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A New Hand Embroidery Project on My Hoop

The day after Mother’s Day started off cloudy with the sound of distant thunder rolling in.  The rain was supposed to ease off after 11 in the morning but that never happened, in fact the rain continues steadily on as I type this.

Last night after spending Mother’s Day with my son I had time to unwind with a bit of hand embroidery, I had a new project I’ve been anxious to get started so after I ironed a few pieces I set my project in my hoop and began the first stitches of a Celtic Cross.

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As I mentioned before I began stitching the Celtic Cross I did a quick pressing with my iron on a few pieces I finished stitching but am waiting to finish with framing them or making a wall hanging. These are all a part of my Drum and Dance series.

The first photo I was debating whether to add little stars to the skirt but decided not to eventually I will reuse the pattern to make one or two others I’d like to do one with a separate fabric skirt.  The second photo was stitched but I forgot to rinse off the stitch and wash product before I put it aside. The 3rd photo I just recently finished stitching, I have two other pieces for this series ready on fabric just waiting to be started, with a possible move coming up if all goes as planned with the house purchase I won’t have time for another new project so they will wait until after the move.  As I look up at the photos I now think making a small wall quilt with all the dance drum pieces may work too.

 

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Happy May Day!

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Beltane Blessing to All!

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The Easter Witch

Did you know that witches and trick or treating are part of Scandinavian Easter traditions, which are still celebrated in parts of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries? On the Saturday or Thursday before Easter, young children dress up as witches or Påskkärringar (the kindly, apple-cheeked, headscarf wearing kind, similar to Italy’s La Befana, the Christmas Witch and go door-to-door asking for candy or other treats. How neat is it to have Halloween-like traditions in springtime?!

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This tradition stems from the old belief that witches were a their most powerful during Easter week and that they would travel to Blåkulla (Blue Mountain) via broom (or even ride stolen livestock like cows, goats, sheep, or even cats – see image below) to cavort with the devil on Maundy Thursday through Saturday.

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To honor this old belief, Scandinavian children dress up as witches and go trick-or-treating, like Halloween! In some parts of Scandinavia children leave Easter cards or a small token of thanks to the houses they visit. Many of these cards feature images of påskkärringar, or Easter witches.

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I love how you can find traditions similar to Halloween throughout the year for many different holidays. I love the Scandinavian tradition of Easter witches and it is fun to learn about different holiday traditions from around the world that relate to Halloween.

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These witches don’t look quite like our Halloween witches — no peaked hats or black capes. Instead, these little witches are often depicted with a coffee pot, broom and a cat like the Easter witch ornament below.

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Easter Witch Ornament

This Easter witch ornament resembles Baba Yaga straight out of a Russian fairy tale, with headscarves, kerchiefs, aprons, and rosy cheeks.

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Glad påsk (Happy Easter)!

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Out of the ashes

The sad and devastating news of fire burning Notre Dame I think of words I wrote a long time ago when face with loss from fire. “Out of the ashes the Phoenix rises ever to be reborn”

The phoenix is a mythical bird with fiery plumage near the end of its life, it settles in to its nest of twigs which then burns ferociously, reducing bird and nest to ashes. from those ashes, a fledgling phoenix rises – renewed and reborn. So too perhaps with rebuilding of this beautiful structure.

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A New Journal

Spring has arrived here in north Florida with dry crisp air in the early mornings and bright sunshine that doesn’t make you wilt after twenty minutes. It’s very short lived so I try to enjoy it while it last.

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This week a few surprises arrived in the mail along with some expected items I ordered one which is The Tarot Journal coloring book by Amy Cesari, I love her “coloring book” series and have several of her books, they are both fun and functional.  As a woman who has a life long love of coloring these books evoke all sorts of pleasant memories while I use them.  Here is the link to Amy’s website so you can see inside the book http://www.coloringbookofshadows.com/

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These wool pieces came a few days ago along with this sweet little wool applique kit, I have wanted to try my hand at wool applique for a while so I thought why not start with a little kit so I order one which I will make for my little niece. I saw the squares of pastel wool and ordered those too.  I eventually want to make a Greenman piece is wool so I thought I would practice on small project to get the feel for it.  I haven’t done very much applique so my skills are a bit rusty but practice makes perfect.

Speaking of the Greenman, I am embroidering a new piece, this one to complement my Greenwoman piece.  The pattern is actually from a set of decals I bought a while ago and enlarged. The first photo is my stitching on the center leaf, the second photo is of the completed greenwoman, after I finished the greenwoman I thought perhaps I should have crayon tinted her but I used the stitch and wash away product because of all the detail so coloring wasn’t an option.

All those heavy black lines disappear once the product washes away and all that is left is the stitched threads.

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Here is a crayon tinted piece I made a few years ago, the Holly King is a pattern from Urban Threads. I left the face uncolored I may do another and color it.  Here is the link to Urban Threads

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Preparing for Ostara

The Spring Equinox or Ostara is the perfect time to welcome spring, and revel in all that it provides.

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Days are growing longer, the soil is warm and new green starts to appear on trees and in the garden as spring returns. The Spring Equinox or Ostara is the time to celebrate new beginnings, growth, love and fertility in all of it’s aspects of nature and your own life.

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Ostara is a celebration of the Spring Equinox the name comes from the goddess Ostara or Eostre It also marks the return of balance once again of the light and dark.

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This time of celebration is also known as Eostre’s Day, Eostre, Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox.

Here are some correspondences for Ostara (please note this is not a complete list):

Symbols

  • Rabbits/Bunnies
  • Eggs
  • Flowers
  • Birds – Especially Robins and other harbingers of spring.
  • Baskets
  • Lambs

Deities

  • Eostre
  • The Maiden
  • Astarte
  • Aurora
  • Kore
  • Persophone
  • The Green Man
  • Osiris
  • Dionysus
  • Ares
  • Adonis
  • Venus
  • Aphrodite
  • Narcissus

Colors

  • White
  • Greens
  • Light Yellow
  • Light Pink
  • Pastel Blue
  • Pastel Purple

Herbs & Flowers

  • Violets
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • All Spring Flowers
  • Iris
  • Peony
  • Narcissus
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Lavender

Stones & Gems

  • Amethyst
  • Jasper
  • Aquamarine
  • Rose Quartz
  • Moonstone

Foods

  • Spring greens & herbs
  • Eggs
  • Custards
  • Quiches
  • Edible Flowers
  • Honey cakes
  • Hot Crossed Buns
  • Violet Jelly
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Lamb

    Here are a few simply activities to do

    Egg hunt, Dye Eggs, Plant seeds/seedlings, Enjoy nature/go for a nature walk, Forage for wild spring edibles.

The Spring Equinox is the perfect time of year to embrace new beginnings and nurture new changes in your life. It is also a time to honor the beauty and wonder that is life.

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Welcome March

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The first day of March always makes me feel energetic because I know Spring isn’t too far behind.

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Since I  moved to Florida years ago the early days before Spring are evident with the bursting of flowers in the garden, not at all how it was when I lived in New Jersey and snow on the ground wasn’t a surprise sometimes well into April. I often miss those days waiting for Spring to arrive and you find that first seedling poking through a pot of soil.

I still wait for the seedlings but loving here in Florida our growing season begins in February for many gardeners.  This year I don’t plan to do much gardening because I am house hunting, I’ll plant some herbs and flowers in a few pots so I can keep my connection with the earth.

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On the 9th of March I’ll attend the Spring plant sale for a few new potted plants and maybe a nursery or two this week.  Who knows my garden beds may get planted this year after all.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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