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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

What I have been up to.

It's been weeks since I have posted between the problem with my knee and sitting at my desk too long aggravating it I spend as little time as necessary at the computer which is usually just to print labels for the days shipping commitments.  Knowing that sitting in my desk chair irritates my knee and sciatic nerve I decided I need to buy a laptop so that I can sit more comfortably while being productive and keep the healing of my knee going.

Yesterday was the first time in nearly a week I had some free time so I spent some time putting up the Yule tree, prepared the little goddesses for hanging on the branches with some nifty spiral hooks.
These little goddesses are actually pendants I have purchased over the years from this wonderful Etsy shop. Brigid's Grove here is the link   

I have quite  a few of Molly's other goddesses and after the holidays plan to add a few more as the shop is closed until January 10th.  Brigid's Grove also has an informative website where you can join the free Creative Spirit Circle

If you follow a Goddess path or are interested in Goddess Spirituality this site is for you to check out. 

The Yule tree is decorated with snowflakes, animals, goddesses and pendulum crystals.  At the top of the tree is a small goddess and a stag head.
You may have trouble making it out the goddess at the top with those blinding white lights, but she is there atop the stags head.

I finished the hand embroidery on the latest Greenman piece he needs to be pressed once the holidays

have passed and I have more time I will finish him along with the Greenwoman piece, I think matching frames.
I am slowly working on the Celtic Cross embroidery but again with business taking priority over everything I have made very little progress.
I bought this sweet goddess clock for my office area and once it arrived order a few more for some friends. The clock was purchased from Society 6.
A brief garden update, the lavender is doing very well and I added an olive tree and a rosemary in a tree shape.
olive tree
rosemary "tree"
Tonight the plants are all covered up as the temps are dropping to 34 tonight and frost is possible, here in Florida I take no chances and cover them because too often I have left plants uncovered and have had the temps dropped below freezing which resulted in a loss of plants. This is the second time I have covered the plants this month.
On my bookshelf to read pile I am finishing up a few books when I get the chance to read, usually in the evening before bed.
I also added a few card decks to my collection, the Herbcrafter's Tarot is just a lovely deck of cards I had used them through the month of October to deepen my practice. 
I haven't had time to really look at either of these sets but once the hew year arrives and I have more time I will give them a closer look.   Well the hour is getting late and I have a few things to do before the Winter Solstice.  I will leave you with this little blessing.