Saturday, 4 August 2012

Create a plane ticket for journal

Hi everyone :0)

While browsing the net I came across a fabulous site concerning props!

A link within this site took me to another site that enables you to create your own flight ticket!!
Wow! Great for journals or blogging.
Below is a sample I made.
Please click on the ticket to fly you to the site.

Have fun 

love & light

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Dollirium Art Doll Emporium.. my dolls attending


Dollirium Art Doll Emporium is currently looking for artists from around the world for their autumn show 'The Great Doll Harvest' which runs from September 9th - October 20th 2012. If you are, or know someone who is an Art Doll Artist who may be interested in applying, please pass this message along! 

What are the bonuses of showcasing your work at Dollirium Art Doll Emporium? Well, besides having your work showcased alongside some of the best Art Doll Artists in the industry, you will also have your work featured on our website: allowing a chance for international buyers, art lovers and artists to see and purchase your work. We will also promote your work on our Facebook fan page, and hey, maybe we will use some of your work in an ad for the gallery (it's been known to happen).

In order to apply; all we ask is for you to send us photos of your work, or a link to your website to: and let us know what country you are from. 

Our DEADLINE for submissions is by 11:59pm on Friday August 3rd 2012.

Located at 1 Cliftonvale Ave. London, Ontario Canada. 

Gallery Hours are 11am-7pm 

Contact: (519) 675-0111 for more information.

All chosen participants will have their names appear on this poster!

Received this today:

Hello Tracey-Anne,
Thank you for submitting to Dollirium's new show titled 'The Great Doll Harvest'. 
This show begins on Sept 9th 2012 and runs until October 20th 2012. 
We would like to formally invite you to join us as an artists for the show.

How Kool is that! So excited :0)

love & light

Blessings on Lughnasadh

Happy Lammas/Lughnasadh

Lammas is a Pagan holiday, often called Lughnasadh,
celebrating the first harvest and the reaping of grain.
It is a cross-quarter holiday halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha)
and the Autumnal Equinox (Mabon). In the northern hemisphere,
Lammas takes place around August 1 with the Sun near the midpoint of Leo
 in the tropical zodiac, while in the southern hemisphere Lammas is celebrated around February 1
 with the Sun near the midpoint of Aquarius. On the Wheel of the Year,
it is opposite Imbolc, which is celebrated on February 2 in the northern hemisphere,
and late July / early August in the southern hemisphere.

In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day
(Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mass, "loaf-mas"), the festival of the wheat harvest,
and is the first harvest festival of the year.
On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop,
which began to be harvested at Lammastide. The loaf was blessed,
and in Anglo-Saxon England it might be employed afterwards to work magic:
A book of Anglo-Saxon charms directed that the lammas bread be broken into four bits,
which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain.
 In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat
 to their landlords on or before the first day of August.
In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly,
it is called "the feast of first fruits".

In mediæval times the feast was sometimes known in England and Scotland
as the "Gule of August", but the meaning of "gule" is unclear.

In the medieval agricultural year, Lammas also marked the end of the hay
 harvest that had begun after Midsummer. At the end of hay-making a sheep would be
loosed in the meadow among the mowers, for him to keep who could catch it.

In Scotland, the first cut of the harvest was made on Lammas Day,
 in a ritual called the “Iolach Buana”.
It was often called "Bilberry Sunday.” Bilberries (or blaeberries),
close relatives of the American blueberry, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children,
so it was very important to gather and share them with the community.
The entire family dressed in their finest clothing
 and went to the fields. The head of the family would lay his bonnet on the ground
and cut the first handful of grain with a sickle. He would then twirl it around his head
three times while thanking the god of the harvest "for corn and bread, food and flocks,
wool and clothing, health and strength, and peace and plenty.”
This was the day to climb the nearest "Lughnasadh Hill" and gather the earth’s
freely-given gifts of the little black berries, which might be worn as special garlands
or gathered in baskets to take home to make jam, bilberry wine, “frahghan cakes”
or simply mashed with cream. And some bilberries were also left behind
on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old,
 almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Britain.

Like many Christian holidays, Lammas is actually derived
from the ancient Celtic harvest holiday Lughnasadh, also spelled Lughnasad,
Lughnassad and Lughnasa. It is named after Lugh, the Irish/Celtic sun god.

It is thought by some to be the funeral or wake of Lugh, the sun king,
whose light is now beginning to dwindle. A more correct interpretation, however,
 is that it was established by Lugh to commemorate the life of his foster mother,
Tailtiu, the goddess of agriculture who died while clearing the Irish forests in preparation for planting.

Lughnasadh was a traditional time for hand fasting, a temporary marriage. Couples would join hands through a hole in a stone, wall or gate, and plight their troth for a year and a day.
If the hand fasting did not work out, the couple returned to next year’s gathering and officially
separated by standing back to back and walking away from each other.

In early Ireland, Lughnasadh involved great tribal assemblies, with trading, feasting, music and games, and crafters displaying their wares. Right up to the middle of this century, English country people celebrated the harvest at revels, wakes, and fairs – and some still continue today. It was usually celebrated on the nearest Sunday to August 1st, so that a whole day could be set aside from work.

Rural folk sang and danced jigs and reels and held uproarious sporting contests and races. In some places, a woman—or an effigy of one—was crowned with summer flowers and seated on a throne, with garlands strewn at her feet. Dancers whirled around her, touching her garlands or pulling off a ribbon for good luck. In this way, perhaps, the ancient goddess of the harvest was still remembered with honor.

ACTIVITIES & RITUALS: Giving Thanks for the Harvest of both physical and spiritual gains; The time of reaping what one has sown; Giving thanks to the Mother for her bounty upon the Earth; Marking and mourning the 'death' of the God, and the Spirit of the grain; Rituals of Releasing and Sacrificing what one wants to get rid of; Harvesting & Baking Breads; Offerings of the Produce and Grain Harvest being blessed and/or thrown into the fire; Grains being woven and braided into Goddess symbols; Corn Dollys and Grain Mothers; Doing Rituals and Spell Workings for Prosperity, Protection and the continued Fruition of Goals.


GODS: Lugh, The Sun God, The Oak/Holly King, Adonis, Dionysus, Tammuz,

GODDESSES: Demeter/Ceres, Persephone, Habadonia, Sif, Hathor, Cerridwen

FOODS: All Grains, Breads, Corn, Apples (Sacred to Lugh), Early Summer Fruits and Vegetables, Summer Squash, Ciders, Ales & Wines, Berries, Grapes, Plums, Pommegranites (Pesephone), Preserves, Jams, Tarts and Pies, Honey

COLORS: Red, Yellow, Orange, Gold, Copper, Bronze, Brown, Tan- the colors of the Sun, and of Grain

SYMBOLS & DECORATIONS: Corn Dollys, Grain mothers, Braided Grains, Wheat Stalks, Corn, Threshing Tools, Scythe, Sickle, Summer Vegetables and Squashes, Dried Herbs and Flowers, Candles, Cornicopias,

TOOLS: The Athame

TAROT: Pentacles

STONES: Carnelian, Amber, Citrine, Tourmaline, Tiger's Eye, Brown Agate, Desert Rose, Red, Brown, Rutilated and Lepordskin Jasper,

INCENSE: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Musk, Rose,

HERBS: Acacia, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Cumin, Curry, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Myrrh,

FLOWERS: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Marigolds, Daisies, Heather, Rose, Chammomile, Passionflower, Hollyhock,

TREES: Oak, Mistletoe, Cedar, Mytle, Rosewood, Madrone


Harvest fruits and vegetables from your garden, or pay a visit to a Farmer's Market

Make Jams, Sauces or Wines

Harvest herbs for use in charms and rituals

Make a Grain Weaving or a Corn Dolly

Kindle a Lammas fire with sacred woods and herbs

Sacrifice bad habits and unwanted things from your life by throwing them into the Sabbat fire.

Bake an Apple Pie or Berry Cobbler

Visit a Craft or Barter Faire or simply have an afternoon of crafting, by yourself or with friends, in honor of Lugh, the Master Craftsman God.

Attend an early Harvest Festival

Go Wine Tasting or host your own by having each of your friends come over for a Pot Luck Dinner and Wine Tasting

Try a new recipe for cooking your favorite summer vegetables- or try a new vegetable

Make a Sabbat Altar indoors or out

Try a new recipe for a Sabbat Oil or Incense

Go to a farm to pick apples or berries

Take a drive into the countryside to enjoy the last of summer, and the change of the seasons

Spend a clear evening outdoors observing the early autumn night sky and constellations (with or without a telescope)

Go Camping...even in your own backyard!

Take some time to observe the different species of trees, herbs and flowers that grow locally in your area this time of year.

Pay attention to which animals and birds are spending time in your area at this time of year.

Study some of the folklore that surrounds this holiday.

Learn about some of the Gods and Goddesses that are honored this time of year; read their myths.

Perform a Releasing Ritual, an Offering, or a Thanksgiving Ritual.

Make magickal Charms or Talismans to be blessed on Lammas.


Corn Bread Ear Sticks

Use an iron mold shaped like little ears of corn.

Grease lightly and preheat in a 425 degree oven.

You will need:

3/4 cup Flour

3/4 cup Yellow Corn Meal

1/4 cup Sugar

3/4 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Eggs

1 cup Milk (or Buttermilk if you prefer)

1/4 cup Shortening

Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, eggs, shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into preheated and greased molds and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

(this takes about 3 hours)

1 cup warm water
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast (or 1 packet if you bought it this

you vary this recipe by adding any fruits,
vegetables, or extra fiber in an amount that is
less than 1/4 cup. Try flax seed/oatmeal, whole-
grain flour, add garlic and parmesan cheese to
make garlic bread…Or try 1/2 tsp of seasoning
like garlic, pepper, basil, parmesan

love, peace & light

Galina Dmitruk, a doll artist

Hi everyone :0)

I had to share some pictures of these fantastical dolls
by Galina Dmitruk.

I adore her creations and always feel inspired by her work.

Galina lives in Europe - Minsk, Belarus
You can find her : HERE

love & light

Potion list half translated in Elvish (faery script)

PoTiOn LiSt :

Henneth (hehn-ehth) means window : To see the fae (faeries) - A mixture of herbs :
Megil (meh-gill) means sword: Protection & healing against Elf Shot (humankind) -
Nor means above : All heal for the fae - Unicorn salvila
Bein (bane) meand beautiful : All heal humankind -
Mae (my) means well: Antidote from falling in love with a fae - eat a certain flower
Eithel (ay-thell) means wells: Antidote from falling in love with humankind -
Ninniach (neen-ee-akh) means rainbow:
Bereth (bare-ehth) means queen: to empower ones self mostly female humankind -
Aranel (are-uh-nell) means princess: to empower a humankind with strength -
Vísi álfa is the ruler of all potions that include magic, it is a rare ingredient from the faes homeland. Even the fae do not in truth know what it consists of/how it enables such power in potions. They have knowledge of it through their recorded histories. The substance used in potions grows upon a rare fungi like dew in hidden, dark places. It is said it does this to bring light into what would only be darkness, a promise of hope is its common name. This mushroom derived from the faes original home not the fairyland we are aware of today. Once it is said they grew in humankinds lands and that we visualize the toadstool now as a type of symbol for the fae....In a way it is, but its not the correct shroom. At present Jasmoon has not been informed of the shrooms name but  Vísi álfa is the dew type residue that forms upon the shroom.
Ælfwaru - a female guardian potion for the fae.
Avaria means unknown - a wine potion made from  stjarna absinthium (star wormwood)

PoSiOn LiSt :

Iâ (ee-ah) means abyss : Against cruelty - poisonous mushrooms in a tasty glistening syrup.
Nathron (nah-thron) means webmaster:  Unkindness to mother nature - hairy spider saliva and sorry to say it fae poop (no spider is harmed in the process) The fae said Jasmoon can reveal these ingredients only because humans might be kinder if they are made aware of what is in the potion prior to committing this crime. Jasmoon quotes from the fae directly: A horrid potion for a horrid deed.        Simple as that.
Athan (ah-thahn) means beyond: Unkindly Sidhe (bad faeries) - Banishment potion, sends them back to original source.
Ohtar (oh-tar) means warrior : Elf Shot ( dangerous to the humankind) - only a faery witch can cure this ailment.
Naith (nithe) means spear point: Iron (dangerous to fae)
Note: The fae have many potions for humankind Many years ago (ancient times not documented by humans) they befriended the humans that were kind. I guess you do not have to be a faery-witch to know how that ended. Some humans betrayed the faes kindness and were extremely hateful towards them.
They called the faes friends 'witches' but in fact they were 'wise-women', it is a sad tale best left to another day. The fae then went into hiding (a type of Avalon) and being the kind beings they are kept the books of potions for our kind in the hope that one day they can share this information once again ...with us.
Jasmoon has tried humankind relations but it will be a very long time until total trust is resumed, but hey we are making that start brilliant is that? :0)

Love&and light

Faery healer and witch


She a faery witch…
Characteristics of a Faery Witch

A Faery witch is one who has a special affinity with the Faeries,
Unlike Witches initiated into Wiccan traditions such as the Gardnerian and Alexandrian paths,
the Faery Witch is one whose talent comes from deep communion with nature alone.
There is no necessity to connect to a line of initiates to become a channel for power.
The connection is through the Fay who work through the land and the imagination.

Feri Wicca is also known as the Feri Faith, or as Faery/Faerie/Fairy Wicca.
Wicca, though to the best of my knowledge it is considered to be a branch of British Traditional Wicca.

To practice faery wicca, one must have an understanding of astrology and anatomy
as well as herbology and botony.

The Faery Witch is content to walk across the land
with intent and heightened consciousness to feel the workings of magic.
The relationship between the Witch and the Fay is the magic.
Animals trust Faery Witches.

Faery Witches are usually drawn to the Arthurian and Holy Grail Mythos.
This is because one of main branches of Faery, the Tuathaa de Danaan are Grail Keepers.
Many of the stories and myths that came to comprise Arthurian Romance were
drawn from the visions of Faery Seers, or Bardic Poets.
Faery Witches often have poetic talents. Visionary language comes naturally to them.
Faery Witches do not like iron! Therefore swords are not part of our Magical Regalia.

Faery Witches understand what Faeries are at deeper levels than those who may like Faeries but are not Faery Witches.
Faery Witches are not afraid of disturbing psychic images and undercurrents.
We are drawn to the mystery.

The ability of the Faery Witch to see  and communicate with the Unseen endows him or her with the ability to heal others. Alliances with the Fay increase the effectiveness of Faery Healing.
Find your tree, as trees are considered the spirit of wisdom; while each practitioner may use the resources of more than one tree, each individual has a specific tree which helps them to develop their own practice. A natural and spiritual affinity to a specific form of tree should come naturally. Seek out this type of tree, using all of it's natural parts, meditating beside it and using it during ritual practice.

Practice according a lunar cycle.
Celebrate communal festivals during high holidays.
High holidays include Samhain on October 31, Nollaig on December 21, Imbolc on February 1, Lá Fhéile Earrach on March 21, Lá Bealtaine on May 1, Lá Fhéile Eoin on June 21, Lúnasa on August 1 and Lá Fhéile Fómhar on September 21.
When performing a rite of passage ritual, practice the rite during Nollaig, or the winter solstice.

An excellent way to gett a fayrie, this will obtaine any one that is not allready bound. First gett a broad square christall or venus glasse in length and breadth 3 inches, then lay that glasse or christall in the bloud of a white henne 3 Wednesdayes or 3 Fridayes: then take it out and wash it with holy aquae and fumigate it : then take 3 hazle sticks or wands of an yeare groth, pill them fayre and white, and make soe longe as you can write the spirits name, or fayries name, which you call 3 times, on every sticke being made flatt one side, then bury them under some stone hill whereas you suppose fayries haunt, the Wednesdaye before you call she, and the Fridaye followinge take them uppe and calle she at 8 or 3 or 10 of the clock which be goode plannetts howres for that turne: 
but when you call, be in cleane Life and 
turne thy face towards the East, 
and when you have she bind 
her to that stone or glasse.

Good for if you dont want to 
catch the fairy in question 
but just to see her/ 'him'?

Take a long walk in the woods 
at twilight Midsummer's eve.

