Meet Mr & Mrs Skeleton-Smith!
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Meet Mr & Mrs Skeleton-Smith!
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Often the old-fashioned remedies work best in this kind of situation...
- Sweat It Out - I used to get myself all wrapped up in my blanket with my hot water bottle and while certainly it seems to be comforting to do this new evidence suggests that light exercise in the fresh air can ease the symptoms of the cold.
- Vitamin C - increased levels of Vitamin C have shown to reduce the duration of the cold in adults... my drink of choice is hot Ribena!
- Steam Inhalation - I use a teaspoonful of Vicks Vapour Rub desilved in boiling water, it helps loosen mucus, allowing clearance of the airwaves that can relieve coughs and nasal congestion.
- Chicken Soup - recent evidence has shown that this cure all really does work... the key is apparently heat, so any soup will work (my favourite is Heinz Tomato). It works to promotes airway secretions and has a calming action on inflamed throats. But chicken soup's combination of fats, spices, and water seems to work best when it comes to breaking up mucus.
1 clove of garlic
1 equal sized piece of fresh ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
½ tsp. cinnamon
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
1 tsp. honey
Crush garlic and ginger and add with the rest of the ingredients to one cup of off-the-boil water. Drink 2- 3 cups a day till symptoms are gone.
Hopefully I will start to feel well again soon!
On the Friday however, we had a slight detour and headed further south to Reading for a very special wedding - my friend Claire (who used to run Gothstuff, now runs Design by Claire/Eternal Magpie) and her fiance Paul were tying the knot and we were delighted to be able to share their happy day with them!! Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Smith!!
by Regina Hill
Thursday, 8 October 2009
For those who don't know what NaNoWriMo is about well...
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
So I've started planning what I want to write about... I'm going to do a historical novel, history has always inspired me and so has a painting that I visit everytime I go anywhere near the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh... its called Rabbi with Cat, and I've always wondered about the story behind the painting. Doing my initial research I discovered that its based around the Russian Jewish pograms of the early 20th Century. So my plan is to tell the story of the Rabbi in this painting, as he fleas his native Russia for a better life in America. I'm unsure as yet of whether he says goodbye to his beloved pet cat in Russia or whether he attempts to smuggle the cat onto the boat and into America wrapped in a baby's blanket!!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Both the first and second seasons have been so addictive and fantastic to watch... really looking forward to the third season now!!
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
We couldn't go too fast round the track as it was all uneven surfaces and the weather was just too damn hot!! But we we're out there in our Fife Flyers Shirts and made it in just over 50 minutes (50mins and 4secs!!!). So far we've raised about £250 from various forms of sponsorship but if you want to help us add to that you can still sponsor us at:
Friday, 22 May 2009
I looked up moving traditions the other day and these are the ones we're going to be following.
The first things that should be taken into a new house are, salt (for prosperity), a loaf of bread (so that you will never know hunger) and a bottle of red wine (for the sacred life force). This ensures that your future is bright and that you will be well provided for.
Another tradition involved taking the glowing embers of the fire from the old home to start the first fire in the new home. But with central heating nowadays this is mostly impossible. Instead burn half a tea-light candle in the old home and then relight it and allow it to burn down completely in the new home.
I will also be putting my 7 copper coins under the front doormat for prosperity!!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
My painting arrived from Christine today. I am so pleased with it! Its going to have pride of place in the new living room, although Christine told me it is to go up in my little hat shop (when I have one!).
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Found this amazing white vintage crocheted dress on eBay today, very tempted by it... but don't generally wear white... I'm sure I could wear it for Made In The Shade markets and make a very sweet little pill box hat to go with it!! But at £30 can I justify it??
So how do I cope with Night Shift...
* Sleep as soon as possible after the night shift. If you delay sleep after the night shift, your body will begin to warm up and prepare for the day's activity.
* Ideally, have one block of sleep only; if this is not possible, two blocks of sleep are preferable to a scattered sleep pattern.
* Night workers will sleep better during the clay if they can simulate night-time sleeping conditions.
* Sleep in a dark room or wear an eye mask. This is vital, as melatonin, the hormone of sleep which increases drowsiness, is suppressed by daylight even through closed eyelids.
* Sleep in a quiet part of the house, away from traffic noise and household activity.
* Tell family and friends about your schedule and ask them to call you only during waking hours. Give them a copy of your roster.
