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 gift...pictures 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

Friday, 26 November 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010 - Update



Well it has been a busy month, but I'm happy to say I've completed NaNo and finished early! I'm officially a winner and I'm very proud of what I've managed to accomplish, even if my novel is only half finished...it kind of took on a life of its own but I'm really enjoying writing it and hope to finish it over the next couple of months at a more leisurely pace. It has made me realise that writing is something that I could do professionally, not just as a hobby...that I have the creativity, ideas and staying power to write constantly and create a novel out of it. It has made me see just what I can accomplish in such a short space of time and I can't wait to try again next year!

Hopefully, now that the rush of writing has subsided, I will be around a little more instead of up to my ears in my novel!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Testing Time.

A fair while ago my oracle cards told me I was approaching a big test in my life, a time of learning and growth to prepare me and test me for the next approaching phase. As often is the case I wondered what this could possibly mean, what kind of test I would be facing, indeed whether or not I would even recognise it when it came. My presence here in my blog has been low, my online presence generally has been too. I stopped creating art and got swept up in something that appealed to me greatly but also taught me so, so much. Last week it came to an end, both to my upset and my relief and now that the worst is past I feel able to look upon the past few months more objectively.

I have been forced to look and search deep within myself to find things that I lost a long time ago, things that I had forgotten and pushed aside, and made to relearn them. So what are these revelations that I have learnt this last little while in my reflective absence?

I have learnt and accepted that I am a beautiful person inside and out, who is wanted, cherished and loved by many, even at the times I feel most alone and un-loveable. I have learnt that I need to love and cherish myself more on all levels and stop being so self critical. I have learnt that fear is a waste of time and energy and while I may feel it I must not let it control me. I have learnt that love is the most powerful and precious thing in the world and even those experiences of it that don't end well enrich us. I have learnt that the guilt I allow myself to carry is ridiculous, particularly when it relates to other people and how they feel. Most importantly I have learnt that this knowledge is easily lost and as such must be kept close and realised constantly, which is why I decided to write this post in the end (at the risk of sounding worryingly 'emo', particularly with the following poem).

For the one who found what I had lost:

I stand at the ocean's shore
Hands clasped by my side
Out here by the open water
There is no place to hide.
I mourn with every passing breath
For what we had and lost
And yet I know what I must do
It is a heavy cost.
My heart does cherish what you gave
It holds it close and dear,
I worry I will lose it
But I really shouldn't fear.
So while I weep and fill the sea
With my own shed salty tears,
I know what you found will still remain
Throughout the coming years.

Rest assured all is well, nothing bad or drastic has happened. As always, when I have a time of such reflection I become rather sombre and serious and, it may be said, sound a little dark. The universe has a strange way sometimes of teaching its lessons and Pan has a cruel sense of humour but what matters is I have learnt and grown and find myself standing proud as I wait for whatever it next sends my way.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Oat and Raisin Cookies


4oz plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
3 1/2oz light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3oz oats
6oz raisins/sultanas


Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy then add the egg and vanilla. Beat thoroughly.

Mix in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

Add the oats and raisins mixing thoroughly.
Drop heaped spoonfuls onto greased baking sheets (mixture should make around 18 - 20 cookies).
Bake in a preheated oven, gas mark 4/180C/350F for about 15 minutes until just firm at the edges.



It's very easy to over bake these cookies. They should be baked until just firm at the edges, still pale and appearing underdone in the middle. 

This will keep them chewy when they cool. Enjoy

Ketra


Just because I really needed to get some of my ideas out visually for this NaNo story I found myself drawing this lady, the heroine for my novel attempt, Ketra. She's very roughly drawn in pencil. If I'm feeling brave I'll neaten her up and add some colour but I wanted to share her now that I have just finished the sketch. Planning for the story is going surprisingly well...I know the basic structure of my plot from start to finish, the main characters and their backgrounds. So far so good.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

In the knowledge that I have been writing like crazy at the moment for RPs on E and short stories and scenes I have decided to take up a challenge. A friend of mine introduced me to the National Novel Writing Month where, for the month of November, you are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel. Madness, you may say, but it is something I am going to try to do for the fun of it this year. I have an idea that has been percolating for a long time, well several in fact, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to really crack on with one of them and motivate myself to churn out the story.

