Archive | June 3, 2013

DIY Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Cool thing to do with left over wire

Diary of a Mad Crafter

My sister and I have fell in love with these bracelets, as they actually fit our freakishly thin wrists. You can buy them in the stores (but they can be really expensive–so we leave that to our boys to buy for us….just kiddingggg 😉 ). We took a look at the one my sister had, and decided it could totally be DIYable. The wire we purchased (pictured below) worked pretty well, though misshaped a tiny bit. Next time, we actually want to try wire hangers! They’ve got the stability that’s needed, and won’t wear over time. So when we do try that, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Here’s the wire we got–purchased from Hobby Lobby.adjustbangle1

We started by cutting about 14 inches of the wire (though for our wrists we needed something like 12 inches. We bent the wire upward on one side (just less than an…

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Liebster award

Thank you so much Charlotte!

She has a great blog, please check it out. This arrived on my birthday and I wasn’t feeling very birthdayish, so thank you again.

liebster_thumb1. I must detail 11 random facts about myself
2. Answer 11 questions from Charlotte
3. Pass the torch by nominating 11 other bloggers (or however many you can/would like to!)
4. Devise 11 questions for my nominees
5. Display the Liebster Award Logo

11 facts about me, Yikes!

1. I speak English, Latin, Gaelic and ASL and can read occasionally Swedish and Spanish. Some well some I need to practice on.

2. I have the first two volumes of Harry Potter in Latin, all in British English and American English, the first volume in Gaelic

3. I’m the oldest child in my family and there are only my sister and I left of my immediate family.

4. I’m a Double Gemini with a grand water trine and 5 planets in Cancer and Earth is my favourite element to work with.

5. I love tea and absolutely loathe coffee.

6. I enjoy chasing down my ancestry and have my mom’s line back to Scotland in the 1200’s and know that some of them came over with William the Conquerer from Normandy and that even though my Scottish grandmother married a Swede there were probably plenty of Norse/Swedes in the woodpile before that.

7. I may be my own cousin somewhere because I have MacGregors and MacFarlanes on both sides.

8. Two of my TOILA sisters and fellow druids may be my distant cousins too.

9. We have a Daguerreotype of Sojourner Truth in a family photo album from the late 1800’s and I have no idea why other than several obituaries say they were abolishionists.

10. I’m always in fear there won’t be another story until the next one appears in my head.

11. I’ve had a computer at home since the early 1990’s and it amazes me that my phone has more memory than my first very expensive computer.

My 11 Questions for my Nominees:

1. What is your favourite quote or motto?

I don’t really have a favourite quote at the moment. It changes all the time. Maybe my clan’s unofficial slogan? “Thogail nam bo theid sinn” To lift cattle we shall go.
2. Do you sing in the shower or recite poetry?

I sing anywhere I can get away with it and not disturb people.

3. What is the ringtone on your phone (either mobile or landline)?
Touch the Sky from Brave

4. Describe your dream home?
A tree house or log cabin in the woods with an herb garden and a garden a lot like the Heart Town Witch’s garden.

5. What made you start blogging?
My brother was had brain cancer and wanted me to follow him on his Livejournal blog and I had just started writing the BunniHoTep stories and he wanted me to share them with his friends. He also wanted me to have a community after he was gone and he gave me the gift of many wonderful friends. Now you can’t shut me up.

6. What book are you currently reading?
I just started Beautiful Creatures and I have to say so far. I’m not terribly impressed.

7. What are you avoiding doing by answering these questions?
Writing a post for the Feminism and Religion blog about the Heiromum and my Pagan Blog Project post which I think is going to be about Keeping Vigil

8. What is the most obscure piece of trivia you can share?
An elephant’s truck can hold 4 liters of water?

9. Favourite music and why?
Celtic/Scottish, Show tunes/movie soundtracks from my favourite movies, folk songs, camp songs. I was raised on Scottish music and broadway show tunes. And I’m an old folkie from the 60’s and sang a lot of camp songs when I was working at camps. And of course, pagan music

10. Do you have a favourite item of clothing and why?
Favourite item of clothing is hard. Any number of t-shirts. black pants and button down shirts and a vest, maybe? I’m a double gemini and subject to change at any moment.

11. Do you believe in alternative therapies? Why/why not?

Some, I’ve tried acupressure and acupuncture, Reiki, various other energy work, Homeopathy. If it works and isn’t too weird I’ll try it at least once.

11 questions for my nominees:

1. Have you ever had your full astrological chart done? Why or WHy not?

2. When was the last time you took a walk in nature and what did you see?

3. Have you ever had a familiar and what was it?

4. Favourite photograph you have ever taken.

5. Favourite place to visit

6. What do you like to write best? Poetry, prose, stories?

7. What’s your favourite comfort food?

8. Which would you rather live in? Suburb, city, country, forest, prarie and why?

9. Which would you rather be in? Earthquakes or tornadoes or hurricanes and why?

10. Summer, spring, winter or fall and why?

11. tea or coffee or something else?


