Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow My Blog Fridays: New Year's Spiritual Resolutions


There is an awesome new idea in the Pagan blog community called "Follow My Blog Fridays" 


I love regular blog hops. My Friday tutorials are always submitted to one over at Natural Suburbia and often a few other sites. I've found they are a wonderful way to find other blogs and to have mine found. To see one started up for Pagan Blogs woot.

This weeks question is:

FF#1 Question: What are your New Year's Resolutions regarding your spiritual and magickal practice?


This year I want for our family to find it's spiritual groove. I've been a bit confused/lost for a few years trying to find my own place again and our family practice is this sporadic bit of non traditions. Before Yule I decided that I was going to stop trying to do a heathen/wiccan combo in our house and focus back more on Heathen traditions for everyone. Hubby has been in searching mode for a long time and leaves setting the family practice to me. So why don't we give this a try. 

Please be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop also!

-Velody 



Tutorial: How to make a Tablet Case


image2840We picked up Hubby a HP Touchpad when they dropped ridiculously low in price a few months back. Yes I was at my local Best Buy in line before they opened to get it. But he loves having a tablet so it was worth it.
He’s been nagging me since he got it though to make him a case and I finally did. I thought I’d photograph the steps too while I was at it and share if with you all. Yes my Hubby is very Goth so that’s what led to the color and material choices. He loves how it came out.
This is a really simple case, nothing too fancy and the dimensions can easily be adjusted to whatever tablet you have. I basically did the same thing for the case I made to fit my Sister-in-laws Nook Color.

Materials

  • Fabric for the outside
  • Fabric for the inside
  • Optional accent fabric for a pocket
  • Cardboard
  • Elastic (It will be visible so I chose Black Braided Elastic)
  • Batting
  • Button

The Process

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday Madness (Late): Holiday Gifts, Yule, Christmas, Being Sick


IMG_0398Yes I know it’s Tuesday and not Monday. I’m running a bit behind today. I even missed last week so here is a rundown of where we’ve been.
Santa’s Elves were fast at work here.
The Saturday before Yule (the 17th) we drove to my mother and step-father’s to visit and have a nice lunch. The kids are always happy to see Grandma and Grandpa. Though I look forward each time to it  being slightly easier as the kids age.
Sunday (the 18th) turned into the never ending

Friday, December 23, 2011

EmKat Creations: Featured Favorites Friday: Toys for Pagan Tots


So I've ended up taking a short blogging vacation without intending too. Getting all the gifts for Yule/Xmas done on top of shop orders hasn't left much time for else.

Next Monday we'll be back to our regularly scheduled formatting. :)

But I do have one Awesome piece of news. Em Kat Creations featured our little shop today on her blog. It's so wonderful feeling to be getting feedback like this from others. It just makes me more gungho about creating new and interesting things!

The number of new ideas I've had in the past week. :)

EmKat Creations: Featured Favorites Friday: Toys for Pagan Tots:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Family Holiday Tradition: Hot Cinnamon Rolls


Sorry I’m a day late but this is my post for Astrae Sapphire’s Almanace Yule Blog Party.
As a child one memory I have of Christmas morning is my mother making hot fresh cinnamon rolls or sticky buns. It’s a tradition I now try to carry on for every major holiday morning. I do them on Yule, Christmas, and Eostre specifically.
That may seem like a lot but once I perfected the technique of how to make them they really aren’t all that time consuming

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

10 Awesome Things I found this Week: Cookies, Turtles, Melted Snowmen, Calendars & More


This week I found some very interesting posts.
There is yummy recipes, an easy craft, a more complicated sewing project, and crochet.

Russian Tea Cookies at Freckles: The Happy Heathen
I LOVE these cookies but have never made them. My Dad always makes them for me.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Madness: Fire Baby Cube, Computer Ups & Downs, Skyrim Patch, Holiday Gifts


Is January here yet? I’m dying here. My sewing machine seems to barely stop. I think it’s going to go on strike shortly.
But it’s time for our Monday Update around here at Treegold & Beegold.

This week I completed the 3rd Elemental Cube for Fire.

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I only need to finish the Air Cube.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

How Do You Celebrate Yule In a Mixed Pagan Faith Family?


