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  1. In the studio? I haven’t been anywhere near the studio this morning and it’s already 10 to 11. No, I ‘ve been clearing up corpses. Well, one corpse - a poor little sparrow that the cat, Greta, brought in - but one’s enough. I hope it’s not an omen. I opened the bathroom door (admittedly, there had been rather a lot of scuffling going on whilst I was cleaning my teeth but it never occurred to me, in my befuddled state after not getting to bed till the small hours, that a murder was taking place), and thought, “Blimey, that’s a hairball and a half,” and then I realized it was a pile of bloodied feathers. I wrapped the poor creature in a tissue and left it on the landing while I got dressed. Went back out on to the landing ten minutes later to find that Greta had had another go at the bird - feathers (and bits I didn’t examine too closely) strewn around and half way down the stairs … and the worst of it is that the head is now missing. Still not recovered.


    Butter wouldn’t melt!

    Greta June 2014 (2)

     I hope all this unpleasant carry on hasn’t set the standard for the week ahead! Which, actually, I had rather been looking forward to. The reason I was so late to bed last night (this morning), was because I spent a good part of Sunday taking photographs and making digital altered art for Sisters latest venture. Anytime soon (corpse removal permitting), I will be uploading images to our various new outlets - Zazzle and Society 6 amongst them. These are some of the pics I'm going to use -

    Images by

     People seem to be loving the Tarot Card Boxes so I’m making a fourth one. I’m loving this chest shaped box. This is how it started out - 

    The Bare Bones

     - and this is how far it’s got. It’s had 3 coats of paint on the outside and two inside, and has been thoroughly distressed (a bit like me!). I’m thinking this would also make a great box for men - Father’s Day’s around the corner - with some simple embellishment, a filigree plaque perhaps. What do you think?


     Really want to crank up the kiln and make a silver Summer Solstice pendant. I've been making sketches. I’d like to make one for every sabbat. That’s always been the plan but two years later … (it's the need-more-time-and-elves thing again).

    Unbelievably, Sisters was two years old on June Ist. It still amazes me that Sisters exists at all. This is so different to anything I’ve ever done before and I love it. I so, so, want to be able to keep it going. Hopefully I’ll keep finding new things to throw into the mix. I notice a lot of makers have second strings to their bow or diversify. I’ve got one or two ideas bubbling in the pot … and I’ll tell you about them as they evolve (and probably be asking your advice). Despite all the bad things that have happened since L. died (not least him dying in the first place), I still have hope, I still know joy. I’ve let the Universe know I’m open to new ideas, I’m ready to go forward. I’m alert for signs. (I hope that dead bird is a symbolic full stop to all the obstacles and ill luck rather than the death of all my hopes!). I have a poster on my workroom wall - a friend’s words to me when I first started Sisters and was afraid I couldn’t make it happen, and those words keep me going: “Do it for L., Liss. Make L. proud of what you become.” Somewhere out in the Summerland, I hope he is.

     With love, Liss, x





  2. Witches Quote

    This is the quote that inspired my "Witches" Tarot Card Box. It never fails to send shivers down my spine. I first read it on the Twitter page of Treadwell's Bookshop and just knew I had to create a design around it. (If you don't already follow Treadwell's, by the way, you're missing so much). There are three new boxes on the website, actually, and they are the reason there was no blog post last Monday. (Sorry). The original four have all gone to new homes now so I felt I'd better get a move on. When there's only you running a business (and all my fellow crafters and artisans know exactly what I'm going to say), you can't do every job that needs doing in a day so you have to prioritise, and last week the making side won. Eighteen hour days are a regular feature in my timetable - in the small hours, I often think of my fellow makers working away in their sheds and attics and kitchens ... Where are the elves? Where ARE the elves?!

    Tarot Card Boxes

    Actually, I'd love to do some blog posts on "makers and their work spaces". If you're interested, drop me an email ... we could have a Pinterest board, too. What do you think?

    Talking of Pinterest, I've put the new Tarot Card Boxes on the Tarot board and have also started putting up pics of some of my favourite decks. What's your favourite? I've collected many decks over the years but I only ever use one for readings. It's the first deck I ever owned (the Mandala Astrological Tarot created by A. T. Mann). It's quite unusual. I'm not sure it's still in print. There are probably second hand copies available on Amazon and such, but I have to say, I'd never use second hand cards myself - no matter how carefully you cleansed them, I'd still be worried about other people's vibrations lingering on, even if they weren't necessarily negative vibrations.

    Mandala Tarot Deck

    Am making a fourth Tarot Card Box - in a treasure chest shape, something a bit different to work on. I'm thinking hares ... Can't wait to get started!

    And I know it's only June but I've already started designing Sisters 2016 diary covers. Do you like the blog logo? I'm toying with using something along those lines ...

    Don't forget to let me know if you'd like to share your work space here, and don't forget your Summer Solstice altar candles! How will you be celebrating?

    Summer Solstice Candles


    Hope your week is productive, love, Liss, x