Monday, 28 December 2009

The Lavender Fairy

You may remember that back in September I posted pictures of all my finished DMC Flower Fairies Cross Stitch Kits to date. I also had this one unfinished, and as you can see now she is finished... so I introduce to you the Lavender Fairy. I have a couple of charts for some more small fairies from the collection which I will do next year, but this one has been awaiting my attention for ages. Truth be told, I was putting off finishing it, mainly because I had so many french knots to add to the design, all the lavender flowers and the centre of her dress is made up of these:

Now as much of a fiddly pain in the ass they were to stitch I have to say that they do look really good and the end result is well worth the annoyance that I went through. Now I just need to find a set of different sized matching frames for all my fairies so I can display them as at the moment they are just in a big pile in my stitching box, which is such a waste, especially considering how much time and work went into making them.

Bring on the New Year

Wow, what a fantastic week we have had. I can't remember the last time I had such a happy festive season. We were truely blessed to have such wonderful gifts and the love and company of those we love so close to us. It was the first year in a long time I spent with my mum, dad and brother and we all had such a good day.

I hope you all had a wondeful time too, full of as much light, love and blessings as we did here :)

My projects have all been going well. I only have the casting cloth for my divinatory set left to finish now ready to charge on the 31st. All my other waiting projects are done, and with a new table eisel, oil paints and a glass painting set I have tons of new ideas assaulting me ready for the 2010, a collection of candle holders being the one I am thus far particularly looking forward to as it has been on my mind to do for ages.

I'm so excited for the new year, more so, I think, than I was even for Yule and Christmas etc. It's going to be a good year! I can feel it and I am literally bursting at the seams to get it underway. It's also my birthday on the 13th January, and with the promise of a kid free weekend away from the 9th to the 11th I'm looking forward to it like an excited child. A week later it is then Ethan's 1st birthday too, so we have loads more celebrations to welcome in the new year.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Yule Incense

2 parts frankincense resin
2 parts myrrh resin
1 part mistletoe
1 part clove (whole)
1 part cinnamon
This recipe is the one I used for Yule this year, it burns well as an incense but could be used as a non-burning offering, added to salt dough for decorations or used for all manner of seasonal projects. It is not, however, suitable for youngsters to handle, so if adding it to a salt dough mix or such be sure not to let kids work with it, and as with all herbal work, wash your hands thoroughly after handling the herbs, particularly before working with anything that will be ingested.

Yule Blessings

A very blessed Solstice to all of you whatever hemisphere you live in :)
For us, it's Yule, so here are a few pictures and ideas for celebrating the Winter Solstice. After the hectic throng of Beth's birthday I have a day to relax and make last minute preparations for Yule. We decorate the house and tree around now, waiting until after the 19th so Beth can have birthday decorations up. Putting up the decorations, for me, always heralds the start of the celebrations and really gets me into the festive mood.

I'm a big fan of making pot pourri and using it as a table decoration, I tend to make different ones throughout the year with natural objects, herbs and scents for the season. For the spicey smells one of my favourites is the winter one, packed with cinnamon, oranges, apples as well as pine, orange and sandalwood oils it smells rich and delicious. I added a few red glass nuggets for decoration too, and they look lovely when they reflect the light from the candles I use in the mix.

Sat on a fake wreath I acquired from my nan's decorations when she passed away we have our table centrepiece with a big red cranberry scented pillar candle in the middle. Yum!

The orange slices I have been drying for the last couple of weeks are ready and threaded up with some orange embroidery thread, ready to hang on the tree. They make beautiful natural decorations as do bundles of cinnamon sticks wrapped with red ribbon. I break the sticks in half and then use three sticks in a bundle, a pack made about 10 decorations I think. Cinnamon is wonderful for attracting prosperity and abundance into the home, and the smell always reminds me of Yule and snug winter nights curled up in the warmth at home.

Here's our tree, as you can see I like trees with a mish mash of colours and decorations on them, there's no rhyme or reason to it, and I've never been one for meticulously planned/themed trees. I prefer multi-coloured lights and homemade decorations, some that I've made over the years, and others that Beth has made, really make it all the more special to our family ane 'homey' :)

I also made some herbal decorations out of salt dough and a mix of herbs as I detailed in one of my earlier posts in the year. I used mistletoe, juniper berries and cinnamon to encourage love, health and prosperity into the house cut into powerful stars. I like to call these wish stars as I fill them with wishes for both the Solstice and the coming New Year. I then hang them out in the garden for the New Year to dcompose and return them to the Earth and release their power. With older children you can give them a star of their own to hold and make a wish on before hanging it on the tree, which is a simple way to introduce kids indirectly to the use of seasonal magick... and who doesn't like to make wishes?

