Thursday, 30 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
The plan is to see if I can buy one of the bird houses I saw a few months ago, which are like more 'open' looking houses so that I can make a faery house for Beltane and the summer faery season. I thought my daughter in particular would love to make her own too as she is obsessed with all things fey.
They have been a part of my life since I was a child and recognized my first 'imaginary friend', an earth spirit who has and still is my most opinionated guide. I always like to honour the little folke at this time of year and thought I would do something a bit different this time. I had the idea for the project in the autumn but knew that it was something meant to be done at this time, so with any luck I will be able to get hold of the wooden birds house that I want so the house can go outside. If not I may have to improvise and build something out of the multitude of match boxes and toilet roll tubes I have lying around awaiting just such a project...we shall see, the only downside to this would be that it would need to stay indoors, but then perhaps it would be pleasing to the little guys that play havoc around and inside my house instead :)
Friday, 24 April 2009
I stumble on a secret glade,
Where two figures wait for me
Surrounded by light and dappled shade.
They stand and greet me, then lead me to sit
Surrounded by peace on grass sun lit.
She touches my shoulder,
He looks down at me with a smile,
Only then do I realize
They support me all the while.
Around the edges of my circle
Collected are my guides
Both old and new are watching
As I find myself again.
I hate to leave this sacred place
But I know that when I must
It will always be there waiting
To give me strength at last.
18/04/08 BB )O(
Thursday, 23 April 2009
I recycle and buy recycled materials, I try to grow my own, compost our food waste and buy locally where I can, I use eco-friendly washing up liquid and washing tablets while making my own environmentally friendly cleaners, air-sprays etc. My children have all worn washable nappies and liners and where possible I use water and wash cloths made out of old sheets to clean their bums instead of wet wipes. We don't leave things on standby and neither myself or my husband own a car or drive. I also reuse as much as possible, turning old clothes and objects that may otherwise fill landfill sites into bags, new clothes and works of art, or take them to a charity shop.
Someone once said to me, what's the point? Why bother when so many people don't? I know what they meant, why put in the work when your efforts are only a tiny drop in the ocean of pollution and chaos that we as a race have been subjecting our surroundings to. Why indeed? Because the ocean is made up of tiny drops, each as important as the next. Without the efforts of one, how can anyone else be expected to follow.....at least I know that I can sleep at night without feeling guilty about what I am doing to the planet, which is, in my view, a living spiritual being in itself. I would never stand and abuse another person or animal in any way so why do it to the plants and spirit of where we live for this space in time.
As a race we seem are taught that we own the earth, that it is ours to do with as we please, it is not. We have come to grow and flourish here in a way that has become detrimental to the very life force that allows us to be here, that sustains us and we must not lose sight of our place within the universe, as equals to all other living things.
There is a view expressed in the animated film 'Bee Movie' that I find most fitting for this topic. That is what makes our life any more valuable than any other life? Who is to say what other life is capable of feeling? I think this can be applied to not only animals, insects, fish and reptiles etc. but also to plants and stones, soil and sea, which all beat with the same heart and energy of the universe that we do. So let's try to keep it as healthy as possible, giving ourselves roles as a valuable part of it's environment instead of trying to suck it dry like parasites.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
As for my dress.....here's the latest:
Last night I added to the sleeves, lenthening them and pronouncing the drape in them:
I also sewed the new panels onto the dress sleeves ready to add new taffeta panels and trim to the rest of the dress, which I think will be the most difficult part of the whole process.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Hopefully this will help to disguise my slightly dodgy stitching, as I don't own a sewing machine.
Have neatened up the bottom of the dress as the material was cut off the roll slightly uneven as you can see in the picture above.
The sleeves are currently a little short and will need to be lengthened with some of the extra material, but as you can see it has it's basic shape.....so far so good!
Maybe I'm not that crazy after all!? :)
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
(above) made from a fallen hawthorn branch that I found between three Hawthorn trees on an excursion with the intention to find wood for the runes, this is how they looked once they had been cut and lightly sanded. At first I was disappointed that the darker bark had chipped away so I sanded the edges and am now far more pleased with them as they have taken on an aged quality.
(above) my intention had been to paint the symbols on in red once they had been carved but my gut told me to use ink. Obviously the ink soaked into the wood just on the one side (the underside is still the woods natural colour), they in fact throughout the making seemed to have a mind of their own as far as what they wanted to look like was concerned. I then used black acryllic paint to colour the carved symbols. They are photographed on a natural linen rune cloth that I made for castings.
(above) finally I made a pouch to keep them in out of the same linen as the cloth with red pull strings decorated with beads and little mushroom charms.
I figured that the best way to get used to them is to start using them, picking one a day and meditating on it's symbol and meaning, so that's what I have started doing, handling them and using them.
Since I started this a couple of days ago I have been eager to start painting again, I have had so many ideas it is unreal and I just can't wait to get my equipment back to the house (it's in a makeshift studio at the mo, which is completely unpractical to use now with a baby in tow) so that I can start painting again. My paintings are always very intuitive and come from my spirit, they represent what my soul wants to convey at the time and I am thoroughly looking forward to really allowing it to say what it wants to the world.
A second variation on the above window hanging charm.
A water element window hanging charm, with blue, aqua and white threads, matching beads and dolphin charms
Orange and black beaded necklace and bracelet made at and inspired by Samhain.