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Just wanted to thank everyone for visiting this blog, and for all your kind comments. The topics have been evolving this year, my limited dexterity means it affects what I do how much and when, so I have been exploring new areas. Like the ball jointed dolls and recently starting to share my poetry and interest in card decks. I still love all the hobbies that I started this blog to talk about, its just that my body isn’t allowing me to do them as much any more. I wanted to keep this blog rather than starting new one, so I hope you will stick with me and see where the coming years take us with the creativity. Here is a card I made, its so rare for me to make cards now I thought you might like to see it.

Seasons Greetings
Seasons Greetings

The card features a Santoro Gorguss stamp which I coloured in with Faber Castel Polychromos pencils. Around the edges I used Adirondak inks by Ranger and Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps to create the Christmas tree foliage and baubles.

Times are difficult for us all, hunkering down and doing our best to get by moment to moment has been the underlying theme of the year. When so much is uncertain and uncontrolable, turning back to simpler things like reading books, listeing to music, making art with the supplies we have can make a big difference.

This year I started to draw more, I discovered Kawaii art style cute faces on everyday shapes or objects and there is a You Tube channel called Pic Candle who has some wonderful illustrations on to draw along with. I got several of her books. I am finding Kate Allan books very reasuring in scary times too. Her books feature sweet animal sketches and then quotes of encouragement. I love her to the moon and back for not only ‘getting’ what is like to have anxiety but that she is owning the fact its a work in progress and something she walks WITH rather than having fixed. There is a lot of pressure from society to ‘fix’ but access to help was very difficult before the pandemic and its not getting easier now. Some books that are all ‘rainbows n butterflies’ have felt like its dismissing the reality that yeah on good days u can get by, butignoring the fact that on other days the reality is very different and Im NOT failing when I need to stay under a blanket with the curtains closed ‘just to stay alive’.

The other books in a similar encouraging ‘holding your hand with this’ kind of style are You are positivley awesome by Stacie Swift. Everyday Calming Rituals by Tania Ahsan. I have bought 356 days of Art by Lorna Scobie, too. I know my hands won’t let me create every day, but its nice to have a book that I can dip into and just doodle along to whatever prompt or part done image is on the page. SLeep Tight Card deck by Sunny Present has some great tips for getting to sleep.

I’ve also found journalling specifically re mental health has been very helpful. I got a stationary Island dot grid journal and wrote about the panic attacks, what helps what doesn’t, the triggers when I know them and the thoughts n feeling that come up. Over the years I realised that there is a pattern, like I react in certain ways and I started a crisis card to help me remember what helped. As time when on I needed more room so I got the journal. Now when things go wonkey, its very comforting to go get that journal and know what helped me through that situation before. I’ve learnt I have about 6 kinds of panic attacks, no wonder I don’t recognise them, the different triggers side slam me. I think of it as the book of life kinda thing.

I was fed up of buying self help books which had stuff that didn’t help, and were either ‘smug sorteds’ (sorry I wouldn’t wish this on anyone and if you found a way to dig out, all hail to you, but some books come across very ‘you’re not trying hard enough’ if you don’t ‘get over it’ and there is more than enough of that attitude in the world already. I’m a bit marmite on mindfulness, it has its uses but isn’t for everyone and isn’t the one size fits all it is sometimes claimed to be. In the right hands, in the right moment its brilliant, but again, some people have made it sound like, if its not working for you its your fault and back we go on the blame game. Im not bashing anyone just being honest that working out what works for you is a very personal thing and there is a lot of blame, shame correction and gaslighting around anyone ‘not making it’.

Gee I was trying to be supportive n seemed to have slipped into ranty soap box sam moments sorry.

Please be as kind to yourself and others as you can in the moment. Just know if you need to hide in a toilet, cupboard or under the cover for a bloody good cry THAT IS OK!! Its your body’s way of letting out the stress, stopping it or trying to keep going holding it in and you end up with aches pains n all sorts. So you do you, and let others do them. We’re all just trying to muddle along without an istruction book aren’t we.

Sending u so many hugs of support. Do pop over to my You Tube as I’ve been sharing some poetry there, as writing too much or too often hurts the hands. (essay girl today eh!) Billies Craftroom You Tube https://www.youtube.com/user/BilliesCraftRoom

Hunker down with your books, art supplies and what ever makes the moment feel softer safer and more possible. We can get through this, but its not gonna be quick, so forget the sprint finish and plan for the long game and pace yourself taking one day or 5 minutes at a time. All we have is right now, and we are doing the best we can with the skills and energy levels we have in that moment.