And here's my altar (a close up above and a wider picture below), the golden reindeer (which personally I think looks more like a stag, specifically the stag in my cross stitch pictured here - which is really why I brought it) is a new addition to my decorations this year. Wrapped around it's neck and body is a string of prayer beads I made the other day too. Originally I planned to make it in white, red and black for the triple goddess with two clear quarts points, one on either end. As I was making it however, I ended up adding some off white and dark green beads too, spaced with small hematites and little silver spacers so by the end it had a distinctly seasonal feel to it. I guess that just shows how connected I am to the season at the moment :) I love prayer beads, I used to have a proper rosary that I bought in Paris when me and my mum went there for a weekend when I was about 13. I'm not sure what happened to it, but I realised I really did miss the aid of the beads, they're so handy for chants, spell craft and prayer and ideal for taking around with you daily or if you're going away for a few days and can't/don't want to take a full travel altar kit with you... after all it's not always that practical.

The pink tealight holder may look a little out of place, but Beth made it and it is her candle which she like to keep here with my altar to light up and in the small linen bag on the left are the objects to my divinatory set, barring the casting cloth which I'm still stitching. I will reveal them neare to or just into the new year, as I intend to use the power of the blue moon to charge and bless the set.

Usually, though I didn't do it this year because I forgot, I like to buy a chocolate Yule log too and do a little blessing with this. It's particularly good and sneaky for blessing any visitors you may have at this time too. I place in the log a gold birthday candle for each member of the household and one extra to represent any visitors. Light each candle and bless the Yule log to bring peace, happiness and love (or whatever you wish for the season) to those within your household and visitors to your home. Once the candles have burned down, give each member a slice of the log to eat and share it with your visitors remembering to leave a piece on your altar as an offering to the spirits of the home and hearth who help to bring peace, love and happiness into your daily lives.

Finally I remembered to collect up an nice jug full of snow and bring it inside. Snow makes excellent ritual water, as does rain. We haven't had much snow here, unlike some places over the last few days, but there was enough to collect a decent amount. Again, this is in preparation for the blue moon, as I will take the opportunity to create a new batch of extra potent moon water, I think snow water is ideal for this task thanks to it being collected from directly from nature itself and it's beautiful white colour reflective and beautiful, just like the moon herself.

Phew! I think that's about it from me for now. Again I hope you have all had a very blessed Solstice wherever you are and that the light and love of the Lord and Lady shine down on you.

Birthday Girl!

The first event in our hectic festive week is Beth's Birthday on the 19th December. This year she turned five... Here she is, the birthday girl in her new red princess dress, which she got for her birthday and has now been wearing solidly for 3 days! :s You can probably guess from that fact that she loves it.

As is usually the case with kids birthdays it was stressful and quite frankly I was glad when it was over. The snow meant that my mum couldn't make it down as they were pretty much snowed in for the weekend in Maidstone, which was disappointing probably more so for me than Beth, but the main thing was that she had a really good day.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Cards Made....

...this year I've opted for a simple cross stitched present design with a little gold bow on top bordered with some frayed handmade paper, simple, modern and full of those beautiful Yule colours of red, green and gold. Another job to cross off the neverending list.

I hope all your preparations for Yule, Christmas and the New Year are going well too.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Calender Complete

Another waiting project done! All 24 advent calender pictures are now finally complete. Who knows, in the future I may add some extra decoration/embroidery or some such to the calender itself (such is the beauty of making something like this to use and alter as you see fit) but for now, I can happily say that 3 years of making is finally over and the advent calender is finished!
Only a couple more lingering jobs left to do before the new year, and I'm quite determined to begin 2010 with no out-standing projects 'hanging over my head'.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Calling All You Arty Types

Having been looking around and following a few new blogs I stumbled across Mother Moon's Message, where I found a button link to a very new site called the Pagan Artist's Network, which I joined. It's a quiet place to meet and socialize in a Pagan artistic community where you can share your work and find like minded souls. Having applied and been accepted as a member I thought I would mention them and hopefully some of you crafty souls might like to join too.
I will be creating my profile soon and hope to see you there as well.
Be sure to let me know if you join and I'll look out for you.
Blessings x

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Fey Altar Refurb!

