Kumihimo + Garnet = Perfection!

So today, I wrapped a stone for the first time ever.
I used 16 gauge wire around my Almandine Garnet from SageGoddess.com to wear as a pendant on the Kumihimo necklace that my 13 year old daughter, Caroline aka “Cali,” made for me.
This is absolutely a favorite piece of jewelry, now.
Sacred Adornment?

This piece isn’t for sale, but SageGoddess has more gemstones and ALMANDINE GARNETS available on her website, and CraftingCali has other KUMIHIMO available in her Etsy store!

The links:

KUMIHIMO by CraftingCali on Etsy:

ALMANDINE GARNET from TheSageGoddess:

The grounded, wholesome, loving, cooperative energy of this assembly is amazing! πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž
Truly, I treasure it!

If you see this and use Pinterest, please pin us from this post or the products directly from either of the links featured! Thank you!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

“InnerWitch” October Photo Challenge!

I’m joining this October photo challenge, too! Yes, I’m participating in TWO photo challenges this month! What better way to celebrate the month of October is there than by letting loose your “InnerWitch!” πŸ˜ƒ Fun! Using only photos I take myself of items in my house, I think this a fun way to get to know everyone else that is participating on your own social media accounts, too! (I’m a few days late getting started, so I’m making 3 posts today to catch up!)

October 1: “Path”
I’m solitary. Truly. My whole life. But, I am fascinated by the paths of others and enjoy the dialogue and learning from all walks. I don’t fit neatly into a religious package, yet I believe. I am primarily a nontheistic, nondeity yet Universalist believer/follower of energy. (I embrace, yet simultaneously reject many aspects of all formal religions such as Wicca religions, Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tao-ism, etc indifferently from one another, while collectively admiring/adhering to the beautiful, general driving goals fundamental to the establishment of each.) I work with what I know to be tools granted to me… Herbs, crystals, fire, bodies of water, astronomy… I’m fairly well read on a variety of religions, none of which I follow, yet I collect a wide variety of statuary. You can see a bit more on my personal fb wall, in a recent smudging VIDEO of mine or on my IG @WhatAmberLoves. My path is not NEW AGE; in fact it is quite ANCIENT. πŸ’ž


October 2: “Incense”
Yes! So much yes! Loose, stick, cone, and smudge bundles. I grow a lot of my own herbs to use as loose incense that I burn on charcoal discs. I have a fabulous aluminum feather stick incense holder that I adore. Cones I buy commercially, but may expand to try making my own soon. Smudge: I have white sage, cedar, palo santo, and a floral bundle, each for different purposes. I’m adding a few links that you may find of interest (recipes for DIY incense to correlate with astrological signs and spell work and a smudging link about the different bundles and the known properties of each.)
Link for incense recipes: http://www.oocities.org/incenserecipes/recipes.html
Link about known properties of various types of smudge bundles: http://www.sagegoddess.com/smudging-101-how-to-clear-your-space-with-sacred-herbs-resins/


October 3: “Sacred Jewelry”
Yes! Definitely. I have a few links on my blog discussing it a bit more in depth. For me, sacred adornment (jewelry) is more about actual stones, fossils, and feathers than man made symbols. Everyday, I choose which pieces to wear based on my intent and the known energy shifting properties of each stone and/or memory, sentimentality, family connection of the piece that I honor.
Links to the pieces shown in this photo:
Pendants: http://whatamberloves.com/2015/07/14/my-power-gemstone-of-the-day/
Quartz Bracelet: http://whatamberloves.com/2015/08/14/sacred-adornment-quartz-memory-wire-bracelet/


October 4: Waning Moon
Labradorite, Quartz Sphere, & Astrophyllite
Book: The Book of the Moon, by Tom Folley


Day 5: Triple Goddess
Yes. Spiritual Embrace of Each stage of life and/or fertility cycle. Yes.
(antique pitcher from my grandmother, my mid century mod statue, fairy doll poster in my daughters’ room.)


