Welcome Sunshine! It's a bit of a joke since I often post these links, but there is some GREAT info in the Pagan Summer Camp threads and the Pagan Resource thread. You can find the 2007 Camp (the elements) here
and the 2008 Camp (weaving pagan themes into daily life) here
. The general resource thread is here
. there are also other "camp" threads floating around for different holidays.
Ocean- big hugs and hopes for healing and balance. Maybe cremation in the samhain bonfire? Or burial on a nature walk (so you don't have anything to do with the plants) since that way you can remember the walk instead of a specific plant? Or perhaps purchase a glass flower or other no-green-thumb plant image as a memorial? There's a ritual at Pennsic each year where people write the names of loved ones who have passed on scrolls, the scrolls are placed in a small wooden boat, and the boat set alight and pushed out into the lake. It started as a small, private, memorial ritual but it's become a huge event with people bringing all sorts of small tokens to add to the boat and hundreds of people watching as the ship burns. Maybe adapt that sort of memorial (so the actual embryo can be buried and then a more elaborate memorial planned)?
Hair- You all are right... I should just hang in there till the layers are longer. My hair grows so slowly it's crazy. This is the longest it's been since high school! I love short hair but I miss the longer hair options. Dh's hair grows like wildfire, I'm so jealous! My main thought had been that maybe a stylist could sort of blend the layers together... right now if my hair is down the funky layers are really obvious because of the way the ends curl...it's pretty ick. So I've been braiding the "top layer" every day and wearing my scarves, but I wanted to be able to leave my hair down every now and then and right now I can't. Another year and it'll be fine, but grrrrrrr. But you're right... that sort of blending needs a pro, and it's not something I'm certain to find at a 10 dollar deal shop.
decore problem- Ro has just 9as in the last week) developed a consuming fear of pumpkins. I tried to go shopping today but had to leave the store when she had a complete meltdown over a pumpkin display. Jack o Lanterns totally do her in, but she was crying and trying to hide between my legs when we walked past plain old pie pumpkins. I hope this is REALLY short lived because I really enjoy pumpkins in seasonal decore, but also because this is the wrong time of year to have an aversion to pumpkin! It's EVERYWHERE for the next month. I understand (and was half expecting) being worried by the life sized monsters, Laia refused to enter craft shops for the entire month of October last year, but pumpkins? I'm guessing I should maybe nix our annual viewing of the Great Pumpkin? To say nothing of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
Speaking of... I need to get another copy of the Burton/Depp Sleepy Hollow. DH and I watch it every year but our dvd got wrecked last year. I guess I'll see what NetFlicks can provide.