Monday, June 30, 2014

A Sad State
And no, I don't mean Missouri (haha.. sounds like misery?  I'm kidding, Missouri is cool. I dig the St. Louis zoo.)  I mean my room.  It needs cleaning.  Badly.  Now normally I would think this is a boring topic, something that people don't care about, but I think imperfection and flaws need to be shown more often.  Also, organization is awesome.

Just look at that pile of clothes.  Ugh.  They need to be folded or hung up respectively and I bet you they've gotten wrinkled.  For shame.

I am sitting here right now.  Pay no attention to the stuffed octopus.  She is Kimi, she who guards wires from the stealthy black one who would chew on them. (a.k.a. my cat October)
Everything else needs putting away. 

The top of my desk.  While it houses some of my things since it functions as a shelf, dried herbs have a place downstairs.  Oh, you want to make a prosperity sachet?  Then make it!  Otherwise put the herbs away.

My dresser.  The candles have taken over my poor turtles' space.  Origami needs a home as does the fairy.  What could I use the little bucket for?  Any ideas?                
My craft area, which I showed in the 'habit' prompt for the Photo-A-Day challenge.  I need to massively overhaul my bead and jewelry storage as well as my candle making stuff.  Gotta love space-sucking hobbies.

The floor in front of my craft table.  Look at the overflow!  Books and wire and a 10 lb bag of soy wax!  Where will I put it all?!  I may have to call in the big guns and ask my sister for help. 

I shall post the results once I finish.  Now onward to battle!  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Things in June
This month has been hectic.  With finally getting the gardens in, doctors appointments, and TWO birthdays, we've been pretty busy around here.  My eldest sister's b-day was on Father's day, which she spent with here husband's family.  

The full moon came and went and I have no idea what happened.  I've spent the whole month putting off the cleaning I was going to get done, but I'll post about that later.

My birthday was the 19th.  We went to tea for lunch.  It was amazing.  We each were given our own teapot with tea of our choice, along with our meal.  I nearly drank the whole pot!  The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.  If you're ever in Plymouth, MI, go to Sweet Afton's Tea Room and Restaurant.  It was a really nice birthday.

The next day my sister went in to get her tonsils removed.  She was such a trooper through the whole ordeal.  It didn't take long at all, and her doctors were really nice.  The facility also had lovely gardens, though I wonder if they know the one pictured is a sun cross symbol?  Yay magic in the everyday.

Much gardening was done, but I'll make an entry posting all the pictures, or maybe a video!  I had pictures, but a lot has grown since I took them.  Here's to getting stuff done in July!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Photo A Day Part 3

15. lovely
Flowers of an unknown variety.  Aren't they nice?
16. in the shadows
Dappling of trees against the ground.  I love the word dapple.
17. peaceful
Isn't she adorable?
18. quirky
Words cannot express how adorable I find this.
19. habit
My craft desk is always a mess.  Maybe posting it here will shame me enough to get it cleaned.
20. yay!
My sister finally got her tonsils out.  She handled it like a pro.
21. here i am
This is my back yard at night.  That little speck?  A firefly.  On the Solstice no less. >w<

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Photo a Day Challenge Part 2
8.T is for...
Look at my blog name, did you have any doubt?
9.we live here
Our house.  Many a delivery person has been lost trying to find it's location.
It was raining.  I did what I could. ._.
11.the beginning
Once I finish, it will be the completion of my elemental representations.
this is the inside of an iris of the palest lavender.
The sky at night.
More like criss-crossed, I suppose.  Brought to you by my sister.  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June Photo A Day Challenge
Over at Fat Mum Slim, Chantelle puts on a monthly photo challenge to take one photo each day based on the prompts given.  I've been wanting to do this since January, so why not now?  So I'll be doing a post each Saturday this month for the 7 prompts I did that week.  Who knows, I may just continue on in July!

Day 1. joy
Joy, thy name is Tyrone the Turtle
Day 2. doing
Me planting the parsley in the front garden, which I will be blogging about at a later date.
Day 3. family
My older sisters notices the picture, my mom and brother-in-law's attentions were elsewhere. 
Day 4. ordinary
A blank booklet?  A folded paper?  An edge of a wall?  What could it be?!
Day 5. 11 o'clock
Maurice decided to help me fold my clothes at 11 p.m.
Day 6. adventure
She's trying not to grimace as we endure the horrors of... Walmart. *dun dun dun*
Day 7. pattern
I actually like the leopard print of my new top.  I bought it on sale at Torrid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Full Moon Ritual

As a part of my 101 Goals in 1001 Days, as well as something I've wanted to do for a while now, I wanted to include a lunar ritual of some sort.  I showed in a previous post a few of the votive candles I made for the full moon rituals.  I really had no idea what I would do for them, just that I felt they were necessary.

At first I thought I'd just do tea and tarot with my sister.  While we did do both of those things, I wanted to do more.  Which is funny because my family and I went to Earth Lore, our somewhat local metaphysical store.  There I bought the votive holder you see pictured, as the only one I had was a more firey dragon votive holder.  Not really lunar inspired.  While we were there I also perused the books and saw four Ellen Dugan books that I didn't have.  One was for teens so I wasn't feeling it.  Another was for love magic.  Not my scene either.  The other two were an herbal book (she is a garden witch) and a daily magic book.  I chose the latter since I didn't have anything like that.

Wouldn't you know that along with ways to include magic in your life daily, the last chapter is on the Full Moon and days of the week?  Serendipity much?  

So it was a Tuesday this full moon.  Tuesday is Mars and all about courage and drive.  So I included some Mars energy to aid in my April Full Moon ritual.  It was to aid the seeds and bulbs we have in their growth.  I included origami flowers for sympathetic magic and burned a cut out snowflake to help banish the winter weather.  Goodness knows we need all the help we can get.

So what do you all do for the Full Moon?
The book I bought, by the way, is Book of Witchery by Ellen Dugan

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hogwarts House Pride

I have been a huge fan of Harry Potter since third grade and our student teacher read us Chamber of Secrets.  I joined Pottermore last autumn and was sorted into Gryffindor.  I've taken test before and gotten either Gryffindor or Slytherin, but was certain I would get the latter.  My sister (a quirky Ravenclaw, go figure) said it was fitting though.  Later when we were geeking about it, I said I would fight anyone who wouldn't allow us to eat at the same table.  Gryffindor, indeed.

Another interesting tidbit?  I am the only Gryffindor in my family.  My elder sister is Ravenclaw, my mom had a choice between Slytherin and Hufflepuff (she chose Hufflepuff), and my eldest sister and her husband are both Slytherins.  I have no idea how that happened.  Also, SHAME on the movie franchise for getting Ravenclaw's colors wrong.  I wanted to buy matching house color scarves for everybody next Christmas, but the name brand ones are blue and silver.  Silver is Slytherin people, bronze is Ravenclaw.  Sheesh,

Anywho, Angie over at Lariats and Lavender did a Polyvore post of her Hufflepuff pride outfit.  I'm doing the same only different.
Gryffindor Glamor

This would be me on a normal day.  Jeans and a t-shirt with awesome gold lion jewelry.  I actually think I own a fedora like this one.  Comfortable yet stylish.

Gryffindor Glamor

This would be me on a truly Griffindor day, all confidence and glamour.  I surprise myself with my enjoyment of tighter fitting dresses.  In this outfit I would find just the right shade of red lipstick, something I have yet to master.  I would also have to be able to walk properly in heels. :/  

Gryffindor Pride!!!