Day 6: “Vessel of Water”
Gemstone Elixirs, here. Gem elixirs, also called crystal essences or crystal waters, have been used by many throughout the ages. They are a convenient way to use the vibrational energies of the crystals for crystal healing, magick, and more. I use the indirect method of stones inside a glass inside of my water. I choose stones based on needs/intentions of the moment. For example: garnet and obsidian for grounding. Sodalite for rest. πŸ’ž
Read more about elixirs on another site: http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/how-to-make-gem-elixirs-or-crystal-essences/
Read More about which gemstones and colors I coordinate with my chakras for energy balance:


(I’ll update this post everyday throughout the month with text and photos that coordinate with the given prompt! Please, also see my ProjectSTIR Photo Challenge post about family cooking traditions in which I’m also participating this month! Between the two, I’ll be busy with my camera this month! πŸ’ž)

Your Friend,


#PhotoChallenge #October #2015

Use your social media to share your family’s cooking traditions!

Details about the project, prizes, and so forth can be found by clicking here –> http://www.sarahshotts.com/projectstir/

In addition to posting my photos on my personal fb page, IG account and Pinterest, I’ll update this blog daily to add new photos to THIS post!


Day 1: kitchen tool
(Yes! I have a kitchen utensil or two! Here is one of many drawers that house my kitchen utensils.)


Day 2: recipe card
(Yes! I have LOTS of cards. My favorites: those that family members have filled out for me and my extensive collection of cards that I used to pick up for free in the @WalMart produce section years ago. I have like 100 of them in this square basket. It’s not hard to tell that I’m born and raised in Arkansas!) β€ͺ


Day 3: Mixing Bowl.
FireKing Jadeite. I don’t have a complete collection. My first one was passed to me from my great grandmother via my Gram. I’ve purchased several at antique stores to accompany it. I use them all the time. They’re the best for cheese dip. They’re fabulous to serve salad. They’re my “go to” mixing bowls.

Day 4: Memory
I remember my great grandparents (my dad’s mother’s parents.) I have vivid memories of sitting at their kitchen table drinking a malt, picking up pecans in their backyard, and so many more. They were amazing. These are photos of them as I remember them, one of her recipe books that my grandmother has trusted me to care for and pass to future generations, and a glass juicer from their kitchen. You can read quite a bit about the amazing life of my great-grandfather, Bill Seiz, at: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?search=1&entryID=2719


Day5: Globe
I have 100 or so #cookbooks. Here are a handful of favorites representing various cuisine. Chinese, Spanish, Italian, American (specifically, Southern,) English. 😊


Autumn Equinox! Mabon!

MABON 🏼:: Apples and Pinecones for me this week: picked up pinecones in my Grandmother’s backyard this weekend and I picked apples from my apple. The dehydrator is running tonight, so I’ll have plenty of apple chips ready before Equinox, September 23, 2015. 🏼


󾁉UNICORN󾁉 (I collect ATC, Artist Trading Cards, a bit, and I thought y’all might appreciate this rare sighting of a Unicorn in my collection during this time of harvest season.) Artist: Barbara Garrett


In Family news, our girls are growing like wild flowers these days! Last night, we participated in a fundraising event for Robinson Band at Spirited Arts. A portion of ticket sales goes back to the Band. Each student painted their own canvas with a music note and got to keep the painting! Here is our 8th grade 3rd year flute playing daughter preparing her canvas:


Me, personally? I’m working on my public speaking. I’m more than a bit shy at times. I meditated with a few of gemstones recently and I feel a shift already!

GOAL: Manifest a new ability to communicate effectively in front of large groups. (Labradorite palm stones = new beginnings. Blue Kyanite = throat chakra / communication. Pyrite = abundance. Quartz cluster = amplification. Astrophyllite = manifestation.)


I hope all is well in your spaces, too! Best wishes! More soon!

Your Friend,

GoKart Transformation!

