Thursday, 17 March 2011

I've Moved ~ Reminder

I've moved! My new blog can be found here:

Michel Watson

Monday, 14 March 2011

Blog Button Offer

I'm on my way round to all of the blogs I follow to pick up blog buttons for my site (those that I can access at least as I'm still having problems loading some blogger sites). One thing I have noticed is that lots of you don't have blog buttons for your lovely blogs so I have decided to offer those of you that do not something special.

If you would like a blog button made for your blog ~ and you don't already have one ~ comment here (including your email address in the comment) or send me an email to and I will make you one. This will include a scroll section below for people to get the code for your blog as well and I'll even include instructions for putting it onto your blog for those of you who don't know how!

This offer is open to the first 10 people to ask for one so hurry! (I will edit this post once I have 10 buttons lined up so if I haven't updated I still have space in the offer)

EDIT: The offer has now ended, thanks to everyone who asked for a new blog button...I hope you all like the designs.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

New Blog Button

To go with my new found blog and part of my move here is my new blog button, which will direct all to my new site. Please pick it up to replace my old Pumpkins and Toadstools one. Thank you everyone!

Michel Watson
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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Makeovers and Moving.

A lot has been going on this year so far, some good...some bad, but one thing is certain to me right now and that is the need for change. Pumpkins and Toadstools has run it's course. As an artist I want to work under my own name now and I feel it is time for a makeover. This has become two fold.

My artist's facebook page has now changed to Michel Watson please follow me there, especially if you already were on the Pumpkins and Toadstools one. I would have kept the original page but fb wouldn't let me change it's name.

The second change is that my blog is moving to wordpress. Call me a traitor if you will *laughs* but I have been having so many issues with blogger (being unable to post, losing posts when I publish them etc) that I have finally made the switch. Please, please come visit me over there. I don't want to lose touch with all my blogging friends ~ yes that means you guys and girls ~ but it really is time for a big change for me. My new blog can be found here.

I'm going to be expanding my work, as well as painting and crafting as always I hope to finally add in a few exerpts from my writing now that I am more seriously concentrating on the novel I started for Nano last year. I would love to share it with you and hear your feedback as well as for my art work.

So, while I am not going to be around here haunting much anymore I will still be online. I wish you all the best and hope to see you around in cyberspace.

Love and Light x

Saturday, 12 February 2011


A long while ago I bought a set of Dharma Cards which are these really beautiful photographic cards based on some of the main wisdoms of Buddha. Until today I have been too imbalanced to even attempt to use them, but the call of my shrine has been strong this morning so I lit the candles and incense and picked out the one that felt right.

Given all the problems I have had of late with my mood and depressive slumps it was very fitting that the card that made itself known to me was Happiness.

This is what it says:

Let us live happily then,
free from the bondage of hate!

Let us live happily then,
free from the disease of misery!

Let us live happily then,
free from the craving of desire!

Let us live happily then,
though we call nothing our own!

We shall be like the gods,
feeding on happiness.

Above all else perhaps it is the associated message and explanation in the book that really hit home (I will just include the parts that were specifically true as the passage is long), one that I will be sharing with a few people that I know of that are going through the same thing:

Buddha encourages happiness. He encourages you to taste the freedom that arises when you are no longer a slave to the pulls of your mind. As things are now, your mind goes on swinging from one extreme to another, like a pendulum. First you love, then you hate; one minute you are happy, then the next you are sad. Become aware and follow the middle path. Don't be thrown from one extreme to another. Be watchful and choose to be a witness. Then you will find happiness. Then you will no longer be curtailed by your mind.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Silence is Golden's been a long while since my last post and you may be wondering why. It has, quite frankly been a tough couple of months. I found myself sinking into a depressive swing (the first one I've had in years) and it has really knocked me for six. Now, thankfully I can feel myself coming out of it, I only hope that it will continue to get better and I will be clear of it for now.

I am tentatively back in the blogging sphere and I really hope that I stay here again. I've missed you guys so much, but really, when this hits I can't very well do anything that isn't absolutely necessary. I have just about scraped through and I look forward to catching up with you all again.

Blessings x

Monday, 6 December 2010

Christmas Cards

Whoo! We had snow...and got snowed in and once again I have been ill with migraines and then a pesky cold that's been going between me and the kids, but eventually I managed to make my Christmas cards this year using a free decoupage set I procured earlier in the year. Generally, as all my family aren't pagan I send Christmas cards and make handmade gifts and decorations for Yule. The novelty of it for me is having a Pagan bloke, who always gets the brunt of my creative endeavours for the sabbats, when I am able that is, not that he complains about it...much *chuckles* This year I'm determined to finish the altar cloth I started for him before embarking on NaNo as his Yule will be posted once it's complete, of course :)

For now here's the Christmas cards. The cards themselves are white, but I was forced to take them in the evening in not so great lighting so they appear a little off and dark, but you get the idea:

They all have raised areas and some have sparkly bits...not that you can see all that well but I'm going to upload the close ups of each card to the Pumpkins and Toadstools Facebook Page so feel free to take a look.

In other news, it's Beth's nativity play this week and she has an actual role with lines to learn. Truthfully, I'm actually quite nervous for her. Me and mum will be going to see it tomorrow so I'll try to get some decent pictures to show you all as I daresay I will be one proud mummy :)

I hope the run up to Yule and Christmas is going well for you all x