Paper Winter Solstice Suns: A Tutorial

  As I wake up each day to darker and darker skies, I find myself thinking about the sun a lot.  I can only imagine the reverence and hope my ancestors attached to its lengthening rays each day following the Winter Solstice.  Adopting it as a central figure in my own Druidism seems more naturalContinue reading “Paper Winter Solstice Suns: A Tutorial”

A Quiet but Lovely Winter Solstice

Our 2012 Winter Solstice tree – Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012   I woke up a little early the morning of the Solstice to begin preparations for our little feast.  As I chopped potatoes, carrots, and onions, I kept my eye on the window and watched as the world grew increasingly illuminated.  Although overcast, theContinue reading “A Quiet but Lovely Winter Solstice”

Felt Yule Goat Ornament Tutorial

The Winter Solstice is very nearly upon us, and if you’re anything like me, handmade gifts are pure magic!  If you’re looking for a last minute stocking stuffer, my felt Yule Goat Ornament may be just the ticket*! Yule Goat Ornament – made and photographed by Grey Catsidhe, 2012 I’ve said this before, but IContinue reading “Felt Yule Goat Ornament Tutorial”

Teaching Children About Winter Holidays with “Lights of Winter”

Even before learning about my pregnancy, I’ve been collecting books for my future child.  Of course, some of this collection includes kid-friendly mythology and history.  I imagine this time of year being a bit confusing for the little one.  Public schools are full of Christmas. The rest of my family celebrates Christmas, albeit some moreContinue reading “Teaching Children About Winter Holidays with “Lights of Winter””

Easy Winter Solstice Cheer with Homegrown, Recycled, and Found Joy

December is here and the excited march to the Winter Solstice begins!  I’ve been a busy gal sewing, crocheting, knitting, and wrapping.  I still have so much to do!  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and overlook the real essence of this time of year (regardless of your holiday): light, love, family, coming together, generosity,Continue reading “Easy Winter Solstice Cheer with Homegrown, Recycled, and Found Joy”

The Cold Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  In a fitting shift of energy, snow once more entered my world, swirling through the air, sprinkling the grass like powdered sugar, and filling my family with excitement.    It is interesting how our modern comforts have turned this time of year into something joyous.  To our northern ancestors, thereContinue reading “The Cold Season”

Candles and Pendants

This post is not about spells involving candles and pendants.  Perhaps I’ll write about those someday.  No, this post is to show off, and thank people, for these lovely treasures! First off, a trio of votive candles I won from Witchcrafts Artisan Alchemy  during the Witches’ Yuletide Ball!  I was so excited to hear that IContinue reading “Candles and Pendants”

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We haven’t accumulated much snow in the North Country, but we’ve had some dustings.  I love the forest at wintertime.  Truly, I love it for different reasons each season, but there’s something very magical about the forest in the winter.  Everything is so quiet and sleepy.  The deciduous trees are especially hushed save the occasionalContinue reading “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”