Best of Summer 2018 in Winter and College Park

My Summer Break has officially come to a close (I’m a teacher.) I didn’t go anywhere new or cool, but I did accomplish my goal of knitting and crocheting like crazy. I binged on Netflix’s Jessica Jones (it’s sooooo gooood!) I finally finished the Appalachian Baby Blanket that took me an entire year. Other cool activities included:

-The opening of Gratitude Coffee Shop in College Park! Still the best cold brew and so reasonably priced. I actually had a dream some big company bought her out and was charging $7 for a cold brew but everyone still gladly paid it.

-The opening of The Heavy in the old Lombardi’s spot. While the aesthetic is supreme, it’s mostly overpriced plants and pots. I’ll stick to my trusty Florida Cactus Inc. in Apopka. While it’s a bit of a drive and there’s no coffee bar, it’s a whole experience that can’t be duplicated.

-32789 lunches that include Black Bean Deli, Mediterranean Deli, and my new favorite, Soho Juice that whips up heavenly smoothie bowls that stay on your mind.

-and of course… more crystals because I’m officially obsessed.

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Gypsy Apothecary Herb Shoppe in Orlando

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Stunning foggy water feature surrounded Amethyst and Himalayan Salt lamps.

I checked out Gypsy Apothecary in Orlando today and it definitely tops the list of crystal shops I’ve been to. It was well stocked and organized with anything and everything you’d ever need in the metaphysical category; incense (sticks and cones), feathers, sage, polished, tumbled, raw crystals, wands, points, eggs, herbs, tea blends, oils, jewelry, dream-catchers and more. And did I mention a room of selenite? They also have salt lamps GALORE. Their bracelets were buy 2, get 1 free along with other specials posted. I left with a Fluorite bracelet, a very reasonably priced chunk of Amethyst, Lemurian Quartz seeds, and Aventurine. Definitely worth another visit.

Gypsy Apothecary Herb Shoppe

3540 Orange Ave S.

Orlando, FL 32806

Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society Show

This weekend was the CFMGS show in Orlando. I’ve never been to a gem/mineral show before and this will definitely be new and only way to shop for crystals. The show took place at the The National Guard Armory on Fern Creek and admission was $4 with a coupon from their site (you could bring your ticket in another day for free readmission.) There were tons of raffles and door prizes as well. The rows and rows of booth were overwhelming with their insanely fair prices. Local Etsy sellers also dotted the venue and booths ranged from the metaphysical standpoint, with crystal grids and sage, to the more scientific, with breakable geodes and fossils. I ended up leaving with a 10 inch selenite lamp (for only $24!!), black tourmaline, a cactus quartz, 5 selenite sticksĀ  ($1 each!), and a baggie of rose quartz pebbles for my rosewater facial spritz bottle ($2.50!) I will be marking the next show date down in my calendar!

*P.S.- I arrived right when it opened at 10am on Saturday and the parking lot was already filling up and cars were circling for spots as I left!

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HAWKHOUSE Rings

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HAWKHOUSE Rings

I’m new to the crystal game, but already feel the need to have them on and around me at all times. There are so many jewellery makers that incorporate healing stones but I was having a hard time finding what I was looking for; quality stones, non-sterling silver settings, dainty, sturdy pieces. I finally found Hawkhouse and have been obsessing ever since.

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Moonstone, Pyrite, Peridot
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Amethyst

Moonstone

I love their story and you can tell the stones they use are really special. My first one was the moonstone and it’s truly mesmerizing to look at. It reminds me of the movie Men in Black when the galaxy was in the ball on that cat’s collar and they couldn’t look away.

I’ve since scored a few more and felt compelled to sign up for their Second Chance Club where they mail you a random, imperfect ring each month. I already purchased the ones I really wanted so now I wouldn’t mind receiving random ones.

I experienced faster shipping when purchased on the website rather than Etsy. Also, the copper bands did leave an immediate green ring around my finger, which they said indicates your body’s pH levels are too acidic (great), but I painted a thin layer of clear nail polish over the bands. This has worked great for me so far.

Crystals

Charging crystals to keep in my purse
Charging crystals to keep in my purse

I’m recently new to the world of crystals and am already addicted, like I need another hobby. I haven’t found my favorite place to buy them locally (above is a place in NY). I’ve been to Avalon and Ancient Artifacts on Fairbanks, and purchased on Etsy. I’d like to find *one* place to buy them where I know I’m getting good quality stones at good prices. There is a mineral, gem, bead, and fossil show coming up in April in Orlando I plan on attending.

IMG_3522My triangle shelf from JDrewSilvers houses my little collection so far.