Freebie Just in Time for Turkey Day

If you haven’t had that flu that is going around, I don’t recommend it!  Nope, it is definitely a waste of time.  I ran fever for 5 days!  That has never happened before.  But, I am on the way back!  Yay!
I have a little something for ya.  If I don’t get it out, it will be ‘out of season’.  LOL  It’s been a while since I made it, a month, perhaps.
As always, click on the images to go to MediaFire to download.
 
I have been hammering away at my e-mail all day, since today was the first day I felt I could.  Had a lot of catching up to do with groups and forums and such.  It feels good to get back among all the sweethearts and just plain wonderful folks in the scrapbooking community.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, here, in the states.  My family celebrates it, so, we are all getting together at my son’s house.  He is the one who was married earlier this year.  His wife has 4 children and is expecting their first in February.  My youngest daughter and her two children will be there, as well as, a handful of good friends.  Unfortunately, my oldest daughter is not coming.  She has been at odds with the rest of us for a while, now.  Quite frankly, the rest of us are a bit relieved that we won’t have to deal with her bad attitude on a holiday, again.  I sure hate it, but, in spite of efforts, it is something she will have to come to grips with it, herself.  This is one of those times when a mother can only stand back and pray for her child.
My heart and my spirits are in a great place, anyway!  I am tired of feeling bad, physically and emotionally.  Know what I mean?  So, with that, I would like say,
Happy Turkey Day, 
My Friends!
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Su

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Freebie, Award, and Ron & Joe

I’m sure you all have noticed how ‘international’ scrapbooking is these days.  My goodness, I’m even picking up a little French in the process.  LOL  Just on my favorite forum there are folks from England and Holland, as well as all across the US.  Quite often, when perusing some of the Freebie Search Sites, where the day’s freebies are posted, I find myself on sites from all over Europe and Asia.  As in any community, there are so many similarities.  The love of a fine craft knows no boundaries.  There are just some things that even the language barrier can’t ignore.  It is quite easy to interpret a comment after a while.  “Thanks” seems to stand out in any language.  Isn’t that wonderful?  LOL Well, recently, I came upon a collaboration from a group of ladies who just swept me away!  They’re Indonesian and a group of them get together and create magick!  One collab they did was to express their condolences for the loss of 7 lives in recent blasts at Jakarta, called Indonesia Unite.  Their designs were awesome!  One lady, in particular, Yanti, has been one that I have kept following, just to see what she and/or her friends are creating.  Her blog is YantiScrap.  Do go check it out and, from her “My Bloglist” down the page on the left, check out some of her friends’ sites, too.  It’s worth it.
 Then, last week, I received an e-mail from Yanti, telling me she had passed on her much-deserved “Honest Scrap”, to yours truly.

I’m so flattered, and humbled!  I really mean it!  I’m supposed to write down 10 things about myself.  Yanti’s list was so sweet.  Um, me.  Hmmm…let’s see…
1.  I love digital design of any kind 2.  Love the comradery of the folks in the scrapping community3.  I have hair down to my butt4.  I used to climb telephone poles for a CATV contractor5.  I love heavy metal music6.  I don’t own a car, by choice (don’t need it)7.  I’m an agoraphobic (that’s why)
8.  I love lemons and eat them by the bag9.  I am as silly as they come; it keeps me young10. I’m a very nurturing soul There!  That wasn’t too painful.  LOL  Now, I would like to pass this award on to: 1.  Snowy 2. Kyra3.  Edna4.  Nana5. Yanna6.  June7.  Dorthi8.  Jodiann9.  Celindaand, though, not very active, I want to mention10.  Keryn11.  Stella
  Needless to say, I consider each of these ladies a friend.  Online friendships are so unique.  We feel joy for each other when someone has a good thing happen and such pain when they are feeling it.  Yet, we’ve never set eyes on or heard the other’s voice.  I’m proud to know the folks I know.  I’ve learned so much about myself through these ladies.  Thanks. ya’ll!
I want to tell ya’ll about this site, Ron and Joe.  These guys are a HOOT!  Their website deals with stock images, but, they are woodcut style images.  They’re unique.  Here’s an example:

Then, there is the rest of their website.  These guys have a wit about them, a bit of innocent mixed with sarcasm, delivered in a cute manner.  I rather enjoy myself there.  They also have “Letter Parts”, which I though would be cool fonts for our habit, er, hobbie.  This CD image shows some of them:

There are the usual sellables, like mousepads, cards, etc, bearing their unique style of art and humor.  But, then, there’s the “Museum of Joe” which is cool.  Here is an example from that:

These are “custom-created object d’ Joe”.  For those of you with a passion for your pets, these are right up your alley.  And, if you get on their newsletter list, each month there is a free download of some of their art.  Here’s the latest:
 

At least, go have a look-see.  I guarantee you will crack a smile.   I can’t post unless I have something to offer you, so, here’s just a little something I’ve been tinkering around with.  It’s an overlay of whimsical proportions.  LOL  I’m entertaining an idea for, well, nevermind.  As always, click on the image to go to Mediafire to download. 

