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* 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.

Working Hard

It's been so busy here as I have been well and truely inspired to create as well as write. I've finally been making some new cards... one's for my family so far but hopefully will soon have some sellable designs for coming sabbats, birthdays etc. I've been stitching a little Eeyore kit I got in a magazine which I intend to turn into a cushion using some old denim from a pair of knackered jeans and I've been cracking on with my Ma'at stitching project and my god/goddess painting... pictures of all of these will be following shortly!

I also decided it was time to try out a new craft. This time round it has been crochet, something which I have been itching to try for quite some time but just haven't had the foggiest idea where to start. Then yesterday, when I was at the local supermarket I spied a magazine which had another free gift. This was a crochet magazine and it came with a hook and 6 balls of brightly coloured yarn, so I decided it was about time to give it a go.

I have to admit, I was pretty dumbfounded at first as the written instructions and pictures were pretty hard to follow and decipher, and that's before we even touch on the pattern codes, but a few youtube tutorials later and several hours practicing the basic stitches and I felt ready to try actually making something!

That's what I spent this morning doing, and thoroughly enjoyable it was too. I made this simple flower cuff/bracelet for Beth as my first project: 

Even if I do say so myself, I'm very pleased with the results and have already planned my next (rather more ambitious) attempt :) 

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Only Me...

Well hello again folks, seems like an age since my last post... I mean it has been a while as I've been ridiculously busy, but still. There's really not much to talk about from my end. It's been the half term so mum had the kids for a few days and I spent them with the boyfriend, literally doing absolutely nothing and catching up on sleep. I would just like to take this opportunity to say that lazy days rule!

Over the last week or so I have noticed I've been becoming more receptive again, after such a long time of being partially shut down, so my creativity and inspiration has been soaring, particularly with my writing at the moment leading me to begin RPing properly again and dig out all the stories I began writing last year and put to one side.

My main project for the week has been a deity jar in which to place all my worries, spells and the things that are generally on my mind at the moment. I find this a very good way of releasing my concerns to the gods until they are realised.


On the inside of the decorative covering is a spell verse I wrote for the jar and I gave it it's first go the other day... and might I say it works a treat. One of the things I put in there (there were two in total) had been getting to me really badly over the last little while, bringing on quite a dark mood at times. I decided to dedicate it specifically to my patron Goddess as it really is a difficult and important issue to me. So I lit up my alter and did a little working. Imagine my surprise when this happened to my Goddess candle immediately afterwards:

As you can see my white Goddess candle began weeping pink wax! You can see why in the close up below, though it is a tad out of focus... It seems the wick only had been dipped in red wax, though you couldn't see that that was the case from the whole candle, it had only happened from half way down.

Needless to say I found this quite strange and an odd kind of coincidence... I may add here that I don't believe in coincidences so strange kind of sign it is. Looking into the candle I knew, just knew that my friend in New Zealand was in labour. A few hours later and there's a post on fb to say she's had a beautiful baby girl so big congratulations to her and her husband!

Finally, yesterday I began my 'spring' clean as I began thoroughly sorting out the whole house, cupboard by cupboard and ruthlessly throwing things away. I normally do this in the spring but the odd feelings earlier this year and general cold weather just didn't motivate. Now that I can fling all the windows open and enjoy all the natural light flowing into the house I began, one room at a time, sage smudge stick in hand, cleansing and warding as I go. It always helps to clear my mind when I get my physical things organised, plus the house really did need (and still does in some places) a thoroughly good spiritual clear out.

Whenever I do this I always begin with my downstairs altar as it's the hub of my daily practice and sort of connects energetically with the whole house (just ignore the big red van in the background, the neighbours were having some work done yesterday and the drive to our houses runs right alongside the front of my house).

Anywho... sorry I've been away for such a while. I have quite a bit of work to share with you as it's completed in the near future, as well as some progress reports on my painting and cross stitch projects. 

Blessings to you all x