Monday, 21 October 2013

Chesterfield Pagans Samhain Open Ritual

Our Samhain Ritual is fast approaching, if you want to come and help us celebrate for the last time at our Hasfest and moot venue please do. The pub who's grounds we use is being sold and so looks unlikely that we will be able to hold events there any more, but it has been a fantastic few years holding Hasfest and Samhain Rituals there. 
The moots are moving to the Spital Pub, Spital which is just outside Chesterfield town center (a few minutes walk, it has a large car park as well) still on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting November please do come along enjoy a chat and maybe a workshop/talk. 

As previous years, this will be an open ritual for all of any tradition or path to attend to remember their ancestors and those family and friends who have travelled the Long Path. This years ritual will be distinctly heathen in theme and celebrating the Night of Ancestors.

There will be the familiar remembrance table for you to put photographs on of those people you want to remember, and light a candle in their honour. There will also be a reflective space for those wanting a quiet moment or two. Fancy dress is welcome, especially for children, and the popular pumpkin carving competition is back, so bring yours along if you’re feeling orangeryily artistic to be in with a chance of being awarded a prize from our judge.
During the ritual there will be a time for anyone who has letters or cards to send to bring them to the fire and burn them to send the words into the spirit realms. You are welcome to write as many letters or cards to as many different people as you like, just remember to address the envelopes with the persons name!

Afterwards food, please bring some to share, drumming - remember to bring your drum if you have one, pumpkin competition, general getting together:0)

Ritual starting around 7.30pm, 26th October 2012 at the New Inn, 229 Mansfield Road, Chesterfield S41 0JJ
For more information please see our facebook page 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Silver Triple Moon and Golden Leaping Hare Pendant

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Silver Triple Moon and Golden Leaping Hare Necklace
Silver Triple Moon Hare Necklace

Silver Triple Moon and Golden Leaping Hare, a photo by Dawn* on Flickr.
This is the Triple Moon and Hare I had on my soldering block ready to finish a while ago that I showed as wip, thought I'd better take a photo to show you the finished necklace:0) Sterling Silver Triplemoon with a textured finish to the crescents, waning and waxing with the full moon buffed to a shine. The spiral golden brass hare leaps across across the front of it. Working on a similar piece now with a crescent moon and hare. I don't seem to be able to reply to comments, will have to have to try and sort that, thank you for any comments that have been left, I appreciate them x

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Triskele, Hare & Moon Necklace

Crescent moon hare, triskele necklace 
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After spending up till easter this year trudging down to my workspace at the bottom of the garden in wellies through the snow I have decided to move into the house for the winter.  Although the weather is still glorious at the moment and I will miss going down there while it is nice and checking how well the weeds are doing, I am loving the almost spider free space, brighter light and more room of working in the house,with running water and kettle near by and it should be warmer when the weather does change.

This Triskele, Hare & Crescent Moon with little star Necklace is the first thing I have made in my new workspace, all totally handmade.  The Hare is hand sawn from brass sheet and the moon and star from sterling silver sheet, all the other parts are sterling silver too including the hand formed Triskele.  The moon can be a New Crescent Moon or a Waning Moon depending on your mood as it is reversible.  I'm tempted to keep it as it looks lovely on but will list it on my Morning Star Craft website soon.  Oh and I must remember to give measurements too.
Have now put this necklace on the website and am trying to update other parts of it too:0) 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp Workshops 2013

Looking forward to camp, it is Derbyshire Pagans 10th one and as usual we have loads of free workshops and activities or of course just sit and chill, take in the atmosphere and enjoy the scenery:0)

List of which days workshops and events are happening, no times as things are always subject to the vagaries of camp life.  There will be an A-board situated between the two marquees with each days happenings on it once at camp with more info on.

