Nov 30, 2015

Hello again....

Hi everyone...I apologise for not posting more consistently....it has not been one of the best years for my family.....we lost two of our loved ones very tragically..... I will be writing more about it later but I want to wait until after the holidays.... For now I want to focus on the meaning of this holiday season....Already it has become so commercialized I want to scream!!  I saw Christmas decorations out on the shelves three weeks before Halloween... Like everything else in our society  it has become for profit only..... This is also a time of year where the depression & suicide rates spike....
so it is time to step back & take a breath....

I have decided to spend this month recapturing the spirit of this season....I have found over the last few years that combining elements of Solstice, Yule & Christmas makes for a time much more spiritual & magical....  

I thought I would spend this month sharing what I am doing....So to start I thought I would get my presents for everyone finished first....Not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday kind but handmade gifts... So yesterday I went into the woods to collect moss... I have had some admiration of our terrariums the Hubby & I have created so I am making two hanging ones for gifts... they will look similar to this but I want to create something special for each of the young women I am making these for....
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For the next two weeks, the moss will be in quarantine to make sure anything moldy or bad is discarded.....I will post the finished pieces then.... Here are some pictures of our latest creation....the only thing we bought was the organic potting soil & charcoal...the terrarium was picked up by the Hubby at the local transfer station & he made the wooden top & the plants & bark came from the woods....

 The beginning.....
adding some steps for the fairies...
The roof... the Hubby is going to put a band of iron around the edge for me...I love iron!!  
 early morning sun.....


the arbor...
some mica for a fairy ring....

which lights up at night under a LED light....
If you haven't tried one yet I highly recommend this...
especially if you have kids or Grandbabies... 
They love it...

8 comments:

Méa Strauß said...

Linda, ohhh I am SO with you!!! The toxic waste alone, if they put this "decoration" of "christmas" away, because, of COURSE, it has to be NEW every year here... I could scream too! And why? They need space to consume and consume in these false temples, because the neeed to HAVE, not to BE, and still they linger and will never find that dream. They will never find the magic floating through a room... searching in all the wrong places. And so they are still hunting for these false symbols.
You are aware, you show us, that the dream can be held alive, you hold the key for opening that magical door. And as last year I adore, what you do with this moss!
So wonderful (in the sense of the word)... and I sometimes think, these mosses are relatives to the ferns. If one lookes closer, it is like fern out of Lilliput ;))
So Linda, hugs to you, I feel sorry, you lost loved ones, I know how that feels - the magic will help you. Thank you for posting again. Hugs from Méa (maybe you want to read my fairytale, it is in English and online on my Blog now - only if you have a few minutes...)

Babylon Sisters said...

Linda, I so agree about Christmas! I'm doing a Yule/Solstice type of thing as well. The pressure of all the buying things people don't need and can't afford makes everyone crazy and I refuse to participate. I'm decorating the house today with my baby grandson here. I'm feeling the need for light on these dark nights. I'm not feeling the need for junk from stores...

xoxoMary

Bohemian said...

Linda, first my Condolences for your terrible Losses... a big Virtual Hug. I Agree that the Commercialization has overtaken what the Holidays and Holy Days should be all about. I still find Enchantment and Celebrate in our own ways regardless of what everyone else might be Focused upon. Your Thoughtful and Hand Made Gifts are sure to be Appreciated so much more than anything Ordinary. I agree with Mary above that the pressure of buying and often not being able to afford makes everyone crazy. I have Thirteen Grandchildren and I do feel that Pressure because Modern Children have often bought into the Commercialization of the Holidays so thoroughly, regardless of what has been Instilled Spiritually, that their disappointment would be epic if their Christmas was Simple and back to the Basics. We are trying to expound that a Simple and Spiritual Christmas is a Wonderful thing indeed, but I'm not certain I'm convincing many of the younger Generations of this Fact. Perhaps one day they too will realize most of the Hype now is for Profit and not at all to Honor what a Holiday or Holy Day should? I can only Hope so... Dawn... The Bohemian

Valkrye said...

Hello Linda, Have really missed you and your posts and felt you must have some important and possibly difficult things going on in your life which might prevent you from appearing a little more often. I am very , very sorry to hear you have had some traumatic and devastating losses in your family ~ hope you are taking all the time you need to process all you must be feeling and going through and giving yourself time and space to start towards some healing. Your terrarium is pure enchantment and as is so often the case, like you and your thoughts on Christmas and the holidays ect~ I have been creating my own private meaningful rituals and special personal ways of celebrating the winter season, the solstice and "Christmas" for more years than I can count now~ all of which have nothing to do with anything remotely commercial, as it is soulless and sickening~ vulgar, crass and devoid of any spirituality or meaning~ just some form of madness fueled by the superficial glitzy world of consumerism. Lovely to see you back and you and your family are in my thoughts ~ sending positive energies your direction.

Gayle said...

I see "traces" of you here and there, Pinterest, Facebook, etc, and it always makes me smile. So sorry to hear of your losses.

Linda said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments...It is very uplifting to hear from those that are like minded...my Souls Sisters <3 ...Hopefully the energy we put into the universe will override the commercialism... Peace to all of you...:)

Stacie said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved ones.

I agree with all of the women above about Christmas and commercialism. I always feel like going within at this time of year, and reflecting. I love the idea of combining Christmas and Solstice and Yule. That same thought has actually been on my mind, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it. I'd love to hear your suggestions sometime.

Also, I ADORE your terrarium! I think I might try that.

Well, I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog. It feels like a beautiful place with kind, warm, kindreds. I hope you find the peace and joy of the season in your own way. <3

laoi gaul~williams said...

i am so sorry to hear of the loss you have suffered, sending you many hugs xoxoxo

i so agree with everything people have said here about the madness and commercialism. luckily we live in a very small village and it is easy to avoid the madness. i tend to have to work at my own yule and on christmas day spend it with my family who embrace christmas.

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