Today I’m going to go a bit to the personal side for my entry into The Yuletide Ball Yule Blog Party hosted by:
I’ll admit as a family we have yet to truly celebrate Yule in our house. Really I’m not sure how to do it.
As I’ve shared before I’m Heathen, I don’t identify as Asatru because I have some beliefs that don’t follow true enough and I feel using the more general term is safer.
My Hubby is an Eclectic-Pagan but has never been fully immersed in it. He’s still in his discovery period.
Right now he leaves all religious practices to me to orchestrate because I have a lot more experience in both my faith and even in eclectic paganism. (I went so far as a first degree with an eclectic church many years ago so I have the basics pretty good though a bit rusty.)
As of right now I’ve always been trying to do a hybrid practice in our house but I’m considering altering that a bit for Yule. Ethically my Hubby is very Heathen, and I swear if he were to hang around a bunch of heathen guys he would either love them or hate them. Love them because of similar views or hate them because they’d butt heads. I think I’m going to stop trying the hybrid because well I’m just not feeling it.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tutorial: How to Make Simple Decorative Holiday Bows


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Today we’re going to do decorative holiday bows that can be placed in many different locations. You can use them as:
  • decorations for your home
  • add them to the top of a gift to spice it up
  • or with a few more steps take this principle to make hair bows.

The Bow Making Set up

You can search online to find zillions of variations to making bows. I know I did. I have a few sources listed on the Link Page if you would like to see other techniques.
Through trial and error I found what worked best for me.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Madness: Custom Ornament Winners, Toy Cube, Baby Snuggie


Yule_OrnamentI just did the drawing for the winners of the custom ornament. Thank you everyone for you entries. The 2 winners generated from random.org were:
comment # 11:
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& comment #2:
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The winners have already been contacted and I hope to have there prizes out soon.

Friday, December 2, 2011

"Christmas” Tree Throw Pillow Cover Tutorial


IMG_0019My first completed gift for Christmas/Yule is this “Christmas” Tree throw pillow for my Mother-in-Law. She decorates everything for the holiday. Last year when I was visiting I noticed that she had many large throw pillows but they were plain.
Since I am trying to make as many gifts as possible this year, I thought this was a nice idea.
Unlike my normal projects this one was a bit off the cuff. I did few exact measurements so take this and run with it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I found on the Internet: Ornaments, Gifts, Snow, & Garland



Right now I am in full swing making Yule/Christmas Presents and holiday decorations around the house. This weeks Linkyness is inspired by some of the awesome stuff I have found.
Fall and Winter are such great crafting times. I hope everyone is enjoying it and apologies that there is no food this time. With Thanksgiving just past that last thing I have on my mind this week is Food.



Quilted Trees at The Sewing Loft


Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Madness Update Nov. 28th Edition


IMG_0031For everyone who celebrates I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. It was crazy around here.
Starting last Monday, hubby and I turned the house upside down getting it clean and ready for Thursday. It was just my brother, his wife and their kids but we had been neglecting the house a bit. It was in some serious need of cleaning.
After having cooked a huge meal on Thursday, we immediately started decorating on Friday. We got the inside of the house on Friday and did the outside on Saturday.

Some pictures from around and outside of my house.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yuletide Giveaway: Custom Embroidered Ornament



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I’ve been having a great time doing Treegold & Beegold, both the Blog and the Etsy shop. I’ve come to meet so many great new people in my process of networking.
I want to thank everyone for their time reading, purchasing items, and spreading the word with another giveaway for the Yule season.
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This is a machine embroidered ornament that sizes 3 1/2 in x 3 in. It features 2 red mini bows, and a festive candy cane themed background.
This item is not available in the Etsy shop!  The only way to get your own is to win one!
There will be 2 winners!!
The text will be customized for the winner. The only limitation is the text must fit in the space available.
Ways to Enter:


First entry is to just leave a comment on this blog post and answer this question.
How do you decorate for the holiday season. Do you go All out like the Oswalds, or are your decorations more subtle?

Contest is open to all residents including international. I warn international residents that they may not received the item before Yule/Christmas.
For additional entries:
  1. Follow Treegold & Beegold on Twitter, tweet about the contest and leave a comment that you have done so with your twitter ID.
  2. Follow Treegold & Beegold on Google + Page and leave a comment that you have done so.
  3. Blog about this contest and leave a link in a comment about your blog post.
  4. Become a Follower through Google Friend Connect (over in the sidebar) and leave a comment that you did so.
That’s 5 possible entries for this contest. All entries must be in by the End of Day Sunday, December 4th. I’ll draw the 2 winners on Monday the 5th using a random number generator and both post a blog of who won and contact the winner via email. The ornament will be shipped 2-3 days via USPS 1st Class mail after the text is chosen by the winner.
There is also a separate photo contest taking place on the Facebook Fan Page. Entries into both contests are valid.
Once again, thank you to everyone and I hope you enjoy the giveaway!!

