Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TIFOTW: Bath Paints, Fabric Flowers, Cute Animals and Sweet Treats!


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Some may have noticed but I’ve been consciously trying to be more active on Pinterest. I’ve always loved the site but trying to juggle so many things is tough at times. If you’re on there follow me and I’ll follow you back!

 

Playing Paint at quirky momma Kids Activities Blog

 

 


 

 

Felt tulips over at While She Naps

 


 

 

A Sheep Mug Mat at Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit

 


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Spring Weather Made them Want to Play


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First Huge News!!

We are now just www.treegoldandbeegold.com! Yes we are now our own domain. All our old links will continue to work so don’t worry.

Next,  I just wanted to share some of our photos from some fun in the great spring weather this past weekend at our house.

Here is Lil’ R playing in the dirt

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Wee Rose has come upon her big brother in the dirt

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Madness: Pagan Security Blankets, Newsletter is Out, Ostara Blog Hop


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It’s Monday Again?!

This past week we:

  • Added 2 new embroidered Pagan Security Blankets to the Etsy shop 
  • The first issue of the Newsletter went out today
  • Yesterday we announced the Spring Blog Hop we’re hosting

Last Week I Made and put up 2 New Pagan Kids Security Blankets

The first blanket is for the Future Warrior in your family. Find it in the Etsy Shop.

  • It’s 12 in x 12 in
  • white fleece
  • sage green minkey fabric (uber soft)
  • sage satin edging
  • The embroidery includes:
    • a Thor’s hammer in silver thread
    • the text is in sage green.

The other blanket is for the Goddess Blessed little one.

  • It’s 12 in x 12 in
  • white fleece
  • white minkey fabric (uber soft)
  • top stitched edging
  • The embroidery includes:
    • Triple Moon Symbol in silver thread
    • the text is in sage green.

First Issue of the Newsletter Went out Today

I’m sad if you missed it but it isn’t too late.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spring has Sprung Blog Hop: March 25th



UPDATE: To add your contribution to the Blog Hop make sure to visit the Spring Has Sprung post that went live on March 25th. 


Mark your calendar’s everyone. Coming up March 25th Treegold & Beegold will be hosting a Blog Hop.
The theme is Spring and we want to hear from you. Come join in on the party.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • What Spring means to you
  • Spring activities
  • Spring themed recipes
  • Spring themed crafts
  • Spring decorations
  • Ostara events

This list goes on and on. Share with us anything you want. Just be sure to take a button and place it in the sidebar of your blog to tell everyone stopping by your site that you are joining in the fun.






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Add your blog leave a comment and I'll add you to the list! (I had been using a LinkyTools but for some reason I can't figure out it stopped working)

Participating Blogs:

  1. Salem's Creation Blog
  2. Crafty Sandi
  3. EmKati Creations
  4. The Mortician's Wife
  5. Freckle's: The Happy Heathen
  6. Harmonic Spirit
  7. Sofibelles Magickal Realm
  8. The Multi-Faceted Experience
  9. Author Rosa Sophia
  10. The Arm's of Mother Earth
  11. The Domestic Pagan
  12. By The Broomstick
  13. Homes4Her


Remember to come back here to Treegold & Beegold on March 25th and add your post to that day’s blog post. I’ll have a new blog hop link up to share the title of your post and a widget to add to your post for easy navigation.
A sneak peek: I'm probably going to do another craft tutorial and show off the photos of the kids doing their Ostara Egg Hunt.
I can’t wait to see who joins up and please spread the word!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Weekly Update: New Triple Moon Patches, High School, & Awards


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Monday update is coming on Tuesday this week because I was very busy yesterday. Today we have more talking about School, New item in the Etsy Shop, and getting an Award.

 


IMG_0987First I’d like to thank everyone who left comments on the Sweetheart Sheep Tutorial. He’s gotten some great reactions and as a creator that makes me feel great! I’m seriously considering making a few for the Etsy Shop but I’m going to try to do it entirely by sewing (no hot glue) and to use fleece instead of felt for the coat. I hope to start the first one by this weekend.


Back to School I go

I spent the entire day at a local High School doing classroom observations. I was definitely a learning experience. I feel a lot more comfortable being in a High School again.

Also I spoke with the head of the Math Department. It seems there is an ESE position available right now for the rest of the year and then maybe a geometry in the fall. Teaching ESE scares me because I have no basis of knowledge on how to teach it differently. But it'll get me in the door and lead to something better. It's also only for 3 months so I'll probably take it. Maybe I'll like it and want to stay, who knows.


New Pagan Etsy Store Items

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I've also modified the Triple Moon Goddess patch. I have made a smaller 2 inch version and stitched it up in multiple colors. These are $4 each for the plain colors and $4.50 for the metallic. I have even more colors available but I thought this was a good beginning selection. IMG_1020

Friday, February 17, 2012

Discipline: Yes an ‘Evil’ D Word


Half of life is luck; the other half is discipline - and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.

