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.

Random.org

And the Winner is:

Winner

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

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tutorial: Ancestor Altar Cloth


This was originally written as a Guest post over at Inspired by Life.

Whether you celebrate Samhain or Winter’s Night (which I know just passed) this time of year about remembering where we came from and those who have passed away. Once my oldest, Lil’ R turned 3 I’ve been trying to do crafts regularly with him and think that crafts are a great way to introduce him to our faith. Since we have zero seasonal altar cloths in this house I thought this would be a great time for us to make an Ancestor Altar Cloth.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Greensong Grove Festival Wrap-Up


Yesterday & Friday the family and I went out to the Greensong Grove Samhain festival.

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Samhain is always my favorite time here in Florida to be outside, the weather was great, low 80s with a good breeze and no sign of rain so being outside all day was very pleasant. Greensong Grove is a group I went to for years starting back in 2001. they hold ritual for every sabbat and 2 day festivals for Samhain and Beltaine.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

All Hallow's Grim Blog Party: Mate-less Sock Black Widow Spider Craft Tutorial


IMG_9598Today is the Pagan Culture All Hallow’s Grim Blog Party and I said I would do a frugal Halloween craft for it. Honestly I’ve been really busy making new items for the Etsy Shop and getting ready for a 2 day festival this weekend so I was racking my brain last minute. I went through a multitude of ideas before I remembered my cute Halloween spiders I made years ago. I’ve decided to add a frugal element to this gal and I hope you like her.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

All Day Job Interview Today


I’m a very busy beaver right now. If you’re following me on Google + then I know you’ve seen some of it. I’ve shown off a few new items I’ve designed that have yet to make it into the Etsy shop including Mini Felt Witch Hats! But other than that I had a job interview yesterday. It is with a Marketing company and I’m still a bit iffy about it. In the interview I was told the position was for a customer service rep that would move into management within 6+ months. What worries me is the shear number of people they were interviewing. I saw 6 people at the time slot I went in at. I also received a call back very fast, just 2 hours later to do a full day interview today. Now if I see 6+ people there today I’m going to be wondering what is up. The interviewer said they did not do cold calls and there was no phone farm but I’m still wondering. As long as the job is decent and the pay is okay we really can’t afford to turn it down. I’m hoping though that it really is for a manager position and maybe they are hiring for all levels right now.

I don’t expect I can get into the field I was previously in any time soon, that being environmental engineering. So until then I’m just going to have to take whatever pays the bills. Wish me luck!

Tomorrow is Pagan Culture Blog Party and I want to do a quick craft so I forsee tonight being a long long night! Plus Friday & Saturday I’ll be out at Greensong Grove Samhain vending. If you live in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area  you should come out. They always do a great event.

-Velody

Also don’t forget the Halloween Bow Giveaway contest that is going on until the 17th. There is still plenty of time to enter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Memory


Halloween has always been a huge deal in my family. My mother who has always been crafty and sewn would make all of our costumes and we were encouraged to fashion our own out of items we already owned. The most we would ever buy were items like tails and ears.

We never missed Trick ‘or Treating

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Halloween Items!


I hope everyone had a good weekend. It’s been busy hear we confirmed that we are going to a two-day Samhain festival this coming Friday & Saturday so I’ve been trying to come up with some new designs. I will give you a sneak and say the first one I’ve already completed and it’s a baby toy. If you’re on Google + then you may have seen the photos.
I hope everyone has seen the Halloween Bow Giveaway I posted last week. I also wanted to share some of our new stock we have at the Etsy shop. I’ve made numerous bows for Halloween that are ready to go to new homes.
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All of the bows above are approximately 3.5 inches wide and set on a anti-slip lined pinch alligator clip. All ends of the ribbons are heat treated to ensure they don’t fray and this includes ends that can’t be seen.

