Sunday, March 28, 2010

Simple Abundance Standstill

I haven't blogged about my Simple Abundance journey in ages, because, well... it just isn't going anywhere.

Things kind of ground to a halt for me when I started to feel like I was getting mixed messages from the daily readings. The theme of the book is-- You Have Enough, Enjoy What You Have... but then its coupled with suggestions like, "Go buy yourself a bouquet of flowers today... Revamp your wardrobe... Indulge in a new shade of lipstick/nail polish..." And also messages like, You Can Do Anything, Believe in Yourself, Be Empowered... and then... "You can't just walk away from a job that makes you miserable, learn to be happy with what you have."

Wait... What!?!

So I started to feel very... disillusioned? disgruntled? cynical? cranky? about the whole process. I also felt like I'm already doing or have done many of the tasks suggested. For instance, the past couple of days talks about going through your wardrobe, maybe at the change of seasons, and getting rid of styles that no longer suit you or items that don't fit.

Been there, done that. Do it every season. I suppose I do keep some things that hardly ever get worn-- like dresses. But when the situation arises-- I need to have some nice dresses to wear. I just don't wear them very often. I keep my Galt Sand sweatshirts that don't fit anymore out of nostalgia-- but my husband wears them.

The one thing I could do is go through my jewelry. I wear the same chain most of the time and switch pendants as my suits my mood. But I have earrings in abundance, many of which were gifted to me, and I tend to wear only a select number. So those I could pare down. Okay. There's one Simple Abundance task I can do.

But really, I'm not sure where I'm going with this journey, although I don't want to give up on it. I guess I will just keep plodding along and see what's in store for me. Perhaps there will be a shift as I continue to move through the book's exercises.

So that's the plan for now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Necklaces in Shops

Listed some new necklaces over the weekend and one of them already sold! That's what I like to see; gets me excited about creating even MORE items.

Leopard Spot in a Square necklace-- part of my "Big & Chunky, Bold & Funky" collection.

Green Metallic Triquetra Celtic Knotwork necklace. The Triquetra is a widely recognized Celtic knot used to represent the triplicity of deities in both Pagan and Christian faiths. It can also represent the three-fold aspects of nature, such as land, sky and sea or of our selves, such as mind, body, spirit.

I also listed a few new rune necklaces-- this one is Ansuz, meaning "ancestral god" and relates to letter A and the deity Odin. Ansuz is a rune of true visions, insight, communication, truth, wisdom and the power of eloquent speech.

The rune Othala, meaning "ancestral property" and is associated with the letter O. It represents inherited possessions, spiritual heritage, one's fundamental values. A good rune for home, sense of safety and spiritual journeys.

and Eihwaz, meaning "Yew tree" and associated with motivation, driving force and a sense of purpose. I donated this necklace to the Pagans of Etsy Street Team store, be sure to check out all the wonderful items there from pagan artisans on Etsy.

Last of all, the one that sold... a Dark Moon Face pendant necklace.

Click on the colored/italicized text for any item to see more!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Feline Friday: TwoDot Talks

TwoDot is the most vocal kitty I've ever known. I'm not always sure what she's saying, but chances are, if you ask her a question, she'll answer. This photo is from our conversation last night:

Some days, she talks and talks and talks and talks and TALKS. Practically non-stop. On those days, we've considered changing her name to Siren.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Old Shirt

I believe I gave this shirt to my husband the first Christmas after we were married. That would make it over 12 years old, and he's loved it well and worn it often. So much so, that he wore a hole in the elbow.

But its still one of his favorite shirts and nothing is wrong with the rest of it, so I decided to see what I could do to save it, starting with snipping off the offending sleeve and its partner.

Then I turned up the raw edges a couple of times and sewed 'em up. Voila! A brand new old shirt. Husband was thrilled; so thrilled in fact, he wore his new old shirt to work today.

I also thriftily saved the four buttons that were on the cuffs of the sleeves that I cut off-- spares if he needs them for the collar some day, or, buttons for completely different future project.

