The Lizard Ridge Afghan is back on the needles. After a long while of ignoring this project I've decided to take it back up again and get it finished. I'm still fighting with those wrap and turns!
I'm making another pair of Bella Mittens.
Painting with Sarah
Drew the Four of Wands card today.
One of the ultimate mysteries of Creation is the life force contained within a seed. When planting a garden, we prepare the soil much like we would create a cozy bed for a child. We cover the seed with rich soil in order to allow it a period of gestation. Soon, it blossoms into a triumphant plant, bursting forth above the ground and reaching upward toward the sky. The metaphor of the seed is applicable to every aspect of our lives; the seed of knowledge, the seed of truth, the germination of consciousness, and so on.
This card depicts the planting of new wisdom and the reconstruction of an intuitive foundation. The garden has four corners, representing the four seasons and the four directions. In ancient Greece, the symbols of the seasons were four women: Summer was adorned with a crown of grain; Autumn wore a basket of fruit; Spring wore a wreath of flowers; Winter was bareheaded. The fairies pictured in this card represent springtime, when new planting takes place and a new season of Sun and sprouting awaits.
In your life, new ideas are seeding themselves. Prepare your life for the fruits that you will bear. Plant your creativity and watch it grow.
I finally finished the Bella Mittens. This was an easy pattern as long as you don't get sidetracked by folks speaking and you don't want to join in the conversation. I like how these came out. I used Iro yarn which is a nice colorful yarn. I am thinking I might make more of these...
A new Sweep made with a sassafras handle. It has a great weight and feel to it. Finding a beautiful broom is exciting to those of us that don't like to use vacuum cleaners.
Along with my new interest in watercolor painting comes an interest in learning to draw as well. This isn't a new interest of mine. I am thinking if I practice every day I might be able to turn out something somewhat recognizable. I would like to keep Nature Journals and being able to illustrate them with some simple drawings would be a nice record to have of my wanderings. Part of what I love about herbalism...the seeing, the looking, the wandering. Herbalism gives a gift of creativity and beauty and healing and community all at once.
Stoneybridge Art Studio
Inside the studio
Coyote in the Meadow...i tried this on my own this morning. Blending colors, cleaning up blotches...how does one do this? Quieting the inner critic inside my head...remembering that art teacher that paid attention to only the "good students", when I was young. She said that only a certain few have "natural talent". I have always been intimidated by drawing or painting because of this ignorant teachers assumptions, attitude and paradigm she carried about what was "artistic" or not. I am trying to quiet this voice...that sometimes negative screaming voice that says, "you are not good at this!" Emma has a line in one of her songs that says..."everyone's an artist, everyone's a beggar...". I'm glad that she learned this. I think school stamps out so much of what is good in people. There is no such thing as what is right or wrong in creativity. Creating is a soul process. It's that intangible light that lives inside of each person that comes pouring out. It does not have to speak to everyone...as Kate Swoboda would say...What if it just is?
Bella Mitten in progress
I need to go elderberry hunting & gathering to make some Elderberry Syrup as seen over on Gaia's Gifts. A perfect remedy for the coming cold season. I've already heard folks out and about with the sniffles and coughing that shows up at this time of year in New England.