Friday, July 22, 2016

Mad Tea Party: Tea and Tarot


Welcome to my Mad Mad Tea Party! This post is part of a fantastic blog party hosted by A Fanciful Twist. It's a traditional blog hop so please make sure to visit the home page on Fanciful Twist for the links to all the participating blogs!

Welcome to my home, please pull up a chair and have a seat at my Tarot table! I have a nice hot cup of tea ready and waiting for you! 

Today we are using my newest deck, The Wild Unknown Tarot. It's a beautiful handmade deck that I found on the Internet. I love how the artwork really speaks to me. It's simple and powerful. It's full of hand drawn animals and rustic designs. I've laid out a few spreads below using the deck so you can see the artwork in action. 

3 card spread:

7 of cups
Mother of wands (queen of wands)
Ace of swords 

4 card spread: 

The Magician 
The Hanged Man 

And below you can see all of the major arcana laid out all at once. 

And here is what the deck looks like in a Celtic Cross spread. It has become one of my favourite decks already. I've used it for several readings with clients already. 

If you are interested in a tarot reading by me please check out my Etsy store. I've just added a 3 card ($10) and a Celtic Cross ($20) spread on Etsy. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bat Fit Update: Summer Cycling

The Curious Professor Z's Bat Fit 2016

When spring started this year I thought I was in the worst physical shape I have been in for years! I was steadily gaining weight and couldn't keep up with my regular cycling club rides this year. I was really worried I would never be able to keep up again. My cardio has never been good but this year it was atrocious. I am a very experienced mountain biker. I've been riding for at least 10 years but that doesn't mean a thing if you're sucking too much air and feel like you're going to pass out while trying to ride up a hill.

Since I couldn't keep up with the fast guys on the regular rides anymore I started posting my own slower rides just to get myself going again. Luckily some of the ladies from my bike club are joining me and we are working towards building up the cardio at a good pace.

We had a special advanced bike skills clinic as well this week working on some technical skills of riding on rocks.  A few of the instructors took on the challenge of teaching some of us girls how to ride down tricky rocky and rooty descents and how to lift our front tires in order to ride over larger log crossings. Most of us girls were experienced riders, so it was interesting to see how we can keep improving on the sport. Even if you think you are really good at something there is always the next level to learn when it comes to mountain biking. 

You see, in the mountain biking community there are two types of riders. Those that like to go as fast as they can on smooth trails and those that like to ride slowly and technical over rocks. The first type is what I like to call the "roadies" or racers. You know the type. They watch everything they eat, they know exactly how much their bike weighs, they use Strava to keep track of their times, and they usually belong to some type of race club. They are the A-Type personalities of the mountain biking world. The second type of mountain bikers are what I call the "good timers". They just like to have a good time on the trails. Whether it's slow or fast. They are easy to spot because they usually have a beer in their hand and a smile on their face after a long ride. They ride heavier all-mountain bikes instead of light weight bikes, they prefer flat pedals instead of being clipped into the pedals, they look for the challenges on the trail rather than riding by them, and they love beer! 

I definitely fit in better with the good timers. My bike skills are pretty good but I definitely need to work on improving them. I need to improve my cardio also so I can keep up to the guys again but I'm not interested in racing again any time soon. I did do some racing almost 10 years ago. But that seems like another lifetime now. I would rather spend my time these days teaching new riders rather than trying to improve my time on Strava. 

What I love about the sport is that I'm out in nature at least three times a week. I love to be in the woods. It's my home away from home. When you are mountain biking you have to focus solely on the trail in front of you. You have no time to think about everyday troubles or worries when you're riding because if you let your mind wander too much you end up crashing into a tree! You are entirely focused on what is coming up ahead of you. How to get over that rock, what line to pick, or looking further down the trail. You will end up in this meditative zone of cycling. It is definitely good for the soul as well as your body. 

This soul healing quality to mountain biking is hard to describe. It struck me the other day during the skills clinic just how much mountain biking perfectly mirrors life in a way that was completely unexpected for me. There we were, a group of experienced female riders learning new skills on a difficult trail. Basically what we were learning was that sometimes it's better to slow down and take on the challenges that come along in life instead of trying to race past everything difficult and take the easy route around the obstacle. Sometimes you have to face that challenge head on and conquer it even though you might crash. Now that's an important life lesson! Even if you do crash, just pick yourself up and dust off the dirt and try that obstacle again and again until it is no big deal anymore. If you never try to conquer your inner demons you will never know your full self on the other side of fear. The best things in life are on the other side of fear so don't let it hold you back any longer. I said to the instructor after the ride that I crashed more that day than I have any many years and he said that's because you tried to do more than you have been doing for many years. He's so right. I had become stale in a holding pattern of only taking the easy route. But not only the easy route on the trails but also in life. The challenge free route might be easy and drama free but it will never lead you to where you want to go in life. 

Hopefully this summer I can finally get my cardio back in shape but I know it's going to take a long time to get there and I'm going to have to face my demons instead of trying to run away from them! Go over those rocks and roots until they become easy and then search for a new challenge! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Faery Dress

I've been on a bit of a break from sewing lately but I am definitely starting to feel inspired once again! The first dress I've done is a pretty orange knit with a black lace overlay. I styled it with my steampunk boots and a beaded shawl. Here's the link to Etsy if you're interested.

How did that puppy butt get in there! Really Bella! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I've been hacked!

I thought my name change went over smoothly but alas NO! It did not! 

It seems someone else has taken over my previous name Mourning Glory Designs and my followers are being spammed from the old blog. I'm really sorry for the confusion or inconvenience! 

If you are a previous follower you might have to unfollow the old blog and sign up for this one. I've contacted Blogger about the problem but I'm not sure what they can do about the problem. 

A Mad Mad Tea Party Blog Party

Please come join me and lots of other fantastic bloggers for a virtual tea party on July 23rd. We are tumbling down the rabbit hole and there will be tons of beautiful blogs to follow and read!

Please hop on over to A Fanciful Twist to learn all the delicious details.