Just in Time for Yule

The new tarot bags are complete and in the Etsy store, ready and waiting for their new homes…

Etsy Shop

Greenman Tarot Bag

Greenman Tarot Bag – Cotton velveteen lined with silk, embellished with faux suede leaves for a lovely 3-D effect. The hand made tassels are beaded with bloodstone and serpentine.

Serpent Tarot Bag

Serpent Tarot Bag – Woolen bag heavily embroidered with perl cotton and bone beads, the silk appliqued serpent crawls towards the velveteen world egg. Lined with linen, the handmade tassels are embellished with serpentine, horn, bone egg-shaped beads.

Spiral Tarot Bag – SOLD

Spiral Tarot Bag – Cotton velveteen bag, lined with silk, is hand embroidered with perl cotton and metallic threads, a silver pentagram bead in the center of the largest spiral. The hand made tassels are beaded with serpentine and quartz crystal.

Stag Tarot Bag

Stag Tarot Bag – the vigorous stag kicks his feet up as he bounds through the crisp autumn air, leaves flying into the air in his wake. Cotton velveteen appliqued with a velvet stag and hand embroidered with perl cotton and glass beads. Lined with linen with hand made tassels embellished with horn, amber, and glass beads.

Pentagram Tarot Bag

Pentagram Tarot Bag – woolen bag appliqued with velveteen leaves and a wool pentagram this bag is beautifully hand embroidered and line with silk. The hand made tassels are beaded with glass and carnelian.

Private Collection

Boline Tarot Bag

Boline Tarot Bag – Silk and wool felt applique, hand embroidered with perl cotton and glass flower beads, a sterling pentagram dangles from the sharp tip of the boline. Bag is lined with silk with hand made tassels beaded with glass and quartz crystal.

Soon Come

The construction phase of pouches is complete.  I just need to create a cord channel and add tassels.  So here is a taste.

The middle pouch on the bottom row is going to knock your socks off.  I’ve cut out tiny oak and birch leaves in 3 colors of suede for a 3-D Greenman you will love. The top two on the left are going into a private collection but the others will be posted in the Etsy shop this weekend.  Sorry for the poor quality image, my camera phone images only look good on the phone…


The days are noticeably growing shorter and the trees are just gorgeous.  I’m off work this week and have spent the days plodding. Getting some creative things done, some house things done… but all of it plod plod plod…  Going to lunch with mom in a few minutes.  Life is good.

There is much to show you and I’m almost done with the embroidery on the pouches.  I prefer to get a bunch of the embroidery done and then create a production line for putting the pouches together, sewing the seams, adding the lining if there is one, then doing the cords and tassels.  I should have all embroidery completed tonight.  Perhaps I’ll have bags in the etsy shop by next week. I sure hope so, I’m itching to work on some other projects that are crying out to be born.

And speaking of waning I’ve decided not to accept commissions any longer.  The truth is I’ve never really liked them.  It feels like pressure to me.  I prefer to just plod and create and when it is ready it is ready.  Its not that folks don’t have some awesome requests.  They do.  For sure.  But I have a zillion of my own ideas knocking on my door and honestly I’d much rather play with them.  So, from this day forth until I change my mind, which may or may not happen, I will be focusing on my own creative cycle and just let things flow as they need to.  I have a lot on my plate too.  Dad is still in adult care, helping mom with the house, a very demanding job, Mr. Furnace, the gym (oh boy is that working me HARD), and my own creativity.  It is all I can do to carve out time for me and for me that means creating what is in my head.

While you wait to see the new bags, I thought I’d send you some mood music as Samhain approaches… The wheel is noticeably changing this week…. turn turn turn…

Yummy Two

I have a studio. Do I use it? Not that much! I sit in the living room and stitch and burn and the coffee table is my true studio.  I have a new coffee table, earned with the proceeds from our recent yard sale…  It is part of The Exciting Plan in the works for when I move to my own place in a year’s time.  I am working on a design plan and it revolves around a few key pieces of furniture. I’m selling off several pieces that have been with me my entire adult life.  Liberating?  LIBERATING!  I’m pretty excited. Meet, Isala, from Ikea.

I read Posie Gets Cozy, my favorite blog, and this post inspired the heck out of me and I fell in love with the cabinets. These will be going in my new dining/living area when I move.  I haven’t decided on the configuration yet but this is the inspiration.  It will hold some dining type stuff, some witchy type stuff, and some art type stuff.

It also means that I have a lot of work before me.  I’m working on slip covers for the sofa and chair that are very neutral.  I will be using pillow covers and the like to highlight the seasons, leaving the foundations as is.  This will enable me to make dramatic changes without a lot of expense or work and minimal storage of said pieces.

For years I’ve been storing my grandmother’s ancient kitchen queen with the intention of renovating the old gal and using her to store my herbs and witchy tools, books, and the like. The pull out porcelain enamel bread worktop would have been great for mixing potions. Potions I NEVER make.

She has great bones but this is a sad state of affairs. When my grandmother moved into a nursing home we moved the queen to my parent’s garage. The rope used to secure the doors is still there, 35 years later.  The breadbox has an articulated sliding door which is cool and the original menu for holiday feasts is still inside the left door. I have loved her long but also neglected her. I cleaned the top half last summer to get a handle on the damage and it cleaned up better than I thought.  Sadly, she was full of mold, which I can’t be around unless it’s Brie, and fixing that drawer was going to be hell.  The original drawer front was inside with glass knobs in tact.  I had lots of dreams for us.  And in one look at Posie’s lovely study, I betrayed my old gal and a new dream began.

I am tired of the smell old wood furniture gives to textiles, a kind of sour, musty odor that I don’t like. I want drawers and doors that open and close properly and my time has become my most elusive and valuable commodity.  So off she went with an aging biker couple to a new life and I’m free and so is she. And the coffee table became the first in a series of new pieces.  I am planning on a new dresser soon and then at least one cabinet and the tall narrow cabinet. We shall see if a second cabinet is in the plan as the year unfolds.

I saw this yummy printed linen/rayon fabric at Joann’s about six weeks ago and I knew it was perfect for the autumn pillow covers. I had some unbleached linen that would go great on the back (I’m a total fan of being able to use the backs as art too) and this project was born.  Thank goodness I have a year!!  I have made a vow that all my pillow covers will have zippers from now on too, instead of whip stitching them closed.  Goodness that made a quick clean challenging.

I have plans for winter and spring/summer covers as well and new curtains.  I’m purging a lot from my life that I’ve been carting around and that has included old ideas too.  It’s been quite a busy summer as I work my tail off at work and home and while Mr. Furnace and I continue to work on things, mostly old concepts of what a relationship should or could be. I’m exhausted as I’ve mentioned more than once but excited and inspired.  plod plod plod

So, here is another teaser for items to come in the Etsy shop. I gotta come up with the money for all this, right?  You can see here another unmentioned project, my Samhain quilt top… Probably not ready until next Samhain, just in time to move to my new digs where ever they may be.  The pouches, Miss Mitty in her felted bed, a wooden box that will be the recipient of the recipe design on the sketch pad, and finally, one of the new pouches, both in fabric WIP and in sketch…  Life is good.  Now if only the small staph infection that is on the END OF MY NOSE would heal, things would be perfect.  Must have caught that from one of the unclean, unwashed masses at the yard sale.  Jeesh.

Something yummy this way comes

In the rare quiet times of a busy summer spent purging the house and working all the hours God/dess sends, I stitch.  I’ve been working on some pouches that I’m sure I mentioned earlier but can’t recall.  It is my intention to have all but the white pouch in my Etsy store within two weeks. There are two others in the works and they should be in the store within a month’s time.