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Wheel of the Year: Lammas


Whooo-eeee, I sure missed the Lammas post by a mile!   It’s about the busiest time of the year with all the harvest coming in.   Seems that every day I’m picking the must do up the food for storage.   Love the fresh ripe tomatoes the best but crisp green peppers and cucumbers make such great eating.   My daughter stopped by the other day and when she said she was hungry, I went to the garden and picked salad fixin’s fresh right then.  I keep grilled chicken and bacon crumbles handy for summer salads.  Add some burnet out of the herb garden, some fresh parsley and what a meal!


I’ve been doing a lot of other work also.  Just now opened a new shop on Etsy.  I’ve called it Studio L Jewellry, featuring my own work and that of Liam Mac Steamish.   It’s a fresh start with new things.   I hope you will check it out and “heart” it.   I’ve not too many items yet but it’s a work in progress.

Made some decisions also.   Quite a few folk have messaged me and want to know if I am ever going to do new podcasts.   It’s been years since I started Salem Avenue and I did have a lot of fun doing it.   I am going to try to do my first “new” one on October 1st.   I am, however, moving to a new host, one that has better support and more bandwidth.   I’m excited about it and have projects planned for my Facebook page and blog and for the podcast.   I do believe I’ll start my own webpage on GoDaddy called 1313 Salem Avenue.

I’ve got some fun ideas.   I want to do some “stone readings” so I can tell you what stones you need in your life, a “stone personality” event and I have plans for a mini tarot reading.  You’ll get the mini reading and the cards will tell me what stones you need to wear or carry to help in your situation.

I’ve been doing some jewelry experiments also with “living” wearable art.  My mermaid gardens are way cool.  I have a prototype made and just today made 4 more to sell.  Do not have photos of the new ones but here is the prototype.




August 18, 2016 Posted by | gemstones, metaphysical, New Age, pagan, wiccan | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

What IS This?



I would love to have someone tell me what kind of plant IS this?   I saw it at the garden center and just has to take pictures   It looks like some otherworld man eater.   And, you see that yellow center?   That’s not a center, that is a chute.   Take a look at the side shot.

side shot

side shot


That looks like an engorged stomach or something else sinister.  I have visions of sliding down the center chute and ending up in this thing, like Alice down the rabbit hole.   Eeeeuuuuwww!!!




Now, I hate to say the obvious, but this sort of looks phallic to me……….maybe it’s just my warped mind, but…..eeeuuuwww, again.

Anyhow, I want one of these plants in my own yard for no other reason than how weird it looks.   Would you think I was a terrible person if I visited the public gardens again and just took starter piece?   Oh, maybe the phallus thing that looks like a stomach too is a seed pod.  Whaddya think?   I could lurk around till the pod opens eeeeuewwww again and pick up some seeds.

If I get picked up by the park rangers, will you come get me?    LOL

August 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments


Simmertime is what I call those hot, hot days of summer.   Here in Ohio, the cloying humidity saturates your clothes, the house, the bedsheets, your shoes.   UGH.   I get incredibly lazy and want only to sit around reading books and eating ice cream.   This year is particularly annoying because the back problems have kept me from doing a lot of things I love to do.   And it has rained every day for two weeks.  The grass grows every time it rains and the weeds seem to put on inches overnight.   I’ve not been a good blogger this summer but I have been busy.



The pumpkin patch is thriving but the bean plants?    Eaten by the dastardly groundhog!


Plenty of green tomatoes

Plenty of green tomatoes


green peppers growing

green peppers growing


Flower beds are weeded

Flower beds are weeded

that little Frankenstein guy is my toad house


profusion of lemon balm

profusion of lemon balm


I’ve not really been into beading or making new pieces.   I’ve been teaching myself a bit of polymer clay work.   Here is half the stack of bead caps and toggle clasps I have made.  Don’t know if you can see it but the butterfly toggle is a caterpillar, or at least he will be once he is finished.   The whole stack has to be sanded, painted and clear coated, so sometime next week I will need to get busy on this.


polymer that needs to be finished

polymer that needs to be finished



My favorites are these steampunk toggles and beadcaps.


I got tired of trying to find just the right clasp from my “findings” stash so I spent time this week perfecting my own clasps.


Some are hammered wire in copper and antique bronze


button clasps

button clasps

I love making these button clasps.   The next time JoAnn’s Febric store has buttons for half price, I will probably go crazy loco buying buttons!.  Do you know that some fancy buttons are 16 dollars each?   I didn’t know that until I went to buy some!   Wow!


