Jet Black Quilt

I am having more fun with the Electric Quilt 8 program. This is another card from Crystal Portraits number two.

JET

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Years ago an Internet friend sent me a hardcover copy of A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession which I greatly enjoyed. In the story a brooch made of jet is featured and this card immediately reminded me of that. Jet is properly called lignite according to the card notes.

Jet was often used for mourning jewellery so can seem a bit spooky, apart from its dark colour. The association with bereavement is mentioned, but I liked that she talked about the “extreme powerlessness” that can accompany grief; it shakes you, shakes your confidence. There are other ideas in the write-up for this that I like. It’s supposed to be good for people who lack boundaries. A naturopath I went to told me I lacked boundaries so I was intrigued by this.

They use a sentence as a reminder in these decks that I like. This one says “there is a certain safety in darkness” which also holds true for me.

Today I received five little 5 mL tubes of Daniel Smith watercolours that I had special ordered. They cost on average $14 each plus $15 shipping. These were tiny, so I felt the price was pretty mean-spirited. I’m all for making a buck but this was robbery as the package measured about 2.5 inches square and was 5/8 of an inch deep. They are here and I am unlikely to beef up the 17 colours of Daniel Smith paints that I have since no one in Canada sells the small tubes online.

My big disappointment was that the Arthur Rackham Oracle that I ordered arrived, but he made a mistake and sent me the small deck instead of the jumbo/giant one I had purchased. He immediately rectified the mistake after I sent him photographs of the deck with a ruler showing the measurement. I can’t describe how this threw me for a loop, probably because I am planning to sew a quilted bag with crazy patchwork and charms and lace for the flap. My disappointment was absolutely soul-crushing, all out of proportion to the error.

I sat around in my nightie all day, trying to think why this upset me so. I don’t know, maybe the defeat of my anticipation?

It’s just a feeling. Hopefully tomorrow I will be recharged.

 

 

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New Year with Mr. Bright

Steve Bright had a great 2-card draw for the New Year so I decided to try it.

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Ace of Swords – Normally this is a great card for me, and it does represent good ideas and the power of thought and mental energy. I finished my hand-embroidered nightgown and my tree mural in the front hall and the rest of the year I felt dragged under by hopelessness, caught up in physical pain and depression. Part of that might have been because my Dad died, but still.

Instead of reaching for creativity I bogged down in painful, unhappy thoughts, my sword focused on whining words of defeat. I didn’t believe in myself, I let all that inspiration fizzle out, I didn’t carry through. What a horrible year it was.

The Chariot – Set out, guide my life, no one else will do it for me. This card of success and momentum carries me along. “The being is the doing” as James Ricklef says, describing how in the Being, we accomplish what we need. I like the focus and balance of the skateboarder in this. He’s racing along, unstoppable, yet enjoying the whole experience. It’s not a daydream of success that moves us along, it’s the small moments and acts, experiencing life and joy.

 

 

Discover the Path

PINK HEULANDITE

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I have never heard of this stone before. In the pairings she mentions vetiver and oregano as going well with this and I love the scent of both vetiver and oregano. “One discovers the path while walking it.” is the reminder with this card. It’s supposed to aid those who feel shy and awkward which suits me today as a neighbour has asked us over for a Christmas visit.

It provides a sense of where the person is going and why, linking seemingly disconnected aspects of life.

I just love the colours.

 

Vast, Mysterious, and Dreamy

Yes, it’s the Universe today!

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I was up until 4:30 a.m. upgrading and installing the Electric Quilt 8 program. I have version 6 on my old Windows laptop and it was frustrating me that I couldn’t just use it. Mostly these days I print off paper piecing miniature patterns or make graphics to use for other things as you can see here. I hated version 6, so this was pleasant to upgrade and I’ll try and use some of the other tools as well. It certainly saves a clearer block and the fabrics fill much, much better than in EQ6.

I also updated the Garmin Express software on the Mac computer and then updated my Garmin portable GPS device.

This stone really does look like the aurora borealis. Wouldn’t we all want a chunk of Labradorite? Of course. I bought myself a chrysocolla sphere for Christmas, after wanting one for 16 years. I never had the money but I was able to afford it now so I kept the dream and fulfilled it. One of the enchanted aspects of the Universe is that when you’re old there are still dreams to be had.

Always carry the ethereal quality of the Northern Lights with you.

 

 

The Ferric Impurities of the Season

CITRINE

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I have some citrine chips that I use when making jewellery but not a larger stone, so I loved this big picture. Citrine is composed of quartz with “ferric impurities” which explains it’s translucence and smoky look.

What I liked about the write-up on the back of the card was the noted ideal pairings of cinnamon, gold, and frankincense, making this a great tie-in to the Christmas season. Citrine is good for “finding the energy to address blockages in projects or group dynamics.” You can build unselfish devotion to your own needs and self-worth. Definitely something I can use, as I’m bogged down on all my projects and feeling blahsville.

As part of self-care I decided to look around for Christmas ornaments. I couldn’t find the big Santa I’ve been looking for, and the pattern I bought to sew one last year didn’t quite work out, so I bought a used, uncut McCalls sewing pattern for a 15-inch Santa and some sheep locks to make his beard. They will be mailed after Christmas but hopefully I can get one sewn for next year.

When we were out yesterday I found this little fellow in a store. He’s a tree ornament, but much too big for my tabletop tree, so he thought he’d roister about those presents under the tree (which are fake), and because he’s on a spring, he likes to dance and wobble to Christmas carols. As you do.

I think he has some gold embroidery on his bag, making him vitally interested in Citrine.

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He’s also super excited because my Arthur Rackham Oracle has shipped. Good season to you!

 

 

 

The Spirit Within Crystals and Colour

Finally, my two Crystal Portraits decks arrived yesterday. Worth the wait, I thought I’d do a small colour exercise with the Spirit Within Tarot and some of the new crystal cards. Because I can. Because it’s Saturday and I just finished a playing card jigsaw even though my arm hurts, and so I can fiddle with my cards.

There is nothing better than a rummage through cards.

FIVE OF SWORDS
HEMATITE
HOWLITE

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Actually I do find Howlite relevant here because of the anguish of the person in the background of the Five of Swords, and Howlite’s properties for helping people with PTSD. It calms haunting energies and anxiety. Due to an attack that happened to me when I was 18, I do have PTSD, which flared up after a horrible incident at the job I had before I retired for good. Nightmares and other things. Both Hematite and Howlite refer to being patient, to calming temper.

You are where you are, this is what you’ve got, but nothing is wrong, it’s just the way you think about it. Did I lose the battle or did I simply find a way to be tranquil? I like the thought of art with Hematite because red ochre comes from it, and that was used for cave painting. Even in the Hermitage as I call it, or the cave, I can be creative and enjoy life.

I can also enjoy starting a digital jigsaw from the montage I made yesterday of The Arthur Rackham Oracle. Arthur knows about art.

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Ain’t so bad Rock here in the quietude of the Hermitage.

 

 

Another Deck Gift for Me

Boy, this has been a tough year. My parents’ 75th anniversary would have been this weekend, but at least their ashes are together again in the sea.

I’ve been buying a few treats, I think discouragement and depression about the chronic pain I experience is causing it. I vow to reform my scandalous spending by the end of the year. I was deliciously bad and bought The Arthur Rackham Oracle by Doug Thornsjo in the jumbo size for myself. I don’t think it will get here before Christmas, so it will be a nice New Year’s 2018 gift.

After doing that I downloaded the ePub version of Peer Gynt with the Rackham illustrations. I’ve loved the music of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite for years, but I’ve never wanted to read the Henrik Ibsen book so I figured I would rectify that; several of the Peer Gynt illustrations are in this deck, so it was relevant that I do so.

Anyway, we need a visual eh wot?

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Positive thinking and art etcetera.