 Okay, cats and kittens!  That’s going to be a wrap.  I’ve come down with a cold or the flu or something and feel like crud!  I’ve enjoyed spending this time sharing stuff with ya.  I hope your day is a wonderful day!
Su

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Earthen Freebie and A Crone

The past five days have been really emotion-filled, yet, cool!  I took the opportunity of the full moon, and performed a “croning” ceremony.  In tales of lore, a crone is an elder woman in the village, whose wisdom, experience and knowledge give her a place of respect and honor, rather than just being an old woman.  Though modernized and adapted to suit my beliefs, this rite of passage is the last one before death.
During a life time, we ladies go through several distinctive phases:  maiden, mother, crone. 

The triple moon is a Goddess symbol that represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon. It is also associated with feminine energy, mystery and psychic abilities. You often see this symbol on crowns or other head-pieces, particularly worn by High Priestesses.

The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the female principle, the promise of new beginnings, youth, excitement, and a carefree erotic aura. The Maiden in Greek Mythology is Persephone – purity – and a representation of new beginnings. Other maiden goddesses include: Brigid, Nimue, among others.
The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, fulfillment, stability, and power. The Mother Goddess in Greek mythology is Demeter, representing wellspring of life, giving and compassionate. Other mother goddesses include: Aa, Ambika, Ceres, Astarte, Lakshmi.
 
The Crone represents wisdom, repose, and compassion. The Crone in Greek mythology is Hecate – wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. Crone goddesses include: Hel, Maman Brigitte, Oya, Sedna, Skuld, and others. ~ Crystalinks.com
This celebration of our womanhood isn’t solely for religious purposes.  Some of the “baby-boomers”, now coming to this age in their lives, are joining together to celebrate this rite with friends, food, wine, blessings and gifts. It is looked upon as a journey, in and of itself, culminating towards the final days of our lives.

Judi Singleton, on her website, Blessed Day,  writes of her journey into this part of her life.  Her site is based around growing old in today’s times.  It is quite an interesting read.  So, with the information from her site, as well as Crystalinks, About.com and some goodies and support, collected from friends around the world, I decided to go through this ritual.  (About.com has a very interesting article about croning in this day and age.)

My ceremony was very casual and private.  I lit candles and sage.  I found some words which pertained to me and my purpose, and used them for my rites.  I, basically, committed myself to sharing with and teaching younger women to live a fulfilling life, a life we can be proud of.  
I performed the ritual on my back deck.  The night was damp and misty, but, throughout, I felt the warmth from the spirits of those women who came before me.  It is believed, in some cultures, that Hallow’een, or All Saint’s Eve, is when the veil between this world and the ‘other side’, is thinnest.  The concept of masks and disguising one’s self was meant, originally, to keep angry spirits or demons away during this day of revelry and madness.  
I chose a name for the croning, one that I felt was significant.  “Lillitha”.  Lillitha, a spin-off of Lilith, Adam’s supposed first wife.   She wanted nothing to do with men being the stronger sex.  She was known to come to men in  their sleep and take the top position.  THAT part is not what I am about!  LOL  I like her feelings about women.  All my adult life, I have been an advocate for women’s rights.  I proudly taught my own two girls that independence and responsibility are important in becoming a true ‘lady’.  

With this ritual, I promised to honor the women folk who came before me.  I committed myself to ensuring future women learn what they need to survive.  As for the present, I stand in awe at how beautiful it is to be a woman, among so many wonderful beings.  I have truly been blessed.  I’ve had the opportunity to feel the way I do, without shame or reprisal.  My life has been touched by some women who have given their all into their families and homes.  That is only a wee part of being a woman.  It was, and still is, a big part of who I am.  But, home and family don’t define me.  I am woman first, then, the rest comes.

Okay, so, now, that you all think I’m a wierd-o, I have some thing to share with you.  I made this “Earth” kit for the October Color Challenge at Magickal Scraps.,   I hope someone can use it, for it is full of all kinds of messages and themes to promote conservation of our resources.

(Click onthe two images to go to MediaFire to download)
 
Thank you for your time and interest.  You all are what makes my day complete.

Hugs,

Su

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