31 January 2014

bone moon medicine wheel

plant mandala new moon medicine wheel

"...so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

Dawna Markova

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I welcome the new moon with the creation of another plant mandala. These are becoming quite the meditation into following my intuition, no questions asked.

As I pondered over this one recollection of Keri Smith's words of creation out of destruction came to mind, as did the snippet from my favourite inspirational poem by Dawna Markova.

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28 January 2014

wreck this journal

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Stirring up quite the following on the ether'verse since it's debut in 2007, Wreck this Journal has taken on a life of its own, much to the surprise of Canadian author and illustrator, Keri Smith. Now so too this writer has succumbed at last to its allure and promises of experimental adventures into pushing the boundaries of what is comfortable and expected.

Featuring a subversive collection of prompts that aim to challenge the user to question preconceived thoughts of what is 'acceptable' creative outcome, Wreck this Journal, facilitates an alternative approach to journal-making and in so doing an escape from the fear of the blank page, encouraging mistake and mess-making as the creative process itself. A journey in letting go and overcoming our fears of what is 'right', it is dedicated to perfectionists everywhere.



// further resources & sources
Penguin Books' Wreck this Journal Teacher's Pack
Wreck this App, for Android or iPhone
Interview with Natalie Drieu for MAKEzine, 2007
Interview with Elia Maqueda for Visual Maniac, 2012


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25 January 2014

my wild indiana

silver tabby cat
My kindred feline companion of close to some seventeen years transitioned peacefully into the spirit realms yesterday afternoon.

A fierce, brave, adventurous, mischievous, playful and gentle soul, he journeyed with me through so much of what life brought my way, a loyal friend and constant wise ally.

Thank you, my wildish Indiana, for staying with us this little while. Safe journey until we meet again...

"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
Sigmund Freud

22 January 2014

a terrarium of oracles

oraculum

"as I cultivate my own nature, all else follows"
The Book of Runes, by Ralph Blum

I have long not been one for 'resolutions' and more one for laying intentions of where I want to focus my energies each year. The past previous years I have refined that to what is becoming le mode du jour of choosing a 'word of the year' and indeed, for the past couple of years this has worked to encapsulate the theme I have wanted to explore very well.

In trying to do the same for twenty-fourteen I found myself repeatedly stuck. Though many words were contenders, none represented the collective. And then I simply decided not to fight it or procrastinate any further and just go with the feeling of what I wanted to achieve over any logic-minded 'box'. As is always, always the way of Spirit, in doing so I am already manifesting my intention and am reminded of my first lesson of twenty-fourteen: that of trusting my own inner expert and acting upon it.

Ever since I saw Cassie's genius idea, I have been struck with the notion of creating an oraculum of symbolic representation that could reside in full view, reminding me daily of my intentions rather than be lost in the pages of my journalling and thusly fade into vague memory. A Spirit-aided accountability agent *grin*

Some digging about for a couple of hours in my little workroom unearthed a collection of thirteen suitable and meaningful 'keys'...

black crow feather :: voice
white goose feather :: navigation
feather faux butterfly :: muse
peacock ore :: alignment
quartz :: clarity
silver florin :: abundance
wooden cotton reel :: weaving the thread
quill pen :: expression
egyptian cat :: leadership
spiral stone :: circulation
dried poppy head :: living dreams & deep sleep
seashell :: exquisite self-care
ornate key :: access to hidden places

...and a terrarium of oracles for twenty-fourteen was manifested. A contract with Spirit made.

I am all for keeping things low-key and simple but sometimes, sometimes, a little theatrics is required to begin the motion, don't you find?

19 January 2014

of crow

face of a crow, by wild grace
crow profile // Wild Grace

Cunning

Intelligence

Messenger

Acrostic eye

Shape-shifter

Prophecy

Illusion

Strong voice

Speak your truth

Alchemy

Shadow

Creation

Left-handed

// further reading
Bird Clan's Crow Medicine
Crow Spirit Animal, by Elena Harris
Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, via Scott Foglesong

16 January 2014

wee wonderful critter

wee wonderfuls inchworm handmade felt critter

Hello and happy new year! I'm hoping it's not too late to still be saying that, but as this is my first post for twenty-fourteen, I thought I should acknowledge the fact, albeit briefly...

I am still in a peculiar flux state between what was the old year and what this new year will bring as I work through the last phase of what feels very strongly like a deep hibernation mode. Next month life will get very busy again, so for now I am enjoying this quiet flux time...

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to show you the little felty bookworm critter I created during my winter-retreat. I found her on another mission to create something entirely different that didn't pan out as planned (that is now on a backburner for another day). Little Miss Bookworm is from Hillary Lang's book of 24 dolls to sew and love, Wee Wonderfuls. As soon as I saw her I just knew she would be the perfect 'just because, thank you' gift for a book-loving curator friend.

wee wonderfuls inchworm handmade felt critter

One tiny word of note on this book of step-by-steps if you are thinking of making one of these Wee Wonderfuls, and this is solely based on my experience with this particular pattern:

Rather than taking the printed instruction and patterns on face-value, do double-check the suggested alignment of the facial features by eye as their positioning seemed a little out. So some fine-tuning adjustments may need to be experimented with for a satisfactory result.

I understand that there are several editions of this book available, so this issue may have been resolved.

wee wonderfuls sew dolls hillary lang

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