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Friday, October 31, 2014

Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween


Pumpkin Patch

Today is one of my favorite holidays both for the spiritual aspects and for the secular festivities. This week, while still digging out from under my piles of work, I had the chance to enjoy a trip to the Pumpkin Patch with my co-workers to celebrate a birthday. It was a beautiful day to be outside and it helped me stop for a moment and really enjoy the season.


Hay Ride

Taking a simple hay ride through the corn fields and along the river brought to mind the work that went into this harvest, that the season of abundance is quickly coming to a close and it is time to prepare for cold weather and the dark nights of winter. It brought to mind my wonderful grandfather who was an amazing gardener. His garden was always lush, regardless of how poor the soil was. I was always amazed at how well he could grow anything!


Corn Maze

Walking through the corn maze was fun. We ran, we walked, we got lost and eventually made our way back to the pumpkin patch. It was an enjoyable way to spend the early afternoon. 

Last week I had another opportunity to send a few hours outside...

Hiking

I took part in a short hike for my employer's wellness program. It was a cold and windy morning but it felt great to be out in the forest. The gentleman leading this hike also talked about local flora and fauna, showed us where the mistletoe and nightshade grew as well as how to tell the difference between several local species of pine trees and even offered us some of the local history of this particular area. All in all a great way to start the day (even if I was sick and running a fever LOL)

These past several weeks have been especially crazy for me. My youngest son (17) broke his writs a week before my Arts and Crafts show and had surgery 2 days before the show. He has an amazing sense of humor, while we were sitting in the emergency room he looked at me and said - "I don't think I am going to tell people I broke it roller skating, I think I'll tell them I was playing rugby, it's more manly". Funny, funny kid! He did tell people he was roller skating with his buddies but the rugby story makes me laugh.

He is mending well and hopefully gets the wires out Tuesday and if he is lucky will only be in a cast for another 3 - 4 weeks. Fingers crossed!

My studio still looks like a bomb went off in it though my work office is starting to look normal again - all in all I am looking forward to a restful rest of the year, I will be spending it with friends and family and have no obligations to do anything! 

Tonight, in honor of Samhain, I'll be spending time paying tribute to those who came before me and celebrating this most wonderful Witch's New Year! My goals for the next year are to enjoy each day, to celebrate love, life and friendship and to focus on my health and my art. January I'll have a "list" but for today that is all.

Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's Arrived!!!


Look what I won from Jean Wheelock over at TreasuresNWhimsy Studio during the Witches of Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop!! Not only did I get to see some amazing Halloween art I won this awesome guy. He is even cuter in person!!

If you didn't get a chance to visit the hop click on the name above to find links to all of the talented artists that participated.

Jean, thank you so much!! I love this little guy, he is amazing :0)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And the Winners are...

Thank you for celebrating my 3rd Blogaversary with me!! I apologize for being a couple of days late, the show wore me out and I am still buried under piles of stuff at home AND at work!!

Without further ado the 3 winners are:

1) Katy Magee
2) Angela Perez and
3) Laura Morrigan

Email me at Autumnwindreno@aol.com with your mailing address and I will get your presents mailed :0)

Thank you for being a part of my online world!

Sincerely,

Autumnwind

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's my 3rd Blogaversary!








Last year I missed it, seriously, I realized it a couple of weeks late and so I let it pass but this one, well, I didn't want to let it pass, I've been blogging on here - pretty regularly- for 3 years now and I am so blessed to have all of you in my life! I've met amazing people, participated in some fabulous parties and really have enjoyed my life in the blogging world.

Since I'm celebrating my 3rd Blogaversary there will be cake and presents. Why? Because I like cake and presents. Of course the party wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun without you, so everyone who stops by will be entered into a drawing to win a present. I'll be giving away 3 presents in honor of my 3rd full year of blogging. At least one of them will be a sculpted pumpkin head, Mortimer is letting me give away one of his friends to a lucky party goer. The other two prizes will be surprises and won't be posted until they are delivered to the luck party goers.

To get in on the fun all you have to do is be a follower (of start following me) and leave me a comment below! That is it :0)

Thanks for stopping by, for checking out my blog and for making my life so full!

**UPDATE** I will be drawing for the presents on Monday October 20th (that is the day AFTER the big craft fair so I can breath again LOL)

***UPDATE 2*** Prizes will be mailed out on Tuesday, October 28th** Thanks to everyone who visited!

Sincerely,

Autumnwind

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mabon Blessings


Slowly the wheel turns, the seasons change and while it is still hot in Nevada the temperature is slowly inching its way down. Today it was just 84, not too bad for an end of summer day. I am always a little sad to see summer leave, those long lazy days full of sweet summer fruits, weekends at the lake, nights on the deck, gardens bursting full of color and food.

Sigh, I do love the summer but autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the spicy scents, the hint of chill in the evening air, the foods, the pumpkins... I could go on and on. Seriously, I love the way the light changes from the bright summer sunshine to a golden hue, making everything warm and lovely, the late afternoon light that just makes you want to snuggle in a nice soft chair with a book – well, it makes me want to snuggle in with a soft flannel blanket, a book and a nice glass of wine.

The Fire-Pit

This year, the equinox falls on September 23 and I’ll be celebrating Mabon this Tuesday. I'll be giving thanks for all that I have, the bounty of my garden and for my amazing family and friends. I’ll be lighting the small fire pit (as long as the smoke from the fires in Northern California clears out) and baking something yummy with apples and pumpkins, not sure what yet but I can’t wait!

Peach Preserves

This time of year is for giving thanks, for seeking balance, for preparing for the time when the earth cools and the crops have been harvested. I am making preserves, apple butter and canning various veggies as I can. This is my first year making preserves and I am pretty pleased with them.

During the winter months I usually have more time for my blog, this year I’ll be busy right up till the middle of October with the arts and crafts fair and a costume party, and a couple of birthdays among other things but I am planning on getting back to the heart of Beneath the Witch’s Moon, the love of the goddess, the rhythm of the seasons and the comfort of ritual. I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy to journey with me.


This week I wish you all a blessed Mabon, a happy equinox and a wonderful life full of balance and love.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Such a lovely day to play

I promise, I have not fallen off the face of the planet, I was actually selected to be a part of one of the largest juried arts and craft fairs in my area and I have been busy creating pieces for the show.

In addition to that I have been busy with my Animated Zombie swap which is due this week as well as working on various other things that I need to complete.

Here are a couple of the pieces I am taking with me. This is from my Mortimer and Friends collection:

Mortimer

He was almost complete in this photo. Soon I'll post pictures of some of the other things I have been working on.

Stay tuned for my 3rd blogaversary which is coming up the first week of October! I'm planning a party and everyone is invited and of course there will be a give-away, let's face it - what's a party without a present or two...

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Just Joined the 6th Annual Halloween Swap at Yarnigras Swapper Spot!


I am so excited to be a part of the 6th annual Yarnigras Swapper Spot Halloween Swap! This year we'll be swapping ...what else... Zombies inspired by animated zombie movies :0) I will be posting progress pictures on my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art but will post the finished Zombie here! If you like zombies or participating in swaps you should check out Val's blog she hosts multiple swaps throughout the year and the quality has always been top notch!!