Friday, 18 December 2009

ROA Creates A Giant Lanticular in London

Is this AWESOME or what!?!
Now that's the sort of graffiti I'd very happily have on any of my walls! (Via HERE)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

The Guardians Q&A

What is your earliest memory?My third birthday party...probably because it was the last birthday where both my parents attended.

When were you happiest? Now!

Which living person do you most admire, and why? My Mum.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My effortlessly talented ability to criticize myself

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty or bad manners

What was your most embarrassing moment? Probably the first time I ever got really drunk. My Mum has never let me forget it!

Property aside, what's the most expensive thing you've bought? My guitar

What would your super power be? The ability to read minds! Coz I'm nosey & paranoid!

What makes you unhappy? Not being acknowledged. You don't need to have an entire conversation with me, just say hello.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? The genetically passed on nose!

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose? The dodo, just so we can be closer to Wonderland!

& they do look quite whimsical!

Who would play you in the film of your life? Megan Fox, or Lacey Turner just to make me look good.

What is your most unappealing habit? My shyness can be & has been seen as coldness or aloofness.

What is your favourite smell? Vanilla or Nina Riccis "Nina"


What is your favourite book? "Alice In Wonderland" as life always seems so much more simpler after reading it.

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice? Probably a fairy tale character.


What is the worst thing anyone's said to you? "You're being a drama queen" or "I won't be there for you" about my Depression.

Cat or dog? Cat...they don't make me feel lazy!

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Watching Eastenders....shhhhh!

What do you owe your parents? Independence & individuality from my Mum & stubbornness from my father

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? My Gran, for not visiting more before she passed away

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Marilyn Monroe, Stephen Fry, Henry Rollins & Jim Morrison.



Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "I have to admit...", "...know what I mean?"

What is the worst job you've done? Babysitting a girl that wouldn't stop crying until her parents came back home 4 hours later!


When did you last cry, and why? about 10months ago when I found out I was lied to by people I regarded as sisters!

What is the closest you've come to death? An overdose....intensive care for a week for monitoring, I was & am fine! :)

What song would you like played at your funeral? "Free Bird" by Lynard Skynard






or "Don't Fear (The Reaper)" by The Blue Oyster Cult






How would you like to be remembered? Fondly & with love

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Not to take it to seriously, it's not weakness to ask for help & the grass is always greener where I'm standing!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

A Wooly Wonderland!

I've finally got round to redoing my crocheted Goddess Doll. I have to say I think this one is much better than the previous one.
I'm currently getting the pattern tested by a pair of angels on Flickr, so keep your eyes peeled, it maybe up soon.

I've left it really plain so it can be decorated & made however you wish. Make it really personal!

I've been over at WolfDreamers blog again. She has a ton of AWESOME free patterns,
Recently she's been offering her buy only patterns for free for a week & as soon as I saw her snowman, I knew I had to make him. Unfortunately he's no longer available for free, but it's still cheap!
I made a few changes (you know me, always having to put my on spin on things I make!). I left off the arms & added a cute little Christmas sign. Just a twig & a message from a Christmas card making kit.
I think he's SO cute!
I'm currently making Wolfdreamers The Angel and Devil Chubbies. Hurry it's only available free until tonight!
They are so sweet, you can't help but make a pair!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Dr Sketchy

I went to another local Dr Sketchy today featuring the amazing Leyla Rose & Missy Malone not only modelling but each putting on a performance. We were definitely spoiled!
If you go to their MySpace (I've linked for you), you'll be able to watch some of their performances.
*They are cabaret/burlesque performers so expect a certain level of nudity before going to their sites!



This one is my fave that I've done so far....
These ones below are from the previous Dr Sketchy's with singer/model/dancer Martini & illusionist Dee Christopher They were both great to draw too. Martini made some awesome poses & Dee put across a great feeling of moodiness. I rarely get to drew guys so it was great to sketch Dee Christopher.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

3D Interactive Art

Another uni module over! Way-hey!

Hopefully I'll get a decent grade. I was planning on sharing my process with you all, but I never get round to it, so I'll do a quick summary!

I was at first inspired by Resurrection Ferns crochet covered stones, so had a play around with that (I did a few rough, uneven stones to make a contrast of textures, but lord knows where I've put them! I couldn't even find them to hand in for me final day!! Doh!)

I decided to make the pebbles out of air dry clay (I couldn't find any pebbles I wanted, I live in a town so it was difficult. I ended up going to a garden center & buy a sack full, I have one or two left... :/).

I came up with the idea of writing on the stones & leaving messages.....
That idea reminded me of cairns & standing stones, so decided to go down that route...

I don't know if you can see it very well in the photo , but I came up with the idea of having a spiral going over a cairn, to represent energy. Like a Cone of Power.

