I'm Ready To Burn and More Besides!

Acrylic Paints And Brushes - The acrylic paints and brushes I bought with vouchers given for my birthday.
@Darkwing (21588)
October 7, 2007 5:01pm CST
I went to my Son's today, together with my Mum, on invite for a Birthday Dinner. My Daughter-In-Law cooked a lovely Roast Pork dinner, with Toffee Pavlova, or Strawberries and Strawberry Milk Jelly for dessert. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and then Lauren brought me a card she'd made. She had written the birthday greeting on the top, and drawn a computer monitor with icons on it, lol, and then she'd cut some dimpled silver paper for a keyboard and placed it underneath, and drawn a black mouse, with a wire leading around to the back of the monitor. "Open it" she said, so I opened it, and down dropped all these coloured streamers she'd cut and taped inside. lol. It was quite clever really. Anyway, she then presented me with a gift, which I duly unwrapped... it was my pyrography pen, in a kit with two leather objects to burn on, and three wooden. There were loads of interchangeable tips... fourteen, I think. So, soon I shall be starting to burn my designs. I'm really looking forward to that. Then Di asked me if I wanted to go to Hobbycraft to spend the £10 voucher, which I did, and Lauren joined us. I did quite well from £10... I found a half-price acrylic paint set, at half price, and a set of nice brushes, so that I can do my "Portable Circle" pebbles. I even came out with 52 pence change, which I gave to Lauren to put towards her copper foil kit. At tea time, I was presented with a birthday cake, that my Son made. I'll have to watch that because he's getting too good at it and will be taking my business locally! ha ha ha. Seriously though, it was a lovely day, with a few nice surprises, even if it was a few days after my birthday. Kids are great, aren't they?
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• Canada
8 Oct 07
Belated birthday greetings and wishes of many more to come! It sounds like you were really "Queen for a Day"! Your family is very thoughtful and warm and testament to your good work in raising them. Your grand daughter seems to have taken after you--being so creative and clever. If I may ask: what is a "Portable Circle"? At any rate, hope your birthday went well. Here's a wish that you will have more love, laughter, and prosperity this year than you had last year....
@Darkwing (21588)
9 Oct 07
Yes, in fact that make me Queen for more or less EVERY day, not just on my birthday, and I'm very proud of them. I'm guessing that you know what a "Circle" is in my tradition, so a portable circle is just that... one I can carry around for use wherever I go. I collected seven medium-sized, greyish pebbles from the beach, personally; one for each Elemental corner, one to represent the Goddess, one to represent the God and one to represent the Spirit (i.e. a pentacle). On the four Elemental corners, in their colours, I'm going to paint the coinciding symbols, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. On the God and Goddess representations, I'm going to paint their symbols and the Spirit one, a pentacle. Then, I'm going to make a purple velvet pouch-type bag, with a Triple Goddess symbol embroidered in silver on it, in which to keep the stones. These can go everywhere with me, and be used to mark my sacred space anywhere I go. This is something which will help me tremendously in my work, because although I can raise a circle almost anywhere with basic tools, these stones will make it more realistic and personal to me as well as increasing the power of protection, to my mind. :) Brightest Blessings my friend.
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• Canada
11 Oct 07
I do know what the Circle is in our tradition, but for the life of me I couldn't think how one could be portable. DOH! In my mind I had visions of a plastic or canvas cutout circle marked at 6 ft and 9 ft that one can carry anywhere. The bulb finally lit--LOL! Thank you for that really useful tip, Darkwing. I use tealights myself but stones are a wonderful idea! I have bagfuls of crystals, so maybe I can use those and do it by correspondences. See--I'm never too old to learn! Blessings to you....
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@Darkwing (21588)
12 Oct 07
Portable Circle Stones - Painted stones, making up a portable circle.
You're very welcome my friend. I was browsing E-Bay this evening, and I found a set for sale in the UK. They're all painted with a silvery-white paint, and I would imagine the glow in the dark paint would be good too, but I'm doing mine in the corresponding colours. I'll post the pic for you, so you can get some idea. Brightest Blessings.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Oct 07
wonderful ya got you burnng set! think I have 4 tips is allI will have to go looking again! and by the way belated Happy Birthday! so glad you enjoyed your TEa . Party? and what a wonderful card she is doing herself proud isnt she? hugs and blessings
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Thank you for your wishes, Lakota. Yes a tea party, like the Mad Hatter had. lolol. Times have changed, we now have breakfast, lunch and dinner here. When I was little, everybody ate dinner at lunchtime, so we had breakfast, dinner and tea. Confused yet? I'm about to tell you that in those days past, we used to have a light supper as well... not much but a cup of cocoa and some biscuits or something. Now, dinner tends to be enough in the evening. Yes, Lauren does do herself proud, and I like to encourage her in all those creative things she does. :) Brightest Blessings, my friend. xx
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Oct 07
NOt confused at all and we dont have dinner its supper over here and Gabs tells me she is having tea so if figure it is her supper. lol . Keep up the good work grandma hugs and blessing
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Yes, by tea, Gabs would mean her evening meal, which to you would be supper. Thank you... I will try to keep up the good work. lol. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. xx
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
Hi Darkwing! You are very fortunate to have a beautiful and happy family and they are blessed to have you. I know this is late but I still wish you a beautiful life and more blessings for your birthday and forever. Take care and have a beautiful life always.