About time I had a reshuffle of my bedroom altar, you always know when it's time because the energy just doesn't feel right and I for one find I don't want to spend time there. A few days ago I finally bought my Pan statue, as found in a little shop in town, amazing enough considering our town isn't exactly full of stuff. You can just about see him there on the left, next to the oddly phallic plant I bought today for him. The intention was to just get a nice little houseplant but the one he guided me to has a errr... appendage hanging from the middle of the raised trunk bit. Very fitting for him I must say and rather unsurprising that he would want such a representation.

I removed a lot of my small faeries leaving just a couple of different statues, my crystals and cauldron etc and adding a large selenite crystal and ivy plant for the Lady's presence. I do tend to use this altar for my work with Pan and the fey as well as my meditation and journey work but I have a thing about balance in the energies everywhere, especially on my altars. I can't help but have a sense of symmetry both in the look and feel of my spaces.

Anywhoo, just thought I would share it with you all. The more regular use of my oracle cards as one of my goals is going well, so well in fact that my 'bonding' with them has me creating my own divination set. I've been meaning to do this for a while, I've had a couple of items set aside that speak to my psychic senses, hidden away awaiting this project. Having found the rest of my items yesterday and today I'm going to create a drawstring bag and casting cloth for them then give them a go... I already feel well connected and eager to use them, I'll post some pics and a little description of the set when I'm done :)

Another sidenote (I seem to be adding these a lot at the moment): I've actually been onto and updated my myspace page, so if you're on there feel free to add me or leave me a link to your page in my comments and I'll add you xxx

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Sculpting on the Full Moon

It cannot have escaped your notice, my witchy friends, that it was the full moon last night but what many of you may not have known is that yesterday was also the festival of the Welsh Goddess Arianrhod, who has recently sort of become my patron Goddess. Now, I have always steered clear of subscribing to a main pantheon, being eclectic and connecting with the deities I have been called to for different works, excepting the Hindu Goddess Kali who guided me through my 'early years' in the craft, but even that was a temporary partnership.

Anywhooo, having finally accepted this calling I decided that last night would be the perfect time to connect with her. I felt the urge to get out the clay and create something and this is what I made. As an artist I'm usually pretty abstract, creating loose and fluid forms relating to the energy I connect with, simple, beautiful and usually naturally curvaceous. All of my work, including my paintings tend to subscribe to this. It is a Goddess representation with a shallow integrated offering bowl at the base, a large inset moonstone and spiral detail above. The only wonder I have now for when it dries fully is whether to paint all or part of it, maybe just the spiral (?), in silver. We shall see.


It is also worth noting that there is a second full moon on the 31st December. It is, of course special enough to work with the power of a blue moon when it comes around, but what a way to ring in the New Year! I hope this is a powerful herald of good things for 2010 after so many of those I know have had such a tumultuous and difficult year. It seems that 2009 has marked the end and new beginnings of many cycles that certainly in my experience have been both unavoidable and 'meant to be'. The Wheel has been turning, milestones have been reached and fate has definitely had a large hand to play in my life and the lives of those around me this year.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Project Complete!

As you may remember, in April I began a project to make my own dress... something that I've never done before, thought would be a challenge and hell, I just wanted to see if I could do it. Well, I finally finished it last night and, if I do say so myself, I'm pretty pleased with the results, especially considering this is a first attempt and has all been hand-stitched as I don't own a sewing machine.

I'm not sure I would do it again.... at least not by hand, but then the fancy will probably take me at some point in the future and I'll end up starting all over again when I've forgotten just how much work it involved, lol.
Blessings x

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Preparing For The 'Festive Season'

I seem to say this all the time but December is a crazy busy time for us, more so this year I think than any other as I have quite a bit of 'me time' too when mum is coming to babysit the kids so I can go out and do non-child related things! It's Beths birthday on the 19th, which is fast approaching and she will be 5 this year! I just can't believe how the time has flown by!

A few days later of course it's Yule, which is when I tend to decorate my house and I make wish stars for the tree which I'll blog about a bit nearer the time :) Then it's Christmas, and this year I have my mum, dad and brother coming over for lunch... it'll be the first Christmas in years that I have actually had dinner with them so I'm really looking forward to it.

