Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve

Fast away the old Year passes
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Follow me in merry measure
While we sing of Yule Tide Treasure

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Season's Greetings

I haven't posted for a bit . I've been in a quiet internal stage. I think we all go through this every so often. It's good to stop, regroup and just be quiet for a while.
I wish every one Happy Holidays and I'll be back at the first of January.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Let us sing now of Hera, the women's goddess;
Let us sing now of Hera, child of earth;
Let us sing now of the queen of gods;
Let us sing now of the most beautiful goddess.

I had been reading  Patricia Monagham's book "The Goddess Path and was working and learning about Athena.
Answering the questions and thinking about the ideas of a woman's strength up against our society's views of women took some time and pondering. There are aspects of Athene's character pertaining to myself that I am still working on.
But I am beginning my studies of Hera/ Juno today.  Which I think is very appropriate it being Thursday, the day associated with Her.
I went on the web to wikipedia and searched for classical paintings and other pictures of Hera. I particularly liked these three.
I have to admit I come to this study of Hera with some baggage of previous basic studies from men authors. She's been portrayed as a sad vindictive harpy of a wife, who takes out her anger on the women of her Husbands philanders.
I am going to begin my study of Hera with an open mind.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

While on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ode to Autumn

Dark plowed Autumn fields
Lying quiet, tired and weary
Sleeping until Spring

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick or Treat Mail Art

I created this piece of mail art for The Three Muses Challenge-Circles and Squares. I had a blast doing it so I have decided to work on a couple more. Which got me to thinking how much fun it would be to exchange mail art with other artists.

Is anyone interested in doing that with me?
I figure it would build our art collections and as an added benefit we could be helping out the Postal Service employees too.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Last Page Spreads in my Practical Magic Party Art Book

I've finally have finished my Art Book party favor for the Frosted Petunia's 2nd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party.
Sandi  at Victorian Gypsy has won the book and I'll be sending it off  in the mail today.
I had a lot of fun making this book and I also learned some ancient alchemy and botanical history.

It proved hard for me to part with this book, I'm thinking that I'll have to create one for myself.

If anyone is interested I do make Altered Art books on commission.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Battle for the Black Petunias

This Summer I planted Black Magic Petunias and Orange Marigolds in my hanging flower boxes. My Studio is located in the basement of our home.  We have these lovely full size windows with big window wells that let in wonderful light.  But as window wells go,  wooden walls and pebbled bottoms ,they're not all that inspiring to look at.
 To help remedy the situation I located some great looking black metal window boxes, hung them at the top of the wells and planted my flowers. I love looking out and up at them when I'm in my Studio working on my art.  Outside the boxes are at ground level.
I  also planted along with my flowers some white dusty miller foliage and thought by Fall they were going to look marvelous.
 I was working on my small Kitchen herb garden at the same time. Things were nicely growing, I was envisioning lush looking plants and looking forward to eventually harvesting all my herbs.
Seems the neighborhood bunnies were waiting for me to finish my gardening, so they could have a convenient drop in eating establishment.
I'd come out to find half of my herbs eaten away.  I would cuss at first under my breath later it became out right screams of frustration  then  I'd replant , sprinkle pepper, garlic and any other natural rabbit repellent I could find.    This only moved them to eat the petunias, sample the marigolds ( which they didn't like but still kept nipping the flowers off!) and the dusty millers.
I ended up repotting my herbs in large containers, putting small wire fencing cages around some of the herbs and my small mini rose bush and digging up the few remaining petunias and planting them in a pot and setting the pot on my front porch.
Then out came my Scarecrow with his Crow buddy and they are keeping an eye out for any marauders. So far they are helping me win a small victory in the Battle for the Black Petunias.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Winner Is........

The winner of my Practical Magic party favor, an altered art book is..........
Sandi over at the Victorian Gypsy....
Please let me know your mailing details so I can get it in the mail to you soon!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thoughts and Art Projects on this Rainy October Thursday

Working on my Practical Magic Altered Art Book party favor has taken longer than I wanted or anticipated. I've discovered that some days the art spreads seem to create themselves and other days they need to be labored over  And I do not like it when that happens.
I've got one more page spread to complete the book and the inside back cover. There are several blank end papers and I've decided to keep them that way so there will be a place for the lucky winner to write their own thoughts.
I'll be drawing the name of the winner tonight at 7 pm eastern time. If you want your name in the drawing please let me know by leaving me a comment That yes, please add your name to the drawing.

I've had a great time going around to all the participating blogs and seeing what they had to share.

