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oh, and my more mundane crafts as well.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Craft Work: Imbolc crafts

With Brìd's Fire Festival coming up on February 4th, and still trying to make positive strides in reconnecting my spiritual and mundane lives, I decided that this year (for the first time in over 15 years) I would get the materials I need and create a Brìd doll and cross. Not having ready access to reeds at this point in time, I went with the next best thing that I could find ... raffia from Micheals.

An unruly mess, no?
Being that I haven't done this in quite a while, I'm fairly out of practice so it was actually quite the challenge. I opted to begin the doll first. Being that the doll is supposed to represent Brìd, I used 28 gauge blue coloured copper wire to secure the raffia so it wouldn't come apart on me.

I made the arms first.

And here's the completed Doll.
The cross caused me more trouble as the raffia pieces were large
and difficult to keep from snagging with itself.
But I'm pretty pleased with the end result.
I still have to make Brìd's bed and a makeshift "cloak" to leave out overnight to catch the dawn (and the dew, of course) of the 4th ... those will be posted as I have them ready.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baking: Lembas

I finally got around to making the Lembas recipe.

I'd had to wait till Kara could get me a cookie sheet (there wasn't one in the suite) before I could attempt this recipe. She came home with a broiling pan ... not quite what I needed, but I figured I could make it work.

Mixing the ingredients.

Fresh out of the oven.

Cooled and ready to eat.
They came out rather lighter than I'd expected for the amount of dry ingredients that went into it and how dense the dough had been going into the oven. The most interesting part about them was how filling they were without being heavy ... just a bit on the dry side (goes down well with tea) and just sweet enough to be tasty.

I'll be trying this recipe again soon ^_^

Monday, January 23, 2012

Baking: Hobbit Honey Cakes ... again ^_^

I'm trying to see if I can manage to make this recipe in smaller batches ... the biggest problem with the last one was the sheer size of portions I saw my dear older boy walking off with. Besides, after building the little Altar and candle shrine, what better way to finish off the New Moon (and beginning of the Chinese year of the Dragon, no less!).

Yes, it is a compliment when you make something and they keep sneaking back to have more .. but the ability to make it last (being that I can only have a little at a time due to calorie restrictions), so I can have more than one piece before it has disappeared, is important.

Cakes going in ...
I will say, with 1/4 cup of fine Scottish Whiskey in the mix, licking the bowl has it's own kind of fun ^_~

Cakes cooling ...
Didn't take nearly as long to cook as the last time ... only about 30 minutes and they were ready to come out.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Baking: Hobbit Honey Cakes

On the 3rd of January, the literary world celebrated the 120th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien and I wanted to to do something to celebrate it. It occurred to me that it might be most fitting to bake up some honey cakes, as they are a Hobbit's proper snack for tea-time (and supper, and dinner ...).

Sending Kara out on a quest for those ingredients that I lacked in the house (which amounted to most everything ^_~), I got everything ready. Sadly, due to time constraints, I wasn't able to get the cakes done that day like I'd wanted, but I did get onto them first thing this morning.

Since my jars of honey had crystallized,
I started by heating them thoroughly in a
water bath to return the honey granules

Getting all my tools together.

All the dry ingredients whisked together.

Only the best will do for a Hobbit's cake,
12 yr old Glenfiddich Whiskey to warm the
soul after a hard day's toil.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wire Writing: Ogham experimentation

One of the things I have always been interested in has been the Ogham (owam) alphabet. I spent scores of hours, during my younger years, pouring over books and perusing photographs and illustrations of the script carved into standing stones, way-points, and grave markers. When I was introduced to the internet and learned about the wealth of information and images available online, one of the first things I did was to search out and download the Beth-Luis-Nion and Beth-Luis-Fearn fonts by Curtis Clark ... which have been loaded into every computer that I've ever owned.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Craft Work: Ties that bind con't.

Well, I managed to get everything done that I wanted to (out of respect for the individual in question, I am not posting photos of the workings I wrought as it would be inappropriate) for my friend.

Being that I spent most of the evening of the 30th, and all of the 31st in the grips of a barometrically induced migraine, I'm pretty pleased that I did so ... and delivered the care-package to her at our usual rendezvous spot in New West with Kara's help (she drove so I could take one of the powerful pills).

The package contained:

  • a Reiki charged stuffie for the little one
  • a similarly charged pillar candle (a good large one so it'll last her a while) for herself to burn at those times when she needs a little extra TLC
  • one blue rose candle lit from my Kildare Flame and then extinguished so that the wick would carry the energy for her
  • an indoor safe, easy lighting incense coal (in case she didn't have access to an actual fireplace/firepit)
  • a smudge bundle of yarrow and white sage for purification and healing
  • a jar of a combination of dried Centaury, Trefoil, and Blessed Thistle for her to burn either with the coal or on an open flame as part of a personal cleansing/tie cutting ceremony
  • and the materials for a protective charm she can make herself (which included the basic materials to craft a dreamcatcher as well as: a magickally wrought and charged wire name for both her and her child; a Turkish evil-eye bead to ward off active malignant energies; a silver key charm to promote the opening of new doors and moving forward; a magnetized hematite bead to attract positive energies; a rose quarts bead to promote loving and healing energies; an amethyst bead for protection; and a clear quarts bead to energetically power the whole thing).
It was all well received, though I do think I may have overwhelmed her somewhat as I kept producing item after item from my bag to give her. 

Oh sure, I could have crafted the dreamcatcher for her, but I followed my instincts and opted to allow her to take each charged component, add her energies and wishes for peace and harmony in her life,  and make it truly hers (paying the energetic tithe through the actual effort of assembly) so that it can be a strong amulet for her.