The good news is there's plenty to keep me busy so the cold and dark winter days fly by, though I still have a really hard time getting up in the mornings.... I'm not a morning person at the best of times, and when I'm all warm and cozy in bed and it's all dark and cold outside it makes it even harder :( That said, I do actually really like this season and the anticipation of the bursting of new life in spring that comes with every passing day.

So I finally dug out my ongoing project yesterday.... the advent calender. This'll be the third year I have been making it, and I'm determined to have it finished by the end of the month. It has been a mammoth project, particularly seeing as how I haven't had a huge amount of time to spend on it and I really can't abide doing Christmas related activities at any other time of the year:

The first year was taken up making the base, stitching on the green felt pockets and cross stitching the gold numbers too. The second year I began making the pictures for each day:

They are all cross stitched and attatched to a piece of red felt to be pinned over the numbered day as we arrive there. I managed to do all but 8 of them last year so that is my job this year... to do the final 8 pictures for the last few days on the calender. Each picture is completely different and include cartoon animals, carol singers, angels, faeries, santas, reindeer and snowmen stylised the same as the one shown above so they all match each other.

My other preparations so far also include the drying of oranges. I like to make dried orange slices to hang on the tree as sun symbol decorations and they look really pretty when the lights of the tree shine through the slightly transparent dried fruit flesh. I also dried a pile of cut orange peel for use in another seasonal pot pourri or table decoration later on in the month. I'm not sure which yet.
Oooooh, and I weighed myself today.... I've lost 6lb! over 2 weeks, that's 3lb a week which is bang on target and quite surprising seeing as how I haven't been doing the exercise I should be because I've been a feeling a little sqwiffy... so far so good :)

Sealing and Protection Oil

1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
1 tsp salt crystals
3 whole cloves
50 ml carrier oil (such as sweet almond)
Place all the ingredients in a clean jar or container and mix with intent. Leave to infuse in a light, preferably sunny spot for at least nine days. Strain into a clean glass bottle, label and date.
Use this oil to seal around your doors, windows and any passages to the outside from you house such as drains etc once you have cleansed your space.
I like to leave herbs and/or crystals in my readied oils also so I have added the three cloves and a small dried sprig of rosemary to the bottle, but this isn't necessary.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Out With The Old

I always have a bit of a declutter before the festiver season sets in, particularly as far as the kids toys are concerned. Beth's birthday is less than a week before Christmas so we have to make room for all the new stuff she alone is going to get. This year I've really felt the need to go a bit deeper. We as a family have been through a massively emotional time this year, and while things have pretty much righted themselves now I realized that really the house needs a bit of TLC too.

I think it's easy to forget how the energies of the houses we live in get affected by our day to day lives, particularly when a lot has been going on keeping us busy and leaving negative and emotional prints all over the place. Now in order to do this properly I have to clean from top to bottom and I'm not just talking about surface cleaning, but sorting out every cupboard, drawer, closet, nook and cranny too. I'm one of those people that can't just forget that the mess and disorganized clutter is there just because it's hidden away in a drawer or such (men seem to be much better at doing this :p) and I find that when there is this kind of a jumble all over the house my mind and life get a bit jumbled and unclear too.

So it began last Thursday and I finally finished up yesterday, all set to begin the spiritual cleaning soon. Yes it took me five days! to get through the house thoroughly, but already it feels so much better, even Beths room, which I haven't been able to actually traverse without tripping up or stepping on something and hurting myself in months, is tidy! I really should have taken some before and after pics... nevermind.

Side note here too: those queens of clean Kim and Aggie on How Clean is Your House came through again... How you may well ask? Well, quite a while ago I saw they recommended the use of cheap hairspray to get rid of crayon on the walls. Hairspray? I wondered, surely that won't work... up until recently I didn't have a reason to try it out, however, I discovered Beth has been practicing writing her numbers in blue crayon on her bedroom walls. It is a bugger to get that stuff off, so I resorted finally to the hairspray tip, and it only bloody worked! I couldn't believe it... so if you need to get rid of any crayon scribbling from your walls use cheap hairspray, just spray it on and use some tissue and a bit of elbow grease to rub it straight off.

Anyways, back to the point....

My nicely physically and energetically clean house will then be followed by a new protection and warding, all of which I have shamefully become lax with over the last few months, so it's really no wonder that it has taken us so long to get back on track is it...

