Winter is for hibernating!

It is with great excitement that I am letting you all know that I am taking the winter off! It’s been a really big 12 months in Gypsy-land, and it really is time to stop working, have some quality time with my daughter before she starts school next year, and just enjoy doing very little for the remainder of the Winter.

What that means for my customers is that everything is on hold, except for DIY casting kits which will continue to be dispensed by my awesome staff member, Raichyl! (thanks Raich)

For some seasonal musings & wisdom, from my beauty-full teacher Jane Hardwicke Collings, please see here.

So I am sending you all warm Winter blessings. May you and your loved ones create the time and space to go inward this Winter, to take stock and dream dreams that will take root and burst forth come the warmer months of Spring!

Blessed be,

Gypsy x

Bondi Red Tent

Bondi Red Tent

 

 

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School Holiday Henna Tattooing Workshops

If you know me, you know I LOVE henna tattooing AND I LOVE teaching people stuff! Sooooooo…..I have just scheduled 4 henna tattooing workshops for the Spring/Summer School Holidays. But they aren’t just for kids! I love mixing adults and kids together, ‘cos they can learn from one another :)

I have just added a “stay on till 5pm” option for the kids though, so that busy parents who have to work, can! There’s a wee fee added for this, but I’m sure you’ll find it more than fair. For those wanting this option, we’ll do some fun craft stuff. Perhaps make some Goddess’/God’s eyes, or make wands or staffs…or do a little weaving.

Here are the dates in the flyer below.

To buy tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and put “Gypsy Artemis” in the search section. All my workshops will come up and you can just click on the one you want. Any problems (cos I.T. problems do sometimes happen!), call me on 0406 502 715.

So if you live in Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Hunter or Newcastle regions, get your creative butts on down to one of my henna tattooing workshops and learn yourself an addictive new art form!

There are a couple of “buy 1 get the 2nd 25% off” tickets available but be quick – they are VERY limited.

Blessings,

Gypsy x

School holidays spring summer

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Blessing way Bliss 2

Oh, I’m having another “I love my job” moment after receiving the following feedback from the beauty-full Mamma whose Blessingway I ran on Saturday…so I thought I’d share the love!!

“Hi Gypsy,

I honestly cannot find the words to thank you enough for the experience you created for me on Saturday. It was really one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences of my life. I was overwhelmed with the whole afternoon and as I really did not know what to expect I think it took a little while to process afterwards. It was so filled with love and deep connection with all my loved ones and it totally exceeded my expectations.

I think you did such an amazing job and you brought such a spiritual touch to the day that the feedback was unanimous that everyone absolutely loved it (even though I think there might have been a few people who were a little doubtful to begin with) you won them all over and by the end so many people had tears in their eyes and told me that it was the best baby shower they had ever been to and some said one of the most amazing days of their life! High praise.

I felt sorry for you as it was tough to keep the unruly crowd under control and you did this beautifully. I especially loved the bead/heart one on one component, I think I just cried the whole way through that and even now thinking about it makes me well up thinking of all the love. I can’t wait to make my necklace and re-read the hearts in the coming week.

I really hope we didn’t make you late for your next appointment – and I can only imagine how exhausted you must have been after such a big day of travel and hosting – and then drum making – my gosh – your super woman!! I was definitely tired – but joyful and went to sleep with a big smile on Saturday night.

The photos you have sent so far are just beautiful and I can’t wait to see more…

I will truly treasure the experience you gave to me on Saturday and thank you from the bottom of my heart for my beautiful blessingway. We are lucky to have gorgeous souls like you in the world to reconnect us to what’s important in life.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

PS: My henna is also a gorgeous reminder of the day! Thank you and sorry for making you have to redo it!

I think my sister is already passing on your details to a friend of hers who has a shower coming up and I will definitely recommend you to everyone I know who I think could be interested.”

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I’m off on Tour! (LOL)

Ok so I’m venturing up to the gorgeous Manning Valley, and taking my weaving and henna workshops with me!

Here are the flyers.

So if you live nearby, or have friends and family that do, I hope to see you there.

Tickets via http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/random-weave-basket-making-workshop-tickets-16744273573?aff=es2 and http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/henna-tattooing-workshop-tickets-16813426411?aff=es2

Henna WorkshopWeaving Workshop

Blessings,

Gypsy

x

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Random Weaving Basket Workshop

I am pleased to say that me and the awesome Karen from Miss Kizzy’s have partnered up to offer you a gorgeous weaving workshop on Saturday 25th April. But beware ladies, weaving is seriously addictive!

Please see flyer attached. Tickets via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/random-weave-basket-making-workshop-tickets-16113762698

I hope you can join us for a beauty full day together creating stunning baskets. (You’ll then be able to weave your asses off all year and make everyone their Chrissy presents!)

weaving flyer KIZZY final

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Blessingway Bliss

In the past few weeks, I’ve run some rather large Blessingways with 20+ gorgeous women! How divine to have such a large tribe of women supporting you as you approach a new life phase!

