Category Archives: Crafts

Full Moon, Strawberry Moon

 Today is the June Full Moon, known as Strawberry or Mead Moon. This is the month to harvest strawberries but also the month traditionally people get married, to celebrate with the drinking of mead. We’ll see the Summer Solstice on the 21st, on Father’s Day, this year, and the season changes into the hot days of summer.

I love strawberries. I often slice up strawberries, freeze them, then add to smoothies for a cool, refreshing drink. Once I didn’t add enough Almond milk (you can add milk or juice), and I found the result was something similar to soft ice cream. Even better. I found a similar recipe that includes bananas, but remember to SLICE the fruit and freeze first. Trying to blend a whole banana or even whole strawberries offers some scary noise from the food processor. Strawberry/banana ice cream.

Strawberry Mead Recipe (1 gallon) – Mead is a very light alcoholic drink, like wine in a way. You can mix all types of flavor with it, so its versatile as well. I tried once a mead with orange blossom and roses. Odd taste but also very good.

Strawberry Syrup– homemade strawberry syrup is good for many things such as pancakes/crepes, but also scones, and the next recipe- soda.

Homemade Strawberry Soda (healthier than regular soda)

Some fun summer crafts:

Make your own bubble wands- This is a fun tip to work with kids, or for playful magick. Once created, use to make bubble, while blowing,  visualize your ‘wish’ when you blow, and send out into the world.

Create Ribbon Spells- easy to do by writing down your wish and tying to a tree or bush so the wind can blow on it. This makes for a festive look as well.

With Summer and the hot weather soon approaching, consider a Henna tattoo. I’ve tried henna tattoos a few times. The Henna smells wonderful, and although the paste itself goes on black, and it takes time to dye the skin, the result looks so pretty. You could design symbols and use as a spell. Wear until worn off, and enjoy the loveliness of the design as well.

Want to share your own ideas for summer? Post in comments.

Tip: Easy and cheap incense/candle holder

MAS01 I wish I learned this trick years ago, but the problem with altar tools is finding things that fit the various types of incense and candles out there.

Incense come in sticks, cones, and the charcoal briquettes. Candles also come in various size tapers, pillar, and even tea light size dimension. But do I seriously want to get different containers to accommodate them?

The tips is easy; A single container, preferable wide and flat, filled with sand, salt, or dirt, works wonderfully as a holder for all incense and candles, and even other things.

flowrepotI prefer using a terra cotta flower pot plate. They are heat resistant, and come in many sizes. You can also paint them, or use a flower pot, overturned, as a base to raise up the plate.

This is also easy to clean by scooping or replacing the sand, salt, or dirt. I use white sand, but you can find various Sand in Vivid Colors at the craft store, or find the Sand for Aquarium at pet stores (you can even find black sand). Hardware stores also carry sand for gardens or walkways.

Other containers include bowls, pots, or plates. This can also be used indoors or outdoors, and changed with the seasons. Use dirt for spring, sand for summer, dirt/soil for Autumn , and even snow for winter (outdoor only). Use your imagination!

Happy, Merry Yule time Wishes!

003December 21, 2014 marks the Winter Solstice this year, when the longest night starts to give way to the Summer. The ‘sun king’ is born, a light flicker which will continually grow as the days lengthen into the warmer months of 2015.

To me, Yule represents hope and light. It means hope that light and warmth will return. It means the candles lit at Yule represent our souls, that each person can ‘light up’ another person, without losing their own glow, but make the world brighter.

It means a time of learning and introspection. When the weather keeps you home, take advantage of this time to take on a new hobby, learn something new, master a new craft. Meditate and learn of yourself. Know thyself. Learn to love and appreciate yourself, while cultivating the good parts, and whittle away the bad.

And crafting! Yes, to craft some lovely things for myself or for others:


Crafting candles, lanterns, and setting lights around the house welcome the Sun into the world, with the hope the winter will be short.

Snow and ice magick is also perfect for this holiday, providing your area has snow and ice. We have cold weather, no snow, and only some ice.

How to make ice globe lanterns

Botanical jar lanterns

So if you don’t have the cold weather, use your freezing, or  you can opt to make lanterns from other materials.

Twigs and tissue paper can make lovely lanterns


Learn from other family traditions to celebrate. Some of these are sweet and simple, perfect for little ones.

Feeding animals and releasing dreams

A moment of silence.. .

Make releasing bundles.


Baking up sweet treats!

I tackled a French Macaron recipe, but finding a special cookie, cake, pie, or even spice mix provides you the opportunity to add well-wishing in the process.

Rainbow cookies (video) can easily be made into something that looks like a star or sun.

Nilla cake bites. I haven’t tried these, but they would make lovely little cakes for cakes and ale, or gifts for others.


I hope your holiday season is a safe, light-filled, love-filled event with the promise of great things to come…