So this post is my attempt to contribute something that is "Pinterest"-able :) Have you been on that site? There are so many beautiful things and visual ideas there. As a person who is more about expressing ideas with words versus as things, I have to say I feel a bit like a Pinterest-lurker. I can, however, make one contribution - one beautiful visual kinda-crafty idea:
Birth intention candles.
Here they are:
I made these to hand out to my dearest friends at my baby shower last year. They're kind of a takeaway from a Blessingway - where mamas join together to celebrate and bless the birth journey of a new (or repeat) mama. I inscribed each candle with a word that described the birth that I intended for myself and my baby. The one pictured in the photo says "Painless." Others said "Easy" "Peace" "Love" and "God."
I asked each friend to light their candle while I was in labor, and while it was lit, to hold in their heart and soul the intent I had for my birth: beautiful, easy, painless, fast, and complication-free.
I truly believe in the power of visualization and intention-setting in birth, and that that power is multiplied when others gather with the same vision. Indeed, my birth with Juliette was exactly what I envisioned. I am grateful to my dear ones for joining with me to make that happen :)
If you'd like to make these candles for your blessingway or shower, it is super easy. I got the candles from the 99 cents store! I purchased etching creme and stencils from Michaels and stenciled in the words per the directions (pretty darned easy). And tied on a pretty gold ribbon. Voila, done!
So there it is - my one crafty idea. Share it, will you? :)