An unguent to annoynt under the eyelids, and upon the eyelids eveninge and morninge: but especially when you call; or find your sight not perfect. R. [?] A pint of sallet-oyle, and put it into a viall glasse: but first wash it with rosewater, and marygold-water : the flowers ‘to’ be gathered towards the east. Wash it till the oyle come white; then put it into the glasse, ut supra: and then put thereto the budds of holyhocke, the flowers of marygold, the flowers or toppes of wild thime, the budds of young hazle : and the thime must be gathered neare the side of a hill where Fayries use to be: and ‘ take’ the grasse of a fayrie throne, there. All these put into the oyle, into the glasse : and set it to dissolve three dayes in the sunne, and then keep it for thy use; ut supra.
~Ms.Ashmole 1406~

Many ‘fairy stories’ (as opposed to fairy tales) involve human interlopers accidentally sealing their eyes with a fairy cream that allows them to see fairies. Typically, they see fairies doing something they should not and the fairy turns and blinds the impudent human by sticking a finger in their eye.
If you do see fairies after anointing yourself then I would advise you not to let on at first.
Assess the situation over a period of time before revealing yourself.

Witches and fairy doctors receive their power from opposite dynasties; the witch from other spirits and her own will; the fairy doctor from the fairies,, and a something--a temperament--that is born with him or her. The first is usually feared and disliked. The second is usually gone to for advice & healing. The most celebrated fairy doctors are sometimes people the fairies loved and carried away, and kept with them for seven years; not that those the fairies' love are always carried off--they may merely grow silent and strange, and take to lonely wanderings in the "gentle" places. Such will, in after-times, be great poets or musicians, or fairy doctors; or artists, they must not be confused with those who have a Lianhaun shee [leannán-sidhe], for the Lianhaun shee lives upon the vitals of its chosen, and they waste and die. She is of the dreadful solitary fairies. To her have belonged the greatest of the Irish poets, from Oisin down to the last century.

Those we speak of have for their friends the trooping fairies--the gay and sociable populace of raths and caves. Great is their knowledge of herbs and spells. These doctors, when the butter will not come on the milk, or the milk will not come from the cow, will be sent for to find out if the cause be in the course of common nature or if there has been witchcraft. Perhaps some old hag in the shape of a hare has been milking the cattle. Perhaps some user of "the dead hand" has drawn away the butter to her own chum. Whatever it be, there is the counter-charm. They will give advice, too, in cases of suspected changelings, and prescribe for the "fairy blast" (when the fairy strikes anyone a tumour rises, or they become paralysed. This is called a "fairy blast" or a "fairy stroke").

The fairies are, of course, visible to them, and many a new-built house have they bid the owner pull down because it lay on the fairies' road (Ley lines).Lady

How to Meet the Faeries:

We all experience things in different ways. Some of us will see, while others will hear, feel or smell. Be open to all of your senses and the faeries will come to you in the way that is most natural for you to experience. Practicing can help you develop your third eye vision if it feels important for you to "see" these beings. Whenever possible, spend time outdoors, especially in areas with lots of vegetation. This is the natural habitat of the nature faeries and the easiest way to ensure they're around. Try using your third eye to see the faeries when the moon is full, and listening for messages through dreams or telepathy when the moon is dark.

  It is traditional to leave an offering of fresh water or a small snack outside at certain auspicious times of the year such as the summer solstice. Of course you can choose to set out gifts at any time while attempting to get the attention of your local faeries. A slice of fruit in the flower garden, especially on a full moon. In some cultures in the not so distant past, it was common for families to leave offerings every night in order to find favor with the local faery folk! 

Intention is the key. Talk to the faeries and let them know that you acknowledge and appreciate them, and that you have a sincere desire to help with their cause. Making even small changes such as switching to all natural cleaning products or becoming more conscious of your water usage can help the faeries feel your intent and trust your sincerity. Realize that sometimes, like anything worthwhile, these relationships take time. But with perseverance and an open heart, you'll likely begin to experience these beautiful beings around you, gifting you and teaching you to expand your sight!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Potion tag ideas

Need potion ideas for the blog party in Sep'12?

Here are some tags to get the creative juices flowing :0)

I used word to create these.

Aged papers using tea, oven and burning.

 Below created using Polyvore

Via here

Below one I created via Polyvore

Below I made again in Polyvore

Links to further inspirational pictures and links/sources are

Feeling inspired for potion creation yet?

love & light