Sunday, 21 June 2015

Blessed Litha

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.

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:

Litha - sun painted baby bump
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

Toy Story

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.

rainbow cloud

rainbow cloud

rainbow cloud

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

Happy May Day

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.

May Day ribbon heart

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.

May Day ribbon heart

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

Merry Ostara and Solar Eclipse

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.

hanging Ostara egg vase

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.

Blessed be.

Friday, 6 February 2015

My new backpack

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.

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

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

Blessed Imbolc

Imbolc snowdrops

Imbolc daffodil

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.

Imbolc seeds

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.

2nd trimester

IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard
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.

La Grande Maternité, 1963, Pablo Picasso
"La Grande Maternité", 1963, Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Seaside in January - Part 2

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.