When I receive feedback about the impact of having a Blessingway, I always like to share it, as I often imagine how amazing women’s journeys to the birth altar would be if EVERY woman had a Blessingway!

“Dear Gypsy

Thank you so very much for guiding such a beautiful Blessingway last Saturday in celebration of my little bubba and my transition to motherhood.

The ceremony was very touching and the more I have reflected on it since last weekend the more I have taken away from it. I feel that the ceremony has really empowered me to enter the birthing process with confidence in my ability and instincts as a woman to birth my baby in a positive way.

It was beautiful to be surrounded by my ‘tribe’ of women, many of whom have been through this process before me and who I know will offer me support and guidance in the years to come.

Thank you also for sending through the photos – they have captured the day beautifully and I will certainly be printing some of them as keepsakes from the day.

I will be sure to keep you posted when our little bundle arrives!

Thank you again.

p.s – my henna is only just starting to fade so it has been a lovely reminder all week of how special last Saturday was!! My obstetrician and his student midwife also loved it at my checkup earlier in the week!!”

Belly hennaBlessingwayBelly henna

So often, when mamma’s call me to arrange their Blessingway, or a friend calls on their behalf, they are a little tentative about making the jump from “Baby Shower” to “Blessingway” in case their guests are out of their comfort zones. I am pleased to say, however, that by the end of the phone call, 99% (if not 100%) of them have relinquished control and have fully opened to the beauty of the Blessingway. Such a gift to open one’s heart to!

Blessingways are such a delightful, grounded and connected way to honour the amazing rite of passage that is pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Without fail, every time I do one, I remember how much I love my job!

I service the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Sydney regions.

If you’d like to make an enquiry or a booking, please do so via the contact tab. And remember, we do a male version of the Blessingway, called Father Rising ceremony…so Dad no longer needs to feel left out.

Blessings,

Gypsy

x

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That’s one happy Blessingway mamma!

I’m sitting here, way past my bedtime, with the biggest grin on my face. Why? Because a gorgeous mamma, off of her own back (without me even asking) just sent me this testimonial. Such gratitude!

Jessica’s Baby Blessingway at 34 weeks

“Discovering the option to have a Baby Blessingway or Mother Blessing as opposed to a Baby Shower really resonated with me.

I felt that it addressed all the transpersonal aspects of approaching motherhood and brought in a deeper sense around this profoundly special time. 

It was a fantastic way to connect me to my close friends, who were all at different stages of their lives, some mothers, some expecting and some with dreams of being a mother in the future. I was hoping we could all take something from it rather than just have a commercial celebration with cup cakes and games that was all about the baby and I.

Gypsy made the whole process seamless, from the moment of contact she suggested a time frame and agenda of how the ceremony would roll. This immediately put me at ease and made planning with the hostess a breeze.

Gypsy was flexible and incorporated my ideas so that we could put a personal spin on things. I already liked a lot of what she planned anyhow and she ensured that all would come together and fit within the time frame.

Gypsy had called me 3 times prior to the ceremony and we kept in touch by email. On the day I felt like I already knew her. She was very organized and warm.

I admit that at first I was nervous, but I was soon put to ease as I especially liked the way Gypsy opened up the ceremony by addressing peoples fears and concerns (if they were to silently be having any) asked guests to write down and burn their fears, followed by a smudging before we officially begun.

She embodied a strong directive approach yet created a spiritual and sensitive atmosphere, for me this balance was perfect and kept everything rolling well.

The ceremony was so special for me. We started by introducing our female ancestors and ourselves. Gypsy’s facilitation allowed us to hold a very sacred space to witness each other and ourselves. I felt safe and at ease.

 The set up was all there with beautiful candles, red twine and cards. Poems and sacred writings.

The highlight was when I had my belly henna’d by Gypsy, all my friends wrote down a positive word affirmation for the birth on a heart which was tied on to a red string and then written into the design we had agreed on for the belly henna.

I have this decorating my birthing space.

We all shared some food (everyone brought something healthy along) and feasted while Gypsy finished the henna. 

After eating my friends all presented me with that affirmation while Gypsy took photos of these moments some with joy and some touched me emotionally with tears. 

These photos have given me memories to treasure forever.

To finish off the ceremony we all laced a red twine around our wrists in a circle to connect us and I felt like we were in a sisterhood.  We were all connected and decided not to cut the red twine until labor had commenced.

I would highly recommend Gypsy to anyone who is looking for a alternative approach to recognising the transition into motherhood through a Blessingway.. Her skills are entwined together and the whole experience is one I will not forget. I feel honoured to have crossed paths with Gypsy and wish you the same experience for this special time of life. “

It’s kind of funny…I feel so blessed to be able to hold space for Mamma’s Blessingways/Mother Blessing ceremonies. It’s a complete honour to be invited into the space in the first place. So to get delicious feedback like this makes it all the more awesome! Goddess I love my job!

