Tuesday, March 24, 2015

b&w moon trail

I've been stitching a simple black and white moon trail as part of this year's stitch ritual, pathways -- one meandering pathway for each of 13 moons. Last Friday was a new moon, an Equinox and the sun moved into Aries, to mention just three of the day's events -- it was a big day, celestially speaking.

The violet vinegar has transformed into the loveliest liquid magenta. Some pussy willow stems are rooting nicely nearby, almost ready to be potted temporarily until planting time outside. And there's another art journal page for week 11 of Journal52 -- the prompt is to just write. The title of a recent email article on simplicity was Don't Take Action and I like the idea of not needing to do.do.do. Especially since my immersion into the Outlander book series because what I will choose given the opportunity is to read.read.read. Well into the fifth book with just two to go, I hate to see the end come near.

Around here in Zone 5 Colorado, it's time to get seedlings started indoors. This week from the afternoon of March 26th (1:45 PM MDT) through the 28th (9:48 PM MDT), our waxing moon will be in the sign of Cancer, making it the perfect time to plant those seeds. The best time of all, actually.

After some warm days in the 70's and 80's (F), our Nanking cherry bush is blooming so the bees have one more place to forage. I've been learning that pussy willows are a good early source of both pollen and nectar for bees as well -- try to keep them in mind when I'm thinking about new plantings.

Spring. There is a definite sense of things coming together now.

Monday, March 16, 2015

violet moonday


I made some flower food today -- a tiny bottle of violet champagne vinegar. It needs to brew for a few weeks before it's ready. Last year I made violet vinegar on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 -- that means the violets are blooming over a month earlier this year.

Directions to make violet, Viola odorata, vinegar and a little more about using violet as herbal medicine are here. I was taught years ago that violet syrup soothes unnamed grief. It stuck with me but I have never really come upon a situation to use violet for that purpose. Recently I read that homeopathically speaking, violet people are bright and perceptive, but can be sad or depressed to the point of crying without really knowing why. There seems to be a connection there. Violet is a great healer, indeed.

More good news is that since violet blossoms in the spring are not seed-bearers (those happen in the fall), we can pick them freely.

I'm stitching the little rosemary bookcloth. I was thinking since rosemary is a brain herb, good for studying and remembering, I should use it in a reference book of some sort. The power of suggestion, you know.

Journal52's Week 10 for art journaling was coloring book inspiration. I used a black/white/gray illustration from an old magazine and colored pencils. I didn't think I would like this prompt all that much but I did. The chakra points weren't in the original illustration -- and the Thoreau quote was synchronous, if only I really did have a canoe.

Today is a waning moonday in the sign of Aquarius, a good time for group work and play. And, as always, that strong Aquarian trait of making improvements might make itself known, watch out. Equinox is coming up this week -- did you know both spring and autumn equinox are good days to develop fairy vision?

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week and a smooth change of season -- and I hope you get to see a fairy or two. Think I'm going to sink into the color purple for a while now. xo

Monday, March 9, 2015

leaf patch moonday

Green on black continued...I stitched a tiny leaf patch. Small things appeal to me now, maybe because I have so many projects in the works.

I tried the egg-in-the-avocado baking method that I've been seeing around. Baked at 425 for 11 minutes, the egg came out pretty well, but not sure that I'm a true fan of the hot avocado.

Journal52's art journal prompt for week 9 was "artistic restraint with shape and color" so I went with cut & torn circles and painted shades of green. The result is inner circles. It is what it is.

Today is a waning moonday in the very psychic sign of Scorpio. Scorpio days are fertile and beneficial for garden work, especially watering and pruning when the moon is also waning. Now is a great time to give houseplants haircuts and showers and pop a few nuggets of dog food down into the potting soil as an easy fertilizer. Make sure your dog doesn't see you doing it though. Desire and focus are Scorpio gifts -- another is the ability to more easily end connections.

Think I'm going to spend a few more days in the green. Wishing you a great green week, thanks for visiting. xo

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

black loves green

The snowy photo was taken last week at 10:30 at night under a thick layer of snow clouds. No moon or stars visible but you could still see the colors of the bee house. Snowlight.

Lately I can't get enough of green on black. "Stop and smell the earth" for Journal52 was inspired by the prompt aromatherapy and the black and green cover of the book Sastun. After finishing the journal page I wanted more -- so first a bundle of rosemary was stitched on black linen, to be a little bookcloth, I think. And next up is a leaf patch. Green on black is addictive. Black loves green. And small is the best.