I went down to the workshop & spiralled a very long, thick piece of metal rod. As I carried it back to the classroom & though, "hey, this would be awesome hanging up, upside down!"

So I went with that. Thinking what a spiral of energy coming from above could represent I thought "Drawing Down The Moon"!

I was on a roll! I wrapped the metal rod with thinner wire & beading wire & some beads to represent energy I thought well there are 8 moons in a a cycle (full, waning, waxing etc etc) & I decided to add 8 crocheted covered stones to represent the moon, using silver thread to show lunar power grounding. A bit new age-y I know.....

& this was the outcome!

(There's a small stone, wire play piece in the background)

If I had, had more time I would of liked it to have turned & placed somewhere, where the viewer could stand underneath it....

Ginge is doing much better. Thanks to everyone who asked after him & sent their love.

There's nothing left to see of the abscess, only a bald spot. His fur is starting to grow back, but his face still looks a little uneven, not that it's effected his cockiness & pride!
As you can see he's still loving the camera....look at him trying to act like he doesn't know he's having his picture taken....I see those eyes! LOL!

Now uni is done for the year, hopefully I'll be a bit more active & you'll see me here a bit more.....well only if I survive Christmas shopping *shudder*

Friday, 13 November 2009

Herbs & Crystals

I came across this info at http://paganwiccan.about.com/ & thought it was really useful so thought i'd share it.




Magical Herbs
•Acacia: protects against psychic attack
Agrimony: useful for returning harmful energy to its original source
Basil: warns off negative magic
Black thorn: reverses a spell
Cayenne: returns negative energy to its source
Coffee: neutralizes harmful magic
Dragon's Blood resin: protection
Hyssop: purification and defensive magic
Mugwort: protects against astral attack, or psychic attack in dreams
Patchouli: returns harmful magic
Solomon's Seal: protects against negative energy
•St. John's Wort: purifies and protects against psychic attack
•Vetivert: use to break a hex or curse
•Wormwood: use in uncrossing rituals, to remove hexes or curses upon you
•Yarrow: psychic protection
•Yucca: prevents attack via sympathetic magic










Crystals and Gemstones
•Amber: protects against psychic attack
•Amethyst: protects from negative energy
•Black onyx: protects against harmful magic
•Fire agate: for protection of the aura
•Hematite: use for protection of home and property, as well as to fend off psychic attack
•Malachite: repels hostile magical attacks
•Obsidian: provides protective energies
•Quartz: use to protect yourself from hexes or curses
•Ruby: use to defend against magical attacks related to emotions
•Selenite: for shielding against negative outside influences


Monday, 2 November 2009

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I went a day trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with my class from Uni. Here's some photos I took.
Some of the pieces were interactive....luckily my digi camera can record short videos too! There was the impressive "Deer Shelter Skyspace 2006" by the American James Turrell. As soon as I went in , I thought how fantastic it would be to hold pagan rituals, mediations etc....

And the fun "Greyworld UK 1999" made by a collection of artists founded in Paris. There were hidden sensors in the ground & benches that triggered sounds of applauds or music. As seen in the video, its rather popular with kids!!

Unfortunately we never got time to go see any of Andy Goldsworthy's work :( Maybe I can talk a certain boyfriend in taking me again in the Spring/Summer....

Still trying to complete my piece for this 3D module...,maybe I'll get round to scanning my notebook so you can see kinda how I'm thinking....3 weeks to go!!! Oh of course still crocheting. I've been hooking up a table runner in thread it's taking me AGES! I started in the beginning of September, & only now on the edging!!!! Still it's looking not bad, white & silver, so Christmasy...since I have no table I guess it's going to end up being an Yule pressie

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Monday, 26 October 2009

Poor Gingey

My poor Ginge hasn't been well.

He had a MASSIVE abscess on his cheek. It looked like someone cut a tennis ball in half & stuck it on his face, I couldn't help but nickname him The Elephant Cat for a few days!
Anyway the first day I realised he had the abscess I took him to the vets (thanks to my fella for the lift) & after having his cheek pierced, started to develop a huge scab.
I on the other hand developed an even smaller bank account!!! (Is it just me or do you feel vets take the piss with their fees too?)

A few days alter, some antibiotics & a lot of sleeping (even for Ginge) later came the yucky bit,....the abscess emptying....ERGH!!!!! :S
It was NOT a pretty sight or fun to clean, but at least it's out so it can heal. It was really painful for him too, as he was hissing at me whenever I tried to clean him. & every time he tried to clean himself over the abscess he would meow & shake his head.

He has had problems keeping his food down too, probably because of the amount of gunk he cleaned off himself!

