Are you ready for spring? As the name suggests, at Tiny Oak we’re kind of in love with the season. The fresh life bursting forth, the ever-longer days, and the promise of new beginnings all conspire to inspire creations that reflect this season’s promises and hope.
For many, the arrival of Easter signals the official start of spring. Falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox (say that five times fast), it clearly has its roots in pagan traditions. One of these pagan festivals was Ostara or Eostre, which was celebrated by Germanic pagans to mark the arrival of spring and honor the goddess Ostara, who represents rebirth, renewal, and fertility.
During Ostara, people decorated eggs, lit bonfires, and exchanged gifts as symbols of new life and the return of the sun. As symbols of fertility, rabbits and hares were also associated with the festival.
When Christianity spread to the Germanic regions, the church adopted many of the pagan traditions and symbols into what we now call Easter. Today, many of the symbols and traditions associated with the holiday, such as egg hunts, the Easter bunny, and the use of spring flowers and colors in decorations, have their roots in the ancient pagan festival of Ostara.
We could all use a little renewal and rebirth this time of year. As caretakers of the earth, we have a sacred duty to protect and preserve our planet for future generations. In celebration of these changes and these duties, I’m making some changes to my packaging.
I like for you to receive a pretty presentation. But I don’t want you to get more than you want or need.
Until I’ve exhausted my current packaging, your order will ship in a burlap or muslin gift bag in a manila, plastic-padded mailer. I will continue to repurpose packing material until I identify a more sustainable option.
You may opt for your items to be shipped in emerald organza bags and/or 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Kraft paper boxes, affixed with a Tiny Oak label. Gift bags are an additional twenty-five cents, while boxes will add $1 to your order price. You may also select eco-friendly gift wrapping for $3 per box (box and bag included). These separate charges mean you don’t have to pay for things you don’t want.
There are more changes coming! Beginning Earth Day, April 22, 2023, Tiny Oak will plant a tree for every purchase. I’ve partnered with One Tree Planted, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to global reforestation. Donations will be made quarterly, and you can opt-in to my Collector’s Club newsletter to learn about the impact we make together. Ready to hear more? Sign up below!