@Darkwing (21588)
10 Oct 07
Awwwwwwwwwww... thank you so much Faith and may the blessings all come back on you, my dear friend. x
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Thanks dear friend! Have a nice day and take care always.
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@Darkwing (21588)
12 Oct 07
I will, thank you. You too, Faith.
@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
8 Oct 07
Whaoooooooo, what a day? I read it all through and wished it was me. I think they took their time even past the real birthday to make it a memorable day and I bet you will never forget about that day. Those kids really deserve a pat in the shoulder. They really love you mama. Congratulations.
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Hi Kwenge, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, they must have taken a fair bit of time to organise such a lovely day, and I am grateful for that. My other Son was unable to come but I saw him on my actual birthday, so it didn't mar the day one bit. They have all received my heartfelt thanks, and you're right, each birthday I've had will be difficult to forget, owing to the great times I've had. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
8 Oct 07
Thanks mum. That really shows how proud of you your kids are. And your daughter in-law, I really aplaud her. Most daughter in-law see that their hubby's mothers are nothing but just a bother. Congrats and I wish you more years to creat more memories.
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@Darkwing (21588)
9 Oct 07
I had my kids young, Kwenge and they grew with me, so my daughter-in-law, Di, regards me more as a friend than a mother-in-law. She once told me I'm more like a sister than a mum. lol. Coupled with that, I don't interfere in their family life and side with my son all the time. I try to treat her as though she's my real daughter, and it works. :) Brightest Blessings, and thank you.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Oct 07
Wow, how exciting for you! Happy belated birthday by the way! =p It sounds like you got some wonderful gifts, and had some great family time! Actually I also feel inspired reading your discussion, thinking I need a hobby that actually creates something useful and lasting, rather than just sitting on my butt online all the time. =p
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Lecanis, my friend... it's good to see you. I hope you're coping well with the problems facing you at this time... you're in my thoughts, as always, dear one. Thank you for our belated wishes... yes, as always, I did get some wonderful gifts, and enjoyed some special moments with my family. I'm glad I've inspired you... it's not so much the sitting on my butt online, as a learning curve and a "drawing of energies" into my tradition, because my intention is to make a whole new set of natural tools, charged with my personal powers, and to also attain a portable kit which I can tote around with me on my travels. It's a new start for me, and I feel this is the most important part of it, as I'm sure you will understand, my friend. Brightest Blessings, in love and light, that you may overcome your present trials and walk your path in peace. x
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Oct 07
Thank you, Darkwing. I guess my thought was that I don't do anything "constructive" much these days. I can understand how creating your own tools could be a new start for you, and it sounds like an amazing undertaking. I am starting to feel in need of a new start, in many ways, and I suppose that's why I am thinking a project sounds good for me.
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Yes, I can understand you contemplating new beginnings, my friend, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to use Imbolc as your starting point, as I am. The burning of the designs on wood will hold its double meanings for me, which is why I decided to start now, building up to Imbolc. You can imagine my thoughts as I work through this project. If you conceive this as a good idea pertaining to your beliefs, then why not follow suit? I would be honoured! Also, in both our cases, it's a good exercise, in that our thoughts are on putting the negatives behind us, and starting anew, whilst we work. Samhain would be a great time to start! Go for it! It just might work out for you, my friend. Keep the Faith! x
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
7 Oct 07
It sounds like you had a lovely birthday. It really doesn't matter which day it gets done. They cared enough to make it as nice as they possibly could. You have some lovely children. And Happy Birthday late.
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@Darkwing (21588)
7 Oct 07
Yes, you're right. I had a few troubles and upsets in bringing them up right, and had to stumble through one or two bad patches, but when all's said and done, they grew into great adults, and their kids are very well-mannered and caring. I had two very enjoyable birthdays, anyway, and thank you for your wishes. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Yes I know all about those rough patches. Sometimes it amazez me that they usually turn out to be responsible adults with what they put us through.
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
I regard the rough patches as lessons of life, my friend... a time when we can learn what went wrong and find a way to put it right, or at least guide our children in the right direction. I think also, that at the same time, we are learning our lesson, the children also learn. It's the responsibility of the teacher to put them on the path to becoming a decent adult, and I feel now that I succeeded. :) It makes me happy to see what my children have become, and what my grandchildren are becoming. Brightest Blessings.