-Velody

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Madness Recap November 21st Edition: Cleaning, contest, Google + and a new patch.


IMG_9999Yule crafting season is here full swing and in the US Thanksgiving is this Thursday. I just confirmed with my sister-in-law Saturday evening that we’ll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I’m looking forward to it but I’m also already feeling the stress start to come on.
Hubby wants to get the house spotless. Not only are we having company over on Thursday, but Friday morning he wants to start decorating immediately.
On top of that I’ve been making things like crazy. If you follow us on the Google + Page, Twitter, or the Facebook Fan Page then you’ve seen some of our most recent items. I also have a few other custom items I can’t show yet because they’re gifts or not finished.  I’ve also been working on a new Contest!
Today is the beginning of Operation Attack the House. I’m taking as quick of a break as possible to get this post put together.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Card Swap Anyone? | The Pagan Mom Blog


Angela of The Pagan Mom Blog is organizing a Holiday Card Swap.

If you're interested in joining in visit her blog for more information and instructions.

I'll be participating!

Card Swap Anyone? | The Pagan Mom Blog:

'via Blog this'

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Madness Recap November 14th Edition


Gosh are we half way through November already?
I need to get my butt moving on a few of my holiday projects or this month will be gone before I know it.
I’ve been getting caught up in custom orders and making new patches. As I write this I am stitching out a patch whose idea was fully conceived and edited from the involvement of people on Google +. It was wonderful to be able to create something with so much direct input. It became the most complicated image I have done yet. It’s stitching up nicely though.
Here is the graphic created to make the embroidery.
WheeloftheYear_SeasonsI also created three other patches.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tutorial: Free Turkey Applique on a Toddler Bib


 

IMG_9953It’s Friday everyone and around here if  life hasn’t gotten in the way that means it’s time for a craft tutorial.

Last week when brainstorming ideas over on Google + I heard a lot of people say turkey. I listened.

Turkey_Pattern PiecesToday we have a free applique pattern of this cute turkey. I’m going to be putting it on a bib for Wee Rose but you could use it on anything you want. Good suggestions would be:

  • Place mats
  • Wall Decoration
  • Wreath

The Turkey if made exactly from the pattern is approximately 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches.

Now onto the project.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday Linkyness November 9th Edition


I’ve had so much going on that I have barely been keeping up with the loads of craft blogs that come through my Google Reader each day. I actually had to play catch up to make help find some of the great things floating around the internets right now.
Since for those that make their holiday gifts this is the time to start I’ll be putting in a few good gift projects from here on out on top of the typical holiday decorating links and yummy food.
I hope you all like what I found.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Recap the Nov. 7th Edition


The past week can be summed up by Patches and Florida Pagan Gathering.
Creating Original Patches
Hubby asked me a few weeks ago to make up him

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tutorial: Crochet Acorn Pattern


IMG_9889I haven’t crocheted in awhile and I had to urge to make something and I specifically wanted something Fall like for Thanksgiving.

I am happy to present my first 100% original pattern, an Acorn.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Humpday Linkyness November 2nd Edition



Now that we’re past Samhain/Halloween it’s time to start looking to Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays. I've tried to hunt down all fall crafts for this time around but that may shift in the coming weeks even before Thanksgiving. I know for crafters who making many gifts if you haven’t started already you better start soon. And that statement refers directly to me too.