The scab came off today.....poor little fella looks like he's been in the wars! It looks SO raw :( But he's a lot happier. No more scratching every five minutes (the scab must of itched) & he's not sleeping so much, back to the usual 22 hours a day :P

He's also on my lap all the time again & chatty as before (ie not shutting up & annoying me like hell) so he's obviously over the worst. YEY!!! :D He may drive me nuts at times, but I love him to bits!!! Ginge not chatting away just isn't Ginge!
So pretty much everything else has gone on the back burner while I've been keeping an eye on him, except for uni work of course....I've just been researching on the web so I can stay at home for him.
I now need to clean the sofa cover where he was sleeping when the abscess leaked a little (ewww) & his cushion covers.

Jeez I spoil that cat!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

"Rememberance"

I've been slowly changing my alter for upcoming Samhain (Halloween) & decided to make it a mix between a Samhain alter & an ancestor shrine.

I remembered I have a copy of an old wedding photo of my grandparents with their parents & thought it would be perfect. But of course this is me, so I had to have a bit of a play with it.



It's a shame I don't have any photos of my family on my mothers side. I must try & remember to ask about any next time I go & visit the family back in Scotland.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Samhain Chants

Samhain Chant
Lyrics by: Doreen Valiente
Source: "Witchcraft For Tomorrow"

Fire red, summer's dead
Yet it shall return.
Clear and bright, in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!

Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring,
When the year's a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire's burning.

Fire glow, vision show
Of the heart's desire,
When the spell's chanted well
Of the witching fire.

Fire spark, when nights are dark
Makes our winter's mirth.
Red leaves fall, earth takes all,
Brings them to rebirth.

Fire fair, earth and air,
And the heaven's rain,
All blessed be, and so may we,
at Hallows-tide again.


Untitled - Anon
From far beyond this mortal plane
Mothers and fathers of old
We bid that you return again
Mothers and fathers of old
To share with us the mysteries and secrets long untold
Of the ancient ways we seek to regain
Mothers and fathers of old.




Samhain Chant for the Dead
by Wesley Lowe
Sunday, May 12, 2002

Magic of Samhain dreams,
Spirits of mystical north,
O’ guardian of earth, heed our prayers
Throughout this rite, come forth.
As the stars crown your brow,
This song of wicca ye hear,
Open the gates that our loved ones may pass
And our words draw them near.

Magic of Samhain dreams,
Spirits of mystical east,
O’ guardian of air, heed our prayers
At behest of wiccan priest.
As on wings of warding ye soar
This song of wicca ye hear,
Open the gates that our loved ones may pass
And our words draw them near.

Magic of Samhain dreams,
Spirits of mystical south,
O’ guardian of flame, heed our prayers
And spare us lengths of drouth.
As your touch warms our souls
This song of wicca ye hear,
Open the gates that our loved ones may pass
And our words draw them near.

Magic of Samhain dreams,
Spirits of mystical west,
O’ guardian of water, heed our prayers
And deem we sisters blessed.
As your rushing rivers flow
This song of wicca ye hear
Open the gates that our loved ones may pass
And our words draw them near.


Saturday, 10 October 2009

Spooky Sewing

I came across the most awesome embroidery transfers at Q is for Quilter.



That's one sexy witch! Reminds me of Samantha from the series Bewitched.





This ADORABLE little fella I found at Bad Birds



These super cute bunnies are found at Craft Blog


& my fave of the bunch ...

which can be found at the always groovy Urban Threads.

I'm definitely going to be getting my needle & thread out!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Halloween Crafts

Crawling through the web looking for interesting tit bits I came across these & thought they were AWESOME!!!
Perfect for spooky Halloween!
These fantastic paper crafts can be printed out FREE at Ravens Blight. Check is site out as there's LOTS of groovy things to make. Just remember to buy some extra printer ink!

These I think are stunning & are made from maple leaves, yes....leaves! Awesome or what!
The instructions can be found HERE.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Urban Fairies

I was going through some of the blogs I read regularly when at Domestic Witch's blog she had posted about the fairy doors around Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I remember coming across this site a while back & LOVE it!

I adore the interaction...check out the droppings! Not only beautiful to look at but helping charity too!
& you've got to love how they really tickle the inner child in us. I'm disappointed that quite a few had be vandalised...some people have NO heart, but the fairies are tenacious, soon fixing and rebuilding their homes.....



Aren't they awesome!!

But you know it's not just America that have fairies, we have some in the UK too
I have 2 that have taken up residence in my flat. They don't seem to mind the cat or the badly painted walls


Monday, 24 August 2009

Creativity Breakthrough


On a much happier note, I finally got my work from an exhibition back today plus a cheque! With the center closing, reopened in another center without me being told, & just day to day life, I didn't get round to picking my work or poster up!
Doesn't it look great as a poster! :)
The cheque was from Breakthough, who used a piece of my work in their first issue of their magazine "Reflections". The letter attached to the cheque even says "keen to recieve more of your work....both magazine....coffee table book"!!!! *little happy dance*
Ok it's only £20, but it's a start & gets my name out there. Look at me a published artist!! LOL!