The Purple Broom


The Ditsy Druid

The Lady Imbrium

Feminism and religion


Searching for Brigid

Journeying to the Goddess


Brighde’s bright heart

I’m sorry if I missed anyone. I love so many blogs

Matadalon learns to change

Matadalon sat on a branch, The branch was the mottled gray and tan of the sycamore and he was having trouble deciding what he was going to be because Matadalon was a chameleon and chameleons are supposed to reflect what they are sitting on.


Gray or tan or maybe silver? Or maybe the green of the leaves? Or maybe he should just move over to that oak over there or over to that nice hibiscus… He was paralyzed with indecision. This is not a good thing for a chameleon. If he didn’t change soon he might get eaten and he had seen a hawk pass overhead awhile ago.


Matadalon crouched down and tried to think but the more he thought about it the more he was scared and frightened and couldn’t decide. Matadalon felt silly too. The other chameleons didn’t think about how to change. They just did it. They made fun of him or offered bits of useless advice that didn’t help when he started to follow it. And so he sat immovable on this branch.


He finally decided a light gray might do and he started to change to a silvery gray and stopped… What if it was better to be tan? Maybe a mix of the two colours? He was stopped halfway between the green he had been and the silvery gray. Now what?


Maty’s mother had been watching this from farther up the tree and was properly hidden in a mix of tan, silver and green. Maty’s mother shook her head and twirled her eyes. She had many children and none of them ever had a problem changing but Matadalon. Matadalon had to think and study everything before he could make a choice. This was not necessarily a bad thing and in fact, she wished some of her other children would think a bit more before they acted but she loved Matadalon, her thinking child and was proud of him. She needed to find a way to help him. What could she do?


Matadalon was crouched down and thinking when he felt a soft finger stroke his back and he felt himself change. He looked down at his legs and saw that they were a perfect match for the branch he was lying on. He looked up and saw a woman whose skin was a pattern of greens and blues and browns and tans all over her body. She had stars in her hair and really calm blue eyes like the waters of the sea that weren’t far away. She looked kind as he felt her finger down his back. 


“Who are you? And how did you know I needed help” Matadalon asked.


“My name is Gaia and any chameleon that takes that long to change probably needs a little help.” She smiled down at him. “What made you take so long?”


Matadalon looked around to make sure none of his siblings were around. “I’m scared to change. What if I do it wrong?” Maty whispered. “None of my brothers and sisters have this problem, just me.” Maty said softly and sadly.


Gaia looked at him kindly. “Matadalon, if you don’t learn to change you could get hurt. See that big hawk up there?” Gaia pointed to the frustrated bird who had lost his prey. “You were almost someone’s lunch. Sometimes it’s good to think things through and sometimes you just have to trust you will change the right way and do it.”


“Really?” Maty said, he wasn’t quite sure he believed it. How could that be true? To change without thinking? Was it really that simple?”


“Yes, it’s really that simple. Change is part of life. We make changes every second we are alive. And the big changes can scare us terribly but you have to change because everyone else is changing too. This tree is changing every minute it is alive and so are you.”


“Oh,” said Maty. “How do I know if I need to think about it or just do it?”


“Sometimes you can’t know and sometimes you can?” said Gaia.


“That’s not very helpful.” muttered Maty.


“I know.” laughed the Goddess. “But that’s a part of life and growing too but I’ll give you a hint. If it means you don’t get eaten or hurt, it’s probably a good change.” 


“But I can think about it sometimes? Matadalon looked up at Gaia.


“For the big things, like moving a nest but not for little things like matching a branch. Can you do that, Matadalon? Gaia looked at Matadalon kindly but firmly.


Maty looked thoughtful for a moment and decided he could do that. “Yes,” he said and looked the Goddess straight in the eye for the first time. “I can do that.”


“Good, be brave, Maty. I know you can do it.” Gaia leaned down and gave him a kiss which made all his colours change  to her colours and back. Gaia laughed and was gone.


Matadalon’s mother sighed a sigh of relief. Matadalon was going to be alright.


Maty lay on his branch, he could do this, he could really do this.



She changes everything she touches

And everything she touches changes…

Change is, touch is, touch is, change is

Change us! Touch us! Touch us! Change us!


Everything lost is found again

In a new form, in a new way.

Everything hurt is healed again

In a new life, in a new day.


From the Kore Chant in the Spiral Dance by Starhawk


Today’s reading


The Star

The power of universal lore is at work here, either within the individual or permeating a web of circumstance that will bring profound change and new spiritual hope. The Star of prophetic guidance and inspirational knowledge has risen and will guide you on your forthcoming journey through the forest.

Hold this ancient and basic truth near the core of your being and navigate by it and you cannot go far wrong. It is there as a talisman as well as a symbol of the universal cycle of nature.

Whenever you are feeling lost in the dark labyrinth of life, remember that you are formed by the same laws and primal matter that bind The Star together and fuel its giant heart.

Drawing The Star card signifies a renewal of spiritual energy, cleansing and healing, a revitalised sense of direction, guidance from your ‘lucky star’, an intuitive knowledge of your destiny.

[We consist of atoms and particles like stars. The most ancient symbol of life and death in European culture is the cup and ring mark, and this is the shape made by stars forming themselves in the cosmos. This shape itself clarifies why The Star card is linked to the Aces-from nothing, something is formed, i.e. 0 becomes one.]