So if you are pregnant and are wanting something a little different to your average Baby Shower, perhaps a Blessingway / Mother Blessing ceremony is for you. I cover the Central Coast, Sydney, the Hunter and Newcastle areas. And remember, bookings of 2 hours or more receive complimentary photographs of the event. Check out here and here for more info.

Blessed be.

Gypsy x

Jess's Blessingway Jess's Blessingway

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Hen’s Night Henna

I think it’s safe to say that I feel privileged to be invited into ANY rite of passage ceremony…..but it’s pretty cool to be invited to help make a Hen’s Night a special occasion.

Last Friday I arrived at a luscious holiday rental at Copacabana on the Central Coast, to henna a bride-to-be, her gorgeous Mamma, and a few of her besties. We’d planned the designs in advance, so I arrived eager to get started.

Whilst the girls arrived from Sydney, my bride kicked back, sipped on some champas and snacked on some nibblies whilst I got to work on doing stunning henna designs on both sides of her hands, and her feet. They were a little Moroccan-esque with a hint of India. Superb!

Here are some snaps.

Hen's Night Henna Hen's Night Henna Hen's Night Henna

 

So if you are after a li’l something different to help make your Hen’s Night a beautiful night to remember..something that will last longer than just that evening, henna might be just the thing for you!

I can come to your home, holiday house or hotel, in Sydney, The Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions. I’ll work with you on the lead-up to your event, to help you decide on designs to match your taste and budget. For bookings of two hours or more (I often have a 2 hour minimum booking), I even include complimentary photographs, such as those featured above. So not only will you have a gorgeous henna stain that will last for days after your evening, but you’ll have great photos as well!

Of course, I cater for other events besides Hen’s Nights, including Blessingways/Mother Blessing ceremonies, birthdays, engagements, weddings and general parties.

For bookings, call 0406 502 715 or email gypsy@sacredhunger.com.au

Blessed be!

Gypsy x

 

 

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Genetic Mutation that can affect fertility, pregnancy and birth outcomes

Well it’s been quite a while since I last posted on here…..for MANY reasons. The main one relates to this very post :)

After decades of being tired (read “exhausted”) even after a good night’s sleep, it turns out that I have a genetic mutation! It’s known as the MTHFR genetic mutation, and upon investigation, it turns out that me having this genetic mutation and not knowing about it, could have had dire consequences for my pregnancy and the health of my daughter.

Put simply, this genetic mutation affects our ability to produce glutathione, which is our main antioxidant that helps us process toxins. It also renders those with the mutation unable to process folic acid….and we all know that most of us take folic acid whilst pregnant and lactating.

Because I had the gene mutation but was unaware of it, my daughter could have been born with autism or spina bifida (to name a few conditions) due mainly to my inability to absorb the folic acid.

Apparently the mutation can also be responsible for infertility, miscarriage and still birth, which is why I am telling anyone who will listen!!!

To be honest, I still do not fully understand the methylation process that this mutation inhibits, but a pretty easy-to-understand site can be found here: http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/mthfr-gene-mutation-whats-big-deal.html

What I do know is that the result of having the gene and not knowing, could be disastrous. And if you have been having troubles conceiving or birthing healthy babies, a simple blood test may unearth some answers. NB: even thought this is a SIMPLE blood test, MTHFR genetic mutations are not on most GPs radars, so do your homework and take them some information if you are called to investigate this further.

The doctor that I saw for my own diagnosis is Dr Kate Norris at the U Clinic in Surry Hills. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If not for her thinking outside of the box, I could have died young from stroke or heart disease, or our next bubba may have had health issues.

I am certainly no expert on this matter, but I would be happy to help you out where I can if you need some guidance around this mutation.

Please help by telling others!

 

Blessed be,

Gypsy x

 

 

 

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A golden “golden hour”!

Wow! It’s been a while since I posted on here! I’m so sorry. Life has gotten a little crazy busy. Keeping up with maintaining two websites and two Facebook pages is proving challenging LOL

(Have you checked out my other business? https://www.facebook.com/SacredHunger and http://sacredhunger.com.au/  And have you checked out and LIKED my Pickled Tink! Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/pickledtinkartwithheart )

But I’m back and I have some beautiful new pregnancy photographs to share with you. They were taken, rather rushed, at the end of a pregnancy workshop down in the Southern Highlands, run by the awesome Jane Hardwicke Collings from the School of Shamanic Midwifery, as we raced to catch the last beautiful rays of the “golden hour”.

Pregnant Beauty

 

So if you are pregnant and are after some beautiful photographs of your blossoming belly, give me a call. I generally service the Central Coast, Newcaste, Hunter Valley and Sydney regions, however, I am also in the Southern Highlands fairly regularly over the next 9 months, so I could manage a shoot down there too with adequate notice. Gift vouchers are also available.

Further details of my pregnancy photography packages can be found: http://www.pickledtink.com.au/photograpy/

Further images can be found: http://www.pickledtink.com.au/pregnancy-birth-and-beyond/

Blessed be.

Kim x

 

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