As far as thoughts on a rainy October after noon, I've been reading a lot lately on the discovery of the Divine Feminine as written by Sue Monk Kidd.    Her books Traveling with Pomegranates and the Dance of the Dissident Daughter have really moved me.
I can count on one hand the books that I have read in my life that have so profoundly spoken to my soul because they seem to have been written especially for and about my personal life and experiences. These books effected me to the point that while reading them I have cried and have had to put them down and think about what I have just read  so that I can come to  grips with the soul stripping awakening that they have  lead me to.
Have you ever encountered a book or books that have had the same effect on you?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday the 5th of October

Yesterday I worked on a couple of art projects. I did the first half of a page spread in my altered art book, Homes and Gardens. The Three Muses blog has a new challenge ever Wednesday. This week was Bottles.
I had originally thought to do a spread featuring herbs and a little old Witch and have small bottles attached to the edge of the paper that would be filled with different herbs. After sorting through my bits and pieces I discovered I didn't have enough bottles, so my muse took me in another direction and Matilda offers potions and spirits. I'm finishing the other side of the spread using a picture of the Greenhouse from the movie Practical Magic.

Speaking of Practical Magic, I'm still creating my Altered Book for the past Party. I am working on Gilly's part and I thought to do my version of the page from the original Movie Spell book which has the spell they used to bring back Jimmy.  You can find  a photo of the original on the October Farm blog.
While creating this page which required a magnifying lens to help me decipher the words, I got intrigued about the ingredients. I began to look them up and what an education.
Who ever created the original page was very knowledgeable. Every ingredient was founded in ancient alchemy and it all deals with good health in some way or another.
My goal is to have the book done by this coming Saturday so I can do the Giveaway.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday, October the 4th-Some Halloween Art

I made a couple of years ago a number of wool and felt Halloween Jack O'Lantern purses. These little purse make great gifts for little and big girls.
I like to hang mine on the front closet door knob and either fill it with Fall foliage or Halloween candy.

I've also completed another Halloween Art Tag.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

  In other gardens
 And all up the vale,
From the Autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers;

The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween Art Tags-Sunday, October 2

I flipped through my Halloween notebooks and came across some ideas for art tags that I've been wanting to try.
Here's my first two attempts.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Countdown to Hallowe'en-October 1st, Saturday,

Danni over at The Whimsical Cottage has proposed a countdown to  Hallowe'en. She suggests we do something Autumnal or Halloweeny  every day til the Big Finish on October 31st.
I've posted her button so you may go and see others who are preparing for the celebration.

I personally pulled out my notebooks, yes, I have at this point two Halloween/Fall notebooks that I have filled with Halloween History, Collecting, Decorating, Cooking, Party Ideas and Art/Craft ideas.

I have been rummaging in the basement pulling out my boxes of Halloween items and am having the best time opening them and oohing over my collection. I add new things every year ,so it feels like Christmas!
Let the decorating begin!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Newest Completed Page Spreads on Practical Magic Altered Art Book

I completed the third page spread relating to the Aunts with a second Aphrodisiac Tea recipe. I also left in the original Irish recipe page that deals with making a good cup of Tea.
I'm working on the pages that deal with Gillian.
I finished the first spread and am now working on creating my version of the Spell page from the original movie BOS that had the spell they used to bring back Jimmy.

The Last Day of September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Practical Magic Altered Art Book- Page Spreads 2 & 3

We had a full weekend with the Grand boys, ages 6 and 3. They are very early risers at 6:30am. Now I know that's not early for a lot of people but when you are a night owl like myself, who usually rises around 8:00am, at 6:30 in the morning  it's still dark outside, for crying out loud!
I took snatches of time to run down and look at the different Party goers blogs and I still haven't made it around to every one's.   I loved all I saw and I have to say Anna, you are a wonderful hostess.
 By the way thank you for letting me use your party invitation in my Altered Book.

I worked yesterday on two page spreads. I decided to start with the Aunts and their love spells. I wanted to give the page a Victorian feel, using laces, hearts, stamps for and from love letters and the mourning dove feather I found on a walk about the neighborhood last summer. I also included a pink pearl end hat pin.
 I posted two photos of this page spread as I wasn't  sure which one would give you a better view.
The aphrodisiac drink recipe is copied from the original  Practical Magic Book of Shadows.

The book I am altering I found at the  Goodwill. It is a little book of Irish recipes.  I'm saving some of them as I rip out the extra pages. One of the recipes I am using for the book is for Buttermilk pancakes.
Don't you think it needs to be included?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Today's the day!! Practical Magic Blog party.

 Last night Hubby and I sat down to watch the movie. It's not exactly like the book but both tales are great. I loved seeing a movie where the women are strong and love and help each other.  I just love the Aunts, don't you!!
This movie made smile, laugh out loud and wish deeply for some close witchy friends, who would live near by. For dessert last evening I picked up on impulse some brownies.

I'm working on my Practical Magic Altered Art Book party favor, please let me know if you want your name added to the list as a possible winner.
I've researched the Book Of Shadows used in the movie and found some pictures of it's pages. I'm using what I found as inspiration for my book.
 I have even collected several Dove feathers, one of which I'll add to the book
 But in the mean time I've gotten my broom out and I'll be flying around, dropping in on other Party revelers!