Beating of the Bounds
Fire Ritual

Fairy & Kite Activities all day and Saturday (material costs)
EFT Psychic Development
Corn Dollies
Runes 101
Power Animals
Birth Tarot & Soul Debate
Wand Making
Crystal Legends
Runes Expert
Who's Life
Empowering your Drum/Drumming Workshop
Cord Making
Dry Stone Walling (please bring a pair of boots if wanting to take part)
The Energies of Trees
Spirit of Healing Singing
Labyrinth Dance
Stuarts Crazy Astronomy I
Chilling round fire, drum curfew 10.30pm

Power Animals the Sequel
Preseli Blue Stone Pipe Ceremony
Pewter Casting (material costs)
Goddess Workshop
Spirit Song Healing
Fun Dancing for Kids & Adults
Tree Planting Ceremony
Stuarts Crazy Astronomy II
Belly Dancing Workshop
Belly Dance Performance
Drumming around fire, curfew 11pm

Goblin Market - Bring, Buy, Swap, Sell
Story Telling/Tales & Eddas
British Goddess's
Scraffito for Kids


For more info check further down this blog and Chesterfield Pagans Lammas Camp fb event page

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Hand flowers and Ribbon Wrap Bracelets

Have been making some more handflowers or slave bracelets and ribbon wrap bracelets.   My son says my armless model ;0) looks a bit creepy, but not sure how else to show them, my nails after bending metal and being up the garden aren't lovely enough to be in the photo.  What do you think, creepy, good, bad?

Feeling a little batty;0)  There's a small bat on the extender chain as well.  Or maybe butterflies are more your thing, this one has a beaded ring and small butterfly charms.

The different hues in each of the hand dyed ribbons are gorgeous.  They wrap about 3 times around your wrist and have a sliding spiral bead to help with fastening.  The ends can either be tuck in or left loose to dangle. There are moons, fairies, goddess, dragonflies, pentacles, unicorns, dragons, and wild animals, tiger, lion, monkey, giraffe, elephant is one your animal guide?

This bottom one with the pentacle, turquoise crescent moon and goddess hasn't got a slider bead as although they all would make lovely anklets as well as bracelets I think this one would be an ideal one for an anklet.  Some of them would make great necklaces too, so three in one, can't be bad;0)  I'll be bringing some of these along to the Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp along with some more of my jewellery, including some feathered arm bands which I thought would look great worn with sleeveless tops in the hot weather.

dragon ribbon bracelet

dragon ribbon bracelet by Dawn*
dragon ribbon bracelet, a photo by Dawn* on Flickr.

Allotment doings.

It's just been lightening spectacularly.  Red sheet lightening brightening the sky and bright fork lightening shooting across accompanied by deep rumbles, but still no rain.  Just as well I water the allotment earlier, should have done the garden as well.

The artichoke is growing well, lots of heads on it, looking forward to harvesting it and seeing what it tastes like, it looks pretty good when you first come onto the allotment.

The slightly cooler weather has brought the slugs out in force, they were chomping their way though the strawberries and have taken bites out of loads, hoping that the frog I disturbed in the strawberry patch will come back.  I don't know where the frog goes to keep cool, not seen any ponds or puddles around our end of the allotments.

There was a dark black spider with bright red spots on his back up by the brassicas, don't know if we have poisonous spiders now, but he sure looked as though he wanted to be.

Sweetcorn is poking it's furry end out of the middle of the leaves, the courgettes are growing, will be able to pick some soon I hope, have just pop the first few pea pods (it's like eating sweets),  there are small tomatoes on the plants in the well ventilated green house (most of the glass is missing lol).  The strawberries are still producing and the raspberries are snidered with juicy plump fruit, yum:0)

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp 2013

Lammas Camp is fast approaching again, 10th anniversary this year!  Chesterfield Pagans are getting ready to hoist marquees, build fire, and generally get camp ready for lots of lovely people to come and enjoy themselves, meet new folk, maybe learn a few things from each other, and chill out.

Camp opens at 2pm Thursday ends 2pm Sunday, people welcome to arrive anytime in between or just come for the day.

