Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Madness: New Thor, Sif & Thor’s Hammer Patches, Home Woes, and Back to School


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New Thor, Sif & Thor’s Hammer Sew On Patches

Last week I listed 3 new Norse themed patches. I made my first God/Goddess Patches. I’m going to finish off the Norse Pantheon first before moving onto others unless someone specifically orders a particular one. I’m also working on the Thor patch but in only Black & White.
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Thor Patch, 3 inches in diameter – $9 at the Etsy Shop
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Sif Patch, 3 inches in diameter – $9 at the Etsy Shop
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Thor’s Hammer, 3 inches in diameter with metallic silver thread – $6 at the Etsy Shop

I Have Orientation Tonight

Tonight I have Orientation for the teaching program I’m starting in. It’s been over 2 years since I last graduated so I’m both excited and nervous about going back. Now to finish up some paperwork!

Home Repair Woes

When it rains it pours right? Water is definitely the correct analogy in this case. We just learned a few weeks ago that the wax seal in the kids bathroom had cracked and was leaking. We don’t know when it started but the problem didn’t become evident until after Lil’ R became potty trained and that toilet was in regular use. We’re now going through the hassle of the insurance adjuster, and a contractor to get the repairs done. It isn’t just that bathroom that is bad though, it leaked into our kitchen and caused damage to some of the cabinets.
In some ways it’s a good thing and a bad thing. Good thing is we should get our cabinets in the kitchen and that bathroom redone, along with that bathroom floor for the cost of our deductible. Bad thing that right now I really didn’t want to spend as much as our deductible on something like this.

Upcoming Tutorial

I have 2 different ideas for on cute little sheep that I want to make tutorials of. I plan to have one out for Imbolc, and the other may appear randomly through the Spring. Lets hope classes don’t get in the way so I can get it done asap.

That’s the nut shell this week. I’m going to try to get some pictures of the house as it’s taken a part soon.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

I was Tagged! And Multiple Times


I mentioned a week or so back I was tagged by a few people and since I said that, I was tagged again. I almost feel like I’m a popular kid back in high school.
If I tag you and you don’t want to do it no, worries or if I missed that you’ve already been tagged and done it please don’t feel you need to do it again.
I was tagged by:

The Rules

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them you have tagged them.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this.' blah, blah, blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Thoughts about Myself

  1. I met my husband online and he moved from NJ to FL for after only a few months of knowing each other.
  2. Wee Rose is named after my maternal grandmother and got one of her 2 middle names from both myself and the color she was when she was born. (Rose)
  3. I hate soda and have never had more then a few glasses worth of it in my life. Mostly all I have had was in mixed drinks.
  4. Though my mother is very crafty the only thing she directly taught me was how to do a running stitch & back stitch when hand sewing. She stopped making things around the time I was 5 so I taught myself every thing else I know. She has since picked it all back up again, which I find very amusing and great for conversations.
  5. I kept my birth middle names when I married instead of following family convention and changing my middle names for my maiden name. I did so at the time because I was upset with my family over how they reacted to my married. There are times I regret that I did that now.
  6. My son seems to think I can make or fix about anything. I’m not sure if this is good thing or not.
  7. I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering but unfortunately I was laid off last fall. I’m about to start classes to help in getting my teaching certificate to teach High School math.
  8. My husband is the Stay-at-Home-Parent in our house, I’ve always been the bread winner from day 1.
  9. I’ve always wanted to get into cosplaying or SCA. I love costuming, period clothes and making them. I almost did before my children were born and I hope when they are older I can return back to trying my hand at it.
  10. I was Goth in high school and college. I dyed my hair so many times in college I had a professor joke he’d give the class extra credit every time I had a new color.
  11. After years working as an engineer in the conservative professional office environment I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.

