Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post It Note Tuesday!

Thanks to the OLD Twin Peaks LOL

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Long time no posting

but there are reasons for that!  One is that I went to some festivals, a few....  Hecate's Sickle Fest in Oct 2016, so the lack of posting from then on was just packing and prep and that itself was enough to stop the habit I'd made of the days TO post.  Then taking on some study classes (that would later fall apart) and an attempt to build something for the greater community here (that would later fall apart, as well)
After HSF there were plans made to go to Spring Mysteries Festival so that added a new packing and trip schedule in the Spring.  Planning Beltane and just life kept me away.
   There seems to be some murmurings that would make this upkeep now just "part of the norm" so I'm going to try, meaning that it would not be "extra" work, just what is normal for me.  So I think I can manage and the worst case, it doesn't work.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Post it Note Tuesday Oct 11th

When you feel powerless, remember that you share about 50% of your DNA with tigers, and nobody who’s half tiger is ever completely powerless. it would not ALL fit on the note so I cropped a little :D Also I've crafted up a storm but I'd not been home much to write about it, except today, and that got eaten up by other life things! So I'll post more soon!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Make It Monday Sept 26th addition

So, I had a friend who had a Birthday.... And she hosted a "Tentacle and Tea" painting party.  A few cups of tea, and some paint later I had this elemental bad boy!

Now I know this is Tuesday, but I was not home at all yesterday I had an appointment to have someone drill into visible bone in my skull, and fill them with goop (yes, that means dentist)  FOLLOWED by a crafting day.  Let me tell you one of these things was the highlight, the other was not.
ADD to that the stress of having my van not want me to go to the dentist (hmmm.....)  It was a good day, after a rather crummy morning, but lunch things shifted.
So today is catch up on the blog of blogging.

I am not the best painter ever, I had chances to learn this skill but I never did take my Great Grandmother up on most of the painting, and most of the time I just "played" with watercolor.  This one is acrylic paints, and I had fun making it so that is what matters, right? ALSO, the dang blogger turned it to the left the tree is supposed to be top for North.  (Which in turn reminds me of a conversation that was had yesterday, about elements and placement and traditions...)  and of course the picture doesn't do the golds and silvers any justice, these metallic paints ROCKED

Monday, September 19, 2016

Make It Monday Sept 19th Utility Belt


I must admit I got it because I follow a Facebook group here.  It is a group that lets you "in" on sales and freebies.  So when a designer offers one up you can find out about it!  I've increased my Ravelry library immensely since joining.  Sometimes I get cool things such as the above or things like this little cutie that is on sale until Sept 19, 2016 adorable froggy (Sorry, not sorry I'm really excited I got this one today :P )

So, when I went to FaerieWorlds they were selling these awesome belts that offered "purse free" options.  That would have been awesome to have at the time, but for some reason I didn't see fit to just BUY one there, it is a decision I question often LOL.  That is until I got the pattern for this one!

I have ends to weave in, buttons to sew on, and beads to add but I wanted to get SOMETHING up on here to show what I've been working on.  The Yellow "feather"  I accidentally made 2 of, so it became an athame pouch (I lined it with craft foam for protection)  SO MANY ends to weave though... UGH.  So I'm going to get back to that.

This time I wanted something to take to Hekate's Sickle Fest, that is being put on by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) in October.  I doubt I'll have my knife with me, but... I can use it in circles later *grin*  So far I am REALLY happy with how it is turning out!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Practical Magic Book Vs Movie (Old blog copy) for a TBT!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Most people will agree that most of the time the book is better than  the movie adaptation.  In the case of Practical Magic, I really felt that the movie was better, that is NOT to say that the book is not good, it really is quite a good read.  How else would I have read for nearly 13 hours straight!  Breaks of course for driving, eating and food prep and other kid care.  I started it when we went in to test my 6yo son for first grade readiness. around 11am and I finished it up around 12:30 am the next "morning".  I really thought it was off to a great start of a book love affair, in the first chapter describing the Aunt's home, I LOVED how it was described.  Shortly into the book I realized it was a whole different animal.  Now the whole different animal thing is something that I am very much used to.  I have read and watch True Blood/ Southern Vampire Mysteries.  They have HUGE differences in those, and I am able to take each individually without liking one over the other.
And in some ways it is the same case with this book and movie combo.  There were some things that I liked in the book, like the change in scenery, even though at the same time, I missed the old scene.  I find that I agree with most of the negative reviews on Amazon.  Yet, I would not go post the same things, because I really did enjoy the book, but I certainly enjoyed the movie much, much more!

So when I woke up, I made my coffee and I watched one of my favorite witchy movies!  Although, I did find that it is currently paused about halfway through, I guess I needed to catch up on some of that housework that I neglected yesterday.  I worked on the boys' room, which with 3 boys is a HUGE chore to undertake, and I am still not done with it! ARGH!  Every time I say "Never again" to no avail.   I have had a running to do list and I am getting most of that list done each day, so I refuse to beat myself up over a few things carrying over to the next.  It will all be there tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Post it Note Tuesday Sept 13

call it a "fringe benefit"  This is coming from a recent body mod addition HAHAHA
So, I got a tattoo on my "road map of a belly" I have 5 kids, including twins.  Twins caused an umbilical hernia that was repaired a few years ago.  I'm on a reclaiming mission of sorts.  See, I don't mind some things.  My body has allowed me to have 5 kids, including twins with 0 c-sections, all had good weights
7# 14 oz
6# 15 oz
6# 8 oz and 6# 9 oz (twabies)
7# 8oz
a few stretch marks is a small price to pay for no NICU time, and 5 healthy babies!  I know how lucky I am!  BUT that didn't mean I LIKED the after effects! okay?  We have been on a journey through times of me crying over my stomach that once was.  I didn't have medical insurance at the time of the hernia at the worst, so I didn't see HOW it would be fixed.  I was able to live with it for a few years, until the pain started.  I could not go grocery shopping without being sore the next day, from the weight of the cart.  So, I finally went in to the local low cost clinic, and the doctor got me set up with a program that did surgeries for people who needed help.  There was just a waiting period.  The wait was not too long either I was very surprised.
My surgeon got a stethoscope cover and a rice bag that I knit/crocheted/made (I had to sew the inner rice bag) for him as a THANK YOU gift.  That was the step one in this process.  Step 2 I think came with getting on some thyroid meds, I've lost a little weight that was not going anywhere no matter how active I was. step two is a really minor step though as it really doesn't bug me too much except specific areas *ahem "tummy mustache" (aka "twin skin" that is not going anywhere with out another surgery, and it isn't THAT bad that I feel like I need that)
And you may have noticed that some quotes have come from "The Body Sacred" by Dianne Sylvan, and I've been reading that book along with a few others at a lovely snail pace.  (or maybe a slug pace?)
Anyway last week I got a call from a friend saying he was hosting a tattoo party,  And I had been joking for a few years about how "I needed a compass rose around the belly button to match the road map" part humor, and part making a pretty out of something I've had a terrible relationship over the past few years.
Odd things happened.
1.  I don't know if I was projecting or what, but I could feel the LOVE that was going into the tattoo as it was being made.  Does it matter if it was all ME thinking that way?  NOPE no one bit!
2.  Now I am forced to care in a way that still didn't quite happen after the surgery (it was laparoscopic, so minimal scars) Now I'm gently washing and lovingly applying lotion.  This is an area that I've largely tried to pretend did not exist for the past 10-15 years.
3.  It was a big DEEP breath in order to show the doctor and surgeon when I was trying to get a medical procedure done.  It was a big deep breath to show the tattoo artist too, but of course getting a tattoo.... no one walks by going "nah I don't want to see!"  THEY WANT TO SEE.  You know what?  Nobody was critical.  Well, save for a friend who was critical of a line (that was done the way it was on purpose, and I don't think she realized that)  So, basically with my joke of "if you see my stomach, you may as well see me naked"  I'm game for some skyclad rituals (only half kidding) It has been a bit conflicting!  I want to show it off, and not at the same time!
4.  I'm still not ready to share on public forums or anything (sorry)  but I'm slowly contacting people who I think will appreciate it.  I was a teen who could not GAIN weight but grew up around a family with BBW's so I was very big into the body acceptance, but I know it isn't easy either! (If the men I knew had issues I was not privy to them)
5.  Getting ink didn't turn my tummy into a Victoria's Secret model, BUT it is an improvement in my mind.  AND I did it FOR ME so who the fuck cares what others think, or "what it will look like when you are 80?"  (it will look badass BTW)  This is one I sort of struggled with prior to getting the tattoo, because stomach's are the most likely to change.  Fact is I'll have other things to worry about and had too many years under my belt to care at 80.  

SO in conclusion
If you hate your toes, give yourself a pedicure.
If you hate your skin, get some fancy lotion and slather it on with LOVE.
If you hate your hair, look up some tips on your type and DO SOMETHING new to it.
acne?  Start a new skin care routine.
Do your makeup (only if you can do it with LOVE though, if you are only doing it to hide the "flaws" start with CARE)
if you loved to dance but stopped because you didn't fit the mold.... DANCE IT OUT!

you get the idea.
Some things are easier to ignore than others.  I could/can hide my stomach pretty easily, but a port wine stain may be harder.  Everyone is in a different place at the start.
I find it funny that I didn't apply this thinking earlier, since one of the things that are in Marie Kondo's books is the idea that if an item DOESN'T bring you joy, you lavish it with praise.  It is all about changing your mind set. Why should that NOT apply to the skin you are in?
I'll close with another item that could be a post it note, or five:

"Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy [womb/phallus], without which we would not be
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in [beauty/strength]
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names."