Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Been A While...

But I have finally sat down and worked on some more DreamWebs...AND I listed them on Etsy too! Yays.

I made two Easter/Christian ones, a Mardi Gras/Easterish one, a Pirate one, a Breast Cancer one, a Japanese one, and one each for a boy and girl baby.

I also listed some items that I had made from kits. Those are a pair of Talking Feathers, two small traditional DreamCatchers, and a medium sized one. I have to repair a War Bonnet and then I will list that one too.

Faith, the first one comes in light and dark shades. The Boy/Girl ones come in Pink and Blue.

The first one is Pirate themed, in honour of a dear Etsian, Liz Staley. Her NaNoWriMo was lesbian pirate themed. The next one has the colours of Mardi Gras, even though it has a jelly bean print fabric. The last one is Holy Carp! because another Eastie, Avalon, has a tendency to be dyslexic and type crap as carp...LOL But it's more of a homage to all things Japanese...

The only Kanji I was able to translate read, Hope...and that's what the name of that DreamWeb is...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Should I or shouldn't I...

I've gotten wrapped up in a thread that a person started about Gemstones for anxiety...I answered and posted another link to ANOTHER thread...We all gave some input and I recalled the necklace that I had made for my mother's 55th birthday. She had made me mad with all of her crap about "I can't leave Dad alone" "I have to make him dinner" all sorts of martyr Bullshit to prove to herself that she could never have a life of her own...

If I remember correctly, I had just left World of Science and I was still into gemstones and their properties.
She needed courage and spine and even small brass balls couldn't have hurt...
So I found a carved Sterling Silver Lion. She was a Leo (July 25) but never had courage at all.
I learned that Tiger's Eye, Smoky Quartz, Jaspers and such were good for courage and strength.
So I made her this necklace from Leopardskin Jasper, Carnelian, Tiger's Eye, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, and Poppy Jasper in Chunks, Balls, Tubes, Lozenges, and Crescents.
But sadly she never got to wear it because my grandfather found her dead in the bathroom ntwo days before her birthday. He thinks she stroked out, but I think she was drunk, got dizzy and fell and broke her neck in falling into the bathtub. That's neither here nor there...

I made myself a set that had some of the stones that I had left over from hers. It's a necklace and earrings that I made from some beads that I bought at Michael's Craft Stores, and others that came from broken earrings that I had bought at World of Science. Come to think of it, I still have some Citrine and Peridot beads...hmmm...gonna hafta to look for those...
My set is made from wooden rice beads, Leopardskin Jasper, and Poppy Jasper.

My conundrum is should I sell these or should I hold onto them? My mother's I wore once and that was at her funeral.
My set, I wore a couple of times. And I don't wear jewelry at work because something would try and eat it.
What do you guys think??

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I made my Etsy Avatar into a Plushie...sorta

It's just a prototype, but I wanted to see if I could do it...

It's cute in a primitive sort of way. My DS thinks I should add fangs, but not googly eyes...shrug.

Like I said, except for the Sock Snakes I made for everyone's new babies' way back when this has been my first foray into stuffed critters...I still have a Cocytan from The Dig to make for DS which I promised I'd do 10 years ago and a Triops...

I made him out of Green Fleece and an Autumn Ombre yarn with orange Glitter Stiff Felt for his tummy. His spikes are from the yarn and his body from the fleece and he's stuffed with Polyester Fiberfill. I used my Glue Gun, but if I was going to do him for sale, I might sew him instead...

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm destashing!!!

Yeah me!!!

I have things in the cellar that I bought to use to see if I liked and then decided that I didn't or that there was no way in Hades that I could even remotely do it...sort of a buyer's/crafter's remorse...but I've been listing it all in my Etsy shop as Destash/Supplies...
I've even sold a couple of things already...I still have plenty lurking down there. It's just to darned cold to spend too long of a time down there...

I have candlemaking stuff and wire working stuff and stitchery kits that I haven't touched...sigh. They're nice too...Native American pictures are three of them and the other has North American Endangered Species. There's books and supplies for some of the things also.