I love so much connecting with the energies of my house and hearth, something that is such a big part of my practice as domestic witchcraft is so integral in my life. It is so important to nurture and create not just a physically healthy atmosphere but also a spiritually healthy atmosphere in the one place you should be able to relax, unwind and really be yourself.... your home.

Pay attention to doing this on a daily basis and things begin to just click into place. A simple prayer or a few minutes feeling for your hearth energies maybe accompanied by the lighting of a candle is all you need. Just connecting to those earthy home energies and firey hearth energies is always such a boost to me, it lifts my spirits, gives me energy and motivation to approach all the domestic jobs that all too often I don't really want to do and pummels me with creativity.

When you are spiritually sound and content life is so much happier all round and right now that is the place I find myself. Blessings x

Monday, 16 November 2009

New Moon Musings....

It's that time again! It's the new moon and this months 'idea' my end is to try to shift some more of this baby weight before the festive season arrives. I've still got a fair bit that I want to get rid of and today is the day that me and my mum arranged, a few weeks ago, to attempt it. We usually do these things together to motivate each other.... it worked last time before I fell pregnant with Ethan so here's hoping I'll have some success again. I will of course keep you all posted with how well, if at all it is going.


At this time of year I tend to make a few spiritual goals either on or just after Samhain, like your average New Years resolutions only they're based on my spiritual practices. I've been thinking about it for a few weeks but have finally found the motivation and clarification to organize my thoughts and set them. They may be learning/practicing a new type of divination or researching a particular pantheon of interest or completing a certain section in my BOS.... well you get the idea :)

This year I have three that I intend to work with... the first is to finish my healing course completely, which will hopefully be easily acheivable. I had to stop my studies and practicing while I was pregnant with Ethan as I was just so ill but finally over this last month (a good 20 months later) I've found things clicking into place and the course work I had outstanding for level 2 is nearly complete and ready for evaluation. Then next year I can really set to working on my Masters level and I don't want it to be hanging around waiting to finish like I had to for level 2.

My second is to make a real effort to use my oracle cards and runes more often. I used to use them all the time, the cards in particular, but I have been a bit lax with it of late and rather unhappily find myself getting a little disconnected with my beloved tools.

And the third is to push myself to continue practicing scrying with my crystal ball. Now this I really enjoyed doing as part of my meditation but I often found myself getting frustrated because it was always a bit ummm... temperamental. The long and short is that I'm not all that good at it, but then that's really because I don't/haven't been practicing much.... I have no-one to blame but myself. So following a good cleansing and attunement I have begun once more. My aim is to scry every dark moon, as I did last night... I have found that this seems to be my most receptive time and so far so good, I actually had some results yesterday :)

As you can see there is a main divinatory theme to my goals this year, I find that happens a lot. A couple of years ago it was a whole research theme where there were a couple of different areas I felt inexplicably drawn to collect information and images about. Last year started as a rest year which then turned into a spiritual social theme as I began blogging and connecting with new people, and indeed, felt drawn to do so.

Not all of them come to fruition, but usually at least one of mine does get completed. I often add or change them during the year, but it gives me something to work towards in my strange and rather persistant love of gaining knowledge and skills. It is one of the things I love so much about this path, the neverending stream of things to learn about both within and without myself.

So I ask you to think about your journey right now, is there something that seems to be calling you? A skill or theme you feel pulled to learn about? A deity you're being drawn to? An idea you can't shake from your mind because you're being called to it? If so why not make it your spiritual goal for the year and see how it changes and benefits your path...

Blessings x
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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Untitled Painting.

The latest painting that I finished yesterday morning. It's a little difficult to see the full range of colours and marks from the photo but it is possible to see some of the scratching in. This method, which I usually use on my work, has a better impact when used with oils, but I'm not too disappointed with these results in acryllic.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Butternut Squash Bread

This recipe is for a really thick and sweet bread that I have found babies in particular really enjoy. It can be made with most bake-able vegetables, my favourites being butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potato:
1 small/medium butternut squash (or equivalent amount of other veg of choice)
300g plain flour (to start but more to add depending on how much veg. flesh you have to use)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp olive oil
65ml cold water
You can also add different herbs to taste or for magickal purposes. The beauty about this recipe is that it's quite forgiving and open to huge amounts of tweaking :)
Bake the butternut squash (or whatever you are using), leave to cool and then scoop out the flesh and mash. Add the other ingredients and knead together adding more flour to lessen the stickiness of the dough if it is needed. Sometimes the flesh you use can add a lot of extra fluid so I just add more flour to counteract this. Shape into a round loaf or rolls. Again, if your dough is quite wet still I would recommend making rolls or two smaller loaves. Score a cross or lines into the top of the loaf and bake on gas mark 6 for 30 - 35 mins or until hollow sounding.
Enjoy x

Uses for....