* Avoid caffeine three to four hours prior to sleep. Caffeine intake delays sleep onset and impairs sleep quality.
* Feel safe and comfortable. Lock doors and windows for a feeling of security.
* Eat a banana or drink some warm milk before going to bed. Both these foods contain L-Tryptophan, which is known to be a natural sleep inducer. L-Tryptophan releases serotonin, a sleep-inducing brain chemical.
* Avoid alcohol prior to sleep. It is a diuretic and interferes with the quality of sleep.
* If you cannot sleep, stay in bed and rest. Avoid negative thoughts and assure yourself that you are at least getting needed rest.
(Tips courtesy of Whitireia Nursing Journal)
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Its been raining here all afternoon now, very heavy rain... not the kind you want to go out in, and its windy too which makes it even worse!
So I thought I'd blog a bit about specific weather phases and their magical correspondences.
Lightening Storms - periods of intense energy so any spells cas during this time will be empowered by the weather and may prove to be more effective, protection rituals are ideal at these times.
Rain - excellent for purification rites, spells for love, compassion and friendship, beauty rituals and for washing away jealousy and guilt.
Heavy Winds - windy weather is a perfect time to empower rites designed to break addictions, for spells to aid in studying and for travel magick.
"Gods of power, Gods of might,
I bid you now, stop this plight,
Stop the rain, we need no more,
Let it fall, nevermore." - Keven Sevuktekin email@example.com
Went home and made myself a nice pot of Stress Tea - this is a great tea for when stress seems overwhelming!!
Ingredients: water for enough cups as you want to make, 1 tsp English Breakfast Tea, 1 tsp Chamomile, 1 tsp Elder Flower, 2 tsp Hops, 2 tsp Rose Hips, 1 tsp Valerian Root
Gently bring the tea, herbs and water to boil and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Before you pour the tea, stir 3 times and say; "Chase away all duress, Chase away negativity, Chase away the negativity, Open up the positive." Now find a quiet place to sit and enjoy your cup of tea!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Came across this adorable little vintage bird figure today (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=24601644). Its a carved wooden lacquered and hand-painted bird perched on a section of a branch. Immediately I thought of my friend Claire, I'm sure she'd love this little bird! I might think about them (there's 4 different little birds) as a wedding present for her!!
I'm coveting this hat which is currently up for auction on eBay. Its made of a rich pink straw, with tulle and velvet roses around the crown, is about 1940's in date and is stunning! Its certainly one I want to try and recreate. I haven't done any work with straw before but I know I can get straw braid from my millinery supplier. Think I may have to give it a try at some point! And I many yet buy the vintage original!!
It would appear that I have taken the first step on the property ladder with my partner Alan and bought a little 2 bedroom house. So the place is now a mess of boxes and things are starting to be packed away. We got the mortgage approval this morning and went and put up our little signs on the house. We'll be moving the end of the month if everything goes through with the Lawyers and such OK. AND... we have a garden!!! My plan is to plant lots of Budlia bushes so we can attract butterflies to the garden. I really want to get an archway and plant honeysuckle to grow over it... really reminds me of my childhood, there was an arch that my Dad built covered in honeysuckle at the back garden gate and I remember getting a huge waft of the honeysuckle as I came in from school!!
Looks like I'm going to have to have a bit of a clear out again... may be doing a car boot sale this weekend!!
I'm such a busy girl, working hard as a Nurse in a small community hospital in the East of Fife and running my own little business creating vintage inspired hats and fascinators - Off With Her Head, its a really catchy name, or so I've been told! When I'm not working as a nurse or milliner I can be found singing with a rock band called Dirty Prospect, my partner Alan plays guitar with the band, and we dabble in songwriting together! I love to read and am often found curled up on the couch with a good book, a cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate. I'm also a pagan, been a practicing 'witch' for over 10 years, my passion is Tarot Cards and I have a collection of different themed decks!! Alan and I have just bought a house together... we're busy packing boxes at the moment and are really looking forward to the move at the end of the month! We have a grey siamese cat called Mowgli, who is both a sweetheart and a terror!!
So what can you expect from my blog... well everything really, from the latest hat creations that I'm working on to little side craft projects, book reviews and recommendations, pagan related information... anything and everything thats going on in my life right now!!
Hope you enjoy reading!!