The last few weeks I have been gathering plants for drying and pressing. The pretty little plant press pictured here was a gift. I am enjoying the use of it, with its papers, boards and idea book for using pressed flowers and leaves. Normally, I use old telephone books for pressing, which work very well. Pressed plants are great for accenting letters (if anyone writes letters these days, that is!), making art for framing, framing under glass, decorating journals, grimoires, books of shadows, invitations....the uses are many. It is a soothing and creative practice. Old-fashioned, yes but an art that should be kept alive and well in these techno-crazed times. It is a satisfying way, too, of preserving memories of gardens past.
This photo shows my little Goddess necklace. I found this at a Medieval Faire last year. Handmade out of wood, it is hollow and filled with little bits of a (unknown) hard substance so when you shake it, it makes a soft rattling sound. I shake it to raise energy, sometimes during meditation, spellwork or sitting on my porch glider and want to send out some positive energy into the Universe. My project for this is to find some embellishments to attach which will make it an appropriate amulet. Searching for tiny items, charging them and putting it together will be most rewarding and, I think, a powerful, protective charm.
With October just a few days away, I am, like many of the bloggers I follow, looking forward to autumn crafting. Ideas are twirling around in my head, and this season is truly the one that inspires numerous creative pursuits. Hopefully, I will have some interesting things to show-and-tell about. I can't wait to read other bloggers' posts and see their artful endeavors.
|Glass magnets with pressed leaves( image credit)|