Where's it at you ask - New House Organic Farm Kniverton Ashbourne Derbyshire DE6 1JL
and how much is it - £17 for the whole weekend with free workshops and entertainment, excellent value, bet you can't find better anywhere.  If you just want to come for the day that's just £3.  Full ticket list and prices can be found here

Workshops planned for Lammas Camp 2013

Power Animals - Part 1 & Part 2, the sequel
Working with Crystals the Native American Way
EFT - with psychic development
Drumming Workshop
Blue Stone Pipe Ceremony
Goddess Workshop
Wand Making
Scraffito for kids
Cord Making
Pewter Casting
Dancing for Fun - kids/adults
Who's Life is it Anyway
Bellydancing Workshop
Mind Expanding Space Stuff Astronomy I & II
Runes - Beginners & Advanced
Birth Tarot
Crystal Legends
Dry Stone Walling
Story Telling

Dates and times aren't finalised yet, but to keep up to day with what's happening see our event page on facebook or, there is also our website which has loads of info about lots of stuff.

Some workshops may ask for a contribution towards any materials you use.  You also need to bring some pennies for spending on the stalls if anything catches your eye, including my MorningStarCraft stall ;0)x

Other things happening over that weekend -
Belly dance performance
Tree Planting Ceremony
Labyrinth & dance

Beating of the Bounds 8pm ish Thursday
Fire Ceremony 9pm ish Thursday
Drum cerfew 10pm Thursday and Friday 11pm Saturday, guitars can be played for longer as they don't carry over to the village as well

Two lovely people are getting Handfasted on Saturday :0)

Camping is basic, there is running water, no showers or hot water, long drop toilets, beautiful scenery, things to do or just chill.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Ribbon Wrap Bracelets

Soft ribbon of many hues with beads and charms - fairy, leaf, mushroom, flower and butterfly.  Wraps around the wrist about three times, ends can be left dangling for a floaty feeling or tucked in, has an adjustable slide fastening to make putting on easier.


Lovely shades on this ribbon with a complimenting silk cord, beads, flowers and silver coloured charms - goddess, feather, sun, leaf and a faux pearl to represent the full moon.

They make great anklets too.  Ask for one without the sliding fastener though if wanting to wear like this as it makes it easier to wrap around ankles without.
They also make lovely necklaces, three in one, fab for holidays;0)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Hasfest, Shamanism, Paganism, Rock n Roll

Whoo it's the start of Hasfest tomorrow, Chesterfield Pagans Shamanism, Paganism Rock n Roll free festival.  Fire, burning man, stalls full of shiny things, music, drumming dancing, workshops, ritual and good people.  See our facebook page for more info Hasfest event.
These are some of the bracelets I'm taking along, hope people like them, also taking smoking incense bottles,   engraved chalices and other jewellery - beads, copper and silver creations.

Triple hare, pentagram, leaf bead ribbon bracelet, with sun & moon toggle clasp

Fairy, butterfly, charm beaded ribbon wrap bracelet

Goddess, beaded charm wrap ribbon bracelet

Green and orange lamp bead ribbon bracelet

Leaping moon hare, charm ribbon wrap bracelet

Message from Hasfest HQ
HASFEST 5 is fast approaching, so here is a brief rundown of planned events and details for all you good folks

Hasfest will begin on Friday night with the opening party, for the past few years this has been quite a bangin affair , however this year we are taking a different route. Opening the weekend with a sonic earth ritual based around bass, beats and fire, expect heavy slabs of dub , dark ambient textures, blessed out beats, outlaw space cadets and of course the unexpected. The party will be held in the grove from 8.00pm onwards ....

Stalls....a fine array of quality shiny goods for sale
Workshops.... Some fantastic workshops this year including :- journeying, belly dance and as many pop up workshops we can cram in 
Goddess and blessings tree for your libations, blessings, honouring and wishes.
Following the awesome success of the Sonic Jam of last year, we will, on Saturday afternoon be staging another Sonic Jam so bring ya instruments
The mission is to put the Rock and Roll into Hasfest, everyone is invited to come together with drums instruments or vice to create a massive noise. Last years Sonic Jam was described as a dark tribal Joy Division- which is cool. Some amps and guitars are available so please come along and let's get it on 

