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

THE PATTERN

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."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Post It Note Tuesday- Sept 06, 2016

https://forestdoor.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/are-you-up-for-the-challenge/
I'm up for it!  Honestly, this has been a pet peeve of mine.  "Hi I'm (tradition x)!  here is a list of things I DON'T do" with NOTHING on what IS DONE!

Ironically, this blog has come up a lot in the past few days.  I didn't notice this until now though.  It was posted on the 1st of September so who knows.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Make It Monday- Runes!

We are back with the wood burner again this time!  Last fall, I found a few down branches and had my Grandfather cut them into rounds via band saw.  Around the same time I had 2 larger branches turned into Yule log candle holders.  That was via drill press *grin*  I had planned on making them into some runes, and I had hoped that I'd have smaller ones, but the small ones only yielded about 21 slices.  A larger branch had about 30 or so, so that is what we are using today.
The ones on the right!

Starting to burn
 I use this site when I am making runes, I like the charts and info they have.  There is even some more detailed instructions on how to make your own set.  Including a bit of blood to stain them red, around here, if my husband is making runes you can bet your ass they are getting some blood, intentional or not.  Myself, I've not been so "lucky" However I have an aversion to pricking my own finger from watching years of my diabetic Great Grandmother HAVE to.  Also I'm not 100% sure I'm keeping them for myself (they may end up Yule-ing to someone else!) So, why would I use MY blood if they are not going to be mine?
fronts, and a few backs
They are not meant to be capital "P" perfect (I like them better when they are NOT)  I decorated the backs with a little 8 spoke sun wheel type sigil.  That MIGHT have been a mistake on the first one, and I just made it work ;)  Now I have to figure out how/if I'm going to seal them.  I probably will somehow since the bark is coming off in some spots.

And expect more, since I have the smaller "set" and some spares of the larger ones, that I plan to make some ornaments with!  But that one requires the use of a drill *cackles* So I can thread some ribbon.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Break Aug 31-August was...

Mostly August was kind of BUSY.  With Many Gods West at the beginning, and school getting started at the end.  There were many challenges, but also a lot of fun!

My oldest Daughter painted me this.  

adventures in Indigo...

I saw this... had to take a pic because it was funny

This is Charmander, a blue tailed skink, my daughter found him in her room, but he wasn't eating so he was released...  but, he kind of got out of my daughters hands, ran under the rolling cart, and came out to find Sasha.... So he now will have to regrow his tail, but he is outside and safe now!  She didn't get to finish the job ><

the results of adventures in indigo, it is more of a chestnut brown than this picture lets on REALLY pretty!  First henna, then rinse, then we did indigo.

August Break Aug 30- Evening Light


The kids just started school and I was feeling lazy.  So this is a tad late.  but here ya go!