WooHoo!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž
Our 10 day GoKart transformation is now complete:
new motor,
new brakes,
new wheel bearings,
new front tires,
new gloss black paint,
new hot PINK upholstery, headrest, and pads,
new seatbelts, etc! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž

Ready to ride!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž Thanks, Mitch!




Our 3 girls are so excited to ride!!
–Amber Hamilton Henson


Gemstones, Jewelry, & 7 Chakras

As I mentioned in another recent post, I love Sacred Adornment, the act of intentionally selecting pieces of jewelry for a transformational purpose!

So, while I’m talking about jewelry lately, I thought it might be fun to coordinate a few pieces of my jewelry, rock/mineral specimens, and a few personal items in order to create images that correlate to each of the seven chakras, as I understand them to be. (Many of the pieces of jewelry shown are pieces I’ve assembled!)

As we journey through these photos, let’s begin at the root, shall we? We shall!

I am. 🌹❀️🌹
root chakra: earth, ruby, red, grounding

I feel. 🍁🍊🍁
sacral chakra: water, carnelian, reproduction


I do. βœ¨πŸ’›βœ¨
solar chakra: Fire, topaz, tiger eye


I love. πŸŒΏπŸ’šπŸŒΏ
heart chakra: air, wavellite, green fluorite, love


I speak. πŸŽπŸ’™πŸŽ
throat chakra: your space, turquoise


I see.πŸ‘€πŸ’ŽπŸ‘€
ThirdEye Chakra: mind, sodalight, peacock ore


I understand. πŸ’ŽπŸ’œπŸ’Ž
crown chakra: spirit, amethyst, Clear Quartz


Well? πŸ˜ƒ That was fun for me! I hope you enjoyed it, too! I’d love it if you left me a comment, to let me know that you stopped by!

Your Friend,
— Amber Hamilton Henson


SACRED ADORNMENT Quartz Memory Wire Bracelet

Here is a Quartz memory wire bracelet I made recently. Athena (SageGoddess.com) mentioned in one of her listings/posts that she chooses jewelry (sacred adornment) based on intent and the energy shifting process of selecting which jewelry will get worn each day. I totally relate. Jewelry is my thing! This bracelet mentally easily transports me to feeling as if I belong in either of the spaces/rooms shown! πŸŒΏπŸ’ŽπŸŒΏ (I don’t sell jewelry; I only make it in my spare time for myself and daughters to wear.) ☺️
Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/35184440808922485/

Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/35184440814293950/


What do you think? This one is a fun one for me!
~Amber Hamilton Henson

Meditations gazing into Black Candles and Palm Stones!

Whether you call them vignettes or altars or other names matters not to me, because I love arranging and rearranging my “treasures” and “tools” and so forth. The combination of crystals, mirrors, plants, statuary, and more can be quickly and easily set into a display that feels soothing and absolutely magical for me when items are chosen with intention.
COURAGE βœ¨πŸ’žπŸŒΏπŸ’ŽπŸŒΏπŸ’žβœ¨

LUCK βœ¨πŸ’žπŸŒΏπŸ’ŽπŸŒΏπŸ’žβœ¨

GOALS βœ¨πŸ’žπŸŒΏπŸ’ŽπŸŒΏπŸ’žβœ¨

*May you find what you need, as I do!*


Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson


SideNote: Enjoy these photos? You might be interested to know I’m working with magical tools! The candles I’m using are BLACK SHADOW TEALIGHTS from Sage Goddess online store. Click through the link, and you may fall in love with the description of them, too! They’re artfully crafted, smell amazing, and are created with intent! The link: http://www.sagegoddess.com/product/shadow-tealights-for-illuminating-dark-magic/

Pentagram Blessing!

“Whether you come in to visit, or just to rest, when you enter our home, may you be blessed.”
This arrangement on my kitchen counter features a Quartz cluster, labradorite, fluorite, aragonite, and pink banded agate surrounded by peppers, roses, and herbs from my garden.




New Moon!

Labradorite and a glass of white wine to pamper my inner goddess while welcoming the new moon



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