Saturday, 23 September 2017

Mabon Magic

The autumn equinox arrived with a beautiful sunny day. This is when the nights start becoming longer than the days. On the Wiccan wheel of the year this time is known as Mabon (the next one is Samhain followed by Yule). I love this time of the year, with all it’s bounty and wonderful colours. 

I began the day by changing the background on my computer screen to one with autumn leaves in glorious orange shades. I do this every time the season changes - it may sound mundane, but it's a nice techy way to start things off! Then we set off to the usual Friday grocery shopping. I wanted to pop in to the local charity shop on the way, to see if I could find some autumn inspired trinket to mark the season. My eyes were drawn immediately to this pretty carved box. Beautfully made, the two carved stripes of foliage on top seemed to represent the equal lengths of day and night so well.

Anyway, it came home with me to be treasured and will hold some beady bits and bobs on my workdesk. I also found some cute handmade glass toadstools in the same shop - and will make two lots of earrings with them. The universe sometimes hands you some special little gifts - along with the odd curve ball! 

I’m planning to make something in autumn shades next, which will be in contrast to the pinks and blues in the macramé necklace I’ve just completed. 

Putting a splash of lime green in this was a good choice I think, as it makes a pleasing contrast with the other colours. More pictures on my Folksy shop listing at 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Vintage treasures

Mr J and I have started to stroll off to the local car boot on a Thursday. As well as the nice long walk there, it’s fun rummaging for ‘treasures’. Usually we are not hunting for anything in particular, but last week I mentioned to Mr J that I wanted a pretty little pot to keep beading tools in. I’ve recently been learning how to bead crochet and the little hand painted pot that he discovered in a box of bric a brac looks lovely with all my pastel coloured crochet hooks in. My workspace has evolved over the years to include all kinds of pretty bijouterie!

Talking of vintage treasures, I recently picked up a pretty ‘Stratton’ compact in the local charity shop to add to my growing collection.

The colour scheme is so pretty that it has inspired a new macramé piece in just those colours. 

My little brass tortoise reminds me to take my time and make my work neat and tidy. He does the job so well and Mr J hasn't had a single pin in his foot since I picked him up on Ebay!