The week after next, the grandkids and I are going to start Monster Camp and I can’t wait for that!   We are all excited to make fabulous monsters.   I hate the summer heat, but the laziness of “simmertime” offers lots of fun.   Are you “simmering” also?   what are you doing to beat the heat?









July 14, 2013 Posted by | Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Hot and humid days of a midwest summer keep me inside and doing lots of beadwork projects.  I totally FOLD in the heat and humidity.  When the weather starts to cool, I want to be outside.   I need a break from beads, thinking about projects, and time to catch up on all the outside work I didn’t get done during the heat wave.   Fall is my downtime from working on bead projects.

It’s also a time of year when pagans celebrate Mabon, the first of the harvest holidays.  As you may or may not know, pagans are earth based folk and our turns of the year closely follow the seasons of our earth mother.   Fall is the time for gathering and giving thanks for the harvest, what we have gleaned from seeds we planted during the year both outside in the yard and inside in our lives.   It’s also time to clear the fields and ready them for the fallow season of winter.  Not only do we do this outside with our plants and gardens, we extend it into our personal lives and examine what isn’t “working” for us, what do we want to get rid of.

To this end, I’ve been busy.  The sons and grandsons have been put to work clearing brush.   I want a moss garden next summer and a strawberry and asparagus bed.   Brush must be cleared for brush and weeds grow when all else is dying in the heat. A fence must be put up to keep out the dog.

Nikolai helping put up fence posts

Inside, I’ve been cleaning.  Cupboards and closets are cleaned.  Unused items and clothing are bagged and moved OUT of the house.   We clear the old to make room for the new.   Along with closets and cupboards, I’m clearing out my bead stash.   I have lots of stuff to destash and will be selling and trading most of the winter.   Books have been listed on Amazon for if I am not using them, they need to find homes where someone else will use them.

It’s also time to get OUTSIDE and enjoy and take pictures for the love of taking photos or for inspiration.   Here are some shots from the Wegerzhen Garden Center.   I love to walk through the gardens and take shots of all the plant life.  I SEE COLORS!!!!!


light and shadow

quiet pond

natural beauty

It’s a time to take a day with family and go to a festival, to enjoy the weather and have fun together.

Dayton Reggae Festival

Rasta Day!!!!

This, to me, is one of the happiest festivals of the year……….I have friends in a local band called Demolition Crew and I love the music.   There are lots of vendors and colors and I always run into friends I haven’t seen in a long time.   Unexpected fun!  I discovered a new band I liked a lot, the Soul Rebels


The Celtic band, Pictus, performed this year.  For a small group, they have a great sound and are just a good time waiting to happen.  There were lots of vendors selling jewelry, crafts, candles and booths sponsored by local pagan organizations to inform people where to find like-minded people.


There is also a raffle.   I bought 6 tickets for five bucks and I won TWO TIMES!!!!!

I won this beautiful lanyard, even more special because it was made by a good friend.

beautiful lanyard

I won this gorgeous journal made by the Goblin Trader

very cool journal

Me, doing a happy Celtic jig

We also had a public ritual outside in the sun and it was so uplifting.   I determined that I will walk about in the community more this coming year (the wheel of our year begins with Samhain in October as opposed to New Years in January).   I will give up some of my solitary ways and mingle more with people who are part of the pagan community and by doing so, increase my spiritual growth.

I’ve also determined to give up guild membership in one guild to make room for a new guild.   I plan to start my own and plant new seeds, to find a group of artists dedicated to challenging themselves as I am and not just showcasing their work.

I’ve also decided to remove smoking from my life.   I never thought I would want to quit.   I like to smoke.  Tobacco has been a part of my life since I was young and EVERYONE smoked EVERYWHERE. You young folks will not believe it, but in college, there were ashtrays in the hallways and you could smoke in school.  Our teachers smoked with us on breaks.     It’s not working for me anymore and I want to let it go.  That’s a big one, people.   Almost a lifetime of social smoking and the hardest thing I ever tried to give up.   Drinking was nothing compared to this one.   Caffeine, a snap.   Sugar, a breeze.

It’s a time to challenge myself to learn new things.   I chose one simple thing, learning to make a wrap bracelet.   They look so simple they have never appealed to me to make but I think it might be fun to learn and something cool to teach my young grandsons.  In school, they are making plastic necklaces and bracelets and this would be fun for them to learn this winter.

I have also chosen polymer clay.   I admire the artists I know who make their own “art beads” to include in their projects and I challenge myself to learn to do the same.

So, my downtime has been productive.   I’m not finished yet.   I’ll be cleaning and clearing right through till the week before Samhain.   I’ll be sketching and putting new ideas into my journal.  Whew!

September 10, 2012 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry, metaphysical, New Age | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments