Tag Archive | arts and crafts

Hecate puppet urges

These are the ones I’ve already made:

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This is Lady Olivia – one of the founders of the Fellowship of Isis, she couldn’t be at one of our Heirophant consecrations so she came and read the Manifesto.

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This is my Brighid puppet

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I’m getting the urge to make puppets again. This time it’s Hecate and I’ve ordered beads from Oriental Trading Company’s bead store because they have good hand blown glass beads for what I want to do.

Now I just need to get some black material and some felt and go from there. I already have mixed gray yarn for hair and I need to make her dogs out of felt. Then I will see what I need to do from there.

I used to make hand puppets all the time when I was at camp and I have no images of those but they are fun and easy and only need basic embroidery skills so kids can do them.

Arts and Crafts fun stuff

I’ve been colouring for years so it amuses me when all of a sudden it is the new “In” thing to do. So I thought I would give some advice from an old Arts and Crafts Director.

Buy good coloured pencils, they will last longer and in adult colouring books are much easier to colour with in small spaces. Crayons just do not work in small spaces much as we love the back to school scent of a box of new crayons. Markers do not last as long and can dry up especially if the humidity in your area is very low or some helpful child leaves the cap off.

I have a set of over 100 Prismacolour coloured pencils that are usually on sale at this time of year for back to school. I’m a coloured pencil/crayon fiend and the more colours I have the better. I also have a set that if they are wetted become water colours. Very fun. You will need a good sharpener. Several years ago I took illustration classes from a woman that used them for illustrations for books at a graphic arts convention. She had a lot of techniques that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Check out the local Adult Ed center at your community college. There really is an art to using them well.

To find oodles of inexpensive colouring books log on to Amazon. Dover has a whole line of colouring books that they are just starting to label adult but I’ve been getting Dover colouring books for over 30 years. Most are under $5 and are on so many different subjects that you ought to be able to find something interesting. I have several of their stained glass ones and nature ones and I just got one on Goddesses. There are 40 pages on Amazon. This doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. You can be all set up for under $10.

http://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_14?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=dover+adult+coloring+books&sprefix=Dover+adult+co%2Caps%2C182

They are great for airports and layovers. Because the books are thin and box of coloured pencils don’t take up much room. I love the tarot deck I coloured I just wish Fiona still made them.

Whheee! I did a search and the deck is back in print for $21. I heartily recommend them. I really got into the meaning of the cards by choosing the colours and delving deeper into how they interacted with me. http://www.daughtersofthemoon.com/cards.htm.

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I’m going to help teach A&C at our reunion this year. I’m bringing things mostly for the adults as well as volunteering to buy the dye for tie dye. The last few years I wasn’t really interested to doing anything with A&C I still had a certain amount of burn out. This time I’m bringing seed beads and fishing line so we can do some friendship bracelets and some special silk dyes for painting silk scarves. The mailman is going to hate me because I’m ordering all on Amazon. It’s really hard now to get pretty colours of RIt dye. It used to be in every supermarket now they have black if you are lucky. I’m ordering rainbow colours and some Hanes tshirts. You can get silk scarves from Michaels and Amazon. A lot of the art supply places have gone out of business the last few years.

I’m going to have fun ordering on payday.

I’m going to try to learn something new, oy!

I’ve decided I want to learn another craft so I ordered crochet hooks and some yarn and a Kindle book on how to do it. There’s no one left in the family who knows how and no one close by as far as I know, knows how to do it. I just talked to a work friend and it turns out she wants to learn too and neither of us knew the other was thinking about it so we decided the first one to figure it out shows the other if possible.

So hopefully I can figure it out and it’s easier than the knitting class I failed in 7th grade which is my personal annus horriblis. That was the year our CampFire Leader and our parents decided to send us to Charm School, knitting classes and Bowling and I failed at all of them and failed big.  And that doesn’t even cover how awful school was my first year in Junior High.

Webb’s Charm School for a baby dyke was a unique form of torture and I really didn’t care how to float up and down stairs like a lady and I had just started to finally grow and had no control over various gangly body parts and the finale fashion show was falling flat on my face in front of the whole dept store audience in an outfit I looked terrible in, a peach sweater and skirt set that made me look yellow. I couldn’t walk with a book on my head nor did I want to do it. I’m sure we were presented with other things to learn how to be ladies but I have blocked it out. We puny 7th graders were sent with a 9th grade troop that loved to lord it over us and teased us that they were swans and we were the ugly ducklings. It was 8 weeks of hell at Glendale’s chi chi dept store that’s only saving grace for me was that they carried Pendeleton products.

This was followed by knitting lessons by a woman that insisted we learn by watching what she was doing and I can’t learn that way. I finally took the book home and followed the pictures and ended up knitting one awful pink slipper. I hate pink, she picked the colours and they must have been what was on sale up stairs in the Sears notion section. She kept yelling at me for not learning which really didn’t help. I hated the old trout. The only good thing about the whole fiasco was access to the candy and nut counter on meeting days. It’s the only place I know that sold mothball candy.

And Bowling is not where you send the kid with no depth perception. It was 8 weeks of futility with a final exam of 2 games. I had a combined score of 11. When you can’t see in a dark bowling alley you have no colour clues as to distance. I failed miserably. I do not bowl, ever! Grand Central Bowl doesn’t exist anymore and it was down the street from Grand Central Airport that was Amelia Earhart’s airfield which I thought was very cool and is now a historical landmark.

So, I have decided to learn to crochet, heaven help me.