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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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.

 

 

Katie Rose Inks Along

I bought deck 1 and 2 of Crystal Portraits by Katie Rose Pipkin. On Etsy she goes by the name of Peony Coin Archer in an unfathomable obfuscation, but after further exploration online I found that Katie Rose is her real name. She also drew and published The Efflorescent Tarot, which is one I missed.

Oh, she does lovely pen and ink work and likes cats, who would be better for inspiration? Until I’m dead I look for inspiring artists to buy cards and books from.

You get 25 cards in each deck and the information on each crystal is on the back. The fact that these are inked and coloured (with coloured pencil I think) was what set me off. This could mean drawing my own little set of gemstones and crystals juxtaposed with cat figurines perhaps, or art supplies. You’ve got to work such things in some way or other for maximum pleasure.

Here is a snippet from her shop of the two decks.

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I’m not sure when these will ship but it’s nice to have ordered them, along with the Cryptic Cards for Christmas. Incidentally, Katie Rose designed a moth generator on the computer, samples of which can be seen online. I thought it was quite synchronistic that I bought her decks with Immy Smith’s moth playing cards.

Yeah, it’s a big, old coincidence, a big, fat synchronistic extravaganza, or I’m not a moth lover, by gum arabic.

 

 

Delete, Reorder, Edit

I have spent two days re-jigging my main blogs. I was using a discontinued template that did not have support for other devices and certain widgets. So I updated to a newer template and resized my headers and uploaded new background tiles.

On one blog I had about 300 posts going back 10 years. I deleted a bunch of categories, tags, and images and deleted and edited posts. I’ve got it tidied up and looking clean and crisp, reflecting my current interests, but still retaining a focus on art, crafts, and books.

This card blog is more of a problem since I have about 1900 posts going back 10 years. What to do? I started by cleaning up the categories and going through each of the posts and changing its category and sometimes editing old information and links. That makes it easier to find things and read the categories. As well, I left a Search box so people can search for a particular card or deck.

I don’t want to obliterate the flavour or information on the blog, but it needs tidying up. I might be deleting a few more posts as time goes on. After that I can delete old images and tags. Whew.

And here is a card to help me along the way:

From the fantastic Art Oracles, Yayoi Kusama is here to tell me about hallucinations. Remember, you can create bold happenings and big ideas, even if it takes time.

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