A Belly dance performance by Hipsteria, Blackart Belles and Terra von Dare.
8pm onwards Burning Man with Fireside drumming and dancing.
For the highlight of the weekend the primal fusion of Rhythm Flame and togetherness ...bring rattles drums didgeridoos etc
Be aware of the following if camping
Toilet s and sinks only available during pub opening
No standpipe or drinking water Bring bottles of water during pub hours
There are no showers
Because Hasfest is not a ticketed event the number of stalls and people wishing to camp is unknown until the event .We will always endeavour to accommodate everyone , but please be aware that space is limited and pitches may be cozy.
Please be polite and courteous when pitching as it is only for one or two nights.
Anyone with a caravan motorhome or large tent please see a crew member before pitching
Stall holders please see a member of crew so we can provide a good position for trading
Please be aware that if space become a problem we may ask that vehicles are parked off site
All rubbish /waste must be taken home with you
Campers must leave site by 4.00pm Sunday

Once again, the owner and staff of The New Inn have allowed this event to happen for free, and shown tremendous support and respect. So please support them by taking advantage of their fine beverages and well priced food .
Hasland village is under a mile away and has a large number of shops a late night garage and several fast food outlets.

If you are camping bring adequate drinking water and it may be wise to give some consideration toward toilet functions, also please remember bin bags for your rubbish as this must be taken home.

PLEASE PLEASE have a good time but be responsible , not only for yourselves but for your children and animals 
Please show respect for the area , the local residents and our host THE NEW INN and please be courteous and tolerant with fellow Has festers

The crew give up their free time and money to work hard each year to ensure we all have a free, relaxed, awesome weekend, please help them to make it happen. 
A big big thank you to you all 


triple hare, pentagram, leaf, ribbon bracelet

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spring Equinox

Blessed Ostara, Spring Equinox, the balance of day and night, coming of warmth and new life, even if it is still snowing here today! 

The Black Birds in the garden are gathering nest building materials I can see them hopping about with leaves and things in their beaks, the Robin's chest is still as bright as ever, and the Ringnecked Doves have been checking out the Silver Birch again.  The Hazel is full of yellow catkins, yes even though the weather is still cold, spring is stirring:0)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Hasfest Free Pagan Event, Shamanism, Paganism, Rock & Roll 2013

Time to look forward to warmer weather (it's snowing here again at the mo) and sharing good times.

This year Hasfest is to be 24th, 25th and 26th May 2013, Friday is setting up day and music in the evening, ritual, fire and drumming, workshops on the Saturday and then taking down on Sunday.  The address is New Inn, 229 Mansfield Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 0JJ.  

Free for everyone to come to and participate in, music, stalls, dancing, drumming, ritual, fire, meeting people, chilling...
Grove Altar
Labyrinth & Green Lady

Drumming and fire

Hasfest looks set to be as great as usual even though this may be the last year it is held due to developers wanting to build houses on our grove and across where we have the firepit and all areas surrounding it.  There has been a protest about the development as the residents in the area don't want their green space built on either and we were hoping to help them in their fight against the plans, as a Pagan community, by asking people that had enjoyed Hasfest in the past, the Samhain Rituals that we have held there and the Handfastings that they have attended there if they could find time to write a couple of sentences as to what the grove means to them to put before the council in a presentation, but compared to amount of folk coming along and enjoying these free events there has been very little response.  The lack of response is very disheartening  making the people who work very hard to put these events together, just to bring like minded people together and hoping create a sense of community, if it is really worth continuing at all, as a lot of time and their own money goes into preparing everything and getting it all ready.  So hey, best make this a good on and go out with a bang rather than a whimper!

If anyone is reading this who would like to help by sending in a short paragraph (or more) of what the grove and that area means to them there is still time as the council has put the date of the hearing back again.  Cherill is the person who is getting the presentation together and her email is -  cherill   
(there are no spaces in the email address, I've put one in to stop her getting spammed by bots) or contact her on  facebook/Hasfest

Shamanism, Paganism, Rock & Roll:0)