Moving!

Just a quick note for those of you who have been following this blog for a long time. I’m going to begin moving posts and links over to the Greenwoman Studio website.

I think I’ll eventually set it up so this blog automatically redirects you to my new site. But if you want to keep up with what I’m doing, you should make the jump now.

Hope to see you there!


Where I’ve Been

This year has been a year of experimenting with my on-line presence: trying new social media, setting up new websites, re-posting and cross-posting and dabbling in a lot of new things.

And while I can’t say I’ve made a big splash, I CAN say I’ve learned a lot.

For the past several weeks I’ve been working on the Greenwoman Studio website, and for the most part, I think it’s finished–though it will always be evolving. So if you are still following me, what with all the jumping around I’ve been doing, you might want to wander over there and make a note of the link. The new blog is very similar to this one: I just wanted to put all my interests and activities in one site.

Hope to see you there!

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The Winners of the Cauldron Card Giveaway

The cauldron card poll is closed, and the winning design was number three–it took 60% of the votes. I was pleased that you all liked it best, because it was my favorite too.

I had a total of 6 comments to choose from–5 here on the blog and one on the poll itself–and a random number generator chose number 5. Camille gets a free card of her choice.

And since this post is very short, and I feel like I’m cheating everyone, here is a gratuitous picture of my beautiful LuLu.

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Enjoy the weekend, and thanks for voting.


In the Witch’s Garden, July 26 2014

This morning a couple of scrub jays spent a good hour or two in the holly tree that hangs over the fence, screeching with unrestrained enthusiasm. Usually this neighborhood belongs to the crows, but this morning they were nowhere to be found, perhaps laying low until the annoying visitors moved to another block. The chickadees, on the other hand, continued their usual sedate chorus, unperturbed by the noisy interlopers. Perhaps the jays were messengers of today’s new moon in Leo energy: sing your song, loud and proud, no matter how you sound.

Later as I put down cardboard to keep the pathways clear of weeds–they’ve been making it difficult to get through the garden–all the plants in my tiny garden seemed to be clamoring for attention. From these delicious nasturtiums with foliage that looks like it was spattered with a painters brush,

new moon leo 1bto this courageous and vivid borage,

new moon leo 2bto magical vervain, they all posed for their own magical plant portraits.

new moon leo 3bAnd why not? Even the weeds are beautiful today, especially the bittersweet nightshade, trailing through a shady, unkempt corner of the garden.

new moon leo 5bThis bee, sprinkled with pollen, posed patiently on a squash leaf to have his picture taken. He looks quite pleased with himself.

new moon leo 4cThe borage and nasturtium flowers will add a nice boost of blessing energy for new endeavors as the moon begins to wax once more. I love growing my own magic.


Help Me Choose the Best Cauldron Photo, Plus Giveaway!

Today is my favorite kind of day–cloudy and windy with scattered showers and cool (but not too cold) temperatures. Yes, I was born to be an Oregonian. Though summer is far from over, today’s weather has me thinking of fall, and fall means Halloween–my favorite!

Y’all know I’ve been working on a little greeting card making project. There are a million details to hammer out, from where to have cards printed, to where to sell them, to how to package them and store them and keep track of inventory.

And of course I have to decide which images to use. I’ve been playing with filters and borders and text to design a card with one of my favorite cauldron images. But I’ve made so many variations now, I feel like I have no perspective anymore!

And that’s where you come in. So far I have three images that I quite like. I have a favorite, but I wonder which variation of the image would appeal to people who aren’t me. So here they are.

Image One.

Image One.

You’ve seen image one before. I could also change the text on this one, or make the border more consistent on all sides and remove the text all together.

Image Two

Image Two

I like the colors in Image Two quite a lot, and I’m always a fan of that blurry edge look.

Image Three

Image Three

Image three has a background with a parchment look. I like parchment. At present, these cards will be printed on white recycled paper, so the parchment look will only be on the front of the card.

SO then, my friends: which image do you like best? You have one week to vote!

To sweeten the deal, if you vote I will enter your name in a giveaway to win a free card! You can choose from either the cauldron design or the “Kiss Me” frog design. Just leave a comment letting me know you voted, and you’re in!


Creekside: An afternoon at Sain Creek

Yesterday I took my stepkids for a little picnic at Sain Creek (part of the Scoggins Valley Park). Our favorite picnic area is shady, and since it doesn’t really have any fancy amenities, it tends to be less crowded than most other parts of the park.

sain creek 5

The creek is ice cold and clear, perfect for wading or sitting on a big rock and soaking your feet.

sain creek 4

The play of light and shadows over the water was enchanting.

sain creek 2

As were the tree roots hanging over the bank of the creek.

sain creek 1

The afternoon was a nice change of pace; cool, moving water, shadows, green growing things, and a very smart crow who stole some of our potato chips. I didn’t get a picture of the thief: he or she was too fast.

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What’s Happening in the Studio, Pagan Greeting Cards Edition

It’s been ages since I gave you an update on Greenwoman Studio happenings.

That, my friends, is because the weather has been hot, and I’ve been busy, and a lot of what I’ve been working on isn’t really ready to see the light of day yet.

But! I’ve made some progress. Lately I’ve been playing with my photographs and researching new ways to use them. I’d never consider myself a fine art photographer, but I love my pictures and I love sharing them. With that in mind, I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop CS2. (Yes, I know there are newer versions. CS2 is free!)

Experimenting

And I’ve had a few greeting cards printed on recycled paper to see how they look. A frog prince,

frog card sampleAnd something witchy.

samhain preview smallI’m liking the results so far. Greeting cards seem like a suitable use for my homey, cottage-witch themed images. What do you all think?


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