When u need a hug n there is no one to hug you, grab the softest nicest blanket you have and wrap it around you closely. Imagin its your fave person, holding you safe. If you don’t have a blanket, maybe you have a favorite jumper or cardigan that might work for this too. If it all gets too much, drink a glass of water n go somewhere as quiet as you can find, rest up and know you can try again another day.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie xxx

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Seasonal waves from the dolls, they have gethered by the tree to watch seasonal films on tv. There are bjds, Wichtel dolls and an Llorens. All have kept me company and helped me hold onto at least some sanity during a difficult year.

Showing 12 dolls, bjds and Wichtel dolls
A gathering of the bjds, Wichtel Dolls and at the back stands a Llorens dolls Elana

May 2021 be kinder to us all, until then, stay safe and see you soon for some more poetry.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie x

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I started my first tarot tag on You Tube today, its called #Billies Poetry Tarot Tag. I’ve come here to write a transcript of the video so anyone who would like a written version, can still play along.

My poetry journal for tarot
Billie’s Tarot Poetry, my first tarot tag.

Hello and Welcome to Billie’s Craft Room

If you like Tarot, Oracle, Poetry, this one is for you. I’m going to blend them together to start my first tarot tag. I’ve been so inspired by the illustarions in, Oak Ash and Thorn tarot deck, that I decided to share the fun in a tag.

The Fox, the hare and the crow

As above so below,

But one forgot, the squirrel comes

To share some wisdom and some fun.

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If you love tarot and this deck,

Love to poem, what the heck,

Grab a journal and a pen

Let this tarot tag, begin.

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Choose a card or maybe three

Step inside it, what do you see?

Journal lots and make it rhyme,,

Then tag me in, so I can find.

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We’ll share the journey and have fun

Poetry Tarot has begun.

#Billies Poetry Tarot

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Ok how about a more detailed version?

  1. Choose a deck you wish to use
  • It can be tarot or oracle. I’m using Oak Ash and Thorn Tarot by Stephannie Burrows

2. Create your space to connect and create

  • I like to use a nice cloth, a journal and a pencil. You can add crystals, in sence, sound, whatever works for you.

3. Choosing a Card

  • Get comfortable, shuffle the cards in your preferred way.
  • Spread the cards out and draw one (or a few).
  • You could choose to look through all the cards face up and pick one that inspires you, that way.

4. Move the other cards out of the way so that you only have the chosen card in view

  • Look at it, what do you see?
  • Note the colours, time of day, time of year
  • Who or what is in the card
  • What are they doing
  • How does any of this make you feel
  • Imagine yourslef stepping into the card with them

5. For me poems just appear when looking at the cards, but try the steps above to promp ideas for you own poems. It doesn’t have to reflect the cards ‘official/traditional meanings’. Just go with what comes up for you at the time and no It doesn’t have to rhyme.

Please add the tag #Billies Poetry Tarot Tag in your VR’s, so we can all find your creations.

I hope you enjoy this tag and most of all, have fun.

Best wishes and thanks for watching, see you soon

Billie

Here is a link to the video I posted about this tag.

#Billies Poetry Tarot Tag [link coming soon, about to upload the video]

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Do you love to write, and want to get back to pen and paper rather than all those screens? Maybe you want to start a diary, journal, or are looking for a beautiful note books for your ideas or poetry, that novel you always wanted to write. Perhaps u need gift ideas for those in your life who write. Today I’ll share some supplies I love and where to buy them.

Journals

Stationary Island

A5 Stationary Island Notebooks
Stationary Island notebooks in A5.

Well, don’t even ask how many journals I have coz I ain’t gonna tell ya πŸ™„ but I love silky smooth paper and the sort that won’t bleed ink through to the next page. For that reason, my journal of choice is made by a company called Stationary Island. There is a choice of colours, they have dot grid, lined and plain journals, though availbility and colours offered varies. I use this for dot grid type journalling and the plain one for stories and poems.

Stationary Island are sold on Amazon but they also have their own website. https://stationeryisland.com/

Filofax

A few of my Filofax organisers
Filofax Joy

I am also a fan of Filofax organizers for their versitility. There are many sizes, colours and materials, so you are sure to find something you will like. There are lots of different inserts to choose from to customise it, and you can buy punches so you can create your own pages, so if you want to use your own favorite papers in there you can. This is the UK site but they sell around the world. https://uk.filofax.com/

Here is my previous post about them. https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/journal-joy/

As a total planner girl, (I have dyslexia so unless I write it down, I will forget it) so my Filofax collection means I can dedicate different ones to different parts of my life and know all the info I need is in that one place. I love the versatility that I can make these planners into litterally anything I need them to be, and that can be changed as and when needed.

Papuro Milano

Papuro Milano Journals
Papuro Milano Journals

Another favorite I buy from Amazon and is called Papuro Milano. You can buy paper blocks in plain, lined or address book, if you already have a wrap around cover from them, or want to create your own covers. You can buy them with the leather covers attatched and you can buy them with wrap around covers which the paper blocks slip into, allowing you to change the inside and still have the outer journal looking the same.