A Crochet Turkey over at Bittersweet








Fall Napkin Rings over at Michaels






Then Grand Gobbler on Cut out and Keep by My Little Things





Oreo Turkeys by Our Best Bites






M&M Turkey Favors by Pink Ink Doodle







Thanksgiving Color Page at Multiple Delicious





A Wee Scarecrow at About.com Family Crafts





I hope you like some of the things I found this week. Really though save some of these for next years Mabon also. Next week I’ll start flipping over to Yule and Winter items as I think we’ve seen enough pumpkins and the harvest is about done anyway. Remember Winter is Coming, though here from Florida I won’t be sharing any snow photos with you.
-Velody

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Madness Recap–Samhain Blessings–Oct 31st Edition


Samhain Blessings to everyone!
I hope you’re having a great start to your day. Our day here is starting out very rainy but the weather predictions say it’ll be clear by the afternoon. I hope so because Lil ‘R is excited to go trick or treating tonight. I swear I’m going to get some good photos. I say this every year though and rarely do the kids cooperate with the picture taking. Here they were last year though.Ronin 2 Years old (267_3)
So the past week has been interesting.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Parenting: Making Faith Choices for Our Children


IMG_8561I know to this point I’ve short of steered clear about talking specifically on my own faith and some of my own choices as a parent. Something has happened has inspired me to write this post.

Warning: for those who follow on G+ some of this will be a repeat but not all so keep reading.

Friday Morning I had a series of tweets back and forth with someone that has gotten me thinking.

The idea was put forth that raising children in the Pagan faith is wrong because it is forcing faith on them. I disagree with this completely.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tutorial: Yo-Yo Pumpkins


 

IMG_9775Welcome to everyone who has come here from the Real Witches of Halloween blog tour. First off I’m Velody. I’m not actually a self identified witch but I run with many of them. I follow a Heathen path, that’s a different post though. What I mostly do here at Treegold & Beegold is about parenting and crafting. I also make and sell items via my Etsy shop that are specifically aimed at Pagan/Heathen children. I just started blogging and selling full tilt in September so I’m still new but I hope you like my Tutorial I have today enough that you’ll continue to follow me.

A month back I found this awesome tutorial for Yo-Yo Pumpkins at Happier then a Pig In Mud. I knew I just had to try it so here you have it.

Yo-Yo Pumpkins

Materials:

  • IMG_9761Pumpkiny Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Dried beans
  • Fiber fill
  • IMG_9769Twine

Directions:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Madness Recap 10/24/2011


I know many people do Weekly recaps on Sundays but for some reason my brain thinks best on Monday as it being the last day of the week and then I flip over. Normally I would do this sometime early in the morning but you’ll soon find out why. I got the idea recently from one of my G+ friends Volante who writes her own blog The Wandering Gypsie.

Where on Wednesday I’ll share awesome linkyness, on Mondays I’ll use it to share personal updates and projects I’ve been working on that either don’t make it to tutorials or are for the Etsy shop.

Now onto the past week at the Treegold & Beegold household.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tutorial: A Cutesy Halloween Tree


Today is the Halloween Blog party at A Fanciful Twist so if you are coming from there Welcome!! and please stay for awhile. I hope you enjoy my tutorial today.
Keeping crafts simple and frugal is my #1 priority and todays craft is no exception to that. I made what I am calling my Cutesy Halloween Tree.

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Materials:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Humpday Linkyness Oct. 18th Edition


I think I’m going to start a new weekly edition here at Treegold & Beegold called Humpday Linkyness where I’m going to post 7+ things that I recently found that I think are of interest to everyone else.
These will likely fall under a few categories, Crafts, Cooking, Paganism or Geekiness. I hope you all like what I find.

 
Use a stencil to make quesadillas for your Halloween party at Hungry Happenings





How to Make a Sewn Leaf Garland at Craft Magazine






Spooky Spider at Disney Family Fun







Boo Plush Tutorial at Seremeres Blog





Chocolate Spider Web Cake in a Jar at I am Mommy








Mummy Meatloaf at Family Corner






Haunting Entry: How to Make a Sinister, Spiky Swag at Apartment Therapy





Spideriffic Welcome Banner at Celtic Mommy







I hope you like our first ever weekly Humpday Linkyness! I really like the Plush Boo Tutorial. Hubby wants me to make at least 2 of them for our house.
-Velody

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Hair Bow Giveaway Winner!


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Thank you to everyone who came by and entered in the Halloween Hair bow Giveaway. I think it was a pretty good success for being a young blog. It definitely helped with our growth and many new people came by to visit. I may try to do something similar before Yule too. Possibly a toy.

We had a total of 35 entries so I went to Random.org to let it generate our winner.

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And the Winner is:

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Yep that’s Stacy from Inspired by Life. I’ve sent her an email and hopefully her little girl will love her new bow.

-Velody

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