I'm not in the mood, because it's too cold, for putting all the pictures up, so I'll put in the link instead.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More New DreamWebs

I've been as busy as a one armed paper hanger with fleas...YIKES! Working part time is supposed to be LESS stressful than working full a pig's eye! The last couple of days, I've been running around like Mike the Headless Chicken buying supplies to make more DreamWebs...Dang!! I dunno! But I've done 3 brand new ones and have one that I made in November for Chickenstock and for DS's girlfriend's birthday.
My new ones are for the spring. Goddess I hope we HAVE a spring. As I sit here at the buttcrack of dawn (1/4 of 6) with the air temp being a 7 whole degrees and the windchill below zero, I'm planning on taking out the famous groundhog if he predicts 6 more weeks of winter. It'll be just like Caddyshack...
The DreamWeb from November is called New Age Leopard. It's pink, tan and cream argyle with red and orange leopard spots. Typical 00's Goth...

For Valentine's Day, I did the typical Hearts...I've done this one before and it usually sells well.

This one's for St. Patrick's Day...White with Green Shamrocks.

This one was an impulse. One of the POEST gals suggested that I use stones and I haven't used them in quite a while...I made one with Amethyst for a POGO person's mother and other than that, I haven't used them. The last one was for my MIL and that was a few years back. It had shell birds and Amethyst because it was for her February birthday.

I went to Michael's and found this stone called Cherry Quartz. I picked it up and I liked it, so I hemmed and hawed and finally went to the fabric square aisle and found a really neat print of pink Peacock eyes on a camel background. It came out really nicely. I try not to have favourites, but she's definitely one.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Making Protective Mirrors.

These can be really effective to keep the bad vibes/juju from making your home or yourself uncomfortable.

Mirrors-you can buy a value pack at Michael's Craft Stores. Any shape is fine. They come in Square, Octagonal and Round.
Black Cord or Ribbon-for hanging loop and feathers
Black Felt (optional)for a backing
Silver Bead-one for each mirror Sterling is best, but silver coloured works also.
9 Black Feathers-from a Frizzled Hen is best, but any would work in a pinch. I use ones that Obelisk the Tormentor, my Leghorn hen has moulted.
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
These are the mundane things to use.

The magickal ones are:
Incense-Sandalwood is pleasing to almost everyone. Frankincense and Myrrh, Violet, Cedar and Sage, Juniper, Cinammon, Clove, are also good for protection.
Sun and Moon or Rain and Sun

First thing is to wash the mirrors. Soap and water is fine. Let dry.
Saturday is the best day of the week to do a protection spell, which is what the mirrors are. If you can't do it on a Saturday, when the moon is going from New to Full is good. I know that some folks will beg to differ, but that's okay too. I do it then because it increases the power of the spell.
Put the mirrors outside. They will be charged by the sun and the moon. If it's raining that's okay too. Snow's good too.

Leaving the mirrors out for a week is best, but even a few days will work.

Now you can take the charged mirrors and charm them.
If you're a ceremonial witch, now you draw your quarters and call the guardians.

Add Sea Salt to some water. Regular table salt is fine.
Light your incense.
Those cover your four elements. Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Salt Water-Earth and Water
Incense-Air and Fire

Pass the mirrors through the incense smoke and drip some saltwater on the mirrors or you can dip the mirrors if your bowl is large enough.

If you're more laid back, you can ask your patron God/s or Goddesses for their protection. I like to use Anubis, because he's a watchdog. Any of your protective deities of your path will work.

Close your quarters, thank your patrons for their help, and let the incense burn down and the saltwater evaporate.

Let the mirrors dry completely.

Next step is to get your felt, if you want, ribbon or cord, bead and feathers all together.
Spark up the old glue gun.
The mirrors can in 5 packs for the size I bought.

The Spools of Ribbons and the Beads. These are Spacers.

The Felt Backing and the Hanging Loop.

9 Black Feathers.
Making the Feathers into a Bunch. The Feather Quills in the Bead.

The finished products.

This bit of hoodoo comes courtesy of Lucky It's a great site...Lots of information...
This is about Black Frizzled Hens and the Feather Bundles.