From Freckles: The Happy Heathen

  1. What's the first thing you would save from a fire and why?
    Other than living beings in the home my portable hard drive. It has way too much data on it.
  2. You're a superhero for a day, what's your special ability?
    Telekinesis, not sure why but the idea of moving things with my thought is just cool.
  3. How do you geek out (science, books, math, video games, etc?)
    All of the above? I’m an avid reader; I’m good at math, darn I plan to start teaching it; I play Skyrim at the moment though video games are what I do least; I read science blogs and watch science shows; I love Fantasy & Sci Fi movies & TV. I even read the occasional comic.
  4. Harry Potter or Star Wars?
    Oh this is tough because I love them both for so many different reasons. I grew up on Star Wars. I was an Ewok loving child. But as an adult I came to love Harry Potter for many different reasons. I can’t chose.
  5. Your favorite comfort food and why?
    Macaroni & Cheese because it’s childhood in a box.
  6. What's one habit you wish you could kick?
    Biting my nails. I succeed for periods of time, even months but I always go back to it.
  7. Favorite holiday and why?
    Halloween because I love to dress up, decorate the house and it’s an excuse to be Goth without the world looking at me sideways.
  8. Toilet paper - up and over, or down? (lol, this is the biggest debate in our house)
    Up & Over. This was an issue in our house but at some point I won. I have no clue how or why just all of a sudden all toilet paper was put on this way if we still use the dispenser. In our bathrooms either the dispenser is wobbly and needs to be fixed or we have to put the toilet paper up to keep it out of the hands of the 3 yr old.
  9. What's your favorite sweet treat?
    Peanut butter Ice cream
  10. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? What's your favorite meal time and why?
    I would used to say dinner but I’m currently having issues with all meals. Being as we’re on food assistance due to unemployment we can’t afford to eat out so all meals are cooked and I’m the only one who can cook in our house. It’s starting to get really old.
  11. What's you favorite inspirational quote?
    Carpe Dieum, and yes it always makes me think of Dead Poets Society.

From The Crone’s Place

  1. How long have you been Pagan?
    I started looking into Wicca/Neo-Paganism when I was 15. I turn 30 this year so half of my life now.
  2. What do you consider the best part of your religious belief?
    Not so much my Religious belief but my Personal beliefs that there is not one true way.
  3. Are you or did you raise your children in your religious belief?
    I’m trying to but my own beliefs are bit up in the air the moment so it’s a bit tough. Luckily they’re young so the basics are simple.
  4. What kind of pets do you have?
    We have 2 cats and 1 dog, a Schnoodle (half schnauzer and half poodle)
  5. Have you always lived in one general area?
    Pretty much, we moved from Indiana to Orlando when I was 3. I moved over to Tampa when I was 19.
  6. How many schools did you attend as a child?
    3 Elementary though we never moved (1 private, 2 public they built a new and rezoned), 1 Middle and 2 High School.
  7. Do you stay in contact with any of your high school friends?
    A few through Facebook or Google + but I’m not close with any of them.
  8. What led you to picking the name for your blog?
    A long and arduous process. I really was trying to think of a name for my Etsy shop and just used the name for that for the blog also. On my About Page is exactly what it means.
  9. What is the one thing about yourself or your life that you would like to change?
    My self image & self confidence issues.
  10. What is the one thing about yourself or your life that you wouldn't change for any amount of money?
    My children
  11. How long did you know your spouse/ partner before you married/ committed to each other?
    We were together for only 6 months when we married.

From A Cauldron Full of Stars

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    Willful ignorance or refusal to even listen to other points.
  2. How did you find out Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/ Tooth Fairy wasn't quite legit?
    Santa when I was about 6 or 7. I caught my parents wrapping the presents on Christmas Eve, Easter Bunny I don’t think I ever believed was “real” “real”, and the Tooth Fairy I confirmed when I found some of my baby teeth and my brother’s hidden in my mom’s jewelry box. (She kept our first 4 we lost for each of us)
  3. Favorite toy as a kid?
    My Little Ponies, I had a lot of them.
  4. If you could go back in time, which person would you most like to shake and say "What were you thinking?!"
    For the sake of “What if?” Henry the VIIIth over his divorce to Katherine of Aragon. Without it I wonder where Protestantism would have gone and the original settlers to the Americas.
  5. Chicken or the egg?
    Egg, but it wasn’t laid by a Chicken.
  6. If you could read people's thoughts, would you want to?
    No, I think I would rather be a true Empath.
  7. If you could turn someone into a toad who would it be?
    Probably not but I’d love the option.
  8. Fantasy vacation?
    Prague, and a tour of Eastern Europe.
  9. What is the most romantic thing you've experienced?
    Umm.. never had anyone do a grand romantic gesture only little things and can’t think of one at the moment.
  10. If you could create your own society what would it be like?
    Like something utopic world you’d see on Stargate or Star Trek.
  11. What book would you most love to see brought to life (through movie making or literally)?
    The Wheel of Time Series, but that would be a very long running TV show. lol

