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!


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.


  • 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.


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

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 were:
comment # 11:
& comment #2:
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.


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