We're selling our antique New Home treadle sewing machine. New plans are afoot for the space it's in so it's time for someone else to enjoy it and maybe even do a little sewing. The embellishments are still beautiful, I'm taking plenty of photos to remember it by. The worn center medallion portrays a mother, a child, a dog and probably a treadle sewing machine.

Full moon on Thursday -- I'll be mooning (as Nancy says) with stitch. And pom poms. Just discovered the magic of chunky yarn and pom pom makers.

Happy week to you.

Monday, February 23, 2015


We have almost 8" of snow and more to come this week. Like Garrison Keillor said on the Prairie Home Companion radio show the other day, I am in no way complaining, taking into account what Boston and other areas have just gone through. 

The view out the kitchen window (through the snowflake curtains) was dark and snowy this morning but even so, that little crystal dish garden gave my day the green light. One thing about snow days is you get to do what you really want to do and not what you think you should do. For me, that's been stitching a little, knitting more, reading the Outlander book Drums of Autumn, looking at seed catalogs, drinking tea all day long, and doing art stuff. Journal52's week 7 is valentines -- I changed one word of the Byron Katie quote, turning like into love. I really believe it and I don't think she'll mind.

On another note, I've already read twice today that February is the time to do early spring cleaning because its name is based on the Latin word februum, meaning purification. And purification is cleaning. It's all really very positive if one can only get in the right frame of mind to do it. 

Today is a waxing moonday in Taurus. As the moon grows into fullness, other things grow right along with it. It's one of those things that you don't have to believe in, it just sort of happens that way regardless. Our bodies absorb things better now (both nutrients and toxins) and we hold onto water weight more now too, have you noticed? This same principle applies to gardening -- the closer we get to a full moon, the more seeds will absorb and hold water from the soil. After the full moon things begin to swing the other way.

Thanks for visiting -- this quote makes me smile....and I do believe in miracles.

We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don't believe in miracles? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


A January moonlit path has been made with glowing fern stitches -- meandering across 54" of linen cloth. Today is a new moon in the sign of Aquarius and I am changing my moon stitch ritual to begin on the new moon rather than the full moon. This way, the journey can flow and grow the entire moon(th) if that's what it takes.

Not sure if I'll stay with the brick & cross stitches up there because they look like ex ex ex ex. It's usually a filler stitch sequence, if I add another row it'll look more like itself. These first steps may take a while to get going.

Window is the prompt for week 6 of the Journal52 Project. My quote is from Rumi's Some Kiss We Want, the same poem I wrote on muslin cloth way back when. I'm using more paint now on these art journal pages and have a little more confidence with layering color and texture. I have lived my whole life until now without ever having experienced the feeling of painting -- not so crazy about my outcomes, but love the actual painting process. A wonderful discovery -- it's another new room in my dream.

A new moon is when to begin anew. To plant seeds and grow things. Both moonlight and sunlight are growing right now and I may have written them before, but I really like these words on Yogi teabag tags, "live light, travel light, spread the light, be the light." I've been saying it to myself a lot lately.


Monday, February 9, 2015

heart cloth moonday

Today I'm softly stitching hearts on the black velveteen long-cloth -- it's at least four years old already, and it may take another four years to complete. Because there is nothing too serious going on here -- it's one of those pieces to turn to when everything else seems too hard.

It's a given that February is when one finally succumbs to one's urges and buys a few houseplants. That's a Prayer Plant, Maranta leuconeura, up there and I'm in love -- it magically folds itself up at night while it sleeps. Almost like a human curls into a fetal position.

The tulips were a lovely gift -- the bulbs sit on a screen at the base of a tall glass vase, then root and grow in water -- they can't really get very wonky like tulips always do because the vase is so tall. And the vase and screen can be reused to experiment with different kinds of bulbs which will be fun.

Week 5 of the Journal52 Project is television. I consider myself a moderate TV viewer. Everything in moderation. (I might still add the words including moderation by Oscar Wilde.) These pages are not meant to be works of art although it's hard not to over-think the process. I try to do them in a short period of time once I have the idea. Like maybe an hour or less of actual gluing and painting and doodling. Perfectionism is my worst enemy. Back to TV -- Downton Abbey is my favorite show right now. I'm worried we're getting close to the end of the season though because things have been building. But at the same time, several subplots were just resolved. So is it building or resolving? Whatever happens, it will be wonderful.

Today is a waning moonday in the sign of Libra. To feel steady and balanced as I move into the growing darkness, to fold up like the prayer plant, to sleep and dream...