On Wednesday 24th, it was my Mum's birthday, and as we're currently in partial lockdown and trying to be safe with our loved ones, we had an isolated birthday celebration. So, in the spirit of celebrating with a garden full of flowers, and having just made flower crowns to celebrate the Midsummer Solstice at the weekend, I suggested we make some smudge sticks for the next full moon. Using the herbs and plants found in our beautiful garden, these are the three smudge sticks we created. We had so much fun making them that I thought I'd share a little step by step guide so you can create them at home too.
This month I am supporting the Black Minds Matter UK charity with 20% of all ribbon sales in the month of June 2020 being donated. However, I also wanted to help the mental health charity in other ways, by auctioning off one of my original paintings. I did this earlier in the year in order to raise money for the NHS, and the auction raised so much money, I thought this would be a perfect way to help raise funds too.
For those of you who follow me on social media will know, I have spent this last week joining in with the #amplifymelanatedvoices movement initiated by Jessica Wilson and Alishia McCullough on instagram. The cause was set up in order to 'mute' people of white privilege, and have them stop posting about themselves/their businesses, and only post information and resources regarding the BIPOC community and BIPOC in general. During this week I have been reading, watching, listening and talking with those around me on this issue, discussing the things I have learned. It truly has been an eye-opening experience, and is clearly only the beginning of a lifelong commitment of work towards an anti-racist future. As someone who is in a bi-racial relationship, and will hopefully one day bring children into this world who will also be a part of the BIPOC community, this work is incredibly important to me to continue, and to share with those around me. Now that the week is up, this is where the real work begins. A question I have been asking myself all week is 'How can I make Edie Rose Ashley an ally to BIPOC?'. Well, I'd like to show you how I am going to start taking action towards this moving forward.