Friday, August 16, 2013

Lightening Strikes at Pixie Hill

Do you have a favourite tree?

The old black locust situated 20 feet from the kitchen door was my favourite. It was the tree I whispered my secrets too while I was hanging laundry. It proudly held the tire swing that would let the kidlet soar. Our resident troll lived beneath it, in a hole beside it's roots.

While tucking the kiddo into bed last week a storm was lighting the sky outside. The was a very sudden and very loud bang. Like nothing I had ever heard before. It was quite frightening. Mr Pixie ran down stairs to see what had happened but nothing seemed amiss.

The next morning I noticed that the oven was on the fritz. The control panel was displaying strange messages (give me a good old fashioned knob any day... that sounds rude but you know what I mean). Later, the Mr noticed some bark on the ground and a giant crack in the tree.

The arbourist came straight away and pointed out a small spot wayyyyy up high. Our tree, my keeper of secrets, had been struck by lightening. It had to come down immediately.

And so at 9am the next day 120 feet of tree came down. I didn't know one could get so emotionally attached to a tree, but judging from my feelings, you can. It was a hard day.

The 'carnage' was incredible and overwhelming and sad. My tree, my keeper of secrets, strewn across the lawn. BUT...

... the house was safe. That the gods that tree took the strike and not this old timbre frame house! Thank the gods that tree was strong enough to stand and not fall into the kitchen!

... we have an abundance of wood to create some large fairy houses, to make stump seats for bonfires and make an abundance of wands.

... lightening struck wood is considered quite magically potent and being that the Black Locust is a protective wood, our tree will continue to protect as we use its wood.

And although most of that tree is gone, there is still a bit left to whisper secrets to while I hang my laundry beneath its branches.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Honoring Lakshmi

Bohemian Bazaar... *le sigh*

I really love this paper. To me it's like a candy display. It's sweet and juicy. It's like freshly ground spices and the stuff of life. Beautiful and vibrant. It's an Arabian Nights fairytale or Hindu celebration.

With that in mind I've created this ATC Honoring the goddess Laskshmi.


Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity, fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. Her face is calm and kind. Golden coins flow from her hand, bestowing good fortune.

A video tutorial is available for making this card and I've created a set of back tags you can download here. Here is the complete supply list...

Bohemian Bazaar -Bohemian Bazaar
Bohemian Bazaar - Opulent Sunset
* Bohemian Bazaar Tags & Pockets used as template *
ATC blank
Gold Dresden trim
Rubber Cement
Gold glitter
Hindu goddess image (the one used is from a painting by Raja Ravi Varma)

You can check out additional photos of this project, along with a slew of other cute cards, on the Graphic 45 blog.

Friday, August 09, 2013

More little shrines

I've been working like mad to finish up ten of these little shrines made from the ATC Hutch Shrine Kit available at Alpha Stamps. I love the size of these. They are so precious!
Here's a better look at some of them...

Woodland Faerie Shrine etsy listing

Star Shine Faerie Shrine etsy listing

Little Garden Faerie Shrine etsy listing


Mossy Faerie Cottage Shrine etsy listing

And for size reference here's they are with a pencil and quarter.

Psst... if you hurry, I'm offering free shipping on the shrines for just a few days.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A small space

What happens when you mix awesome products from Alpha Stamps with amazing papers from Graphic 45? Magic! That little box above measure just 2.75" x 4.3". There's a whole lot of love in that little space. Here's a better look...

And in case you missed it...

How small is that handmade mousetrap?

 What was used to create this tiny space?

PLUS buttons, glue, handmade books, handmade mousetrap, pins and a vintage stamp.

Oberon's Love Dust - A Powdery Love Potion

It's been AGES since I posted anything witchcrafty and magical. Those who are new to this blog might not even realize that I am a rather witchy woman. I have the herb cupboard to prove it ;)

A while ago I said that I was going to post my recipe for my favourite love powder but I am TERRIBLE at posting things I say I'm going to post. It's as though I curse myself by saying "Next week I will..." because it never happens.

Well, mark today on your calendars because I'm actually following up! Witchy friends, spell casters and non-muggle types, here is my recipe "Oberon's Love Powder".

This magical powder is inspired by A Mid-Summer Nights Dream and is one of my very favourite 'potions'. Now, love spells can be quite sticky morally speaking as they generally try to influence the feelings of another, but this one is a little different. This one promotes romantic feelings that already exist. A little lovey dovey booster, if you will.

• first violets of spring
• dried lavender flowers
• dried rose petals
• talc
• essential oils of lavender and bergamot

Place talc into a mortar and add a few drops (equal amounts of each) of lavender and bergamot. Your goal is for the talc to be slightly dampened, NOT wet and mushy. Grind and mix using the pestle. (Note: I'm a big believer in 'intent' when spell casting and generally do not use incantations. If you feel the need to speak words over your work, but all means speak away)

When well combined add the dried flowers and grind again. Do not make this powder when grumpy. Thinking happy daydreamy thoughts is helpful.

Allow the scents to meld for at least 3 days. Sprinkle sparingly. Especially effective when sprinkled over a mattress.

Happy smooching ;)

Monday, August 05, 2013

Butterfly Faerie Journals

I'm on a roll with the little mixed media journals. I just love doing them. They help my scattered brain focus. I'm kinda partial to this latest batch. Little Butterfly Faerie Journals!

The covers are made from reclaimed fabrics and lace and backed with vintage tea-stained cotton. The inside pages are from a discarded 1880's hymnal. Most of the butterflies are printed on hymal papers too. Inside there are old French and Austrailian stamps and tucked between the pages you'll find ribbons, and tiny scraps and slips of beautiful handmade and hand-printed specialty papers.

I think they're pretty special.

And these are little journals are quite little measuring around 2" x 3".

Some of the journals will be listed in the esty shop today, along with several other items. Hop over and take a gander!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Another Birdy Book

Recently, I participated in the One Little Bird Swap over on The goal was to create something small, 4" square max, with a bird theme. I made my fab partner this chunky bird book (click on the images for larger pics).

I used one of my kids old chunky books as a base, covered it in old book pages and embellished with gorgeous papers and images from Alpha Stamps.

In return, my partner "alwaysinmyroom" made me the most gorgeous teeny weeny purse. I think it's the sweetest thing I've ever seen!