Friday, 27 March 2009

Belated Ostara Blessings.

Better late than never I guess. It has been a busy week all in all, I made hot cross buns for the first time ever last Friday, and while they were delicious they didn't really rise and go light, fluffy and bun-like as I was expecting, still everyone enjoyed them which is the main thing.
Beth is now at an age where she is very inquisitive, and it has been lovely as I have been able to explain to her a little about the season and get her more consciously involved in some spring activities, to welcome the new life and light to the world again. We painted eggs together which was great fun, not to mention a great big mess:

There are three more sitting on my spring altar in the kitchen, and another that I used for a happy home spell, making 10 in total! It took me 2 weeks to get through enough eggs to have plenty to paint and in my wisdom, I decided I wanted them to be blown, which was actually really hard work, although that said it is one of those things that the more you do the better you seem to get at it. Beth even named them all and we had a chat about eggs, what they are, and what comes out of them, she even surprised me with her knowledge!

What I love about this season is how our garden just seems to burst full of life all of a sudden. The birds return, the tree starts budding and soon it will grow blossom. The roses and laveder are all growing once more and in a few months I will have tons of herbs and flowers to harvest, which is good as I have run out of dried lavender since I made my last batch of lavender balm for Ethan's nappy rash.

Some Of My Paintings.

The first three, despite the photos being different sizes, are in fact paintings of the same size. There are 8 in total, 6 of which interlock when displayed together creating a larger abstract piece. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the others, as they have been spread far and wide and one has perished in a house fire :(

I really must also apologize for the poor quality of the photos, they were taken a while back and to be frank, not very well, but you get the idea. I did have some pictures of the set of six installed in an exhibition, but the faeries seem to have made off with those...

Saturday, 7 March 2009

The New Book.

Shortly after my last post I decided it was high time I put to use the new leather journal I bought for my birthday, set aside ready to be my new 'Book of Shadows'. I had been organizing my thoughts and 10 years of spells recipes and ideas but was yet to actually start adding to it.

The book itself has 5 sections of different handmade papers, it is about A5 size and holds itself open (something which my last book didn't do and I found really annoying. It is bound but remains quite pliable, and though I cannot add and remove pages, which would be a bonus, it feels like the book for me. I am not one of those witches who can work out of folders, for me a BOS has to be a proper book, written by hand and full of as many images and collections as words... I am after all an artist!

I had forgotten how working in such a book could really awaken your spiritual side, inspiration has been pouring into me since I began working with it, not just inspiration for the book itself but also for my hedgewitch arts and crafts business, which has been on hold like many other things during my pregnancy. I had begun to wonder if it really was the right path for me to follow, after all it doesn't make much money, but I have realised that that is not what I am doing it for. I love creating things for people, and as much as they like and appreciate my creativity, effort and work these things themselves benefit my soul.