Saturday, May 2, 2020

A poem to share

I am made of scraps.
Colorful bits of every life that goes through mine
and that I am sewing in the soul.
They are not always pretty,
not always happy,
but they add me and make me who I am.
In every encounter, in every contact,
I'm getting older ...
In each patch a life,
a lesson, a love, a nostalgia ...
That make me more of a person,
more human, more complete.
And I think this is how life is made:
pieces of other people who are becoming part of the people too.
And the best part is that we will never be ready or finished ...
There will always be a patch to add to the soul.
So, thanks to each of you,
that are part of my life and that allow me to enhance my story with the remnants left in me.
That I too can leave bits of me on the roads and that they can be part of their stories.
And so, from piece to piece we can become, one day,
in an immense embroidery of "we".
Cora Coralina. Carioca poet.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What's been happening here.

Weeks have passed since my last post, things have been a bit off kilter here with some good and not so good events:

In February my son announced his engagement to a wonderful young woman and they spent 2 weeks in Ireland in early March and a few days after they came home it was time for social distancing.  Then at the end of March a sudden painful colitis episode hit me so hard, vomiting throughout the night caused some dehydration and unbearable pain sent me to the hospital for IV antibiotics and fluids due to an infection in my intestines, recovery is slow going and my energy levels are depleted.

I did get a few hand embroidery projects completed, the Celtic Cross and a new piece for the Drum and Dance series.
Celtic Cross
Right before I went to the hospital I purchased a few plants for my garden with the intention of transplanting them over the weekend instead I was laid low with constant pain and could barely water the plants.


Native Honeysuckle


green beans


Lemon Balm

Oregano chives sage basil thyme
Needless to say while in the hospital the plants weren't watered for 3 days, I was thrilled the day before I was discharged that it rained however most of the pots fell over from the wind so didn't get much water. 
It was touch and go for a few days and the plants were looking quite bedraggled and I sure was hoping for the best.
As of today most of the plants are doing well, and yesterday we had a full day and night of rain which continued through the morning and the plants are looking good.

The hibiscus keeps blooming though has fallen over a few times, the jasmine is full of flowers and the gardenia shrub is blooming and the herbs are doing much better.  Once I am recovered enough I plan to transplant most of the plants into larger pots.  Right now I barely have the energy to carry the watering can but I am optimistic.

I have a few pieces to hand embroider though no energy to place a single stitch. The doctor said it can be weeks till I am fully recovered so I am being as patient as possible.

I made a few little goddess dolls right before I got sick using felt and beads and yarn.

And crafted a smudge stick for Beltane using bay leaf, cedar, rosemary and juniper tied with purple yarn and an amethyst.
Well that's all I have for now I tire easily so it's time I go rest.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Where is the time going?

Time sure does fly I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I made an actual post. It's been a little topsy turvy here at casa Deborah.

Nuisance ailments,  hard to believe I follow a healthy diet and exercise and still seem to get every bug passing through.  Just getting through the strides of daily life seems to have consumed my time lately though  I did manage to do some slow stitching and finished all the stitching on the Celtic Cross piece.
The photo is right after I washed the stitch and wash product off and it dried, it needs to be ironed and then framed.  I am quite happy with the results I did leave off some of the tiny knot work it looked messy even with a single strand of floss. Just a reminder the Celtic Cross is from a free coloring page from Dover Publications.

I started a new piece for the Drum and Dance series of hand embroideries I am making

Here is the progress so far on the Drum and Dance series piece for the hands and feet I went with 1 strand of floss so they don't look bulky.

The floss colors I used so far: DMC 3772 for flesh tone, DMC Coloris floss 4507 for the sash, the first two of the 4 solid flosses were used for the clothing 602 and 798.
The other two colors 959 and 3808 will be used as work progresses along with a few other colors for the drums.
On the non crafting side of things, my son Nick proposed marriage to his girlfriend, she said yes and are celebrating their engagement with a vacation in Ireland and are having a lovely time so far.   My grand niece Tessa celebrated her 7th birthday last weekend as I said time flies I can believe 7 years have gone by since we were blessed to have her in our lives, my son celebrated his 39th birthday on the 6th, was engaged on the 13th and left for Ireland on the 19th Life is good at Casa Deborah!

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Wheel of the Year Turns to Imbolc

Imbolc: that time of year when She is waking up, blessing the seeds and the tools needed for planting. The time when we honor Brigid and tend to what has been germinating our own deep souls over the winter months, preparing for the inevitable growth that comes in the Spring.

I'm in the process of creating magical gardens with the nature spirits and elements. I gather seeds for my garden throughout the seasons storing those little packets and tiny bags in a vintage style tin box until it’s time for planting. I feel blessed to have such an assortment of seeds knowing the potential of each seed once it's planted, grows to flowering with a different nature spirit patiently waiting for expression in the guise of a bloom.

I honor the seeds and give them a special blessing to start their new life in the warm moist womb of Mother Earth. 

Here are two short seed blessing I use during Imbolc.

Each Imbolc I gather my seeds placing them in the center of my altar I surround them with stones, crystals and shells. I light a candle or two and I focus my intentions for health, happiness, good growth and harvest into the seeds.
The seeds are then empowered with healing energy through ritual words something simple like:
Mother of us All, Help these Seeds grow strong and tall,
A bountiful harvest I have in sight,
Blessed by the Sun, Rain and Your pale Moonlight.

A seed blessing can be very simple, yet effective form of Herb Magic since the plant grows with time, it allows you to concentrate on your intention for a longer period. As the seed grows, your intention becomes stronger, and so does the plant. If the plant is strong, it means your goal will come to fruition; but if it withers, your goal was not meant to be. Additionally, you can use the plant to make another spell afterwards and it will already be charged with energy.

To enhance the effects of your seed blessing, choose your plant according to the energy that you want to bring into your life. Use the list below for a quick reference but do not limit your choice to only what is listed.
  • Basil: wealth, home protection, brings harmony in a relationship
  • Bay Leaf: psychic powers, wards off evil, grants wishes
  • Coriander: love, seduction, health, healing
  • Lavender: dream work, calmness, joy, beauty, love
  • Lemon Verbena: purification, protection, love
  • Oregano: joy, vitality, strength, health
  • Parsley: protection, purification, lust, fertility
  • Peppermint/Spearmint: sleep, protection, purification, healing, love
  • Rosemary: purification, protection, love, sleep
  • Sage: purification, protection, wisdom, grants wishes
  • Thyme: health, healing, sleep, psychic abilities, love, purification
Prepare the space and set the altar. Do what you need to do to get in the appropriate mindset. 
Say a few words to invoke the goddess (you can name any goddess of your choosing:

Welcome Goddess please join me, bless me with joy and warmth and with your help bless these seeds.

Now, take the seeds and hold them in your two hands. Name the plant that you’ve chosen. Say something like this:

May these seeds(name seeds you have chosen) be blessed with (name your intention).
As the seeds grow, so my intentions flow. For the greatest good of all, So let it be.

As you say the words, focus strongly on your goal. Repeat the incantation until your intention is clear in your mind.

Then, place the seeds in the planter and cover them with soil and water. While you are watering the plant, imagine a ray of pure golden light surrounding it.

I hope that you enjoyed the seed blessing, it is simple to do yet very powerful if you have the proper mindset. If you perform this ritual or one of your own, tell me about how it went in the comments section below! 
Have a blessed Imbolc.

Monday, December 23, 2019

A Rainy Winter Night and a Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea
When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its' fragrance,
There is solace in its' taste;
And then laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.