....Pumpkin Seeds.

What can you do with all those left over pumpkin seeds from the Halloween/Samhain celebrations? Well here are a few ideas:
Roasted Seeds - Make a tasty snack by roasting the seeds on a low heat tossed in a little melted butter and some salt.... yummy. My daughter loves them plain like this but you could also add sweet or savoury spices for a bit of variety, or make a caramel to toss them in once they're done. Roast them on a low heat gas mark 2 - 3 for a good 30 - 40 mins checking them every 10 mins or so to make sure they don't burn.

Seed pictures.... make pictures with them! Once clean and dry they make great craft materials for pictures, just add glue, paint and whatever takes your fancy. This isn't just something for the kids to do either... it's great fun and they can be used to make seasonal decorative pictures, mosaics or mandalas... the possibilities are endless!

Dry them for use all year round; clean them up and leave them somewhere warm to dry out like an airing cupboard then store in a jar or container in your herb store :)

When they're clean and dry you can paint them. This tends to work best when they have been completely dried out as the paint holds better to them. Why not string the painted ones up to make decorations for next year or for the fast approaching festive season?

If you're opting for stringing them up then you could also make jewellery with them with the kids. Use pretty painted seeds for fun necklaces and bracelets, or thread roasted seeds to make edible items.

Well these are just a few ideas, if you have any other uses for those pesky pumpkin seeds then please do tell, I'd love to hear them :D

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Playing Catch Up.

I know it's a bit late, but I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Samhain. I had a lovely time, though I was ill over the weekend with a tummy bug type thing, but it was still an enjoyable and magickal time for us. I have now fully recovered and have finally gotten round to tackling the backlog of online work I have to deal with :)

I thought I would share a few pics from our celebrations and later I'll be adding some other bits about ideas for using up all those leftover pumpkin seeds and a recipe for some butternut squash/pumkin bread.

I always carve at least two pumkins. A smaller one for my shrine and a larger family one, which Beth decides on a design for... and believe me she is very particular about what she wants

Beth dressed up as a witch this year, it's the first year we have moved away from the fairy themed costume, though the fact that I managed to get her a pink witches costume swung the deal, lol.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Touched By Pagan Culture

This is a big thankyou to Magaly over at Pagan Culture for featuring me in her very first Touched By Pagan Culture a new feature to such a wonderful blog where every Saturday she will be showcasing and sharing inspiring and beautiful blogs.

Please show your support and find some new blogs to read by heading over and checking out Pagan Culture :) and who knows... you may become one of the future recipients of a Saturday spot at Pagan Culture and earn a place in the Eclectic Circle of Fame!

Blessings and many thanks to everyone who reads and comments on my blog, and of course to all the writers of the blogs I read in return. You all inspire me and make me think. I feel very blessed to have found so many talented people to share journeys with )O(

Friday, 23 October 2009

Feed The Birds

Don't forget that as winter fast approaches the birds need all the help they can get. The RSPB have launched a Feed The Birds campaign to get people helping our feathered friends. There are loads of day events scattered over the UK to inform and encourage people to make feeders and put up nesting boxes, as well as take steps to ensure the wellbeing of the other local wildlife you may find in your garden at this time of the year.

With the half term week next week and Samhain on the way there is no better time to get creating, with the kids if you have any, or just by yourself, to do something to help them out. Natural bird feeders are easy and fun to make... I'm going to do it with Beth one day next week so I'll post up some pictures and my favourite method soon :)

Check out the main RSPB information page for more details.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

First New Painting

This is it... painted in acryllics, because that's all I had access to and using a whicker panel, this is my first new painting. It is a representation of the energy of my fey guide, who I wrote briefly about in an earlier post. This is what he wanted me to paint and show him as.