If you're interested in taking part then please do, come and sign up at the NaNoWriMo site and add me as a writing buddy. I'm registered under the name Rhedyn and it's be great to find some more people to do the challenge alongside. I'll try to write some regular updates here about my progress and maybe a few snippets of my work in progress too for you all to take a gander. I'm pretty excited about getting the idea down now that I have decided to do it. As per the rules I'm not allowed to start writing it until the 1st November so for now I'm having to concentrate on planning it. Let's just hope I don't lose my enthusiasm for my concept by the time the start date rolls around!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Halfway Point


Ma'at has made it to the halfway point now. She's not going to be ready for the Christmas present I had intended her for, but my man's birthday is in March so that is my next aim. I've really enjoyed stitching her so far and I just love the colouring of the whole piece. Hopefully he will love her just as much when she's finished and given to him.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Never Ending...

Gosh it has been a busy old while since my last post...non-stop in fact. After a rather lazy and unmotivated time for a few days where nothing really felt right and I had no motivation to do anything I suddenly feel like I have been thrust full pelt into a whirlwind where every area of my life seems to be taking off... a lot of it without me. I've gone from bumbling along at my own pace to racing along in an attempt to catch up!

My oracle cards have helped, they've helped me to understand what has been and indeed still is going on... it is, I can say, a good thing but it's exhausting, busy and seemingly never-ending. I finally came up with a very simple new design for a Samhain card which I'll post about later... hopefully I'll add a couple more to my portfolio if I ever manage to turn my ideas into reality. I have also been working bit by bit on my portrait of Pan and Arianrhod, though I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do with their faces. I'm hoping they're going to guide me when he time comes because I don't know what's best to do and I certainly don't want to ruin the piece by making a sham of their features... I guess we shall see as I go.

Ma'at is coming along well. I'm almost halfway through her now and will share my progress when I've hit the halfway mark. I'm really very pleased with her thus far, though I don't think she'll be ready for Christmas now so I expect she will become my man's birthday present instead. I've also been making him a new altar cloth out of a lovely mink brown faux suede.

Both the kids are well and coming on leaps and bounds. Beth is back at school and doing so well... I'm so proud of her. Ethan is still not walking but his personality is really starting to come into it's own and I introduced him to my good friend Mr Potty for the first time today. What surprised both me and my mum, who was there at the time, was that he sat on it without screaming for a good 20 minutes watching the TV and reading books... dare I say he even seemed to enjoy it...? So with any luck potty training shouldn't be as much of an issue as I was thinking it could be with him *fingers crossed*.

Mabon passed well and without issue. We didn't really do much out of the house for it. My man had to have his dog put down which was a sad time all round. Beth did an entry in her autumn scrapbook which I blogged about here on the Pagan Parenting Resource Blog where I am a contributor. Please check it out as it has a lot of wonderful ideas for introducing children to Paganism, spirituality and celebrating the seasons etc in interesting, fun ways with ideas and activities to inspire all you mums and dads.

Anyway, that's a quick update from me amidst the busy craziness of life at the moment. I still haven't managed to get round to doing all the things here that I planned to, but then some things have to go on the back burner at the moment and unfortunately my blogging activities have been one of them. I hope everyone is doing well and is having a wonderful Autumn. I do so love the energy of this season and what it brings into my life. It makes me feel truly blessed and I hope that you are all feeling the same.

Blessings x

Friday, 17 September 2010

Rhiannon


I started this painting a few weeks ago before the infliction of my most recent spate of illness and finally, I finished her. It wasn't until last night when I did so that I discovered her name, Rhiannon.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Oracle Card Book

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I like to create my own books for my card sets, where I have my own notes about each image and it's symbolism as I become familiar with them. It has taken me a long time to find a suitable notebook for my faery oracle cards, but finally after much searching and waiting (as I didn't want to pay the full price for the book I discovered) I finally brought this one, ready to customise: 



Before and after pics of the cover:


Some handmade paper and a few stamps later and the front was much better having covered that honey loving bear...


