Saturday, January 28, 2012

Candlemas Candles

I felt so blessed today as our dd 25 called to see if our grandson mr.silly ridiculous could come over .
My answer , YES !
We only had a few hrs. so what to do . he also had a cough developing so our thought of going out of town was not going to happen .
Well we are also having him next weekend so his Mum can go curling , so I decided just to fit in one of those activities in today .
Lol I always over plan activities with him so I know this would work out well .
I planned to make Candles with him for our Candlemas celebration and dd dedication to ST.Brigid & Danu
I actually was quite surprised at how lovely they turned out .
I of course forgot to take photos of our fun until we were all finished !

First off I had him go through granny's apothecary cupboards and chose the herbs, flowers and trees he felt his Mum would like .

I had gone to the bee store to purchase the beeswax sheets earlier in the week

Is this not so pretty the shadow of the plants on the wax sheeting 

We crushed a mixture of the plants he chose and we dusted the sheet with this mix .Then we placed the wicking on the end closest to our side of the wax sheet .You just have to press it in and your hands warm the wax so the wick just stays in place . You then just continue to roll up the wax with the herbs inside .

Once the candle was all rolled up we sprinkled just flower petals on the table and rolled our candle in them .As your hands warm the candle the flowers stick to it .

Again they just turned out so pretty I think his Mum will be happy ☺

When we were all done he still wanted to play and he discovered his uncle's volcano project .

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bedside Reading Challenge

Yes , I am going to try and partake in yet another reading challenge !
Each Month Chari ( I think this is how it works ) shall choose a random letter from the alphabet . We are to chose a book off our bedside shelf or nearest shelf that begins with that letter .
This month of January 2012 the letter M has been chosen .
I honestly hope I can do this one because it is actually encouraging me to read those books I already have .
I know January is almost over but I'm still joining in because I've a half finished book Mythologies by William Yeats that I started 3 months ago and just left .
I have so many books by my bed so I am limiting this to the one small handmade bookshelf my grandfather made . they are my own books where the others which are strewn round the bed are often mags , poetry or library books .
I don't know if this will encourage me to use what I have and not purchase so many books or not but it is worth a shot lol .

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Preparing ~ Candlemas/Imbolc Recipes & Crafts

I'm beginning to prepare our Imbolc crafts & recipes .
This is a big day for us as it is also the birthday of our ds23 Dacotah . Who moved back to our city this past Autumn to attend school .
I am slowly preparing a lovely dedication to Brigid for our dd25 who is taking the steps towards becoming a Midwife !
Brigid Goddess & Saint Brigid are both connected to Midwives, pregnant women , birth & nursing ☺

I love this book by Cait Johnson and think I will do the rainstick craft with my grandson
check Your library as it is a popular book here is the same craft at Enchanted Learning

All Year Round has some neat candle crafts and although I have beeswax for melting I think I will purchase the sheets to do candle craft with my grandson
gather herbs and purchase wax sheets , &  wick . just sprinkle wax sheet with herbs or flowers , use a hair dryer to warm the sheet a little if you like to make the sheet a little easier for little hands to roll
I'll try and post photos the day after we do the activity .
I also hope to do this Waldorf candle craft Thanks to Nissa and her Family

Yes I will usually always use this book in our festival posts ! As usual there are stories , a song and recipes .
This year I am making the Ginger Beer recipe !
My sil has been making Ginger Beer from the recipe from the book Wild Fermentation and for those who love fermented things and vinegar type flavour you will love that recipe as my dh did . However I do not like fermented things nor vinegars with the exception of very mild rice vinegar .
 So this recipe is a yeast one and a sweet one . It takes about 2-3 days to be ready . 

Although this book does not have actual activities specific to candlemas aside from candle making there are spring songs and poems , the story of Persephone

I am not using an activity this time from Earthways but it is such a wonderful book I do not want to leave it out
and it does have several gardening activities . We are a tad early for spring here as winter can be 4 more months .However I almost always do this activity with the ids which my Mum always did with us ☺

That is purchase bulbs and plant them with the kids

 You can use either pots with potting soil or use stones placed in cake pan , pie plate etc. place bulbs on top and water the pan .

I also am planning that along with the Brigid's cross acitvity I will also make God's Eye Craft with the kids .
If You want an adult version check this out ! Just awesome

I am excited about this recipe book I found at the library .
I am going to make several of the recipes  for ds23 birthday The Walnut Onion Bread , Crustade of Chicken . The book does not include but I am making an old fashioned Custard pudding too .
For the dedication for our dd I am making the Moon Cookies in a crescent shape .

I also love love this book !
I always make the Brede's Braid Bread recipe .
This is also the book I learned my true form of Divination biblomancy it is a really good read .

and of course we will watch Groundhog Day for Dacotah's celebration ☺

It is also of course the day Jesus was dedicated in Jewish tradition and when Dacotah decided to be baptized all those yrs ago he took the name Jesus as a confirmation name .

As I mentioned I am getting ideas from several sources to have a nice dedication for my dd
perhaps the fairy wine or a dairy source for the drink to go along with the theme of nursing Mother . I think I may also make a Brede's bed and a special prayer candle using specific herbs .
I'm still looking for an appropriate incantation .I may make my own ☺

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dream Pillow workshop

Just popping in to say that perhaps people who follow my blog here might like to partake in a online worshop I'm doing
It is a workshop on making Dream Pillows.
If You would like to learn how to make & what dream pillows are
You may join me over on my blog which I'm posting on