Playing with Felt

My aunt and I discovered felting at Maine’s Organic Farmers Fair which happens every year. She has recently started taking felting classes  and loves doing it.  She showed me some of what she has made already and it inspired me to break out the felting supplies she gave me for Christmas. Felting is pretty easy and fun to do once you get started. Today I used a kit to make a cardinal. I think it came out pretty good. I still need to put on its eyes but besides that I am done with this piece.

Click Here for link to Maine’s Organic Farmer Fair website

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Spring Disney Princess Outfit

In this outfit I feel like a Disney princess of some sort. All I need is my hair done with a bunch of flowers and ribbons. This is a perfect spring outfit. The teal/turquoise color is something I connect with the element air and water a lot and I love to wear this outfit when I feel like having a light fun energy to my day. I don’t plan on wearing these sandals again for walking anytime soon because they hurt my feet. They deceptively looked comfy when they are not. I’m also happy that my pedicure is holding up a week after getting it.

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Apricot Crisp

I made apricot crisp this morning. This is my first time trying apricots. You would think I would have at some point before but it just never happened. I modified the recipe by using gluten free flour and gluten free oatmeal because my mom can’t digest gluten. My mom just had some and said it was good and tart. I have quite happy with how it turned out.

Click here for the recipe

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Faery Milk & Sleep

I’m not sure when I came across this recipe or from where but it has become a major part of my life. It somehow connects me to childhood and simple pleasures. I know if I ever have kids or a kid some day I will have them/him or her sipping on this yummy drink. I always think it’s a good drink for bed time as well.

As for the term Faery I used, this is something so sweet and delicate I would think little pixies would sip on it. I do believe in fae or faeries, which I use as a general term for magical beings, and another magical realm which parallels this one. The light filters different there like in a dream and time moves slower. There is lore that in spring, if you stand in a faery ring (where fae have danced around in a circle often leaving mushrooms growing), then they will be transported to the fae realm. I love lore like this and although I think it may be a bit more difficult to actually travel to such a place, it is a nice thought. There is also lore that the fae can be seen when in a sleepy state when your energy is more open to them which is why this brew is so properly named.

Anyway..to the recipe!

Faery Milk

  • A Cup of warm milk (can heat over stove or microwave)
  • Honey to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • A dash of cinnamon (just because I like it but you can leave it out)

I have also done some variations of this drink to help me sleep. For instance, you can steep chamomile and/or lavender for tea and add the above ingredients to it. You can even add Valerian to the mix to give an extra sleep-inducing power to the brew. Why not blend all of these dry ingredients to make your own tea bags?

Another aid in sleep are sleep pillows or sacks which can be put under your pillow. These can be filled with a number of things: stones, herbs, spices, ect.

Sleep Sack/Pillow

  • amethyst- often used in mediation and sleep
  • milkweed silk- from the pods of milkweed and has a fluffy and soft texture
  • mugwort- known for bring on prophetic dreams
  • chamomile and/0r lavender- the scents are both soothing

 

Wire Work

Up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, there was a lovely craft shop. In it there were the little copper wire trees wrapped around stones. I thought how cool they were and thought of buying one. But I held off wondering if I could make one of my own. I knew I had copper wire stored up in my craft box and I have jewelry making stuff as well. So when I got home, I set to and started playing with the wire I have. I first started by twisting the wire around the quart crystal formation I have and cutting wire strips of similar lengths to the wire sticking straight up from the crystal. Then I wrapped each of the strips ends around the wire on the crystal and twisted them together to form a tree trunk. I didn’t use enough strips and the trunk looked more like a stem so I decided to make it into a flower by bending the wire ends into petals. I worked of wrapping wire around a piece of from what I can tell in chalk. It is pendant shaped already so I thought it would look good.

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Spirituality Behind Crystals and Metal

Crystals and metal have many magical and healing properties. I have always been fascinated by crystals and metal. I used to collect rocks when I was a kid on nature walks, wash them off, and put them in a metal tin.

I furthered my knowledge on the subject when I got the book (pictured below) The Essential Crystal Handbook: All The Crystals You Will Ever Need For Health, Healing, & Happiness by Simon and Sue Lilly.

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Copper

Magic: helps with conflict resolution and gives positive outcomes to situations. It leaves you will emotional harmony after stressful times.

Healing: helps reduce inflammation, releases emotional frustration and tension, and brain function.

Quartz

Magic: Used a lot in magic for its cleansing and purifying purposes. One of the best ways to cleanse yourself of negative energy is too hold a quartz and visualize it absorbing negative energy (often visualized as a dark cloud of murky green or blue). Then the crystal is usually buried in the ground to let nature cleanse the negative energy out of it so it can be used again. It is also used in divination work of all types. There are even clear quartz balls which are used in scrying.

Healing: Helps strengthen and empower the aura, Releases mental and emotional blockages, Increases mental faculties, good for bring peace to meditation and visualization.

My Favorite Part of Spring & Summer

Fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers!

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I might use the apricots to make a crisp. We ate the fiddle heads for dinner today with chicken and stuffing. Yum!

Click Here for the Apricot Crisp Recipe

The first picture is a mixture of sun dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, oregano, and basil. This is one of my mother’s favorite things to make and eat. It is also so satisfying to finally use some of the herbs from the herb garden in our cooking.