Although I don’t have much time to craft these days, I gleefully signed up for the ADF Artisan Guild Imbolc exchange. The group decided that everyone should make something small, and we decided on the amount of time it should take and the general cost. I was excited enough to participate and do a little sewing, but was absolutely over the moon when I saw that my partner was my dear friend, R! She and I got back to my Utica days, when I was first exploring Paganism. We bonded over an interest in ADF, and she encouraged me to make the drive to Muin Mound in Syracuse. Life took us to different corners of NY, and we don’t get to see each other as often as we used to, but we still bond over our shared interests and meet up whenever we can.
R indicated that, despite her Norse hearth culture, she has an interest in Brighid. I decided to make her a small Brighid doll, since the exchange was for Imbolc. I repurposed a blue wool sweater by felting it, and used a little for Brighid’s body. Folk art inspired me to leave the face blank. I usually love painting faces on my dolls, but I really think my decision works for this small doll. It gives her a very solemn look, and the individual regarding the doll will inherently known how they feel she should look.
In exchange, R surprised me with this adorable fairy cottage made with polymer clay and a repurposed jar. I love all the whimsical details – right down to the woodgrain on the door! There are even little windows on each side, and Bee loves to peer in. It has be excited for spring with all the pink flowers!
Funnily enough, we actually were able to meet up a couple weeks after receiving our gifts. Her girlfriend happened to have a hockey tournament in the area, so we met for lunch. It felt wonderful to reconnect. Hoping to do more of that come the warmer weather!