Before and after pics of the inside:


Unfortunately Winnie was also a feature of each page inside, though it was nothing some brown paper and stamps couldn't fix. The downside to this is that the book is massive now because of the added paper but I usually add annotated copies of the card pictures anyway so it was bound to happen sooner or later. The card title will go at the top and the number between the two leaves in the bottom left corner.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Where Have I Been?

The short answer to that little question is ill. I've been in a lot of pain with kidney problems, compacted with a gastric virus and three (yes THREE) periods in the space of two weeks. It has, I can easily say, not been fun and the pain has been so bad I've barely been able to sit up to the computer let alone actually concentrate on writing blog posts or anything. Still, this week I have begun feeling much better and I have a lot of stuff and ideas to share as well as some news and new projects I am involved with, all of which (plus the posts I promised a while ago and never got round to writing) on the way.

I hope you have all been well in my absence and I look forward to doing the rounds to see what you have all been up to while I've been AFK.

Blessings to you all x

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Madness Ensues

So here I am again, attempting to catch up with my blogging as it has unfortunately found its way to the bottom of my to-do list. I had blogger open all day yesterday and I was willing myself to write but nothing came out... I was too enthralled by a conversation I was having on msn and the other ideas and inspirations that were whirling around in my mind. I blame no-one but myself, of course, but I am taking the time today to write at least one post to keep you all up to date on what has been going on here.


First of all I want to say a very big thank you to the lovely Melissa over at A Witch Trying for giving me a beautiful blogger award. I know it has taken me a fair while to respond and I apologize for that, it really did make my day to receive it.

As those of you who are my facebook buddies will know I dyed my hair a few days ago, opting once again for a shade of purple, this time with a built in lightener in it in the hope that it would take better to my hair. As you can see it worked really well and I think I will keep it like this for a while:


I finally managed to get hold of a small journal as a record book for my oracle cards. I like to create my own annotated books with my feelings and intuitions for my cards. I did it for my tarot years ago (it really worked well and helped me to connect more fully with the energy of each card and it's symbolism) and decided it was time to do so for my faery cards... I'll post separately about how I've been customising it though and add some pictures.

I have been writing a lot and dreaming almost constantly, new stories and scenes have been popping into my head at night and inspiring me in every sense though I have had trouble knowing where to start with them. Perhaps, if I don't get too shy over it I will share one of my less 'adult' ones with you all, but I will have to see about that once I have really worked the idea through.

I hope to begin making cards again and have been gradually formulating some new designs for the coming autumn. Since it is a time of new beginnings I hope to be selling on ebay again if nothing else in the run up to Samhain, but we shall see how things go.

And so it is nearly the end of the summer holidays... a mere couple of weeks left before Beth goes back to school, though I am less than sure where the time has gone. Ethan is in a near constant state of grumpiness at the moment, which is a trial, though I think it is frustration because he wants to do walk but still will not do it. He has been waking up at around midnight every night screaming for me to change his nappy too. I noticed this morning that he has two of his back teeth peeking through the gums so I believe this is what is also contributing to his constant mood.

So that is the long and short of what has been happening here... It has been hectic, draining and mad but certainly not bad, especially now that my strange lulling mood has disappeared and made room for some more pleasant times and the regrowth of my inspiration and creativity.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Lammas Blessings

Here's hoping that you all had an enjoyable and blessed Lammas over the weekend. I just got back today from my few days away with the boyfriend, and very enjoyable it was too. In one way it has made me feel more impatient for us moving in together and in another it has ensured me that it will happen in it's own good time. Of coursed, I missed the kids like mad, though it is nice to have the time without them so that I could do what I wanted.

So what did I get up to? I hear you ask. Well not all that much really. After a bit of shopping in Hobbycraft on the Saturday afternoon we went to Bluewater to have a meal out and watch Inception at the Cinema. Despite my general dislike for films starring Leonardo DiCaprio, I actually really enjoyed it.

