Monday, 28 May 2012

Personalised Moon Photo Blocks

For a long time, i resisted using moondreamin' as a commercial name.... but the more i added photographs to my etsy shop, the more i saw that it would make sense to put all the 'moon stuff' under one roof, so to speak. I created the shop, and still held off adding items for a good while, but eventually i could resist no more... i wonder why i resisted....maybe it was just case of the time being right, for it really does make sense for everything moon related to be in one place, with a name that reflects what is there.

 custom christening gift

These little box-frames have proved to be popular... they are super cute! Only 3 1/4 inches square & 1 1/4 inches deep, but i'm always really pleased with them. It might sound silly, but i find myself holding my breath at times, as i wait to see how each stage of production turns out.

 birthdate gift, with a photograph of the moon taken on the actual day!

 Sometimes i have a photograph for the exact date, and my collection of dates covered is growing.  It feels like i should have most days by now, but it's only when someone asks that i realize how big the gaps are sometimes!

 personalized anniversary gift with moon on the exact date too

I'm a bit precious about them as i sand & varnish... and have found that i enjoy wrapping them up as much as making them or taking the photographs!

 every box goes out gift wrapped in black tissue & a strip of 
sanwaa tissue that has real gold & silver leaf flakes in it.

It was reassuring when my first customer came back and ordered another two... it shows that at least one person wasn't disappointed when they opened their parcel! Everyone so far has given great feedback.. again, very reassuring. However much i may like what i create, it doesn't mean a thing unless the people who buy them appreciate them... they have all been for pretty special gifts, so i feel a responsibility to deliver!

 hand-fasting present, personalised with names & date
I was thrilled to receive an order for 4 for the same person last week.... i don't know if they were for gifts or for themselves... and i have had an enquiry about making larger boxes with lids for tarot cards, so that is my next project on this front.

i like to stand them on a shelf... a little sacred space...
but they are easy to hang on the wall too
I feel quite honoured to be able to stand with moon whenever she is visible... to spend some time... to take the photographs... and to be able to turn them into something that creates pleasure for other people too. Some people are aware of the energy already, but some aren't... I like the idea of sending a little bit of moon-magic into people's homes, hopefully to awaken some feeling that leads them to explore & discover more.... i wouldn't be at all surprised, if it was the moon herself who whispered in my ear while i was sleeping, giving me the idea in the first place!

You can find these mini moondreams at 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Perigree Moon

The once a year cosmic event of the perigree moon occurred on 5th may...
that is, the moon was at it's closest point to earth.
The difference in size due to the closer proximity, is more apparent when the moon is close to the horizon as it rises & sets, and is much more obvious when it occurs at full moon...  as it did.
And, being full, & being closer, the pull on tides & on emotions can be stronger...

5th may, 21:29

Low cloud meant I had to wait a while to see.... until the moon lifted a little higher. Not having anything on the horizon meant nothing to compare size... but size, as they say, isn't everything... and in this case, size seems to be an illusion. With nothing to compare, who would know that she was closer or appeared larger? Still as beautiful, lighting the cloud around around her. 

5th may, 21:36
behind a cherry tree... blossom dropped, & tiny fruit beginning to form

Perhaps, if we did not compare ourselves to others there would be less in the way of low self esteem... & conceit. Opposite sides of the coin, but both destructive forces... both a result of perception manipulated by the ego. It's not so much the comparing, but the judgement of self we make & perception.... perception can be just as dangerous as comparison if you allow it to be.... and the ego... without it, we wouldn't know who we were... but it can lead us down destructive paths... and good...

5th may, 21:40
 behind the briar rose

See how easy it is to go in circles and tangle ourselves up? Lets just stop & think. The moon circles the earth... the earth circles the sun... as do the other planets... and as their moons spin around them... so many circles, none the same... some more elliptical than others, some larger, faster etc etc... but somehow they all manage to overlap without becoming tangled. 

Maybe, as we walk our path, we could concentrate on our own journey... accepting that we sometimes move closer to, or away from our centre... we just do. Of course we can be aware of others in their orbits around us or nearby... sometimes we move closer or away from them.... sometimes the gravitational pull of someone may affect us more or less & sometimes we pull on them. It happens. That's life. We circle. We overlap. 

4th may, 22:01

But over awareness of others combined with lack of awareness of self... that is when we tie ourselves in knots... forgetting that we are unique, that how we are is our path, for us to sort out in our own way... forgetting that we have our own special orbit. But, sure enough, just as we move to our furthest point away from our centre, when things may seem to fall apart.... we begin our journey back around to closeness... to becoming our own supermoon. The way to stop those wobbles is to be aware of the connection to our centre, to our true self... a gravity, like an umbilical cord that keeps our personal moons, our emotions moving around our earth, our Selves in a steady orbit in harmony with the rest of the universe....

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Moon Textile Art Quilt

I was browsing through Mudhound Studio Shop, looking for some bundles of loveliness to decorate a book with... dreamy twists of sari silk & seductive silken threads drew me in, and while i was there i stumbled across this gorgeous concoction...

 *gasp* how much do i want to touch? 
a froth of fibres & teasing snippets of text...

 layers of fabric, stitches, & various embellishments...
 is it possible to overdose on textures?
If so, i probably will cos i just want to see more...

 photos (c) Lisa Jurist

This is most definitely one of a kind, and is available in Lisa's shop <here>

Mudhound Studio is where Lisa blogs, and there are more photos & description 
of this mini quilt in this post... enjoy!