@GardenGerty (99345)
• United States
21 Oct 07
The title of this discussion had me worried, and then it slipped my mind completely. If your celebration was late, then my congratulations are even later. I have not done pyrography, I think we just call it wood burning in the States here. I had a friend who was very artistic with it. It does sound like a terrific day.
@Darkwing (21588)
23 Oct 07
Thank you for congrats, my friend. It is known as wood burning here as well, but I was being "posh". ha ha ha. Some very nice objects can be made by burning, but I have to start with simple stuff, and work up! Brightest Blessings, my friend.
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@mummymo (23707)
10 Oct 07
It sounds like you had an absolutely fantastic day sweety and I am so glad that you did as you definitely deserved it! I hope that you have a great time with your pyrography - as I said before I know you will do a great job of it! Belated Birthday Hugs! xxxxx
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@Darkwing (21588)
10 Oct 07
Yes, I did have a fantastic day. Thak you Mummymo. I will certainly enjoy my pryrography. Love you... Brightest Blessing. x
8 Oct 07
What a lovely day hun, best wishes for your birthday
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@Darkwing (21588)
9 Oct 07
Thank you so much, my friend. It was a great day and much appreciated. :) Brightest Blessings.
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
8 Oct 07
Receiving what you would like for youe birthday has to be a great bonus and judging by the gifts it looks like you will be busy for a long time. Having the right tools for your hobby must be a great asset and very pleasureable. Have a great hobby workout from Deeeky.
@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Yes, it's very pleasing to receive gifts which will help me to achieve my aim more quickly, and I'm grateful for them. I want to do everything properly.. and it's most important to me to have the tools to do the job to the best of my ability. Thank you for your wishes, my friend, which I'm sure will be granted with some great satisfaction from me, as to my resulting tools and gifts. There are just a few more bits I have to acquire before starting but now is the time to make everything in readiness for my new "beginnings", in Spring. Brightest Blessings for a great day! x
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
8 Oct 07
sounds like you had a wonderful day. young Lauren is quite clever with her card making. I look forward to seeing your work when you have finished. I havent seen these kits before. Did you take a picture of the cake? It sounds like your son did a great job, which means you have taught him well. Best wishes to you, Darkwing, and take care
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Yes, Kay, I really enjoyed my day. Lauren is quite an innovative child in that it's not just cards she creates from her imagination; it's all manner of things, as you know. :) I'll be only too pleased, when some of my projects are completed, to show you, and other friends, some pictures. I'll post them on my profile as I go. Unfortunately, although I took my camera, I was not expecting the cake, and got "caught out" with my camera still in my bag, in another room. lol. However, I believe my Son took pictures, so I'll ask for one. Brightest Blessings Kay, and thank you for sending the invite, which I accepted a short time ago. Take care and have a good day! x
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
8 Oct 07
I'm glad you got to have such a wonderful time hun, i'm sorry i didn't know your birthday has just passed, so belated happy birthday to you! sounds like you got some wonderful gifts that can have you remembering this day for a long time to come!
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Hi Ash! Thank you for your belated wishes, and no, not a lot of people did know the actual date. lol. I did have a good time, and as always, some wonderful gifts. I've got this bee in my bonnet about making a whole new set of tools, so this is the start of a new venture to create something from what I have to hand, in nature, and make my tools more personal to me. :) I'm going to enjoy the ride! Brightest Blessings.
@aissha (2036)
• India
8 Oct 07
u are lucky that u can go to ur son's place with ur mother and ur daughter in law is also nice that she not only treated u well but also gave something ,brightest blessings for the whole family.
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Yes, very lucky Aissha and they always treat me well. It was nice for my Mum too because my sister and her hubby, with whom she lives, were away at their caravan for the weekend, and she loved the company. Brightest Blessings on you also, and thank you very much, my friend.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Happy Belated birthday Darkwing :) that is so sweet ... looks like you had a wonderful day with your family. Best wishes for many more years to come!
@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Thank you very much Maddysmommy. Yes, I did have a wonderful day with my family, as always. Brightest Blessings.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Happy Birthday!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family. It also sounds like you got some very nice gifts. I bet you are already looking forward to next year.
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@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Many thanks for your wishes, Royal. Yes, I had a lovely day, and they always find me something I want. Rather than looking forward to next year, I think I'm going to turn around and go backwards now. lol. Brightest Blessings.
@budsr03 (2355)
• Canada
7 Oct 07
Hi Darkwing! I'm glad your not having an angry burn, but a good kind of burn! lol! From your title i thought you might be upset, glad your not! Happy birthday belated birthday Darkwing, hope your still enjoying it! Take care Darkwing. :)
@Darkwing (21588)
8 Oct 07
Ha ha ha... so funny, Budsr. No, I'm not at all angry, I'm very calm and feeling good! Thank you for your wishes and yes, I enjoyed both. lolol. I couldn't get to see my family in the middle of the week, so that was saved for today, but was equally enjoyable. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
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