Now I know that experienced sewers are probably thinking, "Big deal" but you see, I am most definitely NOT an experienced sewer and have rather a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. So what might be a simple project for some, turned into a bit of an adventure for me, what with having to fill bobbins with thread before I began and having to pick out a whole row of stitches because I didn't check or pay attention to the stitch length settings before I went merrily sewing away.

However, its the finished product that counts, and the finished product is a completely serviceable short sleeved shirt! Ta-dah!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tarot for 2010~ 3rd moon

The third moon cycle has begun; time to review my tarot card drawn for this cycle back when I did my New Year's spread.

King of Wands~

Huge amounts of energy in this card. The King of Wands is filled with vitality and surrounded by growth. Lots of light in this card as well, light from the crystal on his wand and firelight. He holds creative fire in his hand and more burns nearby. This card indicates very good things happening for this moon cycle-- lots of energy, creativity and abundance.

The runes carved on the stones on each side are Uruz and Fehu. Uruz is aurochs, the wild ox, full of strength, energy and untamed potential. Fehu indicates domestic cattle (wealth)-- financial strength, future earned income, abundance, success, and happiness.

A King of Wands affirmation (from another favorite deck-- Tarot Affirmations):

I am master of creative energy;
I focus its power to establish a clear vision
and sense of purpose for my life.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Knotwork

A year or two ago I found Suzen Millodot's book Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewelry and fell utterly in love with knot work done with satin cording. This week, I've been practicing knot work techniques.

The beginnings of a Chinese button knot-- done with two cords, it can be considered a Double Button knot. I love the look of two colors together in one knot.

Learning a Celtic rectangle knot from another of Millodot's books. I admit, I went a little cross-eyed trying to figure out the first step for setting up this knot, but once I got past that, it was just following the over-and-under pattern. I adore Celtic knots!

Once I learn the knots, the process becomes a rather meditative one as I follow the cord end weaving over and under and through itself. After the pattern is set, then I follow the cord again as I work back around the knot, tightening it up.

I think the key to knot work is to get past the sometimes frustrating part of figuring out how to make the knot and learning it... after that, your mind and fingers remember, and the process is almost soothing.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March PCSG Challenge

Spring is in the air! At least, for the ArtFire Polymer Clay Smooshers guild it is-- "spring" was our latest challenge theme, and we have 16 fantastic entries from our talented guild members. Click the banner below to see them all and don't forget to vote in our poll for next month's challenge theme while you're there!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Feline Friday: Catnip Antics

Put out a little catnip in our household and here's what happens: Moose eats it, Sassy rolls in it until she's completely covered in bits and pieces, and Dot... isn't quite sure what to do with it. And then...

Sassy, that is *so* not a good idea...

See? I told you it wasn't a good idea.

POW! Right in the kisser.

And TwoDot might not quite grasp the allure of catnip yet, but she's all for a little bit of rough and tumble. If it weren't clear that they were having so much fun, I'd think that's gotta hurt.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring Additions

This month's PCSG challenge theme was "spring," and after months of drab colors and cold, dreary weather, I was ready for it. Here are my two entries-- both available in my ArtFire shop:

Yes, the egg is not only decorative, its also a little rattle! I've been wanting to make one of these for ages. I'm so excited with how it turned out and I have more egg rattles planned.

I also loved working with these colors; I can't wait until we start seeing some of them out in nature. Soon, I hope.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Transfers to Pendants

Finally got a pic of the tarot transfers made into pendants, although they've been done for over a week now:

They turned out a bit larger than I anticipated, so I think they will look better with a longer necklace style, say 20-22 inches in length. Maybe even a bit longer; have to play with it a bit. I hope to come up with a look for some of them that is more masculine or at least uni-sex.

Looking forward to getting them finished, although currently I've been sidetracked by making my pieces for the PCSG guild "spring" challenge theme.