Unicorns everywhere!

Hello!

Lately I've been obsessed with owls and unicorns. When I was an awkward teenager in the 80's I loved collecting unicorns. I had all kinds; ceramic, plastic, brass.....I thought that I would turn my previous love into some current art. It's time for the unicorns to make a comeback.

Here are two plaques that I recently made:


This lovely piece is sold. I called it "The Last Unicorn"




This piece is over a foot tall. It is 16 1/2 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide. I just love this piece. I call it "The Unicorn Queen". She is still available for $250.00. I think it would look lovely in a nursery or playroom.








I have a couple of custom orders to make and now is the time for my Ostara eggs! I love to paint eggs! I have a wonderful project planned using beautiful Emu eggs!


Brightest Blessings,
Saga




New prints available

I've recently made a available a few prints of the base artwork of my spirit boards that I sale. These are prints of the artwork only and do not have the lettering.

These are available on deviantart and Etsy


The following have been made available:

The Morrighan



Surfacing


The Arrival of Wisdom


Day of the Dead Altar



Witch By Choice


The Thinning of the Veil


The Visitor



Benzaiten, Goddess of All That Flows







Brightest Blessings
Saga




Holidays and New Artwork

Brightest Blessings everyone! Have you all had a good holiday season?

I sure did! I have the new work area and everything was merry and bright. I decided not to put up a Yule tree this year, too many kittenish cats for that. I have several antique ornaments and I didn't want them ruined.

I did buy a few things to put up in place of a tree. I love the Tomtes and I found a couple here and there. I found myself a lovely little mobile with Yule goats, I made a wreath with my daughter and made some gnomes for it. I saw a lovely idea on Pinterest using ping pong balls on lights and I made that, and they turned out quite well. So, even though I decided against the tree this year, my home was still festive. I also decided to go a new color with my hair. Here's a few pics of everything and links to the pins that I found for these.

First, my new tomte that found a home in front of my fireplace:

Next, my daughter and I made some crafts for our home. We made cinnamon ornaments and turned them into garland.

I didn't really use a pin for this, as I have made these before. I usually start with a cup of applesauce and then keep adding cinnamon until I have a stiff dough. I also put a bit of cloves in. Here's a helpful link: Cinnamon ornaments

Next, I found a pin that used pinecones as the base of a wreath. I had been picking up pinecones for days on my walks with Tesla, my pittie. We decided to make this one, but I also added a few gnomes to it. The gnomes were another pin that I found.

 


Aren't they cute??

Here are the links to the ideas for them. Pinecone wreath and gnomes

Here's the ping pong lights


Link for directions here:  Ping pong 



I found a cute little Yule goat mobile


I made my first Yule log cake! I found a gluten free recipe and I even made the little mushrooms for decoration. 
 


The one that I used for the mushrooms is here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/meringue_mushrooms.html




And I had my hair colored a beautiful silver color with blue ombre, which I adore and plan to keep for a while. 

 


All the Tomtes and vintage swedish Christmas cards on pinterest had my art wheels grinding in my head and I made a new plaque. I love the look of the vintage cards, some with glitter. This is a 3D plaque. I painted the background picture and then I create the main pic with clay. I made each of the little lights on the tree and strung them on green thread and placed them on the tree. I placed holly around the edge and put the Swedish "God Jul" at the top which means "Merry Christmas" or "Good Yule". This lovely plaque will be listed in my shop this week. I have another that I am going to make, plus I'm going to begin work for the Imbolc edition of Imramma Magazine!

I hope each and every one of you had wonderful holidays with your families and I hope to have more pics soon. In the meantime, here are some pics of my latest plaque!







Brightest blessings,

Saga



My New Desk

I've been doing a lot of organization work in the home. I'm also trying to work on my home a bit more. I have tons of stuff to do, so this blog will probably be showing my updates for a while and nothing else.

My first act of crafting organization was to build a craft desk. My things were spilling over in the corner that I have them and it has gotten to the point that I don't want to make or do anything. I have to drag stuff out to get to what I need and I had to do something about it.

I saw this awesome craft desk on Pinterest not too long ago. I knew when I saw it that it was just what I needed, only bigger.


Here is the one that I saw:


The original idea is from Ana White, but this is someone's desk they made using the idea on Ana White.


Isn't it just divine? Well, I wanted it. We followed the semi-instructions but I added a few things.  I added length to it, a middle cubbie section, 2x2 for the support boards, and backing to the cubbies instead of wallpaper.

It cost almost 300.00 and I painted it to match my livingroom mural.

Here is mine.




Here is my wonderful hubby building it.


And here it is waiting to be painted.




The top is mdf board, but I wanted it to look like planks. I didn't want to put planks on it, I wanted a solid top, so I'll just paint to look like planks.




Here is the top when I finished it.


I added runes around the edge.


I forgot to mention that I painted the cubbies with oil based kilz so that I could paint them. After painting I put two coats of polyurethane on the whole thing.


Here are the rocks that I started painting on the cubbies. Hecate likes to inspect my work.




And here it is after I have finished. I need to buy the cloth drawers and I may add a climbing vine to the artwork later.








Brightest Blessings,
Saga











Samhain Memorial Luminary

This article is part of Kallan's wonderful Sunday Stew. Please hop on over and read all the different flavors added by each chef. I know that you will love it!




This is a lovely memorial project to honor your loved ones for Samhain and the rest of the year. It looks quite beautiful when it is lit by candlelight and you'll want to keep it lit year-round.

This is a very easy and cheap project to make.

For this project you will need:

4 dollar store 5x7 frames
Black card stock
Vellum paper
Pictures of your loved ones that have passed
E-6000 glue
Tea light candle
A photo editing program

I am going to make mine using pictures of my sister Dana, my husband's parents, and my grandparents. It will leave one frame open for wording. However, you don't have to have wording if you choose, you can put another picture in the 4th frame.




These are just cheap plastic frames. I broke off all of the plastic on the back. The frame does have glass in it and that is all you will keep in it. The back that goes behind the picture will be removed and thrown away. It will look like the pic on the right when you are finished.


Now you will choose your loved ones' pictures and edit them to fit. You will be printing these on vellum paper. I could not find any plain vellum at Michael's. I had to get vellum with a floral print on it in the scrapbooking section. It fit perfectly in the printer and I was able to print 2 5x7 on each page.
However, a bit of warning for you. I started one to print and went to the kitchen for a bowl of delicious chicken tortilla soup. When I returned I found that the vellum had rolled while it printed and my mamaw and papaw's picture was smeared. This has to dry when it comes out. You cannot touch the part with the picture until it dries. You will have to help the picture out of the printer as it prints because it will roll up.

Below is the different sheets of vellum that I found.

 

After I have printed the pictures on the vellum. The picture at the top left is the one that I messed up of mamaw and papaw. I then printed it on the piece on the right. The bottom of my sister printed perfectly.


This is my husband's mom and dad in the frame.




After you have the pictures in their frames, you are going to glue them all together. I am using e-6000 glue. I am putting a generous amount between each frame. Let them dry completely before adding the bottom piece of cardstock.

 


After it has dried throughly, cut a square of black cardstock to make a bottom. I attached it with more glue.



After the bottom has dried thoroughly, it is ready for a candle. Just place the candle down into the center and light. 

PLEASE REMEMBER: NEVER LEAVE A CANDLE BURNING UNATTENDED.

If you would like to help it be a bit more illuminated, you can use a mirror in the bottom, or even use a square of mirror as the bottom instead of the cardstock.

Some other ideas:

You could also just do three frames and make a triangle luminary. If you would like, you could make one luminary with Samhain poems and one luminary with your pictures. That would be pretty on each side of your altar. 


Here is mine finished.




 


 






I hope you enjoyed this craft.


Brightest Samhain Blessings,

Saga