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I logged into Blogger and saw my last post about Kirk wearing a mask and nothing else.  I was suddenly struck by inspiration.  That would make a spectacular doll…  I would probably have the doll wearing a sarong (I’ve not mastered fabric penises yet…*).  I will have to get on that…

* I have made one fabric penis.   It’s one of my cats’ favorite toys.

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Black Cat

Small Teddy, Big Feet

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Like many, I don’t really know how to describe my time at Wellspring.  The word that keeps popping up in my head is transformative.  I had a wonderful time and learned a lot about myself.  I feel closer to my grove, the ADF community, and the friends I’ve made there.

It was great to finally meet so many people who I’ve only known online.  I spent some time with the Daws and Lesley who I know through Facebook and the ADF chats.  I also met my lj friends athenamsb and Thread_of_Song.  It was amazing to spend time with them.   I briefly spoke with Michael Dangler, Seamus, and Jamie.  I also saw Robb for the first time in a year or so!   I wish we could have talked more but such is the nature of a festival I guess!

Weretoad and I spent a lot of time with our friend Parallax who moved out to Albany earlier this year.  We’ve not been able to see her as often as we’d like to, so having her at Wellspring was great!  Her husband wasn’t able to come but we’re already plotting plans for next year!

I feel that Wellspring was transformative for me because not only did it increase my bonds with ADF as a whole, but it helped me to better understand my own insecurities and then deal with them/move past them.  I thought that being in a clothing optional campground would be hugely stressful.  In the end, it became very normal and even relaxing!  I felt more at ease and secure in my own beauty and worth than I ever have.  Like Michele said to me in the hot tub, eventually a switch goes off and you realize that there’s a definite difference between nudity and sexuality.  This was also my first time camping so I learned a lot and know better what I do and don’t need next year.

The rituals I attended were wonderful.  Kirk’s installation as Arch Druid was moving and powerful.  I’ve never seen so many Druids in one place!  The symbel on Sunday was a lot of fun and different from any ritual I’ve ever been to.  My husband’s favorite was the closing ritual on Monday.  He liked that it was more relaxed and that he could sit (he liked that about the symbel as well).

Goodness…  What else happened?

– I attended several helpful workshops including the Daws’ lecture on Stoicism and Kirk’s basic ritual skills.  I got a lot out of them!

– Several of my dolls were for sale in the ADF Store.  I even sold six of them!  I hope that everyone enjoys them!

– I entered the doll at right, Manannan mac Lir, into the Artisan Competition and won first place in the Sacred Art category!  Woo!

– Weretoad and I fell in love with sarongs.  I think they’re now our favorite form of clothing.

– I bought several sarongs, a dragon statue for my garden, and the book Real Magic by Isaac Bonewits.

– I enjoyed the annual meeting.  I especially liked Kirk’s idea to honor some of the most helpful people with certificates and rewards at the end.  It’s good to acknowledge the many dedicated volunteers!

– I did a LOT of dancing and it felt wonderful!  My grovies want me to do a workshop on dance sometime.

– Candee and I spoke a bit about reiki and she did some on my face because I was feeling so sick on Sunday.  It really helped and I am so grateful to her!

All in all, I had such a spectacular time and am so amazed with the hospitality of everyone from Stone Creed Grove to the solitaries!  I am honored to be a part of ADF and I cannot wait until next year!  Congratulations to everyones accomplishments!  Hail to the folk and our Kindreds!

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Today was busy but in a good way.  I went to Massage Works in Watertown for my monthly massage.  My therapist says she noticed I didn’t have as many knots this time.  I asked her about lomilomi massage, because I was curious, and she did some on me.  It was interesting but not something I would want for an entire session.  It’s very intense and, in some ways, rough.  She only did a little bit, and I definitely felt like she was breaking through something.  My lower back feels really limber now!   Next time I might reserve a longer period and have her do some reflexology on my hands and feet.  They always seem to cry out in jealousy after my back and neck get so much attention!  Perhaps I’ll practice some reiki on myself later to make up for it.

I also bought fabric for a cloak I’m going to make for Wellspring.  I hope it turns out well!  The fabric store in Watertown is just not as good as the one in Utica.  It’s very disappointing and I hope it improves… They didn’t have enough of most fabric, so I decided on a moss green velour and a gold faux satin for the lining.

Speaking of stores in Utica, I heard a rumor that Accents of Ireland closed.  Is that true?  If so, that is very sad.  

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I’m proud of myself.  I’ve been so lazy all week.  After work I just wanted to play Civilization IV and watch movies/shows.

Not today!  I cleaned, sewed, cooked, exercised, and did a little in my garden.

Everything in the garden is coming along well.  Some of my beans are blossoming.  My squash and corn are shooting up (I’m experimenting with the three sisters in a giant tub).  The lettuce and herbs are showing.  I have some seedlings in the art room.  I need more pots for them!

To my gardening friends, what are you doing at the moment?  What are you growing and how?

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I felt really ill yesterday due to hormonal issues.  I accomplished nothing after work.

I don’t feel fully restored tonight, but I’ve already been more productive than yesterday!  I did some work on a doll and did a quick ritual to promote healing in the areas surrounding the oil spill.  CedarLight Grove is encouraging everyone to take part, even if it’s just through meditation.

Speaking of CedarLight Grove, do they not have an amazing website?  I hate to say this, because I’m very proud of my grove otherwise, but I totally have website envy.  Ours looks really out of date…  Heck, even some of the information is old.  I don’t even want to link to it right now because it’s kind of embarrassing…  I really want to offer Skip a hand but, at the same time, I don’t want to step on any toes…  Maybe he’s just been really, really busy with ArchDruid business and, now that he’s “retired,” he’ll have more time for that?    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

In other news, I’m trying to clean the house.  My family is visiting this weekend and hubby and I have been so lazy!  Despite the existence of a designated “art room,” we tend to bring most of our projects into the living room.  I think the problem is a lack of surface area in the art room.  I’m going to be keeping my eyes open for a table to put in there.  Maybe that will help?

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Now that it’s May, Wellspring is right around the corner!  I’m so excited to meet more of my fellow ADFers.  Yesterday at Muin Mound, I learned some very exciting things about Wellspring!  For one, Skip told me that the ceremonial installation of Kirk as the new Arch Druid will take place on Saturday.  This means I won’t miss it!  YAY!  Second, apparently they’re having a professional videographer coming to film the entire thing in the hopes of distributing it to something like the Discovery Channel for a documentary about us!  Holy dandelions!  That’s so exciting if a bit nerve-inducing as well.  I would really love to take part in it but struggle with displaying my Pagan life in such a public way.  Someone at Muin Mound suggested making myself and my husband masks.  I think I’ll do this.  We were highly encouraged to have ritual garb anyway (or just dress nice), so this gives me a good excuse to put together a new cloak at the very least**.

In other news, since Skip is now the head of the ADF store, I talked to him at length about the possibility of vending at Wellspring.  I explained that I didn’t have a tax license and that I knew it was illegal to sell without one.  I’m just not willing to risk the huge fines, even if it’s unlikely that I’ll get caught at Wellspring.  After talking to Skip, I found out an even more important reason why one shouldn’t sell “under the table,” as it were.  Apparently there are vendors at the Brushwood Center all festival season, and they have to pay a hefty insurance fee to be there – slightly over $600 a year.  In my opinion, it just wouldn’t be honest or ethical to sell under the table when there are other artisans legitimately selling and paying so much for insurance.

Luckily, Skip explained that ADF has figured out the consignment issue!  Thanks to some of Kirk’s connections, ADF has a lawyer and a CPA.  ADF is now able to legally contract its artisans to sell through the online store and at festivals.  Skip gave me a contract to fill out (he said I was the first person to get one!).  ADF takes a cut and I have to fill out a W-9, but I don’t have to worry about having a tax license*** (ADF takes care of that as well as the Brushwood insurance), and anyone (not just ADF members) can visit and purchase from the ADF store****.  I’m really excited and am definitely planning to sell some dolls at festivals and on the internet store.  I spent much of today going through my old inventory and  making new dolls!  I started two large dolls and am nearly finished with over a dozen little Goddess dolls.  Whoo!  I’m a one-woman sweat-shop!

* I know I’ve been posting a lot today…  I guess I just have a lot to say!

** My husband wonders whether or not people in masks and cloaks will make everyone look like loonies, but they’re such an integral part of modern Paganism and general “shamanic” practices that, in the right context, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  It’s our liturgical wear, our neo-ethnic wear, and our mental key into ritual.  If people like to dress up and really express their inner selves during such a spiritual time, I don’t see it as a bad thing.  I completely understand my husband’s ponderings, and I often have them myself, but in the end I love dressing up.

*** We don’t charge taxes anyway because of our church status.

**** I highly encourage any artsy ADF members to look into it, especially if you were thinking about selling anything at Wellspring.

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