We Got 3 Million Views!!!!

“Use the wings of the flying Universe,
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”

~ Dejan Stojanovic

 

Goodness!

Somehow in the past few days we have reached a new magical number.

Three million views.

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It’s a long way from when I started this blog, thinking no-one would ever read it, and being ecstatic when my daily readership hit two figures. (Eleven. I got eleven readers in one day!!!)

So, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for the gift of friendship. Thanks for the beautiful community that you have helped to create. Thanks for sharing the journey with me, and for being with me through the good times and life’s challenges too.

You’re the reason I get up every morning and keep writing.

You’re in my daily thoughts, my prayers and my meditations as I think about how best to serve you, to help you, to share with you.

You’ve become family, and I’m so very grateful to have you in my life.

Sending you the very biggest hugs and love,

and a celebratory cupcake with magical healing powers too. Cos cupcakes!

❤ Nicole xoxo

Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

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“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”Lewis Carroll

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”Oscar Wilde

 

Welcome to Week One of my Letter Writing Challenge. Over the next six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week to sit down and write your letter.

Today’s letter is a warm-up. A few words or sentences that express our appreciation. Ready? Let’s go!

This Week’s Theme :  The Simple Thank You

Start by holding your crystal or stone in your hands. Close your eyes, and build an energy of gratitude in your heart. Feel your heart swell with emotion. Pour that energy of gratitude into the crystal and then continue to sit in meditation for a minute or two longer. Think of your daily life, and a person in your life who somehow contributes to your day going well. It could be a teacher, the person who makes your morning coffee, the smiling lady at the sandwich shop, or the author of a great book you are reading. Trust that the person you think of first will be the right person for today’s activity.

Once you have been guided to a person, write them a short note.

You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper.

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Image from snapcreativity.com

Write a few simple words or sentences to express your thanks to that person for the contribution they make to your life, and what that means to you. Then sign your name.

So many people live without recognition and acknowledgement of their efforts in helping others. This week our little challenge will go some way towards reversing that. We’ll be sharing a little spark of love and goodwill in the world, and that’s always a good thing.

If you don’t know the name of the person you want to thank, just write

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for___________________ 🙂 Sign your name xx

Here are some suggestions:

  • Thank you for making such great coffee. It’s the best part of my morning.
  • Thanks for being my friend.
  • Thanks for being my sister/brother/father/mother.
  • Thanks for making me laugh.
  • Thanks for being there.
  • Thank you for always having the best fruit selection.
  • Your lunches are amazing. Thank you.
  • I love your yoga classes. Thank you!
  • Thank you for always giving such friendly service.
  • Thanks for being so kind to my pet/child/partner.
  • Thanks for helping me with.
  • I really enjoyed __________________ Thank you!

You don’t need a long letter. Just a few words or sentences is fine. In fact, you could even carry an extra card in your bag or pocket this week, and pen a spontaneous note of thanks when the mood takes you.

When your note is finished, post it off. Or hand it over with a smile. Or leave it with a tip after your coffee or meal.

It is also perfectly acceptable to leave your note on someone’s desk, in their pocket or lunchbox or briefcase, or on their pillow (no – I am not endorsing crazy stalker behaviour here!)

Happy Writing!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

PS: If you want to share what you’ve done, pop over to our facebook page and say hi, and share away!

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Image from vuible.com

A Little Christmas Gift from Me!

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Image from playbuzz.com

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?”
~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

 

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog this year. As a token of my gratitude and appreciation I’ve created some little gifts, just for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I hope your Christmas is love-filled, magical and blessed with kindness.

But if it’s a difficult time for you right now, know that there’s a place here at my Christmas Table just for you. Please don’t ever feel alone. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

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Image from alpenio.com

PS: I’m taking a few days off from blogging to rest, relax and soak up some peace and quiet here at the farm. See you soon! 

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Image from tumblr

Now choose your gift…

1. Silver Gift

2. Calico Gift

3. Monster Gift

4. Flower Gift

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Image from ncre.com.au

5. Crossword Gift

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Image from craftsy.com

6. Gold Gift

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Image from galleryhip.com

7. Lace Gift

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Image from ecomovers.co.uk

8. Red Gift

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Image from hgtv.com

 

 

Open your gift here:

1. Silver Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is that  you come to a place of self love, such that you begin to expect and allow only loving and respectful relationships in your life. I’m wishing you self-confidence, healthy sharing, joyful unions and people who love you honestly and well. I’m wishing you an abundance of happiness. I’m wishing you goodness, love and trust from others, and from yourself.

2. Calico Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is a return to simplicity, flow and a life that holds meaning and nurture for you. I’m wishing you time for yourself, a life free of clutter and unnecessary time-wasters, and a deep reconnection to what really matters to you. I’m wishing you a reclaimed life, filled with all the things that light you up. I’m wishing you choices that honour YOU! This is my wish for you – your best year ever.

3. Monster Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of energy, of creativity and a sense of enthusiasm for life. I’m wishing you friendship, adventures, good times and new horizons. I’m wishing you opportunity, optimism, and the courage to live boldly in the face of glorious possibility. And most of all, I’m wishing you fun!

4. Flower Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is emotional healing, emotional balance and a strengthening of your intuition. I’m wishing for you a great sense of being grounded in love, and a deep appreciation of what nurtures and uplifts you. I’m wishing you boundaries and healthy choices. I’m wishing you happiness and self-acceptance. I’m wishing for you a bright new beginning, perfectly suited to you and coloured with love.

5. Crossword Gift – Oh sweetheart… How much you underestimate yourself! In 2015 my wish is that you become brave enough to put your ideas, your wisdom and your own unique energy out into the world. I wish for you inspiration, strong support, wise mentors and a healthy dose of “I can do it”. It’s time. The world is waiting. Be brave, and start! I know you’ll be wonderful.

6. Gold Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year filled with spiritual connection, divine inspiration, miracles, breakthroughs and a satisfying return to flow. I’m calling on all of the Guides, Angels and Ancestors to support you in realizing your dreams. I’m wishing you signs, progress and incredible turn-arounds. Know that it can be so!

7. Lace Gift – For 2015 my wish for you  is healing, connection to nature and an unfolding connection to nature’s gifts. I’m wishing you vibrant health. I’m wishing you community and a tribe to call your own. I’m wishing you authenticity and a deep love of self and life.  I’m wishing you vitality and an inner glow so bright that everyone notices your new sparkle!

8. Red Gift – This is a magical gift to bestow abundance upon you. For 2015 I’m wishing you a deep sense of emotional satisfaction, financial flow and a rich and abiding gratitude for the blessings in your life. I’m wishing you ease, I’m wishing you enough and plenty to spare, I’m wishing you a sense of true security in love and in life.

 

A Christmas Gift for You!

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” 
~ Amy Carmichael

 

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank you for supporting me and my blog this year, so I’ve created some gifts for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Now choose your gift…

1. Red Gift

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Image from wallpaperstock

2. Flower Gift

3. Silver Gift

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Image from v3wall

4. Brown Gift

5. Cartoon Gift

Image from Enviro Dad

Image from Enviro Dad

6. Gold Gift

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Image from Wallibs

7. Holly Gift

8. Pink Gift

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Image from Splash of Something

 

Open your gift here:

1. Red Gift – My wish for you in 2014 is that  you find time for the pursuit and application of knowledge – whether for self-interest, your career or to help yourself or others.  Perhaps you need to study, or maybe it is time to go apply your skills and knowledge in the world. I’m wishing you confidence, persistence, clarity and focus. You can do it!

2. Flower Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is reconnection to creativity, and for you to enjoy some regular relaxing time with hobbies such as music, cooking, craft, gardening, restoring or making things. I’m wishing you time to wander around in your imagination. I’m also wishing you time to connect with the creativity of others by reading books, watching movies, going to concerts or exhibitions, and joining groups.

3. Silver Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of faith, a return of hope and for you to come to a place of calm and inner peace. I’m wishing you spiritual connection, whatever that means for you, and a sense of belonging in this world. I’m wishing for you a soulful journey of joyful self-discovery. I’m wishing you a sense of deep value of self and life.

4. Brown Gift – My wish for you is that you will find a sense of sanctuary – in relationships, in your home and surroundings, and within yourself. I’m wishing you a return to balance, and some time for yourself and what matters most to you. I’m wishing that you draw to you everything you need for healing and restoration of harmony and flow in your life. I’m wishing you health, vitality and optimism.

5. Cartoon Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year of adventure, filled with new opportunities in relationships and life. I’m wishing you outings and fun. I’m wishing you the courage to say ‘yes’ to what your heart wants and ‘no’ to the things that don’t interest you. I’m wishing that at the end of 2014 you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come and feel proud and pleased with where you are at!

6. Gold Gift – Oh goodness, my darling! If I were a Fairy Godmother I would tap your head with my magical wand and grant that fervent wish you hold in your heart. That’s my wish for you this year – that you have successful beginnings or outcomes for your cherished dreams, whatever they may be.

7. Holly Gift – In 2014 my wish for you is that you find your tribe – that your heart swells with deepened relationships, new friends and people who truly ‘get’ you. I’m wishing you real friendship, good times, enlightened conversations, mentors and helpful people. I’m wishing for you the sorts of connections that make you feel safe to share and glad to be alive, with a strong sense of love, fellowship and community.

8. Pink Gift – You have just unwrapped a wish for love. In the coming year I’m wishing you real healing of old hurts (including lack of self-love). I’m wishing you tonnes of rest and massive self-care to bring you back to your blossoming best. I’m wishing you a truly satisfying relationship with yourself, with the Divine or someone special – whatever it is you know you are most in need of right now. You are enough. You are worthy. You are loved.

'Sound of a wish' by ilmungo - flickr

‘Sound of a wish’ by ilmungo – flickr

And the Winner is…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie

As my final November gesture to celebrate all of the support that has been shown to my fledgling blog, I offered a custom-designed healing necklace to one lucky reader.

Today I’m proud to announce that the winner is Julie Goyder.  Julie has a beautiful blog over at jmgoyder.com, and it’s really worth a visit. Julie, I’ll be contacting you shortly so that we can work out the details but for now, here’s my heartfelt congratulations!

For all of you who didn’t win, I’m sending Love, Light and Hugs.  Thank you for your encouragement and support for Cauldrons and Cupcakes. I’m honoured to share the journey with you.

And now, something to uplift you, and to help you cultivate that feeling of gratitude in your own life.  You’ll need about ten minutes – consider it a meditation!

Bless, Nicole ♥ xoxo

Win a Healing Necklace, Made Especially For You!

This is the final week of my blog supporter love-up, and I’ve saved the best ’til last.

So far the beautiful Anita has won the every.day.presence book by Simone De Haas.

This week Tammy of onelittlestranger wins a crystal just for her, chosen and channelled by me. Congratulations, Tammy! I shall be delving through my magical cupboard to find just the right stone for you. ❤

I am so very grateful for all of the support and connection that you have shown me and my blog thus far.  I had no idea when I wrote my very first (rather lame) post that things would snowball the way they have. But my intention from the beginning with Cauldrons and Cupcakes has been to uplift, to support, to inspire and encourage – and to share my life so that I demystify the supposed ‘strangeness’ of having metaphysical abilities.

The spiritual journey is also a healing journey, and so my last offering to you in this big month of celebration is this – a custom-made healing necklace, hand crafted by me, and incorporating crystals and stones that are attuned to your own vibration so that you can experience positive shift, healing and growth in some significant physical, emotional or spiritual area of your life.

Here are some examples of necklaces I’ve made thus far:

❤ Fee’s necklace:

❤ Sophie’s Strand

❤ The Three Sisters’ Stones

When I make your necklace I meditate upon you first, to ask what you most need.  I choose the beads and crystals, and as I string the necklace I say a prayer and affirmation over each bead, no matter how tiny.  Finally, when the beads are strung, I hold the necklace in my hands and say a prayer of Blessing and do a further meditation for you, then I place the necklace in my crystal grid for twenty four hours to charge it up for you. There is love in every single bead, and they are truly powerful pieces.

All you need to do to be in the draw is to leave a comment below.  It doesn’t matter where in the world you live – if you are meant to win, you shall, and I shall happily send your necklace on to you.  Wishing you luck, and peace in your heart. ❤ Nicole xx

Win a Crystal, Chosen Just for You!

Last week I announced that in honour of the unexpected success of Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and my wonderful readers,  I would give away three prizes.  The first was this beautiful little book by Simone de Haas, titled every.day.presence – and the winner is Anita!  Congratulations, Anita.

This week I am giving you an opportunity to win a crystal, chosen by me based upon your energies and needs.  From my vast collection of stones that I charged up during the Transit of Venus earlier this year, I am sure that I shall find something that perfectly suits you.  I’ll also send you some simple instructions on how to work with your new crystal in meditation, as well as a channelled personal message about the qualities of your new stone.

I love working with crystals. I use them in meditation, in healing, and to enhance my writing and creative work. I use them extensively with my students when I am teaching spiritual and metaphysical courses. I often feel like I’m handing out lollies as I gift them with little bags of stones…

Naturally I also use them for my own psychic work too!  If you don’t know much about crystals you can check out some of my posts here:

Choosing A Crystal

Cleansing and Connecting with Crystals

Healing with Crystals

Using Crystals to Access Information

Working with Crystal Grids

All you need to do to be in the running to win your own special crystal is to leave a comment below.  I’ll put all of the names into my Tibetan Singing Bowl next Monday, 22nd October, and choose one at random. The winner, and the final gift, shall be announced on Tuesday 23th October’s blog. Feel free to share this post with your friends too. I trust that we are going to make some crystal magic happen with this give-away.

Thank you again, from my heart to yours, for all of your support and company as I blog my crazy life! ♥ xoxo