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Happy Lammas. The wonderful Stephannie Burrows, over on Three Trees Tarot, is doing a pre launch, of the mini deck version of the stunning Oak Ash and Thorn Tarot deck, often known as OAT. The prelaunch starts 7pm (UK time) on 1st August 2022. Here are a few images, of some of the OAT cards, from the full size deck and more information on where to get the decks is later in the post. ❤ This is my soul deck❤

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

The prelaunch for the mini deck is on for all of August and there is also a discount sale across the rest of the shop for the month too. This is my soul deck, its inspired a lot of poetry. If you want the full size decks of Oak Ash and Thorn or the second deck in the series Smoke Ash and Embers, I’ve put some links in below for where to find out more about them and where to buy.

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.
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 Adfam Oehlers

To find out more here are some links

Video Links You Tube from The Hermits Cave

  • Walk throughs of the full size Oak Ash and Thorn deck, from Simon over on The Hermits Cave You Tube channel: Oak, Ash & Thorn – Unboxing & Walkthrough https://youtu.be/GSKhM2qlDBs
  • Smoke Ash and Embers x this is their second deck; Smoke, Ash & Embers Tarot ~ First Look https://youtu.be/v–I4MmMI2A
  • Oak Ash and Thorn MINI deck preview of the ‘draft copy’ of the deck to see sizing and how images look Mini Oak, Ash & Thorn…. Coming Soon! https://youtu.be/fTVX_RVCLp0

I’m not on commission or anything, just genuinly love this deck. See what you think, if its one you love too. Do you have any of the full size decks already? What do you think of them, do you have a favorite card perhaps? Let me know in the comments, if you wish to.

Make the week ahead be as kind to you as possible

Thanks for reading

Billie

Welcome Back

Long time no post, health not in a great place. Today sharing some soothing, gentle, You Tube channels, for you to explore. There is so much stress and distress inthe world right now. I thought I would share places that are kind and gentle and soothing. A diverse mix of channels, see what you fancy.

For those missing creative content check out

Art

The Unexpected Gypsy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzk20sJQ2gq_XB9oCgOWrQA/featured Art studio vlogs. Art by Wendy Robinson

Bookbinding

Sea Lemon for bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/SeaLemonDIY

Bitter Melon Bindery ASMR bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/bittermelonbindery/featured

DAS Bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/DASBookbinding/featured

Fabric

Din Life sewing fabrics and also books https://www.youtube.com/c/DinLife

Furoshiki, seriously research this, on You Tube! Its amazing. Practice with a bandana if thats all u have. I’m bundling book and kind things together for when things are tough. Self care september soon, so its good to gather stuff u love togther. Its the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. So sustainable, you can also make a bag in many variations, ditch the plastic and try this

How to turn Linens and shawls into bags https://youtu.be/pnLZOj5V-f8

Kakefuda Kyoto – Famous Furoshiki Store https://youtu.be/NC7MH3EzBWM

If its tempting u to shop there is a store in the UK called Kindly Yarn. Here is their website and they have videos on the basics https://www.kindlyyarn.co.uk

How about getting some fabric and stop with the excessive paper and selotape? There are so many nice fabrics around. You can practice with a table cloth or bandana etc to play along as u watch.

Simplistic living

The Cottage Fairy https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCottageFairy/featured

ASMR

The Lune INNATE https://www.youtube.com/c/LuneINNATEASMRenergy ❤🙏 Gillian and her Reiki ASMR, sooo soothing. Reiki Master and energy worker. Thanks for helping me groumd and sleep Gillian.

Holistic Mystic Ysania https://www.youtube.com/c/HolisticMysticYsaniaASMR Galactic Reiki. Helping u soothe and settle.

Guided Vibrations https://www.youtube.com/c/GuidedVibrations Sound baths etc if u prefer without the narration their other channel Healing vibrations has no talking https://www.youtube.com/c/HealingVibrationsMedia

Books

These are the books that are holding safe space for me at the moment. Yey for the kindle reading them out to me. Im crashing now, so can’t link them all, copy n paste them into searches in ur fave store.

Depression Recovery Letters James Withey is brilliant from this project I found his other books;

How to Anxiety to sod off

How to tell depression to f off

Thanks for sticking with me, when I post so rarely. I think about the blog, just don’t have the health to allow me to write or create as much as I’d like too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

Welcome Back

Today, a picture of the doll pal I watched the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee thing on tv with. His name is Max. Congratulations your magesty, for 70 years of dedication. Many thanks for all you do.

Maxy Muffin boy Doll Gotz
Here is Max, my Maxy Muffin boy doll, by Gotz.

Max is a doll by Gotz, he is a Maxy Muffin boy doll 42 cm. Max has closing eyes, when you lay him down, which open when he sits up. He has rooted hair, the upper arms, legs and torso are softly padded. but the lower limbs and head are all vinyl, so he looks great in clothes.

Thankfully he is not a scented doll, as those kinds give me migrains. He is really well made and well finished and the vinyl is matt, firm and feels pleasant to handle. Max has some weight in the base, so if you get him at just the right spot, he can sit up by himself, on the edge of a chair or table for example.

I love my other dolls too, but this one is for cuddling. He is in the play line of dolls.

If you love him too, here is where you can find him. I put the shop name in as well as the listing itself as sometimes pages move, this way you can still go to the main shop page, to search for them.

