Gifts and Art

Gifts Honoring the Feminine Spirit

Celebrate as you mark this rite of passage by crossing over the threshold into your next phase of life!”
“Where are YOU on this wonderful labyrinth of life?”
“Where have the steps on your journey taken you thus far?”
“How will you mark this new phase of life?”
“How will you celebrate all the magic and wonder that is YOU?”
“What are the gifts of knowledge that you’ve received?”

I am so privileged to offer these woman vases for sale as gifts for women in our lives who experience such amazing Rites of Passage. Each vase is one-of-a-kind and made by local Duluth, MN artist, Dave Lynas.  These vases have held great personal meaning to me as well.  You can read about my experience in discovering them in my writing, My Defining Moment.

While supplies last, I am offering the following gifts to help celebrate the many phases of a woman’s life (click on each for more information):

Complete Set of 5 Vases
Individual Rite of Passage Vase Gifts

Complete Set of 5 Vases

Set of 5 Vases

Set of five 6-inch vases (Stones not included)

Representing five Rites of Passage in a Woman’s Life – Pregnancy, Coming of Age, Wise Woman/Crone, Healing and Surviving, and Elder Crone/End of Life. Each set includes five 6-inch tall, one of a kind vases that are custom made by Dave Lynas.

* Note: Vases are all one of a kind, hand crafted works of fine art. There is a process involved in making them – from ordering the clay, to making the vase, letting it dry, glazing, firing, etc. Please order well in advance and allow 4-6 weeks for shipping if my inventory is low.

Individual Rite of Passage Vase Gifts

Rite of Passage Gift Package

Rite of Passage Gift Package (Large 10" vase with flowers not included)

Packaged as a gift for a Woman’s Rite of Passage, each gift comes complete with:

  • A 6-inch tall one-of-a-kind vase
  • A 3 lb. bag of Epsom Salts (with either Lavender essential oils or Eucalyptus/Spearmint essential oils)
  • A small votive candle
  • A “keepsake poem” that illustrates this time in a woman’s life
  • Presented in a lovely gift bag for you to enjoy

Each Vase Gift Package can be customized to one of the following stages, or Rites of Passage in her life.
(Click each to be taken to a description)

[Pregnancy] [Coming of Age] [Wise Woman/Crone] [Healing and Surviving] [End of Life]

Pregnancy Vase
Stretch marks adorn my swelling body, like a lace gown leaving indelible marks that foretell my life, for to mother is to stretch…
from “Stretch Marks Adorn My Swelling Body” by Margaret Anne Huffman

PregnancyThe time from pregnancy to giving birth is a beautiful, wonderful, and natural process that is filled with feelings of expectancy, love, and joy. It is a courageous and creative time in a woman’s life where she brings new life to the world. It is a hero’s (shero’s) journey, where a woman travels her own “Labor-inth” (Labyrinth) into her role as a mother.

A Celebrant led Mother Blessing Ceremony celebrates pregnancy, birth, and motherhood by creating a safe and sacred environment where a mother-to-be can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches birthing and mothering. Surrounded by the most important people in her life, she gains a sense of power, confidence, and support that will help her rise to motherhood and walk her new path.

Coming of Age Vase
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” by Eleanor Roosevelt

Coming of AgeThis is a time in a young person’s life when she prepares to enter womanhood and is affected by profound physical and psychological change. It is a time when she needs to feel the love, guidance, wisdom, and support of her community as she moves forward.

A Coming of Age Ceremony can be both joyous and profound as we welcome young people into the world of grown-ups and allow the passing on of knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. Adolescence is often times a period of physical and psychological turmoil and these ceremonies can help the young person’s emotional well-being by easing the passage to adulthood.

Wise Woman/Crone Vase
I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted, grey at the temples, soft body, delighted, cracked up by life…
from “Finding Her Here” by Jane Relaford Brown

Wise WomanIn ancient times, the mature woman was revered as a community elder who embodied wisdom and knew the truth of cyclic existence. Wise Women have endured many lessons, are often the keepers of our stories, traditions, and histories.

A Celebrant Ceremony acknowledges and celebrates a woman’s age, wisdom, and power. All too often becoming older in our society is not dignified to the degree it could be. Ceremonies for our Wise Women are a platform in which we can express our gratitude to them and to pass wisdom, traditions and love from one generation to the next. These ceremonies often begin around age 50, when she perhaps finds herself to be an empty-nester, or embarks on a wonderful new mid-life adventure.

Healing and Surviving Vase
“When you have come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.” by Patrick Overter

Healing And SurvivingWhen life throws us a hurdle, there are many lessons learned. The process of healing and surviving, be it from divorce/separation, an illness, or other life transition, is a time for a woman (and often times family and friends around her) to gain clarity and to weave new meanings into life.

Marking these moments of Healing and Surviving with a Celebrant Ceremony provides an opportunity for people to express themselves in a manner that is true to them and one that captures the essence of their survival. By reaffirming the bond held with family and friends, there is a greater appreciation for their lives, giving them the strength needed to face new challenges and future survival situations.

Elder Crone/End of Life Vase
“May we ripen in soulfulness as we wrinkle in complexion; and may we ferment in understanding and in humility; may we never be old enough to know better, yet always young enough to know: That goodness is stronger than evil. that love is stronger than hate, that light is stronger than darkness, that truth is stronger than lies, and that women of a certain age are a powerful and necessary gift to this world.” – author unknown

End of LifeDeath is the last passage of life we go through and there is often a longing and need for our loved ones to mark this rite of passage by “holding sacred space” – to reflect upon the whole of a woman’s journey in a way that is truthful, authentic and genuine to them.

In a Celebrant Ceremony, I can illustrate this story with the words, readings, symbolism and rituals that honor your loved one and their values, traditions and beliefs. It is a time for family and friends to surround one another with mutual support, understanding, and love. Also, creating a “Celebration of Life” ceremony to honor a woman while she is still here can be equally powerful – having all the special people who have been such an important part of her life come together to honor her, celebrate her, to share meaningful time and words with her.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

~George Washington Carver