Unfortunately I was incredibly limited as to my materials, even with my new canvases he insisted that I use this textured base for his portrait. I also did the whole base of the painting with my hands (I had no brushes at the time) which was an experience itself, particularly as my energy was flowing pretty ripely that day and therefore straight into my work.

As you can see I tend towards abstract work with my paintings, even those that have more substantial forms within them and I already know what my next subject is going to be :D

Friday, 16 October 2009

Painting Again!

Never has my urge to paint been so strong, but with the still missing art supplies it has been a massive stumbling block for me as I couldn't afford to buy any more... until today. I have been thinking about my absolute need to paint again at the moment, almost as if it were life and death. After yesterdays problems and then the guidance I received last night I have finally cut all the ties to the bad stuff and negative people that have been weighing me down.

The guilt and sadness I had been feeling lifted and my energy at the moment feels magnified beyond reason. So I asked for help to attain my need to paint, and lo and behold I was in town earlier and had the urge to visit a couple of miscellaneous shops that I don't usually go into and found some extremely cheap canvases just sitting there calling to me and a few other supplies... It's a long way off from my eisel, brushes and oil paints but it's a start and means that I can finally start creating once again :)

I will be sharing my new work with you all just as soon as it is done. Now I am going to go off and lose myself in my painting, I can wait no longer!

May you all be blessed with the power of your own creativity, however it represents itself in your life x

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Random Musings.

These last couple of weeks have been very busy for me what with one thing and another, and also a time where I have learnt so much about myself and my place in the world it's unreal. All of the events of this year, all of the problems I have had over the last few months and all of the stresses and tears shed seem to have been worth it. They seem to have made the way for what can only be described as what I believe has been meant to happen to me at this point in my life. A true milestone, if you like.

As is always the case for me at this time of year I have been the grateful reciprocant of new information... new and unexpected information, that has turned my world and perspective upside down. I am excited and expectant for the future even with the constant strains and stresses that are still going on... but now I have every confidence in my ability to cope, sit them out and move past them with the love and support of those around me.

I know, I know, I seem to be in a rather philosophical mood right now... this usually happens when I have a bad experience such as the one that came just a few short hours ago. What happened though, isn't important. After the tears, anger and the inevitable rant to someone... anyone who'll listen... comes a strange sort of melancholy where I assimilate the information. Certain people I know would call it me worrying (and you know who you are), but it's not, I 'digest' what has happened, make sense of it, plan my next move and then continue forward a little stronger than I was prior to the situation taking place, and believe me I've gained a whole lot of strength over this past year.

With the good comes bad, with the bad comes pain, with pain comes numbing, with numbing comes acceptance and with acceptance comes strength.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Folkestone (part 2)

So this is Kingsnorth Gardens, which is nestled between two main roads (though you wouldn't know it in there) and is just a couple of minutes around the road from my house. It's sectioned into three parts, a grassy area, a part with a willow tree surrounded by ornamental hedges and ponds and lastly a rose garden area filled with memorial benches. It is very peaceful and a few years ago I found a hidden surprise there which is pictured near the end :)

(below) Here he is, the surprise. Hidden out of view behind a load of bushes is this statue of Pan, I found it the first time I visited the gardens years ago, though it was a little less overgrown.

That's me in the last one. I tuned into some rather extreme energies while I was walking that day and ended up laying out on the grass in the sun for nearly an hour grounding and finding peace. It was a very beautiful Autumn day, warm, sunny and full of reminders as to why I love living somewhere like this.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Folkestone (part 1)

Here we have pictures showing the walk I took when I went to collect materials for my Mabon celebrations. I re-walked the same route as the other day to take these but there's two parts to it as I also went to a local public garden at the end. I'm going to add another post with the stuff from there...

(above) This one is taken from the same spot as the first, just zooming in on the Downs. When I have a sitter for the kids I intend to go up there again one day with my camera as it's a lovely varied walk with some nice views of the town, countryside, sea and on a clear day France.

(above) Here we have the tree where I found the pile of conkers. I specifically stopped here again and had a little clean around of the litter that had been dropped in thanks. The thick crease you can see in the centre of the trunk is where they were all stacked up on the ground when I returned.
(above) Not the best picture but I couldn't resist snapping one of this little guy as he dug around in the ground.

I have decided to do a bit of a thing where I take pictures of all my favourite places to go walking in Folkestone, so stay tuned for more glimpses into my home and the places I love to go.