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Both mini bows are approximately 1.5 inches wide and set on a anti-slip lined pinch alligator clip.
Bibbity Boo Bib 2
The Bib-ity Boppity Boo Baby/Toddler bib. This bib is sized for babies to toddlers. My 15 month old can wear it just fine and she’s a bit chunky. It is machine embroidered with an entirely original design. It features a cat sitting in a cauldron with the words “Bib-ity Boppity Boo”. The bib is backed with fleece for absorbency, entirely machine washable.
Don’t forget the Halloween Bow Giveaway contest that is going on until the 17th. There is still plenty of time to enter.
-Velody
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I have a guest post at Inspired by Life


Hey everyone. I'm letting you all know I have a guest post today over at Inspired by Life. It's a Tutorial to make an Ancestor Altar cloth with the help of the whole family. Go over check it out and please follow Stacy, she puts together an awesome blog.
- Velody

Friday, October 7, 2011

Guest Post: Safety in Marketing


This Guest Post comes to everyone from Rainy Kayne who has her own blog Rainy of the Dark. I felt this was an important topic since I myself am marketing online and I know many other who do. Please enjoy, visit Rainy’s blog and/or leave a comment.

Marketing advice often includes being yourself: be open, genuine, and share your real life. Of course, you want to be selective with that for professional reasons, but you also need to be careful for safety reasons. Maintaining privacy while creating a network can be difficult. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Decorations Up!


We have the outside of our house pretty much complete. I may be making a new item or two before Halloween to add to it but the basis is done. First our decorations are pretty cheap. We only have 1 or 2 decently priced items. Most of our decorations either:

  1. Are made by us.
  2. Were purchased at deep discount immediately after Halloween.
  3. Were bought at the Dollar store.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blog I Like: Patience? | Dad Vs. Spawn


I thought today I would just share a blog I love. It's actually a humorous parenting blog written by 2 fathers I know. They are both stay-at-home dads who my husband met in a local Dad group here. So they completely get it when it comes to being the primary caregiver. I've seen them both laden down with diaper bags, and are pros at putting a girls hair in a pony tale.

The blog only posts on Wednesday but it is always funny with great illustrated artwork and valuable to parents.

Please take a stop by, follow them, leave a comment, etc. They do great work.

Patience? | Dad Vs. Spawn:

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Also remember our Halloween Bow Giveaway we have going on until Monday the 17th.

-Velody

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Bow Giveaway!!


I’ve decided to host my first giveaway here on Treegold & Beegold! It’s been only about a month that I’ve been actively pushing and promoting the blog and Etsy stop. We’re having a great success and I want to reward my new but loyal readers with a giveaway. I made these Halloween bows that I am extremely proud of and I want one lucky reader to have one also.
The prize:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Get off your Broom Challenge Begins


On the 1st started the Get off Your Broom Challenge so I thought I’d let you all know where I’m starting at. I’m extremely embarrassed to tell the world my weight because I’ve gained so much over the years from where I once was. Telling all of you though makes me accountable for what is going on and I hope the embarrassment will be motivation in itself. I’m not doing it alone though. Hubby put on baby weight too and needs to drop quite a few pounds. So this is our attack plan.

  1. First is to lose the snacks! It isn’t like we have potato chips around it’s just we have a ritual 9pm snack, often a bowl of cereal, or a couple of cookies. Bye Bye, instead I’ll get a glass of water.
  2. Portion control, we don’t eat out often nor do we buy overly processed food. We just need to rearrange our portions of what we do it and overall make it smaller.
  3. Start getting moving. How is still being discussed.

So where I’m starting.

Starting Weight – 213lbs (oh boy I’m back to where I was right after Wee Rose was born)

Goal: 193lbs

Progress: 0%

I will update weekly to let you all know how it’s going or not going. Damn I hate dieting.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pagan Pride Day Recap


I wrote yesterday that we were going out to one of our local Pagan Pride Day events. First, we had a good time. We got to catch up with some old friends and the kids had a blast. Lil’ R spent most of the day in the dirt and he got to hear about his favorite rabbit friend, Rupert. To say that the kids were beat when we left is an understatement. They both went to bed early tonight but I am so happy with how well they behaved while we were there, even with missing their afternoon naps.

Unfortunately the vending was a bust.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pagan Pride Day


Today I’m going to be away from the interwebs for most of the day because I will be out at one of our local Pagan Pride Day events in New Port Richey. Besides just participating in the festivities with the kids it will also be vending my items myself for the first time. This was a pretty last minute thing having learned about it only on Monday. The vending is free though so I thought it would be a great place to work on getting my name out there.

I bit of the history of Pagan Pride Days though. The first year being 1998 they now exist across the entire country and many internationally and generally are held around the Fall Equinox in September. This information was found at The Pagan Pride Project on what Pagan Pride Day should be:

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