Monday, 19 November 2012

Calling All Yarnies!

Shop of the week this week is Wharfedale Woolworks, purveyor of beautiful, high quality hand painted wool and vegan fibre yarns, rovings and batts.

Gold Sparkle Variegated hand dip-dyed sock yarn
75% merino, 20% nylon, 5% gold stellina fibre
You may be wondering what this 'shop of the week' business is.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Tis the season to be jolly

With Yule and Christmas quickly approaching I've been busy working on new artwork for my Etsy shop. This prototype deer head needs a couple of small adjustments but I'm fairly pleased with it so far.


Once I've made those final design tweaks, these will be up for sale in my shop and I'll be working on another animal design.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!

Okifolki is one year old today! To celebrate I'm giving away a paper dragon at http://www.facebook.com/Okifolki These dragons will be available to buy soon.


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Where am I?


Well as you can see I haven't been around here much lately. In fact, I've been quite unwell for most of this year with one thing after another. I had to shut up my shop and take time out to get better. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

Pagan 101: Colour

I find myself deeply affected by colour. Colour has the power to change my mood, my feelings, my energy levels, my appetite and many more of my physical, emotional and mental functions. I decided to explore this phenomenon this week and to experiment a bit to learn more about the power of colour.




Sunday, 5 February 2012

Listography

Top 5 Phrases That Drive Me Crazy

Imbolc Blessings!

This year, February 4th is the Pagan festival of Imbolc. This is a cross-quarter day; halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. The word "Imbolc" comes from an old Irish word "Oimelc" which means "ewes' milk" as this is the time of the first newborn spring lambs. We celebrate the awakening of spring, the first stirrings of Mother Earth and the growing power of the sun. This is a time of inspiration, purification and cleansing, and preparation for growth and renewal. Imbolc  I wish all my readers Imbolc blessings! 





Friday, 3 February 2012

Pagan 101: Circle

Have you ever wondered why pagans always seem to stand in circles? Or why the ancient ones built stone circles? 



These circles are the pagans' sacred space. They are the pagans' church, temple or holy place. The place where they can worship, perform rituals and become closer to their deities.

In this post I will explain how to cast a circle for yourself, and give you a circle etiquette guide so you will know what to do if you attend a public pagan ritual, or if you are invited to a pagan ritual, such as a religious festival celebration, or a handfasting (pagan marriage ceremony). 

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Rainbow Coloured Pencils Storage

Artist Julio Radesca designed this beautiful and ingenius 'interactive display case' for coloured pencils named 'Lambda' after the Greek letter used to denote wavelength.





Monday, 30 January 2012

Knitting and Knots

Check out these beautiful knitted knot pillows from Birkiland! The NotKnot pillows are knitted from Icelandic wool into long, filled cylinders which are then tied into four different knot designs and are available in a choice of ten colours for $128.57 each.


Turk's Head in gray

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Friday, 27 January 2012

Let There Be Light!

With the pagan festival of Imbolc almost upon us, I'm feeling warmed by the growing length of days and more than ready to embrace the extra light these afford us. Of course there's still often a need for artificial light in the evenings, and even sometimes during the days in this grey part of the world I call home. Here are my favourite discoveries of light from around the internet.


Enlightened Design

Nepa lamp by Giles Godwin Brown is a play on the traditional angle-poise desk lamp. It folds against or away from the wall for versatility.


Pagan 101:(Saint) Brigid

Brigid - Christian Saint, Pagan Goddess



Coming up in around a week's time is the Pagan festival of Imbolc, and the Christian festival of Saint Brigid. After reading about both Saint Brigid and the pagan Goddess Brigid I had a real lightbulb moment. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Pagan 101: Beginners' Guide to Paganism

Since I am often asked basic questions about paganism, I thought it might be helpful to answer some of those that I am asked most often, in easy, layman's terms. 




Friday, 13 January 2012

Pagan 101: Art Affirmations

Affirmations

An affirmation is a declared statement of truth. The idea behind affirmations is that you use the power of positive thinking to draw a positive outcome from the universe. For example, let's say you want to improve your self-image. You make a statement as if what you WISH was true IS already true... so you might say 'I am beautiful.' This affirmation can then be used as a mantra (spoken out loud) or as a meditation (spoken in your head), repeated over and over, with the idea that if you are told something often enough, you believe it to be true... and if you believe something to be true, you can make it so. 

I've never really got on very well with this kind of practice. Firstly, I feel like an idiot chanting mantras out loud to myself, and secondly using affirmations in this way always makes me feel too much like I'm trying to convince myself that they're true, and I never seem able to get past that feeling. 

However, I've recently discovered a way to make affirmations using art that really works for me, and I'd like to share this method with you here. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Art Journal

What is an art journal?


Art journalling is all about fun, play, getting your creative funk on (yes you do have one, even if you don't know where it is yet) and art therapy. There are no rules. But here are some ideas to help get you started.