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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

BLessed Mabon...

Yes I know I used a capital L in the title...I have recently noticed that whenever I type the word blessed, for some reason I always type both B and L as capitals. So I have decided there must be a reason and am going to leave it from now on. Any insight as to why is most welcome.
Back to Blogland :D
It's that time of year (in the north) again...mwahahahaha....
I have sighed up for 3 blog parties for next month.

First up is Magaly's Witches in Fiction (and no you don't have to be a writer to join in, but it may contain scary stories so be warned)

 Secondly is a funky hat wearing kind of gathering hosted by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist(I has a new hat *squeeee....*)

 And Finally(and probably very freakishly) is Annie Walls homage to Edgar Allen Poe :D
Can you tell my juices are bubbling and flowing over these awesomely creepy events?

But first we have Mabon...celebration of a glorious harvest, and this year I have been blessed with a wonderful crop of apples...cooking/eating and crab apples.
not to mention the glut of blackberries!
So today I have "Autumn sunshine" to last me through the winter nights
(or crabapple jelly lol)
And today I was out harvesting in the hedgerows so that tomorrow I can make...
Rose hip syrup!!!!
 And finally I would like to share a prayer I wrote way back in 2011 that seems equally appropriate this year...

A PRAYER FOR MABON

At this time of balance and healing, I ask the great Mother Goddess (feel free to insert the name you worship) to give those of us with the will, the power to heal this world.
Let our wishes be for joy and happiness for all.
Let the harvest be bountiful for all nations in equal measure, and let rage and hatred be tempered with mercy.
I pray you guide the hearts of those holding others against their will, and that they be allowed to return to their families unharmed.
I give thanks unending for the glorious harvest in my life. For 2 strong sons, and a truly loving husband. And especially for the love of good friends, always in our hearts no matter the miles between us.

BLessed Be XXX

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Monday, 15 September 2014

You guys have been so busy!!!

Gosh I had forgotten how hectic life gets with people coming and going randomly all day. Doesn't leave much time for crafting and art.
This little lady arrived safely at her new home with Linda, and she is now named "Gia" :D
 and this is the gorgeous faerie cottage that Linda made for me as a return gift! It arrived this morning and I am still smiling like a loon :D
 Bailey has been missing his boy, and fell asleep hugging his leg last night bless him.
 Looking forward to meeting up with friends in October, and making more faeries to gift them...(but shhhh...it's a surprise)
 Mostly last week I was busy preparing items to be displayed at the church I was baptised in. They were holding a remembrance for the centenary of the Great War and asked for any items we had to share. I took my Grandad's  photo taken in 1914, along with his medals and military service records.
The ladies and gent's of St Leonard's church Dinnington, along with those at the Lyric Theatre and the British legion did a wonderful job honouring our ancestors. Wish I could have stayed for the service at the cenotaph, but we left some flowers instead.
(same name as my grandad (Harry Brown),but it is his eldest son who died in WW2)
Will catch up with you all soon, promise !
Enjoy :D XXX
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Woodland Faerie...going home

A lady called Linda left a lovely comment on my last post asking where she could buy one of my knitted faeries......:D
You all know I don't sell...they are gift's who choose their own home.
So I checked out Linda's blog...
not only does she appear to share my love of nature, but she also makes cottages for Faeries!
(hope she doesn't mind me showing you this pic...too lovely not to share)

Well that just about clinched it really...of course a faerie would want to go live with her...
so her she is :D
(I have not named her, Linda can have that honour)

 After looking at Linda's blog and all the gorgeous blooms she has in her garden, I couldn't resist using vibrant happy colours.
 Linda had asked for a "Woodland" type faerie, so her skirt is made from leaves...
 and lovely Linda has fluffy friends, which allowed me to add a layer of "foofiness"
 "Foofy" hair adds balance to this autumnal little lady...
 and when it comes to wings, it makes sense that small sturdy wings are better suited to flitting through twiggy branches and bramble patches
 Having no name made her a little shy, but Roc held her hand for a while,
 and she soon gained confidence :D
Hope you like her Linda, can't wait to find out what her name is :D
I will parcel her up tomorrow ready to mail on Saturday.
Enjoy :D XXX
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thoughts of Autumn

I remember spending many rainy hours playing with my Gran's button tin as a child...
I find Autumn is the season I "think back" the most. I miss those moments of pleasure, the feel of the buttons running through my fingers, sorting them out in sizes and colours, and the sound as they dropped, clattering back into the tin.
She always had a Danish Butter biscuit tin...very exotic back in the 70's lol...
so I went out and bought 2 small tins of Danish Butter biscuits(her tin was blue too), ate the biccies and now have 2 button tins :D
 and am enjoying running my fingers through all the buttons once again. Yes it is easier to find the ones you want if they are kept in tidy little packets, but buttons in tins is just meant to be.
 Don't lose track of the simple pleasures...they are usually free and easy to find.

I recently read a conversation about "what would a Rock/Stone spirit look like?"
 Popular literature and modern day movies tend to show them as lumpy, grumpy and even aggressive creatures...
 Personally, I like rocks and stones...and see any spirit/faerie attached to them as being just as vulnerable as the rest of us.
 Even rocks need a hug sometimes...after all, they are holding the rest of us on their shoulders all the time. How many times have you described someone you depend on as a "Rock" ?
Looking at these rocks made me want to make a more "earthy" faerie.
 (she has moss growing on her to help with camouflage)
 I decided she was more of a sprite than a faerie, so no wings...just a long silky tail instead.
 Roc doesn't need a jacket, if she gets cold she just wraps her tail around herself :D
 Any sudden noises send her scurrying, and she tries to "blend in" with the nearest stones...
 Stone sprites are very helpful creatures...here she is checking on supplies for winter.
 (I didn't like to tell her they are dried fruit and no longer good to eat)

So how will you be spending your Autumnal evenings? 
What memories sneak back into your thoughts when the evenings start drawing in?
Enjoy :D XXX
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Starting to feel a lot like Autumn

I may not be able to get to my paints, but it doesn't really matter at this time of year.
As Autumn progresses and the temperature starts to drop it is time to prepare for Winter (by which I mean knitting :D )
A simple cabled band to keep my ears warm...
 and a chunky snood for extra protection...
 (I still think humans are designed for hibernation)

And while I'm doing wool...
Say hello to Ravyn...
 This little faerie has feathery black and blue hair, a fluffy "tail" skirt and long birdlike wings...
and will be flying to a Love Crow's nest very shortly :D

Enjoy :D (and to those in the northern hemisphere...start wrapping up soon)
XXX
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mish mosh...

Can't believe how much I am missing my art space already...
(it is even emptier than this now)
But am looking forward to having my boy home for a while :)
And while we are making a mess we thought why not add soot and cement dust...
 and open up the old fireplace....
 (getting there slowly)
A lovely arting opportunity came as Jackie Beeman's circle journal arrived for me to work in.
Organised by Ayala's Art, we are working in small 5x7 inch journals.
I used water soluble pencils blended with clear gesso,paint pens and permanent marker. The leaves and motto are from Darcy's newest stamp set for Paper Artsy. It says 
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will always fall behind you"

 Now some fluffy clouds...
 how fantastic did this look...so many different varieties of cloud over-laying each other...
 and then I spotted the perfection that is wild Honeysuckle growing through blackberry briars!!!
 (smells totally awesome)
Meanwhile...I HAD to do some crafting... so I am knitting another faerie...
( It is a gift for a friend shhhhhhh...)
Enjoy :D XXX
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