Monday, May 4, 2015

What's New

You may remember that I made a Celtic goddess peg doll back in January as a special request. The same person asked for a stag king. He is now finished and ready to greet the world. There are many examples of stag kings, AKA the Horned God in Europe. He is a nature god of the hunt and the cyclic year, the embodiment of fertility and masculine power.  Some call him Cerununnos.

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He lives and dies each and every year.  Born at the winter solstice, he mates in the spring at Beltane with the goddess and dies at Halloween or Samhain.  




I have chosen to give him antler horns, sometimes he has ram or bovine horns.  He holds a staff and a snake.  Around his neck is a torc, a male neck adornment and symbol of power.  He is dressed in green with a brown cape and a Celtic knot.






He is dressed in green with a brown cape and a Celtic knot at his waist. His hair is long and wild. Here is a photo of the Cerununnos on a Celtic cauldron.




Every year I create a design in my garden from ocean beach rocks.  I have done labyrinths, spirals, hearts and a medicine wheel.  Since I have Celtic theme going this year in the dolls I am making i decided to do a Celtic knot.  This is a trinity Celtic knot representing the 3 fold nature of the goddess-maiden, mother and crone; or the human-mind, body spirit; or in Christianity-the father, son and holy spirit.


By the way, that is a patch of day lilies in the upper corner.



What else have I been working on? Here is a sample of things I have made for swaps (Read about swaps HERE.














Witches are probably the most popular thing in my Etsy shop.  After a long hard winter I made spring witches with embroidered pussy willows and snow drops.









And a Turquoise witch in the largest peg size:







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Friday, February 20, 2015

Swaps

I recently participated in a swap for the Facebook Group, Fairies and Gnomes Handwork. Have you heard of swap groups?

The idea is that you create 6 items or sets worth a specified amount ($15-25) and receive 6 items or sets in return. Each swap has a theme that generally goes along with the season or holiday, but not always. You have a month or so to craft and stay in contact with the other members of the swap through posts and photos on the group page, email or messenger.  By the deadline date you package up you efforts and send it off  to the hostess who organizes everything, repackages and sends you back your new items  Fun!.



I do not have small children at home but I will have grandchildren one day so I participate for them. I have a nice little stash of handcrafted playthings made of natural materials in the Waldorf tradition. For those with young children this is a great way to acquire a variety of items for a seasonal display, storytelling, creative play or nature table.





The theme of this swap was gnomes and the item or set needed to be worth $20-25.  I chose to do peg doll gnomes and mushrooms.  These spring gnomes are slightly smaller and more slender than most of the gnomes in my shop conveying the new growth of spring.  They stand 4 inches tall with their hats and the mushrooms are around 3 inches.






Below are the addresses for the groups I am familiar with although there are probably more.

Yahoo Group

Bits of Goodness: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Bitsofgoodness/info


Facebook Groups

Festivals By Hand: https://www.facebook.com/groups/festivalsbyhand/?ref=bookmarks

Waldorf Swap Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/waldorfswapclub/?ref=bookmarks

Fairies and Gnomes Handwork:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1378380559112213/?ref=bookmarks

Earth Mama Swap: https://www.facebook.com/groups/827392397301586/?ref=bookmarks

Fairytale Swaps: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fairytaleswaps/?ref=bookmarks

Creative Expressions Swap Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/749676275060547/?ref=bookmarks

Two Little Gnomes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/twolittlegnomes/


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Bridgit, Celtic Goddess


Bridgit (or Bride, Brigid, Brigantia, etc., her name has many spellings) is a goddess in the Celtic tradition, a tradition I am much drawn to as I wrote in my previous post..  Her name means fiery arrow.




Her color is predominately shades of green and her planet is the sun.




Here she is dressed in green garments embellished with embroidery, semi-precious beads and Celtic metal symbols.  Her hair is fiery auburn.




She holds an oak branch, her sacred tree.  Soon her feast day will be celebrated on February 2- Imbolc.




I chose her name for my Etsy shop and this blog because she is the patroness of creativity and inspiration.  She is  a triple goddess of healing, poetry and metal crafts.  She presides over all elements but especially fire and water.  There are many sacred wells dedicated to her in the Celtic world.  Read more about her HERE.

Although it has been on my mind to create goddess dolls, she was completed due to an inquiry to my Etsy shop.  I always enjoy getting requests and special orders as inspiration comes in many forms.



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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Celtic Witch


In January everything slows down including Etsy orders.  This gives me time to work on designs and ideas that have been in the back of my mind.




This witch is from the Celtic tradition, dressed in shades of green with a Celtic Knot charm on her hat.  The embroidery echos the knot design and the semi-precious chips are aventurine and carnelian- colors often seen in Celtic images.












Source: Google Images
My ancestors came from Great Britten and France.  Celtic imagery is very powerful for me.  My Etsy shop and this blog are named after the great goddess Bridgit (Bride, Brigid, etc.) with ties to the ancient understanding of witchcraft: wisdom, transformation, healing.





I was happy to find this shade of auburn wool locks for her hair on Etsy.   It is beautiful.





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Holiday Workbench


What defines the Holiday season for your and your family?

Opening the Advent calendar each day?

Baking cookies to swap?

Lighting the Menorah?

Drinking eggnog?

Making candles for the Winter Solstice?

Making tree ornaments and trimming the tree?

Shopping?

Midnight church services on Dec 24?



For many it is attending a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.


Source: Google Images

Wikipedia states: 

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.


As I thought about this upcoming holiday season I wanted to make a Christmas fairy and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies came to mind. 

Source: Google Images

I have seen several productions of the Nutcracker, both professional and student and it is wonderful. The music and dancing lift one up above the crass commercialism that can mar the Holiday Season.

So I set to making a pair of Nutcracker fairies in cranberry and green,  I think I will make them traditional red and green as well.












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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Europe

I will be in Europe visiting my daughter till October 16th and my Etsy shop is temporarily closed.  Happy Autumn!





Alice On the Rhine





Friday, August 15, 2014

The Colors of Autumn

It has not been a hot summer here in New England and that is just fine with me.  This week it is even cooler reminding one that Autumn is coming.


Yellow the bracken, Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples, crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside, clouds grey and white
Autumn good morning, summer goodnight.
-F Hoatson


The colors of autumn are so beautiful-all the shades of red, orange, gold and brown.  I have been wanting to make a female gnome to go with my bearded gnomes I make, although who knows if they do have a gender.  I have some luscious fall colors in wool felt and some wooden buttons and metal charms in the shapes of leaves.  I am also signed up for several autumn swaps in some Facebook groups I belong to.  Click HEREand HERE for more info.  So I set to work imagining how the females are garmented.  Pictured are matching pairs.






Gnomes are the earth-dwelling elemental beings of myth and folklore.  There are also fire spirits- salamanders; water spirits- nixies or mermaids; and air spirits-syphs.  Read more about these beings by clicking on this article: The Four Elemental Beings by William R Mistele


I placed Mr and Ms Gnome amidst the moss and mushrooms in my yard.  I believe they eat a lot of mushrooms!




The acorns are falling in record numbers!  We have a number of large oak trees on our property so the squirrels and chipmunks are happy.



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