  Carl Zuckmeyer

It’s Friday again and it’s time for my first D contribution for the Pagan Blog Project. You can Visit all the other D blogs for this week Here.


This week I once again wanted to talk about one of the Nine Noble Virtues that are expressed in some forms of Heathenry. This time we’re talking about Discipline. Even if all the Nine Nobel Virtues aren’t held up word for word by all Heathens the principles behind them I have only ever seen as well received.

Previously I talked about Courage: It’s for Everyone, if you didn’t see it or what more of an intro to the Nine Noble Virtues you can find it there.

When I’m talking about discipline here I’m talking about self discipline. This isn’t about the type of discipline you as a parent use with your children or your own parents used with you. First though we need to define it.

What is Discipline First

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What I’m discussing is related to #6 in that it’s we’re looking at self appointed rules that we have determined to follow ourselves. These rules can apply to many things such as:

  • Physical Routines likes exercise
  • Household Routines like cleaning
  • Spiritual Routines like regular meditation
  • Social Routine like participating in the Pagan Blog Project

Discipline is something we all shy away from at one point or another because well It’s Hard.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tutorial: Sweetheart Sheep Plush Sock Toy


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I’ve been talking on and on about this toy for weeks now I think. It definitely took me longer to make then I expected. I’m happy to say that it is complete!

Wee Rose is very happy to hear that too. It is now her sheep to play with. Though half the time she calls it a cow.

A bit of a background: This sheep starts out as a sock and does involve some machine sewing. It isn’t a whole lot, and I’m sure you could possibly get away either by hand sewing or working around it. You be the judge though if machine sewing is not up your alley.

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The tutorial is broken into a few sections for ease.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Madness: 3 Year Olds, Sheep, & Teaching


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This Monday I wanted to talk with everyone a bit about my reactions to my classes for becoming a teacher, how Lil ‘R is driving me crazy and that Tomorrow the Tutorial for the Sheep toy will be out!

I’m getting really excited about my career change

Trying to adjust to new addition of school work is becoming a bit of a struggle. Especially here in the beginning were I have loads of other things besides just the classwork.

Last Tuesday I had to go get my finger printing done so that today I could approach a school asking if I could do my field work there. I still need to check on my financial aid process also.

Each class I go to I learn things that seem to make great sense and instill in me a sense of purpose. That was one thing I always felt like I was lacking in my previous jobs, a good Why?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Meal: Heart Calzones and Berry Cobbler



From the Archive. This first appeared in my old blog Finagling Life on 2/11/2011

HeartCalzones_02-14-2011 003I found this recipe for Calzone Hearts last week and decided it would be a great thing to do for the family Valentine's Day dinner.

I prepped them on Sunday night because making the dough and forming the hearts took quite a bit of time. I won't kid you the dough is a pain in the butt. It is a very stiff dough and at times I almost wished I had a pasta machine to get it right. While watching movies with Hubby I put together all the calzones and it took me over 2 hours to do it all. First I rolled and cut out all the dough. I happen to have a heart shaped cookie cutter so I just used that.

Once they were all cut I prepped the filling. For ours it's just mozzarella and turkey pepperoni. I chopped the pepperoni really fine first. Once I put the filling in I just crimped the edges with a fork. After I was done though I just covered them in plastic wrap and stuck them in the fridge to be baked the next evening.


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The next night I made garlic bread and threw the calzones in the oven. While they were baking I also make a berry cobbler like dessert for later. I got the recipe from Allrecipes.com called Easy Fruit Cobbler. I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Yes, it was very easy to make. Based on the comments on the the site I added vanilla extract to the dough and some brown sugar on top of the berries before baking it.


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There it is sitting in the oven. It tasted great. Hubby had it with whip cream where I prefer vanilla ice cream with mine.

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Voila!! Lil' R loved the calzones so I think I may go through the torture of making them every year.


UPDATE: A year later and honestly I don't think I'll go through making those again. It was just way too much work.

This year I'll try to figure out a new meal for Valentine's Day.



Friday, February 10, 2012

Community: It’s something We All Need


This weeks 2nd C post for the Pagan Blog Project has been a tough one for me. Originally I started writing about children and then I realized it was beginning to sound like a post I wrote back in October.

So I scraped that post and decided to go on a different topic.

Make sure to take a look at all the other posts from the other bloggers Here.

Communities – We have Many

Each of us is involved in many different communities in our lives.

Some of our communities overlap with each other and others are completely autonomous. Examples of communities you may be involved with are:

  • Your immediate family
  • Your extended family
  • Your Coven/Kindred/Church/etc.
  • A Pagan community in one area
  • A Pagan community in another area
  • Your neighborhood
  • Your job
  • Your best friends
  • An Online Community such as the Pagan Blog Project, Facebook, or other Social Media.

I’m sure each of you have different communities you are involved with then just this list. It’s only to stand as an example of possible ones.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crochet Along at Laughing Purple Goldfish


 

Every month Laughing Purple Goldfish offers a free pattern for those who wish to join in. One month it’s a Crochet pattern and then the next it’s a Knitting pattern.

I decided to join in because this Giraffe is just too cute. I still haven’t decided on the color yet but I know I want to add the spots with felt.

I did jokingly say I was going to put a purple Tu-tu on it and give it to Wee Rose.

If you want to join in too just follow the Link to the blog post and there are instructions on how to contact Sharon.

Now get to creating!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Madness: Back to School, Pom Pom Heart, and Sheep in Progress


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Back to School I Go

I’m back in school for the third time now. This time around is definitely different specifically in the teaching styles of my instructors. For my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees it was very much a sit, takes notes and look to the front while the professor lectured.
Being as I’m now working on a certificate for my Teaching Certificate with the State of Florida my instructors are modeling what we should do in our own classrooms. That means group work, lots of discussion and engagement. In some ways I feel like I’m back in High School and honestly I really like it.
The class sessions are much easier to get through because paying attention in much less of a chore. I’m trying to absorb everything I’m learning and think of ways to teach math on these principles. At the moment it’s tough though. Math is not a simple subject to make fun. I’m sure with a bit of a Google search though I could find some blogs with great suggestions.
Tomorrow though I need to go get finger printed so I can do my in class time at some schools.


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A few days ago I came across this cute and simple tutorial for making a pom pom heart. It’s so perfect for Valentine’s Day and Really it’s so simple.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Courage: It’s for Everyone


There is more than one way to have Courage

It’s Friday again and it’s time for my first C contribution for the Pagan Blog Project. You can Visit all the other C blogs for this week Here.


There is a principle that was set forth in Modern Heathenry and followed or respected by most practitioners called the Nine Noble Virtues. The Nine Noble Virtues were codefied by the Odinic Rite in the early 1970’s. Though many Heathens are not a part of the Odinic Rite and do not follow the Nine Nobel Virtues in the sense of them being “Laws” or “Rules” they are no matter what good principles to follow.

The following is directly from the Odinic Rite Website:

The moral codes of the Odinic Rite were codified from The Hávamál and The Sigrdrífomál (poems from the Elder Edda) in the early 1970′s by two of the OR’s founding members, John Yeowell (aka Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (aka Hoskuld). Since that time they have been widely adopted and although others have felt the need to change and adapt them, to us they remain as laid down by our founders.

Courage – Truth – Honour

Fidelity – Discipline – Hospitality

Self-reliance – Industriousness – Perseverence

-From The Odinic Rite Website

Courage is what Legends are Made of

I’m sure we all have grow up on stories full of courageous acts. Where a hero in front of overwhelming odds continues on no matter the cost. We here of them in real life also; the solider who fights on to protect and save others, or the fire fighter who rushes into a burning building to safe another. We all knows those are Courageous Acts and we would never question that. People past and present who have shown such large acts of Courage are spoken and sung about for ages to come. They inspire others to know that they too can be courageous. Most importantly they inspire each of us to know we can be Courageous in our every day lifes.

Be Courageous Day to Day

I want to talk more about the Courage of the every day person. How each of us can live day to day being Courageous.

First though a Quote from the 2003 version of Peter Pan. Bravery being a synonym for Courage, I see this as fitting.

Mrs. Darling: There are many different kinds of bravery. There's the bravery of thinking of others before one's self. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family, and put away many dreams.
Michael: Where did he put them?
Mrs. Darling: He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer... He does. And that is why he is brave.

Sometimes in our lives we will be faced with choices to do actions that very obviously take Courage to act on. Many of us will never be faced with the choice to run into a burning building though.

That Courage may be a simple as telling someone the truth about something. It may be doing an action you know if the right course but may result in negative consequences.

Truly though what have Courage means is not allowing Fear or Doubt to decide your fate.


Is there something recently you have done that took Courage to do?

For me, I’d say deciding to switch careers after my lay off last September. I’m scared and anxious about this. Will we have spent money we don’t have on this venture or will it’s possible I won’t be any good at teaching. But I have to take care of my family and that is what matters most.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Review: Stacy Evan’s Sabbat Cooking Imbolc



Clipboard03Stacy Evans, the blogger behind A Simple Life Inspired is writing a series of E-books called Sabbat Cooking. Each E-book contains recipes themed specifically for each Sabbat. At the moment she has one out for Samhain and one for Imbolc.
I purchased Stacy’s E-book through her blog and it is also availble through Wyrdwood Publications for just $5. The E-book is a total of 56 pages. No skimpy amount. The recipes types and totals come to:
  • Appetizers: 12
  • Sides: 6
  • Main Dishes and Soups: 11
  • Desserts: 5
  • Miscellaneous: 1 (a recipe for butter)
We were having company over and I decided to make the Brigid Braid Bread, Sour Cream Chicken and Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.

Brigid Braid Bread

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This recipe was Delicious!

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