Sunday we went to Eastbourne to check out the Lammas Festival they had advertised. Well, it wasn't so much a festival as a Fayre, but we still had a good day. We were told that on the Saturday they had had a parade which probably would have been better to see but we didn't know about it and still had a nice day, complete with fish and chips and yummy ice cream :)

On Monday we went swimming in the morning and I realised how disastrously unfit I am by only managing 6 lengths of the pool. It was a 25 metre pool but still, it was a rather pathetic attempt on my part. We then went shopping in town, predominantly for a birthday present for my brother, came back empty handed and a little annoyed, though we did get some films from blockbuster to watch that night, so I guess we weren't entirely empty handed on our return.

Tuesday was an extremely lazy day for me. The man's house was empty as all were at work and I pretty much spent the whole day playing WoW, true geek style, moving from my chair only to get snacks, drinks, pee and let the dog out, lol.

Then came today and the inevitable home coming. Kisses and cuddles all round from the kids... even Ethan kept plastering me with sloppy baby kisses, which was both gross and lovely at the same time. And so now it's back to the grindstone, at least until the end of August when I happily get another few days off with my man. With any luck we'll get to go away somewhere, but really I couldn't care less as long as we get to spend the time together. Soppy I know, but I'm grabbing and savouring the time while we've got it as in a few months he'll be even busier at work and I'll see him less and less. Such is the way of the world.

So I hope you have all had a wonderful Sabbat. Many blessing to you all and a big quick thank you to Serenity Athenina at The Domestic Witch for passing on a Sunshine Award to me. It is very much appreciated.

BB  )O(

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Chunky Chocolate Cookies


I'm finally getting around to posting this recipe. I'll also add my oat and raisin cookie recipe some time next week when I come back form my few days of blissful peace and quiet. For now I leave you with this though:


4oz (115g) unsalted butter
4oz (115g) light muscovado sugar
1 egg
1tsp (5ml) vanilla essence
5oz (150g) self-raising flour
3oz (75g) porridge oats
8oz (200g) roughly chopped chocolate.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (190C/375F)
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth and fluffy. 
Add the egg and vanilla and mix in well.
Fold in the flour then add the oats and chocolate and stir until evenly mixed.
Spoon onto greased baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes or until beginning to turn pale golden in colour. 
Transfer to cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

Tips:

The mix makes 18 -20 cookies, I always make 18 over two baking sheet with 9 blobs of cookie mix on each as I find this works best. I also use grease proof baking paper instead of greasing the trays as it's easier all round. 

When I bake them I do one tray at a time in the top of the preheated oven as I find they cook better this way. I also recommend keeping your eye to them until you get a good idea how long they will take in your oven... they are very easy to burn if you leave them just marginally too long... burnt cookies = bad times  :-(

I have played around using salted butter and different types of brown sugar. There is really little difference in the results, the main one being that if you use light brown sugar instead of muscovado the colouring of the cookies will be lighter. 

Chocolate... the most important ingredient. The picture above is of the last batch I made, which are white chocolate as an experiment as I've never made them before. I usually make milk chocolate ones, which I do think taste a little better but only in that they're not quite as sickly as the white chocolate ones. A good medium is to mix the chocolate so you have 100g each of white and milk chocolate in there for a double chocolate cookie. As for the type of chocolate. I use the cheapest I can get hold of, it really makes no difference in the finished product and I begrudge paying a tonne of money on expensive chocolate when it's not necessary.

I hope you all enjoy the recipe  :-)

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Pretty, Pretty, Pictures




Just a few inspiring pictures taken today in my garden. 
I'm hoping to make some new paintings based on them :)

Not Dead Yet...

So it's been fairly hectic here with the end of the school year and the start of the summer holidays. I've been writing like crazy and attempting to get some art done, though a lot of it has taken to the back burner so to speak.

The wheel has been turning and I've picked up a summer cold :( I hadn't been sleeping to well as subconsciously I've had a lot on my mind... things that I wish I could rant about here but, being that this blog is so open and available to people I know I cannot bring myself to share them. And so life has continued and despite my lack of blogging presence I am able to reassure that I am still here and very much alive and kicking.

I have been quite reflective over the past couple of weeks as cycles have come to an end and others have begun all around me. It has been a time of learning for me, of dashing the false visions I have had of some people and making me see them for who they are. I realised that when an argument ensues between yourself and someone you love dearly; a boyfriend/girlfriend, relation or friend, particularly for the first time you learn something about yourself as well as seeing that the person in question isn't as perfect and without fault as you had previously thought. It is a good thing, of course, to get rid of such notions and see the truth but still, it hurts.

Then I come to this week and a strange melancholy sets in. I feel rather sad today as I think I hurt someone unintentionally last night. A new friend who I was joking around with online while we were playing WoW. It reminded me why I prefer it when people I meet in online games don't know I am a woman, as I find myself being faced with a situation where I'm being chatted up and I have to lay down some boundaries and make it known I'm not interested in that way. I'm a naturally flirty person, perhaps that is one of my biggest faults with people I don't know, though others in our guild are just like that too and don't seem to be running the same issues... Then suddenly their manner changes with me... I can feel it from them when they type and I sigh, knowing that I have just ruined another budding friendship. They make a point of pointing out that I didn't say I had a boyfriend... wtf? First of all it's none of your business... second of all it's no secret, I've not hidden it and have in fact made it clear in our guild before now that I am with someone... and third of all you didn't ask! But was it truly me that did that.,.. that ruined things? Is it my fault that he wanted something that I wasn't willing to enter into? I think not, and yet I still feel guilty for causing him pain. I know, I know... I'm stupid and too soft. Maybe I should just put a stop to my attempts at socializing with new people online... *sigh*

I don't know, people in general confuse me something rotten sometimes. They show love with hate, they assume friendship has to lead somewhere else, they hurt for the sake of being spiteful and gaining points and they run away when things turn around and bite them on the ass.

As you can see I'm in a weird old mood today... I think I need to ground myself and stop thinking about others for today... get a little housework done (or a lot considering the state of my house right now) and look forward to the weekend when I go to my man's house for a child free few days to recharge my flagging batteries.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Incognito

Just a quickie... I know I've been neglecting my blog again, I've just been so damn busy :s


Finished ~I think~ this painting today. It's oil and wax on canvas and is called Incognito. 
Will return soon with a catch up post... it has been a tumultuous few weeks one way or another and I am long over due a good old rant... or two... or three...

Friday, 9 July 2010

BOS Pages

Here are some pictures of a few of my completed BOS pages. My book tends to have a scrapbook/sketchbook feel to it as I love to incorporate all of my artistic ideas and inspirations into the pages:

Deities title page

Faery Runes Page

Deity Jar Spell Page

Imbolc Page 1

Pumpkin and Toadstools Blog Recommendations

OK guys just ignore this post for now... it's where I'm going to put all the blog buttons when I come visit everyone :P

Comings and Goings

For the last couple of months I've found myself ridiculously inspired and creative, which has been a good thing except it has left me with little time to blog. I've had the itch to finally work on some pages of my BOS which I'll be photographing soon to share. I've been loosing most of my inspiration at the moment through writing and RP so my paintings have been a little on hold but it has been a welcome change and has certainly kept the grey matter from getting bored.

That said I made another card, this time for my cousins birthday... beer themed of course ;) but I tried to go for something a little different with some cheap embellishments I managed to pick up:


I have also been busy building my website... there's not all that much to show right now, though I do have a sneaky peek screenshot to share:


So far so good, it's just taking a while to get the basics down but when I'm motivated to do it I do manage to get a fair bit done.

Hrm, so what else has been going on here? I've finally been able to harvest this years lavender. Ethan had his paediatricians appointment, which I had been dreading. It was an hour of sheer hell as he wouldn't stop screaming and writhing while the doctor kept telling me to keep him quiet so he could do his 'tests'. I went away both angry and upset from the whole experience, particularly when he told me that his weight had been plotted wrong on the graph in the first place and as far as he was concerned there was nothing wrong with him. Well I could have told him that in the first place *sigh* but at least it is over for now.

Oooooh, and as a side point I moved Ethan into a big boy bed... the bottom bunk in Beth's room and so far so good. He's settled in nicely *touches wood* and has been in there for a couple of weeks now so I can finally get rid of the old cot. He also surprised me the other day where bold as brass he stood up in the front room! No walking as yet but he can pull himself up and stand when he can be bothered. He won't co-operate if you try to get him to do it, but at least I do know he is capable now.

The end of the school term is drawing to a close, which means I will be having to start thinking up 'keeping Beth amused' activities galore. On the plus side I'm looking forward to a couple of breaks in the next month or so, one at the end of July and one at the end of August, both of which I will hopefully be able to spend with the man... work permitting :)

Midsummer pretty much went by unnoticed over the actual Sabbat as I was just drained. The following weekend, however, I did make some pretty wards for the garden both for protection and to celebrate. Since then my third eye has been working overtime again and I've been having quite a bit of spirit activity going on in my house again, particularly over the last full moon. In fact there has been so much that I have been looking at getting a spirit board, the problem being that I cannot find the one I want that I saw online a while ago. It was a deep blue board with runes down the sides and a moon in the centre particularly designed for Arianrhod, my patron Goddess. Well honestly, you'd think I'd have imagined it as I just can't find it anywhere now... don't you just hate it when that happens!?

Anywhooo, that's enough from me for now. I had best get on with what needs to be done for the day while Ethan is being content and happy to play on his own... it doesn't happen often at the moment! BB.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Good News...

... well it is to me anyway, though it's nothing important.

 A few weeks ago I entered my first writing contest with a short story in support of Elliquiy Adult Role Playing Forum of which I recently became a member. Last Sunday I found out I had won First Prize in the contest... I didn't win anything a such for myself, other than the recognition that I had written a good story though a $50 donation towards the running of the site was made in my name and I have been ecstatically happy about it. I've been roleplaying for years but this is the first time I've pushed myself to submit a story for a contest where it will be read, critiqued and judged against others who were all very well written and in my opinion better than my own, so to be recognised and actually win something was really a big deal for me... Anywhooo, just thought I'd share :)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Lyminge Forest

Last Sunday it was boiling hot here but we decided we wanted to go and do something with the kids just to get out of the house. That's when Lyminge Forest popped into my head, though I had never been there before or heard of the place previously. A little research on the general direction to aim for, a picnic lunch made and packed and we set off in the car.








We found it relatively easily and it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day though a little difficult at times with the buggy but we made it eventually. We found a nice little spot to sit and have lunch in the multitude of shade and took some lovely pictures... even Beth had a go with my camera and managed to snap a nice one of me, the man and Ethan as well as some random ones. At one point, when I was seeing to Ethan they seemed to be playing a game of get as close to the camera as possible and take random crazy photos but hey, they had fun and it was a definite surprise when I got home and looked through the piccies, lol.

All in all it was a really nice day, though I'm now itching to go back to explore properly without the kids too... who knows, maybe one day I'll get the opportunity.

School Happenings

It has been busy round here with School stuff for Beth. Half the time they have so much crammed into each week as we near the summer holidays I don't know whether I'm coming or going. As well as Discos, school trips and a multitude of special days I've had a sports day to go to and a recent talent show which was on yesterday afternoon. Beth has always been an entertainer of sorts, me and mum always used to joke about how she'd be playing the main roles in the plays and doing the talent shows because she loves being the centre of all the attention for a while.

I managed to get a few pictures from the sports day, though not of the first race (which she came third in). It was so funny to watch them being the youngest class in the school as they all stop just short of the ribbon like they don't want to break it by running into it, though they all seemed to have fun, as did I when Ethan wasn't screaming in his buggy out of protest for being made to come along too.



These next ones are from the talent show where she was in a small group doing a dance routine to a jungle themed song... hence the animals mask:



Unfortunately once again Ethan was less than pleased about having to go, though he managed to hold off the screaming until Beth's act was done (theirs was the first one) after that I had to spend the rest of the hour walking him around in circles until he fell asleep.

Blog Awards Archive

As a part of my blog revamp/organisation I'm going to put all of my blog awards past, present and future in this post and link to it above as I've been finding my page has been getting a little confusing and cluttered... I like things to look at least partially organized, lol. I will, of course, continue to dedicate a post to each as it is received and say thank you etc but will display them all here in no particular order:

from Marci at Our Frugal Pagan Home

from Rue at Rue and Hyssop

from Mags at Pagan Culture
from Aelwyn at Hedgewitch Hollow

from His Precious at Pagan In The Rough
from Mags at Pagan Culture

from SunTiger

from Melissa aka Equidae at The Lotus Pages

from A Witch Trying at What I'm Thinking Today

from Serenity Athenina at The Domestic Witch



Wednesday, 30 June 2010

New Blog Button


As a part of my revamp I have thrown together a quick new blog button... the old one just didn't fit with the change in theme. Please feel free to grab it and use it *points to the right* ...it will appear as it does on the right not as above with the white border around it... I'm not sure how to get rid of that with this template which seems to like to shove a white border around all of the pictures I add to my posts, but you can be sure that if there's a way I will find it... eventually :)

As you can see I have removed all the blog buttons I had displayed... I will be adding them all again in a more organized fashion soon, along with my awards, links etc. Hopefully I'll get some done today, if not in the next few. As I do the rounds through my reading list I will be picking up buttons and adding them together in one big post so I can display all the ones for my favourite blogs in one place (it was just getting so cluttered on my side bar) I also noticed that a couple were dead or linking to old pages etc where people had moved so I thought the easiest way to sort them all out would be to go from scratch.

Blogging Break

It seems I have taken an unintentional blogging break over this last month... I didn't realise how long it had been since my last post. It has been pretty hectic here, with the school doing so many activities etc for the kids now it's the final term of the year as well as all the other stuff I have had going on. All of it, I hasten to add, has been enjoyable, though has sapped my time away and left me forgetting to blog and even read those that I am following.

I think it is probably high time I got to work and revamped my beloved blog as well... it is perhaps looking a little worse for wares and rough around the edges... *sigh* yet another thing to add to my extremely long list of things to do! Watch this space!

I will rectify all of this asap my friends. I hope you have all been well since I have been away. BB.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Cards, Cushions and Cross Stitch

Just a quick update with some piccies of what I've been working on crafts wise at the moment.

First there have been some cards, a Father's Day card for my Dad, a birthday card for one of the July b-days I have coming up and an 80th birthday card for my Grandad who's b-day is in September:




Eeyore finally became the cushion I was planning for him, thanks to an old pair of jeans, some ribbon, felt and a few beads:


And finally here is my current progress on the Ma'at cross stitch I started a while back. It's been pretty slow going again as I have reached an area that is just full of constant colour changes, but it is still coming along slowly but surely:


I have also been working hard on the building of my website and will be taking a screen shot or two to share with you guys soon. It'll be a while yet before it's up and running but a few sneaky peeks won't hurt :)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Garden Pictures

My garden has finally been springing to life once again... quite a bit later than usual what with the constant periods of cold we had right through spring, but better late than never. I was inspired to share some pictures with you guys after the opening of the first summer rose in my garden:


I have several rose bushes out the front, all of different colours, but these yellow ones are always the most spectacular because of their size and the pinky tinge around the edges of the petals. Unfortunately the blooms don't last all that long *sigh* but I always manage to find plenty of uses for the petals ;)


You may remember a little while ago I mentioned that I bought some herb plants from the garden centre. Well here they are, growing strong. The sage I have already harvested twice, making so far 5 smudge sticks once it had recovered... it needed quite a fair bit of tlc when I bought it, but as you can see it is thriving. The rosemary is doing well, but then it always does for me, it's one of those plants I never have a problem with, and the silvery one on the right is my curry plant, which is just beginning to flower :)


These are the nasturtium seeds we planted ages ago... well two of the pots. These are the ones I planted, unfortunately the ones Beth planted haven't been doing so well, though they've all been treated the same way. Again, the weather has really slowed down their development, but they are finally getting stronger so hopefully we will have some flowers soon.


Last but not least I thought I would include a picture of the pretty crawling purple flowers I get growing around the base of the house every year before I have to rip them out as per my landlords instruction so that they don't damage the already weakened walls, *sigh* it really is a shame but I can see why it needs to be done.