I'm SOOOOO freakin' proud of that little photocopy....I can see it keeping me going when I want to throw the brushes in!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Rose Garden Zills Pouch

A new crochet creation. I've been meaning to make this for AGES & finally got round to it today. I love it :)
The pattern can be found HERE at Crochet Kittens brillant site. She has some AWESOME free patterns available. I've made quite a few, just haven't gotten around to lining them. Once I do I'll upload some pics!

Friday, 21 August 2009

List of Symptoms Leading to Relapse

This was posted at a forum I go on now & again for those with mental health problems called Journey Towards Freedom. (JTF)
I believe to stay healthy you have to be realistic & recognise any signs of becoming ill again. If you are able to spot them quickly you can nip it on the head before it gets too over whelming. It's something I do regularly....observing my actions & thoughts, ensuring that I'm ok & not getting ill.

List of Symptoms Leading to Relapse

1. Exhaustion - Allowing yourself to become overly tired. Not following through on self-care behaviours of adequate rest, good nutrition, and regular exercise. Good physical health is a good component of emotional health. How you feel will be reflected in your thinking and judgment.

2. Dishonesty - It begins with a pattern of small, unnecessary lies with those you interact with in family, socially, and at work. This is soon followed by lying to yourself or rationalizing and making excuses for avoiding working your program.

3. Impatience - Things are not happening fast enough for you. Or, others are not doing what you want them to do or think they should do.

4. Argumentative - Arguing small insignificant points which indicate a need to be right. This is sometimes seen as developing an excuse to drink.

5. Depression - Overwhelming and unaccountable despair may occur in cycle. If it does, talk about it and deal with it. You are responsible for taking care of yourself.

6. Frustration - With people and because things may not being going your way. Remind yourself intermittently that things are not always going to be the way you want them.

7. Self-Pity - Feeling like a victim, refusing knowledge that you have choices and are responsible for your own life and the quality of it.

8. Cockiness - "Got it made". Compulsive behaviour is no longer a problem. Start putting self in situations where there are temptations to prove to others that you don't have a problem.

9. Complacency - Not working your program with the commitment that you started with. Having a little fear is a good thing. More relapses occur when things are going well than when not.

10. Expecting Too Much From Others - "I've Changed, why hasn't everyone else changed too?" All that you control is yourself. It would be great if other people changed their self-destructive behaviours, but that is their problem. You have your own problems to monitor and deal with. You cannot expect others to change their lifestyle just because you have.

11. Letting Up On Discipline - Daily inventory, positive affirmations, 12-Step meetings, therapy, meditation, prayer. This can come from complacency and boredom. Because you cannot afford to be bored with your program, take responsibility to talk about it and problem solve it. The cost of relapse is too great. Sometimes you must accept that you have to do some things that are the routine for a clean and sober life.

12. The Use of Mood-Altering Chemicals - You may feels the need or desire to get away from things by drinking, popping a few pills, etc., and your physician may participate in thinking that will be responsible and not abuse the medication. This is about the most subtle way to enter relapse. Take responsibility for your life and the choices that you make.

I've also found that becoming paranoid & insecure is a red flag for me relapsing.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Crochet Roses



I make these whenever I have an amount of wool that isn't really enough for anything. They're really easy, super quick & I think quite cute. It could be used for a finishing touch for a hat, bag, scarf etc or like I have in the photograph, like real flowers in a vase. If you use wire, like I did, for the stem you can twist the stem to just about anything. Let your imagination play! :)
Gauge, wool etc not important.
In UK terms
ch- chain
tr- treble
Pattern
Rnd 1- tr into 4th ch from hook. (tr, ch, tr) in each ch across
Rnd 2- 3ch, tr, ch 2 tr into first ch space. (2tr, ch, 2tr) into each space across
Rnd 3- 3ch, 8tr into 1st ch space, 9tr into each space across
Fasten off
Starting at one end, roll the piece, stitching in place as you roll.

To make a wire stem
For a stem I used a length of green garden wireYou can buy this really cheaply in a roll at any garden or household shop
Cut a long length & fold in half. Push both ends through the flower so the bend is hidden in the flower. Twist the wire a few times to secure in place. Take one of the two pieces of wire & bend in half to make a leaf. Twist the remaining wire together

***This pattern cannot be sold. For personnal use only.***
If there are any problems or mistakes within the pattern please let me know & I'll change or help you out ASAP.
If you make this, please send me a link to a photo of your finished flower. It would be cool to see what you all come up with :)