I adore the paper in these, not quite as silky as Stationary Island but they are even thicker paper, so no bleed through for pens and a joy to write on. There is a choice of colours and sizes and for these journals. Also available from The Online Pen Company (but I haven’t bought from them myself, no reason, just I didn’t know about them, till I reasearched other stockists for this post.

I use paper blocks from these to write a ‘dear diary’ kind of journal, using an old wrap around cover that is firmer and was from WHSmith from YEARS ago. To brain dump at bedtime and I also have another with the Papuro Milano Italian Leather cover, in the most amazing deep purple, that is in the picture, which is where I write my finished poems.

PaperBlanks

Paperblanks 'Old Leather' foiled Ultra wrap journal
Paperblanks ‘Old Leather’ foiled Ultra wrap journal in red

Paperblanks https://www.paperblanks.com/en/ and also Peter Pauper Press also have wonderful journals in a variety of sizes all have been exceptional quality and a joy to write in. Like the others in my lists they are available in many different colours and designs and a variety of sizes and formats. I like the ones with the magnetic closures and they are a real treat to write in, the one in the pictures is sewn binding making them last well, so no risk of pages droping out over time as they might with a glued type of binding style.

I am currently using these as grief journals. They are so beautiful and so well made, they are a place of refuge. I adore the Pauro ones I mention earlier but Paperblanks have hardcovers making them easier if you are using them on your lap not just at a table. Available in bookshops as well as their own website as listed.

Moleskein

PIC coming soon, it got too dark to photography! Winter eh!

You might be wondering why this top brand is right down here at the bottom of the list. I do love the silky smoothness of the paper in molies but I need a higher GSM than the classic offers at 70GSM, which is thinner than regular printer paper which is 80gsm (paper weight Grams per Square meter, in USA u work in Lbs for paper weights) but still I have a pet peeve re bleed throughs on molies, so I tend to use them just with pencil.

Where to buy

Finally a shameless list of places I love to go online to look at beautiful stationary.

  • Cult Pens, https://www.cultpens.com/ journals pens, pencils Ohh a stationary junkie’s paradise.
  • All Things Analogue https://allthingsanalogue.co.uk/ (I’m very tempted by the sand timers on there, but being clumsy by nature, haven’t gone for one yet.
  • If you enjoy calligraphy (sadly my hands aren’t up for this anymore) but Scribblers Calligraphy https://scribblers.co.uk/ has some wonderful supplies.
  • Hey Little Magpie https://www.heylittlemagpie.com/ has journals of many kinds, plus pens, washi tape n craft supplies
  • The Online Pen Company https://www.theonlinepencompany.com/ new to me but they also stock the Papuro Journals. (update and so much more, this is a site I need a cup of tea to have a good look around, journals pens and more nice!)
  • Just did a search for Moleskein https://gb.moleskine.com/ if you want an alternative stockist to the high street or Amazon.

Poetry Corner

Well thats it for me, I’m off to try to find a Moleskine for some poetry.

Does anyone know of any poetry forums that aren’t on FB etc? I adore Writers Digest and would be interested in a comunity space in the new year. But wild horses won’t get me on FB and its pals, so something independant in ye olde forum format would be grand.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, would love to hear what journals you love to use and how you use yours.

Stay safe and be kind to each other. I’ll be in the back of the cave hermiting with card decks, crystals n books. Will write again when I can.

Billie x

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Sometimes poems just come to me, litterally just like that! I can see an image and the words just flow. I was on twitter and saw an illustration of a wren by itsnotallaboutwork and it prompted the following poem. Its my version of a classic known as The wren.

The wren, the wren, the king of the birds.

My feet are cold, I’m forgetting the words.

Please send socks, and somewhere to sleep,

Coz its cold out here, and the darkness it creeps.

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The cats try to eat me, the rain it is wet.

But here on this perch, yet windblown, Ive slept.

I’m singing a song, as bold as can be,

Though I am so tiny, can u even see me?

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Look deep in the shrub and there I will be.

Singing my heart out, with spirit and glee.

Leave me some water and even some food

I’ll sing to you often, to raise up your mood.

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by Billie from Billie’s Craft Room

Here is the tweet with the image by Itsnotallaboutwork on Twitter, that inspired this poem.

https://twitter.com/itsnotaboutwork/status/1334223447266893825?s=20

Here is their twitter page https://twitter.com/itsnotaboutwork

best wishes, thanks for reading, stay safe

Billie x

Yesterday the wonderful Oak Ash and thorn Tarot deck arrived, from Three Trees Tarot. Its beautiful images, sparked a poem. Which I’d like to share with you. Stephanie Burrows the deck’s creator, often refers to this deck as OAT, (oak, ash and thorn). I loved that we were called Oatlings in her newsletters. Its always nice to feel like you belong and the tarot/oracle community that is on You Tube is a very nurturing place.

Even if tarot isn’t normally your thing, please read this poem and have a look at these beatiful images, all nature inspired and sure to be balm to your soul in these challenging times for us all. Its a deck you can read intuativly and the images are so detailed, you see more things in them each time you look. Here is the Page of Wands card from Oak Ash and thorn deck, which inspired this poem

This image inspired the poem Song of the Trees by Billie at Billie's Craft Room

Page of Wands card from Oak Ash and Thorn Tarot deck

The Song of the Trees

Tree of wisdom, what do I do?

I’m here to learn and listen to you.

I bring this garland, to this place.

To honour you and your grace.

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Throught many storms and seasons, you

Have battled hard, and strongly grew.

I’m older now, and wiser too.

But here I sit, listening to you.

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For deep within, those sturdy boughs.

Is wisdom deep, yet closely veiled.

I feel the whisper, in my paws.

I feel the tingle, in my claws.

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I listen close, to the earth song.

A mother’s heartbeat, soft, yet strong.

Though you are wise, And you are strong.

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It’s in that heartbeat, we belong. A song that whispers, in your leaves.

That holds us close, and never leaves.

So I sit here, And listen close.

Then share this song, with other folk.

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By Billie from Billie’s Craft Room

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Here are some more images from this beautiful deck created by Stephanie Burrows and artist Adam Oehlers

A selction of cards from Oak Ash and Thorn Tarot deck.

 

Here is the side of the box wrap around from Oak Ash and Thorn Tarot deck, showing the author Stephanie Burrows and the artist name Adam Oehlers.

 

This is the belly band from around the tarot deck Oak Ash and Thorn, showing the front of the band with a hare, a squirrel, a crow, and a fox which are the animals for each suit in this deck.

 

This is the belly band from around the tarot deck Oak Ash and Thorn

This is the belly band from around the tarot deck Oak Ash and Thorn, showing the back of the band with deck information on.

Links

If you would like to learn more about this tarot deck, please visit Stephanie’s website;

Three Trees Tarot, where you can view more images of the deck. From there you can also find her instagram account and read more aboutΒ  Stephanie Burrows the creator and the artist Adam Oehlers. Its a wonderful deck and has a very autumnul feel, perfect for this time of year. The cardstock is devine, thick and mat so no glare.

I admit I haven’t got as far as doing a reading with it yet, I was just looking through the cards admiring all the beautiful artwork when this poem just came to me and I had to write it down before I forgot it. That’s how my poetry happens, I don’t sit down TO write, words just appear in my head and I have to grab a journal and write them down.

Funny thing is I get to the last verse or too, and its like the juice runs out and I am ‘expected’ to write the last line or verse myself which is often why I keep having bits of my poems that seem a bit disjointed at the end. I left this one to stew overnight and when writing this here today I tweeked the offending verse and perfer the result.

If you are interested in seeing more of this kind of content or enjoyed this post, do let me know in the comments. Please do share this post with anyone you know who might like it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading,

Stay safe πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸŒˆ

Billie πŸ¦“

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Late the other night I was scrolling, as u do, and I found the most wonderful crochet creatures on Etsy. They HAD to come home, they have inspired sooo many stories and poems, that I bought a new journal especially for them.

The dolls have dolls! Crochet pals arrive and I have so many stories about them.

Hands are wrecked so can’t write or draw or post atm. but hope to share more, when I can. Until then, here are the dolls holding a few of the new mice characters, who’s stories I’m writting. There is more to share but OWW hands 😦

Would you like some crochet pals for your dolls or yourself?

If you would like mice like these, here the shop I bought them from is on Etsy

ElizaLike; Hand crafted paraphernalia Etsy shop link

I think I bought all her mice, but there are still bears there, I have a bear too and its wonderful. Eliza has assured me there will be more mice when time allows.

I have been writting stories and drawing these cute mice and the bear. I have other crochet items on order will let u know about them when they arrive and I’m in love with a little bunny and a unicorn too but life got expensive so having to sit on my hands. Not litterally they are too sore for that but u get the idea.

Self care project; Connecting to your sences

This all came from the fact that anxiety and depression are really bad atm, especially with the pain and dark nights too, so I house forraged for things that FELT nice and gathered them together in a box. These crochet pals are looking nice so too is a book that I just treated myself too which is called The boy the mole the fox and the horse. OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE that book so much. Its a HUG in a book.

MUST rest hands but yeah, if ur looking to take care of yourself in the unsettling times, gather things close that look good, feel good, taste good and smell good. They don’t have to be all in the same place but when the world gets too much, its great to know where they are, and have a safe place to retreat too.

I’ll be under the purple blanket for a while but will come back when I can. I’d say send food but I have allergies, pls send house elves instead.

Best wishes, thanks for reading

Stay safe

Billie πŸ¦“πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸŒˆ