Something different

Ha ha nearly Blue Monday, but on our way to a new full Moon.

I’ve been working hard in my downtime to prepare for my up and coming Artisan showcase on Saturday 2nd February at Chalk and Linen in Coleshill Warwickshire… but I still squirrelled away some time to work on a different kind of poppet. My Pagan Poppets are more doll like and they are my individual style.

I got thinking though, like I do a lot, lol, and thought what if someone would like themselves as a poppet to nurture, heal and intention with. So I have been experimenting with more human faces and gosh yes it does give you a very different poppet.

I have developed a way of creatively producing a likeness….now don’t go all voodoo on me Rachel 😘 my Poppets are not voodoo but it does take you slightly aback because the poppet looks more humanistic, your own familiar…. so here I am in Poppet form…. what do you think?

I know…different ah! The good news for me is I’ve got more hair thankfully or I would actually look like my darling brother lol…I love her actually and it’s quite strange to look at yourself….

I’m also thinner, yay….it reminds me also of Bowie’s “Where are we now” video so I’m am paying tribute to his genius.

If you ever take selfies you may realise that one side of your face looks slightly different to the other and I have a slightly lob sided lips, so I incorporated my little facial quirk, I ain’t no Mick Jagger, lucky you if you are 😘

Yule

Happy “Julian Yule” to you all, just to confuse you as you are taking your decorations down.

Old Yuletide, before Monastic intervention/conversion, began around January 5th, the expression “Mid-Winter” it is still celebrated in many Nordic and Germanic regions.

Pagan Anglo Saxons underwent “Christianised reformulation” or in “Trekkie” world “assimilation”, resulting in the modern term Christmastide.

But in the really “olden Days” pre 19th century!general mid-winter festival falls anywhere between mid November and early January.. culminating in the festival of Imbolc. Hah that’s another story!

Talking of the winter sun “Alys Albion” my poppet muse, was caught in the most beautiful light thus morning

She sits with my at my table while I create and dabble.

 Some scholars link Odin’s  “Wild Hunt (Jolnir)” -a ghostly procession through the sky – and similar to Samhain(Halloween), with increased ghost activities, but again we have another excuse to drink to the memory of our ancestors and departed kinfolk…can you see a pattern forming?

See there was no TV in them days and “the storyteller” must have had so much difficulty getting around in the heavy snow. We humans need to keep occupied.

See told you it was confusing…but overall it still means celebration so continued drinking, feasting and rather large fires, sacrificial animal slaughter and blood being sprinkled via sticks Odin style, yay, over men, this eventual leads to men chasing women and getting them pregnant (when was there ever an excuse for that, lol) culminating eventually by kicking bladders around, lol, not much changed then.

Here locally, at the “Atherstone Ball Run” in Warwickshire, on Shrove Tuesday, it can be seen in its full human glory, methinks there is a connection with “getting bladdered”. But I’m sure “hubby” will tell me different 😜

Sounds fun doesn’t it, but we must remember it was about survival during Winter and boy those Winters are long in the North.

It is of course much more complex than my light deliverance. So big respect for the survival of the human spirit and the cold.

But the sun is returning soon and we will celebrate in the coming weeks.

Don’t forget my Mid-Winter event on the 2nd February at Chalk and Linen in Coleshill.

Back to the Grindstone

While some of us are bathing in warm sunlight ( you know who you are KR) is mere mortals are back at work this week, and it is soooo cold, lovely ðŸĪŠ

I called into Chalk and Linen in Coleshill to chat with Jacki about MidWinter celebration bits and bobs and the shop has moved around again, I love it. My son Luc, who has a VI hated me doing just this when he lived at home, lol.

My two favourite pieces at the moment are

Jacki also has some beautiful natural rugs in as well.

Here is a sneak preview of one of the craft sessions on Saturday 2nd February

Printing and embellishing, hope to see you all there.