From The Domestic Pagan

  1. What is the defining moment of your life?
    Moving away from the close proximity of my parents for college. Though I didn’t move far I still moved far enough away (2 hrs) to set up finding myself.
  2. What song could you listen to over and over?
    Metallica, Nothing Else Matters
  3. What was the first music album that you ever owned?
    The first record I remember having myself was Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  4. Where is your favorite place in the world?
    I loved Normandy in France but there are so many places I want to visit.
  5. What is your dream car?
    Since a teen it was a 1969 Mock 1 Mustang but now I don’t really have one.
  6. Do you have any unusual talents or skills?
    Not that I can think of, what I’m good at isn’t anything unusual unless you count math.
  7. What is your earliest memory?
    Sitting on some steps in our house eating M&Ms in a bowl with a spoon. Occasionally looking over my shoulder to see if my mom was watching and then using my fingers to eat them.
  8. If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would you do?
    I have no idea. The most obvious would be to do something I couldn’t do the same as a female like have sex.
  9. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
    Telekinesis, because it’d be cool to move things around.
  10. Why do you blog?
    1st I blogged as a way of sorta journaling but I stopped that blog. Then I started this one first to promote the Etsy Shop but the more I do it the more it’s becoming about sharing with a community.
  11. Sum up your life using only 6 words (I recently read about doing this in O Magazine. My 6 words: Still finding myself in my thirties)
    Time to Start the Next Chapter

Wow that took a bit to answer all of those. If I get tagged again, I’m sorry I’m spent. lol

My 11 Questions for those I tag

  1. You have a 100% free day with no plans at all, what do you do?
  2. Did you have a childhood pet?
  3. If you could move anywhere (and be sure of a job etc.) where would it be?
  4. Do you do any type of crafts?
  5. What is one of your favorite holiday dishes to cook?
  6. What is your favorite shape?
  7. Morning person or not?
  8. How do you take your coffee and/or tea?
  9. What is your preferred Movie Genre?
  10. Were you ever a “wild child?”
  11. How Geeky are you on a scale of 1 to 10
Who I’m Tagging
I really tried hard to tag people I hadn’t thought had been tagged yet.
  1. Spirit Stitch
  2. Reflections of the Rune Pagan
  3. Practical Cauldron
  4. This Pagan’s Journey Through Sobriety
  5. AmethJera’s Broom with a View
  6. Doing Magick
  7. Chaotic and Crafty
  8. A Sacred Journey
  9. Pagan In Me
  10. A Witch’s Journey
  11. Witches Rambles

If you’ve been tagged please join in and tag some more!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

To Boast: It’s Good For You


 

It’s that time of the week again. Friday means it’s my entry for the Pagan Blog Project. We’re on the Second week of the Letter B and be sure to check out the other posts written this week.

Last week when I was talking about Blots I mentioned a bit about Sumbel, the rite of ritualized toasting done after a Blot or separately on it’s own. Before I said how it has a minimum of three rounds, where the Drinking Horn is passed to each person and they say something. Remember that everything said over the horn is sacred and the words reverberate throughout the Nine Worlds. 

The first round is to the Gods, the second to the Ancestors, and the third is for Oaths, Toasts or Boasts.

What is a Boast?

I wanted to talk about boasts because they are something I always found Heathen Drinking Horndifficult to do and in some ways run counter to many peoples upbringing.

Boasts are telling of some accomplishment over the horn for all the worlds to hear. They aren’t bragging because bragging often has the connotation of something not fully earned or being over inflated in its telling.

Boasts include telling everyone of the promotion you got at work, the healthy birth of a child, or fulfilling some personal goal. The last is very important is that goal was made previously as an Oath over the horn at some prior Sumbel.

So What’s My Difficulty with Boasts?

I was raised, as I think many of Northern European mutt heritage were, that you keep your emotions pretty close to the cuff and bragging is wrong. When I first encountered the ideal of boasting I just couldn’t do it. Really though the biggest reason was I doubted if anything I had done was worthy of a boast. I was no great war-hero, I had never saved another persons life, I then had no children, and when I first entered Heathenry I didn’t even have a job. I was in college full-time.

It was probably not until I’d Heathen Drinking Hornparticipated in half a dozen sumbels or so that I finally did my first. Previous to that I just stuck to Toasts. After I did my first, which I don’t honestly remember what it was, I realized something. It felt awesome to vocalize a true accomplishment, have everyone recognize it and here that resounding Hail! in return. I also realized as long as I truly felt it was an accomplishment and deserving of a Boast then so would everyone else. No one was going to call me out in the middle of Sumbel over a Boast.

That’s reserved only for Oaths. We’ll get into that when we get to O.

Boasts are Good for the Soul

Heathen Drinking HornEven if you have never participated in a Sumbel and are not likely to in the future you can still take this to heart.

Make sure to acknowledge your accomplishments and let others too.

Write it on a piece of paper and put in on the Fridge for a week. Post into onto your Social Networking site of choice like Facebook, or Google +. Just whatever you do.

Don’t keep it to yourself!

Go ahead and start it here. In the comments leave me a boast about something you’ve done recently!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Pagan Blog Project: My First Yule Blot


ToABlotWeShallGoThis week for the Pagan Blog Project I wanted to not just write about what a Blot as if this were a Wikipedia article. Instead I’m going to share my first major Blot I went to.

Cue the Flashback Sound Effect

It was Yule of 2002, I’m 20 at the time and had identified as Pagan since 1997. This was a huge deal, this was my first Yule event hosted by a Heathen Kindred. I’m going to abstain from naming the kindred but it was a local group that was led by a man who at the time was the Florida State steward for The Troth.

I’d met my host and his wife once before. They are wonderful people. They went all out for this event too. Upon entering their home that was full of fresh evergreens boughs, a large tree decorated with ravens, and natural items such as fruits and pinecones. Hard to miss was a large table laden with food. Included in this huge spread was a full size roasted pig with the obligatory apple in its mouth. Yes it really had the apple. I’d never seen a pig actually presented this way. It was definitely a sight.

Monday, January 16, 2012

It’s Monday: Crocheted Elemental Shakers, Kits & Soft Pretzels


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Newest Shop Item Elemental Shakers

IMG_0653I created a new item late last week, Crocheted Elemental Shakers.
I can’t link them to the Etsy shop though because the first set I made sold within 30 minutes of my posting them! I’m working on my 2nd set right now. They’ll be $16 when posted.
I won’t just be selling the completed items though. For those who love to make things yourselves I’ll be having up 2 different kits.
  • The first kit will be $9 and include everything but the tools needed to make all 4 balls.
  • The second kit will be $6, it will include only the directions and 1 set of the embroidered elemental circles.
  • The embroidered elemental circles and plastic capsules (the shaker inside) will both be available separately. Prices will vary depending upon the quantity.
I’m working on the final edit of the directions right now and will hope to have the listings up in the next day.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Follow My Blog Friday #3: How I got into Paganism



It’s Time for Follow My Blog Friday. Be sure to check out the other participating blogs in the widget beneath my answer!
FF#3 Question: How did you first get interested in Wicca, witchcraft, or paganism?
I was 15 when I was first introduced to Wicca. At the time I was going through a large amount of self discovery. I had made some new friends in High School and started to explore and the Gothic & Metal genres attire, attitude and clothes.
While in this I met a guy who was Wiccan. He told me about his beliefs and he introduced me to a small pagan store run in the local Flea Market. I spent the rest of High School hanging around that shop talking with people and reading. Some days I still miss it.
A personal add-on. How did I become interested and first discover Heathenry

Pagan Blog Project: A is for Alfar


 

This post is for Week 2 of the Pagan Blog Project Hosted by One Witchy One.

Alfar is the Icelandic/Nordic term for Elves, of which there are three races Ljosalfar, Dokkalfar, and Svartalfar, or, light elves, dark elves and black elves. The light elves live in Alfheim, one of the Nine Realms and where Freyr has his home. The black elves live in Svartalfheim another of the Nine Realms and the dark elves live underground.
There are a multitude of specific types of light elves that differed across geographical regions. An example is in Iceland there is a type of elves called Spae-wives who are female, live in cemeteries and have both healing powers and prophetic abilities.
Alfar are also amongst a group called Land Spirits or Wights. Not all Wights are alfar but all alfar are wights. Wights refers to any spiritual being in the Germanic world view. It’s quite broad. Another term for Wights which comes from Ireland is Fairies. There are many similarities.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Madness: Four New Shop Items, Pagan Blog Party, & Organizing


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It’s Monday again.
Today is a really big day here. At 2 pm est I have an interview at the local community college about being accepted into their accelerated teaching program.
After months of fruitless job searching within my own field I’m thinking of taking my engineering degree and hopefully applying it to teaching public school math or physics. I’m still a bit in debate about that.
I’m so afraid I’m going to screw something up so I don’t get in but I’ve heard there are other avenues also. I do also worry because this means I’ll be out of full time employment for quite awhile but I think we can make it.

New Shop Items

I put a few new things up in the shop this week.

I completed the Elemental Baby Cubes!!

Yes Finally!
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I even made a video to better show them off and all the sounds they make.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tutorial: Seasonal Question Wheel made with Scrapbooking Paper


IMG_0641I asked on the Google + Page what people would be interested in and I was asked to do something involving stacked scrapbook paper. This is an entirely new area for be but I have been wanting to experiment.
For the holidays I was given a set of decorative scissors I’ve been dying to try out. I dove straight in and I hope you like my idea.
I almost scraped this entire project, about half way through I realized my original idea wasn’t going to work and I had to change gears. Please read this fully before trying to follow it. I’ve tried to correct it in the tutorial but please pay special attention to the italics that are the corrections. The pictures give away my mistake.
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Materials

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  • Pieces of scrapbooking paper to represent each season
  • 3 pieces of paper to be the structure. 2 parts will be visible.
  • A piece for trim work
  • Mat stack of general colors for details
  • Letter stamps
  • Black stamp pad
  • Brads
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • ruler
  • compass

Making it

I cut out two 5 1/2 in diameter circles of my backing paper.
Also cut a 4 1/2 in diameter circle. 
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Cut one 4 1/2 in quarter from each of the seasonal papers. This is best done by using a corner of the paper and drawing from edge to edge.
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Here are the four papers cut out and placed on a 5 1/2 in backing circle.
My error it really should be on the 4 1/2 inch backing.
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Glue all the quarters down. Make sure that the point goes to the center of the larger circle which is marked here with a black dot.

Friday, January 6, 2012

PBP: A is for Ancestors and FMBF



2012 Blog Projects

I was debating if I wanted to join in with the Pagan Blog Project being hosted by On Witch’s Way. The reason I debated was can I keep up with the regular blog posts. Also, it means I need to move my weekly tutorial post. Those are still going to happy but I think I’ll be posting them on Sundays. I finally decided this would be a great way work on my own scholarship, personal study and share something a bit more personal her on the blog. I’m going to try to keep all of the Pagan Blog Project topics related to Heathenry.
I will continue to participate in Follow My Blog Friday. I actually think these two pagan networking groups go perfectly with each other.
I did debate 3 different Pagan Reading Challenges that are going on this year. I am a prolific reader but I thought that would be a bit too much on my plate. If you’re interested though be sure to check them out.




The Pagan Blog Project: A is for Ancestors

Ancestor reverence is a huge deal in Asatur/Heathenry. For some

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What I Found on the Internet: Reversible animals, girls skirt, sprinkles, pretzels, boxes, fairies, and lemons


CoolThingsIfoundOnTheInternetWhew, back into the rhythm of things once again. Now that the holidays are past crafts and recipes on the web calm down a bit but I’ve found a few for you all.
First isn’t for a specific tutorial but more so for a great way to find tutorials. The Random Tutorial Generator jumps around the net finding great things for you. It’s like stumble upon but for tutorials only.
Yes you may now hate me for finding another thing to eat up all your free time.
On to the links though!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Blog Challenge: 21 Days to a More Organized Home



The Mortician’s Wife has started a great series over at her blog and I’m going to take part. The goal is to get our homes organized. After the holidays it’s definitely something I need.
She’s going to be providing plenty of tips as she leads everyone along through the process. I can’t wait to see some of the tips from professional organizers. I’ll admit I think I’m pretty organized and even if I don’t do it I really do know what I’m supposed to do. My mother has always been horribly neat and I learned a lot from her. I’m hoping Lesley will have some good tips to make things as easy as they possibly can be.

Day 1: Hoping on Board

Why do I want a more organized home?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Madness: Post Holidays, Air Baby Cube, Creative Spaces



It’s now 2012.
Wow
Every year when the date turns over I have a bit of a surreal feeling. Surreal but Nice. A realization of how much has gone by and where I was X many years ago. But I did the flash back post yesterday so today is onward.
Really not much has gone on. This past week I was getting back into the flow of the blog and networking after the holiday. A long with getting the house back into some semblance of order.

An Awesome Present from Hubby

Hubby surprised me with this gift for the holidays. It’s a book I’ve been eyeing for awhile. Not really for the patterns exactly as they are. More so is I wanted it for all the techniques used to make these little guys. The author is so inventive in what materials are used to make what. Such as, all the armor?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

So Long 2011 You were an Okay Year


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First off I in no way think the world will be ending this year. I think the Mayans just decided at some point they had to stop their calendar. I mean were they supposed to keep carving forever?
With 2011 almost gone I thought I’d look back over it.

Starting Treegold & Beegold

I started up Treegold & Beegold this year.

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