Links

UK

😔 Im hunkered down, as my mh isn’t great. So closed curtains, blanket and my doll pal for me. Its hard to find words, n make sentances, so not posting much, thanks for sticking with me. Lots of old posts for you to explore.

🌞 If you are out and about celebrating, have a great time and I hope the weather is great for your events.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

The Wren poem

Welcome Back

Today, I want to share the poem I wrote, when I saw a wren in the garden To me this one feels empowering and uplifting. Nature has a wonderful way of companioning us. It can be good to stand still, look out the window and tune into the natural world for a while.

The Wren

You think I’m small and fragile

But you couldn’t be, more wrong,

Although my lungs, are tiny,

I have a mighty song.

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I flitter, flutter here and there,

I’m rarely, ever still.

Defending a terrirory

Or looking for a meal.

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So yes, I’m small in stature,

And not always, easy to see,

Yet I’m fiesty and I’m mighty,

And life doesn’t crush me.

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by Billie @billiescraftroom

About

The wren in the UK, is a tiny bird, barely the size of a small egg. I’ll link to RSPB page about them, which includes a clip of their song.

The Wren https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/wren/

You don’t always see them as they are fast and tend to lurk in the undergrowth, but they have a loud powerful song, in comparison to their size.

Walk slowly around trees and in forest areas, keep your eyes out for this amazing bird, and if you don’t see it, try learning its song as you are more likely to hear them than see them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

Luccello Poem

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Today Im sharing the poem I wrote in 2016 for my canary Luccello.

Yellow bird, so soft and round

Never known to cause a frown

How tall he sits, when he does sing,

Brings joy and light to everything.

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A bird so small and yet so bold

Never one to make you scold

He loves to perch, to fly and sing

Brings joy and light to everything.

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My darling bird, your song so pure,

An angels voice, I am sure

Come sit a while and hear his song

And in your heart, he does belong.

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Such joyous notes, bring tears to eyes,

Pure pleasure at his warbling cries

Of such delight and without measure

This darling bird, he brings such pleasure.

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by Billie @billiescraftroom

RIP Luccello 5 January 2016 – 6 January 2022

Luccello went to Rainbow Bridge 6 January 2022. I will link to a previous post where I put a video of him singing in.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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Here is the book for February, its called Big Panda and Tiny Dragon

This is Amazons picture of the book Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

Author: James Norbury

ISBN: 978-0-241-52932-4

About this book

As the title suggests, it is about a year in the life of a big panda and a Tiny Dragon, who journey together. The book followes the seasons as well as their journey. They share wisdom and experiences with each other along the way. The author found a book on Buddhism, when he was in a difficult place and later joined the Samaritans, taking calls from people reaching out with anxiety depression and loneliness. Later he was inspired to create the images to help illustrate the ideas that have helped him through difficult times in the hope they would help others too.

My experience of this book

The book is full of brush paintings and wonderful wise words, though it can be read quickly. Take your time, savor those words and those images. Take what you need and be present in the moment.

I love the hardbacked version as I like hardbacked books, feel they are easier to prop open, as my dexterity isn’t great.

The illustrations show up well on the white smooth paper, though the paper is quite light in gsm. The font style looks like Times New Roman so it has serifs and the print is quite small.

Snap the ruler of comparison

I have and adore a book called The Boy the mole the fox and the horse. Before I got this book, I was worried I would compare it too much to that book, which I didn’t want to do. There are similarities, but it stands up well on its own as a different book. There are a nice mix of black and while illustrations and others with more colour.

Here is a link to Amazon UK for details about the book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Panda-Tiny-Dragon-James-Norbury

Personally I found this book comforting and uplifting. See what you think. Do leave me a comment if you enjoy this book. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie

In memory of all those who lost their lives during the holcaust, and to those who live on, with the memories. Spoken or unspoken. You are remembered 🕯

You Are Remembered

You saw, you heard, you smelt, you saw.

You felt things, nobody should go through.

When somebody’s anger, turned to hate

Decided anothers life, does not rate.

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Yet some survived, and some they spoke,

Its documented, its no joke.

Teach your child, learn from the past

Never repeat, the holocaust.

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IF we let this, slip from view,

Could history, repeat anew?

We like to think it wouldn’t, but…

Who’s to say, if we forgot.

by Billie @billiescraftroom

About this poem.

I was brought up in an era, where the events of the holocaust were taught in school, but not everyone is. Some secretly wrote about their expriences at the time, and afterwards. Others have spoken of their experiences. Many, would never find the words to describe the undescribable, and boure their scars silently.

Technology has helped the experiences, of those who lived through those times, to be recorded for future generations. There are still those alive today who were there, who had the lived experience. They have families who have lived experiences, of how that affected the lives of their loved ones, and them.

Please don’t let lies, fear and hate be your guides

When someone states an opionion as if its a fact, spreads lies and hate and anger. That can spread through generation to generation.

That poison, that anger, those lies, that one persons life, is more valuable than anothers, is sadly for many, still in the world today. What words do you use about others? What are you teaching, the next generation?

With open hearts and minds, we can learn about the past and FROM the past.

I feel, It is important to remember, these events. Those who suffered, those who died, and the reasons given for taking those lives and those actions. The world seems to be moving faster and faster, events slip from the now, into the past at an ever increasing speed.

We hope, we pray, that these things never happen again. Yet we need to remember they happened, to learn what happened before them, which led the world to that place.

❤ How others stepped in and showed that not all of humanity, shares that hateful view.

In memory of all who suffered and still suffer due to hate. To all those who died, you are remembered 🕯