Sunday, October 26, 2008

To Tempt You

Sorry things have been quiet around here the past couple weeks, but there's a good reason!

I have been saying for almost a year now that I'm going to open an etsy store. Well, it's about to become a reality! I plan to start listing items next weekend. Thought I'd give a little preview of some things that will be available...

All sorts of rune necklaces...


Herbal rune sets...


Scarab pendant necklaces...


Moon necklaces...


... and earrings...


... polymer clay votive holders with etched votives...

... boxes with intricately designed polymer tiles on the lids...

... and more! Hope you'll come visit my etsy store INTO THE DAWN DESIGNS when I open next weekend-- and perhaps you'll find something to tempt you.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beetle Mania

Scarab beetles, that is.

Just a couple of issues ago, Polymer Cafe had a tutorial by Lesley Mitchell Polinko on scarab beetles, so I had to give it a try:


They were easy to get the hang of and fun to make. In fact, they became rather addicting. So I ran with the idea and made it my own:

I added a separate clay piece in a contrasting color for the head and added an "edging" in contrasting color as well. Then I finished all of the beetles with a patina of gold acrylic paint to bring out the sculpted details.

These scarabs also have holes pierced in them so that they can be used as beads or pendants. Now to come up with an appropriate necklace design that will show them off!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Crafty Solution~ Knitpickers Yarn Tote

I don't know about other crocheters with pets, but my cat (whose name is Moose, btw) just loves to leave his fluff all over any project I'm crocheting, no matter how careful I am. So when I found this on clearance last week, I thought I'd give it a try; it's called a yarn tote:


I'm a mainly a thread crocheter and I can fit one large ball of thread or two smaller balls in here while I'm working and keep 'em from picking up fluff from everywhere. There's enough room to store my project in there when I'm not crocheting, too. I like the little clip because I tend to take projects with me, especially on visits back to IA to see family, so I can clip my project to my backpack or purse and have it handy for working, instead of having to dig my project out of my bag and search for my hook in the process. Believe me, when you're at the airport or stuck on the plane or crammed in the passenger side of the car, it's not as easy to dig a crochet project out of a bag as you would think.

I have a project I'm about to begin (I crochet more in the colder months), so I'm looking forward to seeing how this works. I think it's a neat idea.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Favorite Halloween Costume

This is for MrsB and her fabulous 31 Days of Halloween contest! And for anyone else who never had the opportunity to see these pictures back in 2006 when they were posted at the original TH Cove...

I present to you, my most favorite Halloween costume ever-- The Dominatrix Fairy!

Here I am, ready for a night on out on the town with my handsome husband, Skeletor.

This is my "OMG I can't believe I'm out in public dressed this way" expression.

Pleather wings, purple bodice from my Ren Faire days, black crinoline borrowed from a friend who found it at a second-hand store, gigantic cross necklace from my Madonna-wanna-be days, spiked choker, and of course, a scourge. I decided if I was going to do this, I had to do it all the way, so I also have fake hair (everything piled on top of my head), fake eyelashes, fake nose rings (two-- this was before I got my nose pierced for real), fake beauty mark and fake black cat tattoo... the cleavage is real, though.

All in all, I had a blast that Halloween. But I still look at the pictures and say, "I can't believe I did that."

The problem is, once you've been the Dominatrix Fairy, how in the world do you top that?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tarot Journaling

Since the beginning of the year, I've begun to do more creative journaling. Often, my more creative entries are the ones having to do with tarot readings I've done for myself.


The above is a page I created listing affirmations for the Temperance card (14) of the Major Arcana. Temperance has been a tricky card for me to understand, so I decided to put together this page to help me better understand its meaning and advice. Some of the affirmations come from the excellent Tarot Affirmations deck by Sally Hill, Ph.D., others come from Mary K. Greer's book Tarot for Yourself. I used bright yellow and blue for colors for this page, because they seemed to reflect the energy of the Temperance card from the deck I use most often, the Robin Wood Tarot:


Above all, for me, tarot is a feast for the eyes! Just written journaling did not help me conjure up the power or message of the spreads I did when I went back to review. So I began to create pages to visually complement my written words.

The above page is the Star of Recovery Spread from Christine Jette's book Tarot Shadow Work. The tarot deck I used for this spread (as well as graphics for my journal page) is the Tarot of Transformation by Jasmin Cori and Willow Arleana, a gorgeous healing tarot. It was very helpful for me to draw out the journey of the healing cycle on the page, so that I could see the path I needed to take while working with this spread.

Above is a page I created for the reading I did this past new moon. It is the Lady of the Hunt spread, another from Christine Jette. I photocopied the moon maiden spread from Tarot For All Seasons and colored it with colored pencils, then pasted it on a background of blue construction paper and added a little interesting detail with some of my celestial themed rubber stamps. Then I printed up miniature copies of the cards I pulled for this reading and pasted them in the proper positions. The deck used this time was the Vision Quest Tarot.

HELPFUL HINT: If this post inspires you to create some of your own tarot journaling pages, check out Taroteca, a large compilation of graphics from many, many tarot decks. If by chance your deck is not there, you can either make color photocopies of your cards and decrease the scale size or you can scan your cards and then adjust them to a smaller size before you print them.

And, if you do create some tarot pages, please feel free to let me know. I'd love to see them and hear about how the process worked for you.