March 28 2015

Sabbat Correspondences

Yule

Herbs/plants and flowers – Evergreen plants, poinsettia, bay, cedar, pine, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, nutmeg, fir tree needles, oak, mistletoe, sage, holly, mistletoe, ginger, oak leaves, rosemary.

Colours – Red, green, white, icy blue, gold, silver.

Stones – Malachite, green varieties of tourmaline and fluorite, Peridot, chrysocolla, bloodstone, ruby.

Trees – Conifer, pine, oak.

Animals – Deer/stags, snow hares, robins.

Imbolc

Herbs/plant and flowers – Dandelion, nettle, blackberry, chamomile, tree buds, snowdrops, crocus, hairy bittercress, red dead nettle, lemon balm, speedwell.

Colours – White, yellow, pastel colours, pink.

Stones – Amethyst, rose quartz, quartz, moonstone.

Trees – Conifer, willow.

Animals – Sheep, phoenix, chickens.

Ostara

Herbs/plants and flowers – Jasmine, crocus, oak, ginger, lemon, snowdrop, orange, daffodils, tulips, dandelions, cleavers.

Colours – Yellow, gold, green, yellow, pastel colours.

Stones – Rose quartz, sunstone, opal, moonstone, kunzite.

Trees – Tree blossom, fruit trees.

Animals – Chicks, rabbits, baby animals, lambs, wood pigeon, squirrels, woodpecker.

Beltane

Herbs/plants and flowers – Rose, lavender, sandalwood, lemon balm, peas, beans, primose, clover, nettle, marigold, pansy, geranium, hawthorn, rosemary, strawberry plants, daisies.

Colours – Yellow, green, white, purple, gold, cream.

Stones – Amethyst, citrine, emerald, malachite.

Trees – Apple, cherry, hawthorn.

Animals – Doves, swallow, bee, swan, magpie, goat, squirrel.

Litha

Herbs/plants and flowers – Elderflower, wild rose, orange, chamomile, vervain, mint, lemon balm, tomatoes,

Colours – White, orange, green, blue, red.

Stones – Emerald, jade, quartz, blue calcite, diamond.

Trees – Elder, pear, apple.

Animals – Caterpillars, butterflies, bees, ladybirds, sparrows, tits.

Lughnasadh

Herbs/flowers and plants – Blackberry, mustard, elderberries, basil, rose, oak, heather, vervain, raspberry, rosehip, nasturtium, raspberry, poppy, sunflower, potato, corn, hollyhock, wheat, corn, berries.

Colours – Purple, orange, golden yellow, black, light brown, red, green.

Stones – Citrine, Carnelian, amber, jasper.

Trees – Elder, pear, hazel.

Animals – Cows, sheep, deer.

Mabon

Herbs/flowers and plants – Elderberries, blackberry, hawthorn berries, juniper, poppy, oak leaves/acorns, potato, swede, vines, carrot, onion, beetroot, celeriac.

Colours – Brown, gold, amber, orange, red, brown.

Stones – Amber, jasper, carnelian, rutalited quartz.

Trees – Pear, elder, willow, hazel, beech.

Animals – Dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, magpie, eagle, sparrowhawk, owl, bat.

Samhain

Herbs/flowers and plants – Elderberries, oak, blackberry, juniper, rowan, rosehip, allspice, bay, sage, cinnamon, myrrh, frankincense, pumpkin, mushrooms, wild rose, sloe, plum, turnip, apple.

Colours – Purple, black, orange, brown, red.

Stones – Hematite, obsidian, amber, garnet, black calcite, black tourmaline, onyx, jet, carnelian.

Trees – Beech, walnut, hazel, chestnut, rowan, medlar.

Animals – Bat, spider, birds of prey, wolves, moth, cats.

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December 2 2014

Snowflake Earring Tutorial Now Avaliable

This tutorial provides step by step instructions with colour photographs showing how to create a pair of unusual earrings.

You will not need any prior knowledge other than how to open and close a loop using pliers in order to complete this tutorial. The cord and bead colours can be customized to suit your own preferences if desired.

Snowflake Earring Tutorial

Perfect for the winter season this full colour, step by step tutorial is now available to download from Jewelry Lessons. Every aspect of creating this unusual piece of jewellery is explained within the earring tutorial so it is suitable for beginner and more experienced jewellery makers alike.

 

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December 2 2014

Winter Incense Recipe

Incense can be a perfect way to bring the scents and memories of a season, event or place to your home. The only equipment you need to create loose incense is a pestle and mortar and a suitable storage container. Loose incense is best kept in a dark, cool place. It can be stored in many type of container including glass jars and bottles, ziplock bags and small Tupperware or other plastic containers. Any incense should be labelled clearly with the name of the incense recipe and the date that it was made. You could include a list of ingredients if desired.

To create this winter incense recipe you will need:

2 tbsp juniper berries
2 tbsp mugwort
1 tbsp pine needles or pine resin
1 tbsp bay leaves
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp rosemary
1 tsp cloves

1. Crush the juniper berries and cloves. You can completely crush these to powder or leave them in larger pieces if preferred.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crushed juniper and cloves. Mix well and crush together lightly.

If you wish you can continue to crush the incense until it is powdered.

Winter incense recipe

 

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November 22 2014

Professional Crafters Guild Christmas Book is Out Now.

This interactive online book has listings detailing many of the members of the Professional Crafters Guild. It has information on the beautiful crafts and services that they offer as well as full colour photographs and weblinks. The book is perfect for Christmas and winter holiday shopping  from the comfort of your own home while also enabling you to support small businesses. There are items to suit every taste and budget including crocheted items, soaps, Christmas stockings, jewellery and candles.

 

 

The Professional Crafters guild was established in 2011 in order to help those who work in crafts to be taken seriously. They offer a wide range of services including registration certificates and badges to display on your website or offline, websites and lots and lots of friendly support. Joining the guild if free though there is also a premier member option with even more great benefits.

Visit their website at http://www.procraftersguild.com for further information.

 

Professional Crafters Guild membership

 

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