Sunday, 21 June 2015
Unfortunately the weather today didn't reflect what I'd expect the beginning of summer to be. It's been rather windy, not very warm and there has been a slight drizzle of rain every now and again. It's the longest day of the year, yet today as the rain clouds are forming it feels like it got darker much earlier than it did the last few days.
The not so summery weather and the fact that I didn't prepare anything means I haven't got much to show today. I had lots of little craft projects in mind for today, most of them involving flowers and candles, but I never got round to it.
The only thing I've got signifying the summer solstice is this pebble I found on the beach a few weeks ago. It reminded me of witches dancing around the sun.
Can you see what I mean? Pretty impressive, huh?
I do have a Litha picture from last year though I'd like to share:
I was 8 months pregnant this time last year and the weather was very sunny and warm as you'd expect it to be on summer solstice. Painting a sun on my belly seemed appropriate to celebrate Litha.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
I haven't really had chance to work on many craft projects since the little man has arrived and I've not had my sewing machine out since last summer. I think the last thing I've sewn was a tiny peak baby cap before the little man was born - little did I know about how much he would hate all kinds of hats. He never wore this particular last hat I'd sewn, along with many others.
Anyway, after browsing one of my Pinterest boards for some small sewing projects I decided it was time to get my machine out and make some toys.
As the little man is currently obsessed with all sorts of tags, ties and fabric straps I knew whatever I was making had to include something like that.
I came across this tutorial from beloved-ones for this tag dinosaur, or tagosaurus as I keep calling it.
The next thing on my must-make-list was this rainbow cloud from this super cute tutorial from refabulous.
I managed to finish both projects in just one evening and I'm very happy with how they turned out and looking at the action shots the little man seems happy too.
Friday, 1 May 2015
Beltane almost came as a surprise this year; with the little man around time just flies and I've completely lost track of it. My calendar reminded me yesterday that it was Beltane and I didn't have anything ready to celebrate, so I came up with a last minute decoration: some ribbon streamers tied to a wicker heart. Unfortunately by the time I remembered and finished the day was over and it was too dark outside for photos, so I took some on May Day.
I've hung the heart from the birch tree in our garden, so the little man can see the ribbons dancing in the wind from our living room window.
The ribbons are inspired by a May Pole and the wicker heart seemed rather apt as Jamie and I got married on May Day and the heart is from one of our flower baskets we used on our wedding day. I can't believe that we've been married two years already; I'm telling you time does fly when you're happy.
Friday, 20 March 2015
While the little man had a nap I made some hanging egg vases to celebrate Ostara this year. I first saw this on Gardenista and loved the idea; it's so simple yet so pretty.
This spring equinox is a very special one as there also was a solar eclipse this morning. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy and my rushed attempts to take pictures during breakfast failed miserably, but I found some regional clips on YouTube that captured the eclipse pretty well.
Friday, 6 February 2015
I'm loving my Manduca and have been using it loads as a front carrier but as the little man is getting rather heavy I thought it was time to try the back carrying option. It's much more comfortable for my back, I can actually use my arms again and the little man seems to like it too as he gets to see the world from a different angle; it must be comfortable for him too as he fell asleep when we went for our afternoon walk.
PS: Did you notice the little yellow hat the little man is modelling? This is one of many things I knitted for him before he was born. His great aunt was nice enough to give me a bag full of knitting needles and vintage baby patterns from her grandmother i.e. the little man's great great grandmother and this hat was made from one of those patterns.
Monday, 2 February 2015
As Imbolc traditionally is the time to bless the seeds I started my Imbolc ritual a little earlier this year to consciously watch something grow. It's been quite rewarding to see the seeds change every day and turn from something seemingly lifeless into very much alive seedlings and plants.
The word Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and refers to pregnant ewes but also to the Goddess as the mother which made me think back of this time last year when I myself was pregnant and the little man was in my belly. Here's a picture of me from February last year; the stone I'm holding is representative of the size the little man would have been at this stage during the early second trimester of my pregnancy.
|IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard|
The word Imbolc originates from the Gaelic word oimelc which means "ewes milk" but again I'd like to think of it in context of the Goddess as the mother and then relating this back to myself breastfeeding the little man. I think he's celebrating today with me by having an extra feed.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Same place, different day.
The little man was in need of some fresh air, so we braved the rain and headed towards Bridlington again for a walk.
Walking down some of the back streets to get to the abandoned harbour on such a dark and rainy afternoon was quite bleak and Morrissey's Everyday Is Like Sunday springs to mind:
Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard :
"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"
In the seaside town
...that they forgot to bomb
Come, Come, Come - nuclear bomb.
But then look at my very first tilt shift miniature picture I took. That instantly brightens up the day.
And to really cheer us up we got a bag of chips (and scraps) which we stood eating in the harbour, in the rain, in January. I guess had anyone seen us they would have doubted our sanity, but we well and truly enjoyed it.
To top it all my phone decided to take this really artsy photo by mistaking a sneeze for a command to take a picture.
Who says rainy winter days are dull? Well, we had fun.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
The weather has been lovely today, not like January at all, not too cold and most importantly sunny. The perfect day to take the little man in his buggy to Bridlington for a seaside walk and to enjoy some fish and chips in the harbour - me that is, not the little man of course.