My Baba was an amazing lady. When people would ask about her, I would always say, “Oh she’s good; she’s a brick shithouse!” I know that sounds kind of glib, but she was a powerhouse of a woman. Bordering on 6 feet tall, she could and would do anything she set her mind to.
She would speak to me in slurred Ukrainian English, and it was not till later in life while sitting in Ukrainian school that I realized I understood more than I thought.
“Don’t sleep in the moonlight! It will make you strange!” she would tell me, though I continued to inch forwards towards it. “Figoosmakam!” she would yell in slurred Ukie-English, meaning “a fistful of poppyseeds” when something was worth nothing.
I love her and miss her so much.
She would craft, garden, & bake like you wouldn’t believe—ice cream pails full of perogies and cabbage rolls. It didn’t matter who you were; if you came to her home, she made sure you were full of food and drink.
This is my tribute to her. What is being offered to you here for her Birthday Month (she would be 103 on March 23rd ) are my Baba’s dessert bowls.
These bowls would always be filled with tasty treats for my sister and I. Something was always waiting when I would visit after school… Jello, pudding, ice cream with quick mix, or even the insides of uncooked pierogies with a little bit of sour cream. (The latter being my favourite.)
I want to share her struggles, strength, and fortitude with you all so I have decided to offer some pieces from this dessert collection.
This magical little set is multi purpose. Not only is it nice smelling potpourri but the herbs included can act as an offering for your ancestors, used as incense, made into a tea that you can drink, OR use as a ritual wash for yourself and your altar. Take your magical little star tea steeper, scoop the tea mix from the bag and go make yourself a cup of tea! You can share it as an offering or partake in the ritual and drink it. To create your tea candle, simply fill the cup with the included gold rocks, place the 100% Canadian beeswax candle on top, and then sprinkle some of the herbs around the candle.
The tea was created with whispered spells & prayers to bring blessings to your household and offerings to your ancestors. It includes Marigold one of my Baba’s favourite flowers. In slavic folklore Marigolds (chornobryvtsi) symbolize young beauty, paternal home, native land. The flower was brought to Ukraine in nineteenth century & quickly became so popular that could be seen in every Ukrainian yard. In Ukrainian folklore chornobryvtsy are children that reach out for their mother. Old legend says that once upon a time in one Ukrainian village lived a family with three gay & pretty sons. Enemies came to the village and kidnapped children. The mother tried to find children but couldn’t. She often cried near the window where the children used to play. Where her tears dropped, their chornobryvtsi grew.
Bees have fascinated humans since time immemorial and have long been associated with fertility, joy, feminine power, teamwork, growth, industriousness and the sweeetness of life. 100% natural beeswax candles have long been known for their air purifying effects and can greatly reduce dust and other allergens in your home. They can help improve indoor air quality by producing negative ions which have the same effect as houseplants. Studies have shown that burning stimulates the pituitary gland, increasing intuition, creativity & heightening dream activity. Some say burning them before bed helps them achieve a more restful sleep.
You will receive:
🌼random vintage dessert cup
🌼Tea & Offering Mix
🌼Beeswax Tea light
Tea Ingredients: Lavender, Chamomile, Marigold, Sunflower, Rose Petals, Cardamom
Only 12 exist when they are gone they are gone.