Monthly Archives: June 2012

Getting Settled In

Well, I’m safely in California and have already started having a good time and getting to work! This week I saw Brave (That new disney Pixar film that there’s been a shitton of hype about) It was really good, thoroughly enjoyable though it did feel a bit short imho.  I saw that with my brother early in the morning at like 8:35 or so and was super surprised by how many little kids there were in the theater even though it was so early!

Then we went out to lunch and I got back to the house a little after 1.  At 2:30 my mother drove us out to the aquarium to see my sister and niece and we had a nice time and had dinner and stuff but I was TIRED let me tell you @__@

When I was hanging out with my brother i found out a few interesting tidbits for when I get to crafting, his girlfriend has a large garden and I’m allowed to help myself to pretty much anything but the food from it (flowers, weeds, tree blossoms, bird-pecked strawberries, etc.) so that’s kind of exciting for me! It means I don’t have to start from scratch which is fantastic.

I also saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with him and his girlfriend. That was really good too and i really enjoyed it haha. Yesterday or so my brother brought me some plant material to work with Dandelion flowers (just the heads/flowers… i don’t think he knows how these things work XDD; I have to admit I”m tempted to make wine or dye with them or something instead though…) and some mint, and lastly, parsley.

Parsley! I have a ton of dried parsley i have no idea what to do with! I mean, I looked around online and I can’t find anything to use it for! I mean I could make anything with it btu what would it be good for? From what I read a tincture of it would be pretty worthless as you could just as well eat the bloody things… and that would probably at least taste better. My sister told me to make some spray cleaner like parsley plus. BUT that stuff isn’t… well… it’s not the PARSLEY that cleans! the parsley is just the garnish fancy smell! It’s actually some kind of coconut surfactant(detergent) that actually does the cleaning part! Looking around as I’ve done it’s mostly used in addition to other herbs to make them smell nicer. so I really don’t know what to do with it. I’m half debating whether or not just to save it for some incense but I don’t know if it’s good for that or not! Not to mention there can also be the issue of magical uses if I do make incense, or anything else really… But then…

My bestest witchbro Jasie gave me this quote by Cat Yronwode (which she said, despite it’s source, is a perfect quote).  “PARSLEY is an herb of mixed meanings. Of course we all know it is employed in cooking, generally as a garnish, but as to its magical uses, there is almost no agreement. When a common garden or grocery store herb like this carries such widely diversified symbolism, the wise root worker may suspect that it is not very strong for any particular use, but just happens to be handy and easy to come by. In other words, in magic, as in food preparation, Parsley may be primarily a garnish.”

So… yeah… I’m kind of stumped there… But if anyone’s got any ideas on how to use this parsley (not cooking) I may be exceedingly nice and send you a free sample of whatever I make with it~! (Yeah, you want to help now, don’t you~?) 

But in other plans I”m probably just going to make some different dandelion tincture and some mint balm. Also one thing I”m trying to figure out is that, in process, what’s the difference between hand balm and lip balm? seriously? I mean I guess it would all come down to consistency but that can be changed easily by how much beeswax is added amirite? I guess that’s something to think about before I make it =3= hrm.

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Busy Busy Busy

Guess what I’ve been!  Well, for the past… however long it’s been I’ve been going through some stuff and preparing for travel! In april at some point I think or maybe early may (idk time gets hazy) my girlfriend became my ex which threw all my life plans at that time pretty much topsy-turvey. I guess it’s my own fault getting too invested too quickly or something I guess. I don’t know. In any case long story short being  that she was done, and so its over.  We’re still pretty amiable I suppose, obviously we don’t talk as much as we used to. I am no longer moving up to her city to go to her school, in fact right now i’m in process of a big move.

The original plan was to stay with my grandmother until like august and then go up to my now-ex’s town and school etc. Instead I moved my ass out of there as soon as possible (pain, nothing to look forward to, no real friends there, etc.) and came back home to michigan for a little while. The first few days or whatever i saw my best friend EVERY DAY. She broke up with her bf for various reasons which has caused me to think about my ex for a while now again, and for the past week or so I’ve been sick =3=. Tonsil infection or some nonsense. I should be well enough to hang with people again tomorrow but it’s cut a lot of time out of a very short break before I go a moving again!

You see on June 20th I head out to california to see my mother, sister (+niece) and brother! i don’t have an awful lot for friends out there either, at least not any that seem interested in seeing me anymore, BUT I will have close family, good food, and time to craft and learn and work and all that good stuff. In any case the plan now is to go there, work on everything i can for at least 6 months or so (ideally a year) while saving up as much money as possible to come back to Michigan and get a Car and possibly housing.

SADLY that means for the next… 6-months to a year the magic will be in short supply as I have packed it all away due to the cali families nosiness +intolerance but I’ll have plenty of gardening/crafting time and such. Which reminds me, due to my early leaving I planted what few things i could but it looked like none of it was doing well anyways so i kind of failed my grandmother in that respect =3=. I have made some Tincture and Salve that I have yet to label but when I do I will link you guys to my etsy store and all that when the time comes. I don’t have enough (imho) to start selling yet though. I also have some other projects coming up and all that but everything will have to wait until after I get to cali.

Which reminds me… I have to cut down on my luggage… ugh.

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