself is a reflection of my personality and the circumstances of my life, which is in part how it should be.

– Nick Hornby


I’ve been away…well, not away-away, but absent from this little hobby. I’ve been doing tons of inner-work, which is quite exhausting and time-consuming and all-out amazing too.

I should get into it more, but alas it would take paragraphs to do so, and by then you’d be going cross-eyed.

So, here I am, hoping to return with little rays of sunshine and sparkle. It makes me happy, all double-happiness-like. In the meantime, though, I’d like to say hello with my smiling mug in my favourite American city. Why not?

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I ♥ gem essences

Gem & Crystal Essences, or vibrational essences. Interest in the use of vibrational essences is currently growing enormously as more and more people reach a level of awareness that leads them to look for natural ways to create greater unity and wholeness in their lives.

Each essence contains the life force or energy imprint of a particular gem, crystal or mineral. These beautiful energies provide a positive balancing force, which in a natural gentle way help to release the energetic patterning of old thoughts, attitudes and emotional issues that no longer serve us. This simple system of re-patterning effects change at a causal level offering us the powerful opportunity to bring harmony and balance to emotions, mind, & spirit

How can Essences Help Us
Using vibrational essences will help us to gently feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that unconsciously create who we are and how we react to situations and people in our lives.


Gem essences follow a very ancient tradition. Ancient cultures used gems and sound vibration to direct the subtle forces of nature. Gems came to be used in astrology as well, to counteract the negative influence of the planets. In ancient eastern medicine, gemstones and gem elixirs played an important role in the healing process.

Crystals and gems were highly respected for their remarkable, even magical powers and vibrational healing properties. Scientific evidence that acknowledges the special vibrational frequencies of gems is only coming to light as science develops the knowledge and tools to analyze the structure and properties of gems, and quantum physics gives us some of the answers as to why gems, crystals and minerals are able to do what they do. Somehow they understood the vibrational power of gems and their potential influence on the subtle energies of the human being that science is only just beginning to explain today.

Zambian Emeralds

Dating back as far as 3000 BC, a number of Vedic texts mention the use of gems, both in terms of astrology and healing. Gems were used whole, placed or worn on the body, or crushed and ingested as a powder or drunk as an elixir.

Gem essences capture the vibrational frequencies of gems and are encoded with wisdom achieved at a planetary level. This wisdom is transferred from the gem to the essences in the process of making the essence. A gem is placed in a bowl of water and then in the sun for several hours, where the vibrational pattern of the gem is transferred to the water. The gem is then removed from the water and alcohol/brandy is added to preserve the memory of the vibrational frequency of the gem. This creates the ‘mother tincture’. The essence is then diluted to create a ‘stock essence’. A further dilution takes place to create a ‘dosage essence’.

As Masaru Emoto has shown in his work with water (www.hado.net), intent, words, thought and music all have an impact upon the structure of water.

– See more at: http://www.luminesce.ca/aboutgemess.html#sthash.1UOyKNWV.dpuf

I ♥ french pastries



Do you? Not big fat pastries, like canolis or Danish. I mean petit fours. The pretty, dainty pastries that are usually from France. This includes macarons.

I’m partial to éclairs and Napoleans. Canelé and Jesuite

Buttercream. Pink Fondant. Flaky bits of millefeuille. Raspberries.


How I love thee.

Not that I eat a lot of pastries in my city, but here’s what I do like:

♫ I ♥ Christmas tunes


I love Christmas songs! So festive! I know that there are radio stations that play Christmas music 24/7 during December, but I don’t find that helpful because I have favourites that they don’t play. 

Here is a list of my favourite Christmas tunes. Enjoy!


Ashanti | Hey Santa | LISTEN

Babyface | Winter Wonderland | LISTEN

Bishop Allen | You’ll Never Find Your Christmas | LISTEN

Blackalicious | Toy Jackpot | LISTEN

Boyz II Men | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Brian McKnight | Home for the Holidays | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | Christmas Time | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | The Christmas Song (remix) | LISTEN

Destiny’s Child | Eight Days of Christmas | LISTEN

Dido | Christmas Day | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Santa Claus is Coming Home | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve? | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Frosty the Snowman  | LISTEN

En Vogue | Silent Night | LISTEN

Guster | Tiny Christmas Tree | LISTEN

Harry Connick Jr. | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Indie.Arie & Stevie Wonder | The Christmas Song | LISTEN

Jason Mraz | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Joe | This Christmas | LISTEN

KT Tunstall | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Lenka | All My Bells Are Ringing  | LISTEN

Little Jackie | Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothing On Me | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | Christmas (Baby Come Home) | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | All I Want For Christmas | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Christmas is Finally Here | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Marshmallow World  | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Cool Yule | LISTEN

Meghan Smith | It Snowed | LISTEN

Meiko | Maybe Next Year (Xmas Song) | LISTEN

Glee | Wonderful Christmas | LISTEN

Peabo Bryson | It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Jingle Bells | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Deck the Halls | LISTEN

Take 6 | You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch | LISTEN

The Temptations | Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer | LISTEN

TLC | Sleigh Ride | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | I’ll Be Home For Christmas | LISTEN

Train | Shake Up Christmas | LISTEN



I enjoy receiving flowers just as much as the next gal. My favorite season for flowers is spring, since my favourite flower is the peony. I also have a soft spot for cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, freesias, and daffodils.

I have always been fascinated with florigraphy, the study of the language of flowers. Throughout the ages, flowers have been used to communicate messages, sometimes spiritual (such as the “purity” of the lily in reference to Mary), sometimes magical (as in medicine). The Victorian Age in England led to flowers being used as a means of communication in which flowers, posies, bouquets, and arrangements were used to send coded messages. Yes, you could express feelings with flowers that otherwise could not be spoken.

But it’s not just the British. The Japanese also have a language of flowers called Hanakotoba, used much the same way. I’ve touched upon both of these flower languages in a post about tulips (refresher HERE).

In the very least, I find it so artful and sweet, and useful for all bouquets, including wedding, friendship, courtship and the like. I’m just going to highlight the flowers I like the most here…

AMARYLLIS – pride (F); shy (H)


AZALEA – Take care of yourself, Temperance, Fragile (F); Patient/Modest (H)


BIRD OF PARADISE – Liberty, Magnificence, Good Perspective

Bird of Paradise

BLUEBELL/BELL FLOWER – Humility, Constancy, Gratitude (F); Grateful (H)


BUTTERCUP – Riches, Childishness


 CALLA LILY – Magnificent Beauty

Calla Lilies

 CAMELLIA – Admiration, Perfection, Good Luck Gift for a Man, Gratitude


Pink Camellia

 CAMELLIA (RED) – You’re a flame in my heart (F); In Love (H)

Red Camellia

 CAMELLIA (WHITE) – Adoration, Perfection, Loveliness (F); Waiting (H)

White Camellia


Yellow Camellia

 CAMELLIA (JAPANESE): Unpretending excellence

Camellia Japonica

CHERRY BLOSSOM: A good education (F); Transience of life, Wabi-sabi, Gentle, Kind (H); Feminine Beauty (C)

Cherry Blossoms


Red Chrysanthemum

CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW): Slighted love (F); Imperial, Elegant (H)

Yellow Chrysanthemum (via elisedean)

CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE): Truth/Self-Esteem (H)

White Chrysanthemum

CORNFLOWER – Delicacy, Refinement (F)


CROCUS – Cheerfulness, Abuse Not, Gladness (F)


DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, Sunshine, Respect, The Sun Shines When I’m with You; Uncertainty, Chivalry



DAHLIA – Dignity and Elegance, Forever Thine (F); Good Taste (H)

Dahlias (via rclark)

DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never tell, Purity, Beauty (F); Faith (H)

 DAISY OX-EYE – Patience (F)


DAISY (RED) – Beauty Unknown to Possessor

Red Daisy (via melissawrzesniewsky)

FORGET ME NOT – True Love, Memories

Forget-Me-Nots (via nodov)

FREESIA – Innocence, Trust (F); Immaculate, Childish, Immature (H)

Freesias (via lonoak)

GARDENIA – You’re lovely, Secret love, Purity, Refinement (F); Secret Love, Pure (H)



Gerbera Daisies

GLADIOLI – Generosity, I’m sincere, Flower of the gladiators


HIBISCUS – Consumed by Love, Delicate Beauty, Rare beauty (F); Gentle (H)


HYACINTH (BLUE) – Consistency

Blue Hyacinth

HYACINTH (PURPLE) – Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow

Purple Grape Hyacinth


Pink Hyacinth (via o_lesyk)

HYACINTH (WHITE) – Unobtrusive Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You

White Hyacinth


Yellow Hyacinth

HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness (F); Pride (H)

Blue Hydrangea

IRIS – Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom & Valor (F); Noble Heart, Good News (H)


IVY – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection, Dependence, Endurance

IVY (SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS)- Anxious to please, Affection

JASMINE (WHITE) – Amiability (F); Friendly, Graceful (H)

JASMINE (INDIAN) – Attachment 

Indian Jasmine

JASMINE (SPANISH) – Sensuality

Spanish Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum)

JASMINE (YELLOW) – Modesty, Grace, Elegance

Yellow Jasmine (Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens)

JONQUIL – Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy


LAVENDER – Love, Devotion, Distrust

Lavender (kbhew)

LILAC (GENERAL) – Beauty, Pride (F); First Love (H)

 LILAC (PURPLE) – First emotions of love

Purple Lilac

 LILAC (WHITE) – Youthful Innocence

White Lilac

LILY (all) – Majesty & Honor, Purity of Heart

LILY (TIGER) – Wealth, Pride, Prosperity

LILY (WHITE) – Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You

White Lilies

LILY (YELLOW) – I’m Walking On Air, False, Gay, Gratitude

Yellow Lily (via v4vikey)

LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears Of The Virgin Mary, Happiness, Humility (F); Promise of Happiness (H)


LOTUS – Estranged love, Forgetful of the Past

Pink Lotus

MAGNOLIA – Nobility, Perseverance, Nobility (F); Sublime (H)

Magnolia (via Jörg Dickmann)

MAGNOLIA (CHINESE) – Love of Nature

Chinese Magnolia


Morning Glory

ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage, Fruitfulness

Orange Blossoms

ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtfulness


ORCHID (CATTLEYA) – Mature Charm

PANSY – Merriment, Thoughts (You Occupy My Thoughts)


 PEONY – Shame, Happy Marriage, Compassion, Bashfulness


PERIWINKLE – Early Recollections, Pleasures of Memories, Sweet Memories


PLUM BLOSSOM – Pure & True

Plum Blossoms (via Eiki Yasuda)

RHODODENDRON – Danger, Beware, I am Dangerous


ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happiness

Bridal Roses

ROSE (BURGUNDY) – Unconscious Beauty

Burgundy Rose

ROSE (CHRISTMAS)- Relieve my anxiety

Christmas Rose (via Imogen Eve)

ROSE (CORAL) – Desire

Coral Roses

ROSE (DAMASK) – Freshness, Persian Ambassador of Love

Damask Roses (via pedroam-bang)


Dark Crimson Rose (via WS2)

ROSE (LAVENDER) – Enchantment

Lavender-Purple Roses

ROSE (ORANGE) – Fascination

Orange Roses

 ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Secret Love, Grace & Sweetness, Indecision

Pink Roses

 ROSE (DARK PINK) – Thankfulness

ROSE (PALE PINK) – Grace, Joy

 ROSE (PEACH) – Immortality, Modesty

Peach Roses

 ROSE (RED) – Love, Respect, Beauty

Red Roses


Single Red Rose

ROSE (TEA) – I’ll Remember, Always

Tea Rose

ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence, Charm, Purity, Humility, I am Worthy of You, Secrecy, Silence

White Roses

  ROSE (YELLOW) – Joy, Jealousy, Friendship (one yellow rose with 11 red ones means love & passion)

Yellow Roses

ROSES (ASSORTED) – You’re everything to me

Bouquet of Assorted Roses


ROSEBUD – Beauty & Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

Rose Bud (HKM Photo)

ROSEBUD (RED) – Pure & Lovely

 ROSEBUD (WHITE) – Girlhood, Heart Ignorant of Love

ROSES (Single full bloom) – I truly love you, Simplicity.

* SNAPDRAGON – Gracious Lady, Strength


SNOWDROP – Hope, Consolation

Snowdrops (via prolandscaper)

 STEPHANOTIS – Marital Happiness, Desire to Travel

Stephanotis (via alispoems)

 SUNFLOWER (TALL) – False riches, Pride (F); Love & Respect (H)

sunflowers (via imisshowitwasbefore)

SUNFLOWER ( DWARF) – Adoration

SWEETPEA – Good-by, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely (F); Joy (H)

Sweetpeas (via crudlynaturephotos)

 TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland


* TULIP (RED) -Believe me, Declaration of Love


* TULIP (VARIEGATED) – Beautiful eyes


* TULIP (YELLOW) – There’s Sunshine In Your Smile


* VIOLET – Modesty, Virtue, Affection (F); Please Love Me (H)


* VIOLET (BLUE) – Watchfulness, Faithfulness, Love


* VIOLET (WHITE) – Let’s Take A Chance On Happiness


* WISTERIA – Welcome (F); Beautiful Birth (H)


* ZINNIA (MAGENTA) – Lasting Affection


* ZINNIA (MIXED) – Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend


* ZINNIA (SCARLET) – Constancy


* ZINNIA (WHITE